Urban Theory Lab Lecture: David Maisel, "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime"
December 1, 2016
Moderator: Neil Brenner.
Panelists: Pierre Bélanger, Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Sharon Harper.
In his ongoing, multi-chaptered series Black Maps, David Maisel’s aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments, open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and zones of water reclamation, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor. Maisel’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is collected in several major books, including Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. His latest book is the forthcoming Proving Ground.
Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science
September 17, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Patterns, systems, and networks are all around us, and in this digital age we are increasingly aware of their influence on our lived experience. This exhibition explores some of the ways in which human beings create and manipulate patterns, and why we are intrinsically driven to do so. Patterns allow us to understand and predict complex natural and cultural phenomena, and to create artworks and other structures of surprising complexity and unity.
Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage
September 16 - December 7, 2016
The exhibition #SafePassage will deal with the fate of the individual versus the overruling systems of society, switching from Ai Weiwei’s personal experiences as a refugee of the Chinese Government, to the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who risked their lives to reach Europe, only to find their path barred by a succession of border closures.
Alongside marble sculptures and films, Ai Weiwei will cover the walls of Foam with thousands of photographs taken on his mobile phone. This immense collage will reflect on all the personal encounters the artist has had with individuals and the tragic situation unfolding in the Mediterranean, bringing to our attention what is, in his own words, "the biggest, most shameful humanitarian crisis since World War II".
The Poetry of Place
December 10, 2016 - June 11, 2017
A sense of mystery prevails in the scenes William Clift, Linda Connor and Michael Kenna capture. Featuring lyrical interpretations rather than documentary fragments, their black-and-white photographs reveal moments steeped in history. This exhibition brings together their pictures of an ethereal, serene world that will invite visitors to consider meanings beyond visible details.
Exploring Public Art Practices
Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation presents “Exploring Public Art Practices,” a free half-day symposium with artist talks, discussions and presentations by 15 local and national artists to investigate the shifting field of public artistic practice.
This event is designed to bring together artists working in, or who want to work in, public art to share ideas and learn from each other. The symposium aims to grow critical discourse among artists and expand Bay Area dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of working in public space.
The event will feature talks by Michael Arcega, Kota Ezawa, Ana Teresa Fernández, Cliff Hengst, Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman, Alison Pebworth, Chris Sollars and Jenifer Wofford.
July 26 - August 7, 2016
The artworks on display at the exhibition and the symposium/performance“A Government of Times” invite us to pause for a moment, reorient ourselves, and reflect on new perspectives, raising questions about political fantasy and a different form of acceleration—an experimental, navigational process where we can discover a universe of possibilities.
Ten artistic positions and a symposium/performance take a closer look at the current phenomenon of social, economic, and technological acceleration and exhaustion, exploring the theme of 21st century melancholy.
Participating artists: David Maisel, Gregory Barsamian, Stefan Brüggemann, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, CHTO, Jeannette Ehlers, Famed, Rumiko Hagiwara, Álvaro Martínez Alonso, Guido van der Werve.
Curated by Michael Arzt, François Cusset, Camille de Toledo.
David Simpson Works 1965-2015
Published by Radius Books, 2016
Featuring works from 1965-2015, this expansive new monograph offers an in-depth look into the evolution of David Simpson's reductive painting style. With the help of over ninety full-color plates, the publication further examines how "Simpson's paintings explore light, color, and reflection to engage the surface of a painted canvas.” The resulting works are complex, surprising, and ever changing with the time of day.
In addition to these carefully selected examples of Simpson’s most influential work, the monograph contains a short biography complete with personal photographs and a tour of the artist’s studio. Also included are the essays "Reflecting Light" by Louis Grachos, "Creating Space" by Jonathon Keats, and "David Simpson's 1970's Abstractions Still Radical" by Kenneth Baker. Baker also sat down with the artist to discuss how he came to his iconic style, the trajectory of his work throughout the decades, and how he plans to continue his legacy in the 21st century.
Eleventh Gwangju Biennale | The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)
September 2 - November 6, 2016
By placing art center-stage, with an emphasis on its imaginative capacity, its connection with the future in the midst of daily life and struggles for survival in the present, the Gwangju Biennale highlights art as a kind of visionary knowledge and practice which can encompass prefiguration, diagnosis and prognosis, allowing for slightly different, be it ambiguous and conflictual, perspectives on how art engages with what lies ahead of us.
Thinking thoroughly about what art does, how it lands in different contexts, and how it sits in society, GB11 does not aim for a single exhibition but place emphasis on process of communication and mediation of art and society
Photo: Monir Farmanfarmaian at her 2015 Guggenheim Exhibition
Credit: David Heald
From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art
November 25, 2016 - April 2, 2017
From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art presents work by approximately twenty-five artists who grapple with memories that are not their own. There are many forms of memory: memories we have experienced, memories we have heard as family stories and from popular culture, even memories from an imagined future. Through their work, the artists in this exhibition search, question, and reflect on the representation of truths related to ancestral and collective memory—ultimately attempting to deal with their own past. Artists include Yamashiro Chikako, Binh Danh, Guy Goldstein, Rä di Martino, Yong Soon Min, Fabio Morais, and Anri Sala, among others.
translocation – transformation
July 14 - November 20, 2016
“translocation – transformation at the 21er Haus in Vienna is the first solo exhibition in Austria by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Continuing his ongoing engagement with the themes of migration, expulsion, and translocation, Ai draws on his own experiences of migration and the complexities of cultural and geographical politics to address current social issues, in particular the refugee crisis.
'We are living in a world with very fast change in many respects – politically or geographically,' says Ai. 'It is about our history; it is about how history and how different times merge into this so called contemporary moment. There is such a diversity, and such a very big span of time and different kinds of techniques, material, and the various treatments.'" - Nicholas Forrest, Blouin Artinfo
May 14 - November 13, 2016
"[Dennis] Oppenheim transplanted himself from the Bay Area to New York in 1966 to become a pioneer of Earth, Body, Conceptual, installation, and video art. Eloquent and charismatic, he was one of the few who would convincingly and seemingly effortlessly traverse these genres in his wide-ranging projects. 'Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio,' this summer’s major exhibition at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, focuses solely on the artist’s unique engagement with the land. While not a full-scale retrospective, it examines how his approach to nature evolved over the course of his career. The show constitutes the first posthumous solo exhibition for the artist, who died of cancer in 2011 at age seventy-two, and the first US museum exhibition of Oppenheim’s work in nearly a decade." - David Ebony, Art in America
July 7 - September 3, 2016
"Fantastic paintings of corrupted data like you might find on your computer screen when bad things happen. Or maybe they refer more to the state of human relations. Whatever your interpretation, they're so good I hereby declare them Pick of the Month. Like to wager on young talent? Good odds here. Definitely worth a visit. While you're at it, catch the group photo show in the back." - Alan Bamberger, ArtBusiness.com
AWARDS AND HONORS
Charles Wollaston Award
Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
July 8, 2016
"Blaenau Ffestiniog sculptor David Nash was announced as winner of the Charles Wollaston award at the 2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition recently. The exhibition has been running nonstop since 1769 and is currently Europe’s oldest ‘open submission’ exhibition.
The Royal Academy presents a number of significant prizes for outstanding works within the show including the prestigious £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award, one of the most significant art prizes in the UK, presented for the ‘most distinguished work’ in the exhibition, this year awarded to Nash for his sculpture, Big Black.
Big Black, a carved and charred redwood sculpture, stands at nearly four-metres-high and is an imposing presence in the Academy’s 10-room exhibition. It was completed in 2015 and previously shown at Periodic Tales."
David Simpson: Works from the 1980s
"The video room will be devoted to the works by the American David Simpson. We will be presenting for the first time in Italy his very special works from the 1980s: pieces in which the balance of colour has been engineered by the artist with the help of sharply-defined geometric forms. During the opening, Marco Meneguzzo presents the American artist English monograph: David Simpson, Works 1965-2015, published by Radius Books, with texts by Louis Grachos, Jonathon Keats, Kenneth Baker and David Simpson. The book is an explanatory summary of the artist's works created between 1965 and 2015."
War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal by Binh Danh and Robert Schultz
August 21 - October 16, 2016
"War Memoranda probes the question 'How do Americans remember war?' with soldiers’ portraits developed in the flesh of leaves, battlefield landscapes photographed using 19th-century technologies, and war poems of intimate reflection.
'The real war will never get in the books,' Walt Whitman declared. In response, photographer Binh Danh and poet Robert Schultz have drawn upon Whitman’s poetry and prose, as well as striking historical portraits of soldiers, to create daguerreotypes, chlorophyll prints, cyanotypes, artist’s books, and poems that contemplate American wars past and present."
April 28 - July 2, 2016
"Overrated addresses many of today’s concerns with government spying and government attempts at muffling dissent. Mixing traditional methods, like Chinese ceramics, with these contemporary socio-political issues, Weiwei challenges authority, while also commenting on the limited status of freedom of expression in his home country."
Down Hear: The Films of Mike Henderson
March 31, 2016
"Best known as a painter and blues guitarist, San Francisco–based artist Mike Henderson produced a remarkable body of experimental and performance-driven films starting in the mid 1960s through the 1980s. Politically charged and often wickedly funny, Henderson's productions range from improvisational compositions and absurd musings to powerful "talking blues films" about blackness and black experience. Henderson presents a program from across his two decades with the medium, including the hilarious and conceptually pointed Dufus (1970/1973) and powerful Down Hear (1972), which tells the history of slave shipping through a charged performance by Henderson and his brother Raymond."
"Also at ADAA, Monir Farmanfarmaian looks stronger, more concentrated at Haines's booth than at the Guggenheim."
- Roberta Smith, Co-Chief Art Critic, The New York Times
"In the post-museum-retrospective category, Haines has a good selection of work by the nonagenarian Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, who had a show at the Guggenheim last year. Ms. Farmanfarmaian’s dazzling, mirrored sculptures and jewelry combine architecture, celestial geometry and Sufism with traditional Islamic craft techniques to produce a kaleidoscopic effect."
- The New York Times
"Fair newcomer Haines Gallery shows sculptures and works on paper by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian... “Her works are inspired in part by Iranian traditional mirror work found in shrines and mosques, and then she combines that with her understanding of abstraction—she was in New York in the ’50s, when hard-edged abstraction was coming into its own,” Haines director David Spalding noted."
January 7 - March 12, 2016
"David Maisel’s aerial photographs of Toledo, Spain, and the surrounding La Mancha region, some of which will be on view at Haines Gallery, in San Francisco, through March 12th, can make Earth’s surface look more alien than terrestrial. Parts of the area that Maisel focussed on are underlain by light-colored alkaline rocks, which formed through the evaporation of an ancient body of water. The silvery soil of plowed fields almost shimmers, like a ghostly memory of that long-vanished sea."
January 16 - February 20, 2016
"From January 16 to February 20, 2016, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche features the first exhibition in France of original works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The monumental installations of the exhibition "Er Xi, play Air" infuse poetry and fantasy at the heart of store and shop windows, rue de Sèvres."
Andy Warhol - Ai Weiwei
11 December - April 25, 2016
"This major international exhibition features two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, explores the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV presents more than 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media."
September 13 - December, 2015
The exhibit Oasis looks beyond these surface characteristics, and broadens the definition of oasis to a place of refuge, a way station for travelers, an island of life in the middle of a difficult and dangerous landscape.
In the exhibit, 22 artists use the theme of “oasis” as a point of departure, with artworks that not only fill the Gallery but also spill out into the hidden corners of Descanso, created by artists who specialize in site-specific sculptures and environments. The exhibition includes the work of four prominent Los Angeles poets whose words and ideas leave the printed page and enter into the nooks and crannies of Descanso Gardens itself.
Nothing for the Time Being
October 25 - January 23, 2016
"This installment of the Shanghai Pujiang OCT Ten Year Public Art Project, China’s longest and most influential public art project, will feature a large scale solo exhibition and 17.5 Degrees of Deviation. The artist chosen for this year’s solo exhibition segment is Zhan Wang, who will present two entirely new art series for the public art project, Metamorph and Terrain. The 2015 Shanghai Pujiang OCT Ten Year Public Art Project will also install the 9th marker in the 17.5°Deviation installation, to be held simultaneously with the opening of Zhan Wang’s Nothing for the Time Being."
Commissioned by THE THING to create an umbrella, visual artist Kota Ezawa went for a hybrid of form, function and entertainment (as only a zoetrope can be). Each panel of the umbrella contains a victorian woman in various stages of umbrella opening, like a film still in a zoetrope. Get it out in the rain and take it for a spin!
In the Box: Kota Ezawa
October 15 - April 10, 2016
Kota Ezawa's exhibition here in The Box includes a video mashup of The Beatles and the Punk Band Dead Kennedys and a lightbox reinterpretation of one of the most famous pictures in human history. Also on view is a work called City of Nature, where he applies his signature visual style to scenes from famous films and weaves them into a four-minute digital animation where nature moves from the backdrop to the subject.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Sixth Annual Gala Dinner Honoree
October 1, 2015
This October, Storm King will host its sixth Annual Gala Dinner and Live Auction honoring Andy Goldsworthy and The Duke of Devonshire.
Storm King Wall—Andy Goldsworthy’s first museum commission for a permanent work in the United States and his largest single installation to date—exemplifies his nature-based methodology, which includes building this and other dry stone walls that draw on British agricultural tradition. Storm King Wall was originally imagined as a 750-foot-long dry stone wall snaking through the woods, but when it reached its planned endpoint, at the foot of a large oak tree, it seemed only natural to the artist for the wall to continue downhill to a nearby pond. Soon after the wall’s trajectory was extended again; it now emerges from the other side of the pond and continues uphill to Storm King’s western boundary at the New York State Thruway—totaling 2,278 feet overall.
November 7 - December 12, 2015
Leslie Shows (BFA, 1999) recently spoke of a desire to “makework that is so secret from myself that I would be seduced into making it.” In a series of sculptural paintings commissioned for this exhibition, Shows’ striking materials—engraved aluminum, synthetic rubber, cut Plexiglas, silk, and digitally printed sand—appear as just-formed thoughts.
Shows’ new works further dissolve previous imagery akin to abstractions of pyrite, or glaciers, to crawl out of, and back into, the landscape. Her works vary in scale, from picture-sized to room- scale installations, and shiver in light. They evoke the unknown, and are particularly unknowable. Even as they slip from your grasp, one is compelled to learn their vocabulary. Yet the paintings don’t arrive at an end—they are rather happening to themselves, and becoming together.
The same could be said of our Earth, and human complicity within it, and Shows’ work effectively shifts geologic timescales to a sensuous, urgent state.
NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology
October 15, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Camille will be participating in NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) alongside eight other Bay Area digital artists. NEAT looks at the rapidly evolving relationship between artists and technology almost 50 years since the seminal 1960s Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) set out to break down barriers between artists and scientists and expand the artist’s role in social developments related to new technologies. E.A.T. was officially launched in 1967 by the engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. These men had previously collaborated in 1966 when they organized 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, a series of performance art presentations that united artists and engineers. Ten New York artists worked with thirty engineers and scientists from the world-renowned Bell Telephone Laboratories to create groundbreaking performances that incorporated new technology.
Last Year in Marienbad: A Film as Art
November 14, 2015 - March 13, 2016
The 1961 film "L’Année dernière à Marienbad" (Last Year in Marienbad) directed by Alain Resnais wrote history: More radically than any previous film, Resnais’ cinematic adaptation of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s avant-garde nouveau roman broke with traditional structures of time, place and causality.
The exhibition "Last Year in Marienbad: A Film as Art", conceived by the Kunsthalle Bremen, demonstrates for the first time how influential the Nouvelle Vague aesthetic that distinguishes the Marienbad film has been on the visual arts and will provide visitors with an understanding of its lasting international relevance. To illustrate this, the Kunsthalle Bremen will bring together exceptional international exhibits in video, animation, and installation art as well as paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and architecture which will be supplemented by examples from pop culture and fashion from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.