26 September 2008–19 April 2009
Myer Fashion and Textiles Gallery
Remaking Fashion examines the process of making – and evidence of the process of making – in contemporary fashion. In recent years a new aesthetic has emerged where elements of clothing construction have become components of design. The materials traditionally hidden such as fasteners, foundation materials and interior supports, and methods specific to the process of making, such as basting or raw hems, have been reinterpreted as design elements. Visions usually privy to the individual or the maker are divulged and venerated.
This exhibition draws on the NGV’s extensive and rare collection of Pierre Cardin toiles. These toiles were used throughout the 1960s to make Pierre Cardin dresses for the Australian market and form the genesis of this aesthetic. More contemporary examples by designers such as Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, Yohji Yamamoto, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Nicholas Ghesquiére for Balenciaga and John Galliano for Christian Dior provide examples of the emergence, development and continuation of this aesthetic."
National Gallery of Victoria
Michael Wolf: The Transparent City
Stephen Daiter Gallery is pleased to welcome in the New Year with "The Transparent City", artist Michael Wolf's dramatic interpretation of Chicago's architectural landscape.
The genesis for this project was Wolf's first visit to Chicago in 2005. During a ride on the famous "el" train downtown, he saw many visual possibilities inherent in the city's architectural masses. Through the aid of the Museum of Contemporary Photography he met a local philanthropist from the U.S. Equities Realty artist in residence program who helped fund the "The Transparent City" and provided him with access to the buildings and vantage points explored throughout the project.
"The Transparent City" surveys the density and magnitude of Chicago's skyline. Wolf's large scale prints reveal the enormity of its skyscrapers at the same time they enable us to observe intimate and private goings on within individual apartments and offices. By cropping out traces of street and sky Wolf constructs an abstracted and endless world of windows, lights and reflections. He has created a group of photographs which remain familiar and at the same time fantastic.
Michael Wolf was born in Munich, Germany in 1954. He grew up in the United States and studied at University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Essen in Germany. He recently moved to Paris after a ten year stay in Hong Kong during which time he produced "Architecture of Density" (precursor to The Transparent City).
Stephen Daiter Gallery Photography Vintage Photography
The Jiri Svestka Gallery in Prague opens the new exhibition year with the display of Jakub Hosek (1979). The double runner-up (2005, 2007) of Jindrich Chalupecky Prize presents his latest works – paintings and three-dimensional installations - hand signed with his distinctive style and named Let me rule. Most of his works were created especially for this exhibition.
“It is not essential to explain the title of the exhibition. The viewer should understand it in his own way. It might manifest certain arrogance or excessive ambitiousness, yet also despair. It could be attacking the contemporary art scene – or stand for an outcry at certain stage of life. Let me rule = Let me rule my time = Let me be,” Jakub Hosek comments his current exhibition.
"The conference theme of NordMedia09 is Body, Soul and Society: Rethinking Media and Communication Ontologies. Through plenary sessions, a particular theme division, and a multi-media evening event NordMedia09 will engage in questions related to how media and communication express, shape and is shaped by our understanding of body, soul and society. How do the media depict “the healthy soul in the healthy body” – and with what social and environmental impact? Can contemporary media contribute to cultural liberation? Are we becoming addicted to the media? These are some of the key-questions that will appear during the conference days."
The festival, created by ARTE and La Ferme du Buisson, is exemplary of an European way of being indisciplinaire. Established by ARTE and La Ferme du Buisson to foster the growing performing arts and moving images scene, Temps d’Images has prompted organizers and producers, who may not have known one another previously, to collaborate on a variety of new projects. In partnership with the festival’s founders, each country has decided, naturally, to base their programme on the festival’s main theme.
The aim is to improve an inspiring dialogue between the scene and the image - through the collaboration of the partner institutions and organizations: Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Belgium), La Ferme du Buisson (France), Tanzhaus Düsseldorf (Germany), Artlink (Romania), Von Krahl Theater (Lithuania), Garajistambul (Turkey), Romaeuropa (Italy), Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski (Poand), Duplacena (Portugal), and Usine C (Canada).
There’s nothing “exclusive” about the relationship between these partners, and the Festival Temps d’Images has become a vital means of supporting individual artists. The festival’s organizers supply participants with a support network, inventing new ways of ensuring that works are circulated, with each artist lending his or her experience, ideas, artistic discoveries and cultural perspectives to Temps d’Images.
Festival européen Temps d'images | 2008
“I think my work is only funny by accident. I always want to make art that is poetic and profound but it mostly ends up being funny instead. I don't know why.”
Renowned for its wittiness, the work of David Shrigley is funny in ways that are paradoxical and not easy to digest. Its humor addresses the dark side of life and the cracks in the veneer of society. The clumsy creatures in his drawings invoke a world in which social conventions and norms are disdained and courteousness and control are abandoned.
Francesca Pia - Art contemporain - Genéve, Suisse
La Galerie Nathalie Obadia est heureuse de présenter le nouveau travail de Manuel Ocampo (*1965), l' artiste - peintre philippin installé à Los Angeles. Le spectateur est invité à découvrir une peinture figurative expressive et gestuelle. Elle est dotée d'une palette chatoyante, voire synthétique ou acide et résulte en une expérience picturale intense.
Mélangeant l'iconographie de l'époque coloniale, les symboles de la tradition judéo-chrétienne, ainsi que l'imagerie populaire, Ocampo met en scène des sujets tragicomiques formés sur le modèle de la bande dessinée. Les images dotées de vulgarité latente apparaissent comme volontairement subversives et décadentes et proposent des similitudes avec l'esthétique excessive des œuvres du californien Paul McCarthy (*1945). L'hystérie hybride des compositions est également ponctuée d'érotisme et de sexualité grotesques. Dépassant le premier niveau de lecture, l'ensemble des œuvres révèle un vocabulaire complexe codé par l'artiste.
Ainsi, sans tomber dans un cynisme constant, l'humour décalé de l'artiste pose des questions attachées à l'authenticité des valeurs établies sur des modèles artistiques, religieux, politiques, populaires, etc. et interroge les possibilités d'un art apolitique et dénué de toute religiosité. Il s'inscrit ainsi dans la tradition dʼallégorismes politiques à l'instar de Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), de Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) ou de Honoré Daumier (1808-1879). Les titres narratifs de ses toiles - comme par exemple : Peinture – projet pour un monument dédié au triomphe de l'art sur la réalité - participent pleinement au conceptualisme iconoclaste, vecteur fondamental dans l'art d'Ocampo.
Le travail de l'artiste a fait l'objet de nombreuses expositions personnelles et collectives à travers le monde et a participé dont la IXe Documenta de Kassel conçue par Jan Hoet en 1992. Aussi, le travail d'Ocampo est présent dans les collections permanentes des institutionnelles telles que le Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), le Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), le Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), le Musée d'Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean (Luxembourg), etc.
Galerie Nathalie Obadia: Current show
The Formulaic Nature of Appearances
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art is pleased to present The Formulaic Nature of Appearances, new paintings by Iranian born artist Nicky Nodjoumi. By speaking literally and figuratively of two worlds simultaneously, the Western Hemisphere and the Middle East, Nodjoumi evokes individual dialogues against a continuous backdrop of ambiguity, allegory and irony.
Nodjoumi creates large scale oil paintings using a visual narrative that combines Persian metaphors and Iranian iconography with references of Western and foremost American culture and politics. The inherent symbolism of Mullahs and Ayatollahs juxtaposed with that of suit clad Western bureaucrats suggests an extremely delicate balance between and beyond all cultural and sociopolitical boundaries. On his canvases, the struggle against tyranny and domination, both personal and universal, unfolds seemingly in front of the viewer’s eye. Nodjoumi directs a staged scenario, full with connotations, revealing the hypocrisy within our societies - whether in form of ideological or physical exploitation, male supremacy or sexual repression.
In his most recent paintings, Nodjoumi expands into an even more complex landscape - where his characters become synonyms for the conflicts within the constructed equilibrium of power. Invoking the ideas of the Flat Earth Theory that formerly preceded the occidental idea of Enlightenment, Nodjoumi leads the viewer into a world of separations by visually dissecting the composition with dividing lines. The result is a new formation onto the picture plane - Nodjoumi placing his subjects either above ground, suggesting the existing world, or below into a nondescript, subterranean space equivalent to the underworld. Analogous to the legendary figure of Orpheus in Greek mythology alluring his audience with his songs and poems - Nodjoumi’s narrative leads through a world full of creatures, hovering above and below ground and similarly leaving an overall sensation of displacement behind. Furthermore, by unveiling the precarious relationship between oppressed and oppressor akin to the Social Pyramids of the ancient pharaohs, Nodjoumi leaves us with a distinct notion of unsettlement - as if nothing has changed ever since societies’ first formation.
Nicky Nodjoumi was born in 1942 in Kermanshah, Iran and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his B.A. from Tehran University of Fine Arts in Tehran, Iran and his M.F.A. from the City College of New York in 1974. Nodjoumi’s work has been the subject of several national and international solo exhibitions including Seyhon Gallery, Aria Gallery and a 1980 Retrospective at The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran. Most recently, Nodjoumi co-curated Ardeshir Mohassess: Art and Satire in Iran with Shirin Neshat at the Asia Society and Museum, New York, NY.
This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with an essay written by Shirin Neshat.
Nicky Nodjoumi at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art
"Palestinian-American artist Emily Jacir has been named the winner of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2008, it was announced last night by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and HUGO BOSS. Jacir, who received the Golden Lion Award for an artist under 40 at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, is the seventh artist to win the prestigious HUGO BOSS PRIZE, a biennial award that was established in 1996 by HUGO BOSS and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. The prize carries an award of $100,000 and is administered by the Foundation. A jury comprising an international panel of museum directors and curators selected Jacir from a group of six short-listed artists. An exhibition of the prizewinner’s work will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum from February 6 through April 15, 2009."
Emily Jacir Named Winner of Seventh Biennial Hugo Boss Prize
Axel Hütte: Out of Darkness
3 Feb — 7 Mar 2009
Waddington Galleries are pleased to announce an exhibition of recent photographs by the German artist Axel Hütte. The exhibition includes photographs taken in France, La Gomera, Canada, New Mexico, New Zealand and Borneo. Photographs taken in Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina stem from Hütte’s recent expedition along the route of the Conquistadors, tracing the path of the earliest explorers in their discovery of South America. Monumental in scale but meticulous in detail, each work
마이클 크레그 마틴(Michael Craig-Martin) 개인전
2009년 2월 26일 – 2009년 3월 31일
피케이엠 트리니티 갤러리는 2009년 2월 26일부터 3월 31일까지 가장 영향력 있는 영국 개념미술 1세대 작가 마이클 크레그 마틴(1941년생)의 개인전을 개최한다.
이번 마이클 크레그 마틴 개인전에서는 일상의 사물을 독특한 방식으로 재구성하는 그의 작품 세계가 반영된 최신작 중 평면화 약 20점과 15미터에 달하는 대형 벽화 1점이 국내에서 처음으로 소개된다. 작가는 의자, 전구, 신발, 커피포트 등 일상생활 속에서 흔히 볼 수 있는 평범하고 익숙한 대량생산물들을 몇 개의 단순한 선과 순도 높은 원색을 사용하여 특별하고 매력적인 대상으로 바꾸어 놓음으로써 친근하면서도 낯선 화면을 구성한다. 마젠타나 초록, 터키석 블루나 빨강과 같은 강렬한 색의 평면 위에 그만큼 선명한 주황색 의자나 청색과 녹색 소화기, 자주색 전구 등을 배치하여 독특한 대비와 조화를 꾀하고 있는 그의 작품은 관객에게 즉각적인 시각적 체험의 기회를 제공하는 한편 물리적 사물에 대한 인간의 인식 능력과 해석의 욕구 문제를 되돌아보게 하는 성찰의 도구가 되고 있다. 일상적인 대량생산물을 소재로 하되 각 사물에서 공통적인 성질을 추려내어 대표적이고 보편적인 형상으로 환원시켜 묘사하고 있는 마이클 크레그 마틴의 작품은 사물 자체보다는 사물에 대한 개념에 집중하고 관객을 작품의 의미 형성에 적극적으로 참여시킨다는 점에서 팝아트와 미니멀리즘 그리고 개념미술과의 연계를 고려하게 한다.
PKM Gallery - Michael Craig-Martin - Press Release
For more than a decade, the poet and musician Lee Ranaldo and the artist Leah Singer have been collaborating in multimedia performances. Lee Ranaldo is a founding member of Sonic Youth, Leah Singer is an artist, with film as her primary medium.
The exhibition "iloveyouihateyou" at Magasin 3 is based on an audiovisual work by Leah Singer and Lee Ranaldo. This work is an exploration of how image and sound interact, and will be staged both as a live performance and as an installation. Their performance work and installations combine a flow of images and sounds taken from everyday situations, moments that reveal the beauty of the ordinary and turn the commonplace into something extraordinary.
The exhibition also features three historic experimental films on the theme of “everyday existence” and the capacity to see the greatness in small things. The films are by Gordon Matta-Clark, Terry Fox, Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson.
MAGASIN 3 STOCKHOLM KONSTHALL
"The exhibition's idea is to introduce artists who creatively employ the medium of comic, making it appealing not just for kids but also for adults," its curators Zane Zajančkauska and David Schilter explained. "Regardless of stereotypes, the chief trademark of comic strips is neither speech balloons nor frames, nor written out boom-boom "sound effects". What is indeed typical of a cartoon strip is its story. Besides, there exists no single uniting element among all comic storytellers, since each of them talks about something different, from fairytales to personal experiences, makes experiments with juxtapositions of text and images and sometimes even attempts to solve certain philosophical problems.
ГАЛЕРЕЯ РИДЖИНА продолжает линию на внедрение в московскую художественную жизнь восходящих звезд международного современного искусства. После сотрудничества с известными художниками Джонатаном Меезе (Германия), Эрвином Вурмом (Австрия), показа проекта «HERE AND NOW», РИДЖИНА рада сообщить об открытии первой персональной выставки в России группы CLAIRE FONTAINE - явления нового и яркого, представителей новой волны «политического» искусства.
CLAIRE FONTAINE – французский дуэт, основанный в 2004 году. Их творчество - форма протеста против политического бессилия и кризиса индивидуальности, характерных для современной жизни. Они экспериментируют с иконами массового производства, искаженными смыслами и создают разнообразные объекты для совместного пользования интеллектуальной и частной собственностью.
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On January 29 th. the third solo exhibition of Ruud van Empel opens at Stux Gallery in New York. There his new series titled Dawn and Souvenir can be seen for the first time. Also some new works from his former series World, Moon and Venus will be in this exhibition.
Ruud van Empel