Showing posts from May, 2011

Outdoor Sculpture at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California


Zhang Huan "49 Days" at Blum & Poe

Zhang Huan: 49 Days
May 21 – July 9, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday May 21st, 6 – 8 pm
For nearly two decades, Zhang Huan has established himself as one of the preeminent artists to emerge from China since the early 90s.  Zhang has developed a vast body of work ranging from endurance-based body performance (while living in New York) to large-scale public commissions, painting and sculpting with incense ash and even reinterpreting Handel's classic opera Semele at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Belgium and the Poly Theater, Beijing.

Central to his exhibition at Blum & Poe will be Pagoda, 2009, an imposing brick sculpture originally displayed at the Shanghai Art Museum. The twenty-two foot tall bell shaped pagoda is comprised of salvaged brick collected from demolition sites surrounding Shanghai (centuries old buildings that have been bulldozed in place of modern architectural progress). Near the center of the structure is a carved window from which a taxidermi…

Zsolt Bodoni – “Gods and Mortals” at Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Culver City, California

Zsolt Bodoni
"Gods and Mortals“
May 14 – June 18, 2011

Zsolt Bodoni's new works make no apologies for the reinvestigation of age old subject
matter: most notably the female nude and the equestrian statue. With their roots in
antiquity and re-births throughout art history, it might be imagined that these symbols of
love, beauty and power might have completed their cycles of reincarnation. Not so.
Bodoni turns again to the foundries that have inspired so much of his recent bodies of
work. Venus is reborn again but Mars, so often her companion in Renaissance painting,
is present here too amidst the engines of war: powerful machines, workers and half
finished assemblages. Great, half finished equestrian statues are inspected for approval
and, lest we forget the cost to animals as well as humans in wartime, Bodoni reminds us by
depicting a horse in a gas mask, plodding obediently and precariously along a
makeshift track as a great war ship prepares to embark far below.

Of late, Bo…

Rachel Harrison at Portikus


Ai Weiwei: Teahouse (2009) at the Museum of Asian Art, Berlin

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s teahouse (Teehaus, 2009) is currently on show at the Asian Art Museum in Berlin. It consists of 378 cubes and 54 prisms of pressed Pu’er-Tea, surrounded by a field of scattered tea.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to reproduce the scent of this work via video. So if you really want to experience the work, you have to visit the exhibition at the Asian Art Museum. The presentation of the Teehaus was made possible by the permanent loan by Dieter und Si Rosenkranz.

Berlin’s Museum of East Asian Art and the Museum of Indian Art were merged in December 2006 and now operate under a new joint name, the Asian Art Museum. The Collection of South, Southeast and Central Asian Art houses one of the most important collections worldwide of art from the Indo-Asian cultural area, from the 4th millenium BC to the present.

David Smith "Cubes and Anarchy" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles , California

Resnick Pavilion
April 3, 2011–July 24, 2011
This is the first major thematic exhibition devoted to the work of David Smith (1906-65). Throughout his career, what Smith called "basic geometric form" was a powerful touchstone.Cubes and Anarchy offers a fresh interpretation of Smith, revealing geometric abstraction as a leitmotif deeply connected to the artist's self-definition as a workingman and his need to reconcile that, through his interest in constructivism, with his identity as a modern artist.