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April 30, 2019


KEN GONZALES-DAY: Contemporary Latinx Art Will be Honored at Frieze

El Museo del Barrio, the NYC museum dedicated to Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American culture turns 50 years old this year. Frieze New York, the biggest week of the year for art in New York, kicks off on Thursday, and it won't overlook the milestone of the institution, which was founded in 1969, when Latino artists were largely overlooked by mainstream museums.

Frieze will host a special section of the annual Randall's Island art fair called Diálogos: a tribute to contemporary Latinx art.   more

The exhibit includes 13 working artists from across generations, mediums and the Northern hemisphere, including many artists that El Museo championed over the years.

Diálogos is presented by El Museo's curator, Susanna V. Temkin and executive director, Patrick Charpenel.

Exciting spotlights include Argentina-born sculptor Marta Chilindron, whose geometric works examine nature, Firelei Báez, whose architectural plans trace Afrodiasporic memory in the American south, and LA-based photographer Ken Gonzales-Day, whose work has documented lynching and the "material legacies of slavery."

"We are delighted to have an opportunity to highlight the respective importance of Latinx and Latin American cultural production in the global art world, and also reflect upon the concepts of representation and intersectionality" explains Temkin. "An additional aim for Diálogos is that it will help prompt conversations surrounding collecting, particularly in regards to Latinx art and its growing visibility."
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April 29, 2019


KEN GONZALES-DAY: 8 things to look forward to at Frieze’s eighth edition

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A new themed section focusing on art by contemporary Latinx and Latin American artists is not to be missed this year.

This will include work from Ana Mendieta (Galerie Lelong & Co.), influential Cuban American artist known for her “earth-body” performances exploring her identity as a female emigrant, Ken Gonzales-Day (Luis De Jesus), with powerful work exploring the history of racial violence in America, and emerging New York-based artist Firelei Báez, who explores the histories of Afro-Latina and Afro-Caribbean women who have been forgotten by the West. [ READ MORE ]

April 17, 2019


LIA HALLORAN: PICK OF THE WEEK

How far will an artist go to create their work? ORLAN altered her physical appearance, transforming herself using elements from famous paintings and sculptures via plastic surgery. Marina Abramovic invited Museum of Modern Art visitors to sit still and silently across from her for unspecified durations of time over 10 weeks in 2010. Lia Halloran, an artist who grew up surfing and skateboarding in the San Francisco Bay Area, learned to fly airplanes in order to film the landscape of Los Angeles from the sky.   more



At Luis De Jesus, Halloran presents two bodies of work. In the front gallery, large color photographic images from the series Dark Skate: Passage are on view. Created while skateboarding with lights attached to her body along the Los Angeles river, these evocative photographs reveal the passage of time as lines of light undulating through the urban landscape at night. Bike Path, (2018/2019) depicts the vanishing point of the receding Los Angeles river under a bridge and the adjoining concrete bike path. Halloran's illuminated trajectory follows the bike path under the bridge into the distance. Similarly in Bronson Canyon (2014/2019) stripes of light dance in the space between the natural and manmade environments.

The highlight of the exhibition, however is the short film Double Horizon (2019), presented as a three channel installation. During training flights and on subsequent solo journeys, Halloran mounted cameras to the plane and documented the vast expanse of Los Angeles from above—from city to sea to mountain to desert. The resulting film turns this multifarious landscape into a geometric abstraction through the simple device of mirroring. Across three screens, sometimes in triplicate, other times as three different and contrasting landscapes, Halloran choreographed a compelling and utterly unique view of the environs that surround Los Angeles (along with an evocatively haunting score by Allyson Newman). The poetic nature of the journey is captivating as one gets lost in the mirrored space between land and sky which suddenly transforms into a dense grid of buildings, only to open up again as the plane approaches the runway. In each segment, Halloran focuses on the dramatic details of a landscape collapsing in on itself only to blossom into dynamic kaleidoscopic reflections and Rorschach patterns of highways, ocean and expansive desert sands.

Halloran's photographs imply the trace of a body. One can imagine her skating through the darkened city leaving a trail of light as she weaves through space and across time. Double Horizon on the other hand, presents a distanced view of the landscape that is unexpected and jarring. Essentially a formal exploration, it nonetheless offers a unique perspective and Halloran should be celebrated for capturing such disparate routes through these ever changing urban and natural spaces.  [ READ MORE ]

April 10, 2019


EDIE BEAUCAGE & THE ART OF HARBOR PARK GARAGE

Beaucage typically creates works of art that are several feet high, but this is the first work she’s developed on this scale. At 70 feet high, the piece is even larger than the Sphinx in Egypt (that’s 66 feet tall). The characters’ feet alone are each the same height as a regular car.

After tinkering with large-format paintings, Beaucage realized the best way to approach the work was to scale it back.   more

So, she went back to her normal process, putting paint to paper on a smaller scale, and she painted the characters individually.

“I couldn’t think of it as a 70-foot painting,” she said. “That was too big for my brain! So, I had to go back to what I normally do, working on paper.” [ READ MORE ]

April 02, 2019


ANTONIA WRIGHT AT THE International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT)

The annual Congress for IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, will be held in Miami April 11-14, 2019, marking the first occasion in its 45-year history that the event will be hosted in the United States.   more

A Post-Congress will take place in Havana, Cuba April 15-18.

IKT Miami will highlight the diversity and vitality of the contemporary art scene in Miami—focusing on resiliency and sustainability through the lens of cultural production in South Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Organized by Ombretta Agró Andruff, a Miami Beach-based curator and IKT Board Member, and a team of eleven other Miami-based curators, the four-day event will kick-off with an opening reception at The Wolfsonian-FIU on Thursday, April 11. The subsequent three days will involve visits to seventeen other Miami-Dade arts institutions and nineteen individual events, of which six will be open to the public to widen the cultural experience for IKT delegates from around the world.

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Public participation opportunities include two live podcast events, local artist presentations, a closing reception and a sound art experience. At the Wolfsonian-FIU on April 11 and the Riviera Hotel on April 12, Cathy Byrd, founder and artistic director of Fresh Art International, will engage in conversations with IKT delegates and local art professionals. 5-Minute Rounds Artist Presentations at the Rubell Family Collection (Saturday, April 13) will introduce Carlos Betancourt, Asif Farooq, Fabian Peña, Christina Pettersson, Troy Simmons, Juana Valdes, Agustina Woodgate, Antonia Wright, Deborah Mitchell/Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), and Andrea Orane/Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI). Oolite Arts will host the closing reception that features open studios with resident artists (Sunday, April 14). The final public event will take place outdoors, at the New World Center: the SoundScape screening of Bill Fontana’s sound and video installation Sonic Dreamscapes, commissioned by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places (Sunday, April 14). [ READ MORE ]

April 01, 2019


Lia Halloran's Double Horizon at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

WUM NEWS L.A. – On view through May 4th, 2019 is the solo exhibition entitled Lia Halloran: Double Horizon at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. Lia Halloran's second solo with the gallery presents Passage, a new group of photographs that expand upon Halloran's Dark Skate series alongside the artist's first immersive three-channel video installation, Double Horizon (2019), which offers footage of the artist aerially exploring the space above Los Angeles.   more

Her ongoing investigations into the personal, physical, psychological, and scientific exploration of space are the primary focus of these new works as the viewer encounters Halloran both skateboarding the vast urban landscape of Los Angeles and flying above and around its dynamic terrain. [ READ MORE ]

March 27, 2019


ZACKARY DRUCKER: Vice's Broadly creates a free, gender-inclusive stock photo library

Stock photos don't have a great reputation when it comes to gender-inclusivity. Options are limited at best or non-existent at worst.

That's why Vice Media's feminist channel Broadly decided to launch their own stock photo library of gender-inclusive images. The Gender Spectrum Collection includes over 180 images featuring 15 trans and non-binary models.   more

All of these photos have a Creative Commons license and are free for the public and media professionals to use.

"Broadly editors have worked diligently to think more thoughtfully and critically at how we represent trans and non-binary people in our work. But even at our best, we have been limited by the stock imagery available to us," Broadly Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Schrupp wrote in a letter.  [ READ MORE ]

March 26, 2019


ZACKARY DRUCKER: Broadly’s New “Gender Spectrum” Photo Library Will Change How the World Sees Trans People

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Tuesday, Broadly, Vice’s vertical covering women, gender non-conforming folks, and the LGBTQ+ community, published a stock photo library featuring more than 180 images of trans and non-binary models that, according to the site’s announcement, “go beyond the clichés of putting on makeup and holding trans flags.” It is the first database of its kind, and, while stock photos might seem like the stuff of goofy memes, it actually represents a historic step forward for queer representation in media.

According to an October 2018 New York Times piece on transgender representation in stock imagery, there’s been a recent surge of interest on the part of publishers and others in photos portraying transgender people. But the photos that customers most often chose either feature only white trans women or focus solely on people’s cosmetic appearance and don’t depict them outside the fact of their identity—if they depict them at all. The top three most-used Getty photos of a transgender person feature the transgender pride symbol with a person’s face blurred and cut off.

The issue of diversity in stock photos has long plagued digital media companies that rely on stock imagery to supply accompanying art for articles. It’s been an issue here at Slate, where our art director Lisa Larson-Walker has made a conscious effort to review who appears in the stock images we use and how they’re being depicted. J. Bryan Lowder, editor of Slate’s LGBTQ section Outward, remembers a time when a moratorium on rainbow flags had to be declared because they were appearing on every single article. But that attempt at variety only made things harder. “There just haven’t historically been many options for respectfully and creatively illustrating LGBTQ stories in the stock photo services we draw from, especially when it comes to trans and other gender-diverse individuals, who are often reduced to stereotypes built around ‘subverting’ cisgender expectations of ‘normal’ gender presentation,” he says.

That’s the gap that the Gender Spectrum Collection, which is public, free to use (with some restrictions), and features high-quality photos by trans artist Zackary Drucker, is filling.* And it’s an important gap to fill for a few reasons, accuracy chief among them: One of the stories that Broadly editors mention as a catalyst for creating the collection involves them, early in the site’s existence, erroneously using a photo of a cisgender man in a story about trans women written by now–staff writer, then-freelancer Diana Tourjée. [ READ MORE ]

March 25, 2019


CHECK OUT EDIE BEAUCAGE'S ARTWORK

...First off, I was not destined to become a painter. My father revered accountants and while he was preaching to me that all artists where poor and eating potatoes and macaroni for the rest of their lives; he would proudly hang all over his office; my fresh paintings. Turns out I actually love pasta!

The most important action I took regarding art was to take the Landmark Forum! I wanted to do a master in fine arts but I was really scared of group critique and for years I was held back because of that fear.   more

The Forum made this fear disappear and I sign up for my MFA the following week. I graduated in 2010 from Otis College of Art. And group critique was my favorite part of the program.

I move from Montreal to Los Angeles in 1995 because I saw the amazing work being shown in Galleries at the time and I thought it was the place to be for a painter. LA won over London, New York, and Cologne. I was right because LA is the best production platform today.... [ READ MORE ]

February 26, 2019


LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES AND JOSH REAMES: 6 Keys to a Good Artist-Gallerist Relationship

There is no single archetype of the art dealer. Many gallerists are known for their selflessness and devotion to the creative process, but there are certainly bad apples, infamous for running glorified racketeering schemes. It can present a tricky dilemma for a young artist seeking representation—eager to take her career to the next stage, but wary of locking herself into a relationship that might not pay off.   more

What are some of the factors that lead to lasting bonds between artists and their dealers? Artsy spoke with five artists, at various career stages, to glean some insights into this exciting but fraught process.

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“It’s a balance,” offered Josh Reames, a painter currently represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Luis De Jesus in Los Angeles, and Brand New in Milan. “It’s ideal to have a friendship, but also keep it professional.” He acknowledged that this can be easier said than done, leading to “the awkwardness of a purely business relationship where you don’t connect at all, personally,” or “the flip side, where a gallerist is great personally, but toxic business-wise.” In other words: Your dealer might be a witty raconteur and an unbeatable drinking buddy, but that won’t help an artist pay the rent if she’s waiting 18 months to be paid for work that sold at NADA in Miami Beach. [ READ MORE ]