Abbey Meaker’s soft pastel-like photographs are composed of classical portraits of nuns that the artist culled while researching the Catholic orphanage where her family members, Arthur and Gilbert, resided in the 1930s. Meaker has projected, recomposed, blurred, and rephotographed these traditional portraits to reappropriate ideas regarding the isolated/insulated lives of religious communities of women. The exhibition will include photographs and projections. Dreams of Arthur and Gilbert will be shown at the Living/Learning Gallery, University of Vermont from September 2 – September 26, with an opening reception beginning at 5:30pm on Thursday, September 4.
In his first US solo museum exhibition – Negation of the Universe – Richard Phillips brings his exploration of contemporary culture to Dallas. His strikingly distinctive paintings address the complex web of pop themes in our media-saturated world – sexuality, politics, power and death among them. For Phillips, critique is as much an intrinsic material in the conception and staging of his work as the materials of their making. His conflating of subject and genre continues to provide challenging comment on the condition and reach of contemporary art. Negation of the Universe will be on view August 10, 2014 at Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street Dallas Texas
Last few days to catch artist Leigh Ledare’s An Invitation at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery. On view until April 26 at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 1018 Madison Ave, New York, NY
Yayoi Kusama takes over the Takaraso Hotel as part of the Dogo Onsen Art Festival where major Japanese artists are taking over a number of hotels and ryokan in the Matsuyam area of Japan. photography by Masahito Kawai
Julian Meagher’s most recent collection of paintings emerged from a chance encounter with a scuba diver hunting for discarded longnecks that litter the seabeds of Sydney Harbor. Ghostly glass artifacts of past foreshore carousing,these salvaged vessels prompted the artist to explore the binary nature of modern masculinity through the tinted glass of inherited history. Pairing still lifes of reclaimed bottles with intergenerational male ﬁgure studies, Meagher examines the subtle shades of masculine strength and fragility that underlie the peculiar compulsion of Australian drinking culture. The Sky Still Breaks will be on view from April 5 to May 5 at Merry Kanowsky Gallery, 170 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
New Daniel Johnston drawings at Pas Un Autre’s headquarters.
Modernity carries alienation and mistrust, as we are increasingly mistrustful of our senses. Beauty no longer carries the same weight as it once did, but eight artists attempt new reflections on the qualities and possibilities of “beauty”. Including Vanessa Beecroft, Chiara Camoni, Andreas Gefeller, Alicja Kwade, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Isabel Rocamora, Anri Sala and Wilhelm Sasnal. An Idea of Beauty will be on view until June 28 at Palazzo Strozzi, 50123 Firenze, Italy. Text and photography by Yanyan Huang. See more after the jump. (more…)
photograph by Terry Richardson