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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WE LOVED THE SHOW OF JIM SHAW AT METRO PICTURES AND HERE IS ONE OF HIS BOOKS!.

Life And Death.

What a great experience from Jim Shaw latest show at Metro Pictures, we wanted to meet him in person and try to get a few insides about his latest work but apparently we missed the opening day. Maybe some day soon. Instead go check out his work in the gallery pretty powerful. Also his book "Life And Death" a last copy and you can get it here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JIM SHAW “I ONLY WANTED YOU TO LOVE ME” AT METRO PICTURES NYC.







Opening Reception and Book Signing September 12, 6-8pm
Jim Shaw presents new paintings in his exhibition “I Only Wanted You to Love Me” at Metro Pictures. One of the most influential artists of his generation, Shaw ardently researches a vast spectrum of subjectsfrom comic books he has accumulated since childhood to mythologyand dizzyingly incorporates them into his drawings, paintings, sculpture and videos. These latest works, done on sections of old theater backdrops, include elements from Disney, Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Jimi Hendrix cover art and his dreams to talk about subjects such as workaholism, the biochemical industry and 19th Century monopoly capitalism. Drawing from da Vinci’s Deluge drawings, Shaw’s painting The Deluge depicts an arm extending from a crashing wave and from this “hand of God,” as Shaw refers to it, an enraptured Eva Marie Saint and heroic-looking Cary Grant emerge. With a tugboat from the original backdrop left in the background, Grant’s hand rests on an oversize nose carved into the rock of Mt. Rushmore.
The elision of everyday and mythological realities and allegories has been emblematic of Shaw’s work for more than thirty years. He has elaborately developed characters and narratives that draw on America’s history and culture, its products and artifacts, to make three extensive bodies of work. My Mirage tells the story of Billy, a blond-haired, blue-eyed suburban youth born in the 1950s who delves into a world of psychedelia during his college years and, after a bad acid trip, joins a pagan sect before finally becoming a Christian Fundamentalist. Shaw’s intricate pseudo-religion Oism closely resembles Mormonism and other homespun American religions. Founded by a virgin named O who gives birth to herself, Oism is replete with its own history, objects of worship and ritual. In the ongoing Dream Drawings and Dream Objects series of drawings, paintings and sculpture, Shaw draws on his subconscious to plot out the narratives of his dreams and make surreal objects.
Jim Shaw attended the California Institute of the Arts in the late 1970s. Graduating with artists that included Mike Kelley, John Miller and Tony Oursler, the group became known for their reaction against the material restrictions adhered to by the conceptual artists of the 70s, many of whom were their teachers at Cal Arts.
Shaw will sign copies of his new book The Hidden World during the opening reception. This exhibition catalogue, published by Koenig Books, follows his 2013 show at the Chalet Society in Paris, which exhibited Shaw’s collection of paraphernalia from religious orders and fraternities, conspiracy theorists and children’s encyclopedias. The Hidden World is on view at Centre Dürrenmat, Neuchatel, Switzerland through December 7.
An exhibition of Shaw’s work opens at Mass MoCA in spring 2015. Past one-person exhibitions include Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; CAPC, Musee de’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; MoMA PS1, New York; Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble; ICA, London; and Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva. His work has been in group shows at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Los Angeles County Museum; New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He participated in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

PACE GALLERY OPENS FRED WILSON.

Fred Wilson


Fred Wilson (born 1954, the Bronx) has created site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. His work encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion. Beginning with the groundbreaking and critically accalaimed exhibition Mining the Museum (1992-93) at the Maryland Historical Society, Fred Wilson has juxtaposed and re-contextualized existing objects to create new installations, which alter their traditional meanings or interpretations. In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition, Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (1999), amongst others.


Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW PDF. DOWNLOAD.

Europe


The New World Summit is an artistic and political organization founded by visual artist Jonas Staal in 2012, dedicated to providing “alternative parliaments” hosting organizations that currently find themselves excluded from democracy. New World Summit opposes the misuse of the concept of democracy for expansionist, military and colonial gains to which the organization refers as “democratism.” The most recent excess of democratism has taken the form of the so-called War Against Terror. In opposition to democratism the New World Summit explores the field of art as a space to re-imagine and act upon a fundamental practice of democracy. For more please click here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

ERIC WESLEY: DAILY PROGRESS STATUS REPORTS OPENING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 6-8PM 4 SEPTEMBER - 4 OCTOBER AT BORTOLAMI GALLERY NYC

Bortolami Gallery

PRESS RELEASE
Bortolami is very pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Eric Wesley, on view from 4 September to 4 October 2014.  Please join us for an opening reception this Thursday from 6 to 8 pm.
An artist who often thematizes various rubrics of success and failure, Wesley’s newest works are large paintings that depict “Daily Progress Status Reports.”  Each DPS is a blank form for assigning and evaluating the efficiency of a workday; broken up by the hours of the day (from 10:00 am and 6:00 pm), it has space for delegating an “assignment” for each hour and a box to note whether or not these tasks have been finished satisfactorily.    Wesley’s paintings show these DPS worksheets after they have been “completed”: scribbled on, evaluated, crumpled up, stained, faded and folded.
Wesley constantly reinvents his means of working — each body of work bears little if any resemblance to previous projects — and for these new works he experiments with ”trade secrets” of painting, using  oils, acrylics, airbrushing and various methods of screenprinting and stenciling.  The painstaking trompe-l’œil technique at which he ultimately arrived contrasts extravagantly with the apathy and ennui which the marks on each form convey, making the exhibition a droll meditation on artistic labor and the constant demand to be productive.
Eric Wesley (born 1973, Los Angeles) has had solo exhibitions in galleries internationally as well as at the MOCA, Los Angeles and Foundation Morra Greco, Naples, Italy. In 2015, he will have a large-scale exhibition at 365 Mission Road in Los Angeles. Among others, Wesley’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; Fundación/Colección, Jumex, Mexico; Museo d’Arte, Benevento, Italy; the 2004 Whitney Biennial; The Prague Biennial; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; MoMA P.S.1, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is one of the founders of Los Angeles’ Mountain School of Arts.