Blooming in the Shadows

Posted September 22nd by in Art, Culture

Contemporary Chinese art has taken the art world by storm in the last decade through heralded museum exhibitions, well-read publications, and heavily attended art auctions. However, even with all this attention, few exhibitions have asked the question of how, against the background of thirty-five years of Socialist Realism, this internationally-oriented artwork suddenly appeared and why it captured the attention of the international art market. Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974 –1985 at the China Institute in New York will introduce the work of three unofficial Chinese art groups who worked in this vein: the No Names, the Stars, and the Grass Society, all of which arose following the end of the Cultural Revolution and helped launch the avant-garde movement in China. These artists pursued creatively diverse paths to personal artistic freedom under the harsh political circumstances of the time. Blooming in the Shadows will examine work produced by these three significant groups of young artists in the critical decade after the end of the Cultural Revolution leading up the Communist Party’s 1985 decision to allow modern artistic practices. On view until December 11 at the China Institute – 125 East 65th Street, New York.

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Beyond Limits

Posted September 21st by in Art, Culture

CHATSWORTH, ENGLAND – The Duchess of Devonshire views the sculpture Burning Desire by Marc Quinn in the gardens of their home Chatsworth on September 9, 2011 in Chatsworth, England.  The work is part of the Beyond Limits exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture displayed in the gardens of Chatsworth by Sotherby’s between 9th September to 30th October 2011.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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The World The Way I Want It

Posted September 19th by in Art

Artwork by Wes Lang

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David Gensler X Victor Antonio

Posted September 19th by in Art, Fashion

Serum Versus Venom’s David Gensler teams up again with artist Victor Antonio in their revolt against “instituionalized fashion.”

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Larry Clark: Tulsa

Posted September 16th by in Art, Photography

Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver presents an exhibition of vintage gelatin silver prints by photographer Larry Clark. The series of photographs on display graphically documents Clark’s exploration of the underworld of drug use, sex and violence in his hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1963 to 1971. Clark first gained notoriety when these images were compiled as a photo essay in his independently published 1971 book Tulsa. Now regarded as a classic photography project, Tulsa has been acclaimed as a powerful and highly personal social documentary, still emulated by art and fashion photographers alike—a reputation due in no small part to its enduring capacity to shock. The sleazy and poignant aspects of the lives portrayed draws the viewer into a prurient and compassionate relationship with the images. On view until October 30.

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[INTERVIEW] DEVIN ELIJAH: A Chronicle of Love & Loss

Posted September 15th by in Art, Photography


AA Bronson

Devin Elijah is a 27 year old self taught photographer based in New York City.  Over the last couple of years its been old polaroid film that Devin’s been working with to document his life. His images are deeply personal and introspective and reveal an exploration of some of our most primitive, but complex human desires.  Devin’s new book, entitled  A Chronicle Of Love & Loss in Sickness & in Health, a beautiful collection of polaroids, is a “personal visual manifesto of New York City.” [READ MORE...]

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RICHARD HAMILTON 1922 – 2011

Posted September 14th by in Art, Ballet

British artist Richard Hamilton died yesterday London. His most well know artwork, a collage entitled Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, is considered one of the earliest examples of pop art. The above work, entitled Swingeing London 67, was a response after his his art dealer Robert Fraser was arrested and imprisoned for the possession of heroin. On 12 February 1967 the police raided a party at the Sussex farmhouse of Keith Richards where they found evidence of the consumption of various drugs. On 27 June 1967, Fraser and Mick Jagger were found guilty of the possession of illegal drugs. The following day the two men were handcuffed to each other and driven to court in a police van, where they were sentenced to six months and three months respectively. After the defence lawyer’s appeal, Jagger’s sentence was reduced to a fine but Fraser’s appeal was rejected and he spent four months in jail. The painting is derived from a press clipping.  Richard Hamilton was preparing for a major traveling retrospective before he died.

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Speaking in Tongues

Posted September 14th by in Art, Culture

Wallace Berman (1926-1976) was born in Staten Island, NY and came to Los Angeles with his parents when he was four years old. In 1955 he founded the small but influential mail art publication Semina – a brilliant, loose-leaf compilation of the most advanced artists and poets of his time, including William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jess (Collins) to name a few. Today, Berman is best known for his Verifax collages, softly sepia-colored works created with a forerunner of the photocopy machine. Influenced by surrealism, assemblage, and contemporary artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Andy Warhol, Berman produced multi-layered works that combined the picture of a hand-held transistor radio with images culled from newspapers and popular magazines. An exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California, entitled Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, brings two seminal yet under-studied Los Angeles artists into close conversation with one another for the first time. This exhibition is concurrent with the Pacific Standard Time showing across Los Angeles in an en masse celebration of the Los Angeles art scene. Speaking in Tongues will on view October 2 to January 22, 2012. 

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Plugged In

Posted September 13th by in Art

Daniele Buetti is a Swiss artist working in photography, video, sound, drawing, light box, sculpture, and digitally assisted work. Buetti makes use of advertising tools to expose the frailty of popular culture, explore our perceptions of beauty, and reveal the omnipotence of the media in our society. In Buetti’s works, beautiful colors and figures merge with light reveal unspoken feelings of ambivalence and despair, asking what function the role of media plays in the formationof identity, and questioning whether society can form identity without the media’s influence. Buetti uses light to attract the viewer in the same seductive way that the media uses beauty, forcing us to realize the inherent manipulation.Jenkins Johnson Gallery is presents Plugged In, a group exhibition of forward-thinking artists working with the electronic arts. All of the artists, including Buetti, Jeremy Bert,  and Andrew Bovasso, take contemporary approaches to their conceptual missions and use non-traditional media. Plugged in opens September 15 and runs through October 29.

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[Sculpture] Zac Nelson

Posted September 13th by in Art

Zac Nelson is a an artist based in Portland, Oregon. To create his sculptures he uses ingredients such as bones, pig intestines, moss, wood, and metal. [SEE MORE...]

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