Showing posts from March, 2012

Interview with Sarah Bancroft , Curator of "Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series" at The Orange County Museum of Art

"Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series" is the first major museum exhibition to explore the artist’s most celebrated series created from 1967 to 1988. Recognized as a leading West Coast Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s, Diebenkorn turned his attention to figurative painting in 1955 and achieved equal success in this alternate style. In 1967 he returned to abstraction, and during the next twenty years would forge one of the most compelling and masterful bodies of work of the 20th century: the Ocean Park series.  Sarah C. Bancroft joined the Orange County Museum of Art as curator in May 2008. In addition to Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, Bancroft curated the recent exhibition Two Schools of Cool, and organized the 2010 California Biennial. In 2009 she curated Video Work by Gao Shiquang and Chen Qiulin at OCMA as part of the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices China Festival, organized by Carnegie Hall and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and she co…

Jean Tinguely: Rotozaza II at Museum Tinguely, Basel

On the occasion of the exhibition “Under Destruction“, the Museum Tinguely in Basel presents Jean Tinguely’s kinetic art machine “Rotozaza II”, a device to destroy bottles. “Rotozaza II” was created in 1967 by Jean Tinguely on the occasion of the Congress “Vison 67: Survival and growth. Second World Congress on Communication in a Changing World” at the Loeb Student Center of the University of New York. The Museum Tinguely reactivated “Rotozaza II” for the exhibition “Under Destruction” and in addition presents various films and documents about Jean Tinguely’s further destructive works: “Homage to New York” (1960), “Etude pour une fin du monde” (1961) and ”Study for an End of the World” 1962.

Alice in Wonderland at Tate Liverpool

Alice in Wonderland at Tate Liverpool is the first exhibition of its kind to explore how Lewis Carroll’s stories have influenced the visual arts, inspiring generations of artists. Curators Gavin Delahunty and Christopher Benjamin Schulz takes us around the exhibition.

Daniel Cummings at ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Daniel Cummings Drawing, Painting, Sculpture
March 17 - April 21, 2012 

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The Brucennial 2012: Harderer, Betterer, Fasterer, and Strongerer

They did it again: After 2010, the art collective The Bruce High Quality Foundation once more challenges the Whitney Biennial with the Brucennial, and the 2012 edition is “harderer, betterer, fasterer, and strongerer”. The Brucennial beats the Whitney Biennial easily when it comes to the amount of paintings per wall. In “Petersburg hanging” style, the pop-up space in New York City’s Bleecker Street presents works of unknown artists next to those of famous ones like George Condo, David Salle, and Damien Hirst. This video documents the opening reception of the Brucennial, including art, flying T-Shirts, free beer, a special appearance of James Kalm and finally, a greeting into the future.

The Bruce High Quality Foundation and Vito Schnabel: The Brucennial 2012. 159 Bleecker Street, New York City, USA. Opening reception, February 29, 2012.

Rosson Crow "BALLYHOO HULLABALOO HABOOB" at Honor Fraser, Culver City, California

BALLYHOO HULLABALOO HABOOB is Rosson Crow's second solo exhibition with the Honor Fraser Gallery. Exploring the intimate psychological and emotional dimensions of nationalistic collective memory, Crow creates a series of works that take as a point of departure the exuberance and sobering aspects of past and recent gilded eras. Known for her theatrical and lush paintings that often feature decadent interiors, this new investigation marks a shift in the artist's artistic process, tensely negotiating representational depictions and mnemonic interplay in painting. Rather than reproducing imagery associated with particular temporal and locational circumstances, the artist taps into mythologizing narratives, personal memories, and familial anecdotes to execute a psychoanalytic excavation of historical periods.

From bleak Dust Bowl towns to celebratory tickertape parades, Crow's paintings are emblematic of American growth and decline. The exhibition's title in …

Picasso and Modern British Art

A major new exhibition at Tate Britain, Picasso and Modern British Art which explores Picasso's extensive legacy and influence on British art, how this played a role in the acceptance of modern art in Britain, and the fascinating story of Picasso’s lifelong connections to and affection for this country. Curator Chris Stephens shows us some of the highlights.

Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern, London UK

The nine decades of Yayoi Kusama's life have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo, in a career in which she has continuously innovated and re-invented her style. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. It ranges from works on paper featuring intense semi-abstract imagery, to soft sculpture known as "Accumulations", to her "Infinity Net" paintings, made up of carefully repeated arcs of paint built up into large patterns. Since 1977 Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution, and much of her work has been marked with obsessiveness and a desire to escape from psychological trauma. In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessively charged vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space.

The Whitney Biennial 2012

The 2012 Whitney Biennial is the seventy-sixth in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. This year’s Biennial, curated by Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders, presents painting, sculpture, installations, photography, dance, theater, music, and film from artists at all points of their careers, and provides an overview of the current state of contemporary art in America.

Protests outside, performances inside: For the first time, the entire fourth floor becomes a 6,000-square foot performance space for music, dance, theater, and other events. The Whitney Biennial also offers a wide range of public programs. The 2012 Whitney Biennial runs from March 1 through May 27. Some programs continue through June 10, 2012.

This video provides you with impressions from the VIP Preview of the 2012 Whitney Biennale at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Highlights include performances by the artists Dawn Kasper, and installat…

Ali Smith and Christopher Davidson at Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California

Mark Moore Gallery
5790 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
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Ali Smith makes her second major solo show with Mark Moore Gallery. Smith constructs elaborate micro and macrocosms through a delicate balance of chance and intention- simulating the complex balance found in organic structures. Often drawing from studies on paper and collages to create her large-scale compositions, Smith has continued to evolve her idiosyncratic, highly personal language of motifs and forms that are at once fluid and open.

Historically, Smith's elaborate undulations at once recall the whimsy of Gaudi architecture, the romance of Baroque ornamentation, and the intricacy of Art Nouveau. In this new body of work, she allows her canvases to evolve and unfold over time – the compositions vying for space within kaleidoscopic dimensionality and inversion of planes. With her emblemat…