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* Art & Design: Design Observer: Superheroes: Accidental Mysteries by John Foster

Posted by the editors on Friday, 27 April 2012

Art & Design: Design Observer: Superheroes: Accidental Mysteries by John Foster: “..a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week’s focus is Superheroes..”  Magnificent..

image + article: John Foster, Accidental Mysteries, DesignObserver

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* Museum & Gallery Shows: That’s me – That’s not me. Cindy Sherman’s Early Works

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 12 February 2012

Museum & Gallery Shows: That’s me – That’s not me. Cindy Sherman’s Early Works: At the Sammlung Verbund Vertical Gallery..”..For more than 35 years, Cindy Sherman (born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) has been visualising a multitude of role models and female identities through the use of make-up, wigs, clothing, facial expression and gestures. Even as an adolescent, the artist loved to dress up. Contrary to general opinion, it is not the famous Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980) that form her early work, but rather the photography that she created in Buffalo as early as 1975 until 1977. During these years, she elevated the game of transformation into an artistic concept and the result was numerous hitherto unknown works, featuring moments of theatre as well as of film.

In close collaboration with the artist, Gabriele Schor has academically researched the conceptual and performative beginnings of Cindy Sherman’s œuvre on behalf of SAMMLUNG VERBUND and is now publishing the “catalogue raisonné” of her early works, which is appearing in January 2012 in the Hatje Cantz publishing company, in German and English editions. The book is a collaboration between Cindy Sherman, SAMMLUNG VERBUND and Metro Pictures..”  27 January 2012-16 May 2012.  Formative, excellent..

image: Cindy Sherman, “Untitled”, 1975/Art News

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Photography: Diane Arbus Retrospective at Jeu de Paume

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 20 October 2011

A retrospective show of the work of the iconic photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971), the first of such caliber in France,  has opened at Jeu de Paume in Paris (through 5 February 2012).  Comprising 200 photos, some familiar, some previously unseen, the show spans the brief career, only 15 years, of this revolutionary, probing, and sensitive, New York-based artist.  Ground-breaking at its time, Arbus’ work, “an exploration of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion and belief, theater and reality”, still powerful today, 50 to 60 years later, glows with her mastery of light and context.

Diane Arbus at Jeu de Paume, here.  Wikipedia entry, a bit on the hyperbolic side, here.

top image: artdaily.org/© The Estate of Diane Arbus

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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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Practiced in the Art of Attraction – Photography at Float Gallery

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 31 March 2011

 Photo by Stephen Irwin included in the exhibition “Art of Attraction” at Float Gallery in New York

image: Stephen Irwin/Invisible Exports/Float Gallery/Wallpaper* Magazine

 Apphia Michael has written a short, crisp article entitled, rather directly, “Art of Attraction photography exhibition, New York” in the always-coveted Wallpaper* Magazine looking at the current exhibition of photography at the recently opened Float Gallery in New York City (‘Art of Attraction’ is running at Float Gallery until 3 April 2011, F.L.O.A.T. Gallery, 300 West 22nd Street, NY, NY 10011).  As Michael writes, the exhibition includes  “a mix of photographs that capture the themes of sexual desire and attraction, as well as…other photographic works that look to document our global obsession with the unforgiving Western ideal of physical beauty.”  Hmmm.  Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Very interesting slideshow, here.

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