Erik Hart’s Eclectic Visual Diary
Photography Tatiana Leshkina, Clothing by Eric Hart
Factory by Eric Hart, Resort/Holiday 2011
Artwork by Erik Hart
Erik Hart’s unique label Factory by Erik Hart fuses fashion, art, sound, installation, and so on. His website is a diary of sorts of an eclectic flotsam of visual assemblage that is instantly recognizable as Hart’s own. www.factorycollection.com
Sigmar Polke: Photoworks
Leo Koenig Inc. (NYC), in collaboration with Winckler Fine Arts, Berlin, presents the opening of “Sigmar Polke: Photoworks 1964-2000″. “Widely acknowledged as one of the most important creative forces to emerge from post World War II Europe, Sigmar Polke was an artist of incredible unpredictability. From the very beginning, and throughout his career, Polke resisted the idea of an identifying “signature.” In his practice, the artist incorporated techniques borrowed from mass marketing and commercial realms into a proscenium of images that overlap and resonate over time. Over the course of his life, Polke made thousands of photographs and the selection of works for this exhibition keenly highlights the integral role that photography had played in the artist’s larger oeuvre. Also included is an eerie selection of photographs taken at the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, and a series of photograms in which Polke experimented with, among other untried techniques, the effects of radioactive materials on the photographic process. On view until September 3 at Leo Koenig NYC. www.leokoenig.com
THE ROAD OF HOPE – YOKO ONO
Photo: Annie Leibovitz
Congratulations to Yoko Ono who is the winner of the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize for her efforts in spreading world peace. An awards ceremony is scheduled together with an exhibition commemorating the presentation of the award to Yoko Ono at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. “It is greatly anticipated that this commemorative exhibition will help communicate, from Hiroshima to the world, the messages of Yoko Ono that are rich with the inspiration of the abolition of nuclear weapons and the creation of a world without war, and it is thought that the exhibition will have a great effect on garnering attention to this Hiroshima Art Prize across the globe.” The 8th Hiroshima Art Prize: THE ROAD OF HOPE – YOKO ONO 2011, Saturday July 30th to Sunday October 16. www.hcmca.cf.city.hiroshima.jp
David Mushegain X Alia Penner
Some close ups of artist Alia Penner’s collaboration with photographer David Mushegain for a collage at the Colette store in Paris. Alia also designed the invitation for the Autre launch party in Paris happening tomorrow at le Carmen. www.aliapenner.com
To Love the Glove….
Armor glove–a collaboration between jeweler Shaun Leane and Daphne Guinness–encrusted with 18-carat hand cut diamonds. Guinness: “The detail in its design is hugely symbolic. The birds with which it is embellished denote freedom from the material world. The gold from which it is molded was thought to have magical powers. Like the knights of my childhood daydreams, this beautiful glove is resilient and beautiful, strong despite its finery.”
LIEKO SHIGA: CANARY
Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany presents the ‘Canary’ series by Japanese artist Lieko Shiga, for which she won the ‘Infinity Award (Young Photographer)’ from the International Center of Photography, New York, in 2009. In ‘Canary’, Lieko Shiga combines personal accounts of people and local myths with her own personal memories, feelings and experiences to create fantastic, often perplexing scenarios. The works interact to form a complex, dramatic tableau that vacillates between dreams and reality. On view until July 30. www.priskapasquer.de
Artist James Georgopoulos….
Photography by Oliver Maxwell Kupper at James Georgopoulos’ solo show in Los Angeles. Check out his work in the first issue of Autre Quarterly…..
TOMOKO SAWADA: Reflection
The Rose Gallery in Los Angeles presents the surreal self portraits of Japanese artist Tomoko Sawada. For her latest series, entitled Reflection, Sawada “….tackles the issue of identity by questioning the boundary between one’s own appearance and the self-image reflected in a mirror. The dual images in each photograph are presented like twins and while they bear a striking resemblance to one another, a closer inspection reveals how different they truly are.” On view until September 17. www.rosegallery.net
Magic for Beginners
Olaf Breuning, Emmanuelle 2009
Jesse McLean, Magic For Beginners 2010, 20 min video
Ten artists are a part of a group show entitled Magic For Beginners at P.P.O.W. Gallery in NYC–including Bas Jan Ader and Olaf Breuning. “Their works concern themselves with an intensely personal present tense, with lives lived and documented in real time. These works are inward, solipsistic, and in some instances, similar to an occult experience or an exercise in ritualized revelation.” Magic for Beginners is on view from July 28 to August 27. www.ppowgallery.com
URGENT SUBTLE CONCISE ROBUST: PAINTER LUCIAN FREUD IS DEAD
photograph by Walker Evans, 1950s
Painter Lucian Freud dies in London at 88.