Julian Schnabel at the AGO

September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Julian Schnabel:  Asia, 2007 oil on map mounted on linen

Julian Schnabel: Art and Film

September 1, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Art Gallery of Ontario

American art superstar Julian Schnabel has spent his life pushing the limits of painting and crossing artistic boundaries as an award-winning filmmaker. Now, for the first time, a major retrospective examines the connections between painting and film in Schnabel’s work, tracing how his paintings exist in dialogue with the cinema and revealing the rich interplay between the two media. Julian Schnabel: Art and Film surveys Schnabel’s work as a painter from the mid-1970s to the present and features more than 25 key works. The exhibition will occupy the entire fifth floor of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art.

Tha Canadian Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment


Via designboom

‘Hhylozoic Ground‘, Canada’s official national pavilion for this year’s La Biennale di Venezia, is an experimental piece of architecture that explores the qualities of contemporary wilderness. Designed by Canadian architect and sculptor Philip Beesley, the installation is constructed out of an intricate system of transparent acrylic meshwork links, covered with a network of interactive mechanical fronds, filters, and whiskers. (read more)

Fall Fashion: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits

August 28, 2010 § 1 Comment


Hats off to this Vogue’s September issue. The magazine put together purses  and Nick Cave’s soundsuits in a great-looking fashion photo essay. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with the Australian musician of the same name) is an Alvin Ailey-trained dancer and posed for the photos wearing some of his most theatrical and surreal sound sculptures.
Raised by a single mother, Nick inherited most of his clothes from the elder of his six brothers. Re-fashioning them with objects found around the house was the starting point for these pieces.

Unfortunately you can’t see the photos online – go buy the magazine and get some extra 790 pages of fashion.


Ah, I wonder what the Sartorialist would say about these suits…
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Ceremonial dance costumes or playful stuffed animals?

David Hockney Paintings on iPhone and iPad

July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

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After making hundreds of drawings on an iPhone (using the Brushes app) and sending by email to friends, David Hockney is now trying the iPad. One of the most influential British artists Hockney, who is 72, has explored the possibilities of art on faxes, polaroids and photocopies in the past. He now uses his fingers to draw straight on the monitor of his iPad. The possibility of replaying his final product and see himself drawing has fascinated him, as well as the bright colours of the lit screen.

“What makes the iPad better than the iPhone is its larger size. The iPhone was more about the relationship between the hand and the ear, whereas this is all about the hand and the eye and makes for far better co-ordination.
“What is also unique is that with the iPad you can actually watch a playback of your drawing. I have never watched myself actually drawing before.” said the artist to The Guardian.

The works are made mainly in the morning when he is still in bed and the subjects are sunrises and flower vases.

Summer Reading

July 23, 2010 § Leave a comment


photo by me

No recent releases here but I stand by this selection as being able to keep the interest of any art lover – with a couple of other subjects and styles to spice things up. You may even find some of them in a bargain bin. If that happens, snatch it and you won’t regret.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake
I Bought Andy Warhol

Seek My Face
Mistress of Modernism
The Private Lives of The Impressionists
Naked
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
Doce Cuentos Peregrinos
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Expendables
Lives of The Artists
Annie Leibovitz at Work


Jessica Stockholder at the Palacio de Cristal

July 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Born in Seattle and with an art degree from University of British Columbia, Jessica Stockholder has been exploring multi-media installations for many years. Now her work takes the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid courtesy of Museo Reina Sofia with an installation titled Peer Out to See. The work was planned for this bright space and includes several elements and many colours. I love the central column formed by shopping and waste baskets, bowls, and other objects made of plastic. Subtle and vibrant, this work reminds me of Frank Stella, Rauschenberg, Miró.
Familiar objects transformed with witty humour and a clever sense of colour.
Stockholder lives and works in New Haven and currently directs the undergraduate program in sculpture at Yale University.

Rodney Graham is The Guardian’s Artist of The Week

July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rodney Graham's Good Hand Bad Hand (2010)

Shady dealing … Rodney Graham’s Good Hand Bad Hand (2010), courtesy of
the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Ken Adlard

Rodney Graham is artist of the week in the London’s Guardian. In Vancouver, his piece Dead Flowers in My Studio can be seen at the Contemporary Art Gallery until August 22nd, part of the group show Triumphant Carrot. The exhibition includes works by the likes of Jeff Wall (another Canadian legend) and Sam Taylor-Wood.
You may remember my comments on the Rodney Graham band at the Candahar during the Olympics.

From The Guardian:

Why we like him: For his film The Phonokinetoscope from 2001, Graham took acid and rode a bicycle backwards. While the soundtrack that accompanies this feat suggests 1970s-style delirium, the everyday footage suggests a chasm between inner states and outer reality.

Art rock: Graham formed new-wave band called UJ3RK5 (“you jerk” – the five is not pronounced) in his twenties with Jeff Wall, while his current ensemble, the Rodney Graham Band, morph between country rock, folk and psychedelia.

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