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It Ain’t Fair

fairWith Art Basel Miami just around the corner, this years event is shaping up to be one of the best yet and certainly a big comeback after the unofficial boycott of last years fair. Amongst the annual art fair, Aaron Bondaroff and Al Moran of O.H.W.O.W. will present their second exhibition at their O.H.W.O.W. space. Including curators Tim Barber, Kathy Grayson, Andreas Melas, Dan Nadel, Pablo de la Barra, Nicola Vassell and Terence Koh. IT AINT FAIR will include music from the likes of Rub n Tug and art from the likes of Tauba Auerbach, Stefan Bondell, Scott Campbell, Dan Colen, Patrick Griffin, Evan Gruzis, Ben Jones, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Slava Mogutin, Takeshi Murata, Jason Nocito, Ara Peterson, Aurel Schmidt, Shinique Smith, Agathe Snow, Dash Snow, Francine Spiegel, Kon Trubkovich, Solange Umutoni amongst more. More info here.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Art Fairs, Artists, music, News, photography, raw art gallery, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Andreas Gursky at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

andreas-gursky-hamm-bergswerk-ostAndreas Gursky’s sixth exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery is currently on display. The exhibit features five photographs, all taken within the last two years including two pictures of Cocoon, a massive nightclub in Frankfurt designed by Gursky’s friend Sven Vath, a well known electronic musician and DJ. The club’s name inspires its architecture, as it mimics a hive or the imagined insides of a cocoon, and the photographs depict swarms of people dancing, extending the metaphor. The Cocoon pieces follow Gursky’s interest in electronic music, and previous photographs of large raves and electronic music concerts. ‘Hamm Bergswerk OST’ was shot in a coal mine close to Dusseldorf, Gursky’s home town, depicting the ceiling of one of the mine’s locker rooms, where the miners store their clothes in an unconventional way. While the exhibition is small, the scale of the photographs is very large, typically towering over the viewer, with broad panoramas full of absorbing detail that immerses the spectator.

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Rip Curl H-Bomb Wetsuit Features Power-Heating

hbombIf the traditional way of warming up while wearing a wetsuit doesn’t appeal to you then you’ll definitely like the new H-Bomb wetsuits from Rip Curl. They feature a non-metallic carbon-fiber heating element built into the back of the suit that’s coupled with a high-stretch titanium lining that reflects the heat from the elements onto your body. The heating element is powered by 2 lithium ion batteries that weight about 120 grams and are carried in the lower back. The batteries take about 3 hours to recharge and provide about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours of heating depending on the intensity level you use.

All of the electronics were co-developed with a waterproof camera housing manufacturer to ensure they could handle any conditions, and in the worst case scenario the batteries aren’t strong enough to deliver a charge that would present any danger to a healthy person. The suit also features a waterproof power and settings switch on the outside which allows the wearer to adjust the intensity of the heating element whenever they want.

Just in time for winter Danny!

November 13, 2008 Posted by | News, raw art gallery, sports, Surfing, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Fernando Botero opens Abu Ghraib-El Circo Exhibition at Casa das Artes de Vigo

botero_abu_ghraibCasa das Artes de Vigo presents an exhibition of works by the world-renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. These works are strongly personal statements of his reaction and feelings stemming from his reading of news media accounts of the events taking place at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003. The show consists of approximately ninety-five works and includes both paintings and drawings. The subject of the works deals with the abuses, both physical and moral, that were inflicted on the Iraqi prisoners.

In depicting these offensive and violent scenes from the chapters of war’s atrocities and man’s inhumanity to man Botero follows a long line of artists, such as Goya, Grosz, Manet, Dix, Beckmann and Picasso, whose reactions to war have been documented in various media and artistic forms. What makes these paintings and drawings all the more moving is the insistent sadness and force that are implicit in these scenes of Abu Ghraib from an artist whose work usually connotes joy, sensual form, and often humor. In fact, Botero has made paintings throughout his career that address issues such as political oppression, social injustice, and suffering. In 1994 Botero treated the civil strife in Colombia in a series of works that depict the bloodshed and pain experienced during that country’s guerrilla war. Consequently, this series of work based on Abu Ghraib represents at this stage of his career his strongest statement of outrage against human violence.

This provocative and profound series was first exhibited as part of a larger exhibition at the Palazzo Venezia in Rome in 2005. It then traveled to the Würth Museum in Künzelsau, Germany and to the Pinacoteca in Athens, Greece.

Botero’s style is distinctly his own and highly original. His art, both in painting and sculpture, strikes a universal chord that goes beyond regional tastes and temporal values and reaches a fundamental feeling in people all over the world. There is perhaps no other living artist who has so many admirers and collectors. His work is recognized and sought after as much in the United States, South America and Europe as it is in South Africa, Asia and Australia. Asia Pacific Sculpture News attributed this phenomenon to “a vision of humanity that transcends the boundaries of cultural specificity, a vision of humanity that pulsates to the ancient universal rhythms of life.”

Botero was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1932. He moved to Bogotá in 1951 and had his first show there the same year at Galeria Leo Matiz. His first retrospective took place in 1970 in Germany at museums in Baden Baden, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. Since then, Botero has continually showed in museums all over the world. In the last ten years he has had an astounding number of museum shows in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States.

Botero rather ingenuously suggested that, just as few would remember Guernica were it not for Picasso’s painting, Abu Ghraib might be forgotten if he did not make this series. But Abu Ghraib was a world event, rather than an incidental horror of war like Guernica. Yet unlike Picasso’s painting, a Cubist work that can serve a purely decorative function if one is unaware of its meaning, Botero’s Abu Ghraib series immerses us in the experience of suffering. The pain of others has seldom felt so close, or so shaming to its perpetrators.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, News, raw art gallery | | 1 Comment

Sotheby’s New York Evening Sale of Contemporary Art Brings $125,131,500

sotheby_red_wall1At Sotheby’s, the Evening sale of Contemporary Art brought $125,131,500 million (Est. $202,400,000/ 280,400,000*). The top lot of the sale was Yves Klein’s Archisponge (RE 11), which brought $21,362,500. Artist records were set tonight for Philip Guston, Beggar’s Joys, which achieved $10,162,500; John Currin, Nice ‘N Easy, which realized $5,458,500; and Richard Serra, 12-4-8, which fetched $1,650,000. The sale was 68.2% sold by lot, with 43 of 63 works offered finding buyers.

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Tate Modern presents ‘UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980’s’

good_morningA new display at Tate Modern, UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980s, will offer an opportunity to re-appraise Neo-Expressionist painting a quarter of a century after its emergence. Drawing on the collections of UBS and Tate, Paintings from the 1980s, will bring together eleven large-scale works by the key international painters who were at the forefront of this new form of figurative painting. On exhibition 12 November 2008 through 13 April 2009.

Neo-Expressionism marked a return to figurative painting after a period in which public discussion of art had been dominated by minimalist and conceptual practices. Its practitioners defied the frequently predicted ‘death of painting’ to bring together conceptual ideas and personal imagery. The results were extremely powerful: figurative, large-scale paintings that made complex references to history and tradition, but retained their immediacy through rapidly executed brush-work and vivid colours.

Artists in Europe and America had begun to challenge the modernist status quo from the mid sixties but this tendency did not gain recognition until the moment of the early 1980s that provides the focus of this display. In Italy Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino began making large-scale figurative paintings. These chimed with the work of an older generation of German painters- Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz and A.R. Penck. British and American artists who came to the fore at this time include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christopher Le Brun, Alex Katz, David Salle and Julian Schnabel.

The display will bring together significant works made in the period 1980-5, including Basquiat’s Tobacco Versus Red Chief1981-2, a critical comment on urban culture and history, Schnabel’s HumanityAsleep 1982 painted over a surface of broken crockery, and Clemente’s Self Portrait 1984, a recurring theme that the artist has consistently explored throughout his career.

The display is curated by Matthew Gale, Head of Displays, Curator (Modern Art), Tate Modern.

Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. The Collection comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and of international modern art. The other three galleries are Tate Britain, also in London, Tate Liverpool, in the north-west, and Tate St Ives, in Cornwall, in the south-west. The entire Tate Collection is available online.

Tate Modern 

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MOCA exhibits Major Survey of Works by Pioneering Artist Louise Bourgeois

red_roomThe Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents the first major travelling survey of the work of pioneering artist Louise Bourgeois (b. 1911) in more than two decades. Louise Bourgeois is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and curated by Frances Morris, head of collections, Tate Modern; Marie-Laure Bernadac, chief curator of contemporary art, Louvre; and Jonas Storsve, curator, Musée national d’art moderne, Cabinet d’art graphique, Centre Pompidou. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is the fourth venue of an ambitious international tour that includes Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

MOCA’s presentation, which is organized by MOCA Curator of Architecture and Design Brooke Hodge, includes a number of significant works from Los Angeles collections that will not be seen elsewhere. Also exclusive to the three U.S. presentations will be at least one new work completed in the last few months by Bourgeois, who at 96 continues to make art almost daily. Louise Bourgeois is on view at MOCA Grand Avenue through January 25, 2009.

“I am honored and thrilled to present this landmark showcase of Louise Bourgeois’s work at MOCA,” said MOCA Director and Bourgeois scholar Jeremy Strick. “Louise is an important artist who has created an enormous body of work that engages with most of the major international avant-garde artistic movements of the 20th century—from surrealism and primitivism to conceptual art and assemblage. And yet, she has always maintained her identity as an independent artist, positioned at the forefront of contemporary art practice, giving great inspiration to many others.”

Louise Bourgeois’s long and distinguished career has engaged both modern and traditional techniques, exploring various themes in a range of styles, from abstraction to the ready-made. With over 150 works dating between 1938 and 2008, the exhibition includes the artist’s earliest paintings and works on paper; sculptures made in a variety of materials, including wood, steel, plaster, latex, marble, and bronze; large-scale installations from the 1980s and ’90s; a broad selection of drawings and prints from throughout her career; small-scale hand-made objects; and her most recent works, which utilize fabric. This unique, must-see presentation also reunites many of Bourgeois’s most well-known pieces, including The Blind Leading the Blind (1947–49), Fillette (Sweeter Version) (1968–99), and a number of her powerful Cell installations, such as Cell (Choisy) (1990–93), Cell (You’d Better Grow Up) (1993), Red Room (Child) (1994), Red Room (Parents) (1994), and Spider (1997). Louise Bourgeois is an opportunity to discover the artist’s most important works and explore the core themes that unite them across media.

Bourgeois has said that her childhood, which was rich with both craft and symbolism, is the source all of her artwork and its themes. Born to a family of weavers, Bourgeois spent her early years surrounded by fabrics and textiles, as she played an active role in her family’s business of repairing and restoring tapestries. Sewing needles signified restoration for Bourgeois, as she witnessed her mother’s constant efforts at conservation and repair; hence, a number of the artist’s large-scale sculptures take the form of needles, evoking both the psychological and physical symbolism of the device and its magic power. The spider, itself a weaver and repairer, is another highly charged figure that appears frequently in Bourgeois’s work. Other themes favored by Bourgeois include maternity, the couple, childhood, the body, sexuality, gender, and autobiography.

Born in Paris in 1911, Louise Bourgeois studied under a variety of artists during the 1930s, including the cubist painter and sculptor Fernand Léger. In 1938, she moved to New York, where she continues to live and work to this day. Bourgeois’s 1982 solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York was the museum’s first-ever retrospective of a female artist. Bourgeois has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries worldwide, and her work is in major public and private collections throughout the world.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is your source of creativity and inspiration in Los Angeles through innovative exhibitions and programs by significant and compelling contemporary artists. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues. MOCA Grand Avenue is open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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