ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Dino Zrnec - Kunsthaus Graz - September 12th - November 16th <p>Dino Zrnec (b. 1983 in Zagreb, lives in Vienna and Zagreb) devotes his paintings to the testing of materials. The artist draws attention to practical, usually hidden procedures inherent to painting by making conscious technical &ldquo;mistakes&rdquo;: he lets the reverse side of the canvas show through and turns it into the motif, overstreches canvases, does without gesso or uses it &ldquo;improperly,&rdquo; drips oil paint onto canvases, dissolves the colors with turpentine overnight or adds cracks, folds or buckling to the surface. Zrnec does not leave the result to chance, but to the process of experimentation. The deconstruction of painting allows no narration and turns the paintings into minimalist, experimental objects. Nevertheless, and even without knowing about Zrnec&rsquo;s process-oriented approach, the paintings stands as works in their own right. &nbsp;</p> <p>In the last project space exhibition with the ambiguous title<em>&nbsp;ensure for size</em>, painter Dino Zrnec fights the space of Zobernig and Kl&auml;ring as no other project has done before, while simultaneously he tries to find the best solution to integrate his work into the sculpture.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:28:32 +0000 Karl Neubacher - Kunsthaus Graz - June 18th - October 12th <div id="c6646" class="csc-default"> <p class="bodytext">Along with Richard Kriesche and Peter Gerwin Hoffmann, Karl Neubacher (*1926, Hattenberg, Upper Austria) is considered&nbsp;one of the pioneers of the avant-garde&nbsp;and of&nbsp;conceptual art&nbsp;in Styria. That something representative in this area developed in Graz in the 1960s and 1970s, its effects spreading way beyond the regional context, gives the protagonists relevance, lifting them clearly out of the narrow confines of provincialism</p> <p class="bodytext">Neubacher, who in 1969 joined up with Goeschl, Kriesche, Haberl, Hoffer and others to create the producers&rsquo; group&nbsp;pool, was mostly active as a graphic designer. As such he completed significant works for the art magazine pfirsich, the avant-garde festival&nbsp;steirischer herbst, the Company HUMANIC&nbsp;and others. His posters, which were always based on artistic concepts, were internationally renowned and awarded. The overall picture of applied arts and austere forms of fine arts created a unique tension that defined Karl Neubacher&rsquo;s artistic practice.</p> <p class="bodytext">The medium most used by Neubacher was&nbsp;photography. Moreover, his own body, which he employed in&nbsp;performances&nbsp;and which he documented using photographic and film media, was just as important: he himself turned into a &lsquo;public art figure&rsquo;. The short films created in the 1970s make Karl Neubacher one of the hitherto undiscovered&nbsp;avant-garde film-makers.</p> <p class="bodytext">Although his output received international attention, his work today has almost been forgotten. The output was somewhat narrow, partly&nbsp;because of the the artist's early death,&nbsp;and never found acceptance in the art market, not least of all due to the artist&rsquo;s own intransigent attitude. An extensive retrospective of this exciting and progressive work is thus highly advisable, and recalls&nbsp;Graz as the bastion of the avant-garde in Austria.</p> </div> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:24:51 +0000 Katharina Grosse - Kunsthaus Graz - June 6th - October 12th <p class="bodytext">Everything flows: painter Katharina Grosse grows floors into pictures, blurs paint over canvas landscapes, while spaces and functional objects are given sculptural clothing. Minimal shifts in perspective transform large into small. An analytical view of detail flows into metaphysical understanding of the whole. The public perceive the picture as an independent cognitive event that dynamises the colour space. Capturing it in a brutal, direct, evolutionary and physical way. Like life itself.</p> <p class="bodytext">Grosse originally comes from painting and sees herself as a painter. Since the 1990s has expanded her three-dimensional works as powerful incursions of colour into physically experienced space. In doing so she creates situations that make colour physically palpable. In her works, boundaries exist in order to be found, accentuated and at the same time blown open. At the Kunsthaus Graz, Grosse addresses the meaning of reduced allusion and the theatrical side of colour by developing a colour space into a stage space, raising questions about the experiential nature of matter and existence and also about the aesthetic control of light and linearity.</p> <p class="bodytext">Born in 1961 in Freiburg im Breisgau, since the 1990s Katharina Grosse has been one of the most internationally renowned artists of her generation. Alongside numerous international exhibition projects both in museum and public space, on 21.5. she was awarded the Oskar-Schlemmer-Prize, the Grand State Prize of Baden-W&uuml;rttemberg 2014.</p> <p class="bodytext">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:18:12 +0000 Ai Weiwei, He Yunchang, Li Mingzhu, Xia Xing, Zhao Zhao - Mizuma Gallery - Singapore - August 29th - October 5th <p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY">Mizuma Gallery is proud to present&nbsp;<em><strong>BEYOND STUFF</strong></em>, a group show curated by Sueo Mizuma, owner of Mizuma Gallery. This exhibition features ten artworks by Ai Weiwei, He Yunchang, Li Mingzhu, Xia Xing and Zhao Zhao, five leading Chinese contemporary artists.</p> <p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><em><strong>BEYOND STUFF</strong></em>&nbsp;contains artworks that look like sculptures and paintings of random ordinary objects and events. However, when we look beyond the ordinary &ldquo;stuff&rdquo; and into the profound context of the artworks, they are in fact filled with significant commentaries on their country&rsquo;s society and politics. The works are influenced by recent events that relate to the themes of authoritative power and freedom of speech. They are a reflection of the reality of society. The statement made by the artists through their artworks is what gives this exhibition an edge. Beyond art, this is a stand for what they believe in and an encouragement for others to continue taking the fight in life.</p> <p lang="en-GB" align="LEFT"><strong>Ai Weiwei</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1957, Beijing, China) is an internationally renowned contemporary artist. He is not only an artist, but also an activist, architect, curator and filmmaker. He is well known for having a radical stance on the topic of the Chinese government and politics and presenting them through his artworks. Some of his best known works are installations that display a conceptual discussion about contemporary and traditional Chinese thoughts and methods. Ai Weiwei once said, &ldquo;What you see is not what you see, and what you see is not what it means&rdquo;; an idea that drives the concept of&nbsp;<em><strong>BEYOND STUFF</strong></em>.</p> <p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>He Yunchang</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1967, Lianghe, Yunnan, China) is best known as a performance artist who specializes in undergoing physical harm, documenting it through photographs, videos and paintings, and selling them. In his past projects, such as &ldquo;One Rib&rdquo; and &ldquo;One Meter Democracy&rdquo;, he purposely had a surgeon cut parts of his body as a part of his performance and recorded the entire process. His performance art works are typically very gory and cringe-worthy, but overall they have the intention of making a statement on particular current events in society.</p> <p lang="en-GB" align="LEFT"><strong>Li Mingzhu</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1973, Tianjin, China) graduated from Tianjin Normal University with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts in 1993 and from China Academy of Fine Arts Oil Painting Department in 1996. In his artworks, he tends to delve into the issue of disconnect between present day and traditional Chinese ethics and culture. He is known to pay great attention to detail and recreating everyday objects used in China. He has exhibited his artworks in the National Gallery of China in Beijing and around Europe. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.</p> <p lang="en-GB" align="LEFT"><strong>Xia Xing</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1974, Shihezi, Xinjiang, China) has been creating one work per year for the past seven years. Each work consists of 60 oil painting reproductions of chosen images from the media. Each year he focuses on a particular theme, such as children, &ldquo;the civil way of life&rdquo;, and protection of rights. However, what he specifically paints is completely dictated by the media and current events, therefore the content of his next painting in a series is always unknown. He imitates the flat, repetitive medium of newsprint, where the process includes editing, selection and reproduction. Despite the unpredictable content in each annual series, he keeps the size and method of the paintings constant in each year. His paintings have neither a beginning or ending, it is simply continuous. By creating his paintings in this manner, he makes his works look ordinary, just like how mass images we see in media seem somehow ordinary despite its significant content.</p> <p lang="en-GB" align="LEFT"><strong>Zhao Zhao</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1982, Xinjiang, China) is known to be one of China&rsquo;s most promising young artists and a leader of the younger generation contemporary artists in China. He worked with Ai Weiwei for seven years as his assistant and because of the commonalities between the two artists&rsquo; experiences, braveness and talent. Zhao Zhao is even said to be the heir of Ai Weiwei&rsquo;s important legacy. He uses paintings, videos, sculptures as well as other artistic mediums to portray the reality of his homeland.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:01:38 +0000 - The Saint Louis Art Museum - August 29th - November 2nd <p>As part of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis, the Saint Louis Art Museum presents a free exhibition highlighting both exceptional art from the reign of Louis IX and later works inspired by the celebrated 13th-century monarch. Presented in two galleries,&nbsp;<em>Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake</em>&nbsp;will focus on the arts created under Louis IX as well as the ongoing interest and devotion to this very popular king turned saint.&nbsp;<br /><br />The first gallery will be devoted to art produced during the reign of&nbsp;Louis IX(1226-70), a period of exceptional achievement in architecture and painted manuscripts. Carved ivory and metalwork from the late 13th century will be presented along with outstanding examples of decorated manuscripts from this period. The centerpiece of this gallery will be pages from the famed&nbsp;<em>Morgan Library Picture Bible</em>, believed to have been commissioned by Louis IX, himself. Completed around 1250, the Bible is regarded as a stellar example of Gothic manuscript illumination, appropriate for a royal commission.&nbsp;<br /><br />Visitors also will get to see the materials used in the making of manuscripts, including a display of pigments, touchable samples of the animal-skin parchment used to make medieval books, and a six-minute video showing the various aspects of manuscript construction &ndash; from scraping the fur off the skins to preparing the page before scribes executed the text and artists added richly colored illustration.&nbsp;<br /><br />The second gallery will focus on the life and legacy of Louis, both as king and, later, as saint. The exhibition includes images of Louis from the 17th, 19th, and 20th centuries, along with explanatory material about Louis's life, his popularity as a saint, and his relationship to the city of St. Louis. Featured in this part of the exhibition will be a 17th-century illustrated book about Louis's most famous achievement (bringing the Crown of Thorns to Paris), a portrait of a 17th-century poet in the guise of St. Louis, and an altarpiece painting by Louise-Marie Mauduit (1784-1862) that Bishop Louis William Valentine DuBourg sent to the city of St. Louis in 1818.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:19:34 +0000 Jesse Stecklow - Retrospective - 727 Warren St - August 30th - September 21st <p>A ball bearing game, a broken instrument, a cage guard, a camera, a compressor, a constant, a contradiction, a diorama, a dowsing rod, a false flag, a feedback loop, a harvester, an illustration, a light pull, a maquette, a measurement, a mediation, a misdirection, a model, a pinball machine, an object in a state of semi-functionality, a potential work, a quartz enclosure, a resonator box, a retelling, a roll of film, a sconce, a sketch, a spider web, a stepping stool, a stair, a thought experiment, a toxicity check, a trap, a trick, a window.</p> <p>aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, bbbbbbbb, ccccccccccccccccccc, ddddddddddd, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, fffffff, gggggggggg, hhhhhhh, iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, j, kkkkkk, llllllllllllllllllllll, mmmmmmmm mmmmmmm, nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, pppppppppp, qq, rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, ssssssssssssssssssss, tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt, uuuuuuuuuu, v, wwwww, yy, z</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:04:55 +0000 John Beech - Haus der Kunst St. Josef - August 23rd - October 19th <p>Der in Brooklyn wohnhafte K&uuml;nstler pr&auml;sentiert nach 2011 seine zweite Einzelausstellung im Haus der Kunst. Zeichnungen, Bilder, &uuml;berarbeitete Fotografie und Objekte hat John Beech im Haus der Kunst St. Josef geschaffen und stellt sie unter dem Titel "viewpoint" aus.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:53:29 +0000 Alex Dordoy - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag - August 28th - November 23rd <p>De Ateliers in Amsterdam has long enjoyed a close relationship with Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, a relationship which was affirmed last year through&nbsp;De Ateliers DEBUT SERIES. As part of a three-year project, the museum offers artists who have served a residency at De Ateliers - the leading institute for young artistic talent in the Netherlands - the opportunity to present their first ever solo exhibition in a Dutch museum. This wonderful initiative has been made possible by Outset Netherlands with the support of the Niemeijer Fonds Foundation. Alex Dordoy (Newcastle, 1985) is the second artist to be featured in the series. His solo exhibition can be viewed from 28 August to 23 November 2014 in the Projects Room (Projectenzaal).&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to presenting a unique collection of classic modern art, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag attaches great importance to exhibiting works of new and upcoming artists. This collaboration with De Ateliers and the partnership with Outset Netherlands make it possible to offer a platform to top talents like Alex Dordoy. Dordoy trained at the Glasgow School of Art, and attended De Ateliers for two years. He combines traditional techniques with high-grade technology. The artist edits and manipulates existing objects, photographs, images and patterns using Photoshop, after which he develops them into paintings or sculptures in plaster, silicone or jesmonite. He has created new works especially for the Projects Room, which will be shown at this exhibition.</p> <p>Dordoy has made a series of paintings based on scenes from a computer game he plays on his mobile phone. He edited the screenshots in Photoshop and then painted the images on canvas. The paintings depict empty, stylised office spaces with windows overlooking an anonymous urban environment. The paintings also serve as large windows, where the viewer sees the contours of the painting and can then take a look through the windows at the city beyond. This creates a spatially layered effect, which is enhanced by the life-size dimensions of the paintings. The spectator walks along the fictitious, painted spaces and is drawn into them. When you walk past, it seems as though you are scrolling through photos on your phone or seeing the scenery go by from a train. Yet, because of the lack of details, you are unable to pinpoint any specific place or time.</p> <p>The 'plinth works' or sculptures each consist of a high pedestal on which an object, such as an old laptop computer or a pair of sneakers used by Dordoy, has been placed. Here he endows used, consumed objects with a second life and a new meaning. Dordoy explores how objects can invoke varying associations at different times and in different contexts, thereby acquiring a new meaning.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:17:44 +0000 Manuel Pardo - Gary Marotta Fine Art - August 29th - October 31st Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:03:57 +0000 Ricky Bernstein - Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts - June 24th - June 21st, 2015 <p>Sheffield, Massachusetts artist, Ricky Bernstein tells stories in visual format bringing his self-created comic book imagery to life through vibrantly colorful and emotionally engaging installations. His energetic, representational, oversized cartoon graphics draw visitors into familiar domestic scenes, past and present, in a humorous way. Using a m&eacute;lange of materials, Ricky composes narrative collage-style wall reliefs with a distinct pop-art flavor. Common stories take on larger-than-life proportion, inviting viewers to witness a compelling slice of Americana as if in a still-life sitcom.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:58:16 +0000 George Bellows, Reginald Marsh, Rockwell Kent, Max Weber - Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts - May 20th - November 9th <p>Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and farreaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. This exhibit of works on paper from the permanent collection includes artists George Bellows, Reginald Marsh, Rockwell Kent and Max Weber and explores a wide array of artistic styles, including Cubism, Synchronism, Precisionism, Expressionism, and Social Realism.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:54:41 +0000 Group Show - Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati - September 12th - February 22nd, 2015 <p>The &ldquo;Memory Palace&rdquo; is a Greco-Roman technique that prompts its user to remember by populating imagined architectures with a sequential path of memories. By coupling physical and psychological structure, this subjective apparatus turns recollections, impressions and remembrances into the bricks and mortar of a mental dwelling. As one subsequently walks the mind through this fictive floorplan, he/she theoretically reconnects floating parcels into a single, unified tapestry. In practice, such passage reveals the dramatic renovation human memory performs upon history &ndash; transforming past events into personal narratives.</p> <p>On the occasion of the CAC&rsquo;s 75th anniversary this exhibition will present memory as soft, malleable clay. Rather than galvanizing history or renewing the supposed fixity of facts,&nbsp;<em>Memory Palace</em>&nbsp;will instead revel in remembering as a creative act: highlighting the way our recollections shift actual histories into imperfect, but quintessentially human legacies.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:25:01 +0000 Peggy Crawford - Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati - September 12th - February 22nd, 2015 <p><em>I have always viewed the camera as a tool to express my vision, and experimented widely teaching myself how to use it, rather than taking formal classes on how to make photographs. Nourishment for my photography has come from looking at paintings and other works of art, studying details in nature &ndash; light, shadow and space &ndash; and trying to catch people expressing their individual feelings and needs, which often turn out to be universal. Cultivating my capacities to see and feel, and then to express what I see and feel in terms of color and light underpins my photography. I did not come to consider myself a professional photographer &ndash; neither exhibiting nor selling pictures &ndash; until quite late in life.</em></p> <p><em>Peggy Frank Crawford</em></p> <p>These words guide the way to looking at this small sample of Peggy Frank Crawford&rsquo;s lifetime career in art and photography. At age seven a snapshot captured her as she trained her Brownie Box camera at the locks of Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan. The camera has been an ever-present companion since, accompanying her upon travels around the world. She photographed her hometown, Cincinnati, and her favorite residences, among them New York City and Paris. Crawford also traveled to Yemen nine times. During these years from 1985 to 2004, relations between Yemen and the USA reflected the speed with which the world was changing.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:21:16 +0000 Taiyo Onorato, Nico Krebs - Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati - September 12th - February 22nd, 2015 <p>The Swiss-born, Berlin-based duo Taiyo Onorato &amp; Nico Krebs (both b. 1979) respond with humor and wit to various traditions of modernist architecture, documentary photography and the heroic travelogue. By pecking at such constructions, the artists reveal a more whimsical, ironic, and subjective vision of the structures and technologies that shape the way we see and live. Their work simultaneously explores the subject of artistic collaboration, as well as the expansion of photography as an artistic medium. Though much of Onorato &amp; Krebs&rsquo; practice is photographic, the artists&rsquo; engagement with other media&mdash;film, sculpture, sound &mdash;sheds the artifice of objectivity and documentation to revel in reconstructions of the world around us.</p> <p>This is the first major museum exhibition for Onorato and Krebs in the United States, and will collect a variety of eclectic, but interrelated bodies of work.&nbsp;<em>The Great Unreal</em>&nbsp;turns photographs taken on road trips in the U.S. (between 2005 and 2008) into the platform and playground for surreal satire. They returned to this format in 2013 during travels through Central Asia, producing an equally fantastic take on the lived experience of mapmaking. For the&nbsp;<em>Constructions</em>&nbsp;series (2009-2012), the artists photographed Berlin buildings in perspective and extended their contours with strategically placed wooden armatures. Further employing the camera&rsquo;s eye to suggest alternative ways of seeing, the&nbsp;<em>Spins</em>&nbsp;series turns found materials and extreme camera angles into a psychedelic vision of the everyday.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:17:04 +0000 Group Show - Art Gallery of Ballarat - August 23rd - October 5th <p>The 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibition of finalists presents the distinctive and recent work of Victoria's Indigenous artists, drawing from their cultural heritage, personal experiences and art practice.</p> <p>Visitors to the exhibition will experience an extraordinary diversity, ranging from works that are representative of current contemporary art practice to works which reinterpret and reclaim traditional modes and imagery in new and exciting ways.</p> <p>The Awards reflect the vibrant Indigenous arts community and continuing cultural practice in Victoria and challenge the stereotypical notions of Aboriginal art.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:07:44 +0000 Sissi Farassat - Galerie Edwynn Houk - August 28th - October 25th <p>Galerie Edwynn Houk is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works by Sissi Farassat (Iranian, b. 1969). The exhibition opens on Thursday, 28 August and continues through Saturday, 25 October 2014. There will be a reception and book signing with the artist from 6-8pm on Thursday, 28 August. This exhibition marks Sissi Farassat&rsquo;s first one-person exhibition in Switzerland.&nbsp;<br /><br />Encountering Sissi Farassat&rsquo;s work, one quickly realizes the incredible amount of time she has spent transforming her photographs with needle and thread, and slowly, deliberately, turning each into a unique object. Upending what seems to be most specific about the photographic medium&mdash;the instantaneousness of the picture-taking process, its completion by the photographic print, and the endless reproducibility of that print&mdash;Farassat alters her original photographs by stitching thousands of crystals, beads, and sequins directly onto the prints. She redefines figure-ground relationships, privileging the subject as it is seemingly surrounded by a shimmering sea of gemstones with the circle as a reoccurring motif, all of which reference Byzantine and Persian iconography as much as Vienna Secession and Pop Art.<br /><br />Farassat began by altering her own expired passports, embellishing them with sequins and beadwork, again repurposing the passport from its original use to a unique artwork. Since then, Farassat has used either self-portraits or casual snapshots of her friends and close acquaintances. The images are neither staged nor formally posed, but always seductive and mysterious.&nbsp;<br /><br />Farassat isolates each photograph&rsquo;s subject with her handiwork, replacing the original background with a delicate overlay. By doing so, she blurs the distinction between the photograph and the object, the revealed and the concealed, and eliminates the subject from its original context. Farassat challenges our gaze and seems to take pleasure in the ambivalence of her transformations.&nbsp;<br /><br />Sissi Farassat has been a working photographer since 1991 and attended the International Summer Academy conducted by Nan Goldin in 1993. She was a student of Friedl Kubelka at the School of Fine Arts Photography in Vienna (1993-94). Afterwards, she received a stipend for Paris from the Austrian Department for Education, Science and Art to realize her series Self Portrait Paris. Her work has been widely exhibited in Museums internationally, amongst others at Museum of Vienna, Austira; Landesgalerie Linz, Austria; National Gallery of Art Poland; the Fototriennale in Vienna; Fotogalerie Vienna; Hara Museum Tokyo; FLAG Foundation, New York; Museum of Photography Thessalonki; station 21, Zurich; Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, New Jersey; CAN Foundation, Seoul, Korea; Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa; and the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, UK. Farassat&rsquo;s work is included in a number of important private and institutional collections, such as the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Museum f&uuml;r Gestaltung Z&uuml;rich,
MAK - Museum f&uuml;r Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Museum Moderner Kunst K&auml;rnten, Collection Essl in Vienna, Collection of the City of Linz and Collection of the City of Vienna. She lives and works in Vienna, Austria.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:45:23 +0000