Christopher Williams: The Production Line of HappinessChristopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

27 July 2014

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

Exhibition opening today, MoMA, New York, USA, 27 July – 2 November.

The career of one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography spans an impressive 35 years. Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts in the mid to late 1970s under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including John Baldessari, Douglas Huebler, and Michael Asher, only to become his generation’s leading conceptualist and art professor. Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, architecture and design, Williams has produced a concise oeuvre that furthers a critique of late capitalist society in which images typically function as agents of spectacle.

Christopher Williams: Untitled (Study in Yellow and Green/East Berlin), Studio Thomas Borho, Düsseldorf, 2012; inkjet print on cotton rag paper; courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery.

Subaltern Urbanism?’Subaltern Urbanism?’

26 July 2014

Subaltern Urbanism?’

Workshop with Professor Anupama Rao (Barnard College, Columbia University) & OfficeUS Housing Public Good research group, today 26 July, 4-6PM, US Pavilion, Venice, Italy.

‘Subaltern Urbanism?’ examines contemporary discourses and strategies around housing projects in a global context. Experimental self-building and self-funding initiatives; the role of the state in conditions of deregulated and informalized development; the privatized planning processes and financial speculations associated with these trends… What prototypes of ‘citizenship’ do different housing models enact and (re)produce? What is the role of architecture –and architects– within these processes?

Photo: Rehabilitation project in Dharavi.

The World c. 1914. Colour Photography Before the Great WarThe World c. 1914. Colour Photography Before the Great War

26 July 2014

The World c. 1914. Colour Photography Before the Great War

Exhibition, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 1 August – 2 November.

This exhibition is devoted to the hitherto almost forgotten colour photographs and films which were made before the First World War, having been commissioned by the French banker Albert Kahn.   Inspired by the colour photography of the Lumière brothers, he issued these commissions - at a time when the nations of Europe were already arming for the Great War - to photographers of both sexes, in order to build up the Archives de la planète with colour photos from all over the world. In this picture archive over 70,000 colour shots have been preserved. They co..

Albert Kahn, Les Archives de la planete. Stephane Passet. China, Beijing, 26 May 1913 © Musee Albert-Kahn, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine

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25 July 2014


photography exhibition, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, until 21 September.

Punctum is an exhibition about the nature of photography today. Consisting of over fifty photographs chosen by artists, curators and writers, and including a series of lectures and a publication, Punctum takes its cue from the term ‘punctum’ coined by Roland Barthes in his final book Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Used by Barthes as a linguistic device to examine the meaning of photography, ‘punctum’ refers to a striking detail in the photograph that captivates or ‘wounds’ the viewer, and completes the photograph as an object of reflection. This exhibition takes this concept and term of ‘punctum’ as a starting point for invited participants to select photographs that, for each of them, are emblematic of ‘punctum’, given today’s context for photography and aesthetics.


24 July 2014


Last days of the exhibition, Pace London, Burlington Gardens, London, UK, until 26 July.

Golems is an exhibition of new works by the Romanian figurative painter Adrian Ghenie. The Darwin Room, presented in a special chamber within the gallery space, features meticulously sourced eighteenth and nineteenth century panelling, floor boards and furniture, juxtaposed with contemporary items. Illumination comes from the light of the internal ‘window,’ a symbolic gesture to the post-enlightenment thinking. The dark passage of the installation creates a boundary, separating the present day gallery environment from the sacred space in which the academic contemplation take..

Adrian Ghenie, The Darwin Room.

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Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957

24 July 2014

Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957

Movie screenings, MoMa, New York, USA, through 4 August.

Crime films were a staple at Columbia Pictures during the studio's first decades as a budget-conscious, high-volume producer of mass entertainment. This exhibition traces the evolution of the genre at Columbia, from the atmospheric whodunits that dominated the early 1930s through the moody, despairing films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s. The series includes both celebrated, A-level productions and outstanding examples of the B-pictures that were the studio's real specialty.

Still, The Reckless Moment, 1949, Max Ophuls.

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Focus BeijingFocus Beijing

23 July 2014

Focus Beijing

Exhibition of the Heus-Zomer Collection, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, until 21 September.

The exhibition ‘Focus Beijing’ features the work of two generations of prominent artists from Beijing. The first generation grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. They include Zhang Dali (Harbin, 1963), Zhang Xiaogang (Kunming, 1958), Hai Bo (Changchun, 1962) and Ai Weiwei (Beijing, 1957). Their work shows a strong sense of political engagement, referring to China’s traumatic history and the social and cultural revolutions of recent decades. The second generation grew up in the 1970s and 1980s: the period of China’s Open Door Policy. Artists such as Qiu Xiaofei (Hoerbin..

Zhang Xiaogang, Girl, 2008, Collection De Heus-Zomer. Design by Thonik

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Aero-X, the hoverbikeAero-X, the hoverbike

22 July 2014

Aero-X, the hoverbike

Aerofex builds low-altitude flying vehicle

LA based engineering firm Aerofex Corporation built the Aero-X, a vehicle that makes low-altitude flight realistic and affordable. “Our mission is to democratize flight”, the company says. The Aero-X is flying up to 10 feet off the ground at 45 miles per hour, is fueled by automotive gasoline, takes up about as much room as a small car, and offers space for two passengers. It’s a hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle - an off road vehicle that gets you off the ground. “Because the Aero-X is intuitive to fly, you can learn to operate it safely in just a weekend ..

Aero-X during a test ride in the desert.

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Exposed: A History of LingerieExposed: A History of Lingerie

21 July 2014

Exposed: A History of Lingerie

Exhibition, The Museum at FIT, New York, USA, until 15 November.

As the final barrier to the nude body, lingerie is simultaneously modest and erotic – and it remains a subject of enduring fascination. The design of lingerie enhances its allure: it strategically reveals, conceals, and highlights the wearer’s form. The exhibition traces developments in intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present. There are two types of lingerie, hard and soft. Hard lingerie includes corsets, bustles, and structured bras, while soft lingerie consists of unstructured garments, such as slips, nightgowns, and panties. As the relationship between dress and the body has been redefined over time, so too have the function and appearance of lingerie.

Walter Van Beirendonck, man’s ensemble, raffia, white organdy, orange cotton, and multicolor embroidery, Summer 2006, Belgium, gift of Walter Van Beirendonck.

Archigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the FutureArchigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the Future

20 July 2014

Archigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the Future

Talk by Simon Sadler, 21 July at 6 pm, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, USA.

Architectural and urban historian Simon Sadler delves into Archigram’s Los Angeles, a city that became the new locus of the urban imaginary in the vanguard circuits of 1960s London. Sadler considers how Archigram’s projections of a future Los Angeles were perhaps nostalgic for California’s recent past, while serving London’s larger fantasy of spontaneous, populist, self-organized urbanism.

Image: Warren Chalk (Archigram), Santa Monica Beach, teaching slide, c. 1968.

Earthly DelightsEarthly Delights

20 July 2014

Earthly Delights

Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, until 30 November.

Earthly Delights brings together the work of eight artists who share a belief in the critical power of beauty. Made between 1949 and 2006, the paintings, sculptures, and installations in this exhibition embrace the decorative in defiance of prevailing artistic trends. By revelling in pleasure, exploring private moments, and exuding sensuality, these works challenge the primacy of rationality and logic in modernism. As they explore the connections among art, decoration, and design, the artists insist on the intrinsic value of beauty by engaging with social issues. Irreverent and playful, this eclectic group subverts the conservatism of minimalism and other 20th-century movements that eschewed making art in pursuit of pleasure. 

Lari Pittman Untitled #14, 2003 Oil, lacquer and Cel-Vinyl on gessoed canvas over wood panel 76 x 102 in. (193 x 259.1 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.25 © 2003 Lari Pittman Photo: Nathan K

Regarding WomenRegarding Women

19 July 2014

Regarding Women

New photography book by Elliott Erwitt, to be published by teNeues in August.

Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt (b. 26 July 1928 Paris, France) has created many noteworthy portraits of womankind over the years. Regarding Women is Elliott Erwitt’s evocative personal tribute to female strength, intelligence, and beauty. Conveying respect, admiration, and sometimes awe, these photographs portray all the complex elements that make up the feminine nature, whether formidable and tenacious, or occasionally capricious and coy. The archival material spans several generations, with many images not previously published or rarely seen before. In these pages, readers will ..

© Regarding Women by Elliott Erwitt, to be published by teNeues in August 2014, € 79,90, Photo © 2014 Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos. All rights reserved.

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Vasily Kandinsky – Teaching at the BauhausVasily Kandinsky – Teaching at the Bauhaus

19 July 2014

Vasily Kandinsky – Teaching at the Bauhaus

Exhibition, Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin, Germany, until 08 September.

Vasily Kandinsky was one of the most important teachers at the Bauhaus, but the courses he gave have so far only been documented in part. On the basis of a research project carried out by the Société Kandknsky, the exhibition presents documents and materials from international archives and collections that provide a comprehensive view of Kandinsky’s teaching work at the Bauhaus. The materials mainly consist of notes he made when preparing the classes, as well as illustrations from the fields of nature, technology, architecture, and painting that he selected from news..

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An Evening with Artist Nir EvronAn Evening with Artist Nir Evron

18 July 2014

An Evening with Artist Nir Evron

Film evening and Q&A, tonight at 7pm, New Museum Theater, New York, USA.

Nir Evron (b. 1974, Tel Aviv) is known for his provocative meditations on the construction of political and social histories. He works across photography, video, and film, and examines specific artifacts such as derelict monuments, historic buildings, found photographs, and borrowed biographies. At this event, Evron will screen his “Architectural Trilogy,” which reflects the artist’s deep interest and research on the architecture of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and will premiere Endurance (2014), the final work in this series. 

Nir Evron and Omer Krieger, Rehearsing the Spectacle of Spectres, 2014 (still). Dual screen HD video; 9:40 min. Courtesy the artist and Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv

The Centre For Dying On Stage #1The Centre For Dying On Stage #1

18 July 2014

The Centre For Dying On Stage #1

Exhibition, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 18 July – 13 September.

An exhibition with artworks and performances by Karl Burke, Dina Danish, Dan Graham, Krõõt Juurak, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Meggy Rustamova. The Centre For Dying On Stage is a research body that generates new artistic undertakings, anchored to notions of disappearance and performativity. The Centre’s online archive collects and collates instances of deaths that have occurred in performative settings in the public domain, looking at cases of those such as; Molière, Karl Wallenda, Miriam Makeba, Yoshiuki Takada, Jane Dornacker, R. Budd Dwyer, Harry Parke, Irene..

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Sarnath Banerjee & Natasha GinwalaSarnath Banerjee & Natasha Ginwala

17 July 2014

Sarnath Banerjee & Natasha Ginwala

Conversation, tonight at 7:30 pm, Crash Pad c/o KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, Berlin, Germany.

Graphic novelist, artist and filmmaker Sarnath Banerjee will discuss his recent practice with 8th Berlin Biennale’s Artistic Team member Natasha Ginwala. Banerjee's work records uncanny details of urban life traversing from Berlin to New Delhi. Drawing upon cosmopolitan history, myth and popular culture, his characters, much like himself, perform as both detective and flâneur.

From Enchanted Geography Series (published in The Hindu), 2013, courtesy Sarnath Banerjee

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British Folk ArtBritish Folk Art

17 July 2014

British Folk Art

Exhibition, Tate Britain, London, UK, until 31 August.

Steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the often humble but remarkable objects in this exhibition include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs, Toby jugs to elaborately crafted quilts. On view is an intricate sculpture of a cockerel made out of mutton bones by French POWs during the Napoleonic wars. There is also a larger-than-life-size figure of King Alfred made out of thatch, along with examples of the mysterious ‘god in a bottle’ – votive offerings suspended in bottles of clear liquid, as well as naïve paintings, tin trays covered with ornate fragments of crockery, and much more.

Rorschach Audio - Art & Illusion for SoundRorschach Audio - Art & Illusion for Sound

16 July 2014

Rorschach Audio - Art & Illusion for Sound

Last 20 copies of the book by Joe Banks, Published by Disinformation

What are the connections between Leonardo da Vinci and Dick Whittington, between the BBC Monitoring Service and punk band The Clash, between wartime military intelligence work, visual arts theory, battle management systems, Spiritualism, radio and recording technology and criminal witness testimony? What role do JG Ballard, Osama bin Laden, William Burroughs, Jean Cocteau, Richard Dawkins, Jean Genet, William Hogarth, Pope Pius XII, Primo Levi, proto-Surrealist writer Raymond Roussel, teenage criminal Derek Bentley, Sigmund Freud and crystallographer Louis Albert Necker play in the disentan..

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Here And ElsewhereHere And Elsewhere

16 July 2014

Here And Elsewhere

Exhibition opening today, New Museum, New York, USA, until 28 September.

A major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world. In the past 10 years, the work of artists and cultural spaces in cities such as Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Doha, Marrakesh, Ramallah, and Sharjah, among others, has established critical points of global access. This exhibition borrows its title from a 1976 film-essay by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville called Ici et Ailleurs, which was conceived as a pro-Palestinian documentary but developed into a complex reflection on the ethics of representation and the stat..

Marwa Arsanios, Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila, 2014 (still). Video, color, sound; 28 min. Courtesy the artist.

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Contemporary Japanese printsContemporary Japanese prints

15 July 2014

Contemporary Japanese prints

Exhibition Noda Tetsuya’s ‘Diary’ series, The British Museum, London, UK, until 5 October.

Since the late 1960s, artist Noda Tetsuya (b. 1940) has created an on-going series of prints. Intimate portraits of his family, landscapes experienced on his travels, and objects from everyday life are recorded with sensitivity, wit, and a certain mystery. Spanning almost 50 years and now reaching some 500 works, the Diary series presents evocative perspectives that project one individual’s world onto a wider society. The 22 prints display the unusual technique that combines colour woodblock with photo silkscreen. Noda cuts woodblocks to print areas of colour and subtle shades of white background onto handmade Japanese paper. Photographic images have been deliberately altered by the artist to express his personal sensibility. 

Contemporary Japanese prints: Diary: Aug. 22nd '68 (printed in 1969), by Noda Tetsuya