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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.



Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Carl Jung, from the “Red Book”, Venice Biennale


“The Encyclopedic Palace”, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, is the key exhibition of the Biennale. The first section is located in the Central Pavilion within the Giardini, where I began the day. The exhibition is essentially about the impossible dream of universal knowledge. From the opening installation of Carl Jung’s illustrated manuscript, “Red Book”, to the riveting performance piece created by Tino Sehgal, artists grapple with ways to reconcile the self with the universe. Whether the source is the personal internal or the social external, images are the vehicle of communication.

Gioni asks: What room is left for inner images in an era besieged and obsessed by external ones? What do we see with our eyes closed? How can images help us understand ourselves and the world around us?



Friday, April 12th, 2013

Contemporary art enthusiasts who eschew art history and the work from other cultures in favor of solely focusing on the present miss a critical link in understanding current art. Artists continually mine the past. Recognizing the use of and nuance from antecedents is part of the appreciation and pleasure of contemporary work.

Richard Jackson at the Orange County Museum of Art

This approach is in clear evidence in the wonderful Richard Jackson Retrospective currently on view at the Orange County Museum of Art through May 5.  Although I had not previously been a fan of the work, this show won me over. Imagination and an unconventional spirit infuse the pieces. The exhibition is filled with innovation, bold execution and plenty of artistic connection to both antecedents and contemporaries. Take pleasure in the nod to Jacques-Louis David, Duchamp, Pollock, Keinholz, Richter, Nauman and others.



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.