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Robert Kelly at James Kelly Contemporary

Robert Kelly at James Kelly Contemporary | ArtSeen | Scoop.it

For this exhibition, Kelly continues to play with the applied reference of the

‘historical present’ that he has developed over the past several years.  He builds up his surfaces with vintage papers he recently collected from Russia, Holland, the Czech Republic and Italy, letting the aged marks, bleeds and textural arrangements of these papers act as a guide to the subsequent laying down of pigments. The meticulously collaged surfaces create a mid-­‐narrative, inhabited ground of references referring to the Bauhaus and Constructivist sensibilities. The bold lays of juxtaposed blocks of color, arranged precisely along the fissures of the underlying paper collages, emphasize the weight, authority and sensual beauty of the materiality of paint.

 

Kelly’s work is in a sense an amalgamation of collage and painting. Geometric-­‐ shaped color fields of oil pigments are subsequently laid down with a trowel-­‐like brush leaving a fine, rhythmic pattern formed in drags across the overlapping sides of the collaged papers, covering the surface and revealing an overall grid.  The remaining uncovered areas of the vintage papers reveal unreadable printed elements that are present on these pages, introducing a kind of pentimenti.  Kelly meticulously creates his paintings by first covering the entire canvas with a collage of paper and then masterly builds up the surface with the pared down tools of line, form and color. His exquisite craftsmanship gives his work their remarkable elegance and grace.

 

Robert Kelly influences include the De Stijl movement, Malevich and Mondrian and modernists like Bauhaus, Joaquin Torres-­‐Garcia, Philip Guston, Richard Diebenkorn, Kurt Schwitters, Blinky Palermo and Brazilian Constructivist artists Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. Kelly himself cites Hans Arp, Myron Stout, Tony Smith, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Bill Traylor, Louise Bourgeois and Ellsworth Kelly.

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Rajorshi Ghosh Thru May 12

Rajorshi Ghosh Thru May 12 | ArtSeen | Scoop.it

For Rooms by the Sea, Ghosh will present a series of video installations and photographic still images that interrogate our perceptual notions of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. His minimal interventions recall, in fragments, the conflicting relations between the ‘ordinary’ and the ‘paradise’ and that of ‘exile’ and ‘access’, the critical meanings of which become apparent upon the symbolic collision that occurs once they are juxtaposed.

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Museum Tower Forces Nasher Sculpture Center to Close James Turrell | Artinfo

Museum Tower Forces Nasher Sculpture Center to Close James Turrell | Artinfo | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Dallas's Museum Tower was designed to be eye-catching, but its intense reflectivity is cooking the famous Picassos and Henry Moores at the Nasher Sculpture Center next door.
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Lifelike

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Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal.

 

This international group exhibition features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “authenticity” is manufactured. Avoiding the brand-name flashiness embraced by 1960s Pop and the slick urban scenes introduced at that time by the Photorealists, the artists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. They also favor a handmade, labor-intensive practice rather than technological enhancements. The resulting works—including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and video—transform the ordinary into something beguiling, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.


Lifelike showcases works from the late 1960s to the present by 55 artists, including Vija Celmins, Keith Edmier, Fischli and Weiss, Robert Gober, Alex Hay, Kaz Oshiro, Charles Ray, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Ai Weiwei.

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Photos from the Whitney Biennial

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As promised, we’ve posted some of our photos from our trip to the Whitney Biennial. There were many highlights, but we captured some of our favorite artists/pieces. If you went, let us know w...
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From the "Old Weird America" to Occupy Wall Street: A Q&A With the 2012 Whitney Biennial Curators | Artinfo

From the "Old Weird America" to Occupy Wall Street: A Q&A With the 2012 Whitney Biennial Curators | Artinfo | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders explain how they put together the show and some of their more controversial choices.
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Mike Kelley - Gagosian Gallery

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As promised but tardy, a look into some of the Whitney Biennial 2012 Artists...

 

Mike Kelley was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954, he lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Michigan. Major solo exhibitions include "Catholic Tastes," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1993); "Mike Kelley," Museu d'art Contemporani, Barcelona (1997); "Framed and Framed, Test Room, Sublevel," MAGASIN, Grenoble (1999); "The Uncanny," Tate Liverpool and Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2004); "Profondeurs Vertes," Musée du Louvre (2006); and "Educational Complex Onwards: 1995-2008," WIELS Centre d'Art Contemporain (2008).

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Whitney Museum of American Art: 2012 Biennial

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List for the 2012 Whitney Biennial announced. Preview of selected artists to come.

 

The Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore works, exhibitions, and events online. Located in New York City.

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Tate Modern | Opens Next Week | Miró

Tate Modern | Opens Next Week | Miró | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Joan Miró's works come to London in the first major retrospective here for nearly 50 years. Renowned as one of the greatest Surrealist painters, filling his paintings with luxuriant colour, Miró worked in a rich variety of styles. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints from moments across the six decades of his extraordinary career.
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Venice Biennale 2011: Meet Brit Mike Nelson

Venice Biennale 2011: Meet Brit Mike Nelson | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Representing Great Britain, installation artist Mike Nelson is also featured in Singapore currently.

Mike Nelson's graveyard of wounded plinths functions as an imitation of a once-grand exhibition. seemingly suffering from an attack and complete disrepair, the breaking and destruction of objects helps the viewer to conjure a memory of clean surfaces and contrast their memories with the environment of the piece.

Built from the remains of a previous exhibition, nelson took the destructed panels and rebuilt them into the plinths seen here. Originally on display in london in an clean white-walled space, it is at the 2011 singapore biennale on the bare concrete floors and almost abandoned
looking space that the piece plays a heavier role for viewer. The usual mixing of theatrical elements and fabricated objects found in Nelson's work comes to play in the building itself being surrounded by overgrown natural elements, extending the piece outside of the room.

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Art review: 'David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy' at Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times

Art review: 'David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy' at Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Christopher Knight reviews "David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy," a retrospective of the 20th century American sculptor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is indeed the sculptural counterpart to the New York School's gestural painting, and he's an artist who found a way to draw in physical space using welded steel. In fact, the show's pivot is the marvelous 1950 tabletop sculpture "Star Cage," which visually recalls a Jackson Pollock drip-painting forged in three dimensions; the welded steel-rods zigzag like the tracks of energy particles within an atom's nucleus.
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David Malek | GOLDEN

David Malek | GOLDEN | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
This exhibition consists of large rectangular enamel paintings on panel, each depicts a unique grid structure taken from a variety of diagrammatic sources and explores the visuality and spatiality of grids. Pragmatic and pictured, Malek's paintings present the grids inconsiderate to their support, as if the images are selections from a graphed environment incorporating the viewer. The multiple layers of enamel paint that build upon each subsequent image present a remarkably luminous display.

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Blain|Southern | Bill Viola | The Quintet of the Unseen

Blain|Southern | Bill Viola | The Quintet of the Unseen | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Blain|Southern is an international gallery representing some of the world's leading contemporary artists.
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Jen Erickson’s Topographies Of Lost Memory

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The tenuously-connected tissue of small marks on Jen Erickson’s paintings at PUNCH Gallery (On view through June 3) fan out like smoke curls, clustered blooms of algae or exploding supernova....
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Corinne Wasmuht at Friedrich Petzel (Contemporary Art Daily)

Corinne Wasmuht at Friedrich Petzel (Contemporary Art Daily) | ArtSeen | Scoop.it

Wasmuht is widely known for her large-scale, multi-layered oil paintings. Her work derives from an array of pictorial inventions, culminating in an aesthetic tension that aims to reconcile what the artist refers to as the “dualism of modernism,” a melding of representational and abstract structures in painting. The paintings’ images are generated from an array of abstracted and overlapping photographic imagery that Wasmuht sources from a combination of the Internet and her own personal photographs. The images, both appropriated and her own, mine daily life, nature, science and art, fusing into staged abstracted productions. As Wasmuht describes her process, “In a film, one image is followed by another, whereas I pile the images up on top of one another.” Above all, her labor-intensive painting technique characterizes her work. She applies countless translucent thin layers of paint onto wooden boards that have been repeatedly whitewashed and polished, making her pictures shine and appear to be illuminated from behind while giving their surfaces an immateriality that is full of movement.

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What's up with Jenny? - Jenny Holzer at Skarstedt Gallery

What's up with Jenny? - Jenny Holzer at Skarstedt Gallery | ArtSeen | Scoop.it

Jenny Holzer - ENDGAME - March 1 - April 7, 2012.   Holzer’s work is indebted to the Constructivist legacy and its notion that art could be directed towards social purposes. This referencing invites viewers to consider the conditions under which art is made. The optimism that attended the Soviet avant-garde was lost when the consolidation of power, banishment, and executions routed hope from the artistic and political agenda. In contrast, Holzer started in anger and mourning when torture and death were institutionalized. While rigorous and meditative painting cannot undo acts or by itself conjure optimism, it can suggest a means of working that is outside of cynicism. Even misplaced or fugitive hopefulness, the paintings suggest, is preferable to capitulation.

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http://www.motoi.biz/english/e_top/e_top.html | ArtSeen | Scoop.it

Working in salt, Motoi Yamamoto creates fragile landscapes in a meditative process that examines the cycle of life returning to the earth or questioning loss. His ephemeral diaries are labyrinths or patterns that trace the path of a memory through time. It was the loss of his sister to brain cancer that served as the impetus for this method of working. He is currently showing in Washington at the Bellevue Arts Museum with several solo shows coming later in the year.

 

 

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Mike Kelley, California Artist, An Apparent Suicide at 57

Mike Kelley, California Artist, An Apparent Suicide at 57 | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Mike Kelley, the multi-media post-Conceptual artist with a punk rocker sensibility was found dead on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery, his dealer, confirmed.
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Remain In Light: Artist Alyson Shotz on Her Illuminating Show at Tokyo's Espace Louis Vuitton | Artinfo

Remain In Light: Artist Alyson Shotz on Her Illuminating Show at Tokyo's Espace Louis Vuitton | Artinfo | ArtSeen | Scoop.it

Alyson Shotz's latest site specific work explores her interest in the fusion of technology and nature. Like the impressionists, she addresses the properties of light revealed through the latest technological advances at this turn of the century.

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Hans Hartung: The Final Years 1980 - 1989

Hans Hartung: The Final Years 1980 - 1989 | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Hans Hartung (born Leipzig 1904, died Antibes 1989) was a German-born émigré who made
France his home and fought with the French Foreign Legion during WW2. He achieved great
recognition for his work in post-war Europe, and was awarded the International Prize at the
Venice Biennale in 1960. In 1994 a foundation in Antibes was established in his name
alongside that of his wife, Anna Eva Bergman. This is the artistʼs first show in London since
Hans Hartung: Works on Paper, 1922-1956, (curated by Jennifer Mundy) was held at Tate
Britain in 1996.

Hartung is best known for his 1950s gestural and existential abstractions: psychographs in
paint composed of dramatic sheaves of dark brush strokes, against a light washed
background. What has only become known recently, is that Hartung meticulously planned and
copied these apparently spontaneous paintings from much smaller sketches and studies. This
fact has forced a reassessment of our idea of Hartung as the ultimate expressionist artist,
positioning him instead as an early exponent of painting as a solipsistic and mimetic activity.
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Cindy Sherman: Characters | Art21 Blog

Cindy Sherman: Characters | Art21 Blog | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
In self-reflexive photographs and films, Cindy Sherman invents myriad guises, metamorphosing from Hollywood starlet to clown to society matron. Often with the simplest of means—a camera, a wig, makeup, an outfit—Sherman fashions ambiguous but memorable characters that suggest complex lives lived out of frame. Shermans investigations have a compelling relationship to public images, from kitsch (film stills and centerfolds) to art history (Old Masters and Surrealism) to green-screen technology and the latest advances in digital photography.

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Tate Modern| Current Exhibitions | Gabriel Orozco

Tate Modern| Current Exhibitions | Gabriel Orozco | ArtSeen | Scoop.it
Gabriel Orozco's art belongs to an age in which people, images, and commodities are no longer rooted in a single geographical location, but are continually on the move. The artist himself is equally at home in Mexico, New York and Paris, and regularly makes and exhibits work all around the world. The result is a remarkable diversity of approaches, each stemming from the artist's focused response to a particular place and time.

'I'm not inventing, just reinterpreting', Orozco has said. He will take up existing objects and alter or reconfigure them. Familiar items are transformed or placed in a new context, often with a keen understanding of the wider associations that they carry. A persistent quality in his work is an awareness of transience and the ephemeral: some of his most memorable sculptures exist only as photographs that capture a seemingly casual arrangement of materials in a supermarket or a city street.

Orozco was born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, in 1962 and emerged as an artist during the 1990s. Orozco's approach was regarded as a response to the spectacle and bombast that had pervaded the previous decade. With subtle strategies of interaction with the viewer and an intimate relationship with the human scale, his work moves from the dramatic to the witty to the poetic. Orozco's art reflects upon ideas of monumentality and the symbolic within everyday life.
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