ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 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 Lucien Clergue - Throckmorton Fine Art - May 1st - July 12th <div title="Page 1"> <div> <div> <p>The internationally renowned fine art photographer, author, educator and filmmaker, Lucien Clergue (b. Arles France, 1934) is the subject of an exhibit at Throckmorton Fine Art, titled "Homage." The exhibit includes more than thirty rare and vintage images spanning his entire career. The exhibit is in honor and celebration of Clergue&rsquo;s 80th Birthday.</p> <p>According to Spencer Throckmorton, "There is no singular talent with as legendary and iconic a history as Lucien Clergue. His work has been associated with some of France's most significant artists, intellectuals, and musicians including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Roland Barthes, and the Gypsy Kings. His contributions to the development and popularization of French photographic art have been extraordinary by any measure."</p> <p>Clergue discovered the power of the camera in his difficult adolescence after witnessing the destruction of his family's house by WWII bombs, and the prolonged illness and death of his mother. His later work turned to organic abstractions of sand and lace, and was influenced by mythology, adventure and what he calls, 'the mentality of the Mediterranean man.' Clergue's work has been exhibited worldwide in more than 100 solo exhibitions and is included in the collections of many major museums and the most discerning private collectors. He was the first photographer to be elected to the Acad&eacute;mie des Beaux-Arts de France, and was honored with both the Order of Merit in 1980, and the Order of the Legion of Honor, in 2003. In 2013 Clergue chaired the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France. He is also a member of the Arles Academy of Arts, holds a Ph.D., and is the author of 75 books. Clergue was the first photographer to present a thesis with photographs only, no hand writing, he wrote with light only.</p> <p>Kraige Block, Executive Director of Throckmorton Fine Art says, "Clergue is best known for his female nude torsos from the mid- 1950s-70s. He photographed nudes in the woods, on desert sands, in sea waves, and on Paris and New York streets, emphasizing body shapes by the play of light and shade. In his travels Clergue developed the theme with different models, opening workshops in various cities. His devotion to this theme has won him scandalous reputation with the Fidel Castro administration barred him from visiting Cuba in 2001."</p> <p>In 1953, leaving the Arles bullfighting arena, Lucien Clergue summoned his courage and approached the then 62 year old Pablo Picasso to show him his photographs. Clergue worked for the next two years to prepare a portfolio to impress the master. His photos of Provence and postwar ruins led to a five hour conversation with Picasso in Cannes in 1955 when Picasso promised to design a cover for Clergue's first book as well as a poster for his first exhibition. While the poster was too provocative for the organizers to use, this meeting resulted in a lifelong friendship until Picasso's death.</p> <p>Clergue absorbed much from the artists and patrons who mentored and supported him through the decades, and his talents evolved to include virtually all the visual arts from photography and film-making to Television productions, stage and set design and textile design. He has also taught at such institutions as the New School of Social Research; conducted countless workshops on photographic technique, particularly dealing with the nude; published a number of art volumes and been the subject of many museum catalogs. In 1969 Lucien Clergue established the Recontres Internationales de la Photographie at Arles, which is considered one of the most important art festivals in the world.</p> <p>Lucien Clergue is married to the art curator Yolande Clergue, founder of The Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles and he is the father of two daughters: Anne Clergue (a curator of contemporary art) and Olivia Clergue (a handbag fashion designer whose godfather was Pablo Picasso).</p> <p>Anne Clergue says, "Lucien Clergue's world is haunted by Eros and Thanatos, a world in which life and death are ever holding arms and frolicking. From the dead animals abandoned by the Rhone river to the gypsies and naked bodies in the sea, from the dead bulls to the sands of the Camargue, Clergue reveals a world of signs that we are often unable to distinguish by ourselves. He opens the door of an imaginary world, which only belongs to himself. Attentive to the unseen, he makes it sensible and visible.</p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:39:32 +0000 Daniel Turner - Team Gallery - Grand St - May 4th - June 1st <p>Team (gallery, inc.) is pleased to announce a solo show by New York-based artist Daniel Turner. Entitled <em>PM</em>, the exhibition will run from 04 May through 01 June 2014. Team is located at 83 Grand Street, between Wooster and Greene, on the ground floor. Concurrently, our 47 Wooster Street space will house <em>Chez Perv</em>, a collaborative exhibition by Gardar Eide Einarsson, Matias Faldbakken and Oscar Tuazon.</p> <p>For this exhibition, Daniel Turner has produced three large-scale sculptures that take the form of countertops. The objects, with their immaculate, office-kitchen finish and spartan design, do not resonate with the domestic experience, however, attracting instead insidious associations with the industrial and institutional &mdash; factories, schools, feed-lots. They appear utterly familiar while also remaining ambiguous, ultimately denying the utility they initially suggest.</p> <p>The sphinx-like sculptures&rsquo; proportions, scale and components render them obscure. At over twenty feet long but under three feet tall, they are simultaneously monumental and miniature, imposingly grandiose and frustratingly underwhelming. They either conform to or react against the proportions of the human body. Two of the sculptures feature long, trough-like stainless steel sink-basins but without drains or faucets. A grey film covers these metal surfaces, which was produced by allowing unfiltered water to evaporate. This sediment serves as the singular interruption of the sculptures&rsquo; otherwise sterile and pristine finish. Rather than proclaiming the artist&rsquo;s hand, the vague residue seems more the byproduct of some recent activity, but whether that is cleaning, feeding, butchering or something else altogether is left unclear. Two refrigerator handles sit on the surface of the third unit, once-useful objects, extracted from their intended context and placed atop a perverse pedestal.</p> <p>Turner exploits the potential for psychological violence that may lie beneath an object&rsquo;s purely formal qualities, employing a fixed set of parameters culled from recognizable external sources. As a group, these sculptures occupy an unsettling middle-ground, perched delicately and dangerously on the brink of pure formalist abstraction and pure appropriative representation. Neither pleasant nor offensive, their particular shade of yellow paint is numbing, placatory. They avoid commentary or judgment altogether &mdash; the artist&rsquo;s near invisibility in the works imbues them with an almost aggressive neutrality &mdash; yet their effect is profoundly disquieting. His primary act is one of isolation and presentation, forcing a perceptual encounter on the viewer rather than engaging him in a conversation. By allowing our own tertiary associations to color the experience of the works, Turner endows them with a strange emotional intrusiveness.</p> <p>Turner, at 30 years old, has been the subject of numerous monographic exhibitions, both internationally and stateside. He was awarded an artist&rsquo;s residency at the Chinati Foundation for this upcoming autumn. This is Turner&rsquo;s first solo exhibition with Team.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:27:09 +0000 Meschac Gaba - Tanya Bonakdar Gallery - April 26th - June 7th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:21:22 +0000