Thomas Dane Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new collages by Venezuelan artist Arturo Herrera (b. 1959). For his second solo exhibition in London, the artist has conceived a group of intensely complex collages fusing drawing, painting, and photography. These are presented in serial form—including diptychs, works in four, eight, ten, and twenty-eight panels. Herrera's visual language is unique, combining a number of idioms from Expressionism to Pop Art. LINK Arturo Herrera
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Portikus Printing Plant and Portikus Sounds 2 June 16 - September 2012
Nora Schultz's work examines the genesis of pictorial representation and production as an artistic dynamic. She is less interested in the finished work than in how images and objects come into being and in the physical traces that process leaves behind. The actualities of production accordingly play a central role in her prints, printing machines, installations, and performances; process always remains legible. Nora Schultz's show is the first solo exhibition to occupy the lower as well as the temporary upper floor at Portikus. She addresses the two floors, which could not be any more different in terms of architecture, atmosphere, and acoustics, taking her engagement with the spatial situation to a new level. Even the two-part title of her exhibition, Portikus Printing Plant and Portikus Sounds, points to the work's spatial and acoustic superimposition responsive to the divided exhibition space. The artist uses this duality to develop parallel production cycles composed of sculptural sound works and printing installations that repeatedly intersect over the course of the show.
LINK Nora Schultz
MAKING HISTORY MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and MMK Zollamt NINA BERMAN, OBAMA TRAIN #1 2009
From April to October, 2012, RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain is presenting outstanding international examples of contemporary photography and video art. RAY 2012 consists of a main exhibition distributed between three central locations in Frankfurt am Main and numerous partner exhibitions and projects in Frankfurt and the surrounding region. RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain represents the abundance of photographic collections and expertise in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. The focus of RAY 2012 is the main exhibition, MAKING HISTORY. It is on view from April 20th to July 8th, 2012, in the spaces of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, and the MMK Zollamt, as well as in two public spaces. Making History highlights artistic reflection of public images. The exhibition shows different artists who concentrate on how reality is presented in media images. MAKING HISTORY is not strictly limited to the medium of still photography but also includes video and film. The works of thirty-eight renowned artists reveal a broad spectrum of artistic approaches to public images. LINK RAY 2012
Everything You Want To Know About the Coffees of Angola! Design: Dolf Pauw
Angola was one the world’s fourth largest coffee producer. In 1975-1976, the country was producing one million bags of coffee annually. Thirty years of civil war have done extreme damage to the country’s people and economy, however. More than 4 million displaced people have been attempting to return to their communities and much work has been done to restore the livelihoods of rural residents including coffee farming initiatives. LINK Angola Coffee
Ballads @ Submarine Wharf 2 June - 30 September 2012
The Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam's docklands is currently undergoing a true transformation. The construction of the various monumental sculptures that make up Sarkis' installation Ballads, commissioned by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam, is almost finished. They include an 18-metre bell tower and a 16-meter lampshade in which a spotlight rises and falls to the rhythm of the artist's breathing. This summer the Submarine Wharf on the RDM Campus is presenting the installation Ballads by Sarkis (born 1938). The building's original function—submarines were once built here—and the surrounding water are central to the installation. Sarkis unites the building's past and present, creating an extraordinary experience for the visitor with monumental objects, music, and coloured films that filter the daylight like a modern variant of stained-glass windows. Sarkis is the third artist that Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam have invited to make an installation in the Submarine Wharf. LINK Sarkis
International Art in Germany May
17 - August 19, 2012
The Sprengel Museum Hannover, the kestnergesellschaft, and the Kunstverein Hannover are presenting a large overview of the contemporary international art scene in Germany entitled MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI. The exhibition shows groundbreaking positions of a younger generation of 45 international artists living and working in Germany. MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI focuses on six main themes conceived to highlight current artistic concerns. The curators of the exhibition place the artistic involvement with (social, virtual, institutional) "Spaces," "Narrativity," "Networkings," with "The past in the present," with the "Super-sensory," and with the limitations and stretching of the medium ("Medium as material") at the center of their inquiry into the current state of artistic creativity in Germany as possible approaches to the exhibition. Many of the works in the show were created specifically for MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI. LINK MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI
The Young talents in this exhibition are three recently graduated photographers from the HKU; Sanne Cobussen, Peter Lipton and Laura van Rijs and the young German photographer Malte Wandel. The binding factor in their work is their social interest for situations and people.
Laura van Rijs has made a wonderful series of ‘head scarves’ on the heads of women, photographed from behind and arranged by colour, in order to dispel the stereotype of the head scarve as a black and inapproachable object. Sanne Cobussen shows a series of photographs portraying falling people. When you look a bit closer they appear to be elderly people, practising how to fall. Peter Lipton and Malte Wandel have focused their cameras on social abuse in Ecuador (Lipton) and difficult social circumstances in Mozambique (Wandel). LINK Young talents
Vought explores the way we communicate through text messages, emails, Twitter etc., and she addresses the fact that we are losing the tangible handwritten letter. She reminds us how revealing handwriting can be, by creating art pieces that all display various styles, letter formations, word choices, emotions, forms and spelling.
LINK Annie Vought
20 April 2012 to 25 December 2012 Singapore Art Museum Entang Wiharso, "Temple Of Hope: Forest Of Eyes," 2010–2011
Contemporary art is often a dialogue with the social, economic and cultural issues of the present. The explosion of art produced in Asia since 2000 can thus be a window allowing us a view or vista into the epochal changes happening around us. Cultures melt into each other, while urbanisation has transformed once familiar landscapes beyond recognition. At the same time, local communities and localities have responded to these homogenising forces with re-assertions of local identity and distinctiveness. Debates and discussions are taking place in various localities across the globe, and at ‘fibre-optic’ speeds through the Internet which no longer allow us the possibility of living in isolated silos. LINK Panorama
Anna Johansson, Stenberg shows images of idylls with complications. It is as if something disturbing occurred in the midst of a lovely outdoor activities or on the summer's first mountain hike. You are left on a mountain top. An etching Chernobyl light sweeps across the landscape. LINK Anna Johansson Stenberg
This humoristic packaging offers the function of assembling two products (two paintbrushes) together with only one cardboard printed on both sides. One paintbrush is a big one and the other is a small one for finishing touches. Once it’s folded, the package has two possibilities: 1. Protecting paintbrushes while you carry them on. 2. Support paintbrushes when it’s filled with paint. Each paintbrush has been named and linked to a size number to identify them. LINK Simon Laliberté
The painting depicts the iniside view of The Croatian National theatre (Hrvatsko narodno kazalište) with over 500 portraits of people i know. Mostly I have been concetrating on people from The Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, that I have been studying on. So this is a kind of "goodbye painting" for the 5 years I have spent on this institution. LINK Stipan Tadić
Anne Laddon has been a professional artist for 30 years, beginning her career in a San Francisco ad agency as a graphic designer. In Alexandria, Va. at the Torpedo Factory (from 1975-1984) she designed the logo and graphics for the art center and worked as a silkscreen printmaker, creating dozens of limited edition serigraphs, as well as a line of posters and greeting cards. In 1984 she moved to the Central Coast turning to oil painting and pastels. Her current work features oils and pastels with bright color, bold design and strong composition. She often creates her work en plein air enlarging and refining these works in her Paso Robles "bunkhouse" studio. LINK Anne Laddon
Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow 19 May - 23 September 2012 @ Tate St Ives Cornwall
Alex Katz is one of the most important and respected living American artists. In July 2012 Katz celebrates his 85th birthday, and a career that spans a remarkable six decades. In the 1950s, Abstract Expressionism was still the dominant force in American art when Katz began exhibiting. Whilst his interests were firmly based in the previous generation of artists including Pollock, Rothko, Guston, and De Kooning (De Kooning and Guston in particular offered early support and encouragement), his own painting developed in reaction to their work, and he is acknowledged as a hugely influential precursor to the Pop Art movement with which he became associated throughout the 1960s. Katz has created an unmistakable language and has remained a prolific painter and an influential and important figure for generations of artists, including now senior painters like David Salle and Richard Prince. LINK Alex Katz
He uses a smoke machine, combined with moisture and dramatic lighting to create an indoor cloud effect. Smilde, who lived in Amsterdam, said he wanted to make the image of a typical Dutch rain cloud, inside of a space. ‘I imagined walking into a classical museum hall with just empty walls,’ he said. 'There was nothing to see except for a rain cloud hanging around in the room. ‘I wanted to make a very clear image, an almost cliche and cartoon-like visualization of having bad luck. "Indeed there's nothing here and bullocks, it's starting to rain!"' But the few people who have seen the clouds in person would consider themselves very lucky. Each cloud only exists for a moment before dissipating. The photograph, Smilde says, is a ‘document’, the only proof of its existence if a viewer misses it. The first exhibit featuring indoor clouds, called Nimbus, was created by Smilde in 2010.
DEAF serves as a public forum and meeting place for young creative talent as well as established professionals whose work focuses on our contemporary technological culture. V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media started DEAF in the mid 1980s; it continues as an independent entity beginning this year, as V2_ turns thirty.
DEAF provides an important platform for a generation of young talented and creative artists and designers as well as a broad audience. At DEAF, we look at current social and cultural urgencies with a fresh, critical view. Art, design, fashion, music, science and technology are combined effortlessly, crossing paths in playful, visionary and critical projects. LINK DEAF 2012
The Biennale in Kyiv will, every two years, bring a wide range of established and emerging contemporary art to the capital, providing an international platform on which some of the best artists and creators internationally as well as from Ukraine and the region can be seen. The Biennale will enable Ukrainian artists to see their work more clearly within an international context and will create international cultural links that do not at present exist. LINK ARSENALE 2012
Koen Taselaar (1986 Rotterdam) joined a few years to a nice steady series of record covers and flyers for imaginary bands. The graphic lettering and detailing in black-white-gray, and the track lists of bands like The Jokers Inside, Idiot or The Villages Overlap Press are to eat. The fine liner is fixed to smoke in many shades. Taselaar would be a fan of the group of artists on the infamous comic magazine RAW? We recognize in each case the possessed and the urge to approach loosely experimenteren.se artist John van 't Slot early and recent work in the exhibition space of the Art Library. Van 't Slot is a gifted painter: "What he can do with a brush!" Complained one critic ever in the magazine Art in America. He approaches on many lighthearted manner recognizable themes from art history. LINK Koen Taselaar
Atelier Van Lieshout @ Art Foundation dertien hectare, Heeswijk
The dynamic young forest and field of the village of Bernheze’s environs in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant provide a unique backdrop for Atelier Van Lieshout’s solo exhibition. Visitors will experience Doolhof as a journey of wonder, continuously discovering amazing works of art. Atelier Van Lieshout, founded in 1995, is the studio and workshop of Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout and his employees. Van Lieshout has gained international recognition for his pioneering work, and his often usable sculptures and mobile housing units caught many an eye. LINK Agricola Nuvus
Lytro lets you take pictures like never before. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space. VIA Lytro
Paris’s Grand Palais Gets Phantasmagoric Canopy of Color
For the 2012 annual Monumenta artist Daniel Buren has suspended a vast “melancholy lake” of color-filtered parasols above the floor of Paris’s Grand Palais. Following Anish Kapoor “seminal” ‘Leviathan’ from last year, which situated a monstrous, blood-stained womb-cum-zeppelin that dazzled with its indignant scale, consuming the Palais’ floor area without doing much else, Buren’s installation attempts to reconcile the human scale with the cavernous environs into which it has been inserted. VIA Architizer
Aaron van Erp's dark passionate paintings portray intense, haunting themes, reflecting a harsh view of humanity. His works display possible scenarios of sexual atrocity and torture, as in Interview with the Assistant of a Controversial Abortion Doctor, Still Life in Wartime, Picnic of Swiss abroad, or the cruel treatment of animals. Van Erp (born 1978) has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions and museum shows, including solo shows at GEM The Hague, Sperone Westwater New York, Museum Der Stadt Ratingen, and group shows at De Pont Tilburg, Museum Marta Herford, and other venues. LINK Aaron van Erp
An Exhibition is Always Part of a Greater Whole @ Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
"An Exhibition is Always Part of a Greater Whole" is the title of René Daniëls’ solo exhibition, an exhibition that casts new light on his versatile oeuvre. An extensive selection of paintings, drawings and gouaches from 1976 - 1987 will be on display at Van Abbemuseum. After 20 years with virtually no artistic activity due to a sickness, Daniëls started painting again in 2006, this time with smaller works, mainly using felt tip and spray paints. The style and form of his paintings have changed, partly because the artist now struggles with physical limitations and has to work with his left hand, which means he had to develop new imagery to express himself. LINK René Daniëls
An extensive photo collection of iconic designers Charles and Ray Eames in their new California home can be found in the LIFE image archives hosted by Google. The photographs above and below were all shot by veteran LIFE magazine photographer Peter Stackpole for a short print feature entitled A Designer’s Home of His Own: Charles Eames builds a home of steel and glass
Published September 11, 1950: Charles Eames, whose stark, comfortable chairs in the last five years have made him the best-known U.S. designer of modern furniture and a winner in the Museum of Modern Art furniture competition, recently designed a house and adjoining studio for himself near Santa Monica, Calif. As might be expected of a man whose chief concerns are simplicity, functionalism and economy, Eames’ own house is simply built of steel trusses, bright stucco panels and great curtained expanses of glass. It is extraordinarily functional, built for a couple that likes to live without servants or cocktail parties and work surrounded by the varied objects that interest them. And when work or contemplation pall, the Eameses have the ocean just across the meadow from their home. VIA aqua-velvet
The newly refurbished Middelheim Museum will re-open its doors on 26 May 2012. The reinvented museum will undergo a complete metamorphosis: the museum grounds will be expanded and its infrastructure modernised.
Lalla Essaydi’s career as an artist has encompassed painting, mixed media, and video, but recently she has devoted herself to photography.
New York-based, Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi’s newest series – “Les Femmes du Maroc” – considers the complex nature of Arab feminine identity, and the concept of past and present. Drawing inspiration from iconic 19th-century American and European Orientalist paintings, Essaydi recreates these images (minus the male figures and decorative details), carefully posing Moroccan women and draping them in white fabric. Using henna, she paints in Arabic calligraphic script the writings from her personal journal, covering every surface – women’s skin, fabric, walls and floors. LINK Lalla Essaydi
The Swiss artist David Weiss, belonged to one of the enduring partnerships of contemporary art, the duo Fischli/Weiss.
With his compatriot Peter Fischli, he created some of the most memorable work of the past three decades, demonstrating that irony and sincerity cannot exist without each other; that, indeed, there is no sincerity like irony. In their 30-minute film The Way Things Go (1987), a series of everyday objects and machine parts roll, topple, burn, spill or otherwise propel themselves forwards to create an extended chain reaction of miraculous cause and effect. These chemical and physical sequences create the illusion that the objects have mysteriously achieved independence from human control, reflecting the artists' sense of pleasure in the process of producing the work. It relishes the precision of poise as much as the release of collapse, and the breakdown of the precarious balancing acts were also captured in the artists' Equilibrium series of photographs (1985). LINK Der Lauf Der Dinge
Mood Indigo (L’Ecume des Jours) to start shooting April 10 for StudioCanal
French director Michel Gondry will start shooting his adaptation of Boris Vian’s fantastical romance L’Ecume des Jours (Mood Indigo) next week, StudioCanal have confirmed. LINK Michel Gondry L’Écume des Jours