The collaged canvases incorporating photography and blocks of solid coloured paint by Kunié Sigiura’s work on view at Leslie Tonkonow really speaks to Greenberg-Benjamin discourse of what is painting and art in the age of mechanical reproduction. I especially appreciated the preliminary sketches and colour blocks works presented alongside the final paintings, as true insight into the labourous explorative techniques of these works created in the 1970s . Visually, it reminded me of one Ian Wallace’s works, https://artjetset.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ianwallaceatyvonlambert23.jpg
It was an absolute pleasure to have met Michael Snow at the opening of his new show In the Way at Jack Shainman Gallery. Snow is one of Canada’s greatest contemporary artist, whose ground breaking experimental films revolutionized new media and recontextualized experiencing and ways of seeing and looking. His new video installation remphasizes what Snow does best, creating an environment where the viewer is physically engaged in active looking. The other video work, In the Way, was shot while […]
I first saw this video in 2003 at The PowerPlant along side a massive exhibition on Liam Gillick. Now seeing and hearing this piece in a small draped corner at the back of the Matthew Marks gallery concretized the interplay between the film projector and the scratchy vinyl in a more engaging and profound way. Rodney Graham’s The Phonokinetoscope is a vinyl record which once engaged launches the 5 minute film loop – a phonokinetoscope. The film is of Graham […]
This exhibition of punk posters from the 70s and 80s created by the most infamous and reknown graphic artists of the day, such as Peter Saville, Malcolm Garrett, Barney Bubbles, Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Keith Haring, Robert Williams, and, Jamie Reid.
From January 21 – February 20 The Paula Cooper Gallery presented Christian Marclay’s The Clock, 24 hour video installation that garnered much acclaim during the run. Some waited up to 3 hours in the bitter New York winter to view the piece, which is heralded as a compelling transfixing work, where Marclay edits together thousands of clips of watches and clocks from popular film. The excerpts are supposed to illiterate the spanning of time and the importance of passage of […]
CRG presented Wishing and Praying as their curated show during ADAA fair in New York, and now at their main gallery space in Chelsea. This thoughtful and contemplative show exemplifies contemporary look at religious iconography in a variety of media. Beautiful. Click HERE to see the post on ADAA
Marc Séguin is an ArtJetSet favorite, whose career we have watch since 2008. His masterful grisaille technique combined with layering of think pigments and taxidermied animals is visually beautiful while emotionally challenging. For Séguin’s first solo show at the Mike Weiss Gallery titled Failures, he exhibited portraits of political figures and destroyed chruches. We have seen his earlier large scale works that depicted political and religious figures (click HERE and HERE to see the other ArtJetSet posts), and now we […]
Its Not About You is a clever pop show, which integrates paint-by-numbers sets, vintage icongraphy, and montage of frames and images with text to create a humorous narative. The side gallery at Benrimon Contemporary hosts RePop, a popup store where buttons, prints, multiples like carved soap and catalogues can be purchased.
An amazing show with a poetic title, The Heaviest Luggage for the Traveler is the Empty One, at Magnan Metz Gallery, Pereda uses large scale sculpture set against a stunning black and white wall papered forest. Contrasting light and dark, strong and fragile, massive cinder block sculpture mirrored by ghostly pencil on paper drawings of cinder blocks – leave the viewer questioning the ideas of what we occupy and the limits of weight and space consumed around us.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Pace Gallery presents a multi-venue retrospective highlighting some key pieces that have passed through their doors. Thematically divided by Pop art, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist, Post Moderns and contemporary, this blockbuster show exemplifies the power house artists and the major collections that have acquired the works.My favorites include Chuck Close portrait of Zhang Huan, Kiki Smith sculpture, Michal Rovner, amazing Clifford Still, Zhang Huan airplanes.
Sarah Sze uses bottles, cartons, found objects, and constructed objects that resemble everyday objects to build an intricately ornate installation at Tanya Bondakar Gallery. The Uncountables (Encyclopedia) is a structural labyrinth. Sze obscures the familiar by wrapping milk cartons, and whitewashing bottles. She effectively blurs the cognizance of our relationship with details of the everyday things that surround us.I really loved the abstract film created by the flickers of light reflecting off a styrofoam plate filled with water, and the […]
Jennifer Steinkamp recreates nature using 3-dimension animation in her wall projections. This projection was stunning and captivating. Staring up from under a massive tree, Steinkamp skillfully recreates the passage of time through the seasons. With blooming leaves and bursts of colourful flowers — then petals rain down on the viewer as summer moves to autumn, until there are only bare tangeled branches stretched out towards you. The seamless snaking arms of the tree loop back into each other and then […]
Lithuanian installation artist Zilvinas Kempinas uses magnetic tape film, fans, reflective panes of mylar to create this cool and visually striking space. Red and Blue coloured lightbulbs hanging by their wires circle and spin around in localized confinement while noisey fans push the bulbs and the loops of magnetic tape. The experience is an overwhelming sensation of chaotic and static at the same time.
A brilliant showcase of Australian designer Marc Newson’s reinterpreted designs for different modes of transportation. Newson’s fluid aesthetics of design and the buoyant functionality of the machines stirs a desire for a James Bond-esque Mediterranean vacation.
Dan Colen is quoted as saying that this current show at Gagosian is about “failure and potential, accident and intention, most minute and most infinite.” Colen creates a transitionary space using an inverted skateboard half-pipe, and installation of knocked over customized Harley Davidson motorcycles, and massive canvases with abstract patterns painted with chewing gum. A self-reflective self-indulgent show.
The Dia:Chelsea come X-Initiative Space in its newest incarnation as the Lieu Center 548. Other Spaces, curated by Jayne Dorst, is a poignant show based on Michel Foucault’s theories on the psycho-spatial experience. The concept works will with this space, since the Lieu is as well a transient space where information is shared, ideas are created and transformed by those who pass though it. Enjoyed Palma Blank’s optical abstract paintings, Sam Falls’ photos. The video piece by Left Coast ( […]
The Evryali Score on view at David Zwirner is curated by Olivia Shao, who also curated The Baghdad Batteries Rotating Gallery show at PS.1. Evryali Score is a dialogue responding to the works in the Baghdad Batteries, the press release a (love) letter to Klaus Biesenbach from David Zwirner, requesting the collaboration to reinstall Baghdad Batteries and then use the second gallery space as a point of departure to continue the dialogue. ArtJetSet favorites Nick Mauss (wall mural), Robert Breer […]
The current exhibition, The Reflexive Self at Mike Weiss Gallery features two of my favorite Canadian artists. Marc Séguin uses human ashes to create dark ephemeral portraits. Kim Dorland’s bright vivid forests of thickly layered painted canvases. The show as a whole is a bit incongruent, bringing together young artists working in a variety of media and themes.
Known for her eerie saturated colour portraits of Alice in Wonderland styled young girls, Anna Gaskell’s new show at Yvon Lambert show a strong maturation in a new direction. Monochrome photos of boys in winter landscape, with their heads and faces cropped or obscured, clothed in oversized suits creating a tense narrative of religious ritual and disaffection.
Luhring Augustine celebrates their 25th anniversary with an amazing show titled TWENTY FIVE. This group exhibition celebrates their history with a stellar show including works by: Nobuyoshi Araki, Larry Clark, George Condo, William Daniels, Günther Förg, Zarina Hashmi, Johannes Kahrs, Jon Kessler, Martin Kippenberger, Ragnar Kjartansson, Luisa Lambri, Glenn Ligon, Paul McCarthy, Yasumasa Morimura, Daido Moriyama, Reinhard Mucha, David Musgrave, Cady Noland, Ed Paschke, Jack Pierson, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Stephen Prina, Josh Smith, Joel Sternfeld, Tunga, Guido van der Werve, Rachel […]
One of the many New York Gallery Week events was artist Heather Rowe in conversation with Jacob Proctor, Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art at D’Amelio Terras Gallery. Rowe inverts the construction of the interior space using materials in house construction like drywall, carpet sponge, laminate, and ornamental cornices. Rowe spoke about the structures calling to scaffolding, and the mirrors creating a disjuncture between the visual perception of the piece and […]
Luhring Augustine present the 3rd solo show by Canadian duo Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller create immersive multimedia works, combining film sound space and quintessential element of sound. The result is a multisensory immersion into a complex and monotone narrative decorated by a whirlwind of lights and layers. Telephones hooked up to iPods with titles like We’re in some strange country, Wallet, I can’t remember (World turning), I was a blond man. The Carnie is a carousel that […]
ArtJetSet has been a long time fan of Yvon Lambert, after the many Parisian afternoons spent in his gallery. Current show running in tandem with Joan Jonas Reading Dante III, is Stefan Bruggemann installation which covers the walls with mirrored panels. On the mirrors the artist has painted final dialogue of dramatic films. The text is brief, sharp, poignant and affectionate.
The current installation at 303 Gallery is Mike Nelson’s Quiver of Arrows.Nelson conjoined four vintage mobile home trailers forming a dilapidated vacantly inhabited space. Walking through the interconnected spaces feels part somewhere between the Black Acid Co-Op at Deitch Project, is a collaborative project by Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman and a vacant refugee housing of the future’s past. The title is gorgeously poetic.
A blockbuster show filled with bluechip artists like Don Bruown, Maurizio Cattelan, Chuck Close, Andreas Gusky, Brian Jungen, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Inez van Lamsweerde, Ron Mueck, Cindy Sherman, Kehinde Wiley, Lisa Yuskavage, amongst others, Size Does Matters is a BIG show. Taking celebrity endorsements to a whole new playing field, Flag Art foundation has contracted basketball legend-come-rapper-actor-baseball player and now Curator in a show that negotiates size and scale. James Frey, the other heavy weight name, known for the […]
Gary Simmons uses a distinctive technique to create his large scale paintings. He creates the slate board haunting chalklines with a combination of pigments, oils and wax. His painting technique is a true reflections of the dark allure of Midnight Matinee, a series of large size paintings of haunted dive locations like hotels and diners. The theme borrowed from abandoned houses portrayed in popular horror films. One room was devoted to smaller paintings hung brilliantly in a black and white […]
Discussion Bench Platforms + Everything Good Goes is an iconic exhibition representing the purest form of work by Liam Gillick. His installations often discuss the tension and relationship between the space, the viewer, and the implied behaviours of relations in said spaces. A combination of colourful benches and plexigass vitrines, mirrored with ironic woodcut prints.
Banks Violette presents a gorgeous installation at Gladstone Gallery. A giant chandelier made of fluorescent lights and hanging wires is a a forward moving departure from his typical sculptural works made from found objects and salt. This massive lustre hangs close to the floor in dramatic contrast to the black wall installation of a shiny lacquered surface that seems to be crippling and melting from the intense light. The contrasts of black and white as well as the hollowness of […]
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The vernissage for Olafur Eliasson’s Multiple Shadow House was charged with too many bodies, creating chaotic deep multicoloured shadows in this seemingly serene installation. The walls made from ghostly optitrans screens grounded together by the heavy old wooden floor that had a faint odour of summer house. As participants move through the space, their shadows are cast upon the walls by the multicoloured spotlights. Each wall casts and mirrors the activities in the next space with the multiple refraction of […]
Diana Thater’s film projection “Between Science and Magic” at Zwirner is a short filmloop that combines various levels of optic discourse. The projected film of the theater, the two perspectives of the magicians, the optical illusion of the disappearing rabbit, are all very clever. What I liked the most about this piece is the sound of the cranking projectors, very impactful for engaging the dialogue of the past and present consumption of film, video, and performance.
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New works by Zhang Huan, on view at Pace Wildenstein‘s 22nd Street space, is a dramatic departure from his iconic work.Still heavily referencing his Chinese culture but moving away from the self reflective performative work we are so used to expecting from Huan.Rulai is a massive 5.5meter tall sculpture created with ash steel and wood. Skulls, bones, and unidentified remnants build up the layers of this pensive Buddah. Encircling Rulai are 3.5meter tall ink drawings made on handmade paper, featuring […]
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Metro Pictures presents a dialogue between Robert Longo, John Miller, and David Maljkovic. Longo’s photos are actually preliminary photos used for Men in the Cities, his 1970’s series of drawings. Static and at once dynamic, these works speak to Maljkovic’s film projections.
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Richard Misrach large scale inverted photographs present Nevada desert scenes and lush greenery as reversed ice tundra with his negative reversed colour negative technique.
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The Art Bazaar is an OPEN CALL to ANY artist who works in ANY medium (i.e painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, performance, conceptual, WHATEVER – so long as the work fits within the allotted space in the gallery)The artist that generates THE MOST REVENUE during the 7 weekend period will be awarded a solo exhibition at Lyons Wier Gallery in 2010. Doors open to artists at 8am on Saturday for admission & initial installation. Doors open at 10am-12pm on Sunday for […]
After Color presented by Bose Pacia, curated by Amani Olu, a discussion on Black&White photography in the age of large scale massive colour imaging. Many of the photos seemed more like ephemeral graphite on paper rather than b&w photography, like Talia Chetrit’s Gradient Tool and Matthew Gamber’s Untitled Chalkboard. Very beautiful landscapes by Arthur Ou. I remember being surprised by these large photos at Hudson Franklin’s booth at 2008 NADA Miami Fair.