Thursday, June 28, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

52nd Venice Biennale 2007 | Arsenale | Rainer Ganahl


Rainer Ganahl
1966 Bludenz, Austria
Vive e lavora a New York, USA
Searching "The Politics of Education" on Google.com
2007, Wall painting


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

Art Basel UNLIMITED 2007: Christoph Büchel


Christoph Büchel
Unplugged (Simply Botiful), 2006/07
Hauser & Wirth Zürich


Art Comments Photo Gallery of Unplugged (SImply) Botiful

Monday, June 25, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

Art Basel 38 2007: Herbert Brandl

Herbert Brandl
Ohne Titel
2007
Öu auf Leinwand
300 x 201 cm
GALERIE NACHST ST. STEPHAN
ROSEMARIE SCHWARZWALDER


Friday, June 22, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

Art Basel 38 2007: Michaël Borremans


Michaël Borremans
"The Prodigy"


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007, update analysis


Can a triumvirate successfully manage Art Basel?

written by peter duhon in new york

Absolutely. One look at or visit to Silicon Valley here in the US, and the Google triumvirate of CEO Eric Schmidt, co-founders and presidents Larry Page and Sergey Brin, serves as a prime example that a triumvirate can actually make perfect sense for complex, international organizations. Looking over the credentials of the triumvirate appointed by Messe Schweiz, I'm optimistic of the continued success of Art Basel.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

Art Basel 38 2007: Thomas Hartmann


Thomas Hartmann
“Randgruppe”, 2007
Öl/Leinwand, 160 x 130 cm




Monday, June 18, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

Art Basel 38 2007: Will Cotton


Will Cotton
Taffy Forest, 2007
72 x 80 inches
183 x 203
Richard Gray Gallery


Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

Art Basel 38 2007: Francesco Clemente


DEITCH PROJECTS New York
Francesco Clemente
Inside Out
2003
Tempera and oil on linen
74 x 80.5 inches
188 x 204.5 cm

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Short List

Art Basel 38 2007: Richard Prince


Richard Prince
Man O Man
1999
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
75 x 58 inches
190.5 x 147.3 cm


Friday, June 15, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Short List

Art Basel UNLIMITED: William Hunt


William Hunt
Put Your Foot Down, 2006
IBID Projects, GB-London
Photo by Peter Duhon


William Hunt
Put Your Foot Down, 2006
IBID Projects, GB-London
Photo by Peter Duhon



William Hunt
Put Your Foot Down, 2006
IBID Projects, GB-London
Photo by Peter Duhon


William Hunt
Put Your Foot Down, 2006
IBID Projects, GB-London
Photo by Peter Duhon





Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Short List

Art Basel 38 2007: Marc Quinn


Marc Quinn, 2007
White Cube Gallery
Photo by Peter Duhon

Marc Quinn, 2007
White Cube Gallery

Photo by Peter Duhon


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Short List

Art Basel 38 2007


Art Basel 2007
left: Basquiat, untitled 1985, acrylic, oil, varnish and pebcil on board, 228.5 x 117 cm
right: Alex Katz, Alice, 2007, charcoal and red pigment on paper
Gallery: Galleria Tega
photo by Peter Duhon

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007

Art Basel: Under New Management

The biggest news buzzing around Art Basel this summer is the appointment of a triumvirate to succeed current Art Basle director Sam Keller starting January 1, 2008. The triumvirate includes Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Annette Schonholzer, and Marc Spiegler. The biggest question obviously is can this triumvirate work? I would would simply ask, has it ever worked anywhere?

Regardless, Art Basel 2007 thus far is proving its place as leader in both the exhibition of contemporary art and the discussion of it. More later...


photo courtesy of art comments 2007



Monday, June 11, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Short List


Venice Biennale Arsenale



Riyas Komu, Designated March by a "Petro-Angel", 2006

Olio su tela. 6 panneli

Courtesy Collezione SAKSHI GALLERY, Mumbai

Progetto realizzato con il parziale contributo di American Center Foundation

Photo: Peter Duhon, Art Comments



Sunday, June 10, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007



photo by peter duhon

written by peter duhon in venice, italy

Here at Art Comments we are pleased to have officially started the modern day Grand Tour. Check here daily for coverage of the Venice Biennale, Art Basel 38 and more. While writing this blog entry, I'm at the press office here at the Venice Biennale, which they are closing temporarily, thus I have to make this entry extremely short. Creativity and expression has never been an exclusive commodity to any one nation or gender and that is certainly proven after touring the Venice Biennale. The scope of high-caliber art here captivates but doesn't overwhelm, this is due in part to an inherent quality that I'm seeing in most of the work: the quality of restraint.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Art Comments Exhibition Review

Neo Rauch at the Met: para


written by don porcella in new york


Neo Rauch, whose name in German means new smoke has created a visual language that lives up, in part to his apt moniker. His new paintings on view at the MET, are the third in the Met’s series of youngish mid-career artists. Rauch’s name, as I am told by local New York art critic Jonathan T.D. Neil, also is the term one would use in german to bum a cigarette from a stranger. I only wish I could bum one of Mr. Rauch’s paintings from him. Yo, Rauch. Can I have a Rauch?

Neo Rauch, Die Fuge [The Fugue/The Gap], 2007

Oil on canvas, 118 1/8 x 165 3/8 in. (300 x 420 cm)

Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin & David Zwirner, New York

© 2007 Neo Rauch / Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Photo: Uwe Walter

Neo Rauch created the paintings for this show that he calls para. Para relates to the word root that shows up in words like paranormal, paranoid, etc… and his paintings certainly live up to this open ended word, para, as a title for his show.




Neo Rauch, Warten auf die Barbaren [Waiting for the Barbarians], 2007

Oil on canvas, 59 1/8 x 157in. (150 x 400 cm)

Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin & David Zwirner, New York

© 2007 Neo Rauch / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Photo: Uwe Walter


Being an artist I am very critical and I only get excited by a few shows and artists a year. I think it is Rauch’s ability to surprise, his painterly approach, the inclusion of mistakes, his open ended narratives and his social realism surrealist style that appeals to me. I don’t believe in rules in art but Rauch does deliver on what I consider key aspects that make a piece of art interesting.


Neo Rauch, DerNaechsteZug [The Next Move/The Next Draw], 2007

Oil on canvas, 59 1/8 x 78 (150 x 200 cm)

Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin & David Zwirner, New York

© 2007 Neo Rauch / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Photo: Uwe Walter


His works are never the same size and he plays with scale in the depiction of characters or figures in his work challenging the viewer and their relation to the painting. Although, one might think his work comes from a different time period, on closer inspection his work unravels into an open ended free for all where chaos, confusion and melancholy rein supreme.



Neo Rauch, Die Flamme [The Flame], 2007

Oil on canvas, 63 x 43in. (160 x 110 cm)

Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin & David Zwirner, New York

© 2007 Neo Rauch / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Photo: Uwe Walter




Despite the many levels of Rauch’s paintings that draw me in, I find his overall tone to be a downer. His palette and style beguile a lost era that is rooted in depression, loss, and heartache. I find his paintings heavy and sometimes hard to bear when empathizing with the work. However, it is extremely difficult to create paintings that do what his do. He is a painter’s painter. He guides us all on a path that is all his own and yet his open-ended narratives don’t pin you in. It gives the viewer an opportunity to make sense of it for themselves and in that way he has allowed us to be an active part of the art.



Neo Rauch, Vater [Father], 2007

Oil on canvas, 78 X 59 in. (200 x 150 cm)

Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin & David Zwirner, New York

© 2007 Neo Rauch / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Photo: Uwe Walter



Neo Rauch at the Met: para

May 22 thru October 14, 2007

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

New York, New York 10028-0198