ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/show en-us 40 Fritz Wotruba - 21er Haus - May 14th - November 9th <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition by the Fritz Wotruba Private Foundation</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fritz Wotruba (1907&ndash;1975) numbers among the most prominent sculptors in<br /> 20th-century Europe and is considered a <em>classic</em> of modern sculpture. The focus of the exhibition is on about 50 drawings and several important stone sculptures made between 1925 and 1975. The show is to illustrate how the sculptor prepared the process of the reduction of the human body in his drawings &ndash; a process that frequently only came to bear on his sculptures later on. In many cases, the drawings must thus be seen as autonomous works, which, in their relentless straightforwardness, show the artist at the acme of his creative potentials. They revolve around and condense Wotruba&rsquo;s notions of the figure and provide an inexhaustible source of inspiration for him, thanks to which he manages to translate the spontaneity and unrestrained quality of his ideas into the sculptures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To mark the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo Buonarroti&rsquo;s death, this exhibition addresses Wotruba&rsquo;s lifelong fascination with this genius of sculpture and showcases his graphic series <em>Homage &agrave; Michelangelo</em> of 1975. In these 26 drawings Wotruba conducts an imaginary dialogue with the esteemed master and reflects on the creative process behind sculpture. This last sequence of works, created just a few weeks before Wotruba&rsquo;s death, can be deemed his artistic legacy.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Eine Ausstellung der Fritz Wotruba Privatstiftung</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fritz Wotruba (1907&ndash;1975) z&auml;hlt zu den prominentesten Bildhauern des 20. Jahrhunderts in Europa und gilt als &bdquo;Klassiker&ldquo; der modernen Skulptur. Die Ausstellung konzentriert sich auf rund 60 Zeichnungen und einige bedeutende Steinskulpturen aus der Zeit von 1925 bis 1975. Sie m&ouml;chte verdeutlichen, wie sehr der Bildhauer in seinen Zeichnungen jenen Prozess der Reduktion des menschlichen K&ouml;rpers vorbereitete, der sich in den Skulpturen oft erst sp&auml;ter auswirkte. Die Zeichnungen haben in vielen F&auml;llen als autonome Werke zu gelten, die in ihrer h&auml;ufig ungesch&ouml;nten R&uuml;cksichtslosigkeit den K&uuml;nstler auf der H&ouml;he seiner sch&ouml;pferischen M&ouml;glichkeiten zeigen. Sie umkreisen und verdichten Wotrubas Vorstellung von Figur und bilden f&uuml;r ihn eine unersch&ouml;pfliche Quelle der Inspiration, aus der es ihm gelingt, die Spontaneit&auml;t und Ungez&uuml;geltheit der Idee in die Skulptur einflie&szlig;en zu lassen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Aus Anlass des 450. Todestags Michelangelo Buonarrotis thematisiert die Ausstellung auch Wotrubas lebenslange Auseinandersetzung mit dem Bildhauergenius und zeigt den 1975 entstandenen grafischen Zyklus&nbsp;<em>Hommage &agrave; Michelangelo</em>. Wotruba f&uuml;hrt in diesen 26 Zeichnungen einen imagin&auml;ren Dialog mit dem verehrten Meister und reflektiert &uuml;ber den bildhauerischen Sch&ouml;pfungsprozess. Dieser wenige Wochen vor Wotrubas Tod entstandene letzte Werkkomplex darf als sein k&uuml;nstlerisches Verm&auml;chtnis gelten.</p> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:49:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Peter Baum - 21er Haus - May 21st - October 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">When Peter Baum was appointed director of the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz in 1974, he was just thirty-four, making him the youngest museum director in Austria. In 2004, exactly thirty years later, Baum retired as founding director of its successor institution, Kunstmuseum LENTOS, on which he had exerted such a profound influence, and returned to his birthplace Vienna.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Between 1962 and 1973, Baum had worked as an art critic and cultural journalist in Vienna, organizing exhibitions for the Galerie auf der Stubenbastei and Galerie am Schottenring. With the opening of the Museum of the Twentieth Century under Director Werner Hofmann in 1962, a new standard was set in art. This museum was housed in the former Austrian Pavilion from the Brussels Expo, adapted by Karl Schwanzer, the building that is now the 21er Haus. In the same way as Otto Mauer at the Galerie St. Stephan from 1955, Hofmann and his successor Alfred Schmeller not only opened up Austria to the international art world but also incorporated the lively, expanding plurality of the art scene.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ever since childhood Peter Baum had been interested in photography. In his school days he photographed well-known personalities, such as Burgtheater actors and actresses Attila H&ouml;rbiger, Josef Meinrad, and Judith Holzmeister. Later on, while working as a journalist, Peter Baum&rsquo;s portrayals of artists and reportage photos were regularly published in many of his exhibition reviews for Austrian daily newspapers. Baum, now seventy-five, recently gave the Belvedere a striking selection of photographs he took between 1962 and 1973 at 20er Haus press conferences and openings. Not only are these works of art in their own right, but these pictorial documents have now also gained historical significance.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Als Peter Baum 1974 die Leitung der Neuen Galerie der Stadt Linz &uuml;bernahm, war er gerade einmal 34 Jahre alt und damit der j&uuml;ngste Museumsdirektor in &Ouml;sterreich. Genau 30 Jahre sp&auml;ter, im Jahr 2004, ging der 1939 geborene Wiener als Gr&uuml;ndungsdirektor des von ihm entscheidend gepr&auml;gten Kunstmuseums LENTOS in den Ruhestand und kehrte in seine Geburtsstadt zur&uuml;ck.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Von 1962 bis 1973 war Baum als Kunstkritiker und Kulturjournalist in Wien t&auml;tig und organisierte Ausstellungen f&uuml;r die Galerie auf der Stubenbastei sowie f&uuml;r die Galerie am Schottenring. Mit der Er&ouml;ffnung des Museums des 20. Jahrhunderts unter Werner Hofmann im Jahr 1962 wurde der von Karl Schwanzer adaptierte ehemalige &Ouml;sterreichpavillon der Weltausstellung in Br&uuml;ssel zum Ma&szlig;stab f&uuml;r bildende Kunst. So wie Otto Mauer ab 1955 in der von ihm geleiteten Galerie St. Stephan sorgten Hofmann und nach ihm Alfred Schmeller nicht nur f&uuml;r die &Ouml;ffnung und den internationalen Anschluss der &ouml;sterreichischen Szene, sondern auch f&uuml;r deren vitale Durchmischung mit einem zunehmend pluralistisch expandierenden Angebot.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">F&uuml;r Fotografie interessierte sich Peter Baum von klein auf. In seiner Schulzeit etwa fotografierte er u. a. bekannte Burgschauspieler wie Attila H&ouml;rbiger, Josef Meinrad und Judith Holzmeister. Sp&auml;ter, im Rahmen seiner journalistischen T&auml;tigkeit und in vielen von ihm verfassten Ausstellungsberichten f&uuml;r &ouml;sterreichische Tageszeitungen, wurden Peter Baums K&uuml;nstlerportr&auml;ts und Reportage Fotos regelm&auml;&szlig;ig ver&ouml;ffentlicht. Eine markante Auswahl der zwischen 1962 und 1973 anl&auml;sslich von Pressekonferenzen und Er&ouml;ffnungen im 20er Haus entstandenen Fotografien hat der inzwischen 75-j&auml;hrige Zeitzeuge j&uuml;ngst dem Belvedere in Form einer Schenkung &uuml;berlassen. &Uuml;ber ihre kunstimmanenten Qualit&auml;ten hinaus sind diese Bilddokumente inzwischen auch historisch wertvoll geworden.</p> <div class="elReadMoreLinkWrapper elReadMoreLinkWrapperOpened">&nbsp;</div> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:49:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Group Show - 21er Haus - June 15th - October 5th <p style="text-align: justify;">In the summer of 2014 the Titze collection is celebrating its exhibition premiere at two of the Belvedere&rsquo;s museums: the 21er Haus and the Winter Palace. Prince Eugene of Savoy&rsquo;s former residence, which was just recently opened to the public, is not only to be a magnificent setting for historical, particularly baroque exhibits, but combinations with contemporary art shall also reveal new perspectives. Launching this exciting juxtaposition, the Belvedere has the honor of staging this first presentation of Anne and Wolfgang Titze&rsquo;s wide-ranging collection of international contemporary art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Austro-French collection includes key works of Minimal art, such as Dan Flavin&rsquo;s first work using neon tubes, a floor piece by Carl Andre, specific wall objects by Donald Judd, a <em>felt piece</em> by Robert Morris, modular grids by Sol LeWitt, and reliefs by Fred Sandback. Pioneers of Minimalism like Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, and Robert Ryman are represented as are their European contemporaries Piero Manzoni, Giulio Paolini, and Lucio Fontana. Influential protagonists of German post-war art, such as Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, G&uuml;nther Uecker, and Anselm Kiefer meet shooting stars of the American art scene including Sterling Ruby, Wade Guyton, Kelley Walker, Seth Price, and Christopher Wool. World-renowned artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Sarah Lucas, Gabriel Orozco, and Jeff Wall demonstrate the variety of the globalized art world. Displayed in a scintillating interaction with the historical interior of the inner-city palace and the airy atmosphere of the 21er Haus, visitors can appreciate both the most recent trends and their origins in painting, sculpture, graphic art, and photography at exhibitions that promise a memorable encounter with an exceptional collection.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Im Sommer 2014 feiert die Sammlung Titze ihre Ausstellungspremiere in gleich zwei H&auml;usern des Belvedere: im 21er Haus sowie im Winterpalais, das erst k&uuml;rzlich als neue Dependance des Museums der &Ouml;ffentlichkeit zug&auml;nglich gemacht wurde. Dem prunkvollen Ambiente der ehemaligen Residenz des Prinzen Eugen von Savoyen entsprechend werden dort nicht nur historische, insbesondere barocke Exponate gezeigt, sondern in Kombination mit zeitgen&ouml;ssischer Kunst auch neue Perspektiven er&ouml;ffnet. Zum Auftakt dieser spannungsvollen Gegen&uuml;berstellungen ist es gelungen, Anne und Wolfgang Titze f&uuml;r die erstmalige Pr&auml;sentation ihrer umfangreichen Sammlung internationaler Gegenwartskunst zu gewinnen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Die &ouml;sterreichisch-franz&ouml;sische Sammlung umfasst Schl&uuml;sselwerke der Minimal Art, etwa die erste Neonr&ouml;hren-Arbeit von Dan Flavin, eine Bodenarbeit von Carl Andre, spezifische Wandobjekte von Donald Judd, ein Felt-Piece von Robert Morris, modulare Gitterobjekte von Sol LeWitt, als auch Reliefs von Fred Sandback. Wegbereiter der Minimalisten sind mit Positionen wie Agnes Martin, Frank Stella und Robert Ryman ebenso vertreten wie deren europ&auml;ische Zeitgenossen Piero Manzoni, Giulio Paolini und Lucio Fontana. Stilbildende Protagonisten der deutschen Nachkriegskunst wie Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, G&uuml;nther Uecker und Anselm Kiefer treffen in der Ausstellung auf die Shooting Stars der amerikanischen Szene, etwa Sterling Ruby, Wade Guyton, Kelley Walker, Seth Price und Christopher Wool. Internationale Ausnahmek&uuml;nstler wie Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Sarah Lucas, Gabriel Orozco und Jeff Wall spiegeln die Vielfalt einer globalisierten Kunstwelt wider. In einem reizvollen Zusammenspiel mit dem historischen Interieur des Innenstadtpalais und der luftigen Atmosph&auml;re des 21er Haus lassen sich j&uuml;ngste Tendenzen und ihre Wurzeln in Malerei, Skulptur, Grafik sowie Fotografie nachvollziehen und den Ausstellungsbesuch zu einer besonderen Begegnung mit einer au&szlig;ergew&ouml;hnlichen Sammlung werden.</p> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:46:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - 21er Haus - June 21st - September 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">From 21 June 2014, the 21er Haus and the Vienna University of Technology are presenting a sculptural pavilion in the lower-level courtyard in front of the museum. The idea was developed at the department for architectural theory, headed by Professor Kuhlmann, together with architects from the practice SOMA. This experimental construction is based on the scientific analysis of various materials and their static qualities as supporting structures. In its operational formlessness, the aluminum design expands on the notion of temporary presentation and is both a sculpture that can be walked into and the architecture of an exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For this pavilion will feature displays of twenty-one architectural projects from Austria and Sweden, selected by the curatorial team Mathias Mitteregger, Ana Simionovici, and Oliver Sch&uuml;rer. All of these projects clearly demonstrate how today&rsquo;s culture of recreation is fundamentally altering architecture. A further space is thus created outside the museum in which visitors are invited to relax, appreciate, and explore.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This architectural intervention picks up on a tradition at the very core of the 21er Haus and its story. After all, this building, originally designed for the 1958 World&rsquo;s Fair in Brussels, started off as a temporary exhibition space itself. At the time, architect Karl Schwanzer was awarded the Grand Prix d&rsquo;Architecture for his avant-garde and technically innovative design. And it was thanks to the appreciation of groundbreaking architecture that the Expo Pavilion was then transferred to Austria where, since 1962, it has been a museum of contemporary art. In this context, the 21er Haus continues to see itself as a place for pioneering projects.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Der Tiefhof vor dem Museum des 21er Haus ist Schauplatz einer ungew&ouml;hnlichen Architekturpr&auml;sentation. Ein Pavillon aus filigran wirkenden gedrehten Aluminiumst&auml;ben schraubt sich dort aus der Tiefe in die H&ouml;he und empf&auml;ngt den Betrachter am Eingang des Museums.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Die Konstruktion des Pavillons entstand als StudentInnenprojekt am Lehrstuhl f&uuml;r Architekturtheorie unter der Leitung von soma architecture. Kristina Schinegger (soma) und Stefan Rutzinger (soma) hatten die konzeptionelle Basis dieser experimentellen Bauweise geliefert, die auf der Analyse unterschiedlicher Materialien und deren statischen Eigenschaften als tragende Strukturen basiert. Mit seiner operativen Formlosigkeit erweitert der Entwurf aus Aluminium die Vorstellung von tempor&auml;rer Pr&auml;sentation und ist begehbare Skulptur und Ausstellungsarchitektur zugleich, da der Pavillon als Display f&uuml;r 21 innovative Architekturprojekte aus &Ouml;sterreich und Schweden dient. Die von D&ouml;rte Kuhlmann, der Leiterin der Abteilung Architekturtheorie an der TU Wien, und den KuratorInnen der TU Wien ausgesuchten Projekte machen deutlich, wie sich die Architektur durch die heutige Freizeitkultur tief greifend ver&auml;ndert. Entstanden ist so ein weiterer Ort des Aufenthaltes im Au&szlig;enraum des Museums, der die Besucher zu entspannter Benutzung und Erkundung einl&auml;dt.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Die architektonische Intervention kn&uuml;pft an eine Tradition an, die dem 21er Haus durch seine Geschichte eingeschrieben ist. Wurde das Geb&auml;ude ja urspr&uuml;nglich ebenfalls als tempor&auml;rer Ausstellungsraum f&uuml;r die Weltausstellung in Br&uuml;ssel 1958 konzipiert. F&uuml;r den avantgardistischen und technisch innovativen Entwurf erhielt der Architekt Karl Schwanzer damals den Grand Prix d&rsquo;Architecture. Der Wertsch&auml;tzung von zukunftsweisender Architektur ist es zu verdanken, dass der Expo-Pavillon nach &Ouml;sterreich &uuml;berf&uuml;hrt und dort seit 1962 als zeitgen&ouml;ssisches Museum genutzt wird. In diesem Zusammenhang versteht sich das 21er Haus auch weiterhin als Ort f&uuml;r vordenkerische Vorhaben.</p> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:48:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Jay Lagemann - Academy Art Museum - May 31st - August 31st <p>Jay Lagemann likes to work with many different materials, trying to use the ones that will best help him actualize his vision for a piece. These include wood, steel, copper, clay, plaster, cement, fiberglass and resins. Many of his pieces are cast in bronze and stainless steel. He plays with video and music.</p> <p>Jay attended Princeton University, concentrating in mathematics and art graduating Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa. After receiving his PhD in mathematical logic from MIT, he realized he didn't want to spend his time working motionless inside four walls. He has travelled all over the world and has sailed yachts across the north and south Atlantic, as well as has played with dolphins and windsurfed in the large waves on Maui. It is no surprise then that when his love of art compelled him to make sculpture, he worked to capture the joy and essence of movement in dance, play, and work, as well as in abstract forms.</p> <p>He is perhaps best known for the seventeen-foot tall Swordfish Harpooner that stands amidst the dunes in Menemsha, on Martha&rsquo;s Vineyard, that was commissioned for Chilmark's tri-centennial in 1994. Responding to requests for a personal-sized version of the Swordfish Harpooner, Jay attended workshops at the Johnson Atelier and Foundry in New Jersey. There, he learned to work in the bronze medium and completed the casting of a prototype that was used to produce the edition of bronze Harpooner sculptures, all signed and numbered. Jay now works with A.R.T. Foundry in Lancaster, PA, and the TMC Foundry in Thailand. On Martha's Vineyard, where Jay lives, his outdoor pieces are shown at the Granary, Field, and Featherson Galleries, as well as his Wild Island Sculpture Garden on his eight-acre family compound. In 2013, Jay installed six large pieces on location in Beverly Hills, CA, including a large cast stainless steel Swinging Jenny. The second cast in this edition will be in The Language of Motion show. We will also be showing Jay's new life-sized bronze, The Dance, inspired by the Matisse painting, which was commissioned for a new house being built in Chilmark, MA.</p> <p>Jay and his wife, Marianne Neill, have made Martha's Vineyard their home since 1976. They live in the house they built, which Jay considers his largest sculpture, surrounded by family and art, enjoying the many advantages of life on the Vineyard, while surfing, biking, hiking, playing with his grandchildren and working in his studio.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:34:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Academy Art Museum - July 26th - September 7th <p>The Museum is pleased to present its Annual Members&rsquo; Exhibition. This exceptional tradition represents the best of the region&rsquo;s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends. Each Museum member will have the opportunity to show one piece. It should be noted that in the last five years, several members have been offered one-person exhibitions in the Selections Gallery following the Annual Members&rsquo; Exhibition.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:36:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Group Show - ACME Fine Art - July 11th - August 16th <p>This year&rsquo;s Summer Salon will feature a variety of summer-themed artworks created during the twentieth century at New England&rsquo;s renowned summer art colonies, as well as a selection of important works reprised from gallery and museum exhibitions of the 2013/2014 season. Highlights will include a beautifully expressive, fully abstract oil on paper by Hans Hofmann, a monumental canvas by contemporary painter Pat Lipsky, and an important oil painting from the mid-1960s held over from our critically acclaimed recent exhibition of works by Jack Tworkov. Other artists whose artwork will form a part of the exhibition include: Edwin Dickinson, Michael Loew, George McNeil, Charles Littler, Kenneth Stubbs, Dorothy Eisner, Maurice Freedman, Hayes Ownby, Panos Ghikas, William Freed, Lillian Orlowsky, Sharli Powers Land, Philip Malicoat, Daniel Brustlein, Robert Beauchamp,Tony Vevers, and Lester Johnson. Sculpture by Gilbert Franklin, Ilya and Resia Schor, and paintings by contemporary artists, Rose Basile, Myrna Harrison and George Lloyd will round out the exhibition.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:25:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) - April 10th - October 26th <p>In a world premiere event, the studio that brought you the animated classics <em>Shrek</em>, <em>Madagascar</em> and <em>Kung Fu Panda</em> is offering unprecedented access to its extraordinary archive in <em>DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition</em>.<br /> <br /> <em>DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition</em> is ACMI's largest ever exhibition, featuring over 400 items including, never-seen-before concept drawings, interviews, models and original artworks,&nbsp;and interactive experiences for children and adults. Visitors will lose themselves in the extraordinary worlds created by DreamWorks' award-winning artists and travel with beloved characters, from original sketches through to grumpy ogres, friendly dragons and Kung Fu-fighting pandas.<br /> <br /> Curated in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, and commemorating its 20th anniversary, <em>DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition</em> is the studio's first ever large-scale international exhibition.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:18:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Tony Feher - Akron Art Museum - April 12th - August 17th <p style="text-align: justify;">Covering 25 years of Tony Feher&rsquo;s art, the exhibition will feature the range of everyday materials Feher employs, from bottles filled with colored water to marbles and pennies, Styrofoam blocks, soft drink crates, plastic bags, paper cups and various packing materials. Although Feher's materials can be seen as banal&mdash;even throwaway&mdash;they are chosen specifically for their distinct visual and structural qualities as well as for their connection to people. Feher stacks, arranges, dangles and aligns his materials to form fluid lines, thoughtful rhythms and bursts of color and light. His art enables us to observe and appreciate the beauty and poetry in the ordinary objects that surround us or simply look at things anew.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tony Feher<em> has been organized by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. <br /> Its presentation at the Akron Art Museum is generously supported by the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis and the Ohio Arts Council. </em></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:39:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Group Show - Akron Art Museum - April 12th - September 14th <p>From the early 20th century, when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque introduced words into their Cubist still life paintings and collages, artists have incorporated language into their images.<em> Language in Art</em> explores the variety of ways contemporary artists utilize words in artworks from the Akron Art Museum collection.</p> <p>While Shusaku Arakawa surrounds a poem by his wife with directional lines to explore relationships between time and space, Lesley Dill associates Emily Dickinson&rsquo;s poetry with the human form in an innovative lithograph printed on organza. Kristen Cliffel frosts sumptuous ceramic cupcakes with questions regarding society&rsquo;s expectations of women and Sophie Calle creates an imaginative illustrated narrative from photographs and notes she recorded while working as a chambermaid in a Venice hotel.</p> <p>The exhibition also features sculptures, prints and photographs by Robert Arneson, Vernon Fisher, Ed Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and William T. Wiley.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 06:14:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Group Show - Akron Art Museum - April 12th - September 14th <p>From the early 20th century, when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque introduced words into their Cubist still life paintings and collages, artists have incorporated language into their images.<em>&nbsp;Language in Art</em>&nbsp;explores the variety of ways contemporary artists utilize words in artworks from the Akron Art Museum collection.</p> <p>While Shusaku Arakawa surrounds a poem by his wife with directional lines to explore relationships between time and space, Lesley Dill associates Emily Dickinson&rsquo;s poetry with the human form in an innovative lithograph printed on organza. Kristen Cliffel frosts sumptuous ceramic cupcakes with questions regarding society&rsquo;s expectations of women and Sophie Calle creates an imaginative illustrated narrative from photographs and notes she recorded while working as a chambermaid in a Venice hotel.</p> <p>The exhibition also features sculptures, prints and photographs by Robert Arneson, Vernon Fisher, Ed Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and William T. Wiley.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 05:53:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list La Wilson - Akron Art Museum - May 10th - September 21st <div class="twoColumn column c-2"> <p>When La Wilson enrolled in a two-year adult art class with Leroy Flint at the Akron Art Institute soon after she settled in Hudson, Ohio,&nbsp; she could have hardly imagined its impact. Both Wilson and art in northeastern Ohio have been vastly enriched by her idiosyncratic artworks that have been embraced by critics and collectors nearby and around the country.</p> <p>Wilson started exhibiting paintings and drawings at the Akron Art Museum&rsquo;s annual May Show in 1957. Two years later her pen and ink drawing Things as They Are won an award and entered the collection. By the late 1960s, Wilson was making enigmatic constructions using an array of found materials that she collected for their appeal and &ldquo;without judgment.&rdquo; Over the years, Wilson proceeded to position blocks of type, stamps, pastels, crepe paper, fishing lures, plastic forks, coins, rosaries, airplanes, toy guns and a myriad of other materials into boxes or frames creating elegant compositions that evoke delight, nostalgia and sometimes even a dark edge. Wilson comments that her constructions evolve from a &ldquo;stream of consciousness,&rdquo; noting that the objects either &ldquo;click almost instantly&rdquo; or &ldquo;take forever to work.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>La Wilson: Objects Transformed</em>, which features a selection of the remarkable artwork the artist has created over a half century from the Akron Art Museum and Northeast Ohio collections, is organized by the Akron Art Museum.</p> </div> Wed, 14 May 2014 06:22:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list O. Winston Link - Akron Art Museum - June 7th - November 9th <p>At first glance the photographs of O. Winston Link seem to be simply an extensive project that documents the end of steam locomotives. As we examine the breadth of Link&rsquo;s output, the images also draw us in with the drama of cinematic lighting, lyrical landscapes and sentimental views that could be illustrations by Norman Rockwell. For example, the ingenious composition of Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia captures the end of an era going by in a puff of smoke in the distance while the new automobile culture consumes the foreground.</p> <p>Featuring photographs from the museum&rsquo;s collection and several loaned works, the exhibition will examine Link&rsquo;s technical accomplishments and innovations as a photographer as well as his in-depth documentation of a quickly fading mode of transportation and way of life in rural America.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 05:45:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Alaska State Museum - March 29th - April 1st, 2016 <p>Closure Notice: The Alaska State Museum at 395 Whittier Street will close its doors following the Final Friday event on February 28, 2014. Expected reopening in the new State Library, Archives and Museum (SLAM) building will take place in April 2016. The new 118,000 square-foot facility, located at 395 Whittier Street, will feature a gift store, cafeteria, auditorium, classroom, reading room, museum galleries, research room, historical library, and state archives all under one roof.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:16:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Richard Hamilton, John Hilliard, David Montgomery, Don McCullin, Ian Stephenson, John Stezaker - Albertina - April 30th - August 17th <p class="avtext">Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 cult film <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> and its various references to photography are the focus of the Albertina photo exhibit of the same name. For the first time, photographs classified according to thematic emphases will be shown which have proven to be characteristic for Antonioni's film in various respects, and which also illustrate important artistic positions in the history of photography and art.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> occupies a unique position, not only in the history of film, but also in the history of photography. There is hardly another feature film that has shown the diverse areas of photography in such a differentiated fashion, and which attempts to fathom them in such a detailed and timeless manner. The photographic spectrum in <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> is accordingly broad, extending from fashion photography through social reporting and pop art to abstract photography. The <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> exhibit presents these diverse themes and their relation to one another in several chapters. In addition to film stills, both works that can actually be seen in Blow-Up and photographs illuminating the cultural and artistic context of the film production, London of the Swinging Sixties, will be shown. Among the exhibited photographers are thus found such central artists as David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Richard Hamilton, John Hilliard, Don McCullin, Ian Stephenson, John Stezaker and many more.</p> <p class="avtext"><br /> In addition to this, the famous photos from <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> of a pair of lovers in a park, taken secretly by the protagonist of Antonioni's story, can also be viewed. The protagonist believes that he has "documented" a murder by chance with these images. However, the photos turn out to provide only ambivalent evidence, because even enlargements or blow-ups of these photos don't reveal the presumed corpse. This cinematic study of the representation of images and their ambivalence has since provided the artistic basis for the works of a variety of contemporary photographers, which demonstrates that <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> has retained its cultural relevance since its creation in 1966.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:56:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Alex Katz - Albertina - May 28th - September 28th <p class="avtext">Alex Katz (*1927 in New York) is one of the most important American artists of our time. He is a central figure of the American self-reflexive painting tradition, for which the assonance of rationality, sensuality and abstraction is characteristic. The artist depicts seemingly dispassionate motifs from the life of the New York intellectual and art scene and the well situated leisure society in an iconic fashion in monumental formats. Another focus is on the representation of simultaneously immediate and unapproachable natural idylls of Maine in the north-eastern United States. On the occasion of his most recent gift of 60 works, the Albertina is presenting its entire collection of drawings and cards, as well as a selection of the paintings of Alex Katz.</p> <p class="avtext">Metro sketches of the 1940s, landscapes sketches from 1950 to the present, party sketches from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as beach sketches of the 1990s make clear that Alex Katz is already thinking like a painter while observing "in front of the motif". He grapples optically with the reality, works out the mood of the place and the light and records the fashionable perfection and the gestures of the figures typical of the time.</p> <p class="avtext">One can ultimately call the large-format, and in themselves complete "Finished Drawings" "paintings in black and white". In the around 20 portrait drawings of New York "Professional People" created between 1980 and 2000, Alex Katz achieves a long-distance effect of the light, the valeur and the volumes of these flatly structured compositions that does not need to hide itself behind the paintings. He consciously chooses techniques that force him to a reduction down to a few details and surfaces. The resonance of the empty paper space of these drawings can be compared with that of the monochrome areas of the paintings.</p> <p class="avtext">Around a dozen cards, giant sheets of packing paper, with the help of which Alex Katz transfers the outlines of his motifs to the empty canvas, are impressive witnesses to their one-time function as work materials. Here is where the artist pursues the reduction of the motif to its outline to the greatest extent.</p> <p class="avtext">In his paintings, Alex Katz achieves this "cool" aesthetic of an immediate present, which he has found in the observation of light and surfaces while drawing. The liveliness of the expressive line of the previous drawings is maintained, reduced and perfected by the various transfer techniques, in the gestural painting style of the paintings.</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 01:20:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list