Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Century of the child: growing by design, 1900-2000

The museum of modern art, New York

july 29th to november 5th, 2012

The show draws its references from Swedish reformer and social theorist Ellen Key's manifesto 'century of the child' which presents the 'universal rights and well-being of children as the defining mission of the century to come.' using this as her backbone, curator Juliet Kinchin surveys the 20th century, presenting both individual and collective visions 
of a child's material world, from utopian dreams for the 'citizens of the future', to more realistic approaches which address the darker realities of life and having to deal with politics, conflict and exploitationLINK MoMA

Monday, July 30, 2012


Bzzzpeek.com was launched in September 2002 and has since been featured around the world in countless books, magazines, newspapers and online. High profile features also included The New York Times and NYT supplements in other international newspapers followed by FL@33 radio interviews with NPR and the BBC. Unique visitor counts to this online project have naturally been peaking during those busy times and bzzzpeek's record so far were a few months when we enjoyed attention by up to 15,000 unique visitors per day. The project has won many awards including an Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica, a Distinctive Merit Award from the ADC New York and Gold at the Construction New Media Awards, besides many others. 
LINK bzzzpeek

Sunday, July 29, 2012


@ Kunsthalle Düsseldorf 
7 JU­LY - 9 SEP­TEM­BER 2012

The Spaces of Remembrance exhibition is devoted to the mediums of storing and archiving memory as well as the artistic reflection of history. On the one hand, the manner in which personal memories can become generally binding unfolds in a particularly lively and sensual way in the works of the six artists gathered here. On the other hand, they also occupy themselves with the destruction and rewriting of "monuments of remembrance," deal with the transitoriness and its ability to fluctuate, or grapple with the reconstruction, the restructuring of remembrance spaces and the gaps in them.
LINK Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Saturday, July 28, 2012


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Kader Attia

Attia's past and life in a Paris suburb where the graves of the French royal dynasties are to be found and which is also a hotspot of inter-cultural conflict has had a decisive impact on his work.

Attia also lived in the Congo-Kinshasa for two and a half years, in addition to spending time in Venezuela and Algeria, which further informed the multicultural vision in his work. Using his own identity that has been defined by several cultures as the starting point, he tackles the increasingly difficult relationship between Europe and immigrants, particularly those of Islamic faith. In doing so he does not allow himself to be tied down to one specific medium. His photographic work and films portray the smouldering conflicts arising from the history of French colonialisation and are characterised by exceptional attention to detail. The allegorical minimalism of his sculptures and installations on the other hand is frequently unsettling owing to the discord between their external sensory appeal and their controversial content. He then builds installations questioning the viewer about his fantasies and phobias. LINK Kader Attia

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Dadder 1; Dadder 2 and Dadder 3, 2010 
Polymer Gravur 350 g/m2 Magnani Litho

Cathy Wilkes' oeuvre, for which she was awarded the prestigious Baloise Art Prize in 2002 and nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008, includes both large-scale installations fashioned from found materials and small format, abstract paintings. Her contribution to the GAK's 2011 Jahresgaben is especially remarkable as it draws on the only print created by Wilkes to date. These three different and original pre-press prints of Wilkes' work Dadder depict a domestic interior in various degrees of abstraction and colour combinations. Dadder itself depicts the kitchen of Cathy Wilkes' father - revealing both a place of comforting childhood memories and a daughter's mourning for her deceased father. Here, as in Wilkes' installations and paintings, an autobiographical detail is the point of departure for an imaginative journey in which everyday objects and abstract forms coalesce in a visual realm that circles the themes of "death", "childhood" and the search for one's place in the world. LINK GAK (Wilkes)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Southern Panoramas: open call for submissions

18th International Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil

Until October 15, artists from the southern circuit may submit up to three works in any format.

The International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013, and affirms its position as one of the major Brazilian initiatives for the dissemination of art. The Southern Panoramas exhibition, the central segment of the Festival, toasts the art of that circuit, which covers Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, and Southern Asia.

Open July 16 through October 15, 2012, the Southern Panoramas call selects artists from those regions. Works in any languages or formats can participate. The exhibition, which is due to take place as of October 2013, will include awards for residency in international partner institutions. The application process for selection is free and totally online.
LINK Videobrasil

Monday, July 23, 2012


On the day that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic posters are unveiled, With Relish’s Sarah Hyndman has published a set of her own alternative Olympic posters which reflect everyday life living and working in London.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stand still like the hummingbird

June 28 - August 3, 2012

View of  Stand still like the hummingbird
Stepping out of time can be a risky proposition, however carefully planned the escape. Art has always been in conflict with time: whether as a magical or religious symbol of the eternal, as the marker of its maker’s immortality, and, in the twentieth century, as an increasingly riven material object in a virtualizing world. The hummingbird in the title of the group show “Stand still like the hummingbird” at David Zwirner may appear to be motionless, but that’s only because its wings are beating like crazy. Similarly, much of the work on display may appear Postconceptualism cool (or in the case of Marcel Duchamp’s Comb [1916 - 1964], pre-Conceptualism insouciance), but provocative tensions flutter beneath the surface. (Alan Gilbert) 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dieter Roth Diaries

@ The Fruitmarket Gallery 
2 August - 14 October 2012

The Fruitmarket Gallery is proud to present this exhibition of the work of Dieter Roth (1930-1998), one of late-twentieth-century art's major figures. Roth was an artist of astonishing breadth and diversity, producing books, graphics, drawings, paintings, sculptures, assemblages, and installation works involving video, sounds, and recordings. He was also a composer, musician, poet, and writer. 
Art and life for Roth flowed readily into each other, and much of the material for his artistic output came from his everyday life.

This exhibition is the first to focus on the theme of the diary in Roth's work. Roth kept a diary throughout his life, and saw all art-making as a form of diary keeping. His diaries were a space to record appointments, addresses, lists, and deadlines but also ideas, drawings, photographs, and poems. They teem with graphic exuberance, and proved a rich source for his work. The Fruitmarket Gallery is fortunate in being able to show Roth's diaries to the public for the first time, as well as the hand-produced, photocopied 'copybooks' he made from them to sell to favoured collectors and friends, and two major installation works. 
LINK Fruitmarket Gallery

Friday, July 20, 2012

How to Photograph Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures

Turn OFF the Flash! 
To illustrate this point, here are two pictures of a drawing of my shoe. The piece was lying on the floor, I was standing on a chair shooting down, and natural light was coming in windows to the top and either side of my drawing. Here are the shots with flash (top view) 
and without (bottom view)

There are numerous reasons that a work of art's owner might require a photograph of the painting, drawing or object in question. Aside from having the ability to email one's entire address book a digital image of a cool new (expensive) etching, a visual record may also be required for homeowner insurance purposes. 
LINK How to Photograph Paintings (More info see comment)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

International Faber-Castell Drawing Award exhibition

13 July - 21 October 2012 
A cooperation between Neues Museum in Nuremberg 
and Faber-Castell Company 

Drawing by Sevda Chkoutova

The city of Nuremberg has a tradition as a city of the arts. Not only on account of its art school, which will be celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, but also because the pencil manufacturer Faber-Castell is based in the region and it is from here that it brings its celebrated brand to the whole world. This year the Neues Museum will for the first time be offering the newly-launched Faber-Castell International Drawing Award. A new and substantial art prize has been created that will support and encourage innovative artistic work in the field of drawing. 
A team of special advisers will nominate five artists who will jointly mount the exhibition at the Neues Museum. There are a great many approaches to drawing these days, so it is particularly surprising that all of the artists named this year prefer traditional drawing in lead pencil, even if they all tackle it in their own distinctive ways. In addition, the five artists who have been chosen come from different countries. 
The nominees for this year’s award have been Sevda Chkoutova, 
a Bulgarian artist who lives in Vienna, US American artist Trisha Donnelly from San Francisco, Paulina Olowska from Poland, and Sabine Moritz and Jorinde Voigt from Germany. An international jury has announced the award winner at the opening of the exhibition: Trisha Donelly. This new cooperation between Neues Museum and Faber-Castell breathes fresh life into past traditions and has given shape to an international format that allows internationally acclaimed art of the moment to be fostered and exhibited. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mario Merz @ Bildmuseet

JUNE 20 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 

Bildmuseet is a public institution for contemporary art and visual culture. We exhibit and engage with international contemporary art, design and architecture.

Mario Merz was associated with Arte Povera, a group of Italian artists in the 1960s who turned away from artistic convention in favour of openness and materials that could undermine entrenched assumptions and actively engage with processes of the physical and social world. Neon, numbers, newsprint, brushwood and bags of clay are some of the materials Merz employed. Mario Merz: What Is to Be Done? will be the first presentation of the artist’s work in Sweden in thirty years.
LINK Bildmuseet

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Robbert-Jan van der Does

FCP X Photo Album Effect 

Robbert-Jan van der Does is a professional freelance cameraman/editor/director based in the Netherlands who's been working in the TV industry for almost 20 years.
LINK Robbert-Jan van der Does

Monday, July 16, 2012

Frans Pannekoek


Pannekoek considers himself self-taught. His work stands alone in Dutch printmaking, and is regarded as both singular and highly accessible. Pannekoek learned etching from Jan Coenraad Nachenius (1890 - 1987) in Garderen and studied at the school of applied art in Amsterdam for about a year. Pannekoek looked upon the American abstract expressionist painter Alan Schmer (b. 1935) as his true teacher. Anton Heyboer (1924 - 2005) also influenced Pannekoek in his early years, particularly in the depiction of lines that run through the focal plane and through ‘those wonderful streaks in the ink’. 
The drypoint prints by the Meester van het Amsterdamse Kabinet 
(c. 1470 - 1500) and the etchings of Hercules Segers (1589/90 - after 1633), whose original work Pannekoek studied in the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, were also important examples for him. Segers’s influence can be seen in the earliest group of landscapes and marines from the early nineteen-sixties, with subtly granular shadow passages in aquatint. 
LINK Frans Pannekoek

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dr. Albert C. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation is a museum in downtown Philadelphia 
known for its large collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Originally located in Merion, Pa., the foundation reopened at a new site in Philadelphia in May 2012 - a move that has caused much controversy in the art world.
The Barnes was founded in 1922 by the eccentric art collector Albert C. Barnes, who amassed hundreds of valuable artworks between 1912 and 1951, the year he died. Dr. Barnes, a chemist who made a fortune after developing an antiseptic called Argyrol, spent years obsessively arranging his collection cheek-by-jowl in the mansion that he built for the purpose. In every detail, the museum reflected Dr. Barnes’s philosophy of art, about which he wrote several books, and his personal tastes, which ran from Old Master paintings to Southwest Indian ceramic pots. He was especially fond of metalwork - decorative door hinges in particular - of which he hung dozens in and among the sculptures and paintings. The neo-classical galleries feature 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 46 Picassos and 59 Matisses, as well as works by Soutine, Rousseau, Modigliani, Monet, Degas, van Gogh, Seurat and Manet. Paintings often ascend the walls in twos and threes, in unusual juxtapositions chosen by Dr. Barnes himself. 
LINK The Barnes Foundation

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Coffeebrewer

How do you feel about drinking a mixed bottle of
 no-name wine with grapes from a great many different 
vineyards? …Yes, exactly! That is why we do not mix
our coffees. Every single Coffee brewer represents the 
pure and authentic coffee experience from a named
 coffee-farm or a small Coop. Each and every coffee is 
roasted in small portions according to the characteristics
 of the individual coffee and not least with respect for 
the work carried out by the grower.
LINK The Coffeebrewer

Thursday, July 12, 2012

International Academy of Art Palestine

The International Academy of Art Palestine (The Academy) is an institution, which specializes in higher education programmes in the visual arts. The Academy currently offers a BA in Contemporary Visual Art and aims to develop a range of courses at BA and MA level in this field. The Academy is a unique place for the development of the creative talents of Palestinians via its four-year programme of study, which is open to all applicants. Our main aim in establishing an academy of art is to nurture the creative potential of Palestinians and to foster originality of thought, while creating a space for the development of individual expression.
LINK International Academy of Art Palestine

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


@ The Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea 
13 July - 30 September 2012

 "Useful Household Objects Under $10", 2012.
In 1938 the New York Museum of Modern Art held a show which displayed everyday objects with a price tag under five dollars. 
Belen Uriel kicks off from the second exhibition in this cycle to carry out a project based on the ways taste is constructed and the Modern movement's establishment in society. By deconstructing and reconstructing the elements, the artist confronts us with the ways in which ideas such as taste or distinction have been naturalised when in reality they are a result of specific social and political interests. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Artist Beach Towels

Towel by Ed Ruscha

WOW (Works on Whatever), part of Art Production Fund, is a unique collection of everyday items designed by artists. APF invites artists to experiment with the latest commercial materials and techniques to bring art off the walls and into homes as everyday objects. WOW introduces contemporary art to a larger community, with revenues from sales supporting their non-profit mission.
LINK Artist Beach Towels

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Oskar Fischinger

Space Light Art - A Film Environment
@ Whitney Museum of American Art 
Through October 28, 2012  

Still from Komposition in Blau (1935)

This summer, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents an exhibition of Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art), a triple screen film environment by Oskar Fischinger. Debuted in Germany in 1926, Raumlichtkunst was radical in format, creating, in Fischinger's words, "an intoxication by light from a thousand sources." Fischinger (1900 - 1967) worked in animation, filmmaking, and painting. An influential pioneer of abstract cinema, he began his career in Weimar-era Germany. Working with multiple-projector formats in Munich, he redefined abstraction in the moving image with films that explore the interplay of abstract shapes, color, and light. Inspired by the German painter Walter Ruttman's 1921 film experiments with "painting with time," Fischinger, working with Hungarian composer Alexander László, first combined film and music with projections of abstract color in the mid-1920s, before moving on to present independent multiple screen film events. LINK Whitney Museum

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Indian Head one cent coin

for sale @ catawiki auctions 

The Indian Head one-cent coin, also known as an Indian Penny, was produced by the United States Mint from 1859 to 1909 at the Philadelphia Mint and in 1908 and 1909 at the San Francisco Mint. 
It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the engraver at the Philadelphia Mint 1844 - 1869. The obverse of the coin shows 
"UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," the head of Liberty wearing a feather head dress of a Native American and the year of production. The word "LIBERTY" appears on the band of the head dress. From 1859 to 1864 the design did not feature any mark of the designer. When the change to bronze (see below) occurred in 1864, Chief Engraver Longacre modified the portrait by sharpening the details. He added his initial "L" on the ribbon behind Liberty's neck as well. This design would continue until the end of the series, with a minor modification by Charles E. Barber in 1886 when the portrait was changed slightly. LINK catawiki

Friday, July 06, 2012

Fifteen Years of Showroom MAMA

The Kids Are All Right 
@ Kunsthal Rotterdam

This Rotterdam-based platform for visual culture examines the border between visual art and popular culture, and serves as a home basis for the youngest generation of image makers, artists and general public. This cooperation between MAMA and the Kunsthal, both in Rotterdam, has created a new platform for young national and international artists and designers that have been realising their pioneering and exciting ideas at MAMA since 1997. The Kids Are All Right offers a delightful kaleidoscope of artistic expressions concentrated around five themes from the history of MAMA, including comics, street art, artists' collectives, public participation and graphic design.
LINK Kunsthal

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The 1960's in Brazil and Argentina

In more than 100 works
July 03, 2012

In the 1960s, a decade of deep changes, Brazil and Argentina developed their own vision of Pop Art. The icons of Che Guevara, Coca-Cola, and the dollar bill are images of resistance and struggle. The happening and participation art left institutional spaces behind to take to the spaces of daily life. Aesthetic practices partook of pop culture and the power of reality organized artistic experience. Experimentation was bound to commitment 

Pop, Realisms and Politics… brings together more than 100 works by 58 artists; it includes films, paintings, installations, drawings, documents, performances, and photographs belonging to outstanding museums and private collections. LINK The 1960's in Brazil and Argentina

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Kumi Yamashita

The exhibit will run at the Smithsonian until June 3rd, and will then move to the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Over the next few years it will travel to 8 more museums in the United States and 5 more museums internationally.

Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita creates mind-boggling portraits by wrapping a single unbroken black thread around galvanized nails, on a clear white board. LINK Kumi Yamashita

Monday, July 02, 2012

Jenny Saville

@ Modern Art Oxford 
On now - 16.09.2012

Jenny Saville was born in Cambridge, England in 1970. In 1990, midway through her BA course at the Glasgow School of Art, she exhibited in Contemporary '90 at the Royal College of Art. 
In 1992 she completed her degree as well as showing in Edinburgh and in Critics Choice at the Cooling Gallery, London. Following the success of her show at the Saatchi Gallery in 1994, she took part in the exhibition American Passion, which toured from the McLellan Gallery, Glasgow, to the Royal College of Art and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. 
LINK Modern Art Oxford

Sunday, July 01, 2012

The W.A.G.E. Artist Survey results

Founded in 2008, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)

Is a New York-based activist group that focuses on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between cultural producers and the institutions which contract their labor. W.A.G.E. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Works to draw attention to economic inequalities that exist in the arts, and to resolve them. Has been formed because we, as visual & performance artists and independent curators, provide a work force. W.A.G.E. recognizes the organized irresponsibility of the art market and its supporting institutions, and demands an end of the refusal to pay fees for the work we’re asked to provide: preparation, installation, presentation, consultation, exhibition, and reproduction. Refutes the positioning of the artist as a speculator and calls for the remuneration of cultural value in capital value.