“Play it loud & enjoy.” The Jullien Brothers have released a new video featuring the music of Niwouinwouin, aka Nicolas Jullien. The video is directed by Jean Jullien and his brother Nicolas who together make up the creative duo. The video features illustrations from Jean Jullien’s book Silhouettes published by Lendroit.
These are the last few days to catch Claude Cahun’s firs retrospective in the states. Born Lucy Schwob to a family of French intellectuals and writers, Claude Cahun (who adopted the pseudonym at age 22) is best known for the staged self-portraiture, photomontages, and prose texts she made principally between 1920 and 1940. Rediscovered in the late 1980s, her work has not only expanded our understanding of the Surrealist era but also serves as an important touchstone to later feminist explorations of gender and identity politics. In her self-portraits, which she began creating around 1913, Cahun dismantled and questioned preexisting notions of self and sexuality. From her university years until her death, Cahun was accompanied by her partner and artistic collaborator, Suzanne Malherbe, a childhood friend and stepsister. They surrounded themselves with members of the Surrealist movement and created work that embraced leftist politics. Cahun, with assistance from Malherbe (under the pseudonym Marcel Moore), produced photographs, assemblages, and publications from the 1920s on. The photograph Entre Nous (Between Us), featuring a pair of masks embedded in sand, gives the title to this show and is emblematic of their multifaceted relationship. The first retrospective exhibition in the United States of Cahun’s work, Entre Nous: The Art of Claude Cahun, is on view now at the Art Institue of Chicago, brings together over 80 photographs and published material by Cahun and Moore, including several photomontages from their 1930 collaborative publication Aveux non avenus (Disavowals), and the only surviving object by Cahun, which is in the Art Institute’s permanent collection. On view until June 3, 2012.
These Aren’t Drugs. It’s My Medication. mixed media. gatorade, coca cola, paper, flowers, chalk, coffee, latex paint, ink, ashes, shoe goo, found imagery, glue & chili powder, by Christopher Lusher
American pop artist, most famous for his erotic brightly colored paintings, Tom Wessellmann’s iconic works are on view at the Galerie Pascal Lansberg in Paris until June 30.
The Random Transparent is the perfect title for our collective personal destinies; and if you don’t believe destiny, than the course of our lives in the 21st century. It is also the perfect title for Christopher Lusher’s upcoming show which illustrates those same destinies. Using found imagery and a myriad of other materials, Lusher highlights the seemingly random chaos and violence that fells us and serves us, like existential gasoline. On view this Friday at Blank Gallery in West Virginia, Lusher serves as sort of Virgil to the Dante’s Inferno of our own eternal purgatory with blown out images of suicides, glimpses of horror in American history, splatters of paint in Rorschach patterns, and more. Lusher’s The Random Transparent is a mirror to a zeitgeist of war and commerce in an American igloo of beauty, confusion and false ideals. See interview and more images from the show after the jump. [SEE MORE...]
Gregory Aune is a photographer and collagist based in New York whose images are both dreamy and classical. There is also a unique confidence in Aune’s vision throughout his ouvra making his photographs seem both effortless and light as air. I caught up with Aune to ask him a few questions about his technique and inspiration behind his work. See more photos and interview after the jump. [SEE MORE....]
Tracey Emin’s first major solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary, entitled She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, is conceived specially for Margate, where Emin grew up and which has provided inspiration for many of her most famous art works. The exhibition explores the themes of love, sensuality and romanticism in Emin’s oeuvre, featuring both new and existing works including drawings, monoprints, sculptures and neons. The exhibition’s central themes continue in a display of paintings, sketches and watercolours of erotic subjects by Tracey Emin as well as JMW Turner and Auguste Rodin, whose iconic sculpture The Kiss is on show at Turner Contemporary until 2 September 2012. Tracey Emin: She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea will be on view from May 26 to September 23 at the Turner Contemporary
The Fondation Beyeler is presenting the first exhibition ever devoted by a Swiss museum to the American artist Jeff Koons. This extensive presentation focuses on three central series of works – The New,Banality and Celebration – which represent crucial stages in Koons’s development and lead to the nucleus of his thinking and creative activity. Koons’s equally spectacular and subtle works are repeatedly concerned with themes such as innocence, beauty, sexuality and happiness. These reflect his conception of an art that is accessible to every viewer. Koons will be on view at The Foundation Beyeler until September 2, 2012.
“All Fantasies Cum True,” Blood, ink, tabloid. Artwork by Oliver Maxwell Kupper