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  • KATJA STRUNZ 'DREHMOMENT (VIEL ZEIT, WENIG RAUM)', VATTENFALL CONTEMPORARY 2013


    26.04 - 02.09.2013

    The Berlin-based artist Katja Strunz (* 1970 Ottweiler) is the winner of "Vattenfall Contemporary 2013". Her minimalist sculptures and installations play in different ways with the combination of space, time and history. The formal language of her works comes from the appropriation and reformulation of constructivist image worlds which she confronts with everyday objects and traces of the emergence of the works.

    Under the title DREHMOMENT (VIEL ZEIT, WENIG RAUM) Katja Strunz has created a spatial composition which consists of two differently folded monumental metal objects. Hereby she continues the theme of collapse and folding of time and space and transfers it to the hall of Berlinische Gallery.

    The prize is a reconceived edition of the “Vattenfall Kunstpreis Energie”, instituted in 1992 and since awarded annually. In 2010 it was redesigned together with the Berlinische Galerie. It has since been bestowed on artists of international renown living and working in Berlin. The award entails a personal exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie, the production of an exhibition catalogue and a purchase for the Vattenfall collection. Previous winners were Julian Rosefeldt (2010)Angela Bulloch (2011) and Michael Sailstorfer (2012).

    The members of the Jury were: Petra Roettig (Gallery of Contemporary Art, Hamburger Kunsthalle), Michael Sailstorfer (winner of Vattenfall Contemporary 2012), Thomas Köhler (Director of the Berlinische Galerie), Heinz Stahlhut (Head of the Fine Arts Collection, Berlinische Galerie),  Torsten Meyer (management of Vattenfall), Anne-Katrin Reinecke (manager of Local Partnerships Benelux, Central Europe, Nordic, Vattenfall)

    www.berlinischegalerie.de

  • ALEX ISRAEL's billboard, Sunset Boulevard / Olive Drive in West Hollywood

    Alex Israel’s billboard located at Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive in West Hollywood features a self-portrait of the artist concurrently with his exhibition Lens on view at LA><ART from March 2 – April 20, 2013. Israel’s public billboard is produced by LA><ART Public Art Initiatives and ForYourArt - Los Angeles Public Domain (LAPD), in conjunction with Art Production Fund.


    Lens is Los Angeles born and based artist Alex Israel’s first sculpture that has been made, not rented. The sculpture’s industrially machined form, high-polished plastic materiality and relationship to the Southern California sunshine link it to the history of LA art and design: the Finish Fetish or Cool School, Light and Space, Aerospace and Oliver Peoples. Works by Larry Bell, Robert Irwin and DeWain Valentine in particular come to mind, yet Israel’s work is not abstract.

     
    In 2012, Israel’s Freeway sunglasses became part of his signature look for As It Lays, a televisual talk-show made for the internet in which the artists asks twenty questions each to a series of LA residents he terms “groundbreakers, iconoclasts, eccentrics.” In As It Lays, Israel’s sunglasses are key to the construction of the artist’s inscrutable image.
     
    Lens, as a presence, is imposing and immovable, a monument to LA cool. It is simultaneously reflective and transparent, a self-evident work that meditates on life under a constant, perfect sun.

    (Image: Alex Israel, billboard mockup; Courtesy of the artist)

  • UGO RONDINONE 'HUMAN NATURE' @ ROCKFELLER CENTER PLAZA, NEW YORK


    23.04 - 07.06.2013

    For seven weeks this spring, nine 16-to 20-foot-tall, human-shaped stone figures by Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone, will transform Rockefeller Center, inhabiting the plaza between 49th and 50th Streets as if transported from another time. The work, Human Nature, will be free to the public and, is on view April 23 through June 7, 2013. Presented by Nespresso, the exhibition is organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer.

    Human Nature is a stark contrast to its highly developed architectural surroundings in Midtown Manhattan. The irregular natural surfaces of the stone are left bare, while the human figure—perhaps the original artistic subject—is represented as a simple yet imposing composition, defined by its towering legs, massive torso, and boulder-like head. Archaic and enduring forms, these colossal figures will invite visitors to wander amongst their legs and touch their rough-hewn surfaces.

    Read more: www.publicartfund.org

  • UGO RONDINONE in The New York Times


    01.03.2013

    Part of 'Human Nature', by Ugo Rondinone, which will be shown at Rockfeller Center.

    www.nytimes.com

  • ALMINE RECH GALLERY @ PA/PER VIEW, WIELS, Brussels


    22 - 24.03.2013

    Opening on Friday 22, 6 - 9 pm

    www.wiels.org
    www.paperviewartbookfair.org

  • LIU WEI @ SHARJAH BIENNIAL, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


    in Le Figaro

    L'ART ISLAMIQUE ET SON VOCABULAIRE DÉCORATIF DEVIENNENT UNE INSTALLATION. 
    Né en 1972 à Pékin, Liu Wei sort de l'Académie des beaux Arts de Hangzhou, comme beaucoup d'artistes chinois contemporains. Les Parisiens l'ont déjà vu dans l'exposition «Dreamlands» très remarquée au Centre Pompidou en 2010.
    Il est de toutes les Biennales. De celle de Busan en Corée du Sud (2008) à celle de Lyon (2007), sans oublier celle de Venise (2005), toujours la référence du monde de l'art. Ses assemblages de charpentes, d'huisserie, de boiseries récréent un concentré d'architecture islamique et de son répertoire décoratif qui unissent des territoires fort différents. Étoiles, répétitions mathématiques d'un motif géométrique, camaïeux délicats... Al-Andalus l'a conjugué à la perfection dans ses azulejos de Grenade qui répètent le jeu infini du cosmos. 

    Crédits photo : Merely a Mistake II, 2009-2013, installation de Liu Wei, photo courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

    www.lefigaro.fr

  • ALEX ISRAEL in FROG #12

  • LIU WEI @ SHARJAH BIENNIAL, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


    13.03 - 13.05.2013

    In Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography, curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a Biennial that reassess the Westerncentrism of knowledge in modern times and reconsiders the relationship between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa and Latin America.

    Hasegawa was inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture, in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwine, and where the objective political world and the introspective subjective space intersect and cross over.

    The courtyard is also seen as a plane of experience and experimentation—an arena for learning and critical thinking of a discursive and embodied kind. It marks a generative space for the production of new awareness and knowledge. Within the network of intensifying international and globalising links, the courtyard as an experiential and experimental space comes to mirror something of Sharjah as a vital zone of creativity, transmission, and transformation.

    For Sharjah Biennial 11, Hasegawa has selected more than 100 artists, architects, filmmakers, musicians and performers whose artworks and practices resonate with strands of the curatorial theme: the complexity and diversity of cultures and societies; spatial and political relations; notions of new forms of contact, dialogue, and exchange; and production through art and architectural practices of new ways of knowing, thinking, and feeling. With more than 35 new commissions, SB11 will unfold in sites across the city and will mark the inauguration of SAF’s five new art spaces.

    The SB11 Opening Week Programme will begin with the opening on March 13, 2013, followed by the evening Biennial Awards ceremony. A full schedule of events March 13 – 17 will include performances, films, lectures, and the annual March Meeting, a symposium featuring thematic sessions and moderated panel discussions that will reflect on and contexualise the concept of SB11.

    www.sharjahart.org

  • CURTIS MANN @ 'THE CAMERA'S BLIND SPOT', MAN - Museo d'Arte di Nuoro, Italy


    23.03 - 26.05.2013

    The Camera's Blind Spot is an exhibition focussing on the relationship between sculpture and photography as seen from the standpoint of a dozen international artists, mostly born afrer 1970. As such, the show is meant to be a possible supplement to the remarkable, yet largely incomplete, exhibition of the MoMA The Original Copy. Photography of Sculpture, 1893 to Today (2010). The approach to the topic matter, though, is notably different from the American exhibition's. The latter, as the title stated, restrained itself, and underwent an extraordinary creative turn when sculptors like Medardo Rosso and Costantin Brancusi began photographing their own works in changing light and spatial conditions between the end of XIX and the beginning of XX century. The Camera's Blind Spot aims not only at documenting the latest developments in this trend but also at giving an account of other possibilities, no less important today: for instance, pushing the materiality of the photographic image so far as to turn it into a sculpture in its own right, be it still made of photographic paper or "weighted down" by materials such as wood, metal, concrete. A challenge to what constitutes since the beginning the "blind spot" of photographic tehcnique, its limit: the impossibility to render a three-dimensional object on a plane surface. 
    Not only an exhibition of framed prints, therefore, but a wholly different project, that will include wallpaper, installations, videos, objects ambiguously posed between two and three dimensions and, last but not least, sculptures.

  • ALMINE RECH GALLERY @ ART DUBAI


    20 - 23.03.2013

    Booth J13

    Preview - Tuesday, March 19 - 7 - 9:30 pm
    Opening - Wednesday, March 20 - 4 - 9:30 pm

    Public Opening hours:
    Thursday, March 21 - 4 - 9:30 pm
    Friday, March 22 - 12 - 7:30 pm
    Saturday, March 23 - 12 - 5:30 pm

    Works by following artists will be presented on our booth:

    ZIAD ANTAR
    MATTHIAS BITZER
    JOHAN CRETEN
    GREGOR HILDEBRANDT
    ISAAC JULIEN
    IDA TURSIC & WILFRIED MILLE
    ANSELM REYLE
    HASSAN SHARIF
    HEDI SLIMANE
    TARYN SIMON
    LIU WEI