Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
|Wangechi Mutu, Misguided Little Unforgivable hierarchies, 2005. Ink, acrylic, collage, and contact paper on Mylar; 81 x 52 inches here.|
|Mary Reid Kelly... here. more to read here.|
|Cao Fei. More here.... |
Artists in China sometimes find themselves having to “walk the red line” of what is politically permissible. How do you gauge which topics are off limits?
I think every Chinese adult is very sensitive to where the limits are. Everyone knows where the red line is, they don’t need to discuss it.
But it’s not really relevant to a lot of younger Chinese artists. They’re not really interested in even going near the line. Many of the older artists will want to walk near the line. They want to walk right along it, but not cross it. They are testing the system. They’re constantly provoking it.
The younger artists are very far from the line. It’s not deliberate. It’s just that they don’t care. The younger artists feel like the older artists experienced politics, and so that’s why they want to engage with politics and provoke it. The younger artists would rather avoid politics. For them, politics is just textbook history.
They think: “What we’re interested in doesn’t have anything to do with ideology. We just want to talk about our individual experience of the world. We don’t want to talk about Iraq, we don’t want to talk about Japan, and we don’t want to talk about democracy. We just want to talk about aesthetics, we just want to talk about art.”
When I read the things they write, it’s a little difficult to understand because they have very particular interests. It’s not like the older generation, which had much grander ideas. For the older generation, the artist criticizes on behalf of society. The younger artists just want to pursue their own narrow interests.
For example, a lot of younger people like to take photos of succulent plants and post them on Instagram. That’s a sub-culture. Other people like to take photos of cats. Now it’s all about these small groups organized around very specific interests. They’re not interested in broader society.
New York Times interview by Amy Qin.
Art 21 Cao Fei . either, watch
SEGMENT: Cao Fei in "Fantasy" | Art21 | PBS
“Dear ladies and gentleman, I’m China Tracy—the avatar of Cao Fei—and I’m her interpreter.” Cao Fei’s digital Second Life alter ego acts as the English translator for the Chinese-speaking artist throughout the segment, guiding the viewer through seven multimedia projects.
Hubbard/Birchler: watch this clip:http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/hubbard-birchler
Hubbard/Birchler | Art21 | PBS
Teresa Hubbard was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1965; Alexander Birchler was born in Baden, Switzerland, in 1962. Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler live and work in Austin, Texas, as life partners and artist-collaborators. Both received MFAs from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada.
, Mary Reid Kelly, watch: http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/mary-reid-kelley
Mary Reid Kelley | Art21 | PBS
Mary Reid Kelley was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1979. In videos and drawings filled with punning wordplay, Reid Kelley presents her take on the clash between utopian ideologies and the realities of women’s lives in the struggle for liberation and through political strife, wars, and other historical events.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
|Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait as Booty, 2007|
from "Beauty in Flesh and Fur", by David Cohen, New York Sun
|Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait 7, 200?|
"This sense of being about something is itself pre-, rather than post-, modernist. These paintings are a hybrid of genres and styles, mixing allegory, portraiture, history painting, and still life, while in title they are all presented as self portraits. But far from coming across as a collage-like jumble, the fusion of styles and genres is seamless."
from "Beauty in Flesh and Fur", by David Cohen, New York Sun
Julie Heffernan , Self Portrait as Infanta on Eggshells, 1999and Diego Velazquez, Mariana of Austria, 1665
|Julie Heffernan, Ernst ist das Leben, 1987|
Oil on paper, 26" x 30", 33" x 36" framed
|Picasso, Pipes of Pan, 1923, classical period|
|Nicholas Poussin, Landscape with a Calm Lake, 1651|
|Kehinde Wiley, The Virgin Martyr Cecilia 8.45' x 18.9' Oil on Canvas 2008|
|Stefano Maderno, The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, 1601|
|Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Leading his Troops Across the Alps, 1800|
|Peter Paul Rubens, Philip II on Horseback, 1628|
|Kehinde Wiley, Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke Olivares|
|Diego Velazquez, Equestrian Portrait of Arch Duke Olivares, 17th c.|
"To what end, this quest? The history of art, Wiley argues, has ignored brown faces, consigning them to tiny parts in the backgrounds: slaves, footmen, fallen combatants. Wiley is aiming to give them their aesthetic due, country by country. "Andy Warhol said that we would all have our fifteen minutes," Wiley has said, with pugilistic bravado. "Fuck the fifteen minutes. I'm going to give you a painting, and I'll make you live forever." A self-styled Noah in this biblical epic, Wiley has been called by calamity—the world's museums, flooded with whiteness—to bring the art world a salvational brownness. It's an argument he's bet his career on. It's an argument he's winning." from "Kehinde the First," by Wyatt Mason, GQ, 2013
Yasumasa Morimura, Daughters of Art History, 199
|Manet, Olympia, 1863|
yasumasa Morimura, Self Portrait, Skull Ring, and Friday Kahlo, Self Portrait thinking about Death, 1943
Yasumasa Morimura, To my Little Sister for Cindy Sherman, 1990s?.... and Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still,.... 1980's
|Cindy Sherman, Untitled #224,|
|Caravaggio, Bacchus, 1593|
|Eve Sussman, 89 Seconds at Alcazar, still, 2004|
|Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas, 1656|
Cindy Sherman (well we've discussed her! plenty more info available!)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Work That I Love
Lawrence Weschler on "Girls Turning Away," from Everthing that Rises: a Book of Convergences.
|Gerhard Richter, Betty, 1977|
|Gerhard Richter, Grey Mirror, 1991|
Gerhard Richter, Confrontation 2 (Gegenüberstellung 2). 1988. Oil on canvas, 112 x 102 cm
|Diego Velazquez, Rokeby Venus, c. 1647–51. 122cm x 177cm (48in x 49.7in)|
|Gerhard Richter, Confrontation 1-3 (1988)|
From her website, her Statement on her recent work:
I grew up in the West, so am inclined towards mighty spaces. Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt’s grand landscapes make perfect sense to me. Our family’s version of a cheap vacation was camping in gorgeous National Parks such as Yosemite and Lassen. Like Cole, the places we visited got us as close to god as we could possibly imagine being. At the same time, they represented what we had lost.
My recent work is focused on making sense of the world around me after calamities such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waste, and contamination that is generally invisible to us. I need to imagine another way, to outfit myself with signs and banners that speak louder than I can, to envision how we might remake the world as it is slowly falling apart.
I have always been up for a good journey and that is what painting offers me. Like the game Chutes and Ladders, the basic thrust of which – flying down slides and plodding up pathways – I always loved as a kid, my work allows the eye to meander through spaces, across rivers, get lost in thickets, singed by forest fires, pass by warning signs and under control towers that speak, in smoke signals, to our great distress.
Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait with Cargo, 2014 from her website
Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait as Emergency Shipwright, 2013
Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait as Boy in Flight, 2011
Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait as Spill, 2007 See more of Heffernan's work here.
from a Statement about Celmins at C4 Contemporary Gallery
Apart from being an incredibly accomplished 'technician', which is perhaps MOST of the reason that attention is bestowed upon Vija Celmins, there is a tenacious - even obsessive quality seen in her works - at least in the aggregate. And so, syntactically - they fascinate. That is to say that seeing a collection of her work over time is rewarding... to explore the variations in treatment, framing, subject matter and technique. And it is a fascinating exploration, a controlled one at that, into the psyche of an artist and a human being. This is perhaps the most powerful aspect of her work -and the aspect that you will RARELY hear being talked about. This is where we discuss thematics. There are several enduring themes running through her work which appear time an again - all loosely intimating a sense of mortality - the ocean(water)... the night sky... the spider web... disasters. The universality of such existential tropes resonate soundly with all of us.
But it's not even so simple. The degree to which craft is exercised embeds a layer of communication, a layer of intimacy - in her work which is all but absent in the conceptual musings of the last 20-30 years of efforts by our best artists. She exposes us to a level of mastery and that is haunting that we wish not acknowledge nor discuss because it's not convenient to the narrative of the 'contemporary'. I think that Celmins' work provides a reminder of the soulful aspect of art that is all too often missing these decades. It is a challlenge that needs to be answered.
|Vija Celmins, Big Sea II, 1965|
|Vija Celmins, Ocean, 2005|
|Vija Celmins, Suspended Plane, 1966|
|Vija Celmins, To Fix the Image in Memory, 1977|
Great Piece on Celmins' work here.
|Vija Celmins, Heater 1964|
Oil on canvas 1205 × 1219 mm
And what is it that connects Vermeer, Palladio, Bach, Cage?
It's that same quality I've been talking about. It's neither contrived, nor surprising and smart, not baffling, not witty, not interesting, not cynical, it can't be planned and it probably can't even be described. It's just good. I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying it, Conversation between Gerhard Richter and Nicholas Serota, Spring 2011 From Richter's website
|Sally Mann, Jessie Bites, 1985|
|Sally Mann, Night Blooming Cereus, 1988|
|Sally Mann, Jessie at 12, Before and After, 1994|
|Sally Mann, Virginia...|
|Sally Mann, The Last Time Emmet Posed Nude|
|Sally Mann, Emmet, Virginia, Jesse|
|Sally Mann, Virginia...|
|Sally Mann, The Big Girls, 1992|
|Sally Mann, from Southern Landscapes, 2010|
|Francesca Woodman, House #3, 1976|
Nicholas Nixon: Brown Sisters since 1975
Emmet Gowin: everything
|Emmet Gowin, Nancy, Edith's niece in Danville (Virginia), 1969|