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Gardar Eide Einarsson "Power Under Construction" at Honor Fraser Gallery, Culver City, California

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Honor Fraser is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Gardar Eide Einarsson. This exhibition, entitled Power Under Construction will mark Einarsson’s second with the gallery.

Einarsson’s approach to art making continues with his inherent conceptual complexities while applying direct appropriation and minimalism that in the end often leave the viewer disarmed. Einarsson typically uses a restrained palette of black and white, which offers a more serial or even deadpan reaction to his oftentimes overtly political, anti-establishment and general sub-contexts of opposition. Like Kasimir Malevich, the suprematist painter known for his socially charged works, Einarsson’s work seems starkly minimalist yet there are undercurrents of a strong voice of opposition. Einarsson’s aesthetically restrained compositions do borrow from a constant series of appropriated media, news headlines, explicit messages, underground subcultures and the criminal world. These subject matters offer a sort o…

Will Cotton "New Paintings" at Michael Kohn Gallery

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Will Cotton’s work has often featured landscapes composed of sweets, rich chocolate, and ambrosial clouds. In this exhibition, Cotton will present paintings in which he incorporates the figure into his landscapes, as well as several portrait format paintings. In the past, the figures that inhabited Cotton’s landscapes were primarily nudes. For his new work Cotton has designed items ofclothing specifically for the fictional space that the characters inhabit. He created a dress based on a foil cupcake wrapper, as well as one actually composed of cupcake papers, a skirt made of cotton candy with a rock candy bodice, cake hats, and candy tiaras; all worn by the models as they posed for the paintings. This body of work merges portraiture, landscape painting, decadent fashion, and Cotton’s interest in the role of bodily decoration as a signifier of status and taste. While in the past, Cotton has seen his figures as representative of a generalized archetype so as to place greater emphasis on…

Patrick Nickell and April Street at Rosamund Felson Gallery, Santa Monica, California

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Patrick Nickell
Patrick Nickell returns to Rosamund Felsen Gallery for an exhibition of new sculptural work, The Lending Library Lends a Hand. In his last exhibition Nickell created large homespun abstract forms that jutted out into space for a rather humorous interaction with shape and line. This new body of work involves a more careful, more intuitive consideration of mass and color, focusing on the gestural and corporeal aspects of form and interactivity. If the previous works conjured historical elements of drawing or even cartooning, this new work concentrates on bodily interfacing and evocative coloring. Nickell has formulated pieces that weave in, on, over and around themselves, and has overlaid them with refined, intensely colored surfaces, often confounding the viewer with a displacement of mass. The viewer is struck by the moments when these initially odd, rangy shapes begin to look like bodies, twisting and dancing before us, and simultaneously appear to be heavily grounded,…

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin: Video Tour of the Old Masters Collections

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Old Master PaintingsThe Old Master Paintings possesses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century. After the collection was founded in 1830, it was systematically built up and perfected. The exhibition includes masterpieces by artists from every age of art history such as van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt.

The collection

This newly built museum is situated at the Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz. It has about 7,000 square metres of exhibition space. A complete tour of the 72 rooms covers almost two kilometres. Two of the major sections are formed by Italian painting from the 13th to 16th century and Netherlandish painting of the 15th and 16th century.

Old German painting of the Late Gothic and Renaissance eras is represented by such great masters as Konrad Witz, Albrecht Dürer, Baldung Grien, Cranach and Holbein.

The octagonal Rembrandt room enjoys a key position at the heart of the museum. The s…

Watercolor at the Tate Britain

Group Show "Seven Minutes in Heaven" at Control Room, Los Angeles, California

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Statement


“Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.” What is the role of photography in the space of projected fantasy? A frame of reference for a thing that may or may not have ever existed, a surface that doubles as both well and black hole. The photograph becomes a location of meaning, both spatially and temporally. We rely more and more heavily upon the image to provide a picture of reality that we can depend on, all the while that location to which we have grounded ourselves becomes more and more disparate, two-faced, and untrustworthy. If we lose the ability to image ourselves, we must ask, where physically are we left to exist? And how then can we keep track of time? What can we imagine as the place we long to be? Or will we accept the fate of the image and surrender to formless, timeless, endless fluidity, without the comfort of a moment, a site, a point of isolation?"



Control Room is an artist run space in Downtown Los Angeles. 2006 East 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 
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Beatriz Milhazes at Fondation Beyeler

As a sort of preview to the upcoming exhibition in the museum, Fondation Beyeler in Riehen / Switzerland, presented a rather unusual floor work by the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes at Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. Now the museum is showcasing four new, monumental paintings by the artist, as well as a selection of collages, a mobile, and the aforementioned floor work.

In this segment, we have a look at the exhibition and meet up with the curator of the show, Michiko Kono, who talks about the artist, her work, the concept of the exhibition and the artworks on display.

Beatriz Milhazes has created the four new paintings expressly for the show at Fondation Beyeler. As she already pointed out in the interview VernissageTVdid with the artist in Miami Beach, the paintings are devoted to the subject of the four seasons. It’s the first time Beatriz Milhazes determined the subject of the works in advance of the painting process.
The exhibition project is curated by Michiko Kono, assistant cur…

George Stoll at Michael Maloney Fine Art

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GEORGE STOLL:
Selected Sculpture + Paintings
JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 12, 2011


"George Stoll is interested in the subject that is hiding in plain sight and what happens when representation becomes abstracted. In this work he investigates the poetics of American consumer culture and Catholic iconography, and by so doing creates beautiful sculptures that have the immediacy of Pop Art, the spare elegance of Minimalism, the appearance of a monochrome, and the telling ability to transcend their domestic function.

He fabricates by hand that which is found in everyday life: toilet paper, party streamers, sponges, American flags, Thanksgiving platters, Christmas Lights and most notably, Tupperware. In this exhibition at Maloney Fine Art, George will present his classic Tupperware configurations in elliptical forms, shelf sculptures and sponge paintings made of burned balsa wood."
George Stoll lives and works in Los Angeles.
A recipient of the Rome Prize, his work has been exhibited extens…