ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Meridel Rubenstein - Brian Gross Fine Art - September 12th - October 31st <p>Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Santa Fe artist, Meridel Rubenstein, opening Saturday, September 12, 2015 with a reception from 3-5 pm, and an artist&rsquo;s talk at 3:30 pm. On view will be ten new photoworks from <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, the second part of Rubenstein&rsquo;s three part series, <em>Eden Turned on its Side</em>.&nbsp; In <em>The Volcano Cycle,</em> Rubenstein explores deep time through images of the smoldering volcanoes that make up Indonesia&rsquo;s Ring of Fire, evoking thoughts of earth, climate change, and human co-evolution.&nbsp; <em>The Volcano Cycle</em> will be on view through October 31, 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s series, <em>Eden Turned on its Side</em>, investigates ecological processes across time that either reinforce or destroy the notion of Eden.&nbsp; These photoworks focus on the poetic intersection of nature and culture in relation to ecological and social imbalance.&nbsp; Rubenstein&rsquo;s previous exhibition at the gallery focused on <em>Photosynthesis</em>, the first part of the cycle.&nbsp; In the final segment, <em>Eden in Iraq</em>, she is co-designing a wastewater garden/memorial in the marshes of southern Iraq that aims to transform relics of war into art.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, Rubenstein explores volcanoes as a regenerative phenomenon.&nbsp; She captures the cycle of destruction/regeneration through images of charred trees, acidic lakes, volcanic plumes, ash rubble, and plant life emerging from barren ground.&nbsp; Printed using dye sublimation on aluminum sheets, the photoworks shimmer with a metallic luster, adding a sense of alchemical change. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meridel Rubenstein was born in Detroit, MI in 1948. She received an MA and MFA from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. &nbsp;From 2000-2005, she taught at Smith College, Northampton, MA, and from 1985-90 she headed the photography program at San Francisco State University. &nbsp;Rubenstein has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and is currently a fellow at the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.&nbsp; She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and twice received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s work has been the focus of numerous museum exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. She was one of only two New Mexico artists included in the inaugural Site Santa Fe in 1995.&nbsp; Her work has been exhibited at the Louvre; the International Center for Photography, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Smith College Museum of Art; the UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque; and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s photoworks can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the High Museum, Atlanta; the Denver Art Museum; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:21:37 +0000 Coco Fusco - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 19th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p dir="ltr">Part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">When the chimp psychologist from Planet of the Apes travelled back in time to pay our civilization a visit, she charmed and terrified humans who sensed that her kind would soon overtake them. Try as humans did to destroy Zira, and thus engineer a different future for their race, they did not succeed in ridding themselves of her or any of her talking ape brethren, who return in endless sequels and remakes to this day. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Zira is an expert in human behavior. In Ape City she conducted experiments on human subjects and dissected their brains. Her civilization was designed to avoid the human forms of aggression that lead to calamities, and her behavioral studies were key to forging that split between those hominids who destroy each other and those who would not. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />For this performance, Zira shares her observations of human predation with a lecture followed by a question and answer session.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:31:03 +0000 Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 14th - December 6th <p dir="ltr">Our laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets derive from and return to the earth in a harmful cycle that requires urgent awareness and action to address humanity&rsquo;s permanent impact on the planet. <em>Earth Machines</em> considers this relentless stream of new tech products, the materials they are made of, and their ecological influence. In this small group exhibition, each work of photography, sculpture, sound, or painting explores a different aspect of the rapid production of electronics and the resulting effects on the environment, from rare earth mining, to the disposal of e-waste and the long-term decomposition of tech products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Artists include: Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Join us for the Opening Reception on Fri, Aug 14, 6 PM.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:21:33 +0000 Jennie Ottinger, Jason Jägel, Rachel Harrison - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - July 23rd - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;presents works by a selection of contemporary artists that directly relate to the life and music of Amy Winehouse. Highly regarded Bay Area artists Jennie Ottinger and Jason J&auml;gel, whose work extends the figurative tradition, will present especially commissioned works for the exhibition. J&auml;gel will create a new mural-sized painting for the wall facing Yerba Buena Lane and Ottinger will create a stop-motion video animation using original paintings. In addition, the exhibition will include a series of untitled drawings (2011&ndash; 2012) with Amy Winehouse as the subject by New York artist Rachel Harrison. These drawings, made using colored pencil on paper, depict Winehouse alongside famous characters from art history like Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Willem de Kooning.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Major sponsorship has been provided by BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Gaia Fund, and Wendy and Richard Yanowitch.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Media Sponsorship for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;is provided by 7x7.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:22:23 +0000 Peter Alexander, Lisa K. Blatt, Peter Dreher, Moira Dryer, Masood Kamandy, Robert Kooima, Michael Light, Josiah McElheny, Fred Tomaselli - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - June 18th - September 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">In the eighteenth century, the concept of the sublime became very influential among painters and poets due to an increasing interest in the aesthetics of science. Expanding global exploration made people astutely aware of the enormous scale and splendor of the planet&rsquo;s wild places, and astronomy was revealing the staggering immensity of the universe. The result was a combination of awe and fear&mdash;awe at the majesty and beauty of creation, and fear of human frailty, mortality, and insignificance in the light of the vastness of the cosmos. This response itself became a point of interest: how do we existentially resolve our psychology and spirituality with this new information?<br /><br />Taking the title from the biblical concept that, &ldquo;the day goes after the night,&rdquo; (Gen 1:5) at the time of creation,&nbsp;<em>Night Begins the Day</em>&nbsp;is an exhibition featuring the work of twenty-seven artists, scientists, and creative thinkers that, in this current moment of expansion through scientific development, look at three aspects of contemporary art that can be seen as emerging from the historic precedent of the sublime: technological innovation; new understandings of time; and new expressions of awe and fear that have emerged from contemporary irony and cultural critique.<br /><br />Featured artists/contributors include Peter Alexander, Lisa K. Blatt, Peter Dreher, Moira Dryer, Institute For Figuring, Masood Kamandy, Robert Kooima, Michael Light, Josiah McElheny, and Fred Tomaselli.<br /><br />Organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Curated by Chief Curator Renny Pritikin and Associate Curator Lily Siegel. A fully illustrated catalog with essays by the curators, Dodie Bellamy, and Nathaniel Deutch will be available.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty</em>&nbsp;is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Presenting sponsorship for this exhibition has been provided by the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Major sponsorship has been provided by an Anonymous donor, Gaia Fund, RayKo Photo Center, and Wendy and Richard Yanowitch.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Additional generous support is provided by The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:16:47 +0000 Gianni Piacentino, Carol Bove, Louise Bourgeois, El Anatsui, Jiro Takamatsu - Altman Siegel Gallery - September 17th - October 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Altman Siegel is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Standing and Hanging,&nbsp;</em>an exhibition of five sculptures by the artists El Anatsui, Louise Bourgeois, Carol Bove, Gianni Piacentino and Jiro Takamatsu.&nbsp;<em>Standing and Hanging&nbsp;</em>presents sculptures that are all variously contending with how an object sits in space, be it on the floor, or suspended in the air. Whether in anthropomorphic scale, or literally describing human form, the sculptures are attuned to the body in space, and to the encounter between viewer and artwork. Organized in collaboration with Adrian Rosenfeld, the exhibition brings together a disparate group of sculptors, and is conceived as a kind of meditation on the words 'above' and 'below.'&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">El Anatsui's&nbsp;<em>Uwa</em><em>-&nbsp;</em>"world" in the language of the Nigerian Igbo people-is a suspended sphere composed from bits of salvaged aluminum, trailing onto the floor and into a network of latticed bottle caps. These found scraps, with their still legible bits of beer can text, are transformed into swatches of color in a densely textured and dynamic composition.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Louise Bourgeois'&nbsp;<em>Femme</em>&nbsp;depicts a pregnant figure hanging in an enigmatic pose, hands stretched downwards in a posture of possible fortitude, while also prostrate, and with legs partially omitted. Bourgeois said of her hanging sculptures, "Horizontality is a desire to give up, to sleep. Verticality is an attempt to escape. Hanging and floating are states of ambivalence." The figure depicts a conflicted conception of femininity and motherhood, as both a state of dispossession and strength.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Carol Bove's fastidiously assembled metal curtain creates a planar division of space, as the area beyond the curtain remains visible behind the shimmering links. The work functions as an interval in the room, with the space around the work, what Bove has called "the non-object in the room," as critical to the piece as the object itself.&nbsp; Bove is influenced greatly by the vocabulary of public sculpture and her work often invokes such subtleties found at the intersection of design and sociology.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Gianni Piacentino's&nbsp;<em>BLUE-PURPLE BIG L</em>&nbsp;is a seminal work by the Italian artist, whose early participation in the 1966 group show "Arte Abitabile" (Habitable Art) at the Sperone Gallery in Turin secured his place in Arte Povera. Terming his work "artigianato inutile" or "useless craftwork," this early work demonstrates Piacentino's interest in vernaculars of fabrication and design. The L form, emptied of particular use value, is ground for a meticulously applied lacquer. While contemporary with the American Minimalists, and bearing superficial similarities, Piacentino's subtractive forms evidence an interest in surface and symbolic allusion very much his own.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A key figure in the development of the Mono-Ha ("School of Things") movement, Jiro Takamatsu was best known for works that sought, through simple gestures and everyday materials, to reveal his pursuit of truth to material. In&nbsp;<em>Oneness of Cedar,</em>&nbsp;1970, sections of cedar tree trunks have been carved into rectangular lengths, the process plainly evident, and governed by the native attributes of the wood. This sculpture is from the series&nbsp;<em>Oneness</em>&nbsp;that begun in 1970, in which the artist's subtle formal manipulations of various materials-including wood, concrete, and paper- work to emphasize inherent properties of the materials used.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">El Anatsui (b. 1944) lives and works between Ghana and Nigeria.&nbsp; He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, NY and this summer was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale. Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) lived and worked in New York. A special long-term installation of hers will be on view at the new Fondazione Prada, Milan. Her estate is represented by Cheim and Read, NY. Carol Bove (b. 1971) was raised in Berkeley, California and is in the collections of MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum and many others.&nbsp; She is represented by Maccarone Inc. and David Zwirner, NY.&nbsp; Gianni Piacentino (b. 1945) lives and works in Turin. This summer, Centre d'Art Contemporain Gen&egrave;ve inaugurated his first retrospective exhibition. He is represented by Michael Werner Gallery, NY. Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) was a pivotal member of both the influential Japanese art movements Hi Red Center and Mono-Ha. His estate is represented by Fergus McCaffrey, New York / St. Barth and Yumiko Chiba, Tokyo.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:29:50 +0000 Val Britton, Christine Elfman, Ana Teresa Fernández, Helen Rebekah Garber, Ranu Mukherjee - Gallery Wendi Norris - August 6th - September 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;">Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Group Hang</em>, an exhibition featuring new works by five California-based female artists from the gallery&rsquo;s roster:&nbsp;<strong>Val Britton</strong>,<strong>&nbsp;Christine Elfman</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Ana Teresa Fern&aacute;ndez</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Helen Rebekah Garber</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>Ranu Mukherjee</strong>. Please join us for the opening on Thursday, August 6, from&nbsp;6:00-8:00PM. The exhibition will be on view through September 3.<br /><br />Britton will present intricate collaged works on paper; Elfman's&nbsp;photographic works feature images created via an anthotype process; Fern&aacute;ndez&nbsp;will exhibit a painting from her&nbsp;<em>Tudo Joia</em>&nbsp;body of work, made in Brazil during the protests surrounding the 2014 World Cup; Garber has created a group of&nbsp;small-scale paintings&nbsp;drawing on elements from a diverse array of iconographic systems; and Mukherjee will&nbsp;present&nbsp;works on paper and her most recent animated film,&nbsp;<em>Home and the World</em>, in its West Coast debut.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:34:25 +0000 Piero Spadaro, Klari Reis, Jeffrey Palladini - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - August 5th - September 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a three-person exhibition entitled&nbsp;<em>Surface</em>&nbsp;featuring the works of Jeffrey Palladini, Klari Reis and Piero Spadaro.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><em>Surface - of, on, or pertaining to the surface; apparent rather than real</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition aims to bring together a group of diverse artists, working in various mediums, who all push the boundaries of a typical art object&rsquo;s surface. Jeffrey Palladini, Klari Reis, and Piero Spadaro each invite the viewer to question what is before them and further examine.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jeffrey Palladini&rsquo;s Monitor Paintings, as their title denotes, are painted television monitors with a digital video running on a fixed loop. The conceptual underpinning of these works is the duality between stillness and motion, the passive and the active, and the tensions created between the two. These works are intentionally constructed to behave like paintings, similar to his oil and charcoal works on panel, though the foreground of a looped video creates an unexpected surface.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Klari Reis is exhibiting both painting and installation based pieces that are anything but traditional. In both bodies of works, Reis uses the tools and techniques of science, constantly experimenting with new ways to apply materials and methods. The unifying theme is her mastery of a new plastic, epoxy polymer &ndash; which is UV resistant. The surface of her paintings give the appearance of three &ndash; dimensional wall sculptures with compositions of brightly colored smears, bumps, shifts, stains, and blobs atop aluminum and wood panels. Her installation series entitled Hypochondria, consists of hand painted petri dishes mounted on the wall at varying distances, densities and stylistic groupings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Piero Spadaro enlists assorted materials such as glitter, textured paper, ground pigment, acrylic, and resin to create paintings in the color field tradition with a revamped and provocative contemporary vibe. His work strikes a balance between deliberation and chance creating topographical maps that flow over the surface on panels. His surfaces are textured and dense with divisions, or bands, alluding to horizons that are layered, fleeting, and always relative.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:59:37 +0000 - Mills College Art Museum - September 16th - December 13th <p>Public Works: Artists&rsquo; Interventions 1970-Now</p> <p>September 16-December 13, 2015</p> <p>Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16, 6-8 pm</p> <p>Public Works: Artists' Interventions 1970s&ndash;Now examines strategies of public practice by women artists from the 1970s to the present. The exhibition features works by Amy Balkin, Tania Bruguera, Candy Chang, Minerva Cuevas, Agnes Denes, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Karen Finley, Coco Fusco, the Guerrilla Girls, Sharon Hayes, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jenny Holzer, Emily Jacir, Suzanne Lacy, Marie Lorenz, Susan O&rsquo;Malley, Adrian Piper, Laurie Jo Reynolds|Tamms Year Ten, Favianna Rodriguez, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Stephanie Syjuco, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Public Works presents audio, documentation, ephemera, photography, prints, and video from a number of important historic and contemporary projects that explore the inherent politics and social conditions of creating art in public space. A number of public programs, including new commissions featuring performances by Constance Hockaday and Jenifer K. Wofford produced in collaboration with Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), will accompany the exhibition, in addition to a full color catalogue.</p> <p>Public Works is curated by Christian L. Frock, independent curator and writer, and Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator of Media Arts at SFMOMA. The exhibition is supported in part by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:59:12 +0000 Zarouhie Abdalian, Weston Teruya, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon - Mills College Art Museum - August 30th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Art+Process+Ideas:June 24-August 30, 2015</p> <p>Closing Reception: Auguat 30, 2015 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Mills College Art Museum</p> <p>The Mills College Art Museum invites you to join us for the Closing Reception of our latest exhibition: Art+Process+Ideas on August 30, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM.</p> <p>The Art + Process + Ideas exhibition features new work created while in residence by the inaugural group of artists, Zarouhie Abdalian, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, and Weston Teruya.</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:54:45 +0000 David Wilson - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - July 30th - January 3rd, 2016 <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Oakland based artist David Wilson collaborates with Francesco Spagnolo, the Curator of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Wilson researched and drew objects from the Magnes&rsquo; collection. Spagnolo expands on and plays with the origins and meanings of the objects.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><a name="_GoBack" rel="nofollow"></a><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><em>Mima&lsquo;amaqim </em></strong><em>(</em>from the depth of the collection)</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Inspired by the ambiguity of the Hebrew word found in Psalm 130, <em>mima&lsquo;amaqim</em>, David Wilson and Francesco Spagnolo have been collaborating on a deep study of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em>Mima&lsquo;amaqim</em>, translated alternatively as &ldquo;from [or out of] the depths&rdquo; or <em>de profundis</em>, is a concept that evokes deep valleys, dark places, and mysteries. For several months, Wilson has been working in the deep storage of the Magnes, finding, researching, looking at, and drawing objects from the four corners of the world. Each drawing session culminates in a conversation with Spagnolo, who expands on and plays with the origins and meanings of the objects portrayed.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">This installation is the result of their collaboration. Artifacts, drawings, and annotations open a window into the process of bringing out the life of an object, unleashing its performative powers.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">The conversation is, by all means, not over.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:42:35 +0000