Archive for the 'Art Fairs' Category

BASEL, THE PREVIEWS BEGIN, June 10

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Beyeler Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

The first stop in my three day conquest of Basel began this morning at the esteemed Beyeler Foundation. Designed by Renzo Piano, it is one of the most sublime museums in the world. The combination of the perfectly attuned architecture and landscaping combined with the extraordinary collection and impeccably curated exhibitions makes every visit a memorable one. The featured exhibition is a rich selection of paintings drawn from the lifetime work of Max Ernst along with an installation by contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattalan. Equally as breathtaking is work from the permanent collection and a truly stunning selection of sculpture by Alexander Calder.

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VENICE, Arsenale, June 7

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Camille Henrot, video, at the Arsenale, Venice

Massimiliano Gioni’s curated exhibition,“The Encyclopedic Palace”, continues at the Arsenale, along with the presentation of additional national pavilions. As mentioned previously, French artist, Camille Henrot, won the prize for best emerging young artist. Her video at the Arsenale exemplifies Gioni’s thesis concerning the quest for universal knowledge. The piece is a mesmerizing compendium of images and information drawn from biology, anthropology, philosophy, religion and literature. She attempts to capture the genesis of everything, recounted in a male voice that intermittently sounds like poetry, chanting or scientific dogma.

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ON THE ROAD: VENICE & BASEL

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

I’m off to the Venice Biennale this week and then to the Basel Art Fair. I’ll be posting pictures and highlights daily.  Please join me as I share this exciting trip on the Blog!

Miao Xiaochun at the Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale

I’m especially interested to see the Chinese Pavilion. Wang Chunchen, head of the curatorial research team at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing is the curator of the Chinese pavilion. He is also the adjunct curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan, reportedly the first China-based curator hired by an American art museum.

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AROUND TOWN

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow at the Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino

Renown for its European art, the Huntington Art Gallery is currently hosting its’ first exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture, showcasing the work of the Los Angeles-based artists Lesley Vance and Ricky Swallow. The exhibition is a visual dialogue between the two artists who also happen to be husband and wife.

Lesley Vance, “Untitled”, 2010, oil on linen, 16 x 12″, Huntington Art Gallery

Lesley Vance is one of my favorite abstract painters so I was particularly intrigued to see her work in this context. While the conversation between the two artists is of some note, the serendipity lies in her relationship to the European paintings in adjacent galleries. Vance’s process begins with a still-life setup. Through reduction, insight and ingenuity, she transforms the shapes into pure abstraction. While passing through various rooms at the Huntington, Vance’s palette and composition find great resonance in the historical echo. It’s a lovely viewing experience, until March 11.

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