After one year of silence and retirement from the art-world, Maurizio Cattelan and his works are once again arousing questions regarding life and death in a museum exhibition; the first exhibition after his well-known and successful Guggenheim retrospective. On display at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw is a selection of the artist’s most significant works. In them, he poses questions as to the contemporary understanding of death, sacrifice, forgiveness, the genesis of evil in humankind, national identity, and historical memory. Maurizio Cattelan, Amen, will be on view at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw until February 24, 2013.
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier is a musical fantasy born in a trailer by the woods of upstate New York during summer 2010 by the French based in Belgium visual and sound artist Felicia Atkinson. Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier’s new album Dark Morse, which is out February 1st by Shelter Press, is inspired by the short story The Angel Esmeralda written by Don Delillo.
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier – Esmeralda on the Lake
A new image by artist Alexandra Waespi using her unique scanner manipulation on 35mm film negatives.
Nick Doyle, assistant to artist Tom Sachs, stands in front of his inclusion to No More Rock Stars, a multidisciplinary, group exhibition of work by artists Mia Berg, Nick Doyle, Laura Greig, Justine Hill, Henry G. Sanchez, and Bryan McGovern Wilson, studio assistants to some of New York City’s highly celebrated artists. Guest curator Robert Dimin has selected work by these stand-out emerging artists working with video, robotics, painting, photography, and sculpture. No More Rock Stars will be on view until January 31, 2013 at Galerie Protégé, 197 Ninth Ave [Lower Level] New York, NY
Algus Greenspon presents NY – USA, the first New York solo exhibition by Adriana Lara. Lara’s work considers form and content in relation to their condition as language and its syntax. By presenting theories, symbols and words as structures of content these appear as meaning containers, sometimes begging for meaning (IT), sometimes avoiding it (text) and sometimes just playing with it (symbols). Either way, by shuffling signifiers and their context interpretation becomes form. NY – USA will be on view unti January 19, 2013 at Algus Greenspon, 71 Morton Street, New York
Max Gibson, editor of Wine & Bowties, shooting Oliver Maxwell Kupper in the backyard of Pas Un Autre headquarters for an upcoming feature and interview on the site. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Listen below to the track Für Hildegard von Bingen off Devendra Banhart’s upcoming Nonesuch records debut, Mala, on March 12, 2013. Mala, Banhart’s eighth studio album, was recorded in his then-home in Los Angeles. (He now resides in New York City.) The album is inspired by Banhart’s fiancée, Ana Kras, a Serbian artist. Preorder the album here to receive the below song and a limited edition signed print. photograph by Mads Teglers
Devendra Banhart – Für Hildegard von Bingen
Ricco/Maresca Gallery presents Henry Darger: Landscapes. This exhibition brings together highly celebrated landscapes by the self-taught artist Henry Darger (1892-1973). Darger’s sumptuous and detailed landscapes are extensively varied – from bucolic and peaceful to dark and foreboding. When Henry Darger’s work is viewed from this singular vantage, new aesthetic, conceptual, and technical discoveries surface from the vast depths of the artist’s complex and mysterious oeuvre. A devout Roman Catholic, Henry Darger worked as a janitor in Catholic hospitals by day and gave expression to his private, imaginary world by night from his small rented room on Chicago’s north side. Over a 54 year period, he created his magnum opus, a more than 15,000-page illustrated saga, The Story of the Vivian Girls in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal or the Glandelinian War Storm or the Glandico-Abbienian Wars as Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion,(commonly referred to as In the Realms of the Unreal). The 13 volume manuscript is reenacted in nearly 300 watercolors and collages depicting the “adventures” of the seven innocent Vivian Girls as they lead the rebellion against the evil, child-enslaving, adult Glandelinians. Henry Darger: Landscapes will be on view until February 2, 2013 at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor NYC.
“I am half-sick of shadows” said The Lady of Shalott – Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1842. Max Snow’s newest work takes its title from Tennyson’s poem: a lyric ballad adapting Arthurian Legend. Cursed to remain alone in her island fortress, The Lady of Shalott is unable to participate in the world except to view its distorted reflection in her mirror and weave those images on her loom. Both the poem and the show serve to raise questions about society and the artist’s role, responding to the conflicting commands to create art inspired by the world and also to live in it. The Lady of Shalott will on view until February 2, 2013, at Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris