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Njideka Akunyili Crosby | TateShots

Drawing on art historical, political and personal references, Njideka Akunyili Crosby creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria, where she lived until the age of sixteen. In 1999 she moved to the United States, where she has remained since that time. Her cultural identity combines strong attachments to the country of her birth and to her adopted home, a hybrid identity that is reflected in her work.


"Slightly Flexible" (Group Show) at GAIT LA, Los Angeles, California

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SLIGHTLY FLEXIBLE
APRIL 23, 2017 – MAY 14, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 7–9 PM GAIT presents Slightly Flexible with artists Daniel Klaas Beckwith, Mickey Everett, Sydney Kinzie, Daniel Schubert, Theresa Sterner, and Pamela Valfer. The exhibition will be on view from April 23, 2017 through May 14, 2017 with an opening reception on Sunday, April 23 from 7 to 9 pm. Following the reception, please contact gaitprojectsla@gmail.com to view by appointment.

Designed by architects Leonard Schultze and S. Fullerton Weaver, the Biltmore Hotel and connecting Biltmore Theater opened off Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles in the 1920’s. The theater was demolished in 1964, and in the 1980’s a 24 story skyscraper named the Biltmore Tower was constructed on the site; while the neighboring Biltmore Hotel remains intact as a protected historical building. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties dictates that a contemporary addition to any histori…

New York Dispatch: Abstraction in the Bowery - 3 recent exhibitions about abstraction

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The language of abstraction has a fluidity that has been prevalent in modern and contemporary art. Three recent exhibitions in the Bowery demonstrate the range in which abstraction can visually explore both the natural world, the man-made world and world created by the artist within the work itself.

     In the two person exhibition at Kristen Lorello gallery featuring the paintings of Halsey Hathaway and the sculpture of Julia Kunin, the works communicate with each other with a cubist language. The small gallery is a site where the curves and color of Hathaway's paintings relate with the angles and edges of Kunin's sculptures. Hathaway's paintings remind me of Robert Mangold's curves of his earlier work with a polychromatic infusion within each curve and structure of the composition. Kunin's ceramic sculpture seem almost natural; as if some great force of nature carved each work. Kunin's sculptures glistens in the light as the angles and cubes protrude fr…

New York Dispatch: Pedro Reyes at Lisson Gallery, New York City, New York

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Pedro Reyes
28 February – 15 April 2017
Lisson Gallery 504 W 24th Street, New York lissongallery.com

Oftentimes you think you are thinking when you are not, and often this happens when you are not drawing…

For his first solo exhibition with Lisson New York, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes presents a group of new sculptures made from volcanic stone, marble and concrete. Surrounding these are over 150 works on paper, installed floor-to-ceiling on the gallery walls. This is the first presentation to feature drawings by Reyes at such scale or diversity.

Ranging from the intimate to the monumental, these new works resonate with both modern and ancient sources. Reyes has been looking closely at the history of statuary. Echos of Modern masters like Germán Cueto and Luis Ortiz Monasterio in Mexico; Frank Dobson, Reg Butler and Lynn Chadwick in the United Kingdom; Gerhard Marcks and Ernst Barlach in Germany; and Pierre Szekely and Marta Pan in France, may be found in some of the sculptures.

The materials…

2017 Whitney Biennial (Review), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York

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On View until June 11, 2017

Contemporary art has always asked the question, “What is now?” The Whitney Biennial always asks, “What is now in American Art?” Set in the new Renzo Piano designed building, located in the meatpacking district of Manhattan, the 2017 Whitney Biennial attempts to define American Art in the context of the current political, economic, and social situation of the country. With the recent election of... (READ MORE)

New York Dispatch 2017: Sarah Morris "Finite and Infinite Games" at Petzel Gallery, New York City, New York

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SARAH MORRIS Finite and Infinite Games On view until  April 8, 2017
456 W 18th Street, New York City, New York. 

The complex language of abstraction, imbued in the paintings of Sarah Morris continues in Finite and Infinite Games, as Morris extracts the codes, systems of control, power structures that characterize urban, social and bureaucratic typologies. The title of the exhibition references James P. Carse’s book on the sociopolitical implications of game play in everyday life, while the body of work is parallel to two films Morris has made: Abu Dhabi shot on location in the United Arab Emirates, and Finite and Infinite Games, a film featuring Alexander Kluge and the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg.

Architectural, political, and historical examinations of cities through reduced and expanded abstraction have been the mark of Morris’s paintings, in which she focused on revealing the multilayered identities and narratives of cities such as Rio, New York, Washington DC and Beijing. For this new…

“Rick Owens: Furniture,” at MOCA, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California

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The relationship between art, fashion, and design is a relationship that’s fraught with tension and conflict. The late Dore Ashton said of contemporary artists who explore other arts such as fashion, architecture, etc. “born into a situation of mutation, extension and expansion... (the American Artist) is not laden with dogmatic strictures and moves freely among the arts.” Rick Owens (b. 1961), a Paris-based fashion designer, creates a furniture line along with his partner Michèle Lamy. Owens fits Ashton’s description of an artist who is unconstrained, and one who moves freely among the arts.  Owens’s works look deceptive when one enters the gallery a first glance. They are minimalist in their form and aesthetic. Shapes and material give way to function. Owen’s furniture references past sculptors such as Donald Judd, or David Smith.

However, Owens is not satisfied with just being a furniture maker. Instead, Owens wants to have a dialog with the late painter Steven Parrino (1958 – 20…