Johannes Wohnseifer’s Water From A Melted Ice Sculpture

Posted October 23rd by in Art

Johann König, Berlin presents Water From A Melted Ice Sculpture that will mark Johannes Wohnseifer’s sixth solo exhibition in the gallery. In a conceptually rigorous, yet poetic manner seven new series of works address the spheres of politics, production, publicity and privacy. Wohnseifer is able to melt these areas together while their supposed discernment is not gone lost in favor of mutual reflection. On view from October 27 to to December 22 at Johann König, Dessauer Straße 6-7, 10963 Berlin

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Jeremy Kost’s Fame Paintings On View in Paris

Posted October 22nd by in Art

Jeremy Kost’s celebrity paintings–silkscreened on large-scale canvases from Polaroid images–are paired here with Polaroid facsimiles by Andy Warhol from the 70s and 80s. Both artists share an inquisitive lust to understand fame in all its dramatic guises and extravagant poses. Occasionally they share a subject–Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Keith Richards–though Kost approaches these iconic individuals from a very different perspective. In some cases they are obscured or abstracted; occasionally disembodied, as with Madonna’s head, which appears to float on a sea of silver, or Grace Jones, who dissolves into a beautiful haze of flowers and tapestries. By translating his original photographs into these slick yet gritty canvases, Kost has given his unique vision a new sense of monumentality. In these works, which came from his Polaroid photographs, celebrity is both celebrated and complicated. We see the mobs of paparazzi themselves, clamoring for a shot, and the polarized finish of the paintings themselves is simultaneously glamorous and anti-glamor–just as Beyonce here appears both as a superstar and a sort of monster, caught in the camera’s flash. Like his forbearer Warhol, Kost is a participant in the world he depicts and also somewhat of a voyeur, diligently capturing all the madness and the romance of celebrity, all the while translating a sense of intimacy and access. Jeremy Kost: Always The Center of Attention will be on view until November 18 at Galerie Nuke, 11 Rue Saint Anastase, 75003 Paris, France

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Damien Hirst at Gagosian Gallery FIAC 2012

Posted October 20th by in Art

A circular artwork featuring butterfly wings by artist Damien Hirst at Gagosian Gallery at FIAC 2012 (International Contemporary Art Fair) at the Grand Palais in Paris on view until October 21, 2012. photograph by Francois Mori

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Douglas Gordon at FIAC 2012 in Paris

Posted October 20th by in Art

Douglas Gordon’s piece Self Portrait of you + me, (oversized Jackie) at FIAC 2012 (International Contemporary Art Fair) which be on view until October 21, 2012, at the Grand Palaise in Paris. photograph by Francois Mori

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Gregory Siff Matter of Time at Gallery Brown

Posted October 17th by in Art

Gallery Brown presents Matter of Time, an exhibition of new paintings, works on paper and sculpture from artist Gregory Siff. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Gregory officially made Los Angeles home in 2009 where he has since established himself as a recognizable cultural influence. Gregory’s distinct handmade style merges unique elements of abstraction, street, and fine art; his technique coalesces the voice of a fearless child with the wisdom of a seasoned warrior. His influences include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, RETNA, Ray Johnson, RISK, David Shillinglaw, Louis XXX and his father. Matter of Time is an examination of fame, idolatry, memory, determination, kingship and heart. Gregory’s half-whispered thoughts are painted out in full roars on found material, handmade panel and canvas. Matter of Time will be on view from October 20 to November 10 at Gallery Brown, 140 South Orlando Ave, Los Angeles, CA 

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Kembra Pfahler’s Fuck Island

Posted October 17th by in Art, Sex

Opening night of Kembra Pfahler’s solo exhibition Fuck Island which was on view until October 14 at Participant Inc. in New York. Fuck Island is a protest anthem, love song, and manifesto written for her band, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. As Pfahler describes this song-as-exhibtion: “It’s the first annual Karen Black cock festival. But it’s really more like a happy funeral. We are celebrating the death of the patriarch, and you are all party to this secret.” photograph by Walter Wlodarczyk

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Antoni Muntadas at Jeu de Paume

Posted October 17th by in Art

Jeu de Paume organizes a major exhibition by the internationally recognized artist Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942), one of the early practitioners of conceptual and media art. The show will survey Muntadas’ prolific career, from the seventies to present days. His art practice spans four decades, in which he has utilized actions, video, photography, multi-media installations, publications, public art, the internet, radio and other media to address key political and social issues of our time. Incorporating in-depth research and astute readings of cultural situations, his incisive works have addressed ideas such as the relationship between public and private, the flows of information along the media landscape, and the inherent power of architecture and other social frameworks. Muntadas. Entre / Between will be on view until January 20, 2013 at Jeu de Paume, 1 place de la Concorde 75008 Paris

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M/M (Paris) Carpetologue

Posted October 15th by in Art

Commissioned from M/M (Paris) to celebrate both their twentieth anniversary and the publication of the definitive monograph of their work, the exhibition of elaborate rug designs acts like a condensed catalogue – or Carpetalogue – for M/M’s practice. Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak originally established M/M (Paris) as a graphic design studio in 1992. Their close associations with the music, fashion and art worlds have led to their becoming one of the most distinctive and acclaimed creative voices of their generation, within graphic design and beyond. The hand-knotted wool carpets, specifically produced for the exhibition by Abhishek Poddar in Varanasi, India, will be sold as limited editions through the gallery. The monograph, M to M of M/M (Paris), written by Emily King, designed by Graphic Thought Facility and with a foreward by Hans Ulrich Obrist, will be published by Thames and Hudson and launched during the exhibition. M/M (Paris) Carpetologue 1992 to 2012 will be on view until December 15 at Libby Sellers Gallery, 41, 42 Berners Street, London.

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PRIVACY Exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle

Posted October 15th by in Art

Private—a word from the past, or so it would seem these days. A word of hardly any relevance in an era when everything—from one’s favorite recipe to one’s current relationship status—is posted on Facebook. Exhibitionism, self-disclosure, the delight in telling stories, showing off, and voyeurism are the social strategies in today’s world—a world that has long since undergone a structural transformation of the public sphere. In contemporary art, domestic scenes and personal secrets are mirrored in photographs, Polaroids, cell phone photos, objects, installations, and films. The familiar and intimate are put in the picture. Through a consideration of numerous contemporary approaches the Schirn investigates the dwindling private sphere and the “publicness of the intimate.” Aiming her camera through a rear courtyard window, Merry Alpern captures blurred scenes of hurried sexual encounters; in his romantic video piece Akram Zaatari explores an online chat between two men; and Fiona Tan combines private snapshots from different countries to create large tableaux. The exhibition undertakes memorable excursions to the fragile borders between the self and the other. Other artists include Dash Snow, Mark Morrisroe, Ai Weiwei and Marilyn Minter. Privacy will be on view from November 1, 2012, to February 3, 2013 at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Romberg, 60311 Frankfurt

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Shai Yehezkelli Forever Sweat-Beads on View in Tel Aviv

Posted October 12th by in Art

Israeli artist Shai Yehezkelli’s painting is busy, rhythmic and fast, wild and free. He works on various surfaces, some of which he finds in the street, and his paintings shifts from “bad painting” to subtle poetic touches. His palate is full of pinks and reds, as if leaping out of a painting by Mattisse. The images span a wide range of references and quotations, each of them disrupt or alter the source; the pitchers look like disrupted quotes of still life painting. Yehezkelli paints with and within art history, but also beyond it. Rough handwritten captions, sometimes written in Hebrew and sometimes in English, convey political and inter-textual messages. When all of those are displayed side by side, the aggregate of captions and titles turn into a discourse on art, which is as valuable as the language of the painting itself. An exhibition of new works entitled Forever Sweat-Beads will be on view from October 18 to November 24, at Julie M. Gallery, 10 Betzalel Yafe St, Tel Aviv, Israel

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