Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nancy Spero


Nancy Spero: Artemis, Acrobats, Divas and Dancers, 1999-2000

Monday, February 24, 2014

Martin Creed at the Hayward Gallery



A survey of Martin Creed's playful, thought-provoking art is on view at the Hayward Gallery in London until 27 April 2014.

Over the past two and a half decades Scottish artist Martin Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art.

Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, Creed is famous for his minimalistic approach that strips away the unnecessary, but preserves an abundance of wit, humour and surprise.

Crossing all artistic media and including music, his art transforms everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives.

This exhibition will be the first major survey of Martin Creed's work, spanning its most minimal moments and extravagant room-sized installations.

Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent opens exhibition of works by Théodore Géricault



Anonymous (French school), Portrait of a woman – ca. 1795, ©  Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts


In 1908, the Friends of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent acquired a painting by Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) for a bargain price at a Parisian auction. Entitled The Mad Murderer, the press speculated at the time as to who would be fool enough to hang such a picture in his living room. The painting – which in fact depicts a kleptomaniac – forms part of a series of portraits that Géricault painted of mentally ill patients in the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. These include, amongst others, Portrait of a Woman Suffering from Obsessive Envy (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon) and Portrait of a Kidnapper (Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts).

The portraits, together with his masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa, quickly cemented Géricault’s reputation as a painter of horror, pain, madness and death. The exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent which opened on 22 February brings together paintings, drawings, prints and documents to provide a fresh perspective on an artist who sought inspiration in reality and the different aspects of human nature. Through his exploration of the struggles of everyday life – occasionally pleasant but given the troubled and turbulent epoch, more often violent or deadly – Géricault attempted to solve the multifaceted riddle of humanity. In so doing, he was a deeply empathetic witness to the suffering of his models, whose faces were scarred by life. Géricault’s profoundly compassionate efforts to share not just the sorrows but also the joys of his contemporaries exhausted him, with devastating personal consequences.

Works by artists such as Fuseli, Goya, Delacroix and Menzel situate Géricault within the context in which he worked.

This exhibition has been realised in association with the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Aitor Throup designs visual identity for Damon Albarn's new album


Aitor Throup, the London-based designer, has designed the visuals for Blur singer Damon Albarn's first solo album and eponymous video, Everyday Robots. 

Throup says the work he created was inspired by the theme of portraiture, and features Damon Albarn's multi-sided character. The album is out in April. 

Looking forward to listening to it...

River of Fundament by Matthew Barney



River of Fundament is "a contemporary opera that combines documentary footage of three live acts performed in outdoor environments in Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York, with live action cinema, largely set in a careful recreation of Mailer's Brooklyn brownstone apartment where the late author's wake is underway." by the genius and American artist Matthew Barney.

It's coming to London next June at ENO. 

New Kenzo marketing visual


Van Gogh Foundation will open a new space in Arles



Autoportrait avec pipe et chapeau de paille,
septembre 1887 Paris, Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)


"Van Gogh live!" is the title of the inaugurating exhibition of the new Vincent van Gogh Foundation which is due to open in Arles at Hôtel Léautaud de Donines next April. 

Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, and with contributions from artists such as Guillaume Bruère, Raphael Hefti, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gary Hume, Bethan Huws, Bertrand Lavier, Camille Henrot, Fritz Hauser and Elizabeth Peyton, invited by the Foundation's director Bice Curiger, the exhibition will juxtapose contemporary art works works by these artists with a selection of early paintings by Van Gogh. 

This is so exciting! 

Seattle Art Museum presents of late works by Joan Miró



Miró: The Experience of Seeing, opened on 13 February at the Seattle Art Museum. 

The show draws from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. It offers a fresh assessment of the late period in Miró’s work and brings together over 50 paintings, drawings and sculptures spanning from 1963 to 1983.  

One of the great innovators of 20th-century art in Europe, Miró was briefly aligned with the Surrealists in the late 1920s in Paris and went on to create a striking pictorial and sculptural universe throughout his six-decade career. Although Miró had experimented with assemblage in earlier periods, it is only in this later period that he builds sculptures from found objects that are then cast in bronze.

Beck's Morning Phase


I highly recommend Beck's new album: Morning Phase. Out on 25th February. 

Celebrating Art is Alive's 7th birthday


February 2014 marks the 7th anniversary of Art is Alive! It's been amazing, sometimes tiring but most of all, inspiring. Thanks to all of you, followers and supporters! A lot more to come in the next few months! I promise you.

Nico.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Birmingham Museum of Art opens Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), Collision of Arab Horsemen


The Birmingham Museum of Art is hosting the first Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) exhibition in the United States in more than a decade. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, curated by Eik Kahng, assistant director and chief curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, opens today, and features iconic works by the leader of the French Romantic Movement, who is often heralded as the “father of impressionism.” 

“The works of Eugène Delacroix are a truly dazzling feast for the eyes. His paintings are high drama – from the powerfully emotional subject matter to the fiery color palette and expressive brushstrokes. His style informed later artists like Renoir, Seurat, and Cézanne,” says Gail Andrews, R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art. 

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