ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/show en-us 40 - Rubin Museum of Art - February 8th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES NINTH ANNUAL BRAINWAVE SERIES ON THE SCIENCE OF OUR EMOTIONS</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>See Yourself Differently as On-Stage Conversations Pair Leading Brain Experts with Notable Personalities to Dissect Our Emotions</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>New York, NY (January 11, 2016) &ndash;&nbsp;</strong>The wildly popular Brainwave series at the Rubin Museum of Art returns for its ninth season, exploring the science behind our emotions and states of mind. Featuring unscripted on-stage conversations, immersive experiences and film screenings, Brainwave will illuminate how the mind shapes identity and emotions as experts and notable personalities trade insights from science, spiritual teachings, and their personal experiences. The series begins on&nbsp;February 3&nbsp;with an encounter between actress Parker Posey and neuroscientist Emma Sepp&auml;l&auml;, and continues with such notable figures as musician Questlove, composer Stephen Sondheim, drag artist Courtney Act, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, and more.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While six emotions have been identified as universal and shared by all human cultures &mdash; anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise &mdash; advances in brain science are helping us decipher these and other states of mind, offering opportunities for self-discovery and understanding the human condition. Each Brainwave conversation will focus on a specific emotion.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Brainwave is all about turning inward, understanding the mind, and what makes us who we are. Emotions impact our core life experiences and this season, we hope to delve deeper and understand why some people are formed by them, and some people informed by them,&rdquo; said Tim McHenry, Director of Programs and Engagement at the Rubin, who curates the series. &ldquo;Brainwave will perhaps make us feel differently about feelings themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Highlights of<em>&nbsp;Brainwave</em>:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Neuropsychologist&nbsp;<strong>David Amaral&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;actress&nbsp;<strong>Sigourney Weaver</strong>&nbsp;(who&nbsp;played a woman with severe autism in&nbsp;<em>Snow Cake</em>) will explore the grey areas of where autism begins and ends on the spectrum. (February 8)</li> <li>The experimental psychologist and one of the world&rsquo;s foremost experts on language, mind, and human nature&nbsp;<strong>Steven Pinker</strong>meets one of the world&rsquo;s foremost artists and explorers of language, mind, and human nature:&nbsp;<strong>Stephen Sondheim</strong>. (March 9)</li> <li>The Roots drummer&nbsp;<strong>Questlove</strong>&nbsp;explores with neurobiologist&nbsp;<strong>Stuart Firestein</strong>&nbsp;what emotional states allow for the greatest creativity in the kitchen (with a tasting for good measure). (March 25)</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The 2016&nbsp;<em>Brainwave</em>&nbsp;schedule follows below. Rubin Museum members can purchase advance tickets on&nbsp;January 20, 2016. Tickets go on sale to the general public on&nbsp;January 21, 2016. For ticket information and updates on events, please visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rubinmuseum.org/Brainwave" target="_blank">www.RubinMuseum.org/Brainwave</a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Sigourney Weaver + David Amaral</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Spectrum</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Monday, February 8</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">7:00 PM</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">$30</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Actress Sigourney Weaver played a woman with severe autism in Snow Cake and now sees similar behavior in neurotypical people. Neuropsychologist David Amaral will help her explore the grey areas of where the autism spectrum begins and ends.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:05:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Asia Society Museum - February 9th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">With over thirty Kamakura masterpieces from private and museum collections in North America and Europe, &ldquo;Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan&rdquo; is the first exhibition to look beyond the aesthetics and technical achievements of these remarkable sculptures, and specifically examine the relationship between realism and the sacred empowerment of these objects. The exhibition explores how sculptures are &ldquo;brought to life&rdquo; or &ldquo;enlivened&rdquo; by the spiritual connection between exterior form, interior contents, and devotional practice, reflecting the complexity and pluralism of the period. "Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan" marks the first major loan show of Kamakura sculpture in the United States in more than thirty years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://asiastore.org/product/kamkakura-realism-and-spirituality-in-the-scultpure-of-japan/" target="_blank">Pre-order the richly illustrated exhibition catalogue at AsiaStore.</a></p> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 08:03:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Eung Ho Park - Y Gallery - February 10th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p class="normal" align="center"><strong>EUNG HO PARK</strong></p> <p class="normal" align="center"><strong>OBJECT/OBJECTIVE</strong></p> <p class="normal" align="center">February 10-March1st, 2016</p> <p class="normal" align="center"><strong>Opening Reception: Wednesday February 10, 2016 from 6 p</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>m</strong><strong>.</strong><strong> to 9 p</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>m.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p class="normal">Y Gallery is pleased to present OBJECT/OBJECTIVE, the first solo show by Eung Ho Park in our new space. The exhibition features recent works created to convey his ongoing interest in the arrangement and transformation of ordinary objects into statements about the human condition.</p> <p class="normal">Commonplace objects from daily life - spoons and forks, coins, and bottle caps - are grouped into works depicting &ldquo;Contemporary Narratives of Humanity.&rdquo;&nbsp; The exhibition includes a large-scale floor installation of tree twigs, and also features Park&acute;s video of small branches swept away by ocean waves.</p> <p class="normal">The show's title refers not only to the items chosen, OBJECT, but also to the ideas that Park is approaching, OBJECTIVE. &nbsp;He transforms ordinary objects into unexpected and inventive compositions.&nbsp; Park establishes a parallel between the chosen elements and the human body: heads, eyes and silhouettes. He addresses the course of life from birth to death, and the pursuit of truth despite cultural differences. Through his observance of social movements, he hopes to advance the goal of personal fulfillment.</p> <p class="normal">Arthur C. Danto states about Park and his artistic practice:&nbsp;<em>Eung Ho Park is an artist with great sympathy and understanding of their [immigrants] all too human ordeals. His art is a response to these ordeals, and symbolizes ways to overcome them. His is a particularly inventive way of using the fact that art can be made of anything to help people of different cultures together work and live happier lives.</em></p> <p class="normal">Eung Ho Park was born in South Korea. He lives and works in NYC. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute.&nbsp; He has exhibited at Exit Art, NY; the Drawing Center, NY; the Sculpture Center, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Queens Museum of Art, NY; Long Island University; Dartmouth College; Wake Forest University; Skidmore College; ADA Gallery Richmond, VA; Montserrat College of Art, MA; Randolph Macon College, VA;&nbsp;Wave Hill Bronx, NY; Islip Museum, West Islip, NY; Korean American Museum LA, CA; Jamaica Center for Art and Learning, Queens; Long Island University Brooklyn NY. He has created a permanent sculpture for PS 270 in Queens, NY. His works have been reviewed in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe and other publications.</p> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:04:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Atlantic Gallery - February 11th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">OVER THE BRIDGE II</span></strong><strong>, </strong>a group exhibition featuring the works of 42 Queens-based artists, all of whom are members of Long Island City Artists, Inc. /LICArtists, Inc<strong>.,&nbsp; opens February 9, 2016, at Atlantic Gallery</strong>, 548 West 28 Street, suite 540, in the Landmark Arts Building in Chelsea, Manhattan, NY 10001.&nbsp;&nbsp; The exhibition will continue <strong>through Saturday, February 20, 2016.&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, February 11, from 5-8 pm.&nbsp;&nbsp; An informal Meet-the-Artists event and closing reception will be held on Saturday, February 20<sup>th</sup>, from 2-5.&nbsp; The artists will </strong>&nbsp;introduce themselves to visitors and discuss their works and <strong>the new growing art scene in Long Island City.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Atlantic Gallery Hours</strong> are Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-6 pm; with extended hours on Thursdays 6-8 pm.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition , a <strong>continuous digital slide show</strong> will provide glimpses into the studios of the show participants, plus a brief visual tour of&nbsp; the art venues in Long Island City.&nbsp;&nbsp; All events are free and open to the public.</p> <p><strong>The artists </strong>in <strong>OVER THE BRIDGE II</strong> include painters, sculptors and graphic artists, all of whom have their studios and residences in Queens<strong>:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>DAVID ALTFELD, CINDY AVROCH-ROSENTHAL, AMANDA BARKER, </strong><a href="mailto:Kathy%20Cornell%20Berman" rel="nofollow"><strong>KATHY CORNELL BERMAN</strong></a><strong>, MICHELE BONELLI, </strong><strong>ROGERIO G. BORGES</strong><strong>, &nbsp;JOHN CAVE, MYRNA HARRISON CHANGAR,&nbsp; EILEEN COYNE, CAROL CRAWFORD, FABIENNE CUTER, ARLENE EGELBERG , </strong><strong>LILIAN R. ENGEL</strong><strong>, ANNE CLOSUIT EISENHART, ERIC FRIEDMANN, KATHY FERGUSON,</strong>&nbsp; <strong>DEBORAH JULIAN,&nbsp; </strong><strong>MARY HOROWITZ</strong><strong>,</strong><strong> REBECCA KANFER, TESSA KENNEDY,&nbsp; MICHELLE KAUFMAN, MARIE KOO, </strong><strong>AYAKOH FURUKAWA</strong><strong> LEONART,&nbsp; STEPHANIE LIU,&nbsp; ALICE LIPPING , </strong><a href="mailto:Robert%20lobe" rel="nofollow"><strong>ROBERT LOBE</strong></a><strong>, &nbsp;</strong><strong>ELLEN MANDELBAUM, GLENN MARLOWE</strong> <strong>,&nbsp; REGINA MCFADDEN, </strong><strong>NANCY MILLER, &nbsp;SUZANNE PEMBERTON, STEVE PALERMO, </strong><strong>THADDEUS RADELL</strong><strong>,</strong><strong> JULIA A. ROGGE, &nbsp;</strong><strong>SELVA SANJINES</strong><strong> ,&nbsp; ELIMORE SCHNURR, &nbsp;JACQUELINE SFERRA-RADA, ORLY SHIV , NANCY TAYLOR, EDJO WHEELER, YELENA TYLKINA</strong></p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:03:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Dove Bradshaw - Danese/Corey - February 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:53:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Don Perlis - Denise Bibro Fine Art - February 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div class="exhibition-description"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea presents New York artist Don Perlis&rsquo; fifth solo exhibition New York Now, February 11 &ndash; March 26, 2016.</strong> Perlis presents two of the city&rsquo;s most prominent venues: Time Square and the New York subway. He depicts the landscape and spectacles within these venues that are emblematic of this one of a kind place that we call <strong>Manhattan.</strong><br /> <br /> Perlis has his palm on the pulse of the city. With his classically painted canvases, beautifully crafted, richly colored and structured compositions, he captures the gritty, socio-economic strata, humor, and sometimes sinister qualities of our city; arguably, New York City reflects much of the world and its platforms. Perlis successfully illustrates a city that is busting with visual stimulation&mdash; signage thrusts off the canvas, figures dance and swing from poles, animated life-like figures from our film and political world are moving through&mdash;connecting and interacting with the crowds. Many depicted characters have become iconic figures in the American Landscape. Each present and reflect the various aspects of life that exist today. This energetic presence compels the viewer to become a participant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The structured landscape and happenstance of New York begs one to explore, to be on the move, to experience. Like many of his characters, Perlis is a provocateur as well as a presenter. The variety and seer quantities of objects, characters, and people, as well as the various platforms of thinking presented and suggested are limitless. Perlis&rsquo; modernist landscapes depict wide-scale transformations of the past, bringing to mind similar-minded early twentieth century artists from the Ashcan School like Everett Shin, George Bellows, William Glackens, Robert Henri, George Luks, and John Sloan. These artists also successfully captured the pulse of New York City life. Perlis earns the right to be talked about within the company of these masters.<br /> <br /> Perlis has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recently, he has exhibited at the Lancaster Museum of Art, PA, the Heckscher Museum of Art, NY, and the Hoyt Center for the Arts, Newcastle, PA. Among the many institutions he has exhibited are the Whitney Museum of American Art and National Academy of Design in New York, where he is a member and others. His works are in numerous private and public collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Kingsborough Community College, NY, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, and the Colby Museum of Art, ME to name a few. He has had received various fellowships and honors, and has been published in The New York Times, Art in America, the New York Magazine, and others.</p> </div> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:46:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Matthew Blackwell - Edward Thorp Gallery - February 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Nobutaka Aozaki - International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) - February 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><em><strong>Transportation</strong></em>, by Nobutaka Aozaki, deals with an object&rsquo;s displacement, and time-based debt. A deceptively simple demonstration of the arbitrary nature of commodity exchange value, the exhibition involves the rental of a common-use object&mdash;a Citi Bike&mdash;and its re-situation in another sphere. The display of the bicycle on Staging&rsquo;s white platform alters its commodity status, while further complicating its worth due to its new role as art object. Over time, the value of the exhibited work might be said to increase, quasi-proportionate to the artist's simultaneous accrual of debt.&nbsp;<em>Transportation</em>&nbsp;expands on Aozaki&rsquo;s sustained practice of researching variations of commodity circulation and alternate systems of human and economic exchange.&nbsp;<br /><br />During ISCP&rsquo;s weekly exhibition hours (Wednesday-Friday, 12-6pm) Aozaki will continuously rent, exhibit, return, and re-rent a Citi Bike from the closest nearby dock at the Grand Street subway station. While attempting to mitigate overage charges, the artist will inevitably incur fees, pointing to the ever present clock, that form of monetary measurement.&nbsp;<em>Transportation</em>&nbsp;also refers to a system of leasing stacked against the short-term renter. The many exchanges undertaken throughout the exhibition are presented on-scene, considered to be both exhibition documentation and a running tally of debt. In its role as the object of display, the Citi Bike enjoys an additional sense of value through its exclusive and elevated placement on the plinth; its prominent branding ironically identifies other, less positive, associations.&nbsp;<br /><br />Aozaki is providing an added service, free of charge, that expands the project beyond ISCP&rsquo;s gallery space. Visitors are invited to accompany the artist on a trip to return and renew the bike. Contact&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://mailto:stagingexhinitions@gmail.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">stagingexhibitions@gmail.com</a></strong>&nbsp;to schedule an appointment.&nbsp;<br /><br />In a penultimate closing ceremony and reception, on February 11, Aozaki and curator Rachael Rakes will discuss the unfolding of the project over its three-week run.<br /><br /></p> <p class="Normal1"><a href="http://cargocollective.com/staging/Staging-A-Shared-Platform" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>Staging</em></strong></a> is a program of seven exhibitions organized by seven curators that uses a single, white platform as its operative structure. This structure is the orienting environment for monthly stages produced via collaborations between a single artist and curator. <em>Staging</em> is a co-production of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and the International Studio &amp; Curatorial Program (ISCP) and runs from November 2015 to June 2016. Organized by Benjamin Austin, Christian Camacho-Light, Rosario G&uuml;iraldes, Emma James, Humberto Moro, Yanhan Peng, and Rachael Rakes from CCS Bard (2016).</p> <p><br /><br />--<br />Nobutaka Aozaki is a New York-based artist born in Kagoshima, Japan. He completed his MFA at Hunter College in 2012. He has been awarded the Artist Files Grant from A Blade of Grass Foundation, and the Artists&rsquo; Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Crossing Brooklyn</em>, Brooklyn Museum, New York;&nbsp;<em>Queens International 2013</em>, Queens Museum, New York;&nbsp;<em>What is the Real Value of Wealth</em>, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; Tina, SPIKE, Berlin; and&nbsp;<em>Where Do We Migrate To?</em>, Varmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden. He has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture program, the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and LMCC Swing Space residency program. He is currently in the Queens Museum Studio Program. His work has been recently discussed in&nbsp;<em>Spike Art Quarterly, The New York Times, The Atlantic Cities, The Huffington Post, ArtAsiaPacific</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Cabinet Magazine.&nbsp;</em><br /><br />Rachael Rakes is an independent curator and critic. She is currently the Programmer at Large for Film Society of Lincoln Center, Film Editor for the Brooklyn Rail, a consultant for Verso Books, and a Masters Candidate (2016) at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Rakes has published criticism and essays on art and film recently in&nbsp;<em>Artforum, Art-Agenda, Art Papers, BOMB, Hyperallergic, Film Comment, Frieze,</em>&nbsp;and S<em>ight &amp; Sound</em>. She is a Program Advisor for the documentary arts space UnionDocs, former Assistant Curator at the Museum of the Moving Image, and a former curator/co-owner at Heliopolis Project Space in Brooklyn. With Leo Goldsmith, Rakes is at work on a book about filmmaker Peter Watkins, for which they received a 2014 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:11:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Islip Art Museum - February 11th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM <p class="bodytext11" style="text-align: justify;">Rediscover the artist Paul Mommer (American, born Luxembourg, 1899-1963), a well-known and frequently exhibited artist of the mid-twentieth century who was featured in three impressive retrospectives; two at the Museum of Modern Art: Twentieth Century Portrait (1942) and Romantic Painting in America (1943) as well as one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: American Painting (1950). Transformations of a Visionary: Paul Mommer is a retrospective of the artist which highlights the diversity of his style and technique throughout the first half of the twentieth century. This exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the work and historical documentation of the artist.&nbsp;</p> <p class="bodytext11" style="text-align: justify;">Mommer exhibited extensively from 1932 until his death in 1963. His style and technique ranged from Romantic and Aesthetic Realism, to Abstraction. His exhibition history includes: New School for Social Research, Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Midtown Gallery, Corcoran Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Institute of Arts &amp; Letters, National Academy, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the National Cathedral of Washington D.C.</p> <p class="bodytext11" style="text-align: justify;">His artwork is included in the permanent collections of: Brooklyn Museum of Art, Hunter College, Hirshhorn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Munich State Museum, National Arts Club, University of Alabama, University of Minnesota, and the Walker Art Institute.</p> <p class="bodytext11" style="text-align: justify;">The artist is well documented and well received by curators and critics. The MoMA believes that &ldquo;an artist of long established reputation is hardly necessary to mention&rdquo; and &ldquo;[Mommer&rsquo;s] development has been followed by leading artists who are aware of his independent contribution in that direction &ndash; Milton Avery and Edwin Dickinson, to mention only two.&rdquo; Noted critic Jerome Klein wrote in the 1950&rsquo;s &ldquo;Some day Mommer will be recognized as one of the few significant artists of this period.&rdquo; The artist died suddenly in 1963 and only one piece of his work has been exhibited since, in the 50th Anniversary Exhibition 2005/06 at the Terrain Gallery.&nbsp;</p> <p class="bodytext11" style="text-align: justify;">This exhibit is curated by Loretta Corbisiero through Heart for Art, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages, supports, and creates opportunities for the arts, artists, and arts professionals with an emphasis on, creating, exhibiting and engaging communities. Heart for Art, Inc. provides Grassroots to Global Arts Programming, a full art immersion experience through development, awareness and collaboration of the arts.</p> <p class="bodytext11" style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition was made possible thanks to the inquisitive nature of a seventeen-year old girl, her passion for art, and her instinct to seek advice from her mentor.&nbsp; The first time in nearly 50 years, the work of her great grandfather, Paul Mommer, is again on view for the public to see.&nbsp;</p> <p class="bodytext11" style="text-align: justify;">The high school student approached her art teacher regarding her great-grandfathers artwork, as the family was unsure of what to do with the works. She felt confident that she would find the answers to her questions by reaching out to her teacher. This was the beginning of a student and teacher uncovering the artist&rsquo;s life and his work, while embarking on the endeavor of researching, documenting, and now exhibiting this collection. Given the appropriate title of &ldquo;Curatorial Assistant&rdquo; the student is now pursuing a higher education in the arts with the intention of preservation, conservation and education with the focus of establishing a foundation for the artist Paul Mommer.</p> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:02:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Michael Kagan - Joshua Liner Gallery - February 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Lights Out</em>, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Michael Kagan. This is the artist&rsquo;s second solo exhibition with the gallery, and will feature eight large-scale works and six smaller works in Kagan&rsquo;s primary medium, oil on linen. The artist will be present for the opening reception on Thursday, February 11, 2016.</p> <p>For&nbsp;<em>Lights Out</em>, Kagan reinforces his fascination with man&rsquo;s moments of triumph over nature&rsquo;s limits captured through iconic imagery. With a refreshed focus, the subject matter for&nbsp;<em>Lights Out</em>&nbsp;includes paintings of astronauts, cockpits, Formula One drivers, racecars, and for the first time, mountains. The artist shares, &ldquo;The idea behind&nbsp;<em>Lights Out</em>&nbsp;comes from a life changing situation that takes mankind to the next level&hellip; the subjects of my paintings are worthy of being painted because they achieved something epic, and will be remembered, but in doing so they could have died or did die, hence&nbsp;<em>&lsquo;Lights Out.&rsquo;</em>&rdquo; Through various, carefully selected historical imagery, Kagan paints a tenacious and dynamic impression of man during fearless moments, driven to achieve greatness.</p> <p>Meticulously researching his themes, the artist devotes hours of attention to understand the story of his subjects, selecting a definitive image to paint. Working from an abundance of photographs, Kagan carefully chooses imagery that encapsulates the pinnacle of these recorded moments in history. In&nbsp;<em>There is No End</em>, a true to scale depiction of the astronaut Eugene Cernan on the surface of the Moon looms before the viewer. Derived from a significant, widely publicized photograph of the astronaut, the painting captures the last time man set foot on the lunar surface in 1972. Similarly, a snapshot of the Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna served as inspiration for a large-scale work revealing the moments before the iconic driver&rsquo;s fatal crash during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. The artist notes his preference for painting momentous snapshots rather than entire narratives as he explains, &ldquo;I edit [the paintings] down to just the &lsquo;hits&rsquo; and am always looking for that iconic image so that even if it was silhouetted, the viewer would instantly know what it was.&rdquo;</p> <p>Traversing a fine line between abstract and figurative, Kagan&rsquo;s thick slabs of paint amass together to build detailed compositions. Upon close inspection, the paintings appear pixelated and erupt into countless particles. In&nbsp;<em>Concorde</em>, Kagan&rsquo;s swift dabs and blocks of oil paint compact tightly, filling the entire canvas. The abundance of dynamic, tightly placed brushstrokes create an energy within the composition that almost reverberates before the viewer. Stepping back to view the work as a whole, the myriad of controls and instruments in the renowned plane&rsquo;s cockpit become recognizable. Despite the frenzied appearance of Kagan&rsquo;s brushstrokes up close, distance reveals a process that is is organized, methodical, and deliberate. Kagan sheds light on his approach to painting with particular reference to a new series of mountain works as he explains, &ldquo;I get lost in the brush strokes and build it almost like an abstract painting but the final result is an epic mountain.&rdquo; Although the landscapes introduce a new focus for the artist, Kagan&rsquo;s inspiration for each work remains on the extraordinary lengths man will excel to overcome nature&rsquo;s limits.</p> <p>Born in 1980 in Virginia Beach, Michael Kagan received his BA from The George Washington University and MFA from New York Academy of Art, where he also completed a postgraduate fellowship in 2005. Special projects include a commission from The Smithsonian, an apparel collaboration with Pharrell Williams, and album cover artwork for The White Lies album&nbsp;<em>Big TV</em>&nbsp;which won an Art Vinyl award for Best Art Vinyl, 2013. Most recently, Kagan completed his largest commission to date&mdash;a 27-foot-wide painting for Los Angeles-based tech start-up RadPad, of which BBC published a detailed feature. Solo exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Thunder in the Distance</em>, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (2014); and&nbsp;<em>I am My Father&rsquo;s Son</em>, Space SBH, Saint Barth&eacute;lemy, French West Indies (2012). Selected group exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Your Favorite Artist&rsquo;s Favorite Artist</em>, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (2014);&nbsp;<em>Shake the Dust Off</em>, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY (2012); and&nbsp;<em>Growing Pains</em>&nbsp;at Charles de Jonghe Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2010).</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:44:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Jasper Johns - Matthew Marks Gallery - 522 W. 22nd St. - February 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Matthew Marks is pleased to announce <em>Jasper Johns Monotypes</em>, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. The exhibition includes thirty-five monotypes created between 1978 and 2015, many of which are being shown publicly for the first time. <br /> <br /> A monotype is a unique print in which the artist draws on a hard plate, usually metal, before laying a sheet of paper on top and running it through a press, transferring the image to the paper. Typically printed from a single application of ink, monotypes have an immediacy more akin to drawing than printmaking. Because of the medium&rsquo;s unpredictability, monotypes are experimental by nature, which may explain their special appeal for Johns. <br /> <br /> In the late 1970s, Johns began using monotype as a means of reworking his lithographs. The exhibition&rsquo;s earliest works depict a Savarin coffee can filled with paintbrushes, the subject of his 1960 sculpture <em>Painted Bronze</em>. As Johns said in a 1979 interview, &ldquo;I like to repeat an image in another medium to observe the play between the two: the image and the medium.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> After the Savarin monotypes, Johns turned to the crosshatch. Used for centuries to create tonal effects in engravings and other prints, the crosshatch first appeared in Johns&rsquo;s work in an untitled 1972 painting. He spent a decade exploring the motif further in painting, drawing, and a range of printmaking techniques before embarking on a group of monumental crosshatch monotypes, two of which are included here. Over eight feet wide, each sheet was too large for a single plate, so Johns drew on several Plexiglas plates and printed them in sections, passing the paper through the press multiple times. The result is an interlocking pattern that varies throughout the group.<br /> <br /> Other works in the exhibition incorporate familiar subjects and motifs, including three <em>Catenary</em> monotypes from 2001 and a <em>Numbers</em> monotype from 2013. Among the exhibition&rsquo;s most recent works are four 2015 monotypes based on a photograph taken by Larry Burrows during the Vietnam War. The source image depicts a Marine in despair after a failed mission, his posture echoing the photograph of Lucian Freud on which Johns&rsquo;s based his recent Regrets series, as well as the figure in Goya&rsquo;s <em>The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters</em>. <br /> <br /> In 2017, Matthew Marks Gallery will publish a catalogue raisonn&eacute; of Jasper Johns monotypes. Written by Jennifer L. Roberts, professor of the humanities at Harvard University, and Susan Dackerman, curator of prints at Harvard Art Museums, the book will reproduce all 137 works Johns made in this medium between 1954 and 2015.</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:28:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Sean Kelly Gallery - February 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:04:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Rubin Museum of Art - February 12th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES NINTH ANNUAL BRAINWAVE SERIES ON THE SCIENCE OF OUR EMOTIONS</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>See Yourself Differently as On-Stage Conversations Pair Leading Brain Experts with Notable Personalities to Dissect Our Emotions</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>New York, NY (January 11, 2016) &ndash;&nbsp;</strong>The wildly popular Brainwave series at the Rubin Museum of Art returns for its ninth season, exploring the science behind our emotions and states of mind. Featuring unscripted on-stage conversations, immersive experiences and film screenings, Brainwave will illuminate how the mind shapes identity and emotions as experts and notable personalities trade insights from science, spiritual teachings, and their personal experiences. The series begins on&nbsp;February 3&nbsp;with an encounter between actress Parker Posey and neuroscientist Emma Sepp&auml;l&auml;, and continues with such notable figures as musician Questlove, composer Stephen Sondheim, drag artist Courtney Act, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, and more.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While six emotions have been identified as universal and shared by all human cultures &mdash; anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise &mdash; advances in brain science are helping us decipher these and other states of mind, offering opportunities for self-discovery and understanding the human condition. Each Brainwave conversation will focus on a specific emotion.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Brainwave is all about turning inward, understanding the mind, and what makes us who we are. Emotions impact our core life experiences and this season, we hope to delve deeper and understand why some people are formed by them, and some people informed by them,&rdquo; said Tim McHenry, Director of Programs and Engagement at the Rubin, who curates the series. &ldquo;Brainwave will perhaps make us feel differently about feelings themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Highlights of<em>&nbsp;Brainwave</em>:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Neuropsychologist&nbsp;<strong>David Amaral&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;actress&nbsp;<strong>Sigourney Weaver</strong>&nbsp;(who&nbsp;played a woman with severe autism in&nbsp;<em>Snow Cake</em>) will explore the grey areas of where autism begins and ends on the spectrum. (February 8)</li> <li>The experimental psychologist and one of the world&rsquo;s foremost experts on language, mind, and human nature&nbsp;<strong>Steven Pinker</strong>meets one of the world&rsquo;s foremost artists and explorers of language, mind, and human nature:&nbsp;<strong>Stephen Sondheim</strong>. (March 9)</li> <li>The Roots drummer&nbsp;<strong>Questlove</strong>&nbsp;explores with neurobiologist&nbsp;<strong>Stuart Firestein</strong>&nbsp;what emotional states allow for the greatest creativity in the kitchen (with a tasting for good measure). (March 25)</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The 2016&nbsp;<em>Brainwave</em>&nbsp;schedule follows below. Rubin Museum members can purchase advance tickets on&nbsp;January 20, 2016. Tickets go on sale to the general public on&nbsp;January 21, 2016. For ticket information and updates on events, please visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rubinmuseum.org/Brainwave" target="_blank">www.RubinMuseum.org/Brainwave</a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Anthony Weiner + Moran Cerf</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Emotional Politics</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Friday, February 12</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">7:00 PM</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">$25</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner learns from neuroscientist Moran Cerf the degree to which emotions trump reason in political and other decision-making processes.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:05:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list James White - Sean Kelly Gallery - February 12th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:41:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Peter Fischli, David Weiss - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - February 12th 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Fridays, 12 pm<br /> Public gallery tours of the museum&rsquo;s exhibitions led by Guggenheim curators.</p> <p>February 12: Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better<br /> Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and David and Jennifer Stockman Chief Curator&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:47:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Tamara Johnson - CUE Art Foundation - February 13th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div id="block-56969de7cbced6189acaa14c" class="sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <p style="text-align: justify;">CUE is honored to present <em>No Your Boundaries,</em> a solo exhibition of work by Tamara Johnson. With sculpture and installation, &nbsp;Johnson transforms familiar objects into fossils of the real.&nbsp;Fixtures of the home, such as garden hoses and fences, break from their utilitarian functions to wilt, slither, and pose in the gallery space.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is a winning selection from the 2015-16 Open Call for Solo Exhibitions. The proposal was unanimously selected by a jury comprised of panelists <strong>Cecilia Alemani,</strong> Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director &amp; Chief Curator of High Line Art; <strong>Renaud Proch,</strong> Executive Director of Independent Curators International (ICI); and <strong>Rujeko Hockley,</strong> Assistant Curator ofContemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum.&nbsp; In line with CUE&rsquo;s commitment to providing substantive professional development opportunities, panelists also serve as mentors to the exhibiting artists, providing support throughout the process of developing the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Catalog essay:</strong> <a href="http://cueartfoundation.org/catalogue-essays/about-armadillos-and-other-topics-by-sara-roffino" target="_blank"><em>About Armadillos and Other Topics</em></a> by Sara Roffino</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ARTIST STATEMENT</strong><br />I work to tease out potent meaning from overlooked fragments of the home, ordinary nuances of exterior architecture and un-monumental mishaps of a place. Through sculpture, performance and installation, my work utilizes a wide range of materials&mdash;from pigmented silicone rubbers to concrete&mdash;to recreate underutilized objects and situations into venues for participation and contemplation. Always teetering on the border between the tragic and humorous, my work takes what we know as familiar, such as a water hose, and distorts its function into an uncanny fossil of the real.<br /><br /><strong>Tamara Johnson</strong> was born in Waco, Texas in 1984. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and the Rhode Island School of Design with a Sculpture MFA in 2012. Her work is a mash-up of sculptural making, choreographic landscapes and performative actions in the public/nonpublic. Most recently, she has exhibited her work at Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; The Lot LIC, Long Island City, NY; Judith Charles Gallery, New York, NY; Rooster Gallery, New York, NY; Microscope Gallery, NUTUREart and Black Ball Projects, all in Brooklyn, NY; Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY; CR10 Arts, Hudson, NY; Eastfield College Gallery in Dallas, TX; Find &amp; Form Space in Boston, MA and Philip Bloom Gallery in Nantucket, MA. Johnson&rsquo;s Backyard Pool, 2014, was honored at the Public Art Network Year in Review 2015. This is Johnson&rsquo;s first solo show in New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_2_1452718174852_65336" class="sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>CURATOR'S STATEMENT</strong><br />There are talks of making America Great Again.&nbsp;<br />We hear of Big Beautiful Walls.&nbsp;<br />There are Dreams. Dreamers. American Dreams.&nbsp;<br />There is an American Dream that is dying, we are told. It is on its deathbed, with a pale, white, sunken, lonely face on; awaiting the doctor. Or is it too late? Has the picketed fence given way to the Great Wall? Is the Dream already dead; awaiting another type of dream: resurrection and eternal life?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The messengers trumpeting the news are many. They speak in biblical terms and metaphors that are less than precise, leaving us to decipher the meaning behind the symbols. The spectacle is slapstick and abject. It oozes cream cheese frosting. We are once more peering through the cracks of Martha Stewart&rsquo;s kitchen walls and garden fences.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work of Tamara Johnson is rooted in considerations of American suburban symbolism, its powers and contradictions. With great meticulousness and a singular sense of humor, she seduces, engages, questions. In 2014, at the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York, Johnson created a swimming pool in a space otherwise occupied by a parking lot. Turning asphalt into a vision of leisure, Johnson&rsquo;s sculpture was only a mirage. All the architectural details of a suburban yard pool were faithfully recreated, but instead of a body of water, the pool&rsquo;s edges enclosed a green expanse of grass. It failed to deliver on the desires generated by the simple mention of a pool in the city&rsquo;s summer heat, but it opened up new spaces for dreaming and thinking.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the CUE Art Foundation, the artist pairs two sculptural installations: There is a series of garden hoses that hang along the wall (a family of deformed trophies, absurd, abject, deviant, sensual&hellip; I spy: a cream cheese frosting covered hose&hellip;); and, in the space, a wood fence and a faux iron railing collide, merge, exchange DNA, and part again. In the process, they&rsquo;ve lost their ways; they&rsquo;ve failed to fully enclose. In their uselessness, they are reduced to their ancestral differences. Both are descendants of old American families. The railing hails from England. It lost the gilded spikes of its British cousins but still shares its pretense. Its role is not so much to divide as it is to serve as a status symbol, reminiscent of country estates reduced to 18th century London squares. The wooden fence is from another stock altogether. Less colonial, more colonizing; it bares the spirit of the pioneer settlers; simultaneously dividing, obscuring, enclosing, claiming and protecting.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Step into Johnson&rsquo;s yard, with its props, replicas, prostheses! Laugh at those twisted, corrupt symbols that still hold so much power! Rejoice in the absurd, the frustrating, the tragic before stepping back into reality!<br /><br /><strong>Renaud Proch</strong> is Independent Curators International (ICI)&rsquo;s Executive Director, and from December 2009 to March 2013, he served as ICI&rsquo;s Deputy Director. Prior to this he was the Senior Director at the Project in New York, as well as the Director of MC, in Los Angeles. Originally from Switzerland, Proch studied in London, and moved to the West Coast of the U.S. in 2001. He co-founded ART2102 of Los Angeles in 2003; and the backroom in 2005 together with Kate Fowle and Magali Arriola. In 2011, he co-curated with Khwezi Gule a retrospective of South African artist Tracey Rose for the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, and the Umea Bildmuseet, Sweden, which also traveled to the Nikolaj Kunsthal, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has lectured at Camberwell College and the Royal College of Art, in London; the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, in California; Umea University in Sweden; Witswatersrand University, and Cape Town University in South Africa; The New School, and the School of Visual Arts, in New York.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:33:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list