ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Joseph Hart, Eddie Martinez - David Krut Projects - May 1st - June 28th <p>David Krut Projects is pleased to present <em>Dread Blush</em>, Joseph Hart&rsquo;s second solo exhibition with the gallery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hart&rsquo;s work is a collision of choreographed and happenstance mark-making, brutal editing and reinvention. Utilizing drawing, painting and cut-paper collage, Hart&rsquo;s process is structured around cursory gestures: errant dashes, ticks, quick lines, scrawls, swoops and zigzags. This set of preliminary and exploratory maneuvers&nbsp;are then built upon, reconfigured or impulsively edited out until a composition begins to emerge. In his paper pieces, smaller scale drawings are often grafted directly into larger works, interrupting the initial picture plane while also reactivating it. The results are abrupt but retain a compelling and provocative elegance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Dread Blush </em>emphasizes Hart&rsquo;s interest in the boundaries presented by scale and context, compositional management, and the paradoxical relationship between strategy and chance. Through the physical limits of his reach, the edges of over-sized works are hastily (and sometimes literally) pointed out with slashes in graphite or oil stick. These gestures, or reaches, function as an armature for his next set of marks and are balanced by carefully placed items such as insect decals, rubber elastics and miscellaneous studio detritus. These collaged components introduce bursts of shape and hue, ultimately assisting in subsequent formal decisions. When in process, Hart frantically moves the work multiple times from table, to floor, to wall and back, providing evidence of action, adjustment and touch.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hart sites &ldquo;over-thinking things&rdquo; as both destructive and critical to his practice. Works often deemed too tight, contrived, disastrous, or other, are disassembled and recycled into newer pieces, transforming the ghosts of failure into important moments of discovery and intrigue. Hart relies heavily on this act of revitalization. This system of working capitalizes on the unscripted, can simplify the complex, and champions micro exchanges between intentions and actualities, blemish and beauty, vice and virtue.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Originally from New Hampshire, Joseph Hart is a Brooklyn, New York-based artist. His work has been exhibited at Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle in Paris, Galleri Tom Christofferson in Copenhagen, </em><em>Alexander &amp; Bonin, CRG Gallery, Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery, and Halsey Mckay Gallery in New York, among others. Hart&rsquo;s work has also been included in notable shows at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Santa Monica Museum of Art and The Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts. He has been featured in periodicals such as FlashArt, Modern Painters, and The New York Times.&nbsp;He is currently a resident artist at the </em><em>Dieu Donn&eacute; </em><em>Workspace Program, in New York. Hart holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:16:03 +0000 Geraldo de Barros - Tierney Gardarin Gallery - May 6th - June 21st <p>Tierney Gardarin Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Geraldo de Barros (1923-1998). This historic exhibition, the first solo presentation of the artist&rsquo;s work in New York, features a diverse group of works that span de Barros&rsquo; extraordinary career. Geraldo de Barros: Purity of Form, explores a practice that, across decades, movements, and media, demonstrated a dogged commitment to artistic experimentation and abstraction. Geraldo de Barros: Purity of Form opens on Tuesday, May 6th and will be on view through Saturday, June 21st, 2014. The opening reception will be on Friday, May 9th from 6pm until 8pm.<br /><br />Geraldo de Barros is a seminal figure in Brazilian art whose multi-faceted oeuvre, much like that of his contemporary Lygia Clark, is remarkable in its depth and scope. An early leader of Brazil&rsquo;s Concrete movement, his practice engaged with painting, photography, sculpture and industrial design. De Barros first rose to prominence as a painter and founding member of Grupo XV in the 1940s, and soon after gained notoriety as an innovative and experimental photographer. He explored minimal form in photography through manipulating negatives, superimposing, scratching and painting on them, to create arresting abstractions he called Fotoformas. This technique of distillation and precision was later carried into sculpture, painting, and eventually industrial design. Geraldo de Barros: Purity of Form includes key pieces from de Barros&rsquo; practice, presenting the life work of a figure who is widely considered to be one of the most influential Brazilian artists of his generation.<br /><br />Geraldo de Barros: Purity of Form will feature exceptional examples of the various aspects of de Barros&rsquo; practice. For example, brightly contrasted Formica paintings will be included, installed alongside the fantastic early Fotoformas. Also included are the later Sobras&mdash;a series of intricate photo collages created in the last two years of his life when, debilitated by illness, he returned to earlier photographs and original negatives. The unity and consistency of the works across decades and disparate media underscore the consistent theme of de Barros&rsquo; practice: purity of form.<br /><br />Geraldo de Barros has been the subject of major solo exhibitions worldwide, most recently at The Photographer&rsquo;s Gallery in London and the SESC Vila Mariana in Sao Paulo. His work is included in the permanent collections of internationally renowned institutions a such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Mus&eacute;e de l&rsquo;Elys&eacute;e, Lausanne, Switzerland; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Tate Modern in London, UK; among many others. A major monograph about his life and work, entitled geraldo de barros: isso, was published in 2013 by SESC Editions.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:12:34 +0000 Julian Schnabel - Gagosian Gallery- 24th St. - April 17th - May 31st <p>A lot of what I do is about being in the moment&hellip;The residue of what happens; that's what's in the paintings.</p> <p>&mdash;Julian Schnabel</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gagosian is pleased to present &ldquo;View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989&ndash;1990,&rdquo; an exhibition of paintings</p> <p>by Julian Schnabel that are being shown in New York for the first time, twenty-five years after they were made.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Schnabel approached painting as an act as susceptible to chance and</p> <p>circumstance as life itself. Working in the wake of American antecedents such as Robert Rauschenberg and Cy</p> <p>Twombly&mdash;who brought a certain sense of freedom to bear on their evident romance with European art and</p> <p>aesthetics&mdash;Schnabel made audaciously scaled paintings and sculptures whose richly hybrid sources were</p> <p>expressed in an attitude of baroque excess combined with improvisational daring. Broken plates, Kabuki theater</p> <p>backdrops, tarpaulins and boxing mats; thickly applied oil paint, collage, viscous resin, and flat digital</p> <p>reproduction; fragments of text in different languages: these are just some of the diverse materials with which</p> <p>Schnabel engages life's grand themes&mdash;sexuality, obsession, suffering, redemption, death, and belief.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For paintings such as Paintings With and Without Bingo and Ozymandias, executed en plein air on the site of a</p> <p>ruined neoclassical building during a sojourn in Florida, Schnabel used old tarpaulins, sailcloth, and rolls of velvet</p> <p>as grounds on which to render reflections of his immediate surroundings subject to uncontrollable forces, from</p> <p>tropical storms to his dog Bingo's seemingly random but deliberate paw prints. These paintings, and others</p> <p>made in similarly unorthodox conditions in Montauk and San Sebastian, reveal an individualistic interplay</p> <p>between site and and mark-making, both intentional and incidental, that eschews pictorial hierarchies of</p> <p>authorship, subject, and style.</p> <p>Schnabel&rsquo;s persistent allegiance and magnanimous, catch-all approach to painting attests to the palimpsest of</p> <p>emotion, memory, and chance that drives a gleaner's relationship to material and image: from collected words</p> <p>and phrases to allusions to specific moments, places, friends, and family, and narratives of surface, materiality,</p> <p>and studio process. These visceral paintings&mdash;where velvet is drenched in sea water, or tablecloths are doused</p> <p>in paint and used as sponges on visibly patched tarpaulins&mdash;embody an alternative, iconoclastic approach to</p> <p>&ldquo;the sacred cloth,&rdquo; shared with the aforementioned American forbears, as well as kindred spirits Francis Picabia,</p> <p>Yves Klein, Alberto Burri, and Sigmar Polke, to name but a few. There is no substitute for the authenticity of</p> <p>Schnabel's gesture; twenty-five years after their making, his elegant yet exuberant and intrepid paintings have</p> <p>renewed vigor and urgency, anticipating the gestural, aleatory, and readymade painting so pervasive among</p> <p>emerging artists today.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Julian Schnabel was born in New York City in 1951 and studied at the University of Houston (1969&ndash;73) and the</p> <p>Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1973&ndash;74). Public collections include Metropolitan Museum of Art,</p> <p>New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R.</p> <p>Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Broad Art Foundation, Los</p> <p>Angeles; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and</p> <p>Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sof&iacute;a, Madrid. Recent solo exhibitions include Inverleith House, Edinburgh</p> <p>(2003); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2004); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sof&iacute;a, Madrid (2004); Mostra</p> <p>d'Oltramare, Naples (2005); Schloss Derneburg, Germany (2007); Tabacalera Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain</p> <p>(2007); Beijing World Art Museum (2007); Saatchi Gallery, London (2008); Art Gallery of Ontario (2010); Museo</p> <p>Correr, Venice (2011); Centro Italiano Arte Contemporanea, Foligno, Italy (2013); and Brant Foundation Art Study</p> <p>Center (2013&ndash;14).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Julian Schnabel: An Artist Has A Past (Puffy Clouds and Strong Cocktails),&rdquo; an exhibition of fifteen paintings</p> <p>produced over the past decade, will be on view at Dallas Contemporary from April 11&ndash;August 10, 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Draw a Family, a fully illustrated book focusing on Schnabel's paintings of the past forty years, was published by</p> <p>Karma in April of 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Schnabel lives and works in New York City and Montauk.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:52:32 +0000 Alan Gaynor - Viridian Artists - April 29th - May 17th <p align="center"><strong>ALAN GAYNOR</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>"REMEMBRANCES"</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>APRIL 29- MAY 17, 2014</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Reception Thursday May 1 6-8PM</strong></p> <p>Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present new work by Alan Gaynor. His exhibition of photographs entitled "Remembrances" continues from April 29 through May 17, 2014 with an opening reception, Thursday May 1, 6-8PM.</p> <p>The images in this exhibit are a departure from Gaynor's usual subject matter of urban architecture and instead are a tribute to his late wife Sharon Silbiger, a Professor of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein School of Medicine. In these works, Gaynor uses the beauty of dying flowers, as a metaphor for her death after a long illness.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though he hopes to return to focusing on architectural patterns in his photographic work, changing his imagery during his grieving has provided solace. The images in this exhibit are another poignant example of the power and importance of art in our lives.&nbsp; In these powerful floral portraits, Gaynor has gone beyond the usual imagery of flowers in art, instead creating a potent metaphor of the beauty and naturalness of the evolution of life and death.</p> <p>Until this body of work, perhaps because he is also a licensed architect, Gaynor's focus has been an all-encompassing examination of the architecture of the urban landscape. As architecture is often said to be "frozen music", Gaynor's photographs demonstrate that in a city, it is the layering of the buildings played against one another, creating an overall ensemble that one could say resembles music.&nbsp; There is an equally powerful sense of rhythm in these unique flower images.</p> <p>The artist has studied with the master photographers George Tice (urban landscapes), John Sexton (black &amp; white imagery of nature and Ansel Adams' assistant) &amp; Jock Sturges noted for his B&amp;W photographs of Naturists &amp; beautiful people.</p> <p>This will be the artist's 2nd solo exhibit at Viridian. He has received many awards for his photography including a Bronze Award in the 2012 International Loupe Awards, Terabella Media&nbsp; Urban Landscape, Epson International, Tank Photo Award and many others. His work has been featured in publications including Best of Photography 2012, The Photographer, CoverArt and Photo Review to name just a few. He has been exhibiting his photography since 2000 at many galleries, including FotoFusion, Spectra '07, Saf-T-Gallery, Black Box Gallery, Camera Obscura, Soho Photo and others.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:30:44 +0000 Sandro Chia - Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects - April 23rd - April 23rd <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Press Release:<br /> Sandro Chia: Sator Arepo<br /> April 23&ndash; May 25, 2014<br /> Opening: April 23, 6-8 pm<br /> shfap | steven harvey fine art projects<br /> 208 Forsyth Street New York, NY 10002 Weds &ndash; Sun 12 &ndash; 6pm and by appointment</p> <p>Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents a solo exhibition of recent mixed media works on paper by Sandro Chia (b. 1946) focussed on his classic motif of a solitary male figure in the landscape. Chia is a significant figure in the Transavanguardia movement, an Italian outgrowth of Neo-expressionism, which garnered international attention in the 1980s. This will be the first exhibition of Chia&rsquo;s work at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. The title of the exhibition, &ldquo;Sator Arepo,&rdquo; is adopted from a Latin palindrome word square with magical associations, found inscribed on ancient Roman stone tablets.</p> <p>After graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence in 1969, Chia travelled throughout Europe and India. Upon his return to Rome, he began exhibiting what he now refers to as &lsquo;mythical conceptual&rsquo; painting and sculpture. During the late 1970s, he transitioned to a more figurative style, quickly establishing himself as a key Transavanguardia artist, along with contemporaries Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino.</p> <p>Realized on small sheets with watercolor, pastel and other media, Chia&rsquo;s vibrant colors, cubist spaces and expressive draftsmanship appropriate, echo and send up romantic figures of art history including Carlo Carra, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and Courbet. His imagery often draws upon classic mythology and makes references to antiquity. Yet, as Dr. Maurizio Vanni observes in his essay &lsquo;The Loneliness of the Hero&rsquo;, &ldquo;Chia tends to humanize his heroes, making them almost everyday subjects.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chia presents painting as a magic alchemical language, able to give voice to man&rsquo;s inexplicable search for meaning. In an interview conducted by Richard Milazzo, Chia defines his relationship to his work:</p> <p>&ldquo;Many people see art as something that comes from something positive or elevated inside us, as a humanistic enterprise. I disagree with that. I&rsquo;m not even sure that it comes for us. It probably comes from &lsquo;outside,&rsquo; from nature, from everything that surrounds us, and we are not the center but rather the &lsquo;empty space&rsquo; in between. Maybe we are not even the source, but this source is given to us, it goes through ourselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chia&rsquo;s work has been included in the Biennale of Paris and San Paolo and the Venice Biennale. He has had solo exhibition at many of the most important museums worldwide, among them: Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam (1983), The Metropolitan Museum of New York (1984), The National Gallery of Berlin (1984, 1992), The Museum of Modern Art of Paris (1984).</p> <p>In 2003, the Italian State acquired three of Chia&rsquo;s works for their permanent collection at Palazzo Madama, and in 2005, the Province of Rome installed two monumental sculptures by Chia in front of its headquarters in Via IV Novembre. Chia&rsquo;s work was the subject of an exhibition entitled Gods and Heroes at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida in 2007.</p> <p>Today Sandro Chia divides his time between Miami, Rome and his Castello Romitorio vineyard in Tuscany.</p> <p>For more information or images please contact the gallery at 917.861.7312 or</p> <p>SHFAP @ PROJECTOR, our second space located around the corner at 237 Eldridge Street, presents a group show featuring paintings by Chuck Bowdish, Katherine Bradford, Paul Resika and Bob Thompson in conversation with the work of Sandro Chia.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:23:33 +0000 - The Boiler (Pierogi) - April 11th - April 25th <p>Selected Works by Pratt Second -Year M.F.A. Candidates</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:05:26 +0000 Ravi Agarwal, Bob Braine, David Brooks, Till Krause, Marie Lorenz, Hilmar Schäfer - The Goethe-Institut (Wyoming Building) - April 30th - May 31st <p>The Goethe-Institut New York and the Galerie f&uuml;r Landschaftskunst present <em>Free River Zones: An artistic inquiry</em>. The project by six participants from the US, India and Germany is inspired by the ideas, visions and academic practice of Alexander von Humboldt within an experimental artistic format: field trips on New York's waterways, collaborative art work, and a series of talks about rivers worldwide will culminate into the declaration of a "Free River Zone" in New York and an art exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building. <br /><br />The point of departure is Humboldt's river voyage with Aim&eacute; Bonpland on the Orinoco and the Rio Negro in South America in 1800. Based on this historical event, the exhibition will present a contemporary take on Humboldt's legacy and is related to the exhibition "The Unity of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas" at the Americas Society. <br /><br />The idea of a "Free River Zone" is an experimental inquiry about the preconceptions and usage of rivers, aimed at overcoming antiquated definitions and developing new perceptions of landscape. It consists of acts of self-authorized "artistic declaration", which have been accomplished through interdisciplinary research and public discussions about the possible meanings and consequences of a "Free River Zone" status. For each river area, specific modi operandi are chosen&mdash;technical, political, ecological, cultural, poetical or non-logical ones&mdash;to displace them from purposes of societal functions. <br /><br /><em>Free River Zones: An artistic inquiry</em> will be a forum for discussions and collaborative art work, as well as for field trips to locations in and around New York City and its waterways. The artists will discuss and select an area as an experimental case study for a declaration of an urban "Free River Zone". <br /><br />In parallel, a series of talks will explore related existing projects with the river Elbe in the Hamburg port area in Germany as well as the river Yamuna in India and others.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Participants</strong>:<br /><br /><strong>Ravi Agarwal</strong> is a photographer artist, writer, curator, and environmental activist. He explores issues of urban space, ecology and capital in interrelated ways working with photographs, video, performance, on-site installations, and public art. He is the founder of the well-known Indian NGO <em>Toxics Link</em> and has been internationally awarded for his work. <br /><br />New York based eco-artist <strong>Bob Braine</strong> is dedicated to exploring, understanding, and interpreting the interaction of people and their environment. In his performative and experimental art work he has explored rivers, landscapes, and ecosystems in New York, the United States, Germany and South America&mdash;by feet, bicycle and by boat. Having studied Fine Art in the University of Hartford Art School, he specialized and extensively published on histories and environments of rivers such as the Hudson River or the Main in Germany. <br /><br />In his many residencies and projects across Asia, Europe, and the Unites States, New York based artist <strong>David Brooks</strong> has devoted himself to ideas and questions of sustainability, nature, and urban environmental action. Examining the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment, he rigorously calls our concepts and ideas of nature into question. Born in Brazil, he earned a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University, after attending the St&auml;delschule, Staatliche Hochschule f&uuml;r Bildende K&uuml;nste in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. <br /><br /><strong>Till Krause</strong> focuses in his works on landscapes, nature, urbanism, and space in general. In this context he explores questions of history, usage and structure. How do people engage with their surrounding environment and how does this relationship become visible? His projects often oscillate between art and other sciences. Moreover, Till Krause is the co-founder of the <em>Museum ferner Gegenden</em> and G<em>alerie f&uuml;r Landschaftskunst</em> in Hamburg. <br /><br /><strong>Marie Lorenz</strong> studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. Her artwork combines psycho-geographic exploration with highly crafted, material forms. In her ongoing Project <em>The Tide and Current Taxi</em> she explores the waterways of New York City in self-build boats. Whether bringing passengers aboard or traveling solo in her rowboat she documents her journey through pictures, videos, and artifacts. <br /><br /><strong>Hilmar Sch&auml;fer</strong> is research assistant at the chair of comparative cultural sociology at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). Next to his research focuses in the fields of sociological theory and cultural sociology, Hilmar Sch&auml;fer also participates in interdisciplinary exhibitions on Pierre Bourdieu, ethnographic field research, and society. Referring to the interface between culture and nature he conceptualized and organized the interdisciplinary art project <em>Biological Research Station Alster </em>at <em>Galerie f&uuml;r Landschaftskunst</em>, in cooperation with Mark Dion. <br /><br /><em>Free River Zones: An artistic inquiry is presented by the Goethe-Institut New York and features work developed by the Galerie f&uuml;r Landschaftskunst, Ravi Agarwal, Bob Braine, David Brooks, Till Krause, Marie Lorenz, and Hilmar Sch&auml;fer. This collaboration was made possible through the generous support of Friends of Goethe New York, Inc. </em></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:10:57 +0000 Prabir Purkayastha - Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Chelsea - May 1st - May 31st <p>Indian-born photographer Prabir Purkayastha debuts a new collection of large-scale black-and-white photographs documenting the fading colonial architecture of Calcutta, once Asia&rsquo;s most cosmopolitan city.<br /> <br /> The project began in 2006, when Purkayastha, who was traveling through the city, was struck by the dwindling Jewish, Chinese, Armenian, Parsi and Anglo-Indian communities that once populated&mdash;and helped build&mdash;Calcutta. Awed by the crumbling facades of the buildings associated with these ethnic groups, Purkayastha returned in 2007 to photograph them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For some inexplicable reason I couldn&rsquo;t see myself as just another mute spectator pretending that they never existed,&ldquo; says Purkayastha. &ldquo;Watching helplessly as communities slowly vanish into the dusty corners of our nation&rsquo;s history, I felt something needed to be done to record and preserve for future generations.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The project grew in scope, eventually encompassing not only the architecture of these fading minority communities, but also much of the city&rsquo;s British colonial architecture, both grand and humble. Many of the buildings documented are in various states of disrepair&mdash;some are crumbling, abandoned or illegally occupied&mdash;while others still function, albeit in reduced roles, such as the magnificent 150-year-old mansion once occupied by the 19th century philanthropist Rani Rashmoni, now a municipal office. The photographs lay bare the formidable preservation challenges facing the city. The Magen David Synagogue built in 1884, for example, which no longer has a congregation, is maintained only by a handful of elderly devotees.<br /> <br /> The story of Calcutta began in 1690, when Job Charnock of London&rsquo;s famed East India Company landed on the banks of the Hooghly River. It was an ideal location for a British trading post and Calcutta soon became a thriving center of commerce and culture, attracting merchants and laborers from India and abroad.<br /> <br /> By the mid 19th century, Calcutta was the capital of British India and its prominence was reflected in the opulent buildings that began to punctuate the city. At the same time, native feudal lords, wealthy merchants and the Bengali elite were also erecting their own grand villas along with government, commercial and religious buildings, all of which earned Calcutta the nickname "City of Palaces." The new architecture reflected the city&rsquo;s diversity, incorporating both Western and Eastern influences and merging European styles&mdash;Gothic, Baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau&mdash;with traditional Hindu, Moorish and Islamic architectural details.<br /> <br /> The end of the British Raj brought an end to the city&rsquo;s meteoric urban development and what remains today, and what Prabir Purkayastha has captured in his photographs, are the hauntingly beautiful remnants of Calcutta&rsquo;s storied past&mdash;a history set in stone and mortar.<br /> <br /> Award-winning photographer Prabir Purkayastha was born in Central India in 1952. After graduating from the University of Delhi he worked in Thailand as a journalist. Purkayastha returned to India in 1980, becoming one of the country&rsquo;s leading advertising practitioners in agency management and creative campaigns. He began taking photographs in earnest in the late 1980s, primarily in Indochina and India, including in Ladakh, Rajasthan, Assam, and now, Calcutta. During the past decade, Purkayastha has exhibited his work in New York, Chicago, Katonah, Los Angeles, London, Cologne, New Delhi, Calcutta and Mumbai. He works both digitally and in film and describes himself as a cross between a storyteller and sociocultural anthropologist. He's based in Delhi.<br /> <br /> Prabir Purkayastha&rsquo;s exhibition <em>Aksaha</em> (2002) received the Habitat Award for Best Photography Exhibition and in 2003 his InterGlobe calendar took top prize at the SAPPI Asian Awards for Printing. In 2005 and 2007, he was invited to speak at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, about his wall-mural photographs of the ancient Ladakhi monasteries. In 2009, he was nominated for the international Prix Pictet Award and was selected as one of the Super Six Photographers by Fuji Film, India.<br /> <br /> Purkayastha&rsquo;s work is in numerous private and corporate collections and has been featured in international magazines and newspapers including <em>Black &amp; White</em> magazine, <em>Silvershotz</em> and <em>ARTnews</em>. His critically acclaimed book <em>Ladakh</em> (Prestel Publishing, 2005) won several awards, including Book of the Month, from Better Photography, UK; the <em>Black &amp; White</em> Photography Magazine Spotlight Award; the Gold Medal from the All India Federation of Master Printers; and the Silver Medal from SAAPI, Jakarta, in 2006. His second book, which focuses on Assam, is slated for publication later this year.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:03:36 +0000 Donald Sultan - Ryan Lee - April 24th - June 27th <p>RYAN LEE is pleased to announce Donald Sultan: Artifice, an exhibition of new paintings by Donald Sultan, and the inaugural exhibition in the gallery&rsquo;s new 8,000-square-foot space located at 515 West 26th Street. Donald Sultan: Artifice will highlight the artist&rsquo;s continued interest in and reinvention of the still-life genre through the exploration of color, scale, form, and repetition that is characteristic of his practice.<br />The exhibition will feature eight paintings and an aluminum sculpture that introduce new imagery, including the button poppy, as well as expand upon imagery he has used in his artistic practice. There are variations on both his signature poppy image inspired by the red poppies worn to commemorate Veteran&rsquo;s Day, overlaid with the herringbone pattern, and the more recent lantern flower patterns, derived from a detail of a Chinese paper lantern. Among the works on view will be two monumental paintings of an iconic single flower combined with a plastic button for the first time. Emphasizing the tough, sumptuous texture and rich, bold colors of the paintings through multiple layers of pigment, plaster, and linoleum, he reveals a single form, one that is strangely recognizable, yet unreal. Sultan says, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a painting that looks at you.&rdquo; Blue Poppy Yellow Poppy, Nov 4 2013 is a double-sided aluminum sculpture related to the physicality of the paintings. It is predominantly blue on one side and predominantly yellow on the other, with an exposed metal center and edge that reveals it&rsquo;s materiality.<br />Sultan, an internationally recognized artist who rose to prominence in the late 1970s as part of the &ldquo;New Image&rdquo; movement, is known for elevating the still-life tradition through the deconstruction of his subjects into basic forms and the use of industrial materials. His paintings characteristically employ enamel, roofing tar, aluminum, linoleum, and spackle, pushing the boundaries of the medium through techniques of gouging, sanding, and buffing to create flatness, depth, and texture. The works are made of the same materials as the building in which the viewer stands; the architecture participates in the paintings. Weighty and structured, Sultan&rsquo;s paintings are simultaneously abstract and representational: while his imagery is immediately recognizable &ndash; flowers, daily objects, insignia, idle factories &ndash; the dominating, abstract forms contradict its common association with fragility.<br />Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Sultan studied at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and later received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. His first solo exhibition was mounted in 1977 at Artists Space in New York, and his work has since been exhibited worldwide in solo and group exhibitions, including at: the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Gotlands Konst Museum, Sweden; Institute of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;art Contemporain, Montreal; National Galerie, Berlin; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work is included in internationally renowned public and private collections, among them The Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum; Cincinnati Art Museum; Cleveland Art Museum; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Detroit Institute of Arts; Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Neuberger Museum at SUNY-Purchase, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Singapore<br />Museum of Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.<br /><br /></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:57:25 +0000 Jonathan Borofsky, Sam Durant, Charles Gaines, Liz Glynn, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler - Paula Cooper Gallery - 521 W. 21st Street - April 5th - April 19th <p>The CalArts Art Benefit and Auction is a fundraising effort in which more than 80 important works of art donated by CalArts alumni, faculty and friends will be exhibited and sold this spring. This unprecedented initiative will fund the new John Baldessari Building and endow scholarships for students at the CalArts School of Art.</p> <p>Through his generous and innovative teaching and his exceptional art practice, John Baldessari, a Chouinard alumnus and former CalArts faculty member, has influenced thousands of young artists and has earned a prominent place in the history of contemporary art. The Baldessari Building is the Institute&rsquo;s newest educational facility featuring exhibition and instructional space as well as 16 artists&rsquo; studios. Reducing student debt is one of the Institute&rsquo;s highest priorities, and the endowment created from proceeds from the auction and sales will allow more CalArts students to launch their creative careers without the burden of enormous debt.</p> <p>The initiative launched with an opening reception for the exhibition at Regen Projects in West Hollywood, CA on February 25, 2014 and now travels to Paula Cooper Gallery and Metro Pictures in New York from April 5&ndash;19, 2014. The opening reception on April 5 features a performance by Los Angeles-based collective My Barbarian that will move between the two galleries.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:40:58 +0000 Jory Rabinovitz - Martos Gallery - April 18th - May 31st Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:29:52 +0000 Sarah Charlesworth - Maccarone (Greenwich Street) - April 25th - June 21st Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:25:12 +0000 Matt Connors - Canada - April 24th - June 1st Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:11:12 +0000 Michael Manning - American Contemporary - April 24th - June 1st Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:59:52 +0000 Jean-Michel Basquiat - Acquavella Galleries - May 1st - June 13th <p>Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing: Work from the Schorr Family Collection, an exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat curated by Fred Hoffman from May 1 to June 13, 2014. The show will feature 22 works on paper and two paintings from the collection of Herbert and Lenore Schorr, who were the artist&rsquo;s devoted collectors, supporters, and friends. "We have had the pleasure of knowing Herb and Lenore Schorr for over thirty years, and are delighted to present the first exhibition on their important collection of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat,&rdquo; said William Acquavella. &ldquo;Focusing on the significance of drawing in Basquiat's practice, we are pleased to show these remarkable works on paper, many of which are being exhibited to the public for the first time."<br /> <br /> Herbert and Lenore Schorr began collecting the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1981, before his first New York exhibition. &ldquo;During the artist&rsquo;s seminal years 1982-83 the Schorrs acquired several of his most important paintings, but in contrast to virtually every other early collector, the Schorrs also pursued and acquired a great number of works on paper both directly from the artist and from his early dealers,&rdquo; explained curator Fred Hoffman. &ldquo;The Schorrs astutely understood that working on paper was equally central to his practice as painting on canvas. Their collection demonstrates both the focus and ambition that the artist invested in the medium of drawing.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Basquiat showed an affinity for drawing at an early age and this practice was a central component of his artistic output. Between 1980-88, the artist produced approximately 1000 works on paper, which articulate complex narratives, revealing flawed power structures and hinting at fundamental failings in social discourse.<br /> <br /> The portrait of Herbert and Lenore Schorr that will be included in the exhibition highlights the impact their support had on the artist&rsquo;s short but prolific career. &ldquo;We had so much confidence in him from the beginning and couldn&rsquo;t understand why other people couldn&rsquo;t see it,&rdquo; explained Lenore Schorr. &ldquo;A wonderful exhibition that he did at Fun Gallery in 1983 didn&rsquo;t receive a single review and we were the only ones to buy a painting.&rdquo; That painting, Leonardo da Vinci&rsquo;s Greatest Hits is now considered a seminal example of the artist&rsquo;s work and will be one of two paintings on view. <br /> <br /> Curator Fred Hoffman, Ph.D. met Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1982 and worked closely with him during the artist&rsquo;s residency in Venice, California from 1982-84. With Hoffman's help, Basquiat produced five editions of prints, published in 1983 by New City Editions. Hoffman also assisted in the production of the artist&rsquo;s 1984 silkscreen paintings and co-curated Basquiat&rsquo;s retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum in 2005. He is the Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. <br /> <br /> Jean-Michel Basquiat (b.1960 d.1988) has been the subject of numerous major museum exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. In 2005, a retrospective exhibition, Basquiat, opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and subsequently traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A 2010 retrospective, organized by the Fondation Beyeler in collaboration with the Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, marked what would have been Basquiat&rsquo;s 50th birthday. His work is included in private and public collections throughout the world, including The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museu d' art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.<br /> <br /> A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Fred Hoffman will accompany the exhibition.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:57:20 +0000 Jean Arp, Hugo Ball, Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven, Francis Picabia, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Tristan Tzara - Whitebox Art Center - May 18th - May 22nd <p>Born at Zurich&rsquo;s Cabaret Voltaire in 1916, the Dada movement quickly spread to cities such as New York, Berlin and Paris. Enter a &ldquo;nomadic&rdquo; tent and discover the visions, actions, scandals and love stories of 165 Dadaists: Jean Arp, Hugo Ball, Andr&eacute; Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Baroness<br /> Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Francis Picabia, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Tristan Tzara, among others. The multimedia installation features the &ldquo;Starry Heaven of Dada,&rdquo; mapping the journey of this international art movement from 1916 to 1923.</p> <p>Z&uuml;rich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity, May 16-23, 2014,&nbsp;highlights&nbsp;the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture. Building on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Dada movement and Zurich&rsquo;s role as a 21st-century hub for artistic and scientific innovation, the festival features 25 events at venues across the city, and is presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the City of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH).</p> <p>Free admission</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:49:09 +0000