On Saturday, November 12, renowned performance artist Marina Abramović brought her manifesto to Grand Avenue, as the artistic director of MOCA’s 2011 gala, An Artist’s Life Manifesto. Abramović arrived with 85 performers to serve as human centerpieces on dinner tables and enough white lab coats, her prescribed gala-tent attire, to outfit the 750 guests who attended.
Recent drawings on prison stationary by artist Wes Lang who will be presenting new works in an upcoming show in Zurich, entitled Hell Raisers, opening January 9 at Galerie Lang & Pult. The show, curated by Olivier Mosset, also includes artists Vincent Szarek, Steven Parrino, Drew Heitzler and Jeffrey Schad. He
An assortment of creative relics at David LaChapelle’s studio in Los Angeles. LaChapelle’s first fully representative retrospective, entitled Thus Spoke LaChapelle, is currently on view at the Galerie Rudolfinum until February 26. Photograph by Adarsha Benjamin
Brooklyn based artist Andrew Birk has a solo show in Mexico City at the Preteen Gallery entitled You Are What You Eat and All You Eat is Pussy. On view unto February 1, Preteen Gallery, Joaquin Velazquez De Leon 58-5, Col. San Rafael, Mexico City.
Rita Sousa and Ivano Salonia of Iloveyouwhenyousmile, based in Amsterdam, have released their first video. A stunning, enigmatic portrait.
Fredericks & Freiser gallery in New York presents The Syphilis of Sisyphus, a new short film by Mary Reid Kelley with artist Patrick Kelley. The exhibition includes a wall-sized projection with costumes and drawings used in the film’s creation. Reid Kelley’s second solo exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser encompasses a heightened level of visual complexity as it continues her exploration of language, history, anomie and sexual politics. On view until January 7.
As everyone looks backward – best album, film, book, art exhibition of 2011 – Pas Un Autre looks forward to a few important and exciting exhibitions held around the world in 2012. As you’ll see – there will be a trend in Japanese contemporary visual art and Japanese artist’s getting their due in major museums, Damien Hirst attempts to take over the world with spots, British artist Gillian Wearing taps into the human psyche, and Terry Richardson has his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. [SEE MORE....]
Comics Stripped, an ongoing exhibition at the museum of sex in New York, examines the history and cultural significance of the illustrators, icons and images that have entertained and educated (as well as equally misinformed) the basics of sex. From the coquettish to the most explicit “dirty drawings,” the exhibit presents the ultimate homage to sexual fantasy uninhibited by the constraints of reality. From simple titillation to hardcore representations, comics have a long history of incorporating humor, scandal, fantasy and fun with sex. Originally used as a form of amusement and satire intended for adults, the societal perception of comics as wholesome entertainment geared toward children has made the inclusion of sexual content particularly jarring. Comics Stripped is on view at the Museum Of Sex until January 8, 2012, 233 5th Avenue, New York
Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) has been tackling the challenge of self-portraiture throughout his prolific career. What began as an unorthodox investigation of the genre has become a masterful engagement spanning five decades. A new book of self portraits, entitled In The Picture: Self Portraits, 1958-2011, includes hundreds of previously unpublished pictures. Produced to the highest production standards and featuring over 400 duotone images—from his first self-portraits, taken with cable release in hand, to recent images of the photographer with his family and extended network of friends—In the Picture explores Friedlander’s various guises throughout a rich and colorful life.