I just learned about a death in the family as I started my Chelsea art tour on Wednesday. And then I saw this video, “Cowfish”, 2011, by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, which was part of the Beautiful Monsters show at Gladstone Gallery. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this sad, big eyed, dying fish all week. I hope he escaped his fate but, as happens to all of us, I am pretty sure he did not.
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, “Cowfish”, 2011
Went to Chelsea two times last week to take in as many fall shows as my brain could handle. After a pretty bleak Chelsea summer (with many galleries just closing their doors completely for most of it) I was rather pleased with the work on offer this fall.
I think my favorite exhibition was Laurent Grasso‘s Soleil Double installation at Sean Kelly Gallery. The video pieces were particularly mesmerizing (especially the video on the lower level of the fantastically lit Roman plaza). Sean Kelly Gallery consistently shows great work, it has become one of my favorite galleries over the past couple of years. The LG show runs through October 18, 2014 (next weekend!) More information here.
Photography: Jason Wyche © Laurent Grasso Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
Home of Musya Vainshteyn, Nemirov, Ukraine, October 16, 2013
Home of Lyubov Brenman, Borispol, Ukraine, July 19, 2012
Room 509, Dnipro Hotel, Kiev, Ukraine, July 18, 2012
Elka Seltzer’s Front Door, Ovruch, Ukraine, July 31, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel, January 1, 2010
Mar Saba Monastery, Judean Desert, Israel, September 20, 2009
Sefad, Israel, June 14, 2010
There were some really great photo shows this October, Justine Kurland‘s Sincere Auto Care at Mitchell Innes & Nash was another highlight. Show unfortunately ended on October 11th. More information here.
280 Coup, 2012
For Abigail, 2014
Excited to go to the newest incarnation of Monkey Town tonight.
When I first moved to Brooklyn Monkey Town was one of my favorite places to go. They are directly responsible for my collection of multi-function laser tigers!
My favorite exhibitions from my Chelsea wanders on Saturday, Part 1:::
If you cannot make it to Chelsea to see the film before Saturday, it is available on youtube:::
Francis Alÿs (In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi)
A preview of the entire show here:
Doug Aitken, 100 YRS, at 303 Gallery, from February 1 – March 23, 2013.
Detail of above right painting
Excited for this Cyprien Gaillard show coming to PS1 this month! I think/hope this will make up for the mediocre/terrible exhibitions that PS1 have been putting on for the past 6 months (minus the Art Book Fair!)
Cyprien Gaillard at PS1
January 20 — March 18, 2013
Still from Cities of Gold and Mirrors
Stills from Desniansky Raion
Cairns (12 Riverford Road, Pollokshaws, Glasgow, 1967-2008)
From PS1’s site:
Cyprien Gaillard’s (b. 1980, Paris) work navigates geographical sites and psychological states, addressing the relationship between architecture and nature, and evolution and erosion. Using a variety of artistic mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, film, and video, Gaillard juxtaposes pictorial beauty and the atmospherically lush with elements of sudden violence, destruction, and idiosyncrasy culled from popular culture, pointing to the precarious nature of public space, social ritual, and the very viability of the notion of civilization.
Combining minimal composition, a romantic visual sensibility, and a youthful, anarchic spirit, Gaillard’s work displays a personal vision or reading of landscapes and cities, whether he trains his gaze upon land art sites, crumbling 1960s urban high-rises, culturally entrenched logos, explosive building demolition procedures, or public monuments. He invests these sites with new traits through his interventions, resulting in architectural travelogues dense with layers of suggestive symbols, as well as an incisive examination of the foundations and inventions of civilizations, both ancient and modern, revealing their simultaneously seductive and alienating features.
The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York is comprised of over 80 works, including five major cinematic works and two site-specific works made in New York on the occasion of his MoMA PS1 presentation. In Cities of Gold and Mirrors (2009), shot in Cancun, Mexico, images of Mayan ruins are interspersed with the golf courses, mega-resorts, and tourists that now saturate the area, as incensed adolescents guzzle tequila with the same elated fervor that characterizes a ritualistic dance performed by a gangster on the ruins of El Ray.
Cyprien Gaillard presents Egyptian Lover and Salem DJ set
This Sunday at Winter Open House, PS1, 4 PM in the VW Dome
On the occasion of the opening of his first New York solo show, Cyprien Gaillard invites West Coast rap pioneer Egyptian Lover and special guests to bridge the distance between Los Angeles’ Watts Towers and the Temples of Abu Simbel, all under the roof of MoMA PS1’s geodesic dome, in a celebration of both artists’ mutual fascination with anachronism. In his work, Gaillard combines elements of the found, the photographic, the cinematic, the architectural, and the social to provoke visual or associative connections between ancient ruins and neglected contemporary spaces.
Happy last Saturday of 2012!
Lewis Klahr-Altair (1995)
For the next two evenings the Museum of Art & Design will be hosting interesting cinema events which feature the animation of Robert Breer and Martha Colburn. I have featured both Breer’s and Colburn’s work on this site in the past—and since I have such exquisite taste y’all should listen to me and go and check both shows out!
Robert Breer on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM. More info here.
Last night I was searching for a video art piece on youtube that I saw in a video art class at the Mass College of Art in 1995. I could not find the work but I did come across the Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie, whose Writing ‘The Orchid Pavilion’ One Thousand Times makes the “ten best auction results for video art 2010-12″ list. This work comes in as the 6th highest priced work. I have never heard of this artist before and realize I need to learn more about Chinese contemporary art. The others on the list include William KENTRIDGE (2 times), Nam June PAIK (2 times), Bruce NAUMAN, Bill VIOLA (2 times), Charles RAY, & Tony OURSLER.
Fall I & Fall II (1970) – Bas Jan Ader