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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The Audain Prize and Mayor Gregor Robertson

May 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

British Columbia’s most prestigious annual award for the visual arts, the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, and VIVA Awards was presented tonight at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Audain Prize, awarded by the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, honoured Haida artist Robert Davidson. The 2010 VIVA Awards, granted annually by The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation, was given to artists Germaine Koh and Marina Roy. All artists showed their appreciation in heartfelt speeches.

The VAG, for the second time in a week, provided me with the opportunity to meet someone I admire. Last week was Kerry James Marshall and tonight the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson (photo below).  We had a quick chat about politics in Brazil and Latin American and the importance of awards like tonight’s to express recognition to artists. And yes, he is a very handsome guy with a certain Clark Kent vibe.


photo by me

Western Front New Director, Caitlin Jones

January 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Caitlin Jones, executive director of Western Front  /  photo Paul Kuranko
Caitlin Jones, executive director of Western Front / photo Paul Kuranko

Canadian Art Magazine has a great interview with Caitlin Jones, new executive director of the Western Front, Vancouver’s artist-run centre. Caitlin brings a very interesting background to her hometown, after spending 10 years in New York where she worked at the curatorial department of the Guggenheim and lectured at places like PS1/MoMA. I was mostly interested on her thoughts about art and internet. “Given the role the web now plays in contemporary culture, my expectation is that any arts organization or curator should be including art made on, by or with the web as an integral part of its program.” she says.

Fire Destroys 90% of Helio Oiticica’s Works

October 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

Brazilians are mourning the loss of almost 2,000 works of Helio Oiticica, on a fire last night in Rio de Janeiro. The works were estimated in US$ 200 million.

Born in Rio in 1937, Hélio Oiticica came to be regarded as one of the most revolutionary artists of the country for its innovative and experimental work. Oiticica was a founder in 1959 of the Neoconcreto movement along with names such as Amilcar de Castro, Lygia Clark and Franz Weissmann. His work “Tropicalia” was one of the main inspirations of the Tropicalia movement.
Caetano Veloso, Brazilian singer and composer, wears one of Oitcica’s ‘Parangoles’

Irving Penn Dies at 92

October 8, 2009 § 2 Comments
Irving Penn – Girl in Bed, 1949

Irving Penn, American photographer, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan.  He was 92. Known for taking subjects out of context by bringing them to studio and placing them against a simple background composing striking images, Penn worked until quite recently always pushing the boundaries of the traditional concept of beauty. From fashion to still-life, from Aborigine tribesmen to San Francisco hippies, he registered everything with a sensitive and loving eye. “Photographing a cake can be art”, he said once.  Read more on Yahoo news.

Cherie Blair in The Nude

March 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

The painting, Striding Nude, Blue Dress, by Euan Uglow was scheduled to go on public display in 2006 but was withdrawn at the last minute.

London gallery selling painting based on a 1972 sketch of Tony Blair’s wife

By Andy McSmith (fom  The Independent) here for the full article

Cherie Blair paid a private visit to an art gallery this week to be reminded of what she looked like in the nude more than 30 years ago. There, hanging on the wall, is an artist’s sketch of her naked form on fading brown paper, and a painting based on the sketch.

The painting, Striding Nude, Blue Dress, by Euan Uglow was scheduled to go on public display in 2006 but was withdrawn at the last minute. It is now on display and listed for sale at a Mayfair art gallery in London, with a price tag of £600,000. (…)

Auction Season Opens at Sotheby’s

November 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

Working Model for Draped Reclining Figure by Henry Moore is shown during a press preview October 29, 2008 at Sotheby's in New York

Working Model for Draped Reclining Figure by Henry Moore sold for $1,818,500
Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP

Not as good as recent years, but not exactly bad. The inaugural day of the fall auction season had nice surprises like Malevich’s Suprematist Compostion being sold for $60 million, a record for the artist. The total of the night reached $223.8 million. Read the full article in The New York Times.

1000 Artworks to See Before You Die

October 25, 2008 § 2 Comments Chagall Over the Town (1914-1918)

The British newspaper The Guardian started today the series 1000 Artworks to See Before You Die and it will continue throughout the week. From the caves to today it’s the Guardian writers picking the world’s essential artworks. It’s going to be fun to follow and see if they have included our personal favorites.

(more)Art for Obama

October 3, 2008 § 4 Comments

Dorothy’s Gallery is organizing an exhibition / event in favor of Barack Obama with the support from Democrats both in France and in the US. Le Comité Français de Soutien à Barack Obama, comprised of 5000 members (such as Bernard Henry Levy, Duhamel, Frédéric Mitterrand, Jack Lang, Richard Serra,…) is an equal partner of the show. Several cartoonists, from the Canard Enchainé and Charlie Hebdo, will participate. The list includes Honoré, Tinious, Wolinski, Charb, Wozniak, Riss, Jul, Honoré … along with other American cartoonists. I got this information here.

“If you want more meaningful art, build a more meaningful world”

September 24, 2008 § 1 Comment

more photos of rutty here

“Could a Campbell’s soup can really be the Sistine ceiling of our age? And if Warhol and his appropriated imagery represent the apex of artistic achievement, what does that say about modern culture’s capacity for meaning?”
“So when considering meaning in art, we have to ask ourselves – how much we are willing to see? How much of the burden of understanding we are willing to bear? Do we want to see a soup can or do we want to see a meditation on nihilism? Do we want to see a dirty bed or do we want to see the raw, gaping wound that is the artist’s life? Do we want to see a urinal or do we want to see a Fountain?”

Read the article and join the discussion at Adbusters.

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