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  • Tamuna Sirbiladze - Book launch at WIELS, Brussels


    Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 3pm

    Tamuna Sirbiladze: Presentation of the artist’s monograph by Benedikt Ledebur and film screening

    Benedikt Ledebur will present the first and recent monographic publication on Georgian painter Tamuna Sirbiladze (1971 Tbilisi–2016 Vienna). This gathering will revisit the practice of Sirbiladze and include her video work – a selection of which will be screened for the occasion. 

    "My film works are not really video works, they are the expanded footnotes to my work processes and my work situation. I use the videos as documentation and I mostly work with film when I don’t have my studio available.” — Tamuna Sirbiladze, 2006

    WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre
    Av. Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels

    www.wiels.org

  • IMAGINARY ANCESTORS - Book Launch and reception


    Friday, April 20, 2018 – 6 pm

    On the occasion of Art Brussels 2018, Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to present the new publication ‘Imaginary Ancestors’, an important catalog published by the gallery in conjunction with the exhibition held in New York from May 2 to June 15, 2017.

    ‘Imaginary Ancestors’ was a group exhibition organized with Carlo Severi and Bernard de Grunne. The exhibition looked at Primitivism in modern and contemporary art, on the one hand restaging a seminal 1933 Durand-Ruel Gallery exhibition in New York of Fang sculptures and contemporary paintings of the time, and on the other hand presenting a parallel exhibition of Primitivist modern and affiliated contemporary works by Joe Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Ana Mendieta, James Turrell and Erika Verzutti, among others.

    Almine Rech Gallery
    Rue de l'Abbaye 20
    1050 Brussels

  • On the occasion of Per Kirkeby’s solo exhibition, Almine Rech Gallery Paris is pleased to invite you to 
    a conversation between Fabrice Hergott and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso

    on Saturday, March 24th, 2018
    from 5 to 6 pm

    (The conversation will be in french)

    For further information, please contact Myriam Chair: myriam@alminerech.com
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    Image: Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 2011, Oil on canvas, 180 x 140 cm, 70 7/8 x 55 1/8 inches, photo: Rebecca Fanuele - Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery

  • 'Modi' Maudit: Does the damned artist still exist?' at Tate Modern, London


    February 28, 2018 - 6:30 to 8 pm

    Join us to discuss Modigliani, contemporary art, institutionalisation, marketing and media

    In the 100 years since Modigliani died, art has moved from margin to centre, with all the losses and gains that this entails. For this event, artist Francesco Vezzoli and Cristiana Perrella, newly appointed director of Centro Pecci, Italy will consider how the artist’s role has changed accordingly.

    www.tate.org.uk

  • George Condo 'Expanded Portrait Compositions', Hong Kong Maritime Museum


    March 27 - April 6, 2018

    Expanded Portrait Compositions will be the first major exhibition by American artist George Condo in Hong Kong. Showcasing a brand-new body of paintings and works on paper that have been created by Condo specifically for the Maritime Museum in Hong Kong, the exhibition will be on view for two weeks only, from March 27 through April 6, 2018.
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    George Condo, Laughing and Screaming, 2018, acrylic, metallic paint, pigment stick, charcoal and pastel on linen, 80 x 74 inches, 203 x 188 cm © George Condo / ARS (Artists Rights Society), New York, 2018.

  • Brian Calvin 'Così fan tutte' at Met Gallery, New York


    January 25 - March 31, 2018

    Brian Calvin's Così fan tutte coincides with the Met Opera’s much anticipated new production of Mozart’s comedy, onstage from March 15. Brian Calvin's Così fan tutte, free to the public, runs through March 31, 2018.

    “Mozart’s opera has such whimsy and humor—along with darker undercurrents,” says Gallery Met Director Dodie Kazanjian, “and Brian, with his vibrant, psychologically astute portraits, is the perfect fit.”

    "Rather than illustrating scenes from the plot of Così fan tutte, I lingered on the organizing principle of duets in Mozart’s opera, exploring harmony and dissonance through repetition and difference,” Brian Calvin said. “The overlapping figures interlock into a unified expression of complicity, ‘putting their heads together’,” said the artist. Calvin is particularly known for his large-scale, highly stylized portraits, characterized by light-soaked palettes and flattened planes of color, retaining a life-like quality. 

    The Arnold & Marie Schwartz 
    Gallery Met, Met Opera
     

  • Ligovskoï - Live / Almine Rech Gallery, Paris


    January 25th 2018 - 7 pm

    On the occasion of 'Hors Saison', Jean-Baptiste Bernadet's exhibition, Almine Rech Gallery is please to invite you to a concert by LIGOVSKOÏ
    on Thursday, January 25th 2018 - 7 pm
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    Ligovskoï is a Paris-based electronic music project working across both visual and sonic media, founded in 2010 by Nikolaï Azonov and Valerio Selig. Inspired by the concept of infinite music, minimal composers and abstract painting, they oscillate between ambient, drone and experimental. They create touching and cinematographic atmospheres using both acoustic and digital tools such as synthesizers, voices, field recordings and sampling. Their collaboration with Parisian label Dement3d has been materialized in 2014 with «Dilip», an 8-track double EP and «Mana» in 2016, a 9-track double EP. On stage, Ligovskoï’s performances invite the audience to a contemplating experience of deep recollection, both profound and hypnotic. Their synesthetic performance in the framework of ‘Hors Saison’ exhibition will be inspired by Jean-Baptiste Bernadet’s paintings.
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    Almine Rech Gallery
    64 Rue de Turenne
    75003 Paris, France
    www.alminerech.com

  • ALEX ISRAEL, SPF-18


    WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY, 6.30PM

    CURZON MAYFAIR
    TICKETS £5

    Artist and filmmaker Alex Israel presents his first feature-length film, SPF-18. Based in Los Angeles, Israel engages with the particular culture of the local film and media industries

    www.serpentinegalleries.org

  • RYOJI IKEDA | ARS CITIZEN


    January 9-21, 2018

    RYOJI IKEDA | PREMIERE IN SAN FRANCISCO - a diptych in the city

    JAN 9, 2018 - 7pm
    ‘supercodex [live set]’
    location: Gray Area
    Grand Theatre, 2665 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ryoji-ikeda-supercodex-live-set-tickets-39994340148

    JAN 10-21, 2018
    ‘A [4ch version]’
    location: Minnesota Street Project
    Ars Citizen temporary space
    Gallery 200 (2nd floor)
    1275 Minnesota Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm / 
    Sun 14 11am-6pm, Sun 21 2pm-8pm

    SPECIAL EVENTS during the exhibition time:

    JAN 10, 3pm - 5pm: ‘A [4ch version]’, opening reception with Ryoji Ikeda present
    JAN 13, 6pm - 9pm: extended evening gallery hours 
    JAN 14, 11am - 4am: shuttle loop between FOG and Untitled fairs, and Minnesota Street Project every 20-30 minutes 
    JAN 14: talk by Evelyne Jouanno, Ars Citizen Director and Curator (time tbd)
    JAN 21, 4pm - 8pm: Ars Citizen participates in ART GIVES BACK, a benefit event organized for victims of the North Bay fires (more info: artgivesback.org)

  • Tamuna Sirbiladze - Book presentation


    December 11, 2017
    7pm

    Welcome Benedikt Ledebur, editor

    Lecture almost something like revenge by Isolde Charim, philosopher and publicist.

    With a large body of work mainly comprising mixed-media paintings, Tamuna Sirbiladze was known for her distinctive style, which continually forged new terms between dichotomous relationships. Abstract and figurative, playful and serious, energetic and quiet, vibrant and muted, Sirbiladze’s work is characterized by both its intensity and flexibility.  Known for the speed at which she worked, there is a quality of immediacy in her paintings, as if they provide direct access to her imagination. This primacy is perhaps most evident in her gestural, improvisatory paintings made with oil sticks on unstretched, raw canvas, which purposely retain the appearance of being unfinished. “As an artist,” Sirbiladze writes, “I don’t want to control what the representation will be seen as.” This catalogue presents a careful selection of these oil stick works along with her other paintings—including her celebrated V Collection (2012), which was made in dialogue with iconic works by Caravaggio, Giotto, Raphael, and Velazquez, as well as her later paintings focused on women’s bodies in intimate, underrepresented scenes, Sirbiladze’s response to male dominance in the art world.

    With contributions by Max Henry, Anna Kats, and Julie Ryan, as well as a conversation with the artist and an arrangement of fifteen sonnets by her partner, Benedikt Ledebur, this publication provides a comprehensive survey of Sirbiladze’s works and practice.

    www.secession.at

    Tamuna Sirbiladze (1971–2016) was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She met and married the artist Franz West while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, with whom she collaborated on several art projects and works, until his death in 2012. Her last years she lived together with Benedikt Ledebur. Her works have been featured in various exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe, including at Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne in 2001, ColletPark in Paris and Jonathan Viner Gallery in London, both in 2008, and Charim Ungar Contemporary in Berlin in 2010. She received significant critical acclaim for two solo shows in New York in 2015, Take it easy at Half Gallery and “good enough” is never good enough at James Fuentes. Her show Two Projects at Almine Rech in Brussels opened shortly before her death in 2016