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Thursday December 5, 2013
The Artsource team is bringing you the latest and greatest from the Miami Art Fairs.
Works from Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales, a collection of Latin American art at the Cisneros Foundation (CIFO):
CIFO “Permission to be Global” Installation
Serie Descala 3 / 3rd Un-Ladder Series by Cildo Meireles
Full view and close up of Durante o Caminho Vertical (During the Vertical Walk) by Josè Damasceno
Message: Wall Decoration by Mathias Goeritz
Highlights from the Miami Project:
Aime Mpane at Haines Gallery
Nancy Lorenz at Morgan Lehman Gallery
Shaun O’Dell at Inman Gallery
Shaun O’Dell at Inman Gallery
Two views of Stas Orlovski at Traywick Contemporary Gallery
Tim Gratkowski at Walter Maciel Gallery
Stay tuned for more exciting finds tomorrow or follow us on Twitter for up to date finds!
Monday December 2, 2013
December 2nd – 8th – Miami Art Fairs: The art world descends on Miami with over 20 art fairs and art events with Art Basel Miami Beach being the largest presenting over 250 galleries. For the latest and greatest make sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for recaps and updates. Stay in the know on exhibits and happenings by checking up on our blog.
Friday, December 6th and Saturdays in December – Oakland Art Murmur and Saturday Stroll: Oakland Art Murmur shows off the best of Oakland’s gallery scene with First Friday events and Saturday strolls. Every month roughly 20 venues in Oakland’s gallery corridor offer openings, street performers, and artist talks for a lively Friday night. For a more leisurely, focused experience stop by the same galleries the next afternoon for Saturday Strolls from 1-5pm. Telegraph Ave 19 – 27th Streets, Oakland.
Past, Present, Future opens on December 6th from 5:30 – 9:00pm with live music and tarot card readings. Creative Growth’s annual holiday event features works from over 100 artists, and their annual studio sale is a great place to pick up holiday gifts or a little something for your own collection. Creative Growth, 355 24th Street, Oakland.
Never Done curated by Renny Pritikin at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, opening December 6th 6-8pm. This exhibition features three female artists of three generations drawing on various techniques and materials used by their ancestors as a commentary on gender, work, and craft. Never Done is curated by Renny Pritikin who has worked previously as Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis and chief curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Chandra Cerrito Contemporary 480 23rd Street, Oakland.
Ongoing to December 28 – Diane Arbus 1971-1956 at Fraenkel Gallery: Prolific American photographer Diane Arbus captivated viewers with her unique portraits of ‘outsider’ groups. Diane Arbus 1971–1956 examines the artist’s evolution through a series of photographs centered on various areas of interest. The exhibition’s sixty photographs are presented in reverse chronological order, spanning just before the artist’s death in 1971 backwards to her departure from commercial photography in 1956. Don’t miss your last chance to view the show. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday from 10:30–5:30 and Saturday from 11:00–5:00, 49 Geary Street, 4th floor.
Ongoing to February 2, 2014, Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Contemplate our ever-changing world at Dissident Futures, an exhibition focusing on biological, social, environmental, and technological innovation through art. This thought provoking collection features work by internationally renowned artists who explore themes ranging from Utopia and future civilization to how we can better utilize technology in our day to day lives. Featured artists include Neïl Beloufa, Heman Chong and Anthony Marcellini, Peter Coffin, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Brody Condon, Future Cities Lab, Melanie Gilligan, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shane Hope, David Huffman, Paul Laffoley, Basim Magdy, Dan Mills, The Otolith Group, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Kamau Amu Patton, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith. Purchase tickets online here, museum hours are Thursday – Saturday from 12:00 – 8:00 and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00.
Thursday October 31, 2013
On-Going to January 5, 2014 – Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University: Visit the first major museum retrospective of contemporary artist and 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow Carrie Mae Weems. Weems is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience. On view are more than 100 intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling photographs, installations and videos offering an unprecedented survey of Weems’s 30-year exploration of the universal human journey, especially as affected by race, gender and class. The Cantor Arts Center is located at 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Open Wed – Sun 11 am – 5pm, Thurs 11 am – 8pm.
Monday, November 4th – Keltie Ferris, Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, SFAI 7:30 pm: Brooklyn based artist Keltie Ferris’ works are large, gestural, and uncannily layered paintings. She has been identified as an integral part of a new generation of abstract artists, and a provocative contributor to the faux-naïf resurgence. By combining various forms of mark-making in large abstracted works—including spray painting, taping and stenciling, and applying and scraping paint with a palette knife—Ferris excavates and blurs a history of painting within each canvas. This lecture is free and open to the public with a social hour in the SFAI Cafe from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Located in the lecture Hall of SFAI, 800 Chestnut Street.
November 14 – December 21 – Ranu Mukherjee Apparitions at Gallery Wendi Norris: Ranu Mukherjee is a multi-disciplinary artist making hybrid films, works on paper and collaborative projects. Her recent work investigates the figure of the nomad as well as an imagined personal history of relations between Indian and European/US culture. Mukherjee employs a variety of mythological, socio-economical and natural imagery, articulating relationships between the compressed spaces of the body, stage and picture plane. Ultimately the work unveils these ‘apparitions’ as conduits between what is real and barely imaginable. The opening reception is on Thursday, November 14th, Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie Street.
November 9 – March 2, 2014 – Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley: SFMOMA brings national and international artists to the Silicon Valley community of Los Altos in this unique multisite exhibition. Occupying indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area, Project Los Altos features newly commissioned artist projects by Spencer Finch, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá, Alec Soth, and Jessica Stockholder that respond to the history and culture of this former agricultural area, the local residents, and the sites themselves. These new works are joined by documentation of performances staged by Charles Garoian with his students at Los Altos High School from 1970 to 1983, and Jeremy Blake’s opulent Winchester trilogy (2002-2004), from the SFMOMA collection, inspired by the eccentric South Bay mansion built by Sarah Winchester. ~ www.sfmoma.org
Tuesday October 15, 2013
Of the many private collections we visited on this trip, one stood out in particular. Designed as a private retreat in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood and housing a major collection of contemporary and Latin American art, this converted plumbing supply warehouse is tucked away in Houston’s eclectic Montrose neighborhood. The collectors are strong supporters of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and in addition to an outstanding selection of modern and contemporary Latin American Art, have added a special balcony focused on the works of alumni of the Museum’s Glassell Core Artist In Residency Program. The collection tends towards minimalism and most pieces reflect a strong geometric component, including major works by Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Jesus Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Helios Oiticica, Guillermo Kuitca, and Elias Crespin plus local artists Joe Havel, Dario Robleto and Christian Eckart.
On our last night in Houston we visited the magical Twilight Epiphany, James Turrell’s Skyspace at Rice University. For more than four decades, Turrell has used light and space to extend and enhance perception. His Rice Skyspace, one of his largest, is his 73rd worldwide. It is also the first to be engineered for acoustics, both for live performances and for electronic music. Each individual element of the space from the sequencing of the light displays, to the Skyspace’s exclusive function—the acoustical engineering, was designed uniquely for the Rice campus context; thus setting this Skyspace apart from the 72 spaces that have preceded it. As a result the site-specific installation “Twilight Epiphany,” is simultaneously a functional performance space and an experiential work of art.
Saturday October 12, 2013
Here are some highlights from the art fair:
Friday October 11, 2013
The current exhibit, Luc Tuymans: Nice is an intriguing look at the portraits of renown artist Luc Tuymans together with 25 works from the Menil Collection ranging from 120BCE to 1968. Acting as his own curator, Tuymans selected portraits, masks, carved heads, funerary images, devotional figures and abstract paintings …..”Placed in dialogue with one another, the works illustrate both the incisive vision of one of today’s most important painters as well as the manifold significances of the human face form.” – The Menil Collection
Houston Center for Photography: Moving/Still Recent Photography by Texas Artists
Sicardi gallery presents and exhibit of new and historic work by Miguel Angel Rios. Since the 1970s, Rios has made work about the concept of the “Latin American,” using this idea as both an artistic strategy and a political problem. In the 1990s, he began making a series of maps which he carefully folded and pleated. Marking the 500th anniversary of the “discovery” of the Americas, the maps indicate long histories of power and colonial experience.
Tuesday October 1, 2013
October 3 – 6th, Kalassal Art Sale & Open House, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley: It’s time for the annual Kalassal Half-Off Art Sale. Events are happening all weekend, starting with an opening night party on Thursday, October 3rd from 6 – 9 pm, as well as studio tours, a family art making day, video screenings and a closing party. Featuring works by over 125 artists, this is a great opportunity to support an organization whose mission is to help artists sustain their creative efforts. Kala Art Institute Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.
October 12th & October 26th, the San Jose ICA’s Annual Art Exhibition and Auction events, San Jose: The 2013 Annual Art Exhibition and Auction events at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) provide unique opportunities for art enthusiasts and collectors to view and purchase artwork by the rising stars and celebrated artists whose work reflects the scope of California’s vibrant and eclectic styles and interests. With both silent (10/12) and live auctions (10/26), there will be a variety of work including, paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture, mixed media and installation pieces to choose from. The Auction Exhibition opens Friday, October 4th, followed by the Silent Auction on Saturday October 12th, and finally the Live Auction Gala on Saturday October 26th. Purchase tickets and bidder cards online here. SJICA, 560 First Street San Jose.
Ongoing to October 19th, Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, Rena Bransten Gallery, 77 Geary Street: The Birmingham Project is a response to the tragic events of September 15, 1963. On that morning four black girls were killed when Ku Klux Klan members bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. Later that same day two black boys were killed in separate but related incidences of racist violence. Bey began visiting Birmingham in 2005 with the intent of becoming familiar with the city, its history, and its present, planning to eventually make work there in response to that history. These periodic visits continued over seven years. In 2012, at the invitation of the Birmingham Museum of Art, and with the approach of the fiftieth year of the church bombing, Bey began photographing in Birmingham, seeking out and photographing young people the ages of the four girls and two boys that were killed. He also sought out and photographed adults who are the ages that the six young people never became fifty years after their death.
Made individually over five months, the large-scale black and white photographs were then paired to make diptychs, bringing together a young person and an adult fifty years apart in age. In this way the memory of those murdered young people, the passage of time, and a contemporary portrait of Birmingham are invoked.
Ongoing through November 17th, David Wilson: Arrivals, SFMOMA SECA Art Award, various locations: David Wilson’s works on paper and performance-based pieces explore what he describes as “the many lost corners and in-between stretches of natural and developed space” in Northern California. David Wilson’s Arrivals (2013), is a series of six self-guided journeys to outdoor sites throughout San Francisco, begins at a reclaimed redwood trailhead in front of the closed SFMOMA museum building at 151 Third Street. Approximately every two weeks, the artist will leave new takeaway maps there. Each map will provide instructions for the experience and lead visitors to sites where Wilson and his collaborators have recorded songs, music, and sound-based performances. Participants are invited to listen to these recordings upon locating a tape player at each of the sites. The performances draw in part from In Song Sing On (2012-ongoing), a publication project for sing-alongs Wilson is producing in collaboration with artist Colter Jacobsen. Creating a sense of shared intimacy despite distance, Arrivals facilitates a private listening experience that connects each individual with both the performers and with fellow future audience members. Specific walking and public transportation instructions are indicated on the takeaway maps. New maps will be available starting on the following days: October 7, October 28, November 4, and November 17.
Watch the interview with David Wilson on Arrivals, courtesy of www.sfmoma.org
Monday September 30, 2013
In New York last week for an installation at a client’s mid-town office. I was able to make it to a few galleries and share these highlights…
Monday September 23, 2013
James Turrell: A Retrospective at LACMA: This exhibit explores nearly fifty years in the career of James Turrell, a key artist in the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and 70s. If you weren’t able to get to New York to see his Guggenheim Museum exhibit, this is your West Coast chance. Advance tickets are highly recommended, and if you can, book the first viewing at 11 am. We were able to be in most of the installations alone, which made the experience of viewing the fields of colored light and projections even more powerful.
Maureen Gallace at Overduin and Kite: Gallace’s intimate paintings are based on photographs taken by the artist in her native New England. Gallace achieves an unsettling balance between the personal and the nondescript in her images. The settings depicted are familiar representations of tranquil New England homes and landscapes, but upon closer examination the focus shifts from subject to the physical presence of paint as a descriptive mark.
Hadley Holliday: New Paintings at Taylor de Cordoba: Holliday presents a new series of acrylic paintings that continue an exploration of a meditative visual experience. She creates psychedelic patterns of interlocking circles, which form arched, expansive spaces of depth and transparency. Within these patterns, sections of raw canvas remain exposed and function as negative space, alongside contrasting clouded or darkened areas of oil paint and metal leaf.
Geoffrey Todd Smith: Secret Lives of Rainbows at Luis De Jesus: In the back project space at Luis De Jesus gallery were colorful geometric paintings by Chicago artist Geoffrey Todd Smith.
Thursday September 19, 2013
Our current exhibition at The Mills Building presents artwork from the collection of Louise and Davis Riemer. Featuring over 60 artworks in a variety of media that are either made of or about money. The Riemer’s business is investment management, where they advise on technical matters of finance as well as questions about personal matters of goals, values and self-knowledge of finance. After acquiring the first piece in their collection, which served primarily as kitschy entertainment, they realized that art helped them understand some of the questions they were working with on a daily basis. As their collection continues to grow, their interest is in artwork that contributes to the dialogue between the hand-crafted object itself and the means that are used to acquire it. As one of the artists in their collection has said “The only thing worth exactly one dollar is a one-dollar bill.”