31 July 2015
Kunst voor Boven de Bank ('art for above the sofa'), by Bart Eysink Smeets
Exhibition, De Balie, Amsterdam, Netherlands, opening Saturday 1 August at 8pm, runs until 27 August.
Bart Eysink Smeets, resident art-director at international communications agency Kessels Kramer, wanted to make sure his art would sell. "Today’s commercial art cliché is that it needs to match the interior and look good above the sofa in your living room. That's why Bart invented 'Kunst voor boven de bank'. Art and sofa’s; a match made in heaven." Bart Eysink Smeets' 50th work prooved to be an excellent reason to present his entire oeuvre in a major retrospective.
30 July 2015
Last Days of Athens Photo Festival 2015
Exhibition, Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe), Athens, Greece, until 31 July.
The main programme, entitled Reframe Memory, focuses on the complex interconnections between memory, time and identity, exploring and exposing the dialectical relationship between past and present. Using facts and insights from history and the current and changing socio-political context in Europe and globally, as a starting point, the act of reframing generates new perspectives that enable new combinations of imagery and meanings of the past that help us navigate the present. The main programme reflects the diversity of contemporary photographic practice, presenting recent works by 76 establi..
29 July 2015
Dialogues: Photographs by Hélène Binet
Exhibition, Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin, Germany, until 21 September
For over 25 years now, photographer Hélène Binet has been at work around the world, capturing the work of internationally known architects such as John Hejduk, Ludwig Leo, Le Corbusier, Peter Zumthor, and Zaha Hadid. Her predominantly black-and-white photographs are characterised by the precise effects of light and shadow within the architectural space. Binet shows structures and material, forms and geometries in such a way that something entirely independent emerges, something that goes far beyond a pure reproduction of the buildings. In the exhibition, she juxtaposes shots of different buildings by famous architects or contrasts them with landscape photographs. These dialogues emphasise what is specific to the given architecture and simultaneously open up multi-layered associative possibilities for their viewers.
28 July 2015
Exhibition, White Cube, Glyndebourne, UK, until 30 August
“The treble clef, the lines of the staves, the notes and things start dancing, round and round, up and down, spaced out, back and forth, shifting towards the edges…” - Georg Baselitz, 2015. Painter, printmaker, sculptor, and draughtsman Baselitz’s distinguished career has spanned more than 50 years, during which he has created works that have consistently challenged the mainstream. Exploring collective, historical, and personal themes, his works connect deeply to German history and literature, a..
27 July 2015
Sergi Aguilar - Revers \ Anvers
Exhibition, MACBA Barcelona, Spain, until 1 November
Sergi Aguilar questions some of the principal paradigms that have shaped the language of sculpture in the context of Spain from the early 1970s to the present. At the same time, his work minimises the role played by formalist interpretations. This uncomfortable stance with the historiographical narrative and its reading codes, with general genealogies and certain specific analyses, not only affects this Barcelona-born sculptor but a whole generation of artists whose work has evolved beyond the attributions that were once ascribed to them. The retrospective traces a sinuous path through Aguilar’s more than 40 years of practice.
26 July 2015
Geoffrey Farmer: How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth
Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, until 7 September
25 July 2015
EmpathiCity, by Shani Ha
Public Art Interventions in Paris, New York, Bruxelles, Miami and Los Angeles
Paris-born, New York-based artist Shani Ha intervenes in different cities with the intention of making them more empathic. She does so by creating a sculptural layer of softness between the toughness of the city and the citizens who inhabit it. EmpathiCity provides a visual and interactive break, to make cities restful and welcoming. The EmpathiCity invasion functions as sculptural ephemeral graffiti that contributes to a more caring and positive appropriation of the urban landscape. Here, the artist has repurposed friends' sofas to extend their social life and bring a touch of 'home..
25 July 2015
Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings
Exhibition, ICA, London, UK, until 6 September
Since the early 1970s, Isa Genzken has developed an extraordinary practice tending toward a focus on large-scale sculptures, installations, and impressive wall mounted panels. Lesser known are her paintings. Having experimented with a variety of different materials and art forms, including assemblage and photography, film and video, Genzken also produced two prominent series of paintings spanning the late 1980s and early 90s, compelling in that they invite scrutiny from the micro to macro, revealing themselves as close-up impressions of urban architecture or aerial views of alien landscapes. Her approach to abstract painting is emboldened through a straightforward and direct approach that rarely strays from a range of dark hues.
24 July 2015
My Buenos Aires
Exhibition, La maison rouge, Paris, France, until 20 September
My Buenos Aires runs counter to the romantic vision of Buenos Aires. Visitors are offered neither a portrait of the city or a who’s who of Argentinean artists, but rather a sensation, an experience of the dynamics at work in the Argentine capital. With works by more than 60 artists working in all media, from installation to painting, sculpture, video, and photography, four generations are represented. Established names join those yet to be discovered, more than 15 of whom have made installations in situ. This is an invitation to plunge into the mystery of Buenos Aires without attempting to resolve it, and to experience the unsettling strangeness of its multiple personalities.
23 July 2015
MADE SÃO PAULO 2015
Art & Design Village, Jockey Club de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 12 - 16 August
For all those traveling to São Paulo, Brazil, next month: international fair MADE will again present a fine selection of collectible designs. MADE, which stands for Market, Art, Design, is a platform for discussing, appreciating and buying the best design, from vintage to contemporary. Here’s a preview:
23 July 2015
GLOBALE: Transsolar + Tetsuo Kondo
Exhibition, ZKM Atrium, Karlsruhe, Germany, until 27 September
A cloud inside the ZKM! As a prelude to the exhibition Exo-Evolution, Stuttgart-based Energietechnik Transsolar, together with Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo, have produced an artificial cloud in the ZKM interior spaces. The project combines many years of experience in the sphere of climate engineering and architectural know-how: by applying cutting-edge technologies, not only is climate engineering made visible, but ways are also shown in which human beings will become capable in future of exercising greater influence on natural phenomena with increasing effectiveness.
22 July 2015 by Veerle Devos
How do you want to spend your life?
Independent theatre calls for action upon facing closure
The name of the theatre group, Cão Solteiro, translates as Bachelor Dog, which, although it was just an absurd joke at the time, somehow makes sense in retrospect: “We worked so much over the last 18 years that we didn’t have time to flirt around.” The three leading ladies who run this independent theatre in Lisbon have an excellent feel for self-mockery. They maintain that atmosphere even though the Portuguese government has decided to cut their support to zero. DAMN° considers the story a relevant example of the global tendency, and dropped by to find out their s..
22 July 2015
Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange
Exhibition, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA , until 25 October
Stanley Whitney is a Philadelphia painter whose intensely colour-based abstractions have won steadily mounting recognition since the mid-1990s. The exhibition features 29 paintings and works on paper created between 2008 and 2015, including the 2013 title work. Following time spent in Italy and then later in Egypt, Whitney developed the weighty, almost architectural approach that has now become his signature style. Rhythmic and lyrical, with a combination of pre-ordained structure and improvisation inspired in part by his love of jazz, the square-format paintings arrange rectangles of vivid, single colours in a deliberately irregular grid, with the close-fitting, many-hued ‘bricks’ or ‘tiles’ stacked vertically and arrayed in horizontal bands.
21 July 2015
Harmony and Transition: Reflecting Chinese Landscapes
Exhibition, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, until 4 October
The shan-shui tradition of mountain-water painting has become increasingly important, as contemporary artists update the genre and transfer it to photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. It does not concentrate on reproducing a true image of a visible outer world, but reflects the inner experience of the painter. The opposite poles of mountain and water, solid and liquid, are subjected to a dynamic exchange, a symbol of the balance in the world. The invited artists reflect the tradition dedicated to harmony, and develop alien, pictorially powerful worlds of experience that extend beyond national borders and make nature the medium for individual systems of order and ideals, as well as for change and upheaval.
20 July 2015
Photo-Poetics: An Anthology
Exhibition, KunstHalle Berlin, Germany, until 30 August
This group exhibition examines an important new trend in contemporary photography, offering an opportunity to define the concerns of a younger generation of artists and contextualise their work within the history of art and visual culture. Drawing on the legacy of Conceptualism, these artists pursue a largely studio-based approach to still-life photography that centres on the representation of objects, often in printed matter such as books, magazines, and record covers. The result is an image imbued with poetic and evocative personal significance – a sort of displaced self-portraiture – that resonates with larger cultural and historical meanings.
19 July 2015 by Anna Sansom
Invitation Au Voyage
Exhibition, winners of the Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium, until 30 August
Fifteen years ago, a group of French collectors created the Marcel Duchamp Prize to help young artists. Each year, proposals by the four short-listed candidates are exhibited at the FIAC, France's international contemporary art fair at the Grand Palais in Paris. The winner is awarded €35,000 and a three-month-long solo show at the Centre Pompidou. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the prize, an exhibition of 50 works by the 14 laureates is being held at the Centrale for Contemporary Art in Brussels. It has been curated by Alfred Pacquement, president of the Marcel Duchamp Prize and..
19 July 2015
Exhibition, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA, until 1 November
Exploring the emergence of spirit photography as a cultural and historical phenomenon, the exhibition examines the photograph’s relationship to documentary and the pursuit of truth. Consisting of images produced between the 1860s and the late 1970s, Spirit Photography focuses on photographs of the occult and paranormal, presenting a survey of images that are eerie in their believability while also revealing early methods of photographic trickery.
19 July 2015
Leonor Antunes: I Stand Like A Mirror Before You
Exhibition, New Museum, New York, USA, until 6 September
Leonor Antunes creates sculptures that reflect the environment surrounding them and refer to the work of figures from the history of 20th-century architecture and design. Antunes’s interest in craft and handwork is evident through her use of wood, bamboo, leather, brass, rope, and string; these materials often find form as vertical or horizontal demarcations in space or as woven transparent nets and grids. Working from measurements and proportions specific to the New Museum building, her new sculptures refer ..
18 July 2015
Heaven and Hell: From magic carpets to drones
Exhibition, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium, until 6 September
The magic carpet has long been a symbolic way of travelling around the world. In Persian mythology, King Solomon had a magic carpet. The Queen of Sheba, who was said to be a magician, allegedly offered him this fabulous gift. It is even said that the king could transport his whole palace on it… This exhibition broaches the theme of flying machines and flying carpets according to a variety of artistic interpretations: the symbolism of ancient carpets and their inspiration: the geometry of gardens, the ancestral dream of being able to fly, flying objects, the world seen from above, the occupation of space by satellites, the worldwide expansion of drones and their consequences.
18 July 2015
Exhibition, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, until 16 August
The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana have undertaken an unprecedented joint arts initiative that is the culmination of years of planning and collaboration. This is the most extensive visual arts exchange between the two countries in more than 50 years. The title – Wild Noise – is taken from a Victor Hugo poem, Ma vie est déjà dans l’ombre de la mort, referring to the sublimity and chaos of urban spaces, “the wild noise where infinity begins”. The theme resonates with this year’s Bienal de La Habana, which is being held at locations across the city, integrating itself into the urban fabric of Havana and its communities.