Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock / Kunsthalle Basel

On view at Kunsthalle Basel are “Sculpture Project Echo” (2009), a series of color photographs related to the “Echo”-installation; the video work “Conversations in the Studio 3″ (2010); two installations of sculptural works using crowd-control barriers titled “Double Monuments for Flavin and Tatlin” (2010) and “Blackout” (2007-2010); the ongoing “World Time” series (2008-), photographs of clocks on public buildings in different cities of the world; the photographic series “THe Hetley Suite” (2008); the two early video works “Ocularis” (1999) and “Double Empire” (2000).
Bettina Pousttchi was born 1971 in Mainz, Germany. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Pousttchi studied a.o. at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Université de Paris, St. Denis. In 1999/2000 she joined the renowned Whitney Independent Studio Program at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Her solo exhibitions include a.o. the project Echo at the outside facade of Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin over the course of six months (2009/2010); The Hetley Suite, Triangle Gallery, London (2008); Reality Reset, Von der Heydt Museum/Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal (2007); Screen Settings, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2003) and Die Katharina-Show, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen (2001). Different works by the artist were shown at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2009 as well as in numerous group shows.
Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock / Kunsthalle Basel. Opening reception, January 15, 2011.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work. Curated by Scissor Sisters. Alison Jacques Gallery, London

After the 2009 exhibition “A Season in Hell“, Alison Jacques Gallery in London presents a show with work of Robert Mapplethorpe. The exhibition also inaugurates the gallery’s additional new exhibition space at 41-42 Berner’s Street. Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work has been curated by the New York pop band Scissor Sisters. Last year, the band used a series ofMapplethorpe’s photographs as the artwork for their most recent album, as well as the singles for the album and the design concept for the accompanying world tour.

Night Work brings together not only the seven Mapplethorpe images chosen by Scissor Sisters, but also other work by the artist, and the band’s selection of works by major contemporary artists who have admired or been influenced by Mapplethorpe’s aesthetic and attitude: Matthew Barney, Tom Burr, Dan Fischer, Neil Gall, Paul Lee, Glenn Ligon, Oswaldo Macia, Jack Pierson, Marc Swanson, Scott Treleaven, Banks Violette, and Gillian Wearing. Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work runs until March 19, 2011.

Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work. Curated by Scissor Sisters. Alison Jacques Gallery, London / UK. Opening, January 18, 2011.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Director's Roundtable Sculpture Garden at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

One of the hidden gems of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the Director's Roundtable Sculpture Garden. The garden highlights outdoor sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Calder and Richard Hunt.

The entrance to the garden with Ellsworth Kelly's "Curve XV," and Alexander Calder's "Hello Girls," in the background.

"Curve XV" by Ellsworth Kelly

"Hello Girls" by Alexander Calder

Another view of "Hello Girls" by Alexander Calder

"Hello Girls" by Alexander Calder

"Trace" by Nancy Graves

"Extended Form" by Richard Howard Hunt

Sigmar Polke – A Tribute / Akademie der Künste, Berlin

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin just opened the exhibition Sigmar Polke – A tribute. Accounts of an artists friendship Polke/Staeck. In his tribute toSigmar Polke (1941-2010), Klaus Staeck looks onto a four-decade-long friendship and working relationship, dedicating a very personal exhibition at the Berlin Akademie der Künste to one of Germany’s most important artists. The exhibition runs until March 13, 2011.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

photo L.A. at the San Monica Convention Center

This year Super Mario's Art went to photo L.A. to get a sample of the latest in photography, especially photographic art. Galleries from L.A. and all over the world embarked on a 4 day exhibition that explores the current trends in photography. Below are pictures of the fair. I wanted to give the reader a sense of what was being shown. So enjoy!!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Las Virgenes: Visions of Inspiration at the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture

The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture 514 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90013 
(213) 626-7600

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

In Mexican, Latino and Chicano culture, the Virgin Mary, in particular the Virgin of Guadalupe is a symbol of national and cultural identity. From the miraculous painting of the Virgin presented by Juan Diego in the 16th Century to contemporary interpretations that transform the Virgin to a strong feminine figure, artists have looked to her for inspiration. The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture in downtown Los Angeles has an excellent exhibition by two artists, Ophelia Esparza and Johnny Nicoloro, who look at the Virgin as both the contemporary interpretation of  modern feminine and the traditional religious symbol that has a strong place in Latino and Chicano culture. Nicoloro uses digital and photographic collage to embrace the image of the Virgin in the everyday. Nicoloro places the image in sites of consumption and consumerism. It is if the Virgin appears in the everyday consumer culture that surrounds us. Esparza's paintings portray the Virgin as both the mother, strong feminine figure and the symbol of devotion that encapsulates the mystical and spiritual mother, the Queen of Heaven. An excellent exhibition of great beauty.  

An Interview with Katja Seib

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