Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow, a retrospective that spans six decades of one of the most important American artists, is now on view at the Tate in St. Ives until September.
Both mysterious in their own right, designer Erik Hart and London based photographer Tatiana Leshkina have collaborated for an upcoming book to be published later this Summer by Shabazz Projects. And on view this Friday, June 22, will be a site specific installation designed by Erik Hart and his creative studio Atelier Projects, in collaboration with the East London directional concept store/gallery Primitive London. The gallery will be transformed by hundreds of Mylar thermal blankets and a sound sketch, juxtaposing the premise of personal and public space while creating a dialogue on the ideals surrounding survival and comfort. Select pieces from the upcoming Erik Hart’s S/S 2013 collection will be displayed.
Among other feats of self-imperilment, his performances have included disabling a police car in broad daylight, being intentionally bitten by a poisonous rattlesnake and, most infamously, playing Russian roulette in front of an art class at UCLA, a performance that has been linked to Burden’s departure from his position at the university. Coming out of a long Los Angeles tradition of performance that includes such canonical artists as Chris Burden and Ron Athey, Joe Deutch’s practice seeks to continue a commitment to physicality through an exploration of his body and the constructed landscape beyond the studio as compelling sites for artworks. Opening June 21 at the Marlborough Chelsea gallery in New York as retrospective of Joe Deutch which will be on view until July 27, 545 West 25th Street, New York,
The visionary author and artist William S. Burroughs has been admired by generations as a revolutionary intellectual with a radical popular image. He established a new form of writing: the cut-up method – whereby text and image fragments are intuitively pieced together to form open associative narrative structures in order to expand the boundaries of language and describe human consciousness. He extended this method into the visual arts and the cut-ups in their various forms are the focus of a new exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wien. Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs: The Art of William S. Burroughs will be on view until October 21, at the Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsplatz 1,1070 Wien, Austria
Now open at Agnès B’s Howard Street gallery an exhibition entitled Musique Plastique, a group exhibit “exploring the ongoing interaction between the visual arts and music.” Curated by Jean François Sanz, the show will feature music-themed pieces by the likes of Jean Tobias Bernstrup, Hisham Bharoocha, Etienne Charry, Brian DeGraw, Daniel Johnston, Jonas Mekas, Thurston Moore, David Shrigley, Alan Vega, Ben Vida and Liz Wendelbo. Musique Platique is on view until August 25 at 50 Howard Street, New York, and be sure to head to the Agnès B gallery website to download a compilation by the artists involved.
The leading British Pop artist Allen Jones caused an international furor in 1969 with his provocative furniture sculptures. In 1979, the first large-scale retrospective was devoted to the artist, forty-one at the time, in Liverpool, London, Baden-Baden, and Bielefeld. His 70th birthday was celebrated in 2007 at the Tate Britain in London with an exhibition of current works as well as several early pieces. In time for his 75th birthday, the Kunsthalle Tübingen is extending an invitation to rediscover the oeuvre of the internationally influential artist in the most comprehensive retrospective to date. Allen Jones: The Retrospective on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday will be on view until September 16, 2012 at the Kunsthalle Tübingen, Philosophenweg 76 72076 Tübingen Germany
Parisian artist Sylvie Auvray is currently showing at the Mamco in Genéva. For this occasion she has collaborated with lingerie designer Yasmine Eslami on a series of drawings that will be embroidered on Eslami’s classic cotton boxer shorts. Sylvie Auvray’s Geneva series will be on view until September 16 at Mamco.
THIS Los Angeles presents Stalker, a solo installation of mixed media by Lisa Solberg opening tonight. Lisa uses reflective insulation panels and cutting techniques to create a world of poetic, bold and thoughtful imagery focused on the sublime. The combining of ink and paint to the finished surfaces compliments the inherent dynamics of the material. The work is intimate and echoes the bold and provocative sentiments of public spaces. Lisa Solberg has presented an aesthetic both primitive, subjective and haunting, her uninhibited display of passion and talent with both the imagery and materials have displayed a unique world and quality of otherness. The panels on view mimic pieces of a large puzzle to complete the Stalker environment and thought, exposing Solberg’s personal expressions, desires and intimacies. Lisa Solberg, born 1983 in Chicago, is an expressionist artist currently living in Los Angeles. Stalker will be on view from June 15 to July 14 at THIS Los Angeles, 5906 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California
The Louvre invites Wim Delvoye, most famous for his tattooed pigs and x-ray sex series, to intervene at various locations within the museum and nearby: in the galleries of the Department of Decorative Arts, under the Pyramid, and in the Tuileries gardens. On view until September 17, 2012.
French artist Georges Mathieu died in Paris on June 10 at the age of 91. Georges Mathieu was a complete artist: writer, architect, author of Désormais seul en face de Dieu (1998), graphic designer, painter and inventor of a genuine and independent pictorial language orientated in opposition to geometrical abstraction. He wanted his work to be one of speed, in order not to be overshadowed by doubts. He fought for an art liberated from the classic boundaries that he called “lyrical abstraction.” There have been over a hundred exhibitions dedicated to the artist. Georges Mathieu never had any art education. In 1947 he was working for American Express in Paris, France and rented a chambre de bonne near the Palais Luxembourg. There he executed a number of large canvases with a black background on which he painted colored scrolls, whorls and other shapes. He subsequently refined his technique, using a white background on which he painted simple geometrical forms, most often a single line in color.