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Monday, October 12th, 2009

Let There Be Light :: Monumental Times for James Turrell

Roden Crater, view from southwest. (Image: © James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr, 2003.)

James Turrell is about to unveil a new light work and his largest ever museum installation at The Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg, Germany. James Turrell: The Wolfsburg Project opens Oct. 24 and runs though April 5, 2010. In addition, Pace Wildenstein, NY, is currently holding its fourth solo gallery exhibit with the artist, featuring fifteen large-scale light works on view for the first time.

Ganzfeld Piece, Begehbare Installation, Stuttgart, 2009. (Image: © James Turrell, Photo: Zooey Braun.)

The most anticipated events, however, are still a few years off. After more than three decades of development in Arizona’s Painted Desert, Turrell’s Roden Crater will finally open to the public for the first time. The unveiling is scheduled sometime during the course of the artist’s upcoming museum retrospective, which will debut in 2012 at the Guggenheim before traveling to LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and several international institutions. Since 1972 Turrell has been transforming the extinct volcanic crater into an open-air observatory that will enable visitors to witness celestial phenomenon with the naked eye, viewable from only a handull of locations around the world.

An interactive book entitled Turrell World Tour will coincide with the opening of Roden Crater. The publication will highlight 137 public works across 18 states and 23 countries, and will function as a passport that is signed and stamped at each of the 85 destinations. Upon completing the tour, readers will be invited as a personal guest of the artist’s to the site.


Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Pop Will Eat Itself – Tate Modern’s New Exhibit Explores the Art of Branding

Keith Haring – Pop Shop (Image: © Keith Haring artwork © Estate of Keith Haring. Photo: Charles Dolfi-Michels.)

The early pop-art that emerged in the late 50s and early 60s was as much a critique as it was a celebration of a new post WWII consumer culture hyped up by industry and government during the height of the Cold War. Since then, pop artists have taken their commentaries on capitalism beyond the incorporation of mass media imagery, employing modes of commercial production and sometimes becoming brands themselves.  Pop Life: Art in a Material World, a new exhibition at Tate Modern, surveys pop artists of the last three decades who have embraced not only mass media, but mass production and commerce. The exhibit is highlighted by works from Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, selections from Damien Hirst’s self-promoted 2008 Sotheby’s auction, a newly commissioned installation by Takashi Murakami, and a recreation of Keith Haring’s NY Pop-Shop. The museum has also opened a special Pop Life Boutique, with select products available online.

(Exhibition Images: Nigel Howard/London Evening Standard)

Pop Life: Art in a Material World
Oct. 1 – Jan. 17, 2010
Tate Modern
London, England SE1 9TG

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Monday, September 28th, 2009

A NY Minute in Rome

(Image: Francesco Demichelis/MACRO Future)

Photos from NY Minute have finally surfaced. The inaugural museum exhibition at the newly renovated MACRO Future museum in Rome was organized by DEPART Foundation and curated by Deitch Projects’ Director, Kathy Grayson. Grayson selected a group of sixty artists connected to the young New York art scene, including Aaron BondaroffAsume Vivid Astro Focus, Aurel Schmidt, Ben Jones, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Dan Colen, Dash Snow, Matt Leines, Ryan McGinley, Taylor McKimens, Scott Campbell, Steve Powers, Tauba Auerbach, Terence Koh, and Tim Barber. The exhibit is on view through Nov. 1. Read on for more images. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Bonhams Post War + Contemporary Auction to feature Parla, Banksy

(All Images © Bonhams)

Bonhams will host its fall Post War and Contemporary Art and Design auction next Wednesday, Sept. 23. We are particularly interested in this 2007 Jose Parla painting estimated at £25,000 – 35,000. The mixed media on board piece measures 48 1/16 x 72 7/16 in. with provenance via Christina Grajalaes Gallery in NY, where Parla presented his Layered Days exhibit late last year.

Also up for sale is this 2002 Banksy original canvas measuring 23 5/8 x 19 11/16 in., estimated at £25,000 – 35,000.


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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

McGee x3

Barry McGee prepares his installation for NY Minute at Macro Future in Rome (Image: © Francesco Demichelis/ Depart Foundation)

With virtually no warning, Barry Mcgee opens a new solo exhibit at Galleria Alessandra Bonomo in Rome tomorrow. McGee has also been in the capital city preparing his installation for NY Minute (pictured here), a group exhibition curated by Deitch Projects’ Kathy Grayson, set to open this weekend at the new Macro Future museum.

Aside from his presence in Italy, McGee is also participating in the 10th annual Lyon Biennale, on view in the French city now through January 2010. Images from opening night can be seen with our friends at Guillotine and video of his installation can be seen in this euronews report.

McGee pieces for the artit’s NY Minute installation. (Image: © Kathy Grayson)

Barry McGee – Mr. Brown
Sept. 17 – Oct. 19
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo
Via del Gesu, 62
Rome, Italy 00186

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Remi/Rough + Timid::Agents of Change

Agents Of Change in Cardiff from Agents Of Change on Vimeo.

Cardiff is the latest site for some serious graf bombing by the talents of Remi/Rough and Timid. In this video, entitled Agents of Change, we see the process first-hand. Needless to say, street art is alive and well in the UK.

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Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Anarchy in Brussels :: Cleon Peterson at Alice Gallery


Cleon Peterson opens his first show in Brussles at Alice Gallery this Saturday, Sept. 12. For Unconsoled, the Los Angeles based artist continues to portray violent yet playful depictions of an anarchic dystopia,  exploring the dangers imminent in a pleasure seeking society consumed by excess and indulgence.

Over the past few years Peterson has gained considerable attention for his paintings, as well as for graphic design work with Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One, where he recently designed shopping bags for upscale clothing retailer, Saks Fifth Avenue.

Cleon Peterson – Unconsoled
Sept. 12 – Oct. 17
Opening Reception: 6pm w/ live performance by trumpetist, Roch
Alice Gallery
182 Rue Antoine Dansaert
1000 Brussels, Belgium

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Todd James @ Colette, Paris


Todd James (REAS) opens his first solo exhibition in Paris at Colette, today, Tuesday, Sept. 1. A true talent that has a lot of people fooled – we love this guy. Don’t stop get it get it runs till Oct. 3


All images/media © Todd James

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Monday, August 17th, 2009

Making Something from Nothing :: Beautiful Losers Released in UK, Inspires London Exhibit

Ivory Serra – Installation View of Alleged Gallery, 2001 (via: Watch This Space)

If you are reading this, chances are you are already familiar with Beautiful Losers, the traveling art exhibit turned documentary film celebrating a group of artists who emerged out of New York’s Alleged Gallery in the early 90s, joined together by the DIY aesthetics of punk rock, hip-hop and skateboarding. The marks of artists like Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Geoff McFetridge, Mike Mills and Harmonie Korine are widely acknowledged in popular art, design, film, and fashion. Now, a new exhibition in London takes up the Beautiful Losers calling to “Make Something From Nothing,” featuring a group of emerging UK artists.

DIY London Seen, an exhibition documenting the work of, and inspired by the artists featured in the film, opened today, coinciding with Beautiful ‘Losers UK DVD release and run at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. Organized by Watch This Space, the show features a group of young London artists whose work embodies the spirit of the film, alongside the photography of original Loser, Cheryl Dunn, and Ivory Serra, who documented the rise of the Beautiful Losers’ artists throughout the 90s.  DIY London Seen runs August 17 –  September 5 at  2009 at The Market Building in Covent Garden.

August 17 – Sept 5
The Market Building
Covent Garden
London, UK WC2 8RF
Participating Artists: Arran Gregory, Aidan O’Neill, Best One, Chrissie Abbott, Clare Shilland, Charlie Woolley, Cheryl Dunn, Gustav Svanborg Edén, Graham Hudson, Harry Malt, Ivory Serra, Jethro Haynes, Marc Silver, Marcus Oakley, Niall O’Brien, Nick Jensen, Robin Clare, Sam Ashley and Toby Shuall, Ricky Adams, Rita Bored, XXXXXX, Mat Pringle and Sam Szulc


Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Island Hopping with Dalek


After recently completing his largest free-standing piece to date, commissioned for the opening of Hurley’s new Laguna Beach store, Dalek (James Marshall) now finds himself in Hawaii, taking a week to prepare new work for the upcoming show, 2D: The Art of 2Day, at SoHo Mixed Media Bar. Images from both events (courtesy of Hurley and Curatedmag) provide an insightful look into Dalek’s creative and technical process.

2D: The Art of 2Day opens Friday, August 7, during First Friday Art Walk in Honolulu. In conjunction with the event Dalek and event sponsor In4mation have created a limited edition t-shirt and print, with proceeds benefiting The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the only museum in Hawaii devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

Next up for Dalek will be a UK exhibit at the influential Elms Lester’s Painting Rooms in London with Amsterdam-based artist, Delta. The show opens August 28 and runs to September 26.

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