Archive for September, 2010

Wim Delvoye

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Wim Delvoye, Cloaca Feces

Working in a variety of different materials and mediums, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has been shocking viewers for a while now with Cloaca; a machine that emulates the gastrointestinal process and produces feces, which he then markets and sells in his studio in Gent. But he also produces large scale steel sculptures, gothic works and tattoos in his pig ‘art farm.’[...]

Dan Colen’s Poetry

Monday, September 27th, 2010

DAN COLEN: Poetry, Installation view. Photo by Rob McKeever

The most talked about and controversial show of the New York City Fall season: Dan Colen’s inaugural solo debut at Gagosian titled Poetry. Walking around Chelsea during the opening weeks of the season, it was hard to turn the other cheek to numerous conversations regarding Colen’s show. There was hype and tons of expectation.[...]

Deborah Kass: Feel Good Paintings

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Deborah Kass, After Louise Bourgeois, 2010. neon and transformers on powder-coated aluminum panel

Drawing on post-war art historical references, Deborah Kass creates works that explore the frequent junctions between the visual arts, politics and language. For her second show at Paul Kasmin Gallery titled MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times, Kass reacts to the uncertainty of current affairs by appropriating works from seminal figures in the arts such as Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Ellsworth Kelly, among others.[...]

Marcelo Cidade: Avant-Garde is not Dead

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Marcelo Cidade, Sad Tropicalia, 2010

Marcelo Cidade’s second show at Galeria Vermelho continues his exploration of the city and its post-modern condition through sculptures and installations. The exhibition is titled Avant-Garde is not Dead, a witty assemblage of two word phrases, the French definition of ‘avant-garde’, which refers to the first line of troops before going to war, and ‘is not dead’, referring directly to the commonly used phrase in the punk movement ‘punk is not dead’.[...]

Allora & Calzadilla at Chantal Crousel

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Petrified Petrol Pump, 2010. Fossil-filled limestone. Photo credit: Florian Kleinefenn

The recent announcement of the selection of the American-Cuban duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla to represent the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennal has generated quite an international buzz. They are young and relatively unknown with very conceptual and at times controversial proposals that bring attention to political and social unrest. Art with a conscious, so to speak.[...]

Zipora Fried

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Zipora Fried, Chère Maman, 2008. Wood table and bottles.

Zipora Fried is best known for her large-scale graphite drawings in which she immerses herself in a creative process that may last months, drawing over a large scroll of paper that can reach up to 28ft long. But she also creates intellectual sculptures and installations from everyday objects such as tables and chairs.[...]

Iñaki Bonillas at Projecte SD

Friday, September 17th, 2010

From the series Los Ojos, 2010. Photogravure.

Iñaki Bonillas is what we can aptly define as a conceptual photographer. Since 2003, Bonilla has been working from his grandfather’s photographic archive, appropriating images and creating installations and sculptural works that question the very notion of the photographic image. In his work, the personal and biographical merge with the scientific and theoretical in subtle but mesmerizing ways. For his upcoming show at ProjecteSD Gallery, titled Ghost Stories of an Antiquary after the M.R. James book of the same name, Bonilla presents images that reflect upon the inherent contradictions of the photographic image the image through ideas discussed by Barthes and Blanchot.[...]

Juan Duque

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Juan Duque, Transmission, No Souls for Sale at the Tate Modern, 2010

Juan Duque‘s work focuses on the various ways that landscape is able to manifest itself in drawing, installation and found objects. The notion of space within a particular context, be it intimate, personal or public, acquires different significations by compelling viewers to reinterpret their own surroundings.[...]

Rob Pruitt at Gavin Brown

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Gavin Brown just opened this past weekend a major large scale exhibition of new works by Rob Pruitt inaugurating a new exhibition space next door that expands the gallery to one entire city block. Titled Pattern and Degradation, the show comprises paintings, sculpture and installation.[...]

Weekly Wrap-up

Saturday, September 11th, 2010
Sean Raspet at The Kitchen

New York’s Fall gallery openings is on agenda. Yesterday I went to the Whitney and to a couple of Chelsea openings. So for this week’s wrap-up, just a couple of pictures from Christian Marclay’s Festival and last night’s hurried gallery hopping.[...]

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