Monday, November 29, 2010

Exhibition Short Review, The Force of Absence

Gladstone Gallery, Ugo Rondinone, "nude" November 6 through December 23, 2010

Solo exhibition of Ugo Rondinone, an exhibition that continues his exploration of meaning created through and in subjectivity but maps out an extended terrain through figuration and life sized sculptures that are solemnly morbid.

In this show the Swiss Artist extends his conceptual concerns beyond the ironic and optimistic gestures (works that come to mind, 'Hell, yes!' planted on top of the New Museum', and his clown series) featured in some of his past work. His new work and its context within the space of the Gladstone gallery forcefully creates a mediative space, an interval, an interval affirmed by a certain measure of absence keenly felt by the spectator.

Required attendance for those familiar or new to his work. Click here for Exhibition Link.

Monday, November 01, 2010

AC Weekly Calendar



Barnes & Noble R. Crumb, 11/1/2010 7pm
R. Comb, known as the father of the underground comix, joins daughter Sophie in conversation with Bob Weil about the release of her new book, Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist. http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/67089

Fashion Institute of Technology, Nayland Blake 11/2/2010 130pm - 230pm
Artist, writer, curator, and Chair of the ICP - Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, Nayland Blake, speaks about his work where he addresses issues of his own racially mixed background, sexual identity, and body identity. http://blog.fitnyc.edu/artspeak/category/events/

92nd st Y, Anselm Kiefer 11/2/2010 8pm
German Artist Anselm Kiefer, former student of Joseph Beuys, has built a diverse body of work over the past 40 years that interrogates and critiques German history, particularly the current impact of the former Third Reich. http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?category=Lectures+and+Conversations888All+Lectures888&productid=T-AA5DL06

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Paul Chan 12/1/2010 6pm-8pm
Paul Chan discusses the process of his collaboration with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to put on Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He will also show clips from the performance and speak about about the installation of the Godot archive at MoMA. http://www.utsnyc.edu/unionforum

Guggenheim, Rob Pruitt 12/8/2010 7pm
Rob Pruitt, notorious for reemerging in the art world with a gallery show that featured a line of cocaine sprawled across a gallery floor, will host the Guggenheim's second Annual Art Awards. http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/calendar-and-events?option=com_calendar&task=showevent&mt=1291788000&mh=&aid=3627

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Philosophy of Motion Pictures Part II



"What is at stake, first of all, is an adventure
of vision, a conversion of the way of putting questions to any object
posed before us...." Derrida, Force and Signification


Dear Friends and Colleagues,



Art Comments is delighted to announce our participation with the BHQFU this summer. The Bruce High Quality Foundation University is continuing its education free-for-all with an exciting summer semester.


We invite you to join us tonight for our first class of the summer, Philosophy of Motion Pictures Part II, Wednesdays from 7:00 – 10:00PM. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Simply send us an email or fill out the form provided by the link on the syllabus if you would like to join us.



In a relaxed environment tonight, we will discuss the syllabus, class policies, and screen Danny Boyle's Sunshine. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks along.



Peter Duhon, director of Art Comments, and Mary Gagler are participating by curating a series of experimental workshops utilizing the provocative site of contemporary art, films and texts for rigorous discussions confronting and contesting hegemonic notions of representation, identity, authorship, and binary logic.



All BHQFU classes are free and open to the public. For details concerning the film course and other courses, click here. The school is sponsored by Creative Time.




Location: 225 West Broadway, NYC 10013 (located near the 1 train, Franklin Street stop, or A train, Canal Street)




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Saturday, June 12, 2010

6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, AC Update

DAY ONE

what is waiting out there


4 out of 6 venues visited. Great show thus far, well worth the trip from NYC. Not including the fact that my path crossed with Nicholas Serota at 3 venues. No, I didn't witness anyone asking for an autograph from the said director of the Tate. Can't say that I wasn't tempted, nonetheless, when my path intersects with the likes of Nicholas Serota or when I find myself shoulder to shoulder with Larry Gagosian at 3am in Miami, the binary aspect of myself (something that I consciously attempt to resist) concludes that my journey is well worth the effort and deemed successful.

Nevertheless, what I most enjoy is the force felt while viewing and engaging with a tightly curated exbhibition that compels thought. That force that ignites one to consider components of the social, personal, and public that are often violently suppressed or blatantly ignored by institutions that unscrupulously preach and promote deceptive images of neutrality, peace, and justice. A force that invites the reconsideration of 'common' beliefs that rest on a sacred pedestal, and quite frankly, need shattering.

Thankfully, many of the art works in the 6th Berlin Biennale successfully curated by Kathrin Rhomberg and her team confront this crisis contemporaneously. One of my favorites, a video produced by Andrey Kuzkin does precisely that. A video of someone literally scrubbing away at representation as posited by many within the publishing and fashion industry.

This video of a performance by the artist who dons health-care green plastic gloves is using some form of dissolvent, caustic acetone, to erase the front covers of several highly circulated fashion magazines. This erasing is poetically productive, it at once confronts and erases reductive, and deceptive modes of representation, while evoking a more powerful and affirmative notion, difference in action.

It is as if our dear artist is perhaps representing something else, at some level represent those excluded, on the margins, those outside the fringes, who are proudly inhabiting their singularity while taking much needed action, which we must remember, this act presupposes an acknowledgement of what's at stake, this isn't blind resistance.

This affirmative gesture of resistance, an opening, an act from and by Otherness, playing the game by dictating and questioning the paradigm from outside the domain but reaching in it and erasing the illusion of unattainable and fabricated representation as purported by the powers that be, calling into question both the pedestal and what's on it. Propelling into crisis a frighteningly complex and restricted system built on fashionable closure that embraces difference only on the conditions of profit and political approval (there are exceptions but we must admit they are rare).

I have more to say about this great work, appropriately titled Resistance, and others, and will update this post later providing more commentary.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Artist Lecture Series | Keren Cytter | Feb 4


Keren Cytter


Keren Cytter


Artist Lecture Series: Keren Cytter

Artist Reception: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lecture and interview: 7:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 4, 2010

Artists Talk On Art is delighted to host provocative Israeli artist Keren Cytter tonight as part of our Artist Lecture Series. Keren's artistic practice confronts and challenges representations of social realities, creating a veritable field of mutated plurality, meaning, signification and pleasure.

'Keren Cytter's videos have a distinctly literary flavour. Although her medium is tape and she makes countless references to cinematic and televised forms, her scripts often involve long soliloquies and multiple voice-overs that would seem more comfortable unravelling over the pages of a novel. The subject matter of her work is the stuff of relationships loss, loving, longing, friendship, betrayal much of it culled from her own or her friends lives.' - frieze.com

Keren Cytter has had solo exhibitions at CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2009), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008), and MUMOK, Vienna (2007).

Her work was included in the New Museum's landmark exhibition The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, and the 53rd Venice Biennale curated by Daniel Birnbaum.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

REVISED: Press Release | Artist Lectures | Winter & Spring 2010 Schedule

Art Comments

 


The James Wines lecture has been rescheduled for April 1, 2010, an interview session with Molly Barnes will take place this Thursday instead at the Soho20 Chelsea gallery, located at 547 West 27th St. between 10th and 11th avenue.


Here at Artists Talk On Art we are delighted to announce our Winter and Spring program for 2010. This season, all of our events take place at Soho20 Chelsea here in New York on various Thursday evenings:

All the best,
Peter Duhon
Director of Programming



Artist Lecture Series: Molly Barnes


Renown art dealer, west coast radio talk-show personality, and author, Molly Barnes will be interviewed by Susan Eley, director of Susan Eley Fine Art. Molly has written three books, hosts art talks at the Roger Smith Hotel, and served as ATOA's Program director for several years. She is also responsible for discovering such great art talents as John Baldessari, Robert Cottingham, and Mark Kostabi. She will discuss the many aspects of her life in the world of art.



Artist Lecture Series: Keren Cytter

7:30pm - 9pm February 4, 2010

'Keren Cytter's videos have a distinctly literary flavour. Although her medium is tape and she makes countless references to cinematic and televised forms, her scripts often involve long soliloquies and multiple voice-overs that would seem more comfortable unravelling over the pages of a novel. The subject matter of her work is the stuff of relationships – loss, loving, longing, friendship, betrayal – much of it culled from her own or her friends' lives.' - frieze.com

Keren Cytter has had solo exhibitions at CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2009), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008), and MUMOK, Vienna (2007). Her work was included in the New Museum's landmark exhibition The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, and the 53rd Venice Biennale curated by Daniel Birnbaum.

Conversation will ensue after artist talk with ATOA's Director of Programming, Peter Duhon, followed by questions and answer session with audience.


RSVP suggested: RSVP
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 547 West 27th St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10001

Suggested donation:
7 General Public
3 Artists and students



ATOA FILM SCREENING: Nancy Spero

7pm - 9pm Februrary 11, 2010

ATOA will present video footage culled from its archive of a talk presented by Nancy Spero.

"Nancy Spero, an American artist and feminist whose tough, exquisite figurative art addressed the realities of political violence." NY TIMES


RSVP suggested: RSVP
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 547 West 27th St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10001

Suggested donation:
7 General Public
3 Artists and students



FILM CLUB: Claude Chabrol's 'The Bridesmaid'

7pm - 9pm Februrary 18, 2010

"The deliciously twisted world of Claude Chabrol turns on a different axis from our own, though a closer look always suggests discomfiting similarities... The mystery of empathy pervades Mr. Chabrol's work, which is full of sociopaths, some charming, others not." - NY Times

RSVP suggested: RSVP
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 547 West 27th St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10001

Suggested donation:
7 General Public
3 Artists and students



Artist Lecture Series: John Newsom

7pm - 9pm February 25, 2010

'Valentines from a violent world, John Newsom's paintings and works on paper, which draw on sources such as natural history displays and antique field guides, are laced with dangerous beauty. Meticulously rendered bats and insects materialize amid branches, vines and fleshy blossoms, while myriad birds of prey tear at carrion or snatch up smaller creatures.' - Frieze

Born in 1970 in Kansas, Newsom earned his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA at New York University. Since his debut in the early 90s, Newsom's work has been displayed in 15 solo exhibitions, including recent shows in New York and Milan, Italy. His work has been included in over 50 group exhibitions, including shows at the Guggenheim. - Patrick Painter Inc

Conversation will ensue after artist talk with ATOA's Director of Programming, Peter Duhon, followed by questions and answer session with audience.


RSVP suggested: RSVP
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 547 West 27th St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10001

Suggested donation:
7 General Public
3 Artists and students



Artist Lecture Series: Ester Partegàs

7:30pm - 9pm March 18, 2010

The body and mind of the contemporary city has incorporated buzz words, logos, marketing percentages, random data and product placement in its ever-hardening landscape of regulated experience. For me, producing work is an attempt to rescue the 'everyday' in all its versatility and conflicting meanings." Ester Partegàs, Flash Art

RSVP suggested: RSVP
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 547 West 27th St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10001

Suggested donation:
7 General Public
3 Artists and students


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