Tel Aviv Art Guide - July

Tel Aviv Art Guide - July

July is not the peak of our Israeli summer but temperatures can get quite high and so this month’s recommendations are all about museums. Chilled and quiet, they might be the best way to pass your days. 
 
  
Exhibition title: Woven and Untangled - New Video Works in the Museum Collection
Artist/s: Group exhibition
Venue: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Helena Rubinstein Pavillon
Dates: Until 28 October 2017 

The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion is one of the most beautiful Modern buildings in Tel Aviv, having the ability to change itself completely for each exhibition. This time it has been turned into a cinema hall for presenting a video art only show. This exhibition is a great way of get acquainted with young Israeli video art, dealing with various political issues such as gender, immigration tensioned histories and more. 
 

Mika Hazan Bloom at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Mika Hazan Bloom at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Exhibition title: The Kids Want Communism 
Artist/s: Max Epstein, Toy Boy, Jonathan Gold, Tal Gafni, Matti Lahat
Venue: Moby Museum of Bat Yam
Dates: From 22 June, 2017  

This is part three of a trilogy dedicated to the communist manifest published 99 years ago. Socialist questions are rising up again due to difficult economic atmosphere in Israel and around the globe. It is fascinating to see how young multi-disciplinary artists react to this situation.    

Tamar Nissim at MoBY

Tamar Nissim at MoBY

Exhibition title: Escape Room
Artists: Shahar Afek, Dorian Gottlieb, Eden Hevroni, Efrat Hakimi, Niv Cohen, Gili Lavy, Dor Zlekha Levy, Guy Nissenhaus, Chen Serfaty, Tal Rosen, Iris Chetritt
Venue: Nahum Gutman Museum
Dates: Until 2 September, 2017


This great exhibition portrays the works of some of Israel art scene’s intriguing new voices. Inspired by popular Escape Room games every work in the show functions as a clue and the whole exhibition is a quest to be solved by the viewers. If you get to the museum, don’t skip Gutman’s paintings exhibited in the second floor.   

Tal Rosen, 'When we strike roots', Nahum Gutman Museum Header Image: The Kids Want Communism - MoBY, Bat Yam

Tal Rosen, 'When we strike roots', Nahum Gutman Museum


Header Image: The Kids Want Communism - MoBY, Bat Yam

San Francisco Art Guide - June

San Francisco Art Guide - June

These are some of the top Gallery and Museum shows that I highly recommend this Summer in San Francisco.


I.
Exhibition title: Here and Home
Artist: Larry Sultan
Venue: SFMOMA
Dates: Until 23 July, 2017


This major retrospective of Larry Sultan (American, 1946–2009) Here and Home, examines the work and 35-year career of the internationally renowned photographer.  The exhibition includes more than 200 photographs, a billboard created with conceptual artist and frequent collaborator Mike Mandel, a film, as well as "Study Hall" — a room offering a unique glimpse into Sultan’s exploratory process. Sultan’s often intensely personal images — many drawn from his own family’s history — blend documentary and staged elements in their explorations of storytelling, family, and domesticity. Sultan had deep ties to the Bay Area as both an artist and an educator.

II.
Exhibition title: Soundsuits
Artist: Nick Cave
Venue: Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Dates: Until 14 August, 2017


Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave (American, b. 1959) challenges conventions on what it means to be a visual artist, a performer, a crafter, and an educator. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, which are full-body sized sculptures, often worn as costumes and performed in and conceal the wearer’s identity leaving the viewer with no indication of race, gender, or age. Cave's Soundsuits are made of everything from collected and repurposed buttons, to wooden sticks, beaded baskets, doilies and sequined fabric. While seeing Cave's exhibition you can also have a look at the fabulous Anderson Collection upstairs. 

III.
Exhibition title: Order of Appearance
Artist: Jim Jocoy
Venue:  Casemore Kirkeby @ Minnesota Street Project  
Dates: 16 June - 29 July


One of my favorite art galleries in San Francisco, Casemore Kirkeby will be presenting Jim Jocoy: Order of Appearance.  Jim Joyce (Korean, b. 1952) was born in South Korea to his Korean mother and American Father.  Moving to Sunnyvale in 1969 with his family, in 1976, at the start of the San Francisco punk scene, Jocoy became a student at UC Santa Cruz. The exhibition is an intimate and revealing selection of images embracing the burgeoning San Francisco punk club scene from 1977-1980. The opening will take place June 16th with a reception and book from 6-8pm, Order of Appearance, will contine through July 29th. In addition, on Saturday, July 15th, the artist will be in conversation with music journalist and critic Sam Lefebvre at Casemore Kirkeby at 5pm. After viewing the exhibition take a peek at all the other current exhibitions at MSP and then try the new restaurant. 

Brussels Art Guide - June

Brussels Art Guide - June

I.
Exhibition title: Material Light Shows by Georges Meurant
Artist/s: Georges Meurant
Venue: Aeroplastics contemporary, rue Washington 186 à 1050 Brussels
Dates: From 15 June, 2017


George Meurant is a belgian colorist painter whom I particularly like. In 1990 he invented the figural field, the experiment of which continues. His painting becomes a patchwork of colored rectangles by which he experiences the interactions between tones. He paints in oil, on wood, in generally square formats, no color is the same, and varies according to the hours of the day

II.
Exhibition title: Nicolas Party, Three Seasons
Artist/s: Nicolas Party
Venue: Xavier Hufkens Gallery, 107 rue Saint-Georges, 1050 Brussels
Dates: Until 15 July, 2017


For his inaugural exhibition at the gallery, Swiss artist Nicolas Party has executed two site-specific murals that transform the interior while creating a singular environment for a recent group of large-scale pictures and bronze sculptures. The simple, classical and almost generic subjects (the still life, the landscape, the nude) coupled with the artist’s distinctive style (inexpressive, reductive, devoid of anecdote) gives rise to images of great visual immediacy and a profound, almost unsettling, stillness.  

III.

Exhibition title: Benoît Platéus, Telephone Poles
Artist/s: Benoît Platéus
Venue: Albert Baronian Gallery, 2 rue Isidore Verheyden, 1050 Brussels
Dates: 9 June - 15 July 2017


The young belgian artist Benoît Platéus photographs the spaces he experiences : modern urban views, interiors, caves - as many spaces that surround him but which he does not master. He pays particular attention to light, that light whose intensity deconstructs the image; A powerful flash that can be caused by a ray of sunlight as well as a flashlight. These moments of blinding openness, those meanwhile we enjoy when a ray of sunlight blinds us a fraction of a second and immediately forget them, are moments that he places at the center of his work.

TLV Urban Art Guide - June

TLV Urban Art Guide - June

June brings heat to the streets of Tel Aviv, and the urban art scene is heating up as well!


Work: Nitzan Mintz and Dede Ad Takeover
Area: Corner of Lincoln and Yehuda Ha-Levi Street.


Introducing a new medium, relatively unused in the streets of Tel Aviv, especially in a scale like this; Nitzan Mintz and Dede take over two huge ad spaces in central Tel Aviv. Nitzan introduced a known poem of hers in a very big scale. Notice that each of the letters was finished by hand. Dede pushed the envelope with a supposedly nude model (it's our beloved gallery tour guide Tali Kayam!) covered with his famous bandaids. Could this be a new series? We hope so!

Nitzan Mintz

Nitzan Mintz

DEDE

DEDE

Work: Tel Aviv Proud stencils
Area: Florentin Neighborhood.


Just in time for the best event in town during June – Tel Aviv Pride parade – here is a selection of some proud stencils that can be found in Florentin neighborhood.

Work: New piece by urban artist Ame 72
Area: Abarbanel Street, Florentin Neighborhood.


Ame 72 is a known artist in the streets of Tel Aviv. He also recently had his work exhibited in the ZK Gallery in San Francisco. A very fresh piece of his can be found on Abarbanel street, this one addresses the issue of global warming, which is very appropriate for our global conditions and the local weather getting hotter and hotter this time of year.

Melbourne Art Guide - June

Melbourne Art Guide - June

Here are my exhibition picks for June, the first month of winter, in Melbourne: 

I.
Exhibition title: Tossed by Waves
Artist: Angelica Mesiti
Venue: Anna Schwartz Gallery
Dates: Until 1 July, 2017


Tossed by Waves is a new video and sculpture installation from Mesiti. Engaging with Morse code, the sculptures comprise of dots and dashes that enable them to signal messages. The video component, filmed at the Place de la République in Mesiti’s adopted city of Paris, mediates on ideas of hope, despair and resilience. 

Image caption: Angelica Mesiti, Tossed by Waves (still), 2017, single-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, silent, 6 minutes, 17 seconds

Image caption: Angelica Mesiti, Tossed by Waves (still), 2017, single-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, silent, 6 minutes, 17 seconds

II.
Exhibition title: DDesign
Artist: Matthew Griffin
Venue: Neon Parc
Dates: Until 24 June, 2017


Matthew Griffin’s new collages contain an assortment of images, many sourced from Italian designer and founder of the Memphis collective, Ettore Sottsass. In these works, the sacred forms of the vessel and the painted body are subverted through satirical pop-culture references. This exhibition marks a re-entry into the art world for Griffin, who nearly a decade ago, decided to quit being an artist and sold all of his work on eBay.

Image caption: Matthew Griffin, DDesign (Bad Speech), 2017, synthetic polymer paint and collage on paper, 31 x 25cm

Image caption: Matthew Griffin, DDesign (Bad Speech), 2017, synthetic polymer paint and collage on paper, 31 x 25cm

III.
Exhibition title: (Not titled)
Artist: Noriko Nakamura
Venue: Daine Singer
Dates: Until 1 July, 2017


Noriko Nakamura’s practice follows an interest in the Japanese indigenous religion of Shinto animism: a belief that the boundary between the physical and spiritual is not absolute. Using stone carving and organic elements such as cat hair, Nakamura explores and transforms these materials to reveal their spiritual force.

Image caption: Noriko Nakamura, studio view, 2017 Header Image: Angelica Mesiti, Tossed by Waves, 2017, Installation view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.

Image caption: Noriko Nakamura, studio view, 2017


Header Image: Angelica Mesiti, Tossed by Waves, 2017, Installation view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.

Warsaw Art Guide - June

Warsaw Art Guide - June

I.
Exhibition title: Connection Zakopane-Warsaw
Artists: Udwik Boller, Wojciech Brzega, Henryk Burzec, Leon Chwistek, Jan Cykowski, Józef Czajkowski, Czesław Domaniewski, Jan Dziaczkowski, Kazimierz Fajkosz, Wiktor Górka, Anna Górska, Władysław Hasior, Stanisław Janowski, Wojciech Jastrzębowski, Józef Kandefer, Antoni Kenar, Władysław Klejn, Stanisław Kokesz, Stanisław Kulon, Magda Leja, Rafał Malczewski, Henryk Morel, Roman Olszowski, Igor Omulecki, Stefan Osiecki, Grzegorz Pecuch, Edward Piwowarski, Józef Rajchel, Zbigniew Rogalski, Antoni Rząsa, Rita Sacchetto, Jerzy Sacha, Henryk Schabenbeck, Władysław Skoczylas, Jerzy Skolimowski, Oskar Sosnowski, Zygmunt Sowa- Sowiński, Zofia Stryjeńska, Karol Stryjeński, Jan Szczepkowski, Ludomir Szpadkowski, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Stanisław Witkiewicz, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Jan Koszczyc Witkiewicz, Leon Wyczółkowski, August Zamoyski, Tadeusz i Stefan Zwolińscy, and architectural teams participating in the competition for the shelter at Morskie Oko (Eye of the Sea) in 1959, students of the State School of the Wood Industry (later the State High School of Art Techniques) in Zakopane, the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, folk artists and others.
Venue: The Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture
Dates: Until 6 August, 2017


The exhibition tells the story of a strong culture-forming link between the two capitals: the political-Warsaw and the winter one- Zakopane. The show presents paintings by Zofia Stryjeńska or Witkacy's drawings from the twenties, fabrics and toys designed by the students of Antoni Kenar after the World War II or bold modernist designs of the shelter by the Morskie Oko (Eye of the Sea) from the fifties. The “connection” is continued by contemporary artists such as Janek Dziaczkowski or Zbigniew Rogalski. 
The exhibition in Królikarnia in an intriguing way depicts how the myth of Tatras was constructed and asks the question if it is still present in polish art.

II.
Exhibition title: Seven sisters
Artist/s: Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Dragana Bulut, Liz Craft, Barbara Leoniak, Nevine Mahmoud, Mélanie Matranga
Venue: Kasia Michalski Gallery
Dates: 1 June - 27 July, 2017


Inspired by such an unprecedented women’s march, Seven Sisters brings together the work of six international female artists whose practices of installation, sculpture, photography, film and performance evoke and deconstruct—with distance, humor and a recurring sense of poetry—the omnipresence of the feminine body in the public realm, and the mystified notion of interior and intimate space.

III.
Exhibition title: Bródno Sculpture Park. Chapter 9
Artist/s: Paweł Althamer, Youssouf Dara, Olafur Eliasson, Jens Haaning, the group Nowolipie, Susan Philipsz, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Monika Sosnowska, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Venue: Bródno Park Kondratowicza/ Chodecka, Warsaw
Dates: Until 3 September, 2017

June is a perfect time to visit The Bródno Sculpture Park. The project was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative of the artist Paweł Althamer, the Targówek District, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. The park functions as an evolving exhibition of contemporary art, presented outdoors and accessible to visitors 24 hours a day.
The 9th edition of the Bródno Sculpture Park is a “repeat” of museum materials. We review the 8 previous editions of the exhibition, revisiting our dear old friends: artists, works, realized and unrealized concepts.This year’s program includes initiatives helping stakeholders get to know one another better—museum staff, local audiences, tourists, recreational users of Park Bródnowski—and critical reflection on the functioning of the sculpture park here on the east side of the Vistula. This will include hikes from the Museum on the Vistula (in the Powiśle district) to the Bródno Sculpture Park, inspired by Situationist dérives (“drifts”); social consultations in the form of picnics; a flying university of art landing at community centres, libraries, prisons.

Barcelona Art Guide - June

Barcelona Art Guide - June

The top Gallery and Museum shows that you don't want to miss this Spring if you are visiting Barcelona.

I.
Exhibition title: Retrospective
Artist: Duane Michals
Venue: Casa Garriga i Nogués│Fundació Mapfre
Dates: Until 10 September 2017


The retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of the US photographer, Duane Michals runs until 10 September. The itinerary of the exhibition is distributed in successive stages, that show the different, gradually invented ways of expression of the photographer, along with the varying series made on specific subjects over time.

II.
Exhibition title: WS & CSSC, Drawings and Paintings
Artist: Paul McCarthy
Venue: Fundació Gaspar
Dates: Until 16 July 2017

InWS & CSSC, Painting and Drawings, McCarthy presents his paintings and drawings exploring his two main in-progress projects within his multidisciplinary practice: White Snow and Stagecoach. Within these works, McCarthy masterfully mixes the history of painting with contemporary motifs in dramatic scenes that expose latent desire and exploit the uncomfortable space where childhood innocence meets adult knowledge.

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III.
Exhibition title: International Airport
Artist: Group show including José Benítez, Andrew Bush, César Delgado, Evol, Gerard Fernández Rico, Pablo Genovés, Joy, Mark Laita, Mr. Brainwash, Gerard Mas, Alejandro Monge, Erwin Olaf, Lluis Roig, Samuel Salcedo, Ramon Surinyac, Loes Van Delft.
Venue: Galeria 3 Punts
Dates: until 10 July 2017


INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is a group exhibition made of a selection of paintings and sculptures by young mid-career living artists with an international reputation and projection. The confluence of a diversity of visual languages constitutes a globalized and updated version of our culture, a melting pot enriched and nourished by exchange, collaboration and inherent human curiosity. 

Vienna Art Guide - June

Vienna Art Guide - June

Mumok, Josephinum, Belvedere/Winterpalais: Jakob Lena Knebl rethinks the collection of modernist and contemporary art, a spacial sound installation by Samuel Schaab at one of Viennas most interesting hidden museums and an international fashion statement at the Winterpalais.


I.
Exhibition title: Vulgär?  Fashion Redifined
Artists: Manolo Blahnik, Chritian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood etc.
Venue:  Belvedere / Winterpalais
Dates: Until June 25, 2017


The Winterpalais is a wonderful Baroque jewel in Vienna´s city centre. It was originally built as a lavish stately residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. This exhibition is curated by Judith Clark. Organised by Barbican, London.

Picture: Christan Wind © Belvedere, Vienna

Picture: Christan Wind © Belvedere, Vienna

II.
Exhibition title: Lonely Old Slogans
Artist: Jakob Lena Knebl
Venue: Mumok
Dates: Until October 22, 2017


Mumok is Vienna's Museum of Modern Art – located in the Museums District. The exhibition is designed by Jakob Lena Knebl – it is a new arrangement of the mumok collection of modernist and contemporary art. Knebl combined her selection with new own works. Curated by Barbara Rüdiger and Susanne Neuburger.

Picture: © Itai Margula

Picture: © Itai Margula

III.
Exhibition title: Artificial Hearts – The Bridge to Survival
Artists Judith Fegerl, Peter Garmusch, Stephanie Pflaum, Samuel Schab, Anna Witt
Venue: Josephinum
Dates: Until October 17, 2017


External Curator and Museology Consultant Moritz Stipsicz redesigned the collections of the Medical University and curates group shows  and permanent intervantions with contemporary artist. The exhibiton reflects Vienna´s artificial heart programme and combines this theme with five artist statements: science meets fine art. Curated by: Klaus Wassermann and Moritz Stipsitz.

Picture: © Itai Margula

Picture: © Itai Margula

Jerusalem Art Guide - June

Jerusalem Art Guide - June

Jerusalem is heating up this time of the year, lucky for us, there are some really exciting art exhibitions to draw us into the delightfully air conditioned galleries. From an epic Ai WeiWei exhibit to reinventing venerable design concepts, to questioning our contemporary social culture - here is a list of recommendations that will keep you cultured and busy during your stay in Jerusalem! 
 
I.
Exhibition title: Maybe, Maybe Not
Artist/s: Ai WeiWei
Venue: The Israel Museum 
Dates: Until 20 October, 2017

Ai Wei Wei is an internationally renowned multimedia artist known for his powerful installations and exhibitions that are politically charged with the brave artist’s voice. Wei Wei’s works often result in dramatic exhibitions, and this highly anticipated one at The Israel Museum (Wei Wei’s first time exhibiting in Israel!) is no exception. “Maybe, Maybe Not” takes up almost the entire third floor of the Israel Museum and criticises human condition, begging the world to respond to the world’s injustices.

Exhibition view photo by Eli Posner

Exhibition view photo by Eli Posner

II.
Exhibition title: Repositioning
Artist/s: Various Artists
Venue: The Museum for Islamic Art
Dates: Until 30 November, 2017


Twelve artists were asked to choose an object from the permanent collection of The Museum for Islamic art and reinterpret for this stunning group exhibition. Featuring works from the plastic arts, design and video - each artists’ interpretation questions the value of each object and its importance - whether it is inherent, and whether its value changes once the artists fills it with his or her own interpretation and meaning. 

Remy Tarif, "Significant Other" Photoby: Shay Son Ephraim

Remy Tarif, "Significant Other" Photoby: Shay Son Ephraim

III.
Exhibition title: Shared Taxi
Artist/s: Malki Tesler
Venue: Barbur Gallery 
Dates: Until 16 June, 2017


Tesler is a Tel Aviv based artist who works primarily with painting and video works. Although her exhibition will only be up for the first two weeks in June, I highly recommend having the chance to view the artist’s bold and comic approach. Tesler questions social boundaries and human condition vis-a-vis her childish introverted illustrations along with successfully crass videos where you view the artist interacting with the public in order to draw attention to mundane social situations. 

Video still by Malki Tesler HEADER IMAGE: View of “Maybe, Maybe Not” at The Israel Museum, photo by Elie Posner .   

Video still by Malki Tesler


HEADER IMAGE: View of “Maybe, Maybe Not” at The Israel Museum, photo by Elie Posner . 
 

London Art Guide - June

London Art Guide - June

June is the last push for most art professionals, we have been running around everywhere and we cannot wait for our summer holiday! Here are three exhibition choices to gain energy from. 

I.
Exhibition: Focusing Room
Artists: Adolf Luther, Alberto Biasi, Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Nicolas Schoffer, Peter Sedgley, Nanda Vigo
Venue: Art Circle 48 Albemarle Street London W1S4DH
Dates: 19 May - 9 June, 2017


It's a wonderful way to plunge into the art of the 1960s and 1970s. While we may all know Donal Judd, most of the artists in this show are still relatively unknown, which is a crime given how meaningful they are to this time. This whole generation of artists was fascinated by light and perception. The artists saw themselves as geeky researchers in the field of optics which we can tell while walking around all these optical and lighting illusions. 

II.
Exhibition: Juicy Bits
Artist: Tristan Pigott
Venue: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London NW10SG
Dates: 8 June - 1 July, 2017


The kind of people that Tristan Pigott depicts are our real contemporaries. People who are attuned to the way that self-image is constantly chopped up, repackaged and beamed back at us through the wires and lenses of our modern culture. Go and see it, you will never hold your iPhone the same way again. 
 

III.
Exhibition: Procedures & Materials
Artists: Scarlett Bowman, Will Thomson, Alexandra Lethbridge, Leni Dothan and Jessica Thalmann
Venue: Online! https://collectionair.com/exhibitions/75-procedures-materials
Dates: Until 24 July, 2017


Not all exhibitions have to be experienced physically, we are, after all in a time of progress. Here is a great online exhibition by curator Ariane Belisle discussing processes and materials with a group of young artists. In the mid-1960s, process became a marked theme within the history of art. Rooted in the Dada movement and Abstract Expressionism, materials, procedures and facture began to take precedence over the final work. Eschewing the fabricated modular units of Minimalism, the artworks intentionally left exposed traces of their creation. Echoing the common refrain ‘it’s the journey, not the destination,’ Procedures & Materials follows in this tradition, investigating new processes in art.

Zurich Art Guide - June

Zurich Art Guide - June

The international art world is soon to descend upon the city for Zürich Art Weekend (10 & 11 June), a precursor to Art Basel the following week (13–18 June), and Zürich’s galleries are preparing stellar shows to greet them. 

I. 
Exhibition title: For Evergreen
Artist: Thomas Flechtner
Galerie: Bildhalle
Dates: Until 24 June. 2017


My breath caught when I entered Bildhalle’s bright white lofty space, punctuated with large-scale colour photographs by Thomas Flechtner (b. 1961, Switzerland). Vibrant colours, seeping into lurid, alongside glimpses of nature felt just right to accompany summer’s arrival in the city. But any sense of purity soon receded - things were not quite what they seemed. 

Flechtner’s exhibition, For Evergreen, combines photographs from different series made over the last 10 years - Bulb, Germs, Leaves, Grasses and News. The obvious connection is nature, but these are predominantly artificial landscapes. When looking at Germs No. 8, for example, I imagined delicate shoots of grass growing from islands of red flesh floating on a bright blue lake. What was this place? I learnt that this landscape is wholly constructed - the artist had dipped cotton balls in red ink and placed them on a mirror reflecting the sky. Both confusing and compelling, Flechtner also plays with scale, further mystifying his works’ origins. In another piece, News, the artist cultivated seeds in his garden, and germinated the vegetation over 100 international newspapers, which he assiduously watered. Over time, the newspaper print faded and receded as nature took over. The straight photographs document an aesthetic and ideological dialogue between the green shoots and the news images and text below. 

The works continue to surprise, wherever Flechtner has intervened with the environment, creating tension between what is natural and man-made. 

Thomas Flechtner, News, 2010 © Thomas Flechtner, Courtesy of Bildhalle

Thomas Flechtner, News, 2010
© Thomas Flechtner, Courtesy of Bildhalle

II.
Exhibition title: Press ++
Artist: Thomas Ruff
Galerie: Mai 36
Dates: 9 June – 29 July, 2017


Since the late 1970s, having famously studied with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1977 alongside Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer and Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff (b.1958, Germany) has been exploring the internal structures of the photographic medium and questioning the construction and meaning of an image. 

Press ++ includes photographic prints Ruff collected over many years - American and Japanese press photographs from the 1930s to 1970s, which span politics, society, science, technology and fashion. For this series, he scanned the front and backs of each found photograph and merged the two sides in a single image. The results include images of astronauts, airplanes, car crashes and film stars interrupted by pressroom scribbles, stamps, ink stains and pencil drawn crop guidelines. 

Looking at these pieces reminded me of my days working with Magnum Photos, poring over boxes of vintage press prints, where the backs with all their stamps, scribbles and fingerprints were often more intriguing than the images themselves. Observing Ruff’s works on this vast scale (224 x 185 cm), being able to inspect the rough notations, transports us back to the heyday of photojournalism, which holds special meaning in today’s digital age. However, the scale of the works takes them into a different realm from press prints – they have a formidable presence and a contemporary aesthetic. As with earlier series, Ruff makes us contemplate the authenticity and meaning of a single image. 

Thomas Ruff, Press ++32.64, 2016 © Thomas Ruff, Courtesy of Galerie Mai 36

Thomas Ruff, Press ++32.64, 2016
© Thomas Ruff, Courtesy of Galerie Mai 36

III.
Exhibition title:  No title
Artist: Danny Lyon
Galerie: Edwynn Houk
Dates: 24 May – 29 July 2017


It’s difficult not to enter this exhibition with a great deal of expectation. Danny Lyon (b. 1942, USA) is such a cult figure, thanks to his seminal works from the 1960s on the Civil Rights Movement (“The Movement”, 1964) and the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club (“The Bikeriders”, 1968). 

Lyon is best known for creating a new style of documentary photography by embroiling himself in the lives of his subjects. He would get close, very close! Most notably, when he was only 23, he joined the Chicago Outlaws, a group maligned for living free of the conventional expectations of society. The resulting photographs, alongside his earlier work covering the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, led to his association with the “New Journalism” of Hunter S Thomson and Truman Capote in the late 1960s / early 1970s. Even the intrepid Hunter S Thomson, however, wrote him a letter warning him against staying with the Chicago Outlaws: “Dear Danny, I think you should get the hell out of that club unless it’s absolutely necessary for photo action”. Lyon’s belief that documentary photography was a powerful instrument of truth seems somewhat old-fashioned and romantic today (think Ruff’s conceptualizing of the “truth” of an image), however his non-conformist attitude produced gritty and intimate imagery, which inspired generations of younger photographers.

Far from outdated, I found these images highly relatable at what feels like a moment of intensified political and racial tension globally. Arrest of Taylor Washington, Lebs Restaurant, Atlanta, 1963 (image below) is a salient image of a violent police clash with a young black student, which could just as easily have been taken today. In his Bikers photographs, such as Memorial Day Run, 1966 (image below), we can connect with their sheer defiance and sense of freedom. 

It is definitely worth following with a visit to the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, to see Danny Lyon: Message to the Future (until 27th August), which has toured from the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC) and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. 

Arrest of Taylor Washington, Lebs Restaurant, Atlanta, 1963 © Danny Lyon / Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery Zürich

Arrest of Taylor Washington, Lebs Restaurant, Atlanta, 1963
© Danny Lyon / Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery Zürich

Memorial Day Run, Milwaukee, 1966 © Danny Lyon / Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery Zürich Header Image: Thomas Ruff, press++21.04, 2016 © Thomas Ruff, Courtesy of Galerie Mai 36

Memorial Day Run, Milwaukee, 1966
© Danny Lyon / Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery Zürich


Header Image: Thomas Ruff, press++21.04, 2016
© Thomas Ruff, Courtesy of Galerie Mai 36

Jerusalem Art Guide - May

Jerusalem Art Guide - May

Exhibition Title: Perspectives of Protest & In The Body of Wood 

Venue: Jerusalem Print Workshop

Dates: On view until June 30, 2017. 

The Jerusalem Print Workshop’s exhibitions are always a fascinating glimpse into the  progress of printmaking in Israel’s current artistic trends, as well as a celebration of printmaking in Israel’s history. Two current exhibitions celebrate the influence of Israeli printmaking Jacob Pins, who worked primarily with woodcuts, 100 years after his birth.

Perspectives of Protest highlights the work of the second generation of woodcut artists in Israel, some of whom were Pins’ students. These works from the 21st century convey various expressive forms of criticism, revolution and protest typical of the woodcut medium in modern art.  

In The Body of Wood presents the works of the winners of the Jacob Pins Prize for an Israeli Graphic Artists. This exhibition indicates the medium’s continuity and its renewed blossom since the 1980s. Awarded every two years since 2008, each winner presented in In The Body of Wood presents a body of work that unravels the process of form and content present in printmaking and reflects on the medium’s contemporary relevancy. 

Alexander Vojik From Iphone to Pushkin

Alexander Vojik From Iphone to Pushkin

Exhibition Title: The Day When Nothing Happened

Venue: Art Cube Artists’ Studios

Date: On view until June 30t, 2017. 

A collaboration between Polish artist Magdalena Franczak and Israeli artist Yael Frank. These two artists first collaborated on an exhibition from two years ago at Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Poland. Now, they return to work together, reflecting on the dialogue between the two artists who are physically and culturally far away yet examining the possiblity of a joint artwork that cracks in the process.

Exhibition view of The Day When Nothing Happened

Exhibition view of The Day When Nothing Happened

Exhibition title: Thou Shalt Not

Venue: Museum on The Seam 

Dates: Opens May 12, 2017

Faith that seeks to strictly preserve the boundaries and laws of Jewish tradition has always experienced difficulties coping with rapid changes around it, whereas contemporary art serves as a mirror depicting our times and their constant change. It seems that lately and interaction is taking place between these two worlds, however faith and art will continue to seek the path between confrontation and reconciliation. This group exhibition serves as a bridge while helping us understand this renewed discourse and brings together these two worlds through the powerful messages that the artists choose to convey to us. 

Aaron Weiner "Attack of Satan" collage 2014

Aaron Weiner "Attack of Satan" collage 2014

Exhibition title: Eat, Fall Apart, Collect

Venue: Beita Jerusalem 

Dates: On view until May 19th

Eat, Fall Apart, Collect presents the songs of Cheli Tal Shalem, an Israeli bibliotherapist and poet, printed on a translucent platform and presented on the windows in the exhibition space; along with the paintings of Yael Oren and videos of chef and restaurateur Omer Tal documenting the preparation of small portions of food using modern cooking techniques. All of these works come together to provide discourse on one subject: food. Food is a distinct memory agent, a geographical messenger carrying with it ethnicity and culture. The transition from nourishment to food is complex, and in the paintings, poems and videos, the danger of dissolution from one to the other, a shattering and longing for a festive nourishment, is present in an illusionary yet relatable revelation. 

Yael Oren, "Four Elements"

Yael Oren, "Four Elements"

Brussels Art Guide - May

Brussels Art Guide - May

I.
Exhibition title: BORIS TELLEGEN, a friendly takeover
Artist: Boris Tellegen
Venue: Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA), Quai du Hainaut 41, 1080 Bruxelles
Dates: Until May 28, 2017

A monumental and playful installation in situ, spread over 3 floors, crosses 20 years of work, from the street to the museum, by Boris Tellegen aka Delta, the “Dutch Master” of graffiti.

II.
Exhibition title: YVES KLEIN, LE THÉÂTRE DU VIDE
Artist: Yves Klein
Venue: BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles
Dates: Until August 20, 2017

After the prestigious Tate Liverpool, Bozar is hosting this exhibition by famous French artist Yves Klein. Klein became renowned thanks to his monochromatic works painted with the "international Klein blue". Like no one before him, his art expressed the idea of an infinite spirituality and his quest for the immaterial. Through his pictorial pieces and his spectacular performances, Yves Klein is considered to be a precursor of the Happening and Body Art movements. The exhibition presents outstanding pieces, some of which were never shown before, and offers to the public the possibility to discover this avant-garde artist.

III.
Exhibition title: POL BURY / TIME IN MOTION
Artist: Pol Bury
Venue: BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles
Dates: Until June 4 2017

The belgian artist Pol Bury (1922-2005) is one of the founders of Kinetic Art. He started as a painter influenced by Magritte, and was also part of the artistic groups Jeune Peinture belge and CoBrA. He then decided to follow his own artistic path. Fascinated by the art of Alexander Calder, Bury explored the medium of sculpture and integrated movement in his pieces Thanks to a profoundly personal work, with a strong surrealist influence and a great sense of innovation, he became a key player in the Paris and New York art scenes, thus gaining an international recognition. 

Warsaw Art Guide - May

Warsaw Art Guide - May

May is your last call to see many exciting exhibitions in Warsaw, from small solo shows to larger ones.


I.
Exhibition title: THE BEGUILING SIREN IS THY CREST
Artist/s:Korakrit Arunanondchai, Evelyne Axell, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Zdzisław Beksiński, Louise Bourgeois, Eugène Brands, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Bernard Buffet, Claude Cahun, Liz Craft, Edith Dekyndt, Christian Dietrich, Leo Dohmen, Drexcyia and Abdul Qadim Haqq, Elmgreen & Dragset, Leonor Fini, Ellen Gallagher, Goltyr Painter, Justyna Górowska, Zdzisław Jasiński, Dorota Jurczak, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Birgit Jürgenssen, Tobias Kaspar, Marek Kijewski, Aldona Kopkiewicz and Mateusz Kula, Łukasz Korolkiewicz, Gina Litherland, Jacek Malczewski, Witek Orski, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Pablo Picasso, Krzysztof Pijarski, Aleka Polis, Agnieszka Polska, Karol Radziszewski, Joanna Rajkowska, Carol Rama, Erna Rosenstein, Tejal Shah, Franciszek Siedlecki, Tomasz Sikorski, Penny Slinger, Juliana Snapper, Franz von Stuck, project „Warsaw’s Sirens” (Jacek Łagowski, Danuta Matloch, Katarzyna Opara, Aleksandra Schönthaler), Alina Szapocznikow, Stanisław Szukalski, Jerzy Bohdan Szumczyk, Wacław Szymanowski, Dorothea Tanning, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tunga, Anne Uddenberg, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Wojciech Wilczyk, Hannah Wilke, Ming Wong, Marcelo Zammenhoff, Anna Zaradny, Artur Żmijewski.
Venue: MUSEUM ON THE VISTULA/ MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Dates: Until 18 June, 2017 

This is the first exhibition at the newly opened pavilion of Museum of Modern Art. The show, the first ever of this scale to discuss the siren, aims to portray and activate its potential as a symbol. 
It combines different takes on hybridity, national identity and mythology. The exhibition can be read on many levels, everyone will find something for themselves.


II.
Exhibition title: Aneta Grzeszykowska, Zofia Rydet
HEAD, SKIN, FACE
Artist/s: Aneta Grzeszykowska, Zofia Rydet
Venue: Raster Gallery
Dates: Until 20 May, 2017

The joint exhibition of works by Zofia Rydet (1911–1997) and Aneta Grzeszykow­ska (born 1974) is a show of two artists who use the camera to con­struct cap­tivating and rhetorically rich images of the female body. The two artists express a similar allure of over­coming the two-imensionality of photography, in both time and space. The exhibition presents unique photographic items by Rydet from her Trans­for­mations cycle, and heads of leather sewn by Grzeszykow­ska.

III.
Exhibition title: GORDON PARKS: I USE MY CAMERA AS A WEAPON
Artist/s: Gordon Parks
Venue: Zachęta - National Gallery of Art
Dates: Until 21 May, 2017

Gordon Parks was born as the fifteenth child of Mr. and Mrs. Parks, he had to fight for survival, for jobs, for means to support his family, and finally he fought for African American civil rights. This monographic exhibition shows photographs, which are not only iconic but also are an attempt of fighting for human rights. 

TLV Urban Art Guide - May

TLV Urban Art Guide - May

This May in Tel Aviv one can find plenty of amazing opportunities to take in street art at its best!

I.
Exhibition: Prettymess Collective
Venue: Beit Ha’ir
Dates: Until August 2017

In what can be deemed as an ambitious exhibition by many accounts, Prettymess, a collective composed of artists mostly active is the urban sphere, has taken over Beit Ha’ir. This summer the historic city hall of Tel Aviv will house an amazing variety of pieces ranging in theme, style and materials.
Hasayeret art tours will be giving two tours of the exhibition in Hebrew. For inquiries about English tours please contact at alternativetlv@gmail.com.

II.
Event: Alternative Tel Aviv pay as you like Florentin graffiti tour
Venue: Florentin, Tel Aviv
Date: May 26, 2017 11:00-12:30

While Alternative Tel Aviv usually provides boutique private tours, this summer we plan to offer open pay as you like tours in Florentin as a new monthly tradition. Our primary tour will take you through the street-art capital and lay down the leading characters in the street-art scene while visiting some of the city’s most iconic and beautiful pieces in the public space. To book spots for the tour contact at alternativetlv@gmail.com.

 

III.
Venue: Kiryat Hamelacha, HaAmal street

Until recently the two large buildings marking the entrance to the Tel Aviv up and coming studio and gallery area, Kiryat Hamelacha, were covered by two famous pieces by two famous local artists. But this genre has different rules and recently things changed. Two enormous pieces, a black horse by Klone and an abstract figure by Zero Cents now cover the buildings from top to bottom. Head there to see for yourself! 

Klone

Klone

Zero Cents

Zero Cents

Rome Art Guide - May

Rome Art Guide - May

May is maybe my favourite month in Rome because it’s pretty warm but windy, it smells like flowers, it’s colorful and blossoming everywhere. The contemporary art scene is blossoming too so it’s easy to find some cool event or art show going on and everything is getting ready for the hot-touristy season up coming. 

I.
Exhibition title: Nature Forever
Artist: Piero Gilardi
Venue: The MAXXI 
Dates: Until October 15, 2017 

Pop art mixed with ecologist and political italian issues, this solo exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest artists of the late 1960s movement “Arte Povera” is first of all a deep comprehension of his carreer that was absolutely different from all the other artists of the same movement. Second, it’s really so much fun because of the many interactive installations which will challenge your sense of humor and even your capacity to understand the multiple social meanings behind.

II.
Exhibition title: Trilogia del silenzio, capitolo II (Trilogy of silence, chapter II)
Artist: Lee Madgwick
Venue: White Noise Gallery
Dates: Until May 31, 2017

After the great success of the project “Dismaland” with Banksy, Lee Madgwick shows his oil paintings in Rome for the first time. Lonely buildings, immersed in landscapes with no reference to time and space, recalls the atmosphere of De Chirico and the attitude of Hopper but in a brand new way. The sense of eternal stand-by of the exhibition offers a new point of view but with an extraordinary peace of mind.


III.
Exhibition title: Equivalences
Artist: Giuseppe Penone
Venue: Gagosian gallery
Dates: Until June 15, 2017 

Deeply poetic, Penone’s engagement with nature and time reveals the deepest power of art and this is what you feel when you move around his sculptures. The inner essence of nature is freed from the human aesthetic process of sculpturing, revealing a new sense of life.

Header Image: Paz Paloscia - White Noise Galler



Header Image: Paz Paloscia - White Noise Galler

Vienna Art Guide - May

Vienna Art Guide - May

I.
Exhibition Title: The Secession Knot (5.1)
Artist: Jean-Luc Mouléne
Venue: Secession
Dates: Until June 18, 2017

„To every time its art. To art its freedom.“ The Vienna Secession is also known as the Union of Austrian Artist. It hosts an international program with solo and themed exhibitions. The Secession is a must-see. Next to the main exhibition hall you will find two exhibitions by Rosa Barba and Anoka Faruqee (until June 25, 2017).

Picture: Iris Ranzinger  ©  Secession 2017

Picture: Iris Ranzinger  ©  Secession 2017

II.
Exhibition title: Acting for the Camera
Artists: Trude Fleischmann, Rudolf Koppitz, Arnulf Rainer, Erwin Wurm etc.
Venue: Albertina
Dates: Until May 30, 2017


The Exhibition shows circa 120 works from Albertina´s Photographic Collection between 1850s and the present. The selection is divided between six thematic emphases: motion studies, models for artists, dance, picture stories, portraits of actresses and acors, and Viennese Actionist stagings of the body. Curated by Dr. Anna Hanreich

Foto: Rudolf Koppitz 1926 © Albertina

Foto: Rudolf Koppitz 1926 © Albertina


III.
Exhibition title: Lonely Old Slogans
Artist: Daniel Richter
Venue: 21er Haus
Dates: Until June 5, 2017


Daniel Richter´s exhibition – Lonely Old Slogans presents for the first Time in Vienna a comprehensive retrospective of the artist´s work. This exhibition is conceived as a traveling show. The last stop – right after the 21er Haus – will be the Camden Arts Center in London.    

Foto: Tatintsian Collection  © Jochen Littkemann, Berlin / © Bildrecht, Wien 2017 Header Image: Secession, Albertina, 21er Haus - Three very interesting venues are showing three different exhibitions. Spacial installations. Photography. Painting.

Foto: Tatintsian Collection  © Jochen Littkemann, Berlin / © Bildrecht, Wien 2017


Header Image: Secession, Albertina, 21er Haus - Three very interesting venues are showing three different exhibitions. Spacial installations. Photography. Painting.

Barcelona Art Guide- May

Barcelona Art Guide- May

The top Gallery and Museum shows that you don't want to miss this Spring if you are visiting Barcelona.


I.
Exhibition title: World Press Photo 2017
Artist: various
Venue: CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Dates: Until 5 June, 2017

View the entire collection of winning images from the 60th World Press Photo Contest. They were selected from 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 126 different countries.

II.
Exhibition title: Zoòtrop
Artist: Frederic Amat
Venue: La Pedrera, Casa Mila
Dates: Until 16 July 2017


Frederic Amat (Barcelona, 1952) is one of the leading figures in the contemporary Catalan art scene. His open concept of art has led him to incorporate numerous languages into his artistic practice, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, performance, book illustration, videos, theatre set design and interventions in architectural spaces. 

III.
Exhibition title: Building bridges, not walls
Artist: Manolo Millares,
Venue: Mayoral Gallery
Dates: until 25 July 2017


Concentrating on Manolo Millares’s notorious maturity period (1957-1972), this is the first major exhibition devoted to this artist in a private gallery and provides a unique opportunity to contemplate an ensemble of seventeen of Millares’s arpilleras(burlap paintings).

London Art Guide - May

London Art Guide - May

May will be all about Heathrow and City airports with the Berlin Gallery Weekend, Frieze New York and the Venice Biennale. Yet, and always, London keeps on amazing me with a wide range of exhibitions to run to! 

I.
Exhibition title:  You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred
Artists: Lucas Blalock, Anne Collier, Sara Cwynar, Natalie Czech, Andreas Gursky, Elad Lassry, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Erin Shirref, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara VanDerBeek, Jeff Wall, Christopher Williams
Venue: Zabludowicz Collection
Date: Until July 9, 2017

We think we know what photography is and feels like with our constant upload of Instagram images. Well, be ready to be challenged, explore new manual photographic processes and rethink what an image is and stands for. 

Lucas Blalock

Lucas Blalock

II.
Exhibition title: Ornamental Hysteria
Artist: Ashley Bickerton
Venue: Newport Street Gallery
Dates: Until 20th August

The American artist Ashley Bickerton is getting a major show at Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery. It's completely mad and a little madness is always welcomed. Hello colours, joys and tragedies! 

Detail of Ashley Bickerton's Red Scooter (2009)

Detail of Ashley Bickerton's Red Scooter (2009)

III.
Exhibition title: A World View
Artist: John Latham
Venue: Serpentine Gallery  
Dates: Until May 21, 2017

John Latham was radical and believed that artists had an important role to pay in society (him and his wife set up the Artists Placement Group which placed artists and art within government offices). It's meaningful and relevant, go and see it! 

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Header Image: Installation shot of the current exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection, You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred.

- by Marine Tanguy

New York Art Guide - May

New York Art Guide - May

I. 
Exhibition title: Solo show
Artist: Felix Gonzalez Torres
Venue: David Zwirner Gallery
Dates: Until June 24, 2017

Felix Gonzalez-Torres is one of my favorite artist and definitely the most significant artist to emerge in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 
In his minimalistic language and conceptual rigor, Gonzales was able to extract a rear observation about life, death and love through a constant dialogue between the private and public. Torres works gently travels through intimacy to politics, sweetness and tragedy, generosity and lost. 
Gonzalez-Torres died of AIDS-related illness in 1996, 5 years after his partner, Ross Laycock died of the same Disease. Many of his works reflect on the years living with HIV.
His billboard work, "Untitled", 1995 shows a photographic imagery of birds in the sky and is also displayed on multiple outdoor public billboards throughout New York City and can be found in the following locations: Hunts Point Ave. north of Longfellow Ave., The Bronx; Atlantic Ave. & Classon Ave, Brooklyn; 9th Ave. & 37th St., Manhattan; Broadway & W. 184th St., Manhattan; Woodside Ave. & 63rd St., Queens; and Richmond Terrace & York Ave., Staten Island.

Felix Gonzalez Torres Billabord work showing around new York these days

Felix Gonzalez Torres Billabord work showing around new York these days


Exhibition title: Sound Talisman
Artist: Lisa Alvarado
Venue: Bridget Donahue Gallery
Dates: Until May 21, 2017

For her first solo show in new York, the Chicago based artist takes a form of a visual and sonic assemblage combining painting installation and a site specific sound piece.
Since 2010, Alvarado is creating paintings that function as moveable sets that follow her music band, ‘Natural Information Society’. For Alvarado and the Natural Information Society, the paintings serves as Mandalas to allow the audience to focus their gaze amidst waves of sound.  The exhibition includes an ambient soundtrack during regular hours as well as live music performances happening on May 8th and May 10th at 7:30pm.

Exhibition view of Lisa Alvarado at Bridget Donahue Gallery  

Exhibition view of Lisa Alvarado at Bridget Donahue Gallery
 

Exhibition: Living Modern
Artist: Georgia O’keeffe
Venue: Brooklyn Museum 
Dates: Until July 23, 2017

Best Known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, O'Keeffe has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism”. 
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern is the first show focusing on the artist’s wardrobe to explore a wider understanding of her identity and artistic values. 
This retrospective takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona—and how they are expressed in all aspects of her life. 

Header Image: Torres Billabord - a constant dialogue between the private and public


Header Image: Torres Billabord - a constant dialogue between the private and public