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20121017035934-013web [VIDEO] September Projekt Galerie > »Meta-Ikon« (Prolog)   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
MARC BONNETIN, Frank Eickhoff, Heike Gallmeier, Mirko Martin, NOÉ SENDAS, Ming Wong at SEPTEMBER October 20th, 2012 - November 3rd, 2012
Posted 12/4/12

The group-exhibition »Meta-Ikon« mainly presents photography as the dominant medium for recording and generating images, and as the contemporary appropriation of the historically acknowledged canon of images. Accordingly, the show is an arrangement of new statements that are not documenting reality, but refer to existing images of Western culture found in painting, photography, sculpture and film. Using different strategies the artists transform the collective images/icons of our cultural memory into new works of art. R... [more]

20121026184735-granat3 Light, reincarnate   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Amy Granat at Galerie VidalCuglietta September 7th, 2012 - November 17th, 2012
Posted 10/30/12

Loops of film stock hang from a hook on the wall. Loose film, out in the world, seems wrong. It’s not hidden, light-safe inside a camera, or tightly wound on reels or in canisters. It signals accidental exposure, perhaps a broken recording or projecting device. But there are no mistakes here. The filmstrips are scratched, damaged, punk. There’s intention in their seemingly abusive marks. The violence of the scratches is countered by the lightness of the delicate shadows they cast on the wall. The... [more]

20120820115642-nichols-marker Young Curators / New Ideas IV   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Sterling Allen, Ben Alper, Pan Aterson, Amy Beecher, A.K. Burns, Darren Coffield, Jillian Conrad, Adam Curtis, Teresa Henriquez, Peter Hobbs, Brookhart Jonquil, Jerry KEARNS, Jen Kennedy, Ryan Lauderdale, Liz Linden, C.J. Matherne, Hugo McCloud, Matt Nichols, Miranda Pissarides, Erik Blinderman & Lisa Rave, Josh Reames, Prem Sahib, Judith Shimer, Adam Parker Smith, Kasper Sonne, Jeni Spota, Jeffrey Vallance, Julia Weist at Meulensteen June 7th, 2012 - August 24th, 2012
Posted 8/20/12

Youth and newness are the totems of this exhibition and it feels that way. An excitement like an electric current runs through the arrangements of artworks, which seem to function as conceptual experiments or curatorial prototypes. The exhibition is built on a somewhat peculiar precedent; a dozen aspiring curators were each allotted a section of the gallery to mount individual micro-shows. Most chose to work with two or three artists; in all there are twenty-nine artists represented by an abundan... [more]

20120820154943-invite Indian Summer   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Cynthia Girard, Pontus Lindvall at SEPTEMBER July 21st, 2012 - September 1st, 2012
Posted 8/20/12

While most Berlin galleries are closed for the last month of summer, the ones that stay open have different ways of dealing with August’s meandering energy. Berlin isn’t exactly lazy in the summer, it’s just that the city can feel buoyed by momentum rather than ambition. September Gallery’s current show -- which ends on September first -- resists the lull. The exhibition creates an autonomous, luminous vitality that feels like an extra month of sun, an Indian summer. Canadian artist Cynthia Gi... [more]

20120604141456-bs_base_v_2012_300 Brute Materials   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Benjamin Sabatier at Galerie Jerome De Noirmont May 23rd, 2012 - July 12th, 2012
Posted 6/4/12

If for some reason you’d been worried that contemporary French art was turning into an overly-feminine affair (Grand Palais was so much more manly before Daniel Buren got in there to decorate), go see Benjamin Sebatier’s Hard Work. Bricks, cans, racks, nails, assorted construction-related instruments I’m too girly to know the name of — these are the artists’ materials in use here. The objects they compose seem, in their real or imagined dirtiness, vaguely out of place in the eighth-arrondissement... [more]

20120514152144-botanical The Physics of Looking at Sculpture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Johan Gelper at Ricou Gallery April 7th, 2012 - May 26th, 2012
Posted 5/14/12

If line is the fundamental element in Johan Gelper’s sculptures – be it the smooth, arcing contours of his Spatial Drawings or the sharp, clustered spikes of his Botanicals – then movement is their creative rationale. If there were a physics equation for looking at sculpture it would put the artwork on one side of the equal sign, the viewer on the other: a line in space has potential energy; as we move around to see it in three dimensions, its potential energy is converted into our own kinetic... [more]

20120217150535-wolflaartsd Home Makers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jeremiah Barber, Randy Colosky, Chris Fraser, Christine M. Peterson, Yulia Pinkusevich, Jonathan Runcio, Jesse Schlesinger, Gareth Spor, Andy Vogt at HIGHLIGHT PROJECT SPACE January 28th, 2012 - February 28th, 2012
Posted 2/15/12

We each have our routines—in our daily lives, and in our art consumption as well. We may bounce around on the hipster-lined streets of Oakland’s Art Murmur on first Fridays, fighting the crowds at Johansson Projects, trading endless text messages with friends we lost in the crowd. We may lurk on 16th Street drinking beers outside of Adobe Books during openings in the Back Room Gallery, pushing our way through for only minutes to try to glimpse actual works of art behind clusters of art-loving San... [more]

20120212190033-toomerlabzda1 2-D Pushers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Aude Pariset, Kate Steciw, Letha Wilson at Toomer Labzda January 8th, 2012 - February 26th, 2012
Posted 2/12/12

Photographic imagery as a medium is reimagined through the work of three artists at the Lower East Side’s Toomer Labzda Gallery. Aude Pariset, Kate Steciw and Letha Wilson create a dialogue between their drastically different approaches toward making art by transforming the printed image into a new sculptural medium. Curated by David Harper, the show challenges the somewhat archaic traditions of photography, and uses it as a jumping off point to create an evolved breed of three-dimensional abstract w... [more]

20120122144518-1 Louis De Cordier, Makeshift   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Louis De Cordier at Motive Gallery January 15th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2012
Posted 1/22/12

At first sight, the wooden trunks displayed at Motive Gallery would seem like aboriginal art. But they're no post-colonial ready-mades, unlike those we've seen in Vincent Vulsma's show at SMBA this year, for example. Louis De Cordier's “dugouts”, instead, are hand-carved sculptures made by the artist himself, out of white pines that grow specifically in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, where he lives. These canoe-shaped artworks represent quite a change in De Cordier's work, which often favors synthetic... [more]

20111115164816-graham_sous_chef__lightbox Medium Specificity Revisited   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rodney Graham at Donald Young Gallery October 21st, 2011 - November 23rd, 2011
Posted 11/14/11

In 1940, Clement Greenberg declared that “the history of avant-garde painting is that of a progressive surrender to the resistance of its medium,” and the controversial concept of media specificity/purity was born. About thousand years earlier, the painted triptych emerged in early European Christian art decorating the first churches and early sites of worship, turning a form that had first been used in ancient Rome as mere hinged writing tablets into a genre creating replete narrative worlds about sa... [more]

20111005081547-1_presley_ward_role_model_2008 Joie de Vivre   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Presley Ward at People's Gallery September 7th, 2011 - October 22nd, 2011
Posted 10/5/11

“Imagine a very small formal motif and try to execute it economically . . . the essence of the subject must always become visible, even if this is impossible in nature. .... The absence of foreshortening also plays a crucial part in the process.... I begin to execute forms, as if I know nothing about painting or, have I discovered a small, undisputed personal possession, a particular sort of threedimensional representation on the flat surface!” —Paul Klee, The Diaries of Paul Klee 1898-1918[i]   “T... [more]

20110912143226-nauman_combinations_described_chicago Sign Language   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Bruce Nauman at Donald Young Gallery September 16th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 10/3/11

Bruce Nauman’s installation at Donald Young Gallery centers around simple gestures: fingers on both hands are flexed and touched together in different combinations.   A video projected on a screen shows the artist’s hands doing this, while speakers embedded in the walls around the screen emit voices describing the gestures being enacted, “Right hand, thumb and first finger, left hand thumb.” And so on.  To most viewers, the permutations of fingers being curled and uncurled appears at first meanin... [more]

20111002201035-1b604e8eb97f8c66464503f4b1ddc68d50f122e634b4eaac7bbb9868ce12ba495g Never Quite Like This Before: Fifteen Years of Gatson   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rico Gatson at Exit Art September 30th, 2011 - November 23rd, 2011
Posted 10/2/11

In Three Trips Around The Block, Exit Art presents a fifteen-year retrospective of New York-based Rico Gatson. Through video, sculpture, and paintings, the show traces the evolution of Gatson’s work. There is a particular urgency invoked by showing a retrospective of Gatson’s oeuvre at this specific Obama-era moment. With a national vocabulary entrenched in misappropriations of concepts like post-race, colorblindness, and post-Blackness, we find ourselves coming up empty handed. There is no language t... [more]

20111017080131-07-image-_untitled__2011 Georg Herold at Sadie Coles HQ   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Georg Herold at Sadie Coles - New Space September 14th, 2011 - November 5th, 2011
Posted 9/24/11

Sometimes the only reaction you have to a show is “hmmm…ok.” Not because the art is bad, or indeed because it is so spectacular that you are lost for words to describe it, but because the exhibition offers you nothing in the way of engagement. Georg Herold at Sadie Coles HQ is one of these: a selection of works arranged in a large, white space with no curatorial intervention whatsoever. Not bad, not wonderful. Herold offers two themes in this show: monumental human figures constructed from f... [more]

20110716022549-75 The Tropes of the Tropical   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Miguel Calderón, Sofía Cordoba, George Kuchar, Mads Lynnerup, Carlos Ruiz-Valarino at Queen's Nails July 16th, 2011 - August 6th, 2011
Posted 8/9/11

Another thematic summer group show based on an image of summer-related ecstasy but one that chilly and windswept San Francisco can never truly grasp.  SF Tropical at Queens Nails Projects tries to address the word and conjured image that is the TROPICAL as refracted through the fog coming off the Bay. Mark Twain has been apocryphally quoted as saying, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  And though the weather was quite cool for summer, it definitely wasn’t the coldest... [more]

20110715104852-1 Jake or Dinos Chapman   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jake and Dinos Chapman at White Cube, Hoxton Square July 15th, 2011 - September 17th, 2011
Posted 7/31/11

"Jake or Dinos Chapman" is the result of a year spent by the Chapman brothers working in isolation from one another. As the “or” of the title implies, it is unclear – and perhaps irrelevant – which artist has produced which works. Moreover, the authorial split suggested by the exhibition’s title and by its spanning of both White Cube’s galleries (in Mason’s Yard and Hoxton Square), is belied by the polyreferential, "articulated" corpus of work on show. The upstairs gallery at Mason’s Yard houses a de... [more]

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