Carbon 12 gallery in Dubai presents the solo exhibition of the American multi-media artist James Clar, Iris was a Pupil, which opens today. As the title clearly suggests it, the new works are about the sensation of visual stimuli, the constant challenge of finding new viewpoints, and the demand to keep seeing things from fresh perspectives. “Iris was a Pupil” (also the title of a song by techno legends Autechre) also calls the connotation of synaesthesia to mind. The theme of crossing borders is always present in the work of Clar, who lives and works between New York and Dubai: not only in the sense of redefining the physical limitations and boundaries of media (mediums), but also in the metaphysical sense of investigating subjects such as nationalism and globalism in the age of social technologies. Here, he takes a step further, blurring the lines between dreams and reality, synthetic and real. Iris Was a Pupil opens today November 5 and will be on view until December 8, 2012 at Carbon 12, Warehouse D37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai
While in town for the unveiling of a new permanent sculpture in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Brooklyn-based artistic collective FAILE worked with local Mongolian artists on a mural. They stenciled an image of a young girl clutching a skateboard – a nod to the quickly modernizing nature of Mongolia contrasted by its vast unpaved landscape – on the wall of an archway located in the central university district of Ulan Bator. Each Mongolian artist worked on customizing the girl’s dress in their own style. The emerging Mongolian artists are recent finalists of the Tiger Translate Festival and were selected by a prestigious panel of judges that included the National Arts Council. See more photographs after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Highlight Gallery in San Francisco presents “new paintings and not so new” by the American poet and painter Rene Ricard. On view are numerous works created over the past decade by Ricard are presented. The paintings consist of oil on linen with hand-painted poems in Ricard’s signature font over “poison green” canvasses and over figurative paintings taking inspiraton from various photographic sources. Ricard has served as mentor, muse, inspiration and critic for the New York City art scene for the past four decades. He was also a seminal figure in Andy Warhol’s factory appearing in many of his films. In 1981, he wrote the cover article “Radiant Child” in Art Forum magazine, and he since then has been credited in helping Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring transform from underground figures to art stars. The exhibition will be on view until December 9 at Highlight Gallery, 17 Kearny Street San Francisco, CA. See more photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper after the jump. [CLICK HERE....]
A new exhibition by artist Arnulf Rainer of mainly unseen paintings on view at the Arnulf Rainer Museum until April 8, 2013.
One of Joseph Beuys’ most powerful action events was Titus Andronicus/Iphigenie, performed on 30 May 1969 in the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt, for Experimenta 3. Wearing a fur coat, Beuys appeared on a darkened stage with a shining white horse. He used the myth and the drama of Iphigenia to draw attention to the freedom and the creativity of the individual. Here, William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (1589-92), with its excessive violence and cruelty, reminiscent (in the context of this performance) of Nazi crimes, is linked with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris (1779), in which Iphigenia – the personification of humanity – redeems her brother Orestes through her love and her forgiveness. Joseph Beuys Iphigenie is on view now until January 27, 2013 at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 69 avenue du Général Leclerc 93500 Pantin
A landmark exhibition featuring the work and legacy of director Stanley Kubrick will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from November 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
photograph by Adarsha Benjamin
From the 10th of November to the 28th of December 2012, to mark the month of photography, the Da‐End Gallery is showing ‘NIPPON‐ISMES’ an exhibition which brings together seven photographers from different generations whose works, from either a journalistic or visual approach to the medium, all question contemporary Japanese identity and culture.
Artist Rob Pruitt teams up with Jimmy Choo for a stylistically tongue-in-cheek capsule collection.
Fashion label Helmut Lang has teamed up with online shop and gallery Grey Area in collaboration with artist Shelter Serra (nephew of sculptor Richard Serra) for a series of installations called Engine Blocks which will be on view at Helmut Lang boutiques November 1 to January 17. Stores will also offer several gift items curated by Grey Area, which specializes in artist-designed objects including James DeWoody’s note cards, Michelle Lopez’s Band-Aid rings and Serra’s Fake Roley bracelets.