Last month after Athens, I had the opportunity of visiting the exhibition titled No Country for Young Men which deals with Greece in its 7th year of economic crisis. The show can be visited until 3rd August at BOZAR, one of the most important art centres in Brussels. We advise you to see the show...
Curated by Katerina Gregos, the show named after the novel by Cormac McCarthy and the movie directed by Joel & Ethan Coen, makes us encounter the products of young and prominent artists regarding the economic crisis... [more]
There you see a design office from Antwerp, the peaceful Belgian city, though found boring by some people it is famous for its dance theaters, dance companies, museums, art and design galleries. Its name is Studio Job.
Graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel founded Studio Job in Antwerp in 2000. Their impressive designs, one of a kind or limited edition works, the projects of the duo usually consisting of bronze founding or laser-cut inlaying are like a powerful n... [more]
Art-Athina (International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens) took place on 15-18 May at Faliro Pavilion (TaeKwonDo Stadium) for the 19th time in Athens. Collecting the Images of the Sensible: Artworks from Turkey’s Collectors curated by Beral Madra and me besides the collection titled Pistoletto Rist by Daskalopoulos were two of the parallel events of the fair.
Being one of the cities experiencing the impact of the economic crisis most dramatically in Greece, Athens had the depressing atmosp... [more]
Art and the Environment in East-Central Europe is an editorial project born from interviews and other forms of interaction with artists and cultural producers concerned, in one way or another, with the idea and the material reality of what goes by the name of the "natural environment." In the different pieces collected within this project, the term "environment" unfolds into a broad variety of concepts and artistic practices that do not, and should not, become homogenized. A survey rather than... [more]
A World's Fair tribute in a New York neighborhood mash up by Lee Ann Norman Balthus, Joseph Cornell, Daniel Gordon, Van Hanos, Robert Indiana, Ray Johnson, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Anya Kielar, Claes Oldenburg, Dushko Petrovich, James Rosenquist, Pierre Roy, Peter Saul, Johannes Vanderbeek, Stan VanDerBeek, Roger White at Rachel Uffner Gallery
June 28th - August 16th
New York City has always been a draw for an eclectic mix of artists working across the visual and performing arts. Its underground pubs and speakeasies, expansive loft spaces, museums, sidewalks, and streets have served as creative inspiration for all kinds of movements including jazz, expressionism, Fluxus, hip-hop, and punk. Despite all of that creative energy and expression, the city has also been a beautiful breeding ground for social and cultural dissonance. While New York may not be known... [more]
Brussels, Aug 2014: In Delphine Boël’s witty and thought-provoking Pray Harder exhibition at Guy Pieters Gallery on the Belgian coast throughout September an anonymous letter writer sends God a series of imploring, coquettish and frustrated letters. The only response this devotee receives, mostly conveyed in the form of sculptures, is “Pray Harder.” This series, like all Boël’s art, wraps fraught, raw and heavy content in cheerful colours, frisky forms and an upbeat... [more]
What does vanitas look like today? by Jesi Khadivi Paweł Althamer, Mona Hatoum, Jeppe Hein, James Hopkins, Alicja Kwade, Dieter Roth, Tomas Saraceno, Thomas Schütte, Roman Signer, Daniel Spoerri, Katja Strunz, KEI TAKEMURA, Luca Trevisani, Reijiro Wada at Georg Kolbe Museum
June 15th - August 31st
A human skull rests atop a modest wooden table flanked by a chronometer, books, musical instruments, an earthenware pot, and swathes of silk. Harmen Steenwyck’s Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life (1612-1656) is emblematic of the vanitas genre, most commonly known for its intimate tabletop tableaux alluding to the transient nature of all worldly goods and pursuits. Upon entering Vanitas – Nothing is Forever Anyway at Berlin’s Georg Kolbe Museum, one immediate... [more]
Selfie-ification of Agesandros and Poloydoros Athendoros, “Laocoon and his Sons” (c.1816), plaster, 240 x 141 x 83cm (image via Imgur)
It’s one thing to take a #museumselfie with a work of art, as if to say, “yes, I was here with this artwork” or “yes, here is my reflection in the surface of this piece.” It’s another thing to make Greco-Roman statues look like they were chiseled specifically for selfie-shooting moments.
That’s what Redd... [more]
Installation view of “Depression” at Francois Ghebaly Gallery. All images by the author for Hyperallergic.
LOS ANGELES — It was 4:20pm when I walked into Depression and encountered Andrea Ursuta’s piece “Stoner” (2013). A batting-cage ball-throwing machine creaked on, spun once, and died before it could eject anything from its quarantined-off belly. It is located inside a larger batting cage. There is no entrance. There is no bat to play with. Stones are... [more]
Still from Julie Perini’s video “The White Lady Diaries” (2013) (image via julieperini.org)
LOS ANGELES — In journalism, Betteridge’s law of headlines states that any headline ending in a question mark can be answered with the word “no.” Such is also the case for the Safe & Sound?, a video project by Portland-based artists, activists, and community organizers Julie Perini, Jodi Darby, Erin Yanke, Amelia Cates, and Christopher Hamann. The group’s one-hour documentary considers the relat... [more]
At the heart of the works in No Can Handle is the ethos of endurance. Entering the exhibition is not unlike entering an interpretation of a physical training facility. Equipment-like inventions dangle from the ceiling and perch amidst the gallery space; there is even a painted panel squatting in the crease of a gym mat on the floor. Many of the works, like Bow 4 (2014) have a suggestive tenacity. Bow 4 is a delicately curved wooden pole bending like a “C” around an entire wall, held in plac... [more]
This new page is under construction for a while as I add very old works scanned from slides. I'm also choosing a few for sale and print here at this site, and am minded for catalogues and a new book page deadlines. I'm Trying to get the photography done without too much slowing down.
Two peices are going to show early next year in the Bienale Di Palermo in Palermo, Sicily and Florence Italy. I think artists who've been admitted all get an award and there's a competition for a prize. ... [more]
Schloss Eggenberg in Graz, Austria is a magnificent Baroque palace and in 2010 was included in the listing of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. In 2012, when I made a brief stop at Graz, though I was not able to visit the museum housed inside the Schoss, Universalmuseum Joanneum, I was able to tour the building and its lovely garden ground. Though I couldn't go inside many marvelous rooms, I was able to see this wonderful triptych below through the window and though it was medieval in styl... [more]
"Yes!" Art Competition
Submission Deadline is August 25th, 11:45 pm
There are things in our lives to which we spontaneously respond - "Yes!". However, we also have to learn to say - "Yes" to things that first do not resonate well with us. Maybe there is a purpose for which they come into our lives? Instead of fighting, isn't it better to say "yes!" and embrace the unknown which will help us to reach new heights?
We want to see the best "Yes" artworks that you have created, either recently o... [more]
What first reads like an astral constellation is in fact a photograph whose blackness is broken only by the erratic swarm of dead insect bodies. Greg Stimac’s Santa Fe to Billings (2009) documents the choreography of the countless lives his windshield intersected on a drive between locales. The momentum of each smash is evident—guts smear and spray across the surface, recording innumerable tiny accidents. To create this piece, Stimac placed an 8 x 10 inch sheet of Plexiglass on the h... [more]