Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CARTRAIN | vandalism | Tate

Remember East London graffiti kid CARTRAIN who stole pencils from Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy at the Tate as revenge for Hirst the Ripper seizing his diamond skull collage work? Isn't this illegal and can't one get thrown into the slammer?

For more, click HERE.

Breaking Ground: The Whitney’s Founding Collection | April 28–September 18, 2011

At the turn of the twentieth century, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an heiress and sculptor born to one of America’s wealthiest families, began to assemble a rich and highly diverse collection of modern American art. This group of objects, combined with a trove of new works purchased around the time of the Whitney Museum’s opening in 1931, came together to form the founding collection. This exhibition features a selected group of works from the approximately 1,000 objects in the Whitney’s founding collection, including iconic paintings by artists such as Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as works by lesser-known artists. Co-curated by Barbara Haskell and Sasha Nicholas.

Breaking Ground: The Whitney’s Founding Collection is the first in a multiyear series of exhibitions aimed at reassessing the museum’s collection. Unfolding in chronological order over a two year period, these exhibitions will explore overlooked developments in American art and reconsider iconic figures and masterworks within new frameworks and contexts.


Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein | Migros Museum of Contemporary Art

Liechtenstein.- The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein will show a thematic exhibition of selected works from the collection of the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art Zurich. The exhibition, called "Theatre of the World: The Migros Museum of Contemporary Art Collection", confronts works by artists since the 1990s with works by masters of Concept Art, Arte Povera and Minimal Art. The Migros Museum of Contemporary Art opened in Zurich in 1996 and is an important facet of the cultural works programme financed by the Migros retailing group. Its professional collecting activities extend back to the 1970's and it now owns an outstanding collection including numerous internationally renowned artists. The current refurbishment of the Löwenbräu building in Zurich gave those responsible at the museum the idea of inviting other museums to curate an exhibition featuring works from the collection and show these in a larger context. On view from May 27th until September 4th.

For more, click HERE.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

MY UPTOWN Profile: amani olu

amani olu (b. 1980) is not hard to miss in an art crowd and that is usually because he’s one of the only few black faces there. Nattily dressed, sporting a hi-top fade, bespectacled, big laugh, and even bigger projects. A ‘sartorialist’ in every sense of the word. Philadelphia’s Native Son has become a tastemaker of contemporary photography in New York City, constantly curating independent projects, publishing collector’s guides and producing new talent. But one thing is certain: olu knows what he knows because of what he has learned and UPTOWN learns, throughout our chat that is better to know than to not know at all.

For more, click HERE.

EXTENSION: DADARHEA until 03.27.11

DADARHEA extended until Sunday, March 27, 2011. Twenty artists. Uber-collective. Innovative video ideas.

55 Chrystie Street, near Hester Street
Lower East Side
212 925 4631

Invite : Ana Tzarev | Freedom to Create | 03.31.11

WHO: Ana Tzarev Gallery

WHAT: Opening Reception

WHEN: Thursday 31 March 2011, 6-8pm

WHERE: 24 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

WHY: To showcase acts of courage and creativity from artists around the world.

To RSVP, call 212 586 9800


Friday, February 18, 2011

Artists for AFRICA | Sotheby's London sale

LONDON.- Sotheby's announces that Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Antony Gormley and Yinka Shonibare are among the artists who have donated works to Art For Africa, a unique auction presenting for the first time such a major offering of works by some of South Africa’s leading artists alongside pieces by some of the foremost contemporary artists from the UK, which will be held at Sotheby’s London on Monday, September 21, 2009.

To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BOOK OF ART | Isaac Salazar

This has to be one of the most ingenuious usage of a book that I have ever witnessed. To view more images, visit the artist FLICKR page and be amazed at the art of folding.

BANKSY | revealed | Ebay?

(Mashable) -- UK artist Banksy, he of the guerilla techniques and ever-increasing popularity, is about to be unceremoniously identified to the highest bidder in an eBay auction, which ends Wednesday.

At press time, the winning bidder is offering one slim dollar shy of a million. Bidding started at $3,000; the auction has had 38 bids.

In the listing, the seller states, "I have uncovered [Banksy's] identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details... I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as 'Banksy.'"

The seller also says that eBay had previously terminated his auction because he was selling an intangible good; the seller is now technically offering for auction a piece of paper containing Banksy's legal name.

The party offering Banksy's identity is hardly a power seller, having a fairly sparse but mostly positive record that dates back to 2001.

At this time, we have no way of determining whether the winning bidder is being taken to the cleaners to the tune of $1 million or whether the seller is legitimately peddling an exclusive glimpse into the identity of a public figure who clearly wants to be anything but public.

However, we read on the artist's website that not all Banksy work that is sold necessarily corresponds to the artist himself.

CNN: Banksy still hiding in plain sight

"Banksy neither produces or profits from the sale of greeting cards, mugs or photo canvases of his work," the site reads. "He is not represented by any of the commercial galleries that sell his paintings secondhand."

Banksy gained a bit of stateside exposure in October 2010 when he directed an opening sequence for "The Simpsons."

What do you think of this auction? Would you want to know Banksy's identity, or do you think he deserves to live privately and relatively anonymously? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: CNN

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

THE ART OF THE DEAL | Bape x Bicycle Playing Cards

Inspired by their new collection A Bathing Ape has collaborated with Bicycle to create a set of cards for those who desire the 'extraordinary' over the 'ordinary.' My only question is at what cost? Should your game really compliment your game? Only you can decide!

Tuesday by mr. and mrs. amani olu on Thursday

WHAT: Mixed Greens is pleased to present Tuesday, our first exhibition organized by an independent curator. We are excited to let amani olu take the reins and unite an incredible mix of emerging artists to explore and deepen our understanding of the everyday in contemporary art.

In 1849, French artist Gustave Courbet painted The Stone Breakers, which captures two men in the act of breaking stones, traditionally the lowest class of work in French society. Courbet presents their menial labor in a straightforward manner, omitting romanticized and idealized gestures. This radical painting is the first historically significant depiction of everyday content in art. Almost fifty years later, Marcel Duchamp enraged the art world with his seminal readymade sculpture, Fountain. By the 1960s, Andy Warhol was producing paintings of Coke bottles, Campbell Soup cans, and high profile American celebrities. Courbet, Duchamp, and Warhol employed everyday content in their work in part to upset bourgeois sensibility. Courbet’s paintings rejected the historical and fictional subjects found in Neoclassicism and Romanticism, Duchamp’s Fountain posed an epistemological question (What is art?), and Warhol celebrated and criticized Post–War Americana by appropriating its iconic imagery. Warhol’s successful consideration of consumer products and popular culture is what gave rise to the inclusion and critical reception of the quotidian in art since the 1960s.

Akin to Courbet, Duchamp, and Warhol, contemporary artists continue to explore the everyday from a literal perspective, often through representation of content or emphasis on materials. Tuesday, however, aspires to expand the field of everydayness by culling together contemporary works that are less obvious manifestations of the everyday. Embodying various forms of the quotidian from noticing to the commonplace, this exhibition attempts to engage viewer expectations. On the surface, the proposed works are seemingly beholden to one central idea; yet, through a combination of artist dialogue and interpretation, the everyday, once subtlety embedded in the object, becomes apparent. Despite the substantial relationship to the everyday in their work, this subject does not necessarily motivate the exhibiting artists. The aim, then, is to pull their work apart and re-contextualize it with the intention of discovering new meaning and promoting further understanding.

curated by mr. and mrs. amani olu

On view: January 13 – February 12, 2011
Opening: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6PM
Curator’s Talk: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 2–3PM

Mixed Greens
531 W. 26th Street, 1st Fl.
New York, NY 10001

Exhibiting artists: Conor Backman, Joy Drury Cox, Jon Feinstein, Van Hanos, Heather Rasmussen, Peter Segerstrom, Breanne Trammell, and Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins