Fundación María Forcada. Casa del Almirante, Tudela
Ámbito Cultural El Corte Inglés, Madrid
Curated by Alfonso de la Torre
This year marks the thirteen edition of the participation of El Corte Inglés's Ámbito Cultural in the art fair ARCOmadrid’s programme. This ephemeral contemporary art programme is largely owing to two projects of artist interventions, taking place in 1963 and 1965 in Barcelona and Madrid, in the shop windows of the department stores which were then recalled in two re-editions in 2005 and in 2014.
New Images alludes to the sense of difference in the quest undertaken by these artists from different generations in search of answers to questions on the representation and enduring quality of images. There is a burning desire and need for images, for new images, especially in this new time, so heavily saturated precisely by images.
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Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa (Florida)
The Tampa Museum of Art will present a survey of black and white works by the legendary artist Alex Katz (American, b. 1927). An artist of international renown, this exhibition features Katz’s signature portraits of family and friends, renderings of Maine’s countryside, and ephemeral still lifes. The stark contrasts in light and shadow, as well as the emphasis on line and form, illustrate the beauty of Katz’s reductive black and white landscapes and figurative work. A select group of color works will illustrate the relationship between Katz’s vibrant palette and the graphic quality of his black and white prints.
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Manif d'art 8 - Biennale de Quebec
MNBAQ - Musée national des beaux - arts de Québec
Curated by Alexia Fabre
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CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
Curated by Armando Montesinos and Mariano Navarro
This project is made up of three simultaneous and complementary exhibitions that map the most significant emerging lines of art critique by reviewing and re-interpreting a series of displays produced at that time, showing works by Spanish artists present in these exhibitions, and documentary material to contextualise the different successive episodes.
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CAAC - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville
The subtitle of this new partial exhibition of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo could be “Enthusiasm for the Absolute Majority Syndrome.” The new figuration, characterized as a return to order, was the period defined by José Luis Brea as enthusiastic. However, another definition, in political terms, is pursued to some extent by this exhibition: the enthusiasm witnessed with the return to democracy in the years between the death of the dictator and the advance of the second legislative session of the PSOE (Spanish Socialists Workers’ Party), and the inception of the “absolute majority syndrome,” a phrase coined by Mar Villaespesa in the Spanish journal Arena Internacional del Arte.
The present exhibit is organized around an entire series of specialized journals, covering the whole period under study, that succeed each other chronologically, or even overlap. Moreover, there is a strong Andalusian presence in them, either because they were published here or because they were focussed on or conceived with the vital contributions of local artists and critics.
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MIAM - Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète
Curated by Julie Crenn
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The team led by the internationally acclaimed American light artist Leo Villarreal and renowned British architects and urban planners Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has won the Illuminated River International Design Competition given by the Illuminated River Foundation. The Illuminated River is a design commission on an unprecedented scale: a unified scheme conceived to light central London's bridges along the River Thames in a free, permanent light installation. The winning project, selected among 105 teams in 20 countries around the world, will start to develop the design concepts in collaboration with stakeholders and partners along the river, and in consultation with the public. This work will take place in 2017.
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Centre Cultural La Nau - Sala Martínez Guerricabeitia, Valencia
Curated by Santiago Pastor
The exhibition project focuses on his most recent artistic production. Through a selection of ten large format works, the exhibition appeal to the sensitivity of the spectators, taking them to reflection and emotion spaces where the idea of the sublime prevails.
The exhibition is part of the joint of commemorative activities of the I Centenary of the San Juan de Ribera Hall of Residence of Burjassot, from which the artist was fellow (post obtained through competitive examination) of San Juan de Ribera Hall of Residence through his training university period.
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École supérieure des beaux-arts Tours Angers Le Mans - École du Mans, Le Mans
In 2016, after major exhibitions in Germany and United Kingdom (Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Camden Art Center in Londres, and Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Newcastle), Hannah Collins presents her photographic work at the École supérieure des beaux-arts TALMS l Le Mans.
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Corning Tower Plaza and Concourse Levels - Empire State Plaza, Albany (New York)
The exhibition Magnetic Shift will include a selection of Frost’s paintings and three-dimensional pieces, including never previously exhibited works. Frost will be the first artist to ever hold a major solo exhibition alongside the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection, which reaches its 50th anniversary this year.
More information at: New York State Office of General Services
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
This exhibition includes a series of nine, majestic large-scale paintings by Francesco Clemente (born 1952 in Naples, Italy, lives and works in New York and India). Painted in New York in 1998, the Dormiveglia series takes its title from the Italian expression connoting the state between sleep and awakening and captures the state in which reality intrudes into the realm of dreams.
Each canvas is painted in a washed pastel palette and depicts a statuesque, classically draped goddess-like figure that hovers between land and sea, antiquity and modernity, the sublime and the grotesque. As in dreams, these phantoms seem intent on communicating knowledge and human emotion through symbols and their pantomime of cryptic gestures. A selection of related Clemente watercolors and works on paper is also on view to augment the Dormiveglia series.
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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
Curated by Andrea Karnes
This major survey exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974) will feature key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and street art interventions to examine KAWS’s prolific career in depth, revealing critical aspects of his formal, conceptual, and collaborative developments over the last twenty years. This presentation will travel to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China (March - August 2017).
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CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga is proud to host David Salle’s first show at a museum in Spain after a sixteen-year absence. For Inspired by True-Life Events, the title of the exhibition curated by Fernando Francés, the American artist has selected 32 paintings produced between 1992 and the present day. His canvases combine formulas borrowed from various creative disciplines with dramatic themes of strong emotional impact. Salle’s large formats layer a variety of culturally specific images, words and objects with provocative elements.
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CAS - Centro de las Artes de Sevilla
This project is part of the research that aims the analysis and the revitalization of some aspects of the symbolic constructions of our land from contemporaneity.
Performance, video, photography and installations are some of the media used by Pilar Albarracín to address the representation of identity, symbols and cliches. All the pieces are conceptually related to the theme of folklore and the symbols of the Andalusian identity. Starts from our ancestral rituals and the Sevillian imagery itself and goes through, a selection of pre-existing works, En Sevilla hay que morir, also includes other works specifically designed for the occasion.
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CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Curated by Amador Vega
This exhibition explores the impact of the philosopher Ramon Llull (1232-1316) on the arts, literature, science and technology. This controversial man, admired and scorned by some of the most enlightened minds in European culture, has acquired a new importance in the current debate on the ways knowledge is shared with others. A topical figure today, he was also one of the leading lights in the intellectual circles of the late 13th century, in which Arab, Jewish and Christian philosophers and scientists alike participated.
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MUPAM - Museo del Patrimonio de Málaga
Curated by Concha Hermano
The exhibition offers a selection of works by 35 Andalusian female visual artists that aims to highlight the talent and passion of the creators of this region. The metaphor of light in the artistic context refers to the poetic creation that happens in the free artistic exercise of each artist. This is an exhibition project of authors with a cultural and artistic values built from experience, multidisciplinary research, developments in technology and the study of media and materials to culminate in the conception of a language and own aesthetic.
The theoretical discourse of the exhibition project revolves around five storylines: symbol, body, identity, the social side and the cultural side. With an approach that ranges from the singular to the plural, the exhibition aims to provide a plastic and visual narrative about artistic creation from aspects of thematic, biographical, sociological and anthropological character.
Santa Maria della Scala, Siena
Curated by Max Seidel and Carlotta Castellani
With this exhibition, the Neapolitan artist pays tribute to Siena with the presentation of a dozen of unpublished large format works around two distinct cycles: the Fiori d'inferno series, which has taken him five years of observing the flowers that can be found in the American metropolis during the coldest months of the year, while the series that revolves around the great canvas of Albero della Vita summarizes the language of emblems adopted by Clemente since his beginnings.
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Mapfre Foundation, Madrid
Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith
A multidisciplinary artist, Hiroshi Sugimoto works with photography, sculpture, architecture and installation. Within the field of photography he is considered one of the most important creative figures of the past few decades, with work represented in collections such as the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, and the National Gallery and Tate Modern in London.
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CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
This exhibition features a representative selection of the artist’s work produced over the last decade and a half. The 10 pieces on display include sculptures, installations, embroideries, photographs and videos. The artist invites spectators to explore different stereotypes of Spanish culture, but from a different perspective. Using irony and references to festivals and folklore, Albarracín examines these typical images that are known all over the world to critique the way in which certain clichés persist in the collective imaginary. With its powerful underlying image of decontextualised, highly symbolic elements, her work leaves no spectator indifferent.
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Museo ABC de Diseño e Ilustración, Madrid
Curated by Óscar Alonso Molina
A tarot spread is the protagonist of Marina Vargas’ last work. Conexiones is a program where artists linked to the drawing are invited to develop a specific work for the museum taking as its starting point two works chosen from the funds of the collections Colección Banco Santander and Colección ABC. They face the challenge based on their choice and with absolute creative freedom to reveal the unexpected connections that give name to the project. The exhibition Fate Lines reveals the particular world of Marina Vargas.
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Macba - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires
Curated by Aldo Rubino
Pilar Albarracín is an artist with an international career who will exhibit for the first time in Argentina a selection of photographs and videos produced over the the last decade and a half. Defined as one of the most representative artists in the Spanish art scene at the moment, Albarracín explores in an ironic and intelligent way the social stereotypes linked to her Andalusian origin and identity, the flamenco and the bullfighting. From a sociological approach, the artist employs in her practices and artistic processes different media such as video, photography and her body to make problematic genre and memory relationships.
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MAD Antequera, Malaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
This exhibition brings together a selection of sixteen large format works from fifteen Andalusian creators, proposing a review of the current figurative art in different formats and styles. The exhibition space is share by artists of different generations and paths with the South of Spain as a meeting point. Along with the paintings of Santiago Ydáñez, Chema Cobo, Curro González, Abraham Lacalle, Simon Zabell or Miki Leal, Manuel Leon with his unique style shows an original interpretation of the Baroque.
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Serpentine Gallery, London
This exhibition takes landscape as its focus, bringing together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside select works from the past two decades. Katz’s landscape paintings exemplify his life-long quest to capture the present tense in paint. Regardless of their scale, Katz describes these paintings as ‘environmental’ in the way in which they envelop the viewer. Defined by temporal qualities of light, times of the day and the changing of the seasons, these paintings respond and relate to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The exhibition will also include a recent series of portraits.
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MWW - Muzeum Wspòtczesnego Wroclaw, Poland
The first presentation of the international collection of contemporary art that has been built up at Wrocław Contemporary Museum since 2011 addresses the issue of today’s “labor relations”. The phrase refers to the relations between the employer and the employee whose current dynamics is determined by the very same processes that influence the global markets: colonialism, industrialisation and capitalism. They also shape the political landscape, migrant destinations, and the state of the body and the mind.
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Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Curated by Max Hollein
Halley has developed a multi-part installation, using the architecture and spatial conditions of the Rotunda and the Schirn Kunsthalle as his starting point. He examines in his geometrical abstract painting and site-specific installations the spatial as well as communication and organizational structures that dominate everyday life.
In the gallery on the first floor, Halley has covered the walls from floor to ceiling with a digital print-out of his computer-drawn studies. On the second floor, he has chosen by contrast to present a montage from his sketchbooks from the 1980s – on a yellow background.
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Calcografía Nacional - Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid
Curated by Rafael Doctor
Two hundred years after the publication of Tauromaquia of Goya, this exhibition, designed by Capital Animal, proposes to revise the series through new interpretations coupled with a contemporary feel, which rejects the continuation of this type of celebration in the current world. Along with the original etchings by Goya, works by El Roto, Forges, Marina Vargas and Manuel Leon, among will be display.
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Fundación Chirivella Soriano, Valencia
Organized by Banca March
The exhibition brings together a selection of works by Fernando Zóbel, Jordi Teixidor, and José María Yturralde, from different private and public collections - among them we can highlight the ones of the Fundación Chirivella Soriano, and Museo de Arte Abstracto Español de Cuenca. The selection includes painting, sculpture, prints, travel sketchbooks, and other documents.
Vital and artistic trips of the three principal painters in the show converge in the meeting between the young students Teixidor and Yturralde and Fernando Zóbel in the city of Cuenca in the 1960s.
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Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid
Curated by Margarita Aizpuru
The project is based on the combination of a selection of important women within the scope of private collections of art in our country, which integrate within their interesting and important art collections pieces of video art by female artists both nationally and internationally, with the aim of publicizing these collections and a selection of artists and videos made by them in our own context.
The selection of videos of female artists from the collections of four major female collectors in our country (Juana de Aizpuru, Teresa Sapey, Alicia Aza and Sisita Soldevila) will try to show works in this creative field that offer a significant range of languages, both technical and aesthetic and characteristic, as a sample, the current evolution of contemporary video art, where many issues and diverse perspectives meet.
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
This is the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints. The expansive Longside Gallery featured the artist’s large, bright, graphic canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint, alongside towering sculptures in fibreglass and wood. The historically designed landscape of YSP became home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures in KAWS’s trademark style – nostalgic characters in the process of growing up. These works can be seen at YSP until December 2016.
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Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
Curated by Suzanne Cotter and Filipa Loureiro
This first exhibition in Portugal of influential New York-based British artist Liam Gillick (1964, Aylesbury, UK) results from a series of site visits to the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art made since 2013. The subsequent exhibition takes the form of a year-long presentation and reflects Gillick’s long-standing engagement with questions of process, participation, collectivity and decision-making, and of which his varied approach to language and the language of space are an expression.
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CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
The Center of Contemporary Art in Malaga presents José María Yturralde´s exhibition Transfinito, where he presents a selection of recent works, among which a dozen paintings have been created expressly for the occasion. In these compositions we can highlight the lighting contrast and colour transitions that served him to reflect on ideas such as the emptiness or the universe. The artist lives and works in Valencia.
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Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid
Curated by Rosa Martínez
The twenty-one contemporary artists have been chosen for their thematic, conceptual, existential or political affinities with the figure and the legacy of Teresa of Avila: Marina Abramovic, Anila Quayyum Agha, José Ramón Ais, Pilar Albarracín, Francis Alÿs, Miquel Barceló, Louise Bourgeois, Dora García, Anish Kapoor, Waqas Khan, Kimsooja, Cristina Lucas, Bruce Nauman, Nikos Navridis, Rivane Neuenschwander, Cai Guo-Qiang, Eglė Rakauskaitė, Soledad Sevilla, Josefa Tolrà, Eulalia Valldosera and Bill Viola. Works designed specifically for the show complement others that coexist with unique pieces from the museum's historical collections.
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CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
CAC Málaga presents Neighbours III, a selection of works with the city of Málaga as a reference. The show comprises 86 artworks by 30 different artists from the first decade of the 21st Century to last year, some of them recently acquired by the center. Renowned names who has previously exhibited in the museum with solo or group shows, share the room with other artists who will show their work for the first time at CAC Málaga.
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Geometry of the Absurd: Recent Paintings by Peter Halley features eight iconic paintings by the artist produced from 2007 to 2015, representing his first solo museum exhibition in the Western United States. The exhibition title references the plethora of “open” societal systems that farcically disguise closed loops or, in the case of Halley’s work, confined cells. The paintings selected for the exhibition share in common a unique double-stack composition—two cells, one on top of another. This motif, appearing in Halley's work in the postmillennial period, is examined for the first time in this exhibition.
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NorthPark Center, Dallas - Texas
NorthPark Center is pleased to present a new exhibition by leading contemporary artist Leo Villarreal. Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger commissioned Buckyball specifically for CenterPark Garden, where it will be on permanent view. The work is inspired by Buckminster Fuller and combines concepts of geometry and coding with illuminated sculpture. While the mirrored façade of Diamond Sea (2007), pinpricked by flashed of light, is evocative of the sun catching the spontaneous ripples in the sea.
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Guggenheim Bilbao, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Curated by Michael Rooks and Petra Joos
Landscape is one of the main themes in the work of Alex Katz, one of the most unique voices in American art. This exhibition shows the artist's approach to this subject over different phases in his career, and spans from the 1980s to his latest paintings of monumental landscape. These works reveal Katz's mastery over materials as well as the power and clarity of his vision.
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CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
Malaga Centre for Contemporary Art presents the first individual exhibtion in an Andalucian museum by Marina Vargas. In Either Animal or Angel, the titled of the show curated by Fernando Francés, 13 works - photographs and sculptures - will be on display, some of them created specifically for the exhibition at CAC Málaga. With this new project, Vargas reflects on the new visions about the inherited knowledge, and the concept of freeing. The artist lives and works in Madrid.
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La Térmica - Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
With the launch of this collective exhibition in which 24 artists are being part, they make an approach to the exercise of beauty, a revision to its contemporaneity and validity, while it offers an overview of the use of symbolism, implicit and explicit, which currently manages this universal concept. In this exhibition they have tried to promote a gender perspective, providing a discourse that seeks to analyze and review the concept of beauty through the eyes of these artists.
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M – Museum Leuven, Belgium
Curated by Eva Wittocx
The exhibition consists of several series of paintings and drawings, four films, including the most recent film, Strange Magic (2014), Rio (2012), Beijing (2008) and 1972 (2008), and a large-scale site-specific wall painting. M – Museum is publishing a new book on Sarah Morris, CAPITAL letters read better for Initials, featuring an essay by Frédéric Paul, curator at the MNAM-CCI / Centre Georges Pompidou, which offers an overview of her work and her beguiling position as an artist.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This exhibition gathers works by Alex Katz (American, born 1927), one of our era's most acclaimed artists. These eight works span nearly the entire arc of Katz's career and include drawings, prints, and paintings. Among the works are two cutouts, the innovative artistic device that Katz pioneered in the late 1950s; a haunting cityscape; several portraits of Ada, Katz's wife and long-time muse; and portraits of luminaries from Katz's own social and artistic circles.
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DA2 Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca
Curated by Paco Barragán
The exhibition This is what life is about. Narratives of Progress, Freedom and Self-fulfillment in Today’s Capitalism - MUSAC OFF presents a lecture about a series of works from the MUSAC Collection in León, Spain that reflect on contemporary society in today’s capitalism: from globalization to de-regulation of markets, democracy, freedom and security to success and self-fulfillment.
The artists gathered in this exhibition are privileged researchers and anthropologists whose narratives and syntaxes engage with the philosophy of a capitalist society, which could be easily summarized by the famous slogans: Impossible is Nothing and Just Do It!.
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TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers - Miroir hors les murs, Poitiers
Curated by Yannick Miloux, FRAC - Artothèque du Limousin
This exhibition is designed to offer a selection of works from the collections of contemporary art in the new region (FRAC Aquitaine FRAC-Artothèque du Limousin, Poitou-Charentes FRAC) that represent or speculate on issues related to children.
Tales, fables and other stories are reviewed by the artists who raise questions of interpretation and transmission. The exhibition features the participation of Pilar Albarracín with its video-performance She Wolf. Also involved international artists Jeff Koons, Carsten Höller, Regina Möller, Alain Séchas, Georges Tony Stoll, Patrick Tosani, Carl Emanuel Wolff.
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Sala Juana Francés. Casa de la Mujer. Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza
Curated by Susana Blas
The exhibition is presented as a collective and timeless conversation with Teresa of Avila. Thirteen artists from different disciplines interested in spirituality, addressed the concept of soul, allowing the emotions to overflow the understanding, inviting the viewers to abandon themselves to the evocations, visions and symbolism that the pieces suggest.
The showroom has been set with a course that allows to investigate different forms of spirituality; to complement the visit it has been produced a travel journal, in which each artist has chosen a work to associate its image with fragments of their open conversation with the writer.
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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
British artist Hannah Collins is known for her large unframed photographs and installations that create immersive spatial and poetic experiences. Spanning Collins' career to date, this exhibition reveals her capacity to convey the emotional and psychological aspects of cultural space and social history. A new project The Fertile Forest (2013-15) looks at our engagement with nature through the artist's relationship with the Cofan and Inga tribes in the rainforest with whom she lived whilst making this new work.
This exhibition is organised in association with Camden Arts Centre, London.
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MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Curated by Ferrrán Barenblit and Elena Yaichnikova
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents art from the collection of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) of the Regional Government of Madrid and ARCO Collection, Madrid. The exhibition brings together more than 30 artists. The project participants with their light installations, large-scale objects, contemporary paintings, drawings, photos and videos will attest to the diversity of the regional art scene. The show seeks to disclose challenges and ruptures associated with the passage to contemporary world, the world after the loss of the Socialist utopia and disillusion in the ‘perfect capitalism’, as seen by contemporary artists from Spain, Latin America and in the lesser extent Western Europe and the US.
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The Mannequin of History. Art After Fabrications of Critique and Culture
Manifattura Tabacchi Modena, Modena
Curated by Richard Milazzo
The exhibition itinerary includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations with works by 48 protagonists of the international art scene of recent decades. As well as testifying to the by no means provincial nature of local collecting, the group show also raises issues questioning the very nature of art through works representative of various contemporary styles and movements: Conceptualism, Appropriation Art, Neo-Pop, Superkitsch, Arte Povera, Transavanguardia, Neo-Expressionism, various forms of Realism, YBA (Young British Artists), Düsseldorf School, Figuration, Abstractism and Hyperrealism.
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Colby Museum of Art, Waterville - Maine
The 1950s saw American artist Alex Katz (b. 1927) take up and master painting directly from nature, lay claim to Abstract Expressionism’s size and scale on behalf of figurative painting, and innovate with collages and cutouts. This major exhibition will introduce audiences to an overlooked body of work and consider it within the context of the aesthetic commitments of the decade. Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s features sixty-five paintings, cutouts, and collages, including many on loan from the artist and major public and private collections.
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Camden Arts Centre, London
Hannah Collins (b. 1956, London) is well known for her large unframed photographs that cover whole walls, creating immersive spatial experiences. Her installations also extend to film and sound. Filling all of Camden Arts Centre’s galleries, the exhibition demonstrates Collins’ ability to convey the emotional registers of space – across interiors, places of itinerancy and temporary inhabitation, sites of political significance as well as journeys into imaginative or unconscious realms.
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Hannah Collins’ career began in the UK, and her institutional recognition has been marked by solo exhibitions at Ikon Gallery, 1988; ICA London 1989; Chisenhale Gallery, 1996; Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, 1996; Contemporary Art Centre, Glasgow, 1996; as well as a nomination for The Turner Prize in 1993.
CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
The CAC Málaga is presenting the exhibition Respect, a selection of four works by three artists of two different generations which aims to create a connecting link between the exhibitions on Shepard Fairey and D*Face also on display. This exhibition, curated by Fernando Francés, consists of two paintings by Peter Saul, considered one of the founding figures of American Pop Art, and one painting each by KAWS and Erik Parker, representing street artists of the generation born around the 1970s. This exhibition has benefitted from the collaboration of the Automotor Premium.
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High Museum of Art - Atlanta, Georgia
A major exhibition of more than 60 works created between 1954 and 2013 by internationally acclaimed artist Alex Katz. This Is Now explores the development of landscape in Katz's career, from a seminal subject in his earliest work to its prominence in Katz's art of the last twenty-five years.
More information at: High Museum
Alex Katz emerged in the 1950s as a figurative painter in an age of abstraction, challenging critics who shunned imagery in art, especially the figure. While rejecting Abstract Expressionism’s abandonment of imagery, Katz embraced its energy and formal logic. Although best known for his portraits, Katz has painted landscapes both inside the studio and in the out-of-doors since the beginning of his career.
Katz described his goal as the pursuit of capturing "quick things passing" in his work. Katz's monumental landscape paintings are executed in what is now considered a signature style characterized by flattened planes of color, shallow pictorial space, and lean, reductive but acutely descriptive lines. In them, Katz seeks to convey the appearance of things as they are both felt and perceived in the "present tense," the now.
MASS MoCA - Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams
“I’m told I am a nomadic artist,” artist Francesco Clemente once dryly noted. In Encampment Clemente’s transitory experience of changing geographies, diverse cultural climates, and indeed consciousness itself infuses his imagery and art with a particularly rich range of references and meaning. For the past three decades Clemente has traveled often, dividing his work and primary residences between Varanasi, India, and New York. His aesthetic investigation of states of flux delves into the nature of passage itself. “I believe in this movement of generating and dissolving, and regenerating and dissolving again — this is a technique for the mind to become and remain awake,” Clemente explains. Passages between bodily pleasure and changing spiritual states, between acts of destruction and creation, and between the seen and unseen are all at the heart of Encampment.
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Brooklyn Museum, New York
Curated by Eugenie Tsai
ALONG THE WAY, KAWS’s colossal eighteen-foot-high wood sculpture portrays a pair of gigantic figures with their heads lowered and with one arm around each other in a gentle embrace. The sculpture alludes to familiar childhood toys and cartoon characters while at the same time transforming their identities with a radical shift in scale, presenting them as monumental cultural presences.
The exhibition also includes the paintings GLASS SMILE (2012) and SHOULD I BE ATTACKING (2013).
More information at: Brookyn Museum
Le Stanze del Vetro. Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia
The Glass Tea House Mondrian is an innovative project that provides a space in which to experience architecture, where the pavilion itself becomes the exhibition, an innovative example in which the artist freely suggests a theme and a project, allowing experimentation with the setting, shapes, building techniques and innovative materials. The pavilion consists of two main elements, an open-air landscape courtyard and an enclosed glass cube. The landscape courtyard follows a path along a reflecting pool leading the visitor to a glass cube. The long reflecting pool, made of the glass mosaics at the centre of the landscape courtyard, represents the other main feature of the installation; it leads the visitor to the key area of the pavilion – the glass tea house.
More information at: Le Stanze del Vetro
ArtZuid. International Sculpture Route Amsterdam
Curated by Rudi Fuchs
KAWS has contributed to Amsterdam’s ArtZuid 2015 with a three-piece project. As a part of the event, here we find KAWS transporting three works from his Along the Way series to iconic locations in the Dutch capital. The main sculpture stands just outside of the prestigious Rijksmuseum, while the other two – At This Time and Better Knowing – are planted around South Amsterdam.
More information at: ArtZuid
Arterminal c/o Terminal San Basilio. Fondamenta Zattere Ponte di Legno, Venezia
The Bridges of Graffiti exhibition will debut on the occasion of the 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia. The artists involved, including Todd James, will work together for the very first time, bringing to life a single cohesive wall painting, together with some site specific works conceived especially for the exhibition.
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Museo Correr, Venezia. Venice Biennial
Curated by Thomas Kellein
In cooperation with the Written Art Foundation of Frankfurt, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by the American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer. For this collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale has been selected works from a decade of the artist’s war paintings, a significant departure from the LED installations for which Holzer is best known. The exhibition takes as its starting point declassified and other sensitive U.S. government documents concerning the global War on Terror that followed the events of September 11, 2001, as well as the United States military operations in Afghanistan an Iraq.
More information at: Museo Correr
Sprengel Museum Hannover
Hannah Collins is the ninth winner of the “SPECTRUM” International Prize for Photography, awarded by the Foundation of Lower Saxony. This prize pays homage to an artist whose work has decidedly extended the spectrum of photographic expression.
Hannah Collins, born in London in 1956, made a name for herself during the 1980s with her large-format black-and-white photographs. In 1993 she was one of the nominees for the Turner Prize. Institutions that have honoured her with presentations of her work include the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, and at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis.
More information at: Sprengel Museum Hannover
Distinguished by a poetic melancholy, Hannah Collins’ oeuvre ranks as one of the most complex and individual of its genre within the historical context of the 20th century. This exhibition shows a selection of her works, and will be accompanied by the first German-language monograph to provide a comprehensive introduction to her complex photographic oeuvre.
El Corte Inglés - Ámbito Cultural. Calle Preciados, Madrid
This project is part of the activities held to mark the 2015 ARCOmadrid art fair and presents artistic interventions of six prestigious contemporary art authors from three different generations. Abstraction, monochrome and inquiry about the colors are common elements in the proposals for Rosa Brun, Mitsuo Miura, Nico Munuera, Ángeles San José, Jordi Teixidor, and José María Yturralde.
More information at: Ámbito Cultural
In 2015 is met eleven years since Ámbito Cultural by El Corte Inglés, within the project AfterARCO from the ARCOmadrid art fair, initiated a program of artistic interventions that has the support of the City Council and the Community of Madrid. Its origin is in artistic processes during the sixties made in the centers of Madrid and Barcelona, where the windows of El Corte Inglés in both cities became real works of contemporary art, getting closer to the public. In 1963 Manrique, Miralles, Rueda, Sempere and Serrano participated and in 1965 Guinovart, Hernández Pijuan, Rafols Casamada, Subirachs, Tharrats and Todó. Both samples were reissued in 2005 and 2014 respectively.
Florence Griswold Museum. Old Lyme, Connecticut
Curated by Bejamin Colman
Drawing on paintings from major public and private collections, Peter Halley: Big Paintings is a focused look at some of the artist’s most monumental paintings spanning his career from the 1980s to the present day. Since developing his iconic style in the early 1980s, Halley has worked at the forefront of a group of artists reinvigorating American abstraction with a critical lens focused on contemporary culture. Organized by the Museum’s assistant curator Benjamin Colman, this exhibition of nine monumental paintings highlights the evolution of Halley’s bold style and the sophistication of his ideas.
More information at: Florence Griswold Museum
Mariano Yera Collection. Spanish Masters of the second half of XXth Century
Centro del Carmen, Valencia
The Yera Collection, initiated by Mariano Yera in 1999, covers more than half a century of Spanish pictorial history through 150 works by 63 different artists, whose quality make this an unmissable exhibition. This exhibition, which started with the idea of traveling around the three Valencian provinces, seeks to convey both the thinking of artists as well as an epoch in the history of Spain through their works. Also remarkably in the collection is the number and quality of Valencian artists represented, owing to the fact that the first show organized by the Yera family was in this community. Prearranged chronologically, this selection is mainly from the 50s in the twentieth century to the 90s, with pieces of Rivera, Saura, Millares, Feito, Tàpies, Sempere, Equipo Crónica, Yturralde, Lucio Muñoz, Josep Guinovart, Barceló, Guerrero, Miguel Ángel Campano, Pérez Villalta, Palazuelo, and Gordillo.
More information at: Centro del Carmen de Valencia
IVAM - Centre Julio González, Valencia
Curated by: José Miguel G. Cortés, and Álvaro de los Ángeles
The exhibition consists of about sixty photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations and videos belonging to the IVAM Collection and connected with the theme, interpreting it from various angles and unfolding in space like an archetypal story with its exposition, crux and denouement.
In Transit will be subdivided into three major sections: Diving into the Debris, which will provide the literal starting point for the exhibition and metaphorically represent the initial situation of this new era. Mutations, which will present elements of transit, attitudes that have to do with metamorphosis, the change involved in moving from one stage to another. Fluid Identities / Cartographies, which will act as the conclusion of this transitory process in which what predominates is the presence of the body as a space in constant process and its metaphorical connection with landscape and territory.
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Huis Marseille - Museum voor fotografie, Amsterdam
A photograph is a photograph, and a dance is a dance: stillness versus movement. At first sight these two art forms might seem to be poles apart, but the exhibition Dancing Light proves the opposite. Along with film and video, photography turns out to be an ideal way to illuminate the characteristic emotionality and transport of dance – its ‘primal power’ to move us.
Ranging from various moving video works to the work of the artist Pilar Albarracín, who interprets her Spanish flamenco legacy in an entirely personal way. It is, of course, true that once a dance is over its momentum vanishes; but a photo or video not only fixes our original experience, it also independently adds something to our memory.
More information at: Huis Marseille
CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
The CAC Málaga presents, the first solo exhibition of the artist from Seville Manuel León, in a museum. A world without light is the name of the exhibition curated by Fernando Francés and consists of 42 works that address current issues from a critical and ironic point of view at the same time. With baroque influences, Manuel Leon’s paintings represent penitents with covered faces, ingrained into popular culture, especially during Holy Week. These figures allow the artist to conceal the feelings that are felt in today’s society, such as the crisis of values, as well as economical. The artist wants to draw attention to the hopes and fears that each individual has to face in the present era. Manuel Leon lives and works in Seville.
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CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Curated by Fernando Francés
CAC Málaga presents Neighbours II, a selection of works with the city of Málaga as a reference. The show comprises 66 artworks by 26 artists from the first decade of the 21st Century to last year, some of them recently acquired by the center. Renowned names who has previously exhibited in the museum with solo or group shows, share the room with other artists who will show their work for the first time at CAC Málaga.
The artists that take part in this group exhibition are: Paco Aguilar, Carlos Aires, Pilar Albarracín, Roy Anglada, Nono Bandera, Rosa Brun, Javier Calleja, Chema Cobo, David Escalona, Mari García, Miguel Gómez Losada, Federico Guzmán, Jaro, Miki Leal, Manuel León, Chema Lumbreras, Celia Macías, José Carlos Naranjo, Sebastián Navas, José Luis Puche, Juanma Reyes, MP & MP Rosado, Mónica Sánchez - Robles, Paco Sanguino, Marina Vargas, and Santiago Ydáñez.
More information at: CAC Málaga
CAAM - Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Curated by Omar-Pascual Castillo
The current exhibition has been organised to celebrate CAAM’s 25th anniversary, and proposes a dialogue between our collection and the collections of other leading public and private art centres, to whom we are extremely grateful for their close collaboration over these many years. 'A Crossroads of collections' fosters a ‘conversation’ between private and public collections in our surrounding area of influence in order to define our new and changing reality, in this way opening up a new path for the museographic reinterpretation of the CAAM’s holdings.
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Disorder. The curious case of dishevelled art. Artium Collection
Artium. Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria
South Gallery. Curated by Daniel Castillejo
Under this title, Artium’s South Gallery shows the 14th exhibition of just a part of the collection funds of the Basque Museum Centre of Contemporary Art. The aim of it is an approach to all audiences, with an ensemble of works that, working together as a collective in this space or individually taken, each of them try to show in their physical or mental structures certain cracks or instabilities that drive us, as Rimbaud said, to a poetic abyss. To a, let’s accept the contradiction, future-creating unstructure.
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CA2M - Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles (Madrid)
Curated by Estrella de Diego and Ferrán Barenblit
In recent months, CA2M has become the new home of the country's most significant contemporary art collections: the Collection of the Fundación Arco. This collection comprises 300 works by 224 key artists in contemporary creation, both on a national and international level, and it includes the main trends of the 21st century as well as the last 30 years of the 20th century. Collection IX will constitute the first ARCO Collection show to be held at CA2M and will present a journey through the most significant pieces. Through these works, it will be possible to revisit the foundations that sustain a large part of contemporary art, while also detecting some of the subsequent developments.
More information at: CA2M
Busan Biennale - Busan Museum of Art, Busan (South Korea)
Curated by Olivier Kaeppelin
The IX Biennial of Busan in South Korea has the artistic direction of Olivier Kaeppelin, director of the Maeght Foundation in France. Under the theme 'Inhabiting the World', the biennial presents a new vision of the roles and functions of art in the current context of global precariousness. In relation to the main exhibition of the biennial, which took place at the Busan Museum of Art and which included the presence of Spanish artist Pilar Albarracín, the Commissioner says that artists can perform a more efficient and sustainable analysis of the changes in various social issues and transformations than the scholars or experts in a particular field. In this line, 'Inhabiting the World' implies active attitudes and willingness to respond to the world and change it.
More information at: Busan Biennale
University of California - BAM Berkeley Art Museum / PFA Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California
Curated by Apsara DiQuinzio
Born in Santa Monica, Zurier received both his BA and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. For MATRIX 255, his first solo exhibition in a museum, Zurier debuts a new body of paintings and watercolors inspired by Iceland, where he has been traveling, teaching, and painting since 2011. Zurier’s abstractions evoke the ice, fog, wind, water, and light of the Icelandic landscape, while also tapping into more timeless, contemplative states. Icy pale blue tones predominate, revealing the infinite range of the hue, as each composition strikes a unique, sensitive chord.
More information at: BAM/PFA Berkeley
Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. He builds compositions that are both simple and involved, paying close attention to all aspects of a painting’s construction, including the differences between cotton and linen surfaces, the weave of each canvas, and the individual properties of tempera versus oil paint. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm. “I’m very interested in how compositional formats and motifs and even incidents in a painting can trigger perceptual responses and associations,” Zurier says.
The Rubin Museum of Art, New York
Curated by Beth Citron
The first museum exhibition devoted to the Indian influences in Clemente’s work and how they relate to the artistic practices and traditions of various regions in India features approximately 20 works, including paintings from the last 30 years, and four new, larger than life-size sculptures created especially for the exhibition. In contrast to leading conceptual art practices of the 1970s, Clemente refocused attention on representation, narrative, and the figure, and explored traditional, artisanal materials and modes of working.
More information at: The Rubin Museum of Art
Since his first trip to India in the 1970s, Francesco Clemente immersed himself in the country’s rich cultures as well as the everyday life and artistic practices of local people. Transforming ancient symbols, myths, and ideas, he has created a personal visual language of dreamlike landscapes, animals, and human figures drawn from recollections of his travels. Themes of sexuality, mythology, and spirituality, along with imaginary narratives of violence, intrigue, fragmentation, love, separation, and jealousy are seen throughout his oeuvre.
MACA Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante
Curated by Felipe Garín and produced by the Museums Consortium of the Valencian Generalitat, this exhibition shows a selection of 17 works by some of the most important Spanish artists of the second half of the Twentieth century in the Yera Colection - one of the most outstanding private collections in our country. The origin of this collection dates back to 1999, when Mariano Yera along with Javier Lacruz, began to collect Spanish painting from the second half of the Twentieth century under the name of Colección De Pictura, and from 2013 it has been known as Colección Mariano Yera.
Galería Javier López at Finca Cortesin presents a specific project "Strange Days" by Todd James (New York, 1969). After the success of his latest exhibition in the main gallery space in Madrid, James presents his work in southern Spain with a combination of his old works on paper and his latest paintings.
The works that are part of this exhibition are a selection of his recent works, which are characterized by the use of recurrent iconographic, symbolism of Western culture and the mass media. The artist from criticism and visual satire, plays a number of characters already established in his work; sexy and ridiculed girls, East African Islamic bandits basking in a pastel paradise, smiling and joyful war machine ... The situations represented are deeply connected with the image of the current television culture.
Through gouache and graphite in his work on paper and acrylic on canvas, the works of Todd James challenges the boundaries between the viewer and what probably sees around him, trying to escape and get away from the current state of things, avoiding the contamination of the cruelest reality. The use of vivid and very aggressive colors is something very usual in his career as an artist, Todd James ridicules and emphasizes to its last consequences the personality of the Western reality in which we live; as if it were a horror comic, he describes a modern world but at the same time, it’s full of compassion for those who live and suffer in it.
Todd James is an artist but also an illustrator for publications; he creates animated series for the Cartoon Network, he is the co-author of "Mascot and Mugs: The Characters of Subway Graffiti" (2007); his latest collaboration with the world of music has been designing the costumes for one of the performances in the MTV Video Music Awards gala.
Todd James lives and works in New York, he has exhibited in some of the most important galleries of its kind, and also worldwide, in institutions, not only in New York, London or Copenhagen, but also in Tokyo, Brussels, Sydney, Melbourne and Paris for example. In addition, his work has been part of group exhibitions at very prestigious institutions such as the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) in Philadelphia, the Tate Museum in Liverpool or the ARoS Museum in Denmark. One of his most recent exhibitions in a museum has been the co installation for "Art in the Streets" at the MoCA in Los Angeles, his work was a major contribution to this exhibition.
CentroCentro Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid
For its V Biennial of Contemporary Art, ONCE Foundation brings together artworks by 22 hadicapped artists in conversation with the works by established artists such as Marina Abramovic, Miquel Barceló, or Jaume Plensa.
CentroCentro Cibeles hosts the V Biennial of Contemporary Art, organized by ONCE Foundation, where the curators Miguel Cereceda and Giulietta Speranza have presented artworks by names as emblematic as Marina Vargas, Marina Abramovic, Esther Ferrer, Juan Muñoz, or Jaume Plensa. In the show, part of the PhotoEspaña 2014 circuit, participate almost 40 artists.
Rosas del Sur. Artistas contemporáneas en Andalucía
Fundación Caja Granada. Museo de la Memoria de Andalucía, Granada
The exhibition features at the Museum CajaGRANADA a great overview of contemporary Andalusian art seen through the plastic female universe. Avoiding all the time to become a gender show, it seeks to teach and contrast the work of female artists from the South, or linked with it, in this first decade of the XXI century.
The authors involved have long and recognized careers - as Carmen Laffón or Soledad Sevilla - along with emerging artists in mature stages of their production, like Ángeles Agrela, Marisa Mancilla, Marina Vargas or María Ortega. All of them make a splendid frieze with five storyline references: nature, sense, symbolism, identity and sign.
The selection of works is multidisciplinary (painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and object), and seeks to emphasize the diversity of visual languages, the richness of the aesthetic and in the dialogue that arises through the evolution of each artist.
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The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga is presenting the first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum of KAWS. This artist transforms icons of popular culture, adding elements characteristic of his style, such as x’s instead of eyes. KAWS is a painter, sculptor and designer who works with leading international firms and brands. He studied Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York and now lives and works in Brooklyn.
More information at: CAC Málaga
Musée d'art moderne Saint - Étienne Métropole
The paintings by Peter Halley, artist born in 1953, are inspired by urban spaces. His luminous canvases - crossed by colorful conduits and pipes - are full of movement and energy. The exhibition presents the recent works by the artist.
More information at: MAM St. Étienne
La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona
This exhibition draws together the photographic visual culture of the city of Barcelona over the last decade, not as a canon or a solution but rather as a venue for questions: Is it possible to speak of a visual identity in Barcelona? Is it possible to speak of a different perspective based on local photographic practice leading to a series of common and also differential representations?
More information at: La Virreina
Divided into thematic blocks, its journey alternates historically renowned figures and creators from recent generations, ranging from internationally acclaimed Catalan photographers to those who shape the image of everyday life in the city’s media, in a narrated series about the social uses of photography in the production of the imaginaries that make up the visual culture of Barcelona. It also includes a large quantity of media, ranging from analogue photography to digital manipulation, file montages and slideshows, and also explores every possible genre, from the photography of urban forms to fashion, including its uses in contemporary art, counter-photographic practice, portraiture and photojournalism. It is a choral portrait which also seeks to encourage debate, thinking and the production of public knowledge about the contemporary photographic sector.
The CAC Málaga is presenting Signs on the Road. CAC Málaga: 10 th Anniversary. This collective exhibition completes the events organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga. Comprising 56 works by 39 artists, it offers a summary of the Centre’s activities over these past ten years. The exhibition includes works by a selection of the most renowned contemporary artists who have been represented at the CAC Málaga over this period and thus offers a survey of the principal artistic trends and their multi-faceted disciplines, with a particular focus on artists who have exhibited at the Centre for the first time or have produced site-specific projects for it.
More information at: CAC Málaga
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Pictoplasma and La Casa Encendida present a group-exhibition of contemporary character design and art, focussing on the current artistic strategy of hijacking, re-designing and creating mascots, while they increasingly free themselves from the contexts they used to stand for.
Featuring originals, limited prints and installations by more than 20 international artists, illustrators, and designers. The exhibition is accompanied by a vast program of artist talks, workshops, animation screenings and performances.
More information at: pictoplasma.com
Pictoplasma – White Noise presents current artistic strategies that make use of mechanisms similar to those of commercial mascots, logos and trademarks to engage in a critique of the markets they have originated from, or to create a detached fetishized cult, with abstract mascots at its centre. The exhibition features work by mr clement, Mark Gmehling, Tim Biskup, Juan Pablo Manzelli, Osian Efnisien, Jeremyville, Geneviève Gauckler, Craig Redman, Bakea, Amandine Urruty, Buff Monster, El Grand Chamaco, Ian Stevenson, Aaron Leighton, Raymond Lemstra, Sauerkids, Slumber Bean, Kurt Seperately, Juan Molinet, as well as co-curated installations and segments by Wooster Collective, Selim Varol and the Pictoplasma Archives.
KAWS has reinvented the VMAs' Moonman award creating a limited edition of the iconic silver spaceman for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The event will take place on August 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He has also reimagined the logo and has been tapped to design the stage setup for the show, which is said to feature a 60-foot inflatable KAWS Moonman - the largest ‘Companion’ to date.
KAWS first rose to fame in the mid-90s with his graffiti tags and guerilla-style re-workings of bus stop advertisements - he'd literally pick locks to replace ads with his own work - around New York City, but he has lived and worked in Brooklyn for nearly a decade now. Since then, the artist has reinterpreted everything from Mickey Mouse to Michelin Man, and has also worked with top brands like Nike and Marc Jacobs.
KAWS' Moonman, cast in a striking metal finish, features several of the flourishes that have made his work instantly recognizable in galleries and on street corners around the world - namely, the comical skull-and-crossbones head and cartoonish gloves of ‘Companion’ - while, at the same time, remaining faithful to the iconic award that has been handed out to the biggest names in music for almost 30 years.
Photo: Craig Cutler / MTV
More info at: MTV.com
Hannah Collins has just been awarded the “Spectrum” International Prize for Photography of the Foundation of Lower Saxony. The prize, which has been awarded since 1995, has hitherto been won by Robert Adams, Thomas Struth, John Baldessari, Sophie Calle, Martha Rosler, Helen Levitt, Bahman Jalali and Boris Mikhailov. The award ceremony will take place in the spring of 2015 on the occasion of the opening of an exhibition of the works of Hannah Collins at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, along with the publication of a comprehensive catalogue.
Artist, photographer and filmmaker, Hannah Collins has consistently sought to expand the field of photography and, more recently, film. She became known in the 1980s for her extremely large-scale, black-and-white photographs of evocative interiors, everyday objects and landscapes. Recently she has looked at a collective relationship to both the global and to modernity in filmed and photographic works. Profoundly democratic, Collins’ work quietly insists on revealing the complexities of life, and the ways we relate to the world around us collectively and as individuals, through vision and memory, to achieve works of subtle power.
© Foto: Michael Herling / Benedikt Werner, Sprengel Museum Hannover
More information: Sprengel Museum Hannover
Gering & López Gallery is pleased to present
Leo Villareal's 'The Bay Lights (edition)' at ArtMRKT San Francisco Art Fair
Fort Mason Center - Festival Pavilion
100% of the proceeds from the sales of the edition will support The Bay Lights project
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The Malaga Contemporary Art Centre presents ‘At home I’m a tourist,’ a group show from the collection of Selim Varol. The show, curated by Fernando Francés, comprises a selection of works associated with urban art and an iconography that bears witness to a period of time and a generation. Thus, the exhibit spans from the decade of the 90s, to the beginning of the XXI century and up to the present. The exposition is made up of a selection of toys and editions from the collection of Selim Varol. The German collector of Turkish origin owns a collection numbering more than 15,000 objects by contemporary artists as significant as Banksy, KAWS, ZEVS, Shepard Fairey – OBEY, Daniel & Geo Fuchs, Audrey Kawasaki, FUTURA or JR. All designed toys and items convey the unmistakable personal signature of each one of the artists.
Leo Villareal presents 'The Bay Lights', a monumental LED sculpture for the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, California, that will be on view through 2015.
Villareal's awe-inspiring 'Bay Lights' sculpture will transform the western span of the bridge in to the world's largest LED light sculpture. Measuring over a mile and a half long, with 25,000 LED nodes affixed to nearly five miles' worth of vertical suspension cables, 'Bay Lights' is eight times the scale of the Eiffel Tower. 'The Bay Lights will be seen over 50 million people in the Bay Area with many more viewing it online nightly through 2015.
'The Bay Lights' is a public art project, made possible through the generosity of different patrons and sponsors. You can contribute taking part of the project through its website.
More information at:The Bay Ligthts
Le Consortium, Dijon
Matthew McCaslin (born 1957, Bayshore - New York) is an American artist living and working in Brooklyn. He studied at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Already by the late 80s he was regarded as one of the prime artists of New York City’s vibrant art scene.
McCaslin is best known for his revolutionary installations and sculptures that combine light, videos and consumer electronics. His formal and visual vocabulary includes, among others: light bulbs, cables, clocks, fans, neon tubes and plugs. Usually hidden, most of these objects reveal themselves in their integrity; in their bareness one could say. The artist leaves behind for the viewer to experience visions of incomplete structures, which partly reveal their insides. He often introduces images via television screens in his sculptures. Ordinary functional items mobilize the beholder’s mind by making him question his daily dependence. McCaslin’s work explores the dualistic nature of functionality and aesthetics.
For this show at Le Consortium, he proposes an original way of presenting an “in - situ” installation with domestic forms. His works gain presence in the skeleton of a room as they reveal themselves, piece after piece, like a set of ornament. This house ‘unfinished’, or in construction, releases its secrets. McCaslin’s works mimic domestic furniture of symbolic rooms, like: the bathtub in the bathroom, the bed in the bedroom, etc. Everything here is a false-pretence, a trompe-l’oeil and for certain, humorous.
More information at: Le Consortium
Fundación Valentín de Madariaga, Sevilla
The exhibition “Never Ever. Fairy Tales for Adults" explores children’s imaginary and imagination to address issues and common concerns of the adult’s world. The show, curated by Sema d'Acosta and produced in collaboration with Fundación Cajasol, comprises the works by18 national and international artists. The exhibition conveys the spirit and wanderings of a dreamlike and childish world.
Young artists like Julio Falagán, Javi Calleja, Guillermo Martín Bermejo or Juan Zamora have produced site-specific installations for this unique show. And together with other colleagues, like Antonio Ballester Moreno or Quim Tarrida, they share stage not only with international creators as significant as, Yoshitomo Nara, Marcel Dzama or Kara Walter, but also with renown movie director Tim Burton. The film maker's work, shown for the first time in a joint exhibition in Seville, creates a common and perfect discourse that shares the conceptual and aesthetic characteristics explored by the show.
Artists: Kara Walker, Marcel Dzama, Liliana Porter, David Levinthal, Tim Burton, Yoshitomo Nara, Vik Muniz, Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Fernando Renes, Aaron LLoyd, Juan Zamora, Jorge Perianes, Guillermo Martín Bermejo, Javier Calleja, Julio Falagán, Chema Lumbreras y Quim Tarrida.
More information at: Fundación Valentín de Madariaga
Hayward Gallery, London
'Light Show' explores the experiential and phenomenal nature of light, bringing together sculptures and installations that use light in different ways. The exhibition showcases artworks created from the 1960s to the present day in which light is used to sculpt and shape space.
Light has the power to affect our state of mind as well as alter how we perceive the world around us, and Light Show includes some of the most visually stimulating artworks created in recent years. It also includes rare works not seen for decades and re-created specially for the Hayward Gallery.
'Light Show' features works by 22 artists including David Batchelor, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, Jenny Holzer, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Iván Navarro, Katie Paterson, Conrad Shawcross, James Turrell, Leo Villareal and Doug Wheeler. The exhibition is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Hayward Gallery Curator.
From atmospheric installations to intangible sculptures that you can move around and even through, visitors will experience light in all of its spatial and sensory forms. Individual artworks explore different aspects of light such as colour, duration, intensity and projection, as well as perceptual phenomena. They also use light to address architecture, science and film, and do so using a variety of lighting technologies.
Leo Villareal presents new interventions in different public spaces in New York City.
The first project, ‘Hive,’ is illuminating Bleecker Street’s subway station. Commissioned and owned by MTA Arts For Transit and Urban Design, Villareal has created an unprecedented art experience for transit riders who use the underground.
The artist has also designed an impressive glowing sculpture for Madison Square Park, ‘Buckyball' will be on view from October 25th until February 15th, 2013.
Opening on October 22nd, 'Cosmos' will light up Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. For two years, a crew of engineers, technicians, fabricators and other workers have been collaborating with artist Leo Villareal to build one of his site-specific light installations.
Finally, he has conceived for an office building in Sixth Avenue the installation 'Volume (Durst)', his largest three-dimensional light work yet.
Del cálculo numérico a la creatividad abierta.
El Centro de Cálculo de la Universidad de Madrid (1965-1982)
c arte c - Centro de Arte Complutense, Madrid. May 31 - July 12, 2012
Sala Conde de Rodezno, Pamplona. September 20 - October 31, 2012
The Sala Conde de Redezno in Pamplona is pleased to present an exhibition composed of art works and documentations from the Centro de Cálculo de Universidad de Madrid. The show serves to call to evidence the engagement of this pioneer entity in the development of the most avant–garde artistic creations of the seventies. The exhibition’s display coincides with the 40th anniversary of the “Encuentros de Pamplona” in 1972, a symbolic milestone of the second half of the last century. This renowned event partly served to celebrate the collaboration of key artists from this Institution at the time.
The display commemorates these encounters and is configured to pay homage to these leading artists and to an art scene that developed within a university research environment. The artist José María Yturralde, past grant-holder at the Centre, has been chosen to participate in this phenomenon. The artist’s work, to whom the entity has devoted an entire room, exemplifies the curator’s intent to immortalize an institution who fostered - beyond the portals of the academic halls - young emerging artists to pursue the most avant-garde artistic creations; promoting and providing the creative tasks that would boost the first artists to generate automatically artistic and musical forms.
Following the resounding success of our previous two editions, Artemadrid (Madrid Art Galleries Association) is currently organising APERTURA 2012, the joint opening of the new art season at Madrid’s major galleries from 20-23 September 2012.
This third edition is includes exciting new changes, such as visits to the homes of some of Madrid’s most renowned gallery owners, walking tours around the different gallery neighbourhoods in Madrid or guided visits to the Reina Sofía Museum and the private collection of Fundación Santander. A VIP cocktail party will provide participants with an exclusive meeting point for collectors, gallerists, art advisors and professionals. Thus Apertura seeks to consolidate itself as a key date in the artistic agenda. The program includes, as in precedent years, several activities in art galleries that gather a large following from the public.
APERTURA is an absolute must-visit and a wonderful occasion to bring collectors, artists and other art world professionals in contact with the general public, with the goal of injecting an exciting energy into the cultural scene and the contemporary art market.
John M. Armleder: Selected Furniture Sculptures (1979 - 2012)
Swiss Institute, New York. September 13 - October 28
John Armleder and Ecart
Charles H. Scott Gallery / Emily Carr University, Vancouver. September 15 - October 21
Swiss Institute proudly presents Selected Furniture Sculptures 1979–2012, the first New York solo show of John Armleder in eight years. The exhibition will feature highlights of an open chapter in the Swiss artist’s oeuvre, showcasing the breadth and vision of the furniture sculptures from 1979 to the present.
The exhibition is curated by Swiss Institute Director Gianni Jetzer in close collaboration with the artist and consists of both historical and new works as well as two restitutions of historical pieces reported as missing. Several works in the exhibition were initially produced in the 1980s on the occasion of Armleder’s solo shows at John Gibson Gallery on 568 Broadway, thus retracing the artist's exhibition history in New York.
More information at: swissinstitute.net
Gering & López Gallery is pleased to present An Ideal For Living, an exhibition of recent painting by New York based artist Michael Bevilacqua. This will be Bevilacqua's third solo exhibit with the gallery.
The exhibition showcases a single, monumental painting titled 'An Ideal For Living'; a canvas that the artist has spent more than the past year painting. As with a number of Bevilacqua’s works, the title references a particular source of music, in this case the 1978 debut album by the post-punk rock band Joy Division. The band became an obsession for Bevilacqua, so much so that the painting grew along with his focus, consuming his attention and mirroring his state of mind. Each song, each lyric began taking on particular significance for Bevilacqua, who found many parallels to his own life and reflected his outlook on his surroundings.
'An Ideal For Living' in fact created the rhythm of the artist’s life over the past year, further loosening his painting style and bringing about a series of work that he refers to as ‘the New Dis Order.’ Clearly diaristic in nature, the 30’ painting features an eclectic mix of color, text, visual styles and process. As rich as one would expect a yearlong work to be, the painting is also nuanced, with areas of sharpness and clarity layered upon washes of color and moody hues. Juxtaposed against this singular outpouring, other new works take a different approach, becoming extremely minimal and hauntingly symbolic, drained of color or highly textured.
The Fundació Suñol is pleased to present The Fragile Feast, a show by Hannah Collins (London, 1956), an artist who makes films, takes photographs and writes. The exhibition comprises 250 photographs that also appear in an engaging, highly detailed book she has written exploring the origins, handling and tastes of thirty ingredients used by Ferran Adrià – chef at El Bulli restaurant – in his cuisine. Spurred on by her close ties to Barcelona and Ferran Adrià, she embarked on a journey through Europe, Latin America and Japan to trace the origins of these ingredients and capture their mysterious essence. Along the way she took photographs and uncovered the distinctive memories of a series of unique culinary features in Ferran Adrià’s cuisine.
The images taken on Hannah Collins’ culinary journey make it clear that memory and background are the keys to appreciating Ferran Adrià’s creations. The photographs capture the place of origin and the process of transformation and preparation in the chef’s kitchen for each and every one of the ingredients, most of which are produced by small family businesses around the world. The book also contains a detailed passage on each ingredient describing the work carried out by fishermen, hunters, cattle raisers, farmers and gatherers and includes maps pinpointing the origin of each product. Hannah Collins’ images and texts make it a unique work, an historical document and a tool for rethinking concepts in the culinary world.
Hannah Collins’ developing journey got under way many years ago during her first visit to La Boqueria market in Barcelona. The sumptuously arranged produce and the broken line of different seasons on display spurred Hannah to explore the fragile relationships between growth, supply and consumption.
For The Fragile Feast she photographed sea anemones from Cádiz, kudzu from Japan, honey from nomadic bees in Italy and pine trees from the Pyrenees, amongst other raw materials, to reflect the process for preparing 35 dishes by the world-renowned Catalan chef. In doing so, these local delicacies are co-opted into a much wider culinary language that reveals nature’s elegance and wisdom in its creations and shows the creative transformation wrought by the alchemist chef who studies and combines them.
“Whenever we analyse a dish or a style, we focus on composition and technique, even on the precise combination of products, but we rarely stop to think that there is a story behind each ingredient”, says Ferran Adrià when describing Hannah Collins’ photographic commission. “And that is precisely what Hannah has done: to portray the behind-the-scenes story of each and every one of these ingredients, to follow the thread of a whole series of emblematic products all the way back to their origin, each one with its own specific area and people who have worked with it for a long time, very often following ancestral techniques handed down from generation to generation”, he adds.
The lesson and legacy of The Fragile Feast sparks a powerful synergy between the visual and culinary arts and stresses the great role played by small things in our everyday lives, as reflected in a series of photographs that not only draw in the eye, but also tempt readers to touch, smell and taste every ingredient portrayed.
Hannah Collins (London, 1956) lives and works between London and Barcelona. Her work as an artist, photographer and filmmaker centres on the collective experiences of memory, history and everyday life and has been exhibited at the Art Museum at the National University of Colombia (Bogotá), Caixaforum (Barcelona and Madrid), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Artium (Vitoria), La Laboral (Gijón), CAC (Málaga), VOX image contemporaine (Montreal), Centre national de la photographie (Paris), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) and Tate Modern (London), amongst other museums and art centres. Her work forms part of several collections, including the Deutsche Bank Collection (London), Fundación Botín (Santander), Fundació Banc Sabadell (Barcelona), MACBA (Barcelona), Maison européene de la photographie (Paris), Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, MNCARS (Madrid), the European Parliament (Strasbourg), Tate Gallery (London), MUDAM (Luxembourg) and the Walker Art Museum (Minneapolis), amongst others.
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Replacing the canvas with the computer screen, John F. Simon, Jr. uses computer technology to create dynamic visual experiences rooted in art historical tradition. At the forefront of new media internationally since the 1990s, Simon writes his own computer code, basing it on the understanding that simple rules, activated and displayed on a screen, create more images than anyone can ever see in their lifetime. Inspired by the paintings and theories of European Modernists such as Joseph Albers, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian, he creates imagery that is constantly evolving yet never repeating.
To make his art, Simon begins by sketching. For the past 12 years, he has engaged in a daily practice that he calls Divination Drawings. These serve as inspiration and source material for the production of finished works. Composed in pencil or gouache, Simon allows his unconscious thoughts and emotions to guide his mark making. He then studies them to discern which persistent marks or symbols can best be translated into the language of code. Much of Simon’s inspiration comes from the study of art created by systems or rules, such as the color contrast studies of Joseph Albers or the Wall Drawings of Sol LeWitt. For Simon, rules can be liberating. As Simon’s software cycles through simple sets of drawing rules, unpredictable patterns emerge. The final results are displayed on walls as objects mounted in laser-cut plastic or Formica, encased in elaborate cabinets, or simply projected.
Simon does not call his works “paintings” and prefers the terms “software” or “digital” art. Yet, in what has been proposed as today’s “expanded field of painting,” a host of various art forms, including digital, video, and installation art, are being discussed within the parameters of painting itself. Taken in this context, Simon’s work just may indicate the future of painting in the 21st century.
A native of Louisiana, John F. Simon (b. 1963) lives in New York. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, and is found in prominent museum collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Tate St. Ives, Cornwall. May 19 - September 23
Turner Contemporary, Margate (Kent). October 6 - January 13
Alex Katz (born Brooklyn, New York, 1927) is one of the most important and respected living American artists with a career that spans over six decades. Give Me Tomorrow brings together paintings, oil studies, collages and a rarely exhibited cut-out, spanning the full breadth of Katz’s career from the 1950s to the present.
Katz’s bold paintings are defined by their flatness of colour and form, their economy of line and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. Using categories such as portraiture, land and seascape, figure studies and flowers, many of Katz’s works picture an everyday America in times of leisure and recreation. A recurring subject is Katz’s wife and muse Ada, whose iconic image has appeared in his work since the 1950s.
Influenced as much by style, film, poetry and music as by art history, Katz works in the tradition of European and American artists like Eduard Manet, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. He began exhibiting in the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant movement in American art led by figures such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Katz admired these artists but rather than follow in their wake, he instead developed a contemporary figurative language combining the enlarged scale of American abstract painting with the bright colours and graphic style of advertising billboards. An influential precursor to Pop Art in the 1960s, Katz has famously said, ‘I wanted to make paintings you could hang up in Times Square’.
Today Alex Katz remains a prolific painter and an influential and important figure for generations of artists.
To accompany his exhibition, Alex Katz has made a personal selection of paintings from the Tate collection, on show in the West Gallery.
MACUF - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa, La Coruña
Under the title 'Almost Anything', the exhibition of the american artist Alex Katz at the Contemporary Art Museum Gas Natural Fenosa, MACUF, presents a selection of 22 paintings of landscapes, scenes and portraits, mostly of them large size, with the plain style of this author of flat compositions, silhouettes and 'cutouts', as well as portraits on cut out wood he has been made since the sixties. The show will be opened in La Coruña until September 30th.
Gering & Lopez Gallery and Leo Villareal are pleased to be a part of the 25th Anniversary of the TEFAF Maastricht 2012 Art Fair in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Cylinder II, a site-specific sculpture commissioned by the fair from the artist's newest body of work, will hang prominently in the entrance to the fair, high above the heads of attendees. Cylinder II 's light patterns will be programmed with the rhythm and environment of the exhibition hall in mind, simultaneously reflecting and contributing to the pulse of the event. Both the gallery and the artist wish to thank the organizers of Maastricht 2012 for their generous invitation.
Gering & López Gallery presents King of the Wild Frontier, a solo exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Todd James. This will be James’ second exhibition with the gallery.
In this exhibition, James presents two large new bodies of work. The first is a group of canvases depicting his familiar Somali pirate series. No longer on roughly cut sheets of paper, these oil paintings dominate the gallery with their crisp shapes, large scale and emotive brushwork. The new medium accentuates characteristics of James’ work, namely the seductive colors and fluid lines of its subjects. These pirates are masked in headgear, smoking cigarettes, having tea at sunset. They bear hand-me-down AK-47s and RPGs, the looping shapes of their bullet belts and gun straps echoing 1970s graffiti letterforms. In the distance, their quarry - cargo ships - is represented by blocky shapes squatting on the ocean’s horizon. These works address David and Goliath themes of survival, justice, ingenuity, ownership, and difference.
The second part of the exhibition is a recreation of Vandal’s Bedroom, the sprawling, graffiti filled structure that was a highlight of the Art in the Streets exhibition recently shown at LA MOCA. The New York version of the work is equally dense with information. Part object, part installation, this teenage vandal’s bedroom-turned-graffiti-battle-station gives glimpses of plans for an imaginary artistic takeover. Bleeding marker drawings form letter styles from the rough & tumble 1980’s New York subway era, combined with repurposed cartoon characters performing decidedly off-model activity. A clutter of color, slogans, fantasies, and affiliations is all barely contained, ready to spill out of this eat, sleep, and breathe environment. The piece is a celebration of early influences and an exercise of traditions that remain relevant, holding up better than ever.
According to James, both vandals and pirates step over invisible boundaries put in place by faceless power structures every day. Both also anonymously make claims (to space or to cargo), their deeds forcing society to confront the undeniable complexity of right and wrong. It is this sense of injustice that informs and energizes James’ work. The fact that James is able to do this with a generous amount of humor is his unique ability.
Todd James has had numerous one-person exhibitions internationally, including New York, Tokyo, Madrid, Brussels, Melbourne, London and Copenhagen. His most recent exhibition, a large collaborative installation for Art in the Streets at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA in 2011, was a critical and popular addition to that show. James currently lives and works in New York.
Around fifty art galleries in Madrid will celebrate simultaneously the opening of this art season.
On September 15th, 16th and 17th, Madrid will become the Contemporary art hotspot. The commemoration, APERTURA 2011, not only signals fifty concurrent openings but also, the national and international promotion of plastic creativity and Spain’s cultural industry. Further, this special occasion will serve to emphasize the commitment of museums and art centres to enriching cultural programs and activities.
Still only on its second year APERTURA 2011, sponsored by ArteMadrid, has already established itself as a well-known event in the art world. On the arts global stage, the happening at Madrid this year raises as much international expectations as the Gallery Weekends at Berlin or New York.
ArteMadrid facilitates this year to art galleries and centres a fascinating platform and opportunity to promote their most trusted national and international artists. As a result, the vernissage is expected to bring together collectors, experts and curators from around the world.
To increase public involvement in contemporary art is a central goal of the initiative. Highlights of this art weekend include: extended opening schedules, collectors visits, talks and welcoming breakfast at the more than fifty venues.