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Blacklist Projects, London
Curated by Helen Marshall, Fei Fei Lu & David Goldenberg
" Pinocchio was a persistent liar and in Mao's time it was told that the communist party was the mother of all people."
MISSMAO celebrates the inauguration and opening of Blacklist Projects with a unique and diverse international collaboration. The exhibition marks the beginning of a new dialogue and debate between artists and curators examining modes and myths in an information driven age. The catalyst for the show, the Gao Brothers’ ‘Small Silver Idol’, is seen here for the first time outside China. ‘Small Silver Idol’ is one of a series of red, silver, goId and white idols originally made in mud before being cast in fibreglass, and ranges in size from 2-20 feet high. Prior to its journey to Europe, it was shrouded in sack-cloth to avoid confiscation during police inspections. In fact, until 2003 the Gao Brothers themselves were on a government blacklist and unable to leave China. In recent years, Gao Zhen, 50, and Gao Qiang, 44, both from Shandong Province, are part of a new wave of Chinese artists showing at an international level. Due to censorship laws in contemporary China, and as a response to cultural sensitivities, MISSMAO will change her clothes when she tours to Beijing in September 2006.
Read on...Blacklist Projects, London
Bring It On! : Brock Enright, Brian Finke, Luis Gispert, Cassandra C. Jones
Bring It On! is a multi-media group exhibition exploring the all-American phenomenon of cheerleading - a tradition which has become somewhat of a pop culture obsession, featured in films like Bring it On and the reality TV show Cheer Nation. "Either you were a cheerleader or wanted to be one" is an often cited phrase summing up this conflicted team sport. "Cheerleader" equals popular, perky, and pretty, however it also equals type-A overachiever and cut-throat competitor. From sporty to campy to sexy to downright pathetic, the artwork in
Bring it On! investigates the boundaries of and associations with cheerleading Brock Enright explores the sinister side of the cheerleader and the jock saga in his video and installation, while Brian Finke exposes the "hyper-real" moments of competitive cheerleaders through photography. Luis Gispert uses humor in his photos and videos of "hip-hop" cheerleaders to touch on more socio-political issues, while Cassandra C. Jones objectifies the cheerleader as a seemingly decorative yet pornographic figure via wallpaper. The collaborative group New Catalogue rounds out the show with a series of photos cheering themselves on with a squad of slacker cheerleaders. The opening night will feature performanes by the Chicago Spirit Brigade unified by their love of cheerleading and desire to promote H.I.V. and Aids awareness.
Read on...moniquemeloche, Chicago
Gladstone Gallery, New York
DERECONSTRUCTION - Curated by Matthew Higgs
DERECONSTRUCTION seeks to consider and conflate the physical and psychological processes of fragmentation (“deconstruction”) and reassembly (“reconstruction”). Exploring relationships between “collage,” “assemblage” and “constructivism”—as art historical categories and also as contemporaneous emotional and social conditions—the exhibition embraces a broad range of approaches and methodologies, including painting, sculpture, drawing, text, tapestry, photography, and video. DERECONSTRUCTION brings together an international and inter-generational group of artists whose work explores—and explodes—vernacular materials and forms. Self-consciously located at a threshold between abstraction and representation, the works in the exhibition variously consider the entanglements between “interiority” and “exteriority”; between the “organic” and the “inorganic”; and between the acts of “rupture” and “reconciliation.”
Read on...Gladstone Gallery, New York
Stellan Holm Gallery, New York
A boilermaker is a classic American cocktail of the hard drinking class: a shot of whiskey dropped into a fresh pint of beer, often as a first drink to accelerate one’s jump into the evening.
Similarly, BOILERMAKER assembles an international group of artists that use methods of transforming source images and cultural artifacts to subvert and ultimately accelerate their effects in unexpected and often intense ways. BOILERMAKER delves straight into American society in ways that reflect the cultural and political dissonance of recent years with subjects and themes such as celebrity, publicity, advertising, and rock and roll, which like the boilermaker drink, come straight from the center of classic American culture.
BOILERMAKER brings together works from an international cast of emerging artists: Brian Block, Quentin Curry, Graham Dolphin, Noah Khoshbin, Dwayne Moser, Christoph Schellberg, with works never before seen by the New York audience. Pictured - Dwayne Moser's massive cinematic backdrops depict sites of celebrity misdemeanors transformed in all their startling banality via the hands of Hollywood scenic background painters. This manipulation of photography and a trope of cinema reality- construction reinterpret the idea of landscape painting.
Read on...Stellan Holm Gallery, New York
Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York
I’M YOURS NOW - Curated by Arturo Herrera
Jeff Bechtel, Terry Haggerty, Ann Veronica Janssens, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Jorge Queiroz, Jan Van Der Ploeg, Claudia Wieser
I'm Yours Now brings together seven international artists, some making their first US appearance. Each artist work exclusively within the given architecture of the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. gallery space.
The exhibition explores the potential of the space to generate site-specific pieces ranging from the pictorial to the conceptual. Working within a hybrid arena of abstraction and representation, all the artists will re-address the space as ground for images and visual environments. An underlying temporality unites all the works. They will all be destroyed, painted over or switched off at the end of the exhibit.
Read on...Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York
303 Gallery, New York
A Broken Arm - curated by Mari Spirito
lutz bacher, hans-peter feldmann, karen kilimnik, katy moran, arnold odermatt, djordje ozbolt, gedi sibony
excerpt from Chelsea Is a Battlefield
The New York Times, July 28, 2006
“A Broken Arm” at 303 Gallery has been assembled by Mari Spirito, the gallery’s director, using a title lifted from Duchamp, specifically his 1915 ready-made snow shovel, “In Advance of a Broken Arm.” With seven artists, the show pits painting against photography, flat against dimensional, found against made.
Most works imply Duchampian degrees of disarray and chance, from Arnold Odermatt’s documentary photographs of car accidents in the Swiss countryside to Gedi Sibony’s mocking affirmations of formalism in twig, carpet and Sheetrock. Katy Moran’s deft, gestural paintings may do for abstraction what John Currin did for figuration: make it new and old at the same time. Djordje Ozbolt’s small, quirky paintings are sometimes worth a look. Works by Lutz Bacher, Hans-Peter Feldman and the under-appreciated Karen Kilimnik round out the bill.
Read on...303 Gallery, New York
Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago
Are You Serious? - Curated by Lindsey L. Delahanty & Jason Lazarus
Paul Damato, Ken Ellis, Michelle Faust, Anne Harris, Irena J. Knezevic, Noelle Mason, Sabrina Raaf, Mary Scherer, Greg Stimac
Are You Serious is an exhibition featuring artists working outside the proliferation of the ubiquitous Neo-Psychedelia movement, a genre favoring heavily stylized adolescent drawings, goth/rock and roll signifiers, and the hippie/skate culture aesthetic. Our curatorial strategy sought to investigate artists who work within the discourse of the contemporary art world while circumventing stylistic trends in their work.
The participants in Are You Serious are unified by their commitment to delving deeply into political and cultural tension, resulting in a lack of stylistic uniformity while developing sophisticated artworks that examine contemporary issues including: race, class, environmental issues, consumption, the violence of environmental waste, depression, mortality, institutional control, gender roles, death, ritual, loss, grief, denial, mathematics, nuclear technology and the cannon of art history.
Read on...Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago
White Cube, London
Art & Language, Katharina Fritsch, Felix Gonzalez- Torres, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Ellsworth Kelly, Damián Ortega, Ad Reinhardt, Richard Serra, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Gavin Turk, Andy Warhol and Cerith Wyn Evans.
White Cube is pleased to present Dark Matter, a term astronomers came up with to refer to the invisible expanses between points of visibility – an enigmatic darkness, or, in the words of the poet ee cummings, 'the wonder that's keeping the stars apart'. Almost all the works in the exhibition are black or to do with darkness.
Since Kasimir Malevich’s 'Black Square' of 1915 artists have been making black works according to different aesthetic premises. The black monochrome has, however, engendered a paradoxical history as arguably a 'last painting', a zero point beyond which painting could not go, suggesting painting as an object instead of as a window onto another space. And yet it was also experienced as a kind of negative icon, representing a sacred transfiguration of the material into the immaterial.
The artists in this exhibition make their works according to very different aesthetic and conceptual premises but can be seen in various ways to replay and recast this paradoxical history – reworking minimalism, exploring the negative sublime in works concerned with a dark light and in making works that preserve an emblematic and reduced image within their extreme abstraction, like icons which discharge a negative aura.
Read on...White Cube, London
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