ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/show en-us 40 Markus Baenziger - Edward Thorp Gallery - October 30th - December 6th <p>The Edward Thorp Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of recent works by Swiss-born artist Markus Baenziger. This will be his third one-person exhibition with the gallery.</p> <p>Baenziger&rsquo;s sculptures integrate the artist&rsquo;s love of nature with a vision of a gritty, imperfect and industrialized world, constructed with a mastery of design and an exacting attention to detail.</p> <p>Employing synthetic materials, such as plastic resins with found objects and various casting and modeling techniques, he creates both lyrical and psychologically complex works. These orchestrated hybrids are seemingly in decay yet are also flourishing.</p> <p>These organic elements and technological debris vie for existence: ferns emanate from flattened cardboard boxes, fauna mutates from cast iron coil, thicket embraces and transforms discarded plastic bottles. A monumental leaf becomes imbued with the patina of rusted iron.</p> <p>Beauty emanates from these contradictions, the imperfect and incomplete, familiar yet unconventional. These works makes us acutely aware of the reciprocity of decay and growth, neglect and preservation, seductive objects both transient and imposing.</p> <p>The artist is a graduate of Yale University and currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Haverford College, Pennsylvania.</p> <p><br />For more information visit www.edwardthorpgallery.com</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:42:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Lucia Love - CUE Art Foundation - November 1st - December 11th <p><span style="color: #000000;">CUE is pleased to present&nbsp;Lucia&nbsp;Love&rsquo;s mixed media exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Reflecting Pool</em>. Love transforms a common object, a party straw, into an immersive installation of dark and peculiar forms, relying on a careful balance of the comical, the strange, and the violent.&nbsp;Love received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and has exhibited internationally in venues such as Family Business, the Last Brucennial, Spring/Break Art Show, and B2OA gallery. This marks her first solo exhibition in New York City.<br /></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">From the artist&rsquo;s statement:</span></strong></p> <blockquote><span style="color: #000000;"><em>&ldquo;Fantasy is the driving force behind all human endeavors... Every invention is born from the marriage of vision and necessity. The combination of an [aggressive] object like a knife with a generally passive object like a party straw, creates a surreal opening in logic. New possible courses of action arise through its creation... Its function is invented by its creation.<br /></em><em><br /></em><em>Successful fantasies defy the logic of the time they are born into, and reveal our physical landscape to yield infinite combinations of actions, gestures, plot points, and sensations."</em><br /></span></blockquote> <p><span style="color: #000000;">For additional information, contact Jessica Gildea, Programs Director:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jessica@cueartfoundation.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">jessica@cueartfoundation.org</a>.</span></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:55:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Ruven Afanador - Throckmorton Fine Art - November 6th - February 28th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Throckmorton Fine Art is pleased to announce our fourth exhibition of Ruven Afanador photographs, titled &Aacute;ngel Gitano &ndash; The Men of Flamenco. Spencer Throckmorton says, &ldquo;We are thrilled to be the first to show the extraordinary images in the stunning new book, &Aacute;ngel Gitano&ndash;The Men of Flamenco. Ruven has a unique point of view and these powerful, provocative photographs underscore his ability to delight and seduce viewers with their passionate depiction of the musical world of flamenco. They are a welcome next step is his study of flamenco after the successful publication of Mil Besos, which lent a new perspective to the amazing sensuality of female flamenco dancers.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruven Afanador&rsquo;s new book will be published by Rizzoli in October, 2014. &Aacute;ngel Gitano was designed by acclaimed art director Mary Shanahan, with an introduction contributed by Academy Award-winning film icon Diane Keaton. The hardcover edition features 244 metallic edged pages, 142 black and white photographs, deluxe dimensions of 11 x 14, and a French-fold jacket. It will retail for $95. <br /> <br /> The images of &Aacute;ngel Gitano will be exhibited in the United States, Latin America and Europe, beginning with Throckmorton Fine Art in New York. A companion to Mil Besos, Afanador&rsquo;s collection of photographs of the women of flamenco published in 2009, this surreal exploration of the world of its men, once again pays homage to that singular manifestation of the Spanish soul. <br /> <br /> The images demonstrate Afanador&rsquo;s laser sharp focus on its most eccentric of articulations&mdash;el &aacute;ngel&mdash;that powerful spirit that inflames flamenco with its intense emotion. &ldquo;Ruven evokes Salvador Dali&rsquo;s fantastical expressions with wit and daring, often tinted with the magical realism of his fellow Colombian, Gabriel Garc&iacute;a Marquez. Afanador&rsquo;s &aacute;ngel is described as an elegant erotic charge akin to the poems of Federico Garc&iacute;a Lorca, expressed here with abandon and the joyful freedom of our times.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &Aacute;ngel Gitan &ndash;The Men of Flamenco was shot by Afanador in very high contrast under the white bright light of Andalusia, providing a compelling and often irreverent portrayal of the indomitable vitality of generations of larger-than-life gypsies, heirs to the soulful song and dance that evolved for centuries in the cultural lushness of the Iberian tradition. Afanadoradroitly juxtaposes primal archetypes with breathtaking young dancers from contemporary companies who, sinuous and lissome, enrich the imagery with an exquisitely sensual bravura.</p> <p>&ldquo;For me Ruven Afanador opened a door marked &lsquo;Do Not Enter.&rsquo; Once there,&rdquo; says Diane Keaton, &ldquo;he gave me the liberty to immerse myself in a world where strangely beautiful men wearing two-foot-high black wigs stand on stilts while they sing and dance in polka-dot ties, with striped pants.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Working together with his team of collaborators under the unforgiving white light of Andalusia, Afanador photographed the men out of their usual context, in the harsh wheat fields outside Sevilla and the austere landscape near Jerez de la Frontera, and donning the theatrical make-up of Italian Neo-realism, which has long been his signature. To highlight their eccentricity, he mixed pieces from the men&rsquo;s own wardrobes&mdash;flat top berets and ruffle trimmed shirts&mdash;with dramatic flourishes of his own: fringe, flounces and stylized high waist, wide bottom pants; with lace-up corsets, endless ropes of pearls, and long skirts. To decode the scorching mystery of el &aacute;ngel, he portrays them dressed mostly in black, just draped in feral hair, or gloriously naked. <br /> <br /> &Aacute;ngel Gitano is another bold expression of the unique visual lexicon of the gifted and accomplished Ruven Afanador, a photographer of powerful vision and a profound sense of self. Born in Colombia, he has achieved an exceptional career photographing opulent fashion editorials and the emblematic icons of the worlds of politics and entertainment. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. His first book, Torero (Stemmle, 2001), an exquisite collection of black and white photographs of matadors, has become a collectors&rsquo; item among photography and fashion connoisseurs; Sombra (Merrell, 2004), portrays magnificent male nudes, in a sumptuous play of rich tones and lavish composition, inspired by the gesture and movement of masculine classical ballet. In Mil Besos, Afanador challenges conventional definitions of gender and beauty by showcasing a surprising feminine strength underscored by startling masculine force. <br /> <br /> With &Aacute;ngel Gitano, Afanador continues to confront long-held definitions of beauty and traditional boundaries of gender in an extravagant display of imagination with an intensely personal language of gorgeous shadow and light.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Ruven Afanador amazes again with another collection of images that will seduce and delight. Following up on Mil Besos&mdash;which focused on the women of flamenco&mdash;Afanador turns his powerful vision to the men of flamenco, with startling results. &Aacute;ngel Gitan &ndash;The Men of Flamenco was photographed in Andalusian Spain, a universe inhabited by gypsies, musicians, and most of all the male flamenco dancers, full of beauty and bravado. Captured in arranged poses or in mid-dance, the dancers embody the wild, youthful passion inherent in the musical world of flamenco. As likely to be in gorgeous costumes as in the nude, these men exude gritty glamour, innate classicism, and a singularly charged eroticism.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:50:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Linda Herritt, Elana Herzog - The Boiler (Pierogi) - November 14th - December 21st Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:45:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list George Condo - Skarstedt Gallery - Chelsea - November 8th - December 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">Skarstedt is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by George Condo titled <em>Double Heads / Black Paintings / Abstractions,</em> featuring large-scale paintings created in 2014 at his East Hampton studio.<br /> <br /> Condo&rsquo;s <em>Double Heads</em> and <em>Black Paintings</em> continue his investigation of the concept of portraiture. In these most recent works, Condo has adopted Harold Rosenberg&rsquo;s idea of &lsquo;action painting&rsquo;&mdash; a term used to describe the performative, often volatile energy exercised by Abstract Expressionist painters like de Kooning and Pollock&mdash;to create his own &lsquo;action portraits.&rsquo; Through an elaborate process of layering, erasure, and reconstruction, shattered images of faces and bodies emerge from and interact within a field of abstract forms. <br /> <br /> Incorporating the use of silver metallic paint in <em>Double Portrait in Grisaille</em> on Silver, 2014, and other works in this series, Condo references Warhol&rsquo;s silver paintings from the 1960&rsquo;s such as <em>Double Elvis</em>. After preparing a ground of silver paint on canvas, Condo applies ivory black onto loose sheets of paper, which is then transferred onto the canvasses, giving them the look and surface quality of a screen print. He then creates a schism in this form by subsequently employing the traditional technique of grisaille to draw out the figures by hand. <br /> In creating such large-scale paintings in a very confined studio space, Condo has been forced to work &lsquo;inside&rsquo; his paintings, addressing both subject and material at close range&mdash;never stepping too far back from the canvas to allow the image in his mind to entirely materialize. Both gestural improvisation and concrete imagery are evident as he forcefully pushes and pulls the paint around the surface of the canvas until a final image emerges, fully formed yet haunted by the process of its becoming. In <em>Beginnings,</em> 2014, a large square format painting, a single eye peers out from the devastation of what at one time might have been a full portrait. This process of addition, subtraction and layering evokes a visceral response to both the handling of paint and the subject of the painting. <br /> <br /> Partially obscured by violent brush marks, the likenesses of the figures and characters in Condo&rsquo;s paintings are integrations of forms that the brushwork fractures. Facial features peek out from underneath fields of color as broad strokes of bold black and white paint shatter the pictorial plane. The simultaneous multiple expressions of his portraits speak to the volatility of human emotions and the unpredictability&mdash;even hilarity&mdash;of the characters one encounters in urban life.<br /> <br /> The abstract works in this exhibition fluctuate between the lyrical and the hysterical, building upon the cacophony of interacting forms for which Condo is known. In <em>Silver Mass,</em> 2014, as well as several other works on view, Condo extends the lineage of his series of abstract &lsquo;expanding canvasses&rsquo;, which began in the early 1980&rsquo;s, to invent ever new painterly forms and hints of human expression. <br /> <br /> <em>Double Heads / Black Paintings / Abstractions</em> will be on view at Skarstedt Chelsea (550 W. 21st Street) from November 8 through December 20, 2014.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:41:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Jon Clue, Needles - Sacred Gallery NYC - November 8th - December 31st <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Sacred Gallery NYC is pleased to announce:<br /> "Theatralischer Tod"<br /> The art of Jon Clue &amp; Needles<br /> </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jon Clue:<br /> Artist Statement</strong><br /> The universe does not work like a machine... It is however human nature to make order of chaos...<br /> If we could just let go of this need, and surrender ourselves to the true organic nature of the universe, we will become one with it, it will flow freely through us, as we traverse freely through it...</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jon Clue began tattooing in the summer of 1993 in Selden, N.Y. and since has traveled far and wide tattooing alongside and collaborating with some of the most sought after artists in the industry. His work has appeared in countless trade publications, tattoo conventions, and art galleries worldwide. His imaginative style and close attention to detail and texture can easily be recognized in his unique approach in rendering vividly colored bio-organic, cosmic landscapes appropriately inhabited by critters ranging from slithering reptilians, to slimy amphibians, or denizens of the deep sea with glowing appendages, or on the darker side of life with images of skulls and bones that also appear<br /> to be bleak landscapes that you may have seen in a terrifying nightmare.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Needles: Cinematic Nostalgia</strong><br /> <strong>Artist Statement</strong><br /> From a young age I was enthralled by cinema, which, to me, was like watching moving paintings. Through the viewing of films, I was constantly inspired to create, leading me to explore more of what cinema had to offer for the sole purpose of expanding my inspirations to create art. I began painting in oils over twenty years ago as an art student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. As the years went on I transitioned into many different mediums to create my art, abandoning oil altogether. In many cases I employed several mediums within the same piece; creating on paper, board, cardboard, wood, or anything I could get my hands on, yet was always drawn back to the idea of working on canvas with one medium alone. Fast forward to present time, where I have come full circle and gone back to the beginnings of my career to re-explore oil paint once again. These works are the culmination of my efforts to re-familiarize myself with the versatile medium of oil paint over the last few months, only to fall deeply in love with the application of oil on canvas. Returning to this amazing medium has opened up a whole new world to me artistically, just as film opened up my eyes to the possibilities of a creative individual.<br /> Film has been such a source of inspiration for me that it was inevitable that it would be the subject of my newest series of oil paintings, focusing on portraiture. Many of the characters and films represented in this series have some deep personal meaning to me, compelling me to paint them. I feel they express my admiration for both film and art. Without my exposure to them, I would not be the artist that I am today. Some of the recurring themes in this series revolve around the dichotomy of hyper-realism and the deconstruction of form. Light, shadow, and texture combined with the marriage of focus or lack there of are the vital components of this series. All of these elements coexist to elicit a nostalgic emotional response upon viewing.<br /> The very first medium I can recall experimenting with would have to be Prismacolor/colored pencil. I&rsquo;ve always had an affinity for the medium, even as a young child. I&rsquo;m very blessed to have the opportunity to share these works alongside my oil paintings. I feel that with Prismacolor I&rsquo;ve always been able to take an extremely realistic and painterly approach. I feel these pieces are great companions to the works I&rsquo;ve created in oils. Both mediums showcase my love for film and art. I hope that you agree and enjoy them, as they hold a special place in my heart, not only as the artist, but as a viewer of art, as well.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:36:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Paul Jenkins - Robert Miller Gallery- New York - November 6th - December 31st <p>*Opening recpetion subject to change</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:33:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Richard Pousette-Dart - Pace Gallery - 510 W 25th - November 7th - January 10th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Pace Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition of work by Richard Pousette-Dart. The exhibition will feature twelve paintings and ten works on paper examining the artist&rsquo;s use of geometric imagery from the late 1960s through the mid-1980s.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:28:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list George Boorujy - P.P.O.W Gallery - November 6th - December 20th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>P.P.O.W&nbsp;</strong>is pleased to present <em>Passenger</em>, an exhibition of new work by George Boorujy. The exhibition will expand upon Boorujy&rsquo;s ongoing exploration of North America through a series of strikingly life-like, ink on paper depictions of animals native to this continent. Drawing on the longstanding tradition of artists and naturalists composing highly realistic renderings of life on earth, Boorujy creates works that advance this practice, imbuing his subjects with human-like expression and encouraging a relationship between the work and the viewer.&nbsp; </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Intrigued by the division that has emerged between humans and their natural surroundings, Boorujy has created a series of large-scale drawings that re-evaluate the way in which we see animals and encourage us to grapple with the impact that we have on our environment. Taken together his works represent an exploration of what North America has come to represent and how we fit into our contemporary landscape.&nbsp; </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With <em>Passenger</em> Boorujy turns his eye to the notion of movement, transference, and the changes that followed in the wake the Columbian Exchange. After 1492, the landscape, animals, and people of North America were forever altered, with some species prospering while others were wiped off the face of the earth. Through his work Boorujy overturns traditional perceptions of animals, imbuing his subjects with totemic status and, through unlikely pairings and unexpected positioning, compels the viewer to pause and reconsider them anew.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The subjects featured in the exhibition include a number of animals whose fate has been largely determined by the human population. Among the works on view will be three drawings of Passenger Pigeons. 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of this bird. Once the most numerous bird on the planet, its demise not only marked man&rsquo;s impact on the planet, but also has the notorious distinction of being the first recording of an extinction in real time. Also on view will be a large-scale image of a horse, caught in a state of ecstasy on the ground. Horses evolved in North America but went extinct on their home continent before being reintroduced by the Spanish. Another species whose fate was dramatically altered by the human hand.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Two images of humans will also be included in the show, a portrait of a woman whose ethnicity is intentionally obscured, and a portrait of Ota Benga, a Mbuti Pygmy man brought to the US for the St. Louis fair in 1904. Benga, born in the Congo and dying by suicide in Virginia, had a tragic yet unprecedented life infamously marked by being displayed for a time at the Bronx Zoo alongside a chimpanzee and orangutan, the implication being that he was less than human. The fact is that we all are, ultimately, animals.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A catalogue will be published with color reproductions and an essay by Debora Kuan&nbsp;in conjunction with the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>George Boorujy</strong> was born in 1973 and raised in New Providence, New Jersey, and lives and works in Brooklyn. He attended the University of Miami intending to study marine biology. However, his art courses soon over-took his science concentration earning him a B.F.A in painting in 1996.&nbsp; After graduation he traveled North America eventually landing back in New York City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts, receiving his M.F.A in 2002. Boorujy has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:21:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Sofia Szamosi - Open Source Gallery - November 8th - December 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">Open Source Gallery presents &ldquo;Eat Me,&rdquo; new multimedia work by Sofia Szamosi.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Open Source Gallery is proud to present &ldquo;Eat me,&rdquo; the first solo show of New York based artist, Sofia Szamosi. Curated by Keith Miller, Sofia Szamosi&rsquo;s &ldquo;Eat Me&rdquo; explores the relationship between the artist&rsquo;s sense of self, food and contemporary notions of body image through a series of video self-portraits. Through exquisitely shot, confrontational images, Szamosi work addresses the complexities of body image and food, illustrated through sensual, grotesque, and occasionally disturbing imagery. Reminiscent of advertisements of overtly sexualized women selling the newest commodities, guilty pleasures, and unhealthy sweets, the artist looks directly into the camera, confronting the viewer. With her own body as a canvas, Szamosi explores consumption and desire, making herself both target and victimizer of the almost inescapable excess in our consumer-based society.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Eat Me&rdquo; presents a tenuous balance of an enticing eroticism and a troubling repulsion. The viewer ends up involved in Szamosi&rsquo;s contemplation of food and complicit in her predicaments, which range from enjoyment to humiliation. She spits multi-colored candies like a fountain or seductively licks a lollypop; she drowns in syrup and coughs up sprinkles. In each case, the viewer must decide where to draw the line:where does indulgence end and obsession begin? Szamosi&rsquo;s work lays bare the conflicted relationship we have with pleasure, the body, and what we mean by free will. Alternately sexy and sickening, &ldquo;Eat Me&rdquo; walks the delicate line between solipsistic desire and self-destruction.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sofia Szamosi lives and works in New York, New York. Sofia&rsquo;s music videos have been released by labels Sweat It Out and Dim Mak, and her photobooth photography has been featured in Russh Magazine and the Gallatin Review. Her artwork has been represented in the Gallatin Arts Festival, Superchief Gallery, and at the International Photobooth Convention in Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Keith Miller is a filmmaker, painter, and curator. Miller is currently a professor at New York University&rsquo;s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Since 2009, he has been the curator of the Gallatin Galleries, encouraging work that engages the personal with the political. Miller&rsquo;s exhibition of paintings, &ldquo;Trees,&rdquo; was shown at Open Source in 2013. He recently premiered his second feature film, <em>Five Star</em>, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival&rsquo;s <em>Giornate degli Auotre</em>. His first feature length film, <em>Welcome to Pine Hill</em>, which The NY Times&rsquo; AO Scott called &ldquo;resonant and powerful,&rdquo; premiered in 2012 at the Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:13:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Ann Lislegaard - Murray Guy - November 8th - December 20th Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:10:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Monya Rowe Gallery - November 9th - January 4th, 2015 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:07:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Marianne Boesky Gallery 64th Street - November 1st - December 20th Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:53:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Dorota Jurczak - Marc Jancou Contemporary - October 29th - December 6th Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:51:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list OGAWA MACHIKO - Joan B. Mirviss LTD - November 24th - December 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">New York-Joan B Mirviss LTD, the leading gallery of modern and contemporary Japanese clay art, is honored to present LUNAR FRAGMENTS, our second major solo exhibition of the arresting sculpture of Japan&rsquo;s leading female clay sculptor, OGAWA MACHIKO. The first woman of her generation of ceramicists to achieve both artistic and critical success, Ogawa stands apart from her colleagues, male and female, as she has already been the focus of two major Japanese museum retrospectives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Her new body of work features exceptionally naturalistic boulder-like sculptures of unglazed porcelain with fused crystallizations of molten cracked glass glaze. These elemental yet strikingly modern pieces appear as if unearthed from a quarry and evoke both the crater-filled surface of the moon and sparkling celestial bodies, denying the nature of their complicated and painstaking creation. A longtime collector of rocks and minerals during her extensive international travels, Ogawa fittingly equates the joy she feels from her creative process to that of a miner, who after years of excavation, finally discovers a vein of ore.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In another series, the artist&rsquo;s forms suggest broken vessel fragments, deconstructed, as if unearthed on an archaeological dig having weathered the effects of the passage of time. These archetypal triangular bi-fold forms contain pools of glass glaze and appear as if literally torn from a large orb.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ogawa uses her highly honed technical abilities and an intellectual focus to mix numerous clays and glazes to achieve magical surface affects through multiple firings. Feldspar, silica, and glass and metallic glazes are all used in the creation of not only her sculptural works but also her elegant teabowls and platters.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">New York-Joan B Mirviss LTD, the leading gallery of modern and contemporary Japanese clay art, is honored to present LUNAR FRAGMENTS, our second major solo exhibition of the arresting sculpture of Japan&rsquo;s leading female clay sculptor, OGAWA MACHIKO. The first woman of her generation of ceramicists to achieve both artistic and critical success, Ogawa stands apart from her colleagues, male and female, as she has already been the focus of two major Japanese museum retrospectives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Her new body of work features exceptionally naturalistic boulder-like sculptures of unglazed porcelain with fused crystallizations of molten cracked glass glaze. These elemental yet strikingly modern pieces appear as if unearthed from a quarry and evoke both the crater-filled surface of the moon and sparkling celestial bodies, denying the nature of their complicated and painstaking creation. A longtime collector of rocks and minerals during her extensive international travels, Ogawa fittingly equates the joy she feels from her creative process to that of a miner, who after years of excavation, finally discovers a vein of ore.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In another series, the artist&rsquo;s forms suggest broken vessel fragments, deconstructed, as if unearthed on an archaeological dig having weathered the effects of the passage of time. These archetypal triangular bi-fold forms contain pools of glass glaze and appear as if literally torn from a large orb.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ogawa uses her highly honed technical abilities and an intellectual focus to mix numerous clays and glazes to achieve magical surface affects through multiple firings. Feldspar, silica, and glass and metallic glazes are all used in the creation of not only her sculptural works but also her elegant teabowls and platters.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:38:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Martin Schoeller - Hasted Kraeutler - November 13th - January 3rd, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Hasted Kraeutler is pleased to announce a major retrospective of Martin Schoeller's photographs, organized to coincide with the release of <em>Portraits</em> (teNeues, 2014), a monumental monograph spanning 15 years of his illustrious career, beginning November 13, 2014 and running through January 3, 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Featuring a written introduction by Jeff Koons, the latest monograph is a cause for celebration and a true milestone moment for the artist. The exhibition includes a range of images of varying scale that Schoeller made over the past decade and a half, all of which confirm his position as a maestro of his craft. Viewed cumulatively in both black-and-white and color, the photographs on view prove that he has more than earned his reputation as today&rsquo;s preeminent portraitist, consistently capturing characters we think we know in ways we couldn&rsquo;t predict.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Renowned portraitist Martin Schoeller knows how to make a globally recognized face captivate viewers anew&mdash;as if seen for the first time. Whether political leaders, Hollywood stars, business entrepreneurs, or contemporary music royalty, from Jack Nicholson, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie to president Barack Obama, Schoeller&rsquo;s mesmerizing portraits are as daring as they are exacting, playful, and precise. Theatrically conceived to communicate and express the true essence of its subject, every photograph feels as candid as it does staged: former President Bill Clinton putts off in the oval office, glancing mischievously at the camera with that signature sideways smile; a close-up of comedian-provocateur Russell Brand&mdash;lips slightly parted, wet eyes shimmering lustfully&mdash;shows a dove nesting peacefully in his perfectly tousled hair.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Martin Schoeller is informed by an inimitable compositional style and a flare for surprise that he honed while working as a contract photographer for <em>The New Yorker</em> and perfected over decades as a contributor to such glamorous publications as <em>Entertainment Weekly, GQ</em> and <em>TIME</em>. His method, he has explained, involves taking many, many photographs until he manages to catch his subject at an honest moment, ideally when his or her guard is down&mdash;thereby exposing in them something viewers would not otherwise witness. &ldquo;The pictures that survive over the years,&rdquo; he has said, &ldquo;are ones where you see something of somebody that they normally wouldn&rsquo;t share so easily.&rdquo; Portraits brings that mantra to life, exhibiting striking examples of the artist&rsquo;s signature compositional imagination alongside the wry wit that has always animated his work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> Martin Schoeller&rsquo;s photographs have been exhibited by such renowned institutions as the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Naples Museum of Art in Florida, and the EMP Museum in Washington. Numerous monographs of his work have been published, including <em>Portraits</em> (teNeues, 2014), <em>Identical: Portraits of Twins</em> (teNeues, 2012), <em>Martin Schoeller: Stern Portfolio</em> (teNeues, 2009), <em>Female Bodybuilders </em>(Pond Press, 2008) and <em>Close Up</em> (teNeues, 2005).</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:29:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list