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May 10, 2019


ZACKARY DRUCKER: Festival Of Jewish Arts And Music At Melbourne Recital Centre Announces First Programme

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e Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM), formerly Shir Madness Melbourne, takes over the Melbourne Recital Centre in a day-long immersion of contemporary Jewish culture with 30 performances across music, theatre, dance and conversation on Sunday 8 September, 2019.

Inspired by Lou Reed's urgent call to Walk on the Wild Side, the program features over 140 international and homegrown artists who are breaking or have already broken convention to carve new paths.

Among the international headliners making their Australian debut on Australian stages are Israeli beatmaker and producer Noga Erez; American singer-songwriter Chris Cohen, formerly of the band Deerhoof; stalwart British journalist and performer Vivien Goldman (aka "the Punk Professor"). Also on the international roster, Zackary Drucker, a multimedia artist and LGBT activist, will speak about her work as a producer on the TV series Transparent and the intersections of queer and Jewish identities in one of the festival's panel discussions. [ READ MORE ]

May 09, 2019


Datebook: Painter June Edmonds imagines flags inspired by black history

Paintings inspired by flags and a retrospective of an influential African painter. Plus, a high school art collection and bawdy ceramics. Here are six exhibitions and events to check out in the coming week:

June Edmonds, “Allegiances and Convictions,” at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. A new exhibition by the L.A.-based artist dwells on the significance of flags — both as visual statements and tokens of identity. In this case, each of her flags pays tribute to African American history past and present. Opens Saturday and runs through June 15.   more

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May 07, 2019


HUGO CROSTHWAITE AND FEDERICO SOLMI: National Portrait Gallery Announces 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Finalists

Washington, D.C., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced the finalists for its fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Their work will be presented in “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today,” a major exhibition premiering at the National Portrait Gallery Oct. 26 through Aug. 30, 2020. Every three years, artists living and working in the United States are invited to submit one of their recent portraits to a panel of experts chosen by the museum.   more

The works of this year’s 46 finalists were selected from over 2,600 entries. The first-prize winner, to be announced this fall, will receive a cash award of $25,000 and a commission to create a portrait of a living person for the museum’s permanent collection. [ READ MORE ]

April 30, 2019


KEN GONZALES-DAY: Here’s Your Go-To Guide to All the Fairs Coming to New York for Frieze Week 2019

The anchor fair of the week promises to be just as chock-full of programming as in previous years. There are also some new additions, including the Diálogos section, which will show works by Latinx and Latin American artists like Ana Mendieta, Ken Gonzales-Day, and Marta Chilindron; and the Frieze sculpture prize, a new commission made this year by up-and-coming artist Lauren Halsey. [ READ MORE ]

April 30, 2019


KEN GONZALES-DAY: Virtual Reality and Latinx Art: New Frontiers at Frieze New York 2019

Frieze Art Fair once again descends on New York City in the first days of May this year, bringing its signature clamour of collectors, critics, celebrities and artists to Randall’s Island Park for one of the biggest events in the art market calendar.

Another themed section of the fair turns a spotlight on contemporary and modern Latin artists.   more

Taking cue from the legendary performance artist Ana Mendieta, Diálagos presents works from artists whose practice includes a bold sense of color, pageantry and performance, alongside a highly politicized examination of identity. Ken Gonzales-Day explores, through various media, the material legacies of identity-based oppressions, casting an unflinching eye over histories of slavery, colonialism, gender-normativity and other systemic evils. [ READ MORE ]

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 ]