Please go and see Vivienne Foley’s beautiful exhibition at the craft gallery Vessel Gallery! She is both a very talented ceramic artist and my aunt!
Tate Modern Teams With African Bank: Nigeria’s Guaranty Trust Bank has announced an endowment for London’s Tate Modern, to expand the institution’s focus on African art. The money goes to back an African art curator, an acquisition fund for African art, and an exchange project between Africa and the UK for collectors, institutions, and young artists. [NYT]
4th-12th June 2011
Private View: 3rd June
Modern Panic is a forth-coming exhibition, showcasing the work of provocative
artists from around the world, from infamous prisoner Charles Bronson, Bolivian
enfant terrible and coca-leaf artist Gaston Ugalde, taxidermy artist Iris Schieferstein, whose hoof boots have been sought after by the likes of Lady Gaga, the provocative Kira O’Reilly, Tank Girl comic artist Rufus Dayglo and over 50 others!
Have a read of my most recent blog for Jerwood Visual Arts
Questioning Ephemerality: Collecting Performance Art:
Check it out! My interview with Jack Strange for Jerwood Visual Arts:
Three dimensions are real space. That gets rid of illusionism and of literal space, space in and around marks and colours – which is riddance of one of the salient and most objectionable relics of European art. The several limits of painting are no longer present. A work can be as powerful as it can be thought to be. Actual space is intrinsically more powerful and specific than paint on a flat surface. Obviously, anything in three dimensions can be any shape, regular or irregular, and can have any relation to the wall, floor, ceiling, room, rooms or exterior or none at all. Any material can be used, as is or painted.
Judd ‘Specific Objects’ 1964 – creating a manifesto for his own work.
The recipients of the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships have been announced. These sound particularly interesting:
- Artist Charles Ross will create a Shadow Field on Chupainas Mesa, located in the New Mexico desert. Shadow Field will be an earth drawing that collects all of the shadows cast by the Solar Pyramid, a sculptural element of his earthwork Star Axis, an architectonic sculpture that frames the sun and the stars, enabling one to experience the Earth’s changing alignments.
- In East of Eden, photographer Pipo Hieu Nguyen-duy, once a Vietnamese refugee, will be returning to Vietnam to visually document the forgotten voices of the war.
- David M. Eagleman will be researching the neurobiology and genetics of synesthesia at the perceptual, neurobiological, and genetic levels, with an aim to understand differences in conscious sensory experience across the population.
Jack Perkesian’s dismissal from the Sharjah Art Foundation was the result of the inclusion of this work by Mustapha Benfodil in the Biennale. The work consists of a group of soccer-player mannequins with explicit Arabic sayings on their t-shirts which “borrowed the voice of the victims of rape at the hands of religious extremists in Algeria — during the civil war that took place there throughout much of the nineties — who used religious texts to justify their crime,” said state curators Rahsa Salti and Haig Avasian. “We see now that we misjudged the limits of the tone with which to address sensitive topics and the importance of carefully contextualizing art work.” [NYT, quoted in Artinfo]
Here is my most recent piece for Jerwood Visual Arts, which considers the practice of Edwina Ashton as discussed in the JVA talk on 28th March 2011: http://blog.jerwoodvisualarts.org/?p=384
Imran Qureshi’s installation “Blessings Upon the Land of my Love” at the Sharjah Biennial.Here is the artinfo article: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/37411/at-the-sharjah-biennial-getting-to-know-the-intimate-side-of-rebellion/?page=1
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people — Thomas Mann. This quote strikes a chord with me!
My most recent piece for Jerwood Visual Arts:
‘Jerwood Encounters: SHOW — A Written Document’
This website has been started so that you can show your support for the people of Japan: http://www.wearewithyou.eu/
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!