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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