Canadian Artists featured in “Haunted” at the Guggenheim

June 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

Sarah Anne Johnson’s Morning Meeting, 2003 – Photo: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Canadian artists Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Luis Jacob and Sarah Anne Johnson are included in Haunted, a large exhibition of video, installation and photographic imagery exploring themes of memory, trauma, and return to the past. The show can be seen at the Guggenheim Museum in New York to September 6. These contemporary obsessions are also shown in works by Marina Abramović, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol among many others.

Sarah Anne Johnson, installation work, Ms. Johnson’s “Chris and Cian”

The Artist is Present

April 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

Day 6, Portrait 24 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

I spent the last 45 minutes browsing through Marina Abramović’s portraits on the MoMa’s flickr set:  778 photos of people who sat in front of the artist during her performance The Artist is Present. Most sitters spent a lot less than that posing for a portrait (taken by photographer Marco Anelli) while staring at the Yugoslovian artist across a table. Visitors of the Museum and a few known faces (Lou Reed above, Rufus Wainright) were photographed under a bright white light in expressions that vary from emotional to blank – a couple of tears, a occasional smirk. The effect is hypnotic and disturbing.

The number of sitters – and portraits – will keep growing to May 31, last day of the performance. The Artists is Present is a new, original work and mark the longest duration of time that Abramović has performed a single solo piece. You can follow the performance on live video during the Museum hours.

Day 38, Marina Abramović by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Marina Abramović

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Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum

February 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

This project is so exciting!Over 200 artists, architects and designers will be represented in this show with their visions of intervention to fill in the blank of Guggenheim Museum‘s big central rotunda, or ‘void’. The show is part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration its impressive list of participants includes names like  Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread and the Campana brothers – my fellow Brazilian designers.
A website accompanies the show.

Via CH and other sources.

Fred Lebain – Superimposed New York

November 4, 2009 § 2 Comments

This is totally my thing! Fred Lebain superimposes large printed photos he took of New York on the exact same spots, creating a tromp l’oeil image that he then re-photographs.
Found on designboom

Younger Than Jesus

May 9, 2009 § Leave a comment
Mohammed Bouroissa, La fenetre, 2005, lamda print mounted on aluminum

It was about time to show a survey of artists born around the 80s. The New Museum in New York is up for the task. Fifty artists from twenty-five countries will be presented until July 5th in the first exhibition of the kind in the United States filling the entire building on the Bowery. The selection was made by more than 150 curators worldwide and many of the artists will be showing in a museum for the first time. Generational diversity is the motto.

Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool

May 2, 2009 § 3 Comments

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich is an illusionist. Conceived over ten years ago, Swimming Pool found its perfect home at the Duplex gallery at P.S.1. Viewers in both floors experience the sensation of being at the border or at the bottom of a swimming pool. It’s funny and disorienting.
This installation can be viewed until October 2009 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY.

BMW Art Car Collection

March 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

Roy Lichtenstein Art Car
1977 BMW 320i Group 5 Racing Version by Roy Lichtenstein
Alexander Calder Art Car
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL by Alexander Calder

It started in September of 2006 in Kuala Lumpur and now it reaches New York City. On view through April 6 at the Grand Central Terminal, the BMW Art Car Collection exhibition is sure to please everybody, from kids, to men and women. I particularly love the Calder model, the first of the series, with its race car painting approach, but other artists like Warhol, Rauschenberg and Hockney did a very good job as well. The 16 cars will go next tour in Mexico.

Art World Dream Gift List – part 2

December 8, 2008 § Leave a comment

Bracelet, c. 1948 Silver wire, 2 3/4 x 6 x 4 inches

During his lifetime Alexander Calder produced approximately 1,800 pieces of brass, silver, and gold body ornaments, often embellished with found objects such as beach glass, ceramic shards, and wood. This bracelet is to die for and you can see it (just see it) at The Metropolitan Museum until March 1, 2009.

A Classy Lady – Cindy Sherman

November 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

Detail Image
Detail Image

Cindy Sherman keeps reinventing her own image. While her portraits are typically of herself in costumes and make-up, on this new series she adds backgrounds shot separately and the images are all of “grand dames” in over-the-top characterizations. From November 15 to December 23 at Metro Pictures Gallery in New York.


October 31, 2008 § Leave a comment

If a painter refuses to paint, is he still a painter? If an artist says that a painting isn’t a painting, what is it? What does it take to make a painting not a painting?

These are the somewhat esoteric questions posed by a new exhibit opening Sunday a the Museum of Modern Art, “Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937.” Miró worked furiously during this decade and the exhibit highlights 12 series created as “anti-paintings,” a way for the artist to rebel against the traditional confines of painting.

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