Archive for October, 2011

Clouds

October 29, 2011

Actual Size:
2.5 x 3.5 inches

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Agnes Martin – Gabriel

October 28, 2011

MoMA is screening a film tonight made by Agnes Martin in 1976 called Gabriel. Having never heard of it, I’m quite intrigued.

‘The Museum of Modern Art, in cooperation with The Pace Gallery, has undertaken a preservation of Agnes Martin’s only completed film, Gabriel, a historically unique work that both illuminates and complicates our understanding of the artist and her paintings. “My movie is about happiness, innocence, and beauty,” Martin observed, “It’s about this little boy who climbs a mountain and all the beautiful things he sees.” To those familiar with the luminous, tactile, exacting geometries of her paintings, Gabriel’s elusive style and structure may come as a surprise: the lack of logical continuity; the point of view that shifts between that of the boy and an unseen observer; the handheld camera that is rarely at rest, but instead feels its way across the landscape, meandering and contemplating. Whatever tension exists in Gabriel comes from transition, variation, and difference: between shore and land, snow and desert, silence and Bach, solidity and movement, abstraction and nature.’

Sounds lovely, I wish I could go. Hopefully it will screen again sometime soon.

Gabriel screens tonight at MoMA at 7:00 p.m.

Zoe Leonard

October 25, 2011

Zoe Leonard, Artist, from Analogue, 1998-2007

Parsons Lecture: Zoe Leonard

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
6:30 pm

FREE

Aperture Bookstore and Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York

Bjork + Sam Falls

October 21, 2011

Pretty wonderful use of Sam Falls’ photographically painted style in these images of Bjork made for the 200th issue of Dazed and Confused.

See the full spread of images here.

Brian Ulrich – Ten Years

October 19, 2011

Brian UlrichBook Launch Party

Aperture Bookstore and Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York

Thursday, October 20, 2011
7:00 pm

1920's Boxer

October 19, 2011

Actual Size:
4 x 6.25 inches

Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action

October 18, 2011

Franz Erhard Walther, 28 Standstellen (28 Pocket Segments), 1967

Dia: Beacon has a wonderful and inspiring exhibition of interactive sculptural works by the German artist Franz Erhard Walther. I had never heard of Walther before but was completely taken in by the works which are almost more performance than sculpture.

According to Dia, “Werksatz (First Work Set), 1963–69 comprises fifty-eight fabric elements, or “instruments,” meant to be activated by visitors to the museum, drawing attention to the body as material form.”

The exhibition is organized in a gallery space with a large carpet taking up most of the room’s center. Along the walls surrounding the carpet are the folded fabric pieces that are selected one at a time and brought out onto the carpet to be unfolded and fully realized by the gallery visitors. It’s exciting to participate but equally interesting to watch others engage with the works. Also on view are works on paper as well as other various objects.

The exhibition was the highlight of my visit to Dia this time around but add to that the conversation I overheard between a lady and the young gallery attendant on duty. Here is a rough transcription:

Woman: But you can’t take pictures?

Attendant: Sorry, no pictures allowed in the gallery.

Woman: What’s the point, it just doesn’t make sense. How can you capture the moment then if you can’t photograph it?

Attendant: … (obviously unsure how to respond)

Woman: I was at the Louvre and it was the same thing. I just don’t get it.

Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action is on view at Dia: Beacon through February 13, 2012.

Doug Rickard – A New American Picture

October 16, 2011

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Melancholia

October 11, 2011

Although they seem to derive from diametrically opposed worlds, for me Lars von Trier’s Melancholia was everything that Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life should have been. Don’t get me wrong, both films are visually arresting and extra-ordinary in many ways but Tree of Life felt like a missed opportunity somehow.

Unfortunately for Malick, each film he (finally) finishes brings with it the greatest of expectations that almost no film can stand up to no matter how ambitious. For von Trier, seemingly on a roll, he cranks out film after film and while never perfect, each one challenges further while taking many risks that surprisingly seem to work.

I thought of all this while reading Amy Taubin’s brief essay on Melancholia which appears in the current issue of ArtForum.

“Melancholia breaks both molds—and as a result it is the first movie by the director that I haven’t loathed. It is nevertheless certifiably von Trier in its formal strategies, primarily the subversion of popular movie genres (here, the wacky wedding comedy and the disaster-from-outer-space flick) through the blatant imposition of an aesthetic that at once heightens and decimates the conventions of realism on which those genres depend. As Pop art was to Godard’s mid-’60s movies, German Romanticism (including its devolution into Nazi kitsch) is to Melancholia.”

Melancholia will be released on November 11, 2011.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 6, 2011