Gianfranco Foschino is featured in the exhibition The Swindle: Art Between Seeing and Believing, on view at Albright-Knox Gallery. The artists included in this exhibition have used many different strategies to draw attention to the act of perception and to encourage us to question the truth of our vision. From illusionistic, or trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye), paintings to more ephemeral and conceptual gestures, these artworks challenge what we see and prompt us to appreciate and even enjoy experiences of dissonance.
Ulrich Wüst's new monograph, Köln, has been published by Verlag Bernd Detsch. Ulrich Wüst is a master of city photography. With the eyes of a trained city planner, he roams through urban spaces such as Berlin and his hometown Magdeburg. A commissioned work takes him to the Rhineland in Cologne, unknown territory and a city that does not shine architecturally.
Gianfranco Foschino is featured in the exhibition, Warum Kunst?, at kunsthalle weishaupt in Ulm, Germany. One of the most spectacular discoveries in archaeology, the 40,000-year-old lion man, the largest sculpture of Ice Age art and the oldest depiction of a mythical creature, is on display at Museum Ulm. It was discovered in the Hohlenstein-Stadel in the Lonetal near Ulm, one of six caves in the Swabian Jura, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017. Both the declaration as a World Heritage Site and the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, initiated by the European Commission, create an ideal occasion for an exhibition that dives into one of the big questions in human history, the question of what drives the urge for artistic creation and of the significance of art on a global scale up to this date.
Allan Sekula's Fish Story will be re-published by MACK books in May 2018. Completed between 1989 and 1995, Fish Story saw Sekula’s career-long pursuit of a contemporary ‘critical realism’ reach its most complex articulation. Fish Story reconstructed a realist model of photographic representation, while taking a critical stance towards traditional documentary photography.
Appointed by the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo as curator of the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo — Affective affinities, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro proposes an alternative "operating system" that favors the artists’ gaze on their own creative contexts and avoids a large thematic exhibition in favor of a Bienal that invites multiple curatorial experiences.
As well the twelve individual projects previously announced, this edition includes group shows organized by seven artist-curators, including Antonio Ballester Moreno and Waltercio Caldas, who have now revealed their proposals and a partial list of participating artists.
The reorganization of the modern collection of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian created a permanent exhibition revolving around a thematic nuclei. The works in the exhibition are to be renewed three times a year, showing the works that the museum keeps in reserves. This initial reorganization of the modern collection introduces 94 new pieces into the permanent exhibition, including João Louro’s Cover #03 (Brave New World), which was acquired by the museum in 2014.
Lucia Koch's installation The Long Night will open at SESC Pompeia on April 7. The work was created for the 3rd edition of Expanded Plan – a project that proposes the creation of interventions that present and problematize current issues of artists' authorial production and fundamental elements of language in the context of contemporary art – and will be on display until July 8, 2018.
João Louro is the subject of a solo exhibition at Porta 14, a project space housed in the Atelier Calçada do Correio Velho and hosted by Pedro Pacheco Architecture Studio. Located in Lisbon, the space opens to the street and hosts rotating exhibitions showcasing works of art and architecture.
Julião Sarmento will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Fundação Carmona e Costa in Lisbon, Portugal. Julião Sarmento: Timeline is a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the artist's drawing practice. Comprising fifty-one works on paper ranging from 1966 to 2017, the exhibition explores the lexicon of visual signs the artist recursively uses in hybrid graphic procedures.
Takehito Koganezawa is featured in the exhibition Adventure in Seeing at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Exhibition curator, Juri Yamamshita notes: Seeing is something most of us take for granted. Yet, to consciously see is surprisingly difficult, and as a result, we tend to miss much of what there is to see. An art museum is a place for seeing, admiring, and thinking about artworks. To the visitors of this exhibition, whether they normally enjoy viewing artworks or find it difficult, we would like to say, “First of all, begin by seeing well.” The exhibition Adventure in Seeing starts there.
Veronika Kellndorfer will participate in the conference, Lina Bo Bardi: Material Ideologies, at Princeton University School of Architecture. The conference presents new perspectives on Bo Bardi as an architect, designer, writer, and activist, among many other things, to engage recent interest and discourse surrounding her work.
Allan Sekula and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle are both featured in the exhibition Waterworld at the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago. This group exhibition united by the theme of water also features artists such as Leslie Baum, Drexciya, Julie Marie Lemon, Mohau Modisakeng and David Nasca.
João Louro is featured in the exhibition Germinal at Galeria Municipal do Porto. This exhibition shows, for the first time, 60 works from Cabrita Reis Collection, acquired in 2015 by EDP Foundation. With a vast and solid representation of the 90s generation of Portuguese artists, as well as artists from earlier and later generations, the exhibition shows defining works by over 30 artists, revealing the visionary and attentive eye not only of the artist, but of the art collector Pedro Cabrita Reis.
Takehito Koganezawa has been named the grand prize winner of The Asian Art Award. The award, supported by Warehouse TERRADA, is established to provide assistance for emerging artists in Japan with exciting international prospects in Asia and beyond.
Gianfranco Foschino's first monograph, Gianfranco Foschino: Hidden Stories, has been published by Kerber Verlag. The catalog documents Foschino’s first institutional solo exhibition in Europe, at the Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken in 2015.
Pia Fries will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In 2018 a generous gift sees Fries's series parsen und module, dating from 1999 and comprising 30 identically-sized pictures, enter the collection of the MAM Paris. Accompanied by thirty other paintings and drawings recently presented at the Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany, this emblematic work is the nucleus of an exhibition offering an insight into the different facets of the Swiss painter's oeuvre.
Veronika Kellndorfer is featured in the exhibition Trace in Spaces at Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany. Also featuring the work of Stef Heidhues, Cyrill Lachauer, Alexej Meschtschanow and Hans-Christian Schink, the exhibition explores the interplay between intimacy and distance through the artists creation of ambivalent experiential spaces in which the familiar becomes strange and the strange familiar.
Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art (Hollywood Edition) has been reviewed by Lita Barrie in Hyperallergic.
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Gianfranco Foschino is participating in the International Creator Residency program at Tokyo Arts and Space. The program, which targets skilled mid-career creators based outside of Japan, includes a three-month fully supported stay at TOKAS, as well as an exhibition at the close of the program.
Allan Sekula is featured in the exhibition The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. The exhibition marks the occasion of the Henry's ninetieth anniversary with the first museum-wide showing of the contemporary collection, featuring over fifty artworks by an international roster of artists working in various media.
Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art (Hollywood Edition) has been reviewed by Jody Zellen in Art and Cake.
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Waltercio Caldas is featured in the exhibtion Art and Space at Guggenheim Bilbao. The theme of the exhibititon comes from a collaboration between Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida and German philosopher Martin Heidegger in 1969, which resulted in the publication of an artist book from which the exhibition title is derived. By updating and fleshing out concepts and questions posed in the book, the exhibition presents more than 100 works by international artists, offering itself as a reinterpretation of the history of abstraction in the past six decades.
Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art (Hollywood Edition) is featured in this week's episode of KCRW's Art Talk with Edward Goldman.
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Patricia Phelps de Cisneros has donated 202 works from her collection of Latin American art – including contemporary and experimental works created since the 1960s by 91 artists from 22 countries – to six major museums in the U.S., Europe and South America. Among the works donated are those by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Waltercio Caldas and Miguel Rio Branco.
Allan Sekula's Black Tide/Marea negra, 2002-2003 has been acquired by Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Vienna, Austria. Consisting of twenty photographs in total, the photo-essay documents the 2002 oil spill off the Galician coast in Spain and Portugal.
Dane Mitchell is featured in the exhibition, Communicating Vessels, at Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland. The exhibition revolves around objects and installations constructed as either processes or events, neither belonging to the non-material domain, nor do they fit the stereotypical image of a fixed piece of art.
Miguel Rio Branco: Out of Nowhere and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: The Garden of Delights have been included in this week's Art Talk on KCRW.
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Miguel Rio Branco: Out of Nowhere has been reviewed by Shana Nys Dambrot in Art and Cake.
"With a little Raging Bull, a little cinéma vérité, shades of Goya’s heat, Edward Hopper’s lonely atmospheric architecture, Hemingway’s bullfights, and rock music’s working class heroes, the images in Brazilian filmmaker and photographer Miguel Rio Branco’s Out of Nowhere series are both classic and entirely unexpected."
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Antonio Ballester Moreno's exhibition, Sin intención, propósito o finalidad (Without intention, purpose or conclusion), is on view at Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico. The exhibition features a collection of ceramic works painted by the artist and by the local community surrounding the museum.
Julião Sarmento is featured in the second edition of the Ostend Triennial, The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely at Mu.ZEE in Ostend, Belgium. Curated by Flemish artist Jan Fabre and art historian Joanna De Vos, the exhibition includes the work of 75 artists from Belgium and abroad, whose collective 120 works are shown at various venues accross the seaside city.
Julião Sarmento is featured in the exhibition Art at the Turn of the Century at Centro Botín in Santander, Spain. Acquired over the course of the past fifteen years, the works featured provide a perspective on the artists that the foundation chose to support and/or collaborate with during that period.
Miguel Rio Branco will present the exhibition Wishful Thinking at Oi Futuro Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The exhibition will present an immersive installation of work completed by Rio Branco in recent years, in which he reflects on his time living outside of Rio, close to nature.
Dane Mitchell has been selected as New Zealand's representative for the 58th Venice Biennale, with curators Dr. Zara Stanhope and Chris Sharp. He will present an ambitious new work that will speak to his investigations into the visible and the invisible.
Kota Ezawa will be featured in the exhibition Leonard Cohen – A Crack in Everything at Musée d'Art Contemporain Montréal. A multidisciplinary exhibition combining visual art, virtual reality, installations, performances, music and writing, Leonard Cohen – A Crack in Everything offers the public a collection of brand-new work commissioned from and created by local and international artists who have been inspired by Leonard Cohen’s style and recurring themes.
Antonio Ballester Moreno and Waltercio Caldas have been selected to participate in the 33rd São Paulo Bienal. In this next installment of the Bienal, titled Affective Affinities, chief curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro has elected to distribute curatorial decision-making in a more horizontal manner, selecting seven artists from different backgrounds, generations and art practices to each conceive a group show in which their work dialogues with that of their peers.
Ester Partegàs will be featured in the exhibition Art in the Open. Fifty Years of Public Art in New York City, on view from November 10, 2017 - May 13, 2018 at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition will feature renderings, models, photographs, and video footage tracing the creation of public artworks by such artists as Red Grooms, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Kara Walker.
Kota Ezawa is featured in the exhibtion Art Lesson, the final project in the program of exhibitions and activities celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The exhibition, comprised of two parts undertaken in different places and at different times, invites audiences of all types to reflect on the educational role of museums.
Ester Partegàs will be included in the exhibition Primary Matter at Fabra i Coats in Barcelona. Primary Matter is an exhibition that explores the current ecosystem of visual artists in order to map of some of the most significant projects and works produced by artists from the region in recent years.
Ulrich Wüst is featured in the exhibition For Eternity – Archival Strategies in Art at the Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle in Freiburg, Germany. The exhibition explores the role of the museum, the artist, and the art enthusiast in archival strategies in the digital age.
Kota Ezawa has unveiled a new public artwork, Mondrian Meets the Beatles, at San Francisco International Airport. Part of Ezawa's Geometry of Rock and Roll series, the woodcut, wall-mounted sculpture combines a rendering of a photograph of The Beatles exiting an airplaine in San Francisco on their first US tour in 1964 with a version of Piet Mondrian’s Composition C (1935).
Allan Sekula's Portraits of Salespeople, 1973 has been acquired by the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this early body of work, Sekula views American capitalism through a critical lens, while sensitively portraying the individual workers who contribute to the system.
Selections from the Nachlass Wiegmann series (1990) by Ulrich Wüst have been acquired by Busch-Reisinger Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this series, Wüst photographs the left behind objects of those who abruptly fled East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Gianfranco Foschino's video sculpture, Rearview Mirror, is currently on view in the 13th Media Arts Biennial in Santiago, Chile. The 5-channel work is composed of thirty videos of drivers in traffic jams in São Paulo, Brazil, taken during Foschino's first residency there in 2012.
Kota Ezawa's new publication, titled The Crime of Art, surveys his career using crime as a topical lens. The book presents photographs and reproductions from Ezawa’s recent exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, and Amherst featuring remakes of paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Museum Kurhaus Kleve will present Hendrick Goltzius and Pia Fries: Proteus and Polymorphia opening on October 8, 2017. The exhibition presents the work of late 16th and early 17th century Dutch-born German copper engraver, draftsman and painter, Hendrick Goltzius alongside the work of contemporary painter, Pia Fries.
Kota Ezawa has unveiled a new mural entitled Once Upon a Time in the West, 2017 in conjunction with the Murals of La Jolla program. Murals of La Jolla was conceived in 2010 as a means to enhance the civic character of the community by commissioning public art projects on private property throughout La Jolla.
Allan Sekula will be included in the exhibition, Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, on view at the Orange County Museum of Art from October 7 - December 31, 2017. The installation of over 75 works from the OCMA collection reveals how impactful OMCA has been in supporitng some of the most influential artists of our time, often at pivotal moments in their careers.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle will join art historian and author of The Grid Book (MIT Press, 2009), Hannah B. Higgins, in conversation at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theatre on October 3 from 6:30-8:00 PM. In this Chicago Architecture Biennial public program, Manglano-Ovalle and Higgins will discuss the uses and implications of the grid in Manglano-Ovalle’s practice and among related artists.
Kota Ezawa will present a solo exhibition at SITE Santa Fe, launching their new SITElab space on October 7, 2017. The exhibition will bring together new and recent works related to Ezawa’s The Crime of Art series, a group of light-boxes and video animations that chronicle some of the most infamous and high profile museum heists in history.
Julião Sarmento is featured in the exhibition, Portugal em Flagrante, at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal. This semi-permanent exhibition presents works from Museu Calouste Gulbenkian’s Modern Collection and is designed to offer an introduction to the history of art and culture in Portugal during the twentieth century.
Veronika Kellndorfer is featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Kellndorfer will present a collection of new works based around Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie at the biennial, which will open to the public on September 16, 2017.
Lucia Koch will be featured in the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition Condemned To Be Modern at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Koch will present two installations for the exhibition, a color gradient installed on the windows of the gallery and a light correction piece installed on the lamps in Barnsdall Art Park.
Pia Fries will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Moss Arts Center in Virginia. The exhibition presents a collection of Fries’ paintings that integrate silkscreened fragments of 17th century Baroque and Mannerist prints into a hybrid fusion of figuration and abstraction, art historical tradition, and adventurous innovation.
Veronika Kellndorfer will be featured in the exhibition Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture at the Palm Springs Art Museum. In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the exhibition will present Bo Bardi and Frey's personal and professional transformations as representatives of the emergence of São Paulo and Southern California, respectively, as architectural and cultural epicenters of the mid-20th century.
Dane Mitchell is featured in the exhibition Occulture: The Dark Arts at City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand. The exhibition explores contemporary art’s role in the process of occultation (a term first used by Andre Breton in his 1930 Surrealist Manifesto), bringing together New Zealand and international artists who push the symbolic, formal and material languages of esoteric or occult traditions into new forms.
Edward Goldman has reviewed Glen Rubsamen: The Disguise Was Almost Perfect on KCRW's Art Talk.
"A solo exhibition of paintings by Glen Rubsamen at Christopher Grimes Gallery, with its focus on iconic, exotic images of Los Angeles, made me think about how I fell in love with this city many years ago."
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Miguel Rio Branco is the subject of a solo exhibition, When I die I will take nothing, at Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil. The exhibition features 61 photographs from the series Maciel, produced in 1979 in the neighborhood of Maciel, an area known for prostitution, in the district of Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia. This is the largest presentation of the series to date, with a selection of the works in the show being exhibited for the first time.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired Veronika Kellndorfer's Tree House (Casa de Vidro), 2014. Produced using her signature technique of silk-screening photographic images to highly reflective glass panels, fusing image to form, the work depicts Lina Bo Bardi's iconic glass house in the rainforest surrounding São Paulo, Brazil.
Veronika Kellndorfer is featured in the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin, Germany. Through more than 100 works, the exhibition explores the richness and breadth of Burle Marx's expansive and prolific career – his landscape architecture, painting, sculpture, theatre design, textiles, and jewelry – as well as related works by contemporary artists.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's sculpture Storm in on permanent display at the newly opened Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid. The work is featured in the building's Pavilion, which will serve as an exhibition space for objects and audio visual materials of projects, places, people, sculptures and paintings with the objective to provide inspiration to the foundation's visitors in the same way that they once inspired Norman Foster and his work.
Takehito Koganezawa is featured in the exhibition PLAY at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. The exhibition presents works by twelve artists from the museum's collection whose work encompasses the spirit of play in all its manifold interpretations.
Gianfranco Foschino is included in the exhibition Lo Que Ha Dejado Huellas (What Has Left Traces) at Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos in Santiago, Chile. The exhibition features 175 works from Gabriela Mistral CNCA Gallery Collection. This is the first public exhibition of the collection in its twenty year history.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and Kota Ezawa will each have works available in a benefit auction for SITE Santa Fe. Proceeds from the auction will help support exhibitions, education, and public programs in SITE's newly renovated space, opening in the Fall of 2017.
Christopher Grimes Gallery was pleased to host a conversation with Virginia Heckert and Thomas Weski in conjunction with the closing of Ulrich Wüst: Stadtbilder | Nachlass. Virginia Heckert is the Curator and Department Head of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Her area of expertise is German photography between the two World Wars, late 20th-century American photography, and contemporary photography. Thomas Weski is the Curator at the Stiftung für Fotografie und Medienkunst mit Archiv Michael Schmidt in Berlin, Germany, an authority on German photography of the 1970s and 80s and current guest scholar in the department of photography at the Getty Museum.
The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired Seventy in Seven (from Fish Story, Chapter 4), 1993-1994. With a total of nine chapters, Fish Story was created over a seven-year period of research into maritime industries and included travel to industrial ports all over the world. It remains one of Sekula's best known and most important works.
The Antoni Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona presents Allan Sekula: Collective Sisyphus opening June 13, 2017. The exhibition, Sekula's first solo show in Spain, will feature the artist's later bodies of work focusing on his research into the maritime industries, including Fish Story, 1988-1995 and Ship of Fools / The Docker's Museum, 1999-2010.
Julião Sarmento is included in the exhibition Black Box: Museu Imaginário at the Museu do Caramulo in Caramulo, Portugal. The exhibition, curated by João Louro, includes the work of 6 of the most important Portuguese contemporary artists: Fernanda Fragateiro, João Queiroz, José Pedro Croft, Julião Sarmento, Miguel Ângelo Rocha and Rui Chafes.
Ulrich Wüst: Stadtbilder | Nachlass has been reviewed by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times.
"Barely a single living soul is glimpsed in 48 black-and-white urban photographs from the late 1970s and early 1980s by Berlin-based Ulrich Wüst. When people are there, they’re typically obscured behind the windshield of a car on an otherwise empty city street, hidden within a dark sidewalk shadow in the composition’s margins or far off in the distance, back near the vanishing point of a brick roadway lined with shabby buildings."
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Julião Sarmento is featured in the exhibition Conversation Piece, curated by Nimfa Bisbe, at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, Italy. Featuring works from the "La Caixa" collection of Contemporary Art, the exhibition creates a dialogue between artists of differing poetic voices, united by themes of minimalism, architecture, sculpture and the human form.
Scott Short is included in the exhibition Near Fields, currently on view at the Leal Rios Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. Featuring work from the Leal Rios Collection the exhibition also includes artists João Paulo Feliciano, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Anthony McCall, Tristan Perich, Pedro Diniz Reis, Rui Toscano and Jorinde Voigt.
Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to host a conversation with Virginia Heckert and Thomas Weski in conjunction with our exhibition Ulrich Wüst: Stadtbilder | Nachlass. The talk will take place on June 17 at 4:00 pm. Seating is limited; please RSVP here.
Christopher Grimes Gallery will participate in LOOP Fair 2017 in Barcelona. The gallery is pleased to present Gianfranco Foschino's high-definition video KPD #1 / #2 / #3 / #4, 2014. Approximately 45 videos and artist films, presented by galleries from all around the world, will be featured at the fair, giving insight to the current moving image panorama.
A new book featuring the work of Lucia Koch will launch on Wednesday, May 3rd at Bar Ocidente in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The book, titled Lucia Koch, is the first publication of a monographic nature to be produced about the artist. Presenting a selection of Koch's iconic works spanning the last two decades, the book offers an in-depth analysis to Koch's artistic process and practice.
Gianfranco Foschino is featured in the exhibition Colección MAC: Post 90 at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Santiago. In celebration of the museum's 70th anniversary, MAC Santiago presents an exhibition of works from their collection that were produced post-1990 and that have important connections to the visual preservation of Chilean heritage.
Kota Ezawa's single-channel video Take Off will be featured at the Videobox Festival at Le Carreau du Temple in Paris, France. The festival, now in its third year, will take place between April 27 and 29 and will feature over 100 films exploring the themes of nature, cities, and movement.
Julião Sarmento is featured in the exhibition On Escape and Concurrence: Inverting the Gaze at Espaço NOVO BANCO in Lisbon, Portugal. The exhibition, brought forth by the NOVO BANCO Contemporary Photography Collection, investigates the nature of the human gaze, charting its course from analysis to melancholic reflection.
Gianfranco Foschino is currently participating in the first artist in residence program at Bosque Pehuén. Bosque Pehuén, located in Southern Chile, is a private natural reserve that aims to protect biodiversity through scientific research and educational programs, while also serving as a space for the development of cultural projects that seek to converge art and science.
Allan Sekula's School is a Factory will be featured in documenta 14 in Athens from April 8 - July 16, 2017. School is a Factory, a body of work consisting of 19 black-and-white photographs and 4 graphic panels, will be exhibited at the Athens School of Fine Arts, a formerly abonded, repurposed textile factory.
Lucia Koch has created a site-specific installation for the exhibition, Hercule Florence: Le Nouveau Robinson at Nouveau Musée National be Monaco. The exhibition presents a five-year-long research project on the work of the Monegasque-Brazilian inventor and artist Hercule Florence (1804–79), introducing him to the European public for the first time.
Gianfranco Foschino has been shortlisted for the LOOP Barcelona Discover Award. The award, now in its third year, was created with the aim of supporting and recognizing recent video and film productions by international artists through a free open call to the artistic community.
Ulrich Wüst will participate in documenta 14, opening April 8 in Athens, Greece and June 10 in Kassel, Germany. Exhibited works will include Flachland, a leporello consisting of 179 photographs (on view in Athens) and selections from the Stadtbilder series (on view in Kassel).
Allan Sekula: Early Works has been reviewed by Kavior Moon in the April issue of Artforum.
"Photography held a particular attraction for Sekula, whose eloquent writings on the medium’s history are as notable as his photo-based works. With characteristic clarity, Sekula outlined some of the appealing yet problematic features intrinsic to photography, including “its unavoidable social referentiality, its way of describing—albeit in enigmatic, misleading, reductive and often superficial terms—a world of social institutions, gestures, manners, relationships.” Photography, for Sekula, was not a means to an end but a social practice, one that would take him to port cities around the world as he conducted his final intensive studies of maritime industries and trade, prior to his death in 2013."
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The work of Allan Sekula will be discussed in the upcoming symposium Developing Room: Reinventing Documentary Photography in the 1970s at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Bringing together international art historians and curators, the symposium, which will take place on March 23 and 24, will address the resurgence of documentary photography during the tumultuous decade of the 1970s.
On March 22, La Casa Encendida will present un nido para protegerse de la rapiña y las alimañas (A Nest to Protect Itself From Predators and Vermin), a new book by Antonio Ballester Moreno and Rafael Sánchez-Mateos Paniagua. Presented in conjunction with Ballester Moreno's current exhibition, Long Live the Free Fields of Spain!, on view at La Casa Encendida through April 23, 2017, the story draws inspiration from sculptor Alberto Sánchez's Monument to the Birds.
The Columbus Museum of Art presents Allan Sekula: Aerospace Folktales and Other Stories, opening March 17, 2017. The exhibition will debut the museum's recently acquired preliminary version of Aerospace Folktales, 1973, a largescale photographic installation, including 142 photographs, a written commentary, and four audio interviews that investigate the artist’s own class and family circumstances. This early version of Aerospace Folktales has not been exhibited in its entirety in more than thirty years.
The Getty Research Institute has announced their acquisition of the Allan Sekula Papers ca. 1960-2013. Comprised of four hundred boxes of correspondences, illustrations, photographs, notebooks and research materials, the papers give insight to Sekula's socially engaged practice as an artist, writer, filmmaker and critic.
Ester Partegàs is featured in the exhibition Gut Feelings at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia. The exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists whose work looks to food, eating, feeding, and cooking as symbolic representations of exchanged emotion or power.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and Veronika Kellndorfer have each been selected to participate in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The second installment of the biennial, entitled Make New History, will take place between September 16, 2017 and January 7, 2018.
In conjunction with Allan Sekula: OKEANOS, TBA21 will present an eleven-week-long program entitled Sekula beyond Sekula beginning Friday, March 3rd. Sekula beyond Sekula is a program of contemporary artists’ films dedicated to Allan Sekula and his relation to the sea. The aim of the program is to bring light to the relevance of Sekula’s legacy by exploring how his interests and language have been transmitted, interpreted, and expanded upon by several generations of visual artists.
Antonio Ballester Moreno has been awarded the Art Situacions ARCOmadrid 2017 Award. Art Situacions is an initiative founded by private sponsorship for the purpose of promoting creativity internationally with a forward looking approach to art. In its firm commitment to emerging art, Art Situacions seeks to encourage young creators in promoting awareness of existing art.
Cometa, an intimate performance created by Julião Sarmento, will be featured at Desert X from February 23-26. The piece, which was first performed in 2009, takes place in a hotel room and is designed to be witnessed by one person at a time. Set to original music specially composed by Portuguese musician Paulo Furtado, aka The Legendary Tigerman, Cometa is a study of the longings, desire and discomfort that attends the close encounter of strangers.
A new temporary outdoor sculpture by Dane Mitchell is on display at Connells Bay Sculpture Park in Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Mitchell's installation, titled Stealth Transmission Tower 1,is a functional cell tower, which takes the form of a manufactured pine tree that cloddishly camouflages to its surroundings in an attempt to hide in plain sight. This large and highly conspicuous tree transmits a radio signal across the park on an FM radio bandwidth, that can be tuned into by visitors, on an endless loop.
Allan Sekula's The Forgotten Space will be featured in Documenta 14. The Forgotten Space is a two-hour-long essay film directed by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, which draws attention to the neglected industrial districts of docklands. By drawing connections between ports around the world and the people who work in them, the film unveils the global supply chain's disastrous impact on the environment and workers' rights.
Julião Sarmento has been selected to participate in Desert X, a new international, contemporary art exhibition in the Coachella Valley. During the opening VIP preview from February 23-24, Sarmento will present Cometa, an intimate performance piece exploring human relationships.
On Saturday, February 11th, Christopher Grimes Gallery will host a walkthrough of Allan Sekula: Early Works led by Hamza Walker. The walkthrough will begin at 3PM.
Hamza Walker is the Executive Director of LAXART in Hollywood. He recently co-curated the 2016 Made in L.A. exhibition at the Hammer Museum, and has also served as Associate Curator and Director of Education at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and as professor of painting and drawing at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
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Veronika Kellndorfer will be participating in a seminar entitled In Dialogue: The Architecture of Lina Bo Bardi & Sverre Fehn at the National Museum in Oslo, Norway. The seminar will take place on Saturday, January 27th from 1 to 5 PM in conjuction with the museum's Casa de Vidro exhibition. The seminar will shed light on the work of the two architects as well as discussing the topic of the exhibition in the pavilion.
Allan Sekula: OKEANOS will open on February 21, 2017 at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Augarten, Austria. The exhibition brings together selections of Sekula's body of work addressing his research into maritime space. Through photographic series and filmic works, OKEANOS will engage Sekula's most pointed critiques of the maritime industries, namely globalization’s deregulated liquid spaces, lax environmental policies and sub-par labor standards.
Christopher Grimes Gallery will be participating in ARCO Madrid, Spain's leading international contemporary art fair, from February 22-26. The gallery will be featuring Antonio Ballester Moreno, Kota Ezawa, Gianfranco Foschino, Veronika Kellndorfer, João Louro and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle.
On February 9th, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present Rotherwas Project 2: Kota Ezawa, Gardner Museum Revisited. The exhibition, which originally debuted at Christopher Grimes Gallery in 2016, features light boxes of the thirteen stolen works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.
Long Live the Free Fields of Spain!, a new exhibition by Antonio Ballester Moreno, will open at La Casa Encendida in Madrid on February 3rd. The exhibition, curated by Tania Pardo, will feature more than thirty new paintings and two installations. The works were conceived as one large-scale installation representing nature, specifically the rain, sun and moon of the Autumn season, and are represented through symbolic geometric shapes.
Christopher Grimes Gallery was pleased to host a lively and information panel discussion on the career of Allan Sekula in conjunction with the opening reception of Allan Sekula: Early Works. Panelists included Jill Dawsey, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Philipp Kaiser, independent curator; and Glenn Phillips, Curator at the Getty Research Institute.
On January 27th, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway will present, Casa de Vidro, a retrospective exhibition for architect Lina Bo Bardi featuring Veronika Kellndorfer. The exhibition will present Lina Bo Bardi's iconic glasshouse in São Paulo (Casa de Vidro, 1950–1951) inside Sverre Fehn's glass pavilion (2008), inviting a dialogue between the two architects, who despite having never met and having spent their lives on opposite sides of the world, find a surprising amount of common ground. The exhibition will also feature an installation by Veronika Kellndorfer, including Treehouse (Casa de Vidro), as well as a site specific installation that evokes Bo Bardi’s glass house using artistic means.
The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia brings the photography of Ulrich Wüst to the U.S. with their exhibition, Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs by Ulrich Wüst. Through 84 black and white prints and more than 200 album-mounted prints, the exhibition explores public planning in East Germany under socialist rule and the opposing non-conformity of private life. Trained as an urban planner, Wüst's photographs provide critique to the East German approach to city building, while also providing evocative views of the former totalitarian states and the subsequent transformation of the capital, Berlin, after reunification.
Resistance, Protest, Resilience, a photography exhibition featuring Allan Sekula is on view through April 2nd at the Minneapolis Art Institute. The exhibition features 60 photographs from the MIA collection that have documented protests from a selection of political movements in the 20th century, among them the Civil Rights Movement, Japan’s U.S. security treaty conflict, the Iranian Revolution, Vancouver’s Gastown riots, and the 1984 Democratic National Convention.
Rotative Repository of Latin American Video Art: Mono Canal a new exhibition featuring Gianfranco Foschino will open at El Museo del Barrio in New York on January 11th. The exhibition explores the work of Latin American video artists and their different approaches to the single-channel format. The works on display will range from pieces inspired by documentary or visual anthropology to others more akin to visual poetry or performance.
Sharon Ellis's exhibition, Intimate Terrain, has been reviewed by Leah Ollman in the Los Angeles Times.
"The words that reflexively come to mind before Sharon Ellis' extraordinary work could use some customizing. Yes, she is a visionary but even more so a visionist, an apostle for sight, for observation as an active, acute, transformational practice. The scenes she paints suggest the supernatural, but since they are very much rooted in this world, they might better be described as super-natural. They represent not another reality but this one — amplified and intensified."
Follow the link below to read the full review.
Territories and Fictions, an exhibition featuring the work of Allan Sekula, is on view through March 13th at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. The exhibition is a presentation of works from the museum's permanent collection is largely made up of recent acquisitions and approaches the languages and artistic practices that defined the period between the end of the 1990s and 2007 – both in Spain and internationally.
The Lindenau Museum in Altenburg, Germany has named Pia Fries the winner of the 2017 Gerhard Altenbourg Art Prize. Fries is the first woman to receive the award in its nearly twenty year history. In a press release, the Lindenau Museum Board of Trustees stated that they selected Fries as a "representative of pure painting," noting her unique approach to color, dimensionality, and allusions to Art History.
Light Studies: Suggestions, Reflections and Shadows, a group exhibition featuring Julião Sarmento, will be on view at the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal through February 19th. The exhibition features works from the Serralves collection by artists who explore various possibilities of light. The artists in Light Studies represent a variety of media, materials and processes that test the boundaries of visual interpretation.
Julião Sarmento will unveil his sculpture Two Gemini on December 2nd in a public dedication ceremony in Matosinhos, Portugal. The sculpture was commissioned to commemorate Manuel da Silva Passos and José da Silva Passos, two brothers who made an indelible mark on Portuguese politics in the 19th century. Two Gemini captures the pioneering spirit of the two radical democratic leaders.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, has received the fifteen-thousand-volume personal library of Allan Sekula. The library was donated to the institute by the late artist's wife, art historian and professor, Sally Stein. Established in 1962, the Clark Art Institute Library now contains over 270,000 non-circulating publications focusing on post-medieval European and American art.