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.
Gianfranco 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.
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 black-and-white photographs mounted on cardboard (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.
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 of 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."
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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.