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When Art & Energy were Dancing on the Rooftops in New York – Laurie Anderson, Gordon Matta-Clark & Trisha Brown

Posted by the editors on Friday, 29 April 2011

Trisha Brown’s “Roof Piece,” (1973), depicting dancers on adjacent rooftops

Michael Kimmelman has written “When Art and Energy Were SoHo Neighbors” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, which looks at New York’s Soho, in the 1970s, with its extraordinary, vibrant artistic energy, and some of the truly inspired “lean times” work of the choreographer Trisha Brown, the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, and the performance artist Laurie Anderson and includes some wonderful photos as well as a brief, but poignant interview with Anderson.  All this in the context of the show at the Barbican Art Gallery entitled “Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark – Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s” (through 22 May 2011) which includes sculptures, drawings, photographs, documentation of performances and mixed media works, and which The Guardian has called simply a “brilliant exhibition”.

Here’s what the Barbican has to say about the exhibition:

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, choreographer Trisha Brown and artist Gordon Matta-Clark were friends and active participants in the New York art community, working fluidly between visual art and performance.

With the city as their backdrop, canvas, stage and inspiration, this exhibition is the first major presentation to examine the experimental and often daring approaches taken by these three key figures, both individually and collectively, in the burgeoning arts scene in downtown New York during the 1970s.

New York City provided a powerful context for the work of Anderson, Brown and Matta-Clark. On the verge of bankruptcy in the 1970s, the disappearance of manufacturing and other major industries and the withdrawal of public services were turning the city into a centre of widespread unemployment and lawlessness. Artists responded by taking over derelict spaces to make and exhibit their work, by using the city itself as the medium or setting for their work, by creating opportunities to engage directly with the public out of doors and by building a vibrant arts community.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Open House, 1972

Kimmelman offers some perceptive observations regarding the art scene, then and now, including an astute, if sadly true, comparison of the 70s New York downtown art scene and the current “art scene” style of contemporary Berlin.  Economics, certainly; motivation, aspiration, inspiration, even more so…

 images: top, Babette Mangolte/The New York Times; bottom, courtesy Jane Crawford. © Estate of Cosmos Andress Sarchiapone. © 2010 Estate of Gordon Matta- Clark/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, DACS London

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Last Day for Marina Abramovic at MoMA – “The Artist is Present” to End Monday 31 May 2010 at 5pm

Posted by the editors on Monday, 31 May 2010

Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Marina Abramovic in the MoMA atrium. In her performance piece “The Artist Is Present,” visitors sit in a chair silently facing her.

Holland Cotter has written an interesting article entitled “700-Hour Silent Opera Reaches Finale at MoMA” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times (online) looking at Marina Abramovic’s 700 hour silent performance entitled “The Artist is Present” at MoMA in New York City.  In fact, Abramovic’s 700 hour silent chair sitting is only one part of the exhibition which includes videos of some of her past performances and, perhaps more disputably, restagings of previous performances using, this time, actors instead of Ms. Abramovic and her one-time partner Uwe Laysiepen.

The article includes a slide show, here, and a video interview with Ms. Abramovic, here.  Daily live feed of Ms. Abramovic’s performance on the official MoMA site, here.  Portraits of the more than 1325 participating visitors (of the reportedly 600,000 who saw the exhibition) on Flickr, here.

See all the Nothing is Invisible posts on Marina Abramovic, here

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Marina Abramovic, “The Artist is Present” in Its Last Week, Still Touching Chords

Posted by the editors on Monday, 24 May 2010

Photo Marco Anelli/MoMA/The New York Times

Marina Abramovic in “The Artist is Present” , in its last week at MoMA in New York City

Arthur C. Danto, Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University, and art critic for The Nation from 1984 to 2009, has written an very good article entitled “Sitting With Marina” in the Opinionator section of The New York Times (online) looking, once again, at performance art, in general, and, most particularly, at Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present”, in its last week at MoMA in New York City.  Fascinating, thoughtful.

The article includes 15 photos by Marco Anelli taken of visitors/participants in the work, including, of  course, the above photo of Abramovic herself.  All of Anelli’s photos of all of the participating public (almost 1200 photos when we last looked) are viewable on MoMA’s Flickr feed, here.

Make sure to read the readers’ comments following Danto’s article, as well.

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Colm Toibin Looks into the Eyes of Marina Abramovic at MoMA

Posted by the editors on Friday, 23 April 2010

Marina Abramović

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Marina Abramović performing The Artist Is Present at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010

 Colm Toibin, the multi-award-winning Irish novelist and critic, in his article entitled “Still Drama: Marina at MoMA” in the NYR blog of The New York Review of Books, tells of his trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the time he spent looking into the eyes of the performance artist Marina Abramovic, part of her performance piece “The Artist is Present”.  Intimately serious.
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The Artist is Present – Still More on Marina Abramovic

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Tatiana Berg has written a short article entitled “The Anxiety of Influence” for BOMBLOG, the great blog from BOMBSITE.com, taking yet another look at Marina Abramovic’s show and performance at MoMA.  Interested in art?  Performance art?  Take a look, it’s very interesting.

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