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April 13, 2018

KEN GONZALES-DAY IN SEEING NOW AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL NASHVILLE

This multi-media selection of works by over two dozen artists explores what and how we see today, revealing the visible and hidden forces shaping both what the contemporary world looks like, and how we consume and interpret that information—how visual and psychological perception are evolving in the 21st century.   more

The degradation of the environment is laid bare in Nick Brandt’s photographic elegy to Kenya, The Ravaged Land, while Hans Op de Beeck’s lyrical animation, Night Time, mixes nostalgia and desire in both praise and mourning for the unseen worlds of darkness and dreams. The power of visual perception to shape human lives is revealed in thought-provoking works by Hank Willis Thomas, Ken Gonzales-Day, Travis Somerville, Paul Rucker, Sam Nhlengethwa and Marguerite Stephens, Graciela Sacco, Terence Hammonds, and others, which address the legacies of 20th-century racial, social, and political strife. [ READ MORE ]

April 13, 2018

LUIS DE JESUS ON ARTNET NEWS

'BRING THE MOUNTAIN TO MUHAMMAD': DALLAS MAKES A COMPELLING CASE FOR THE ENDURING VALUE OF THE REGIONAL ART FAIR

“It snuck up on me,” Dallas art collector and philanthropist Howard Rachofsky told artnet News of the growth of the Dallas Art Fair. The event’s tenth edition, which opened to VIPs on Wednesday and to the general public today, features some 93 international galleries.

It’s a far cry from the intimate affair founded by Dallas real estate developer John Sughrue and curator Chris Byrne in 2009, which drew around 30 dealers.   more

Some who have attended since the fair’s early days recalled participants back then showing Western-style jewelry alongside works of art. When this reporter was here last, in 2013, there was music playing over the PA system, giving the space the air of a shopping center.

This year, there is no music—and no turquoise, either. But there are top-flight international exhibitors like James Cohan, Luhring Augustine, and Marlborough in town from New York (Gagosian was here last year), along with Angelenos such as Praz-Delavallade and Luis de Jesus. [ READ MORE ]

April 11, 2018


ERIK OLSON AND ANDRÉ HEMER IN WHITEHOT MAGAZINE

ASSEMBLING A DREAM COLLECTION AT THE DALLAS ART FAIR

Looking to start a contemporary art collection? There’s no better way to begin than with our curated list of works that will be on view at the Dallas Art Fair this week.   more

With nearly 100 exhibitors from close to 30 different cities, the fair returns to the Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas for its 10th edition with an impressive selection of contemporary art in a variety of media.

...Several galleries are offering two- and three-person booths, with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles presenting expressive, figurative paintings and sculptures by Erik Olson and and process oriented abstractions by André Hemer... [ READ MORE ]

April 10, 2018


KEN GONZALES-DAY IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW FELLOWS - AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO GRANTEES FROM CALIFORNIA

As the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has supported California artists, so too has it supported work about California.   more

Last year, the foundation supported a project about murals by Los Angeles artist Ken Gonzales-Day that was displayed at the Skirball Cultural Center as part of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.”

The artist’s “Surface Tension” was a record of murals throughout Los Angeles — an attempt to examine the broad gamut of image-making on the city’s walls.

“One of the things that we hear a lot is the relationship between Mexican muralism and the murals of Los Angeles,” Gonzales-Day says. “The part we are less familiar with are the celebrity murals and the murals that are part of advertising and murals that are part of vernacular culture. I was trying to look at those overlaps.”

In the process, he began to consider “the city as an outdoor museum maintained by communities for communities” — one that occurs on an unprecedented scale. Says the artist: “I didn’t realize how vast it was.”

But perhaps the Guggenheim is most significant for giving artists the financial freedom to test out concepts at key moments in their careers. [ READ MORE ]

April 07, 2018


FEDERICO SOLMI AT THE ROCHESTER CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

THE GOOD SAMARITANS BY LARRY OSSEI-MENSAH

Federico Solmi is a storyteller and satirist who uses his art as a vehicle to stimulate a visceral conversation with his viewers by highlighting the delirium permeating present-day society. Solmi’s work adroitly provokes an complicated discourse about the history of humanity, replete with ludicrous contradictions and false virtues.   more

He employs a variety of media – ranging from 3-D and video game technology, video installations, mechanical sculptures, books, drawings, and paintings — within his practice to construct narratives that vacillate between amusement and disconcertion. The carnivalesque forms that emerge in Solmi’s work become etched into the psyche of his viewers as he critiques the values, attitudes, mythologies, and ideologies that have come to define western society. Capitalism, consumerism, celebrity culture, greed, corruption, systematic oppression, and demagoguery are just a few of the themes Solmi’s latest exhibition The Good Samaritans seeks to excavate. The exhibition features recent videos, installations, and books that are visually seductive and entrancing. Upon deeper inspection, Solmi’s works reveal ridiculous costumes, vivid color palettes, and grotesque imagery offering a nuanced commentary that is designed to subversively coerce the viewer into examining and reconsidering their complicity in the facetiousness of our current moment. [ READ MORE ]

April 06, 2018


KEN GONZALES-DAY IN THE ARIZONA DAILY SUN

AROUND THE TOWN: ART TACKLES ISSUES OF PAIN AND LOSS

Echoes of Loss: Artistic Responses to Trauma is an invitational art exhibition that explores artistic responses to loss and catastrophe. More than a dozen artists from all over the world will participate with works of art in photography, textiles, sculpture, film, printmaking and installation art. Tracing a range of visual approaches to trauma, the exhibition uncovers the ways that works of art can draw us closer into losses that remain unknowable, bringing articulation to that which refuses to be articulated. [ READ MORE ]

April 06, 2018


INTERVIEW: FEDERICO SOLMI ON WROC-TV: ROCHESTER FIRST

ROCHESTER CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER WELCOMES NYC ARTIST

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The Rochester Contemporary Art Center will present "The Good Samaritans" by Italian artist Federico Solmi of New York City through May 12.

Solmi and RoCo Executive Director Bleu Cease discussed the new installation Friday during News 8 at Sunrise.

"The Good Samaritans have arrived!" said Cease with a smile. "We're thrilled.   more

We have a long history of showing electronic media and video art at RoCo and Federico's work combines painting and video, and video game engines technology to an incredible effect, and I guarantee the community has not seen anything like this, so we're thrilled to introduce his work to Rochester." [ READ MORE ]

April 04, 2018


REVIEW: KEN GONZALES-DAY AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

TWO ARTISTS IN SEARCH OF MISSING HISTORY: A NEW EXHIBITION MAKES A POWERFUL STATEMENT ABOUT THE OVERSIGHTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICA'S ART HISTORY

Sometimes what’s absent from a museum says more about history than what’s included. Two contemporary artists—Titus Kaphar, who is African-American, and Ken Gonzales-Day, who is Mexican-American—have spent their careers addressing this issue.

In the National Portrait Gallery’s newest exhibition, Unseen: Our Past in a New Light, the two artists take contrasting approaches—and work in two different mediums—to tell the stories of the missing and overlooked.   more

The museum’s director Kim Sajet says Unseen hopefully will act as a town square. “It seeks to encourage discussion about history, how we remember, and how portraits can be a way to understand ourselves,” she says. [ READ MORE ]

April 03, 2018


REVIEW: NICOLAS GRENIER'S DUMBFOUNDED PROPHETS IN ARTILLERY

THE FATAL OPTIMISM OF THE BAR GRAPH

Even before pie charts and bar graphs, before we’re plotting curves and breaking down conic sections in algebra and analytic geometry, we become very accustomed to the graphic visual representation of every kind of trend, concept, and systematized data or information. It almost goes hand in hand with the way we structure ideas, systems, and organizations. The visual concepts become part and parcel of the systems and ideas they express.   more

They become integral to the way we extrapolate, track progress, draw conclusions, predict outcomes.

There’s a certain kind of idealism built into this kind of visual grammar. It’s particularly recognizable in the kinds of financial and management data we see presented in annual reports or equity offerings of corporations and banks or financial institutions. Even relatively sobering information and statistics can be packaged with sufficient coolness and elegance to compartmentalize very rational concerns and anxieties, encouraging us to push forward (or past what might be potentially disturbing) to that place where we resolve to carry on, finish the work, complete the project, renew the pledge (preferably in hard currency), and secure the investment.

Nicolas Grenier is a particularly sophisticated observer of this kind of visual presentation – and the larger cultural narrative it drives, however abstract. The abstraction of course is an essential part of it. There’s a kind of value system embedded in this language. He also understands its nexus with an implicitly surreal, even utopian (meaning entirely confabulated) domain of projected reality... [ READ MORE ]

April 03, 2018


AWARD: NICOLAS GRENIER

3RD MNBAQ CONTEMPORARY ART AWARD - ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FIVE FINALISTS AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, A SHARED AWARD!

QUÉBEC CITY, April 3, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), in collaboration with its outstanding financial partner RBC, is proud to announce the five finalists for the third MNBAQ Contemporary Art Award, a unique biennial award in Canada.   more

Numa Amun, Nicolas Grenier, Jennifer Lefort, Geneviève and Matthieu and Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn have been selected by a jury comprising Maxime Coulombe, a Université Laval professor of art history specializing in contemporary art; artist David Elliott, a member of the external acquisition committee of the MNBAQ; Ji-Yoon Han, exhibition curator at the Darling Foundry in Montréal; Marie-Hélène Leblanc, Director of the Galerie UQO at the Université du Québec en Outaouais; Dominique Sirois-Rouleau, an art critic, independent curator and lecturer at the UQAM; and Bernard Lamarche, Curator of Contemporary Art (2000 to the present) at the MNBAQ. [ READ MORE ]