The Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York City is currently presenting an exhibition by photographer Juergen Teller. The exhibition follows the installation Reflection by Season 2 Art21 artist Do-Ho Suh, which was on view into the start of this month. Teller’s work is exhibited in the gallery’s 540 West 26th Street space and includes the his recent body of work, Ukraine. The work was commissioned, along with four other artists, by the PinchukArtCentre for the Venice Biennale 2007.
The works included investigate modern Ukraine through the lens of the fashion and luxury industries. The artist used the country as a setting for a W Magazine fashion photo shoot, depicting inviting young girls and excessive wealth. The works divert viewers from the economic reality of the land and places that attention on the artist’s perception of a country obsessed with capitalism and new growth.
Teller was born in Germany, and has lived and worked in London for the past 20 years.
Art21, BOMB Magazine, & the Mid-Manhattan Library
a film screening and conversation
Art:21‚ÄîArt in the Twenty-First Century Season 4 episode Romance.
After the screening Betsy Sussler, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of BOMB Magazine, will join Judy Pfaff for a conversation and Q&A session.
Monday, March 3rd, 2008 at 6:30pm
The New York Public Library
40th Street and 5th Avenue, 6th floor
New York, NY 10016
Elevators to access the 6th floor.
All events are FREE and open to the public.
This event is co-sponsored by BOMB Magazine, a not-for-profit quarterly publication, currently celebrating 27 years of legendary interviews between artists, writers, architects, directors, and musicians.
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Just a note to those who are considering applying for the blogger jobs we posted last week: it’s too late! We’ve gotten an enormous response already and as such, are closing the application window early. If you emailed us after noon today, we are unable to consider you for the gig. Please accept our apologies. To those of you who did apply, we’ll get back to you by the end of this week or early next if we’re interested.
Stay tuned to this space, though, as we’ll be posting calls for a few other positions in the coming weeks!
The book Nongovernmental Politics, published in April 2007, contains a collection of scholarly essays that are centered on the challenges and importance of nongovernmental activism in contemporary society.
The cover image for the book features a video still from the work Under Discussion by artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, who were featured in Art21′s latest season, in the Paradox episode.
The practice of these two artists is rooted in ideas of nongovernmental politics because they examine problems inherent to authorship, nationalism, borders, and democracy among other issues. The collaborative duo approaches these ideas through a mixture of photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound.
An article featuring the work of artist Trenton Doyle Hancock was released this week in Issue V of Beautiful/Decay magazine. Hancock was featured in Season 2 of Art:21 in the episode Stories. He debuted as one of the youngest artists to ever exhibit in the Whitney Biennial, shortly after completing his MFA at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
The article further explains Hancock’s epic saga of the Mounds and the Vegans, which serve as mythical creations in an ongoing narrative illustrated through the artist’s drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, and installations.
Currently on view at the Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington is Points of Convergence. Seven nationally-recognized contemporary artists, who received MFA degrees from seven different American university art programs, have been paired with seven emerging artists currently completing the MFA program at those same universities for the exhibition, which runs through Tuesday, March 4.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Michael Ray Charles gave an illustrated lecture about his work last Thursday, Feb. 21. If you happened to attend, please share your impressions or any photos you may have taken with us.
For more information or visit www.uta.edu/gallery.
In a review in the New York Times, Trevor Paglen was defined as ‚Äúa geographer by training, a conspiracy theorist by instinct and an investigative reporter by avocation.‚Äù His most recent projects are up-close investigations of state secrets, the Californian prison system and practices of ‚Äúextraordinary rendition‚Äù (i.e., the transport of terrorist suspects in post-9/11 US government lingo) used by the CIA in the last few years via secret flights and ghost airline companies. His work blurs the boundary between social science and contemporary art by aiming to create unexpected‚Äìand meticulously documented‚Äìways of visualizing the anomalous practices of the authorities as well as weird military subcultures.
While adaptation is a common practice in popular culture‚Äîfamiliar to moviegoers and booklovers who debate endlessly whether the film version is superior to the novel‚Äîit is perhaps less well known as a practice in contemporary art. The exhibition Adapation at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art looks at the use of this strategy in the recent work of Catherine Sullivan (Season 4), Arturo Herrera (Season 3), Guy Ben-Ner, and Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation. These artists have transformed source material to make their own adapted works of art, re-envisioning classic literature, painting, film, ballet, and even email as new video installations.
Adaptation is a tightly focused exhibition: each of the four artists is represented by one or two significant video installations. Arturo Herrera‚Äôs first-ever video installation, Les Noces (The Wedding, 2007; see http://adaptation.uchicago.edu/artists/herrera/ for a clip), enjoys its US premiere in this show, and is an animated adaptation of the ballet of the same name by Igor Stravinsky. Catherine Sullivan‚Äôs Triangle of Need (2007; see http://adaptation.uchicago.edu/artists/sullivan/), builds from a notorious and ubiquitous type of mass e-mail scam, as well as a smaller-scale new work developed in collaboration with students from the University of Chicago.
Read more about each artist and their work and view video clips on the exhibition’s extensive website, http://adaptation.uchicago.edu.
Laurie Anderson, Art:21 Season 1 artist, will be conducting a follow-up spring tour for her project Homeland, which traveled throughout Europe last summer. The tour will begin on April 4th and will continue into June with her final confirmed date at the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston, South Carolina. The tour will visit several international venues, including stops in Moscow, London, and Spain, as well as domestic cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.
The Homeland tour will follow the artist’s latest projects, including Night Life, a new book of drawings released in March of 2007, and the re-release of Big Science with exclusive bonus material by nonesuch records in July of 2007.
Many thanks to Eva and Franco Mattes, aka 0100101110101101.org for their series of informative posts about the participants in this year’s Influencers festival. Stay tuned to their site for regular updates on their various projects.
Starting tomorrow, a new guest blogger will join us: Seth Curcio, Director and Curator of Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC. Redux, an Art21 Access ’07 partner, is an experimental artist-run non-profit gallery, studio, and education center which opened in 2002 and is located in a 6,000 square foot warehouse space. The center acts as a creative hub for the production, exhibition, and education of contemporary art practices in all forms. In addition, Curcio is a practicing artist who shows in and also organizes exhibitions in galleries and on the streets throughout the Southeast. In 2006, he founded the online contemporary art publication, DailyServing.com and is currently a contributing writer for Beautiful/Decay Magazine.