Monday, February 28, 2011

About the Armory Show ...2011 Artist Commissionned is,...


The Armory Show has commissioned Mexican-born, Belgium-based artist Gabriel Kuri to create the visual identity for the 2011 fair. Kuri’s artwork, which often combines everyday detritus and commonplace materials in unexpectedly poetic juxtapositions, will set the aesthetic for the fair’s look, will be featured in all its advertising and marketing materials and will be showcased in the catalogue. This will be the tenth year The Armory Show has commissioned an artist to define the image of the fair.

Gabriel Kuri is renowned for sculptures and collages made from the remains of everyday purchases and found objects. Kuri reconfigures meaning from tickets and receipts, retail supplies and slabs of marble, stones and other incongruous materials.

“We are very happy to have Gabriel Kuri contribute his unique sensibility to The Armory Show’s image,” said Executive Director Katelijne De Backer. “We look forward to sharing his gift for allusion and his lyrical combinations with the thousands of collectors, curators and art enthusiasts that visit our fair.”

Gabriel Kuri has exhibited widely throughout the world. He is represented by Sadie Coles HQ in London, Galería Kurimanzutto in Mexico City, Franco Noero in Turin and Esther Schipper in Berlin. His work has been seen in numerous international group shows, including the 5th Berlin Biennal (2008); Brave New Worlds at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007) and at Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico (2008); and Unmonumental at New Museum, New York (2007). Recent and upcoming shows include Gabriel Kuri-Soft Information in Your Hard Facts at Museion, Bolzano; Join the Dots and Make a Point at Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, traveling to Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; and Gabriel Kuri: Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab at The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Kuri lives and works in Mexico City and Brussels.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

About Renzo Piano


Renzo Piano was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1937, into a family of builders. In his home city he has strong roots, sentimental and cultural, with its historic center, the port, the sea, and with his father’s trade. During his time at university, the Milan Polytechnic, he worked in the studio of Franco Albini. He graduated in 1964 and then began to work with experimental lightweight structures and basic shelters. Between 1965 and 1970 he traveled extensively in America and Britain. In 1971, he founded the studio Piano & Rogers with Richard Rogers, and together they won the competition for the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the city where he now lives. From the early 70s until the 90s, he collaborated with the engineer Peter Rice, forming Atelier Piano & Rice, between 1977 and 1981. Finally, in 1981, he established Renzo Piano Building Workshop, with a hundred people working in Paris, Genoa, and New York.

A propos de l'architecte choisi par le Whitney pour la construction de leur nouveau building:

Renzo Piano est ne a Genes en 1937.

Il n'avait que 35 ans quand il est devenu connu car en 1971 c'est lui qui a ete choisi pour construire a Paris Beaubourg connu maintenant sous le nom du Centre Pompidou . En 1998 il a recu le Pritzker Prize, le prix le plus connu pour recompenser le travail d'architectes vivants. Il a aussi imagine la Cite Internationale de Lyon en 1986 et y a associe un nouvel amphitheatre inaugure en en 2006.

Reviewed in the NY times..on view @ River Hudson Museum in YONKERS

Sometimes you do not need to go very far to be amazed:
READ about this show
“The Chemistry of Color: The Sorgenti Collection of Contemporary African-American Art” is at the Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, through May 8. Information: or (914) 963-4550.
check it online:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Anecdotes About Kienholz

In Life and Death Kienholz makes us participate:

Nancy's first work done without her collaborator/husband is permanently installed in Hope -- Ed Kienholz's mournful performance/tableau burial.
"His corpulent, embalmed body was wedged into the front seat of a brown 1940 Packard coupe," said Hughes. "There was a dollar and a deck of cards in his pocket, a bottle of 1931 Chianti beside him, and the ashes of his dog Smash in the trunk. He was set for the Afterlife. To the whine of bagpipes, the Packard, steered by his widow Nancy Reddin Kienholz, rolled like a funeral barge into the big hole: the most Egyptian funeral ever held in the American West, a fitting [exit] for this profuse, energetic, sometimes brilliant, and sometimes hopelessly vulgar artist."

Monday, February 21, 2011

a propos du projet du NOUVEAU Whitney ....

The Whitney Museum of American Art is developing plans

to build a 195,000-square-foot building in downtown

Manhattan. Located in the Meatpacking Districton

Gansevoort Street between West Street and the High Line,

the new building, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect

Renzo Piano, will provide the Whitney with essential new space

for its collection, exhibitions, and education and performing

arts programs in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

The downtown building will include more than 50,000 square feet

of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of rooftop exhibition space,

providing long-awaited opportunities to show more of the Whitney’s

unsurpassed collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art in

tandem with cutting-edge temporary exhibitions. (The galleries in

the Whitney’s Madison Avenue building, designed by Marcel Breuer

, total 32,000 square feet. The collection has grown from about 2,000

works at the time of the building’s opening, in 1966, to more than

18,000 works.)

The expansive third-floor special exhibition gallery will be

approximately 18,000 square feet, making it the largest column-free

museum gallery in New York City. Gallery space for ground-floor

exhibitions (accessible free of charge), the permanent collection

on the fourth and fifth floors, and for long-term projects on the

top floor, will total approximately 32,000 square feet.

Approximately 13,000 square feet of outdoor galleries

situated on four levels of the building’s rooftops will offer

dynamic exterior exhibition spaces. A dramatically cantilevered

entrance along Gansevoort Street will shelter a public plaza

for art that is destined to become a popular gathering space,

created only steps away from the southern entrance to the High Line

. The new building will engage the Whitney directly with the bustling

community of artists, gallerists, students, educators, entrepreneurs,

and residents in the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and Greenwich

Village, where the Museum was founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

in 1930.

The building also will offer dedicated space for state-of-the-art

classrooms and a seminar room; a research library; a large

art-conservation area; a multi-use indoor/outdoor space for film,

video and the performing arts; a 170-seat theater; and a study center (the classrooms, theater, and study center being firsts for the Whitney).

Other amenities include a restaurant, a café, and a bookstore,

which will contribute to the vibrant street life of the area.

Mr. Piano’s design takes a strong and strikingly asymmetrical form

—one that responds to the industrial character of the neighboring

loft buildings and overhead railway while asserting a contemporary,

sculptural presence. The upper stories of the building will stretch

toward the Hudson River on the west side and step back gracefully

from the elevated park of the High Line on the east side.

Ground breaking on the project is expected to happen in May 2011.

The building is projected to open to the public in 2015.

Project Team

Owner’s Rep: Gardiner & Theobald, Inc.; Design Architect: Renzo Piano

Building Workshop; Executive Architect: Cooper, Robertson & Partners;

MEP & Lighting Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners; Structural Engineer:

Robert Silman Associates; Construction Manager:

Turner Construction, LLC


Renzo Piano was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1937, into a family of builders.

In his home city he has strong roots, sentimental and cultural, with its

historic center, the port, the sea, and with his father’s trade. During his

time at university, the Milan Polytechnic, he worked in the studio of

Franco Albini. He graduated in 1964 and then began to work with

experimental lightweight structures and basic shelters. Between

1965 and 1970 he traveled extensively in America and Britain.

In 1971, he founded the studio Piano & Rogers with Richard Rogers

, and together they won the competition for the Centre Pompidou in Paris

, the city where he now lives. From the early 70s until the 90s,

he collaborated with the engineer Peter Rice, forming Atelier Piano & Rice

between 1977 and 1981. Finally, in 1981, he established Renzo Piano Building Workshop, with a hundred people working in Paris, Genoa, and New York.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

about the date

What is Swab?

Swab:small piece of absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or wire.

Swab will absorb 44 galleries around the World in

26-29 May 2011 in Barcelona.

The aim of the organizers is to present emergent contemporary ar

t from around the world art scene being a plataform for a young generation

of national and international galleries.

In 2007, Swab took place for its first time, bringing to Barcelona the Art Fair always wanted for the city.

Be a Swabber!

more info

interested by Auction's result in london..or the WORLD AUCTION RECORD for any living FRENCH Artist?

Read the article in the NEW YORK TIMES...

London Auctions Highlight Insatiable Appetite for Contemporary Art

............The great success story of the day was Martial Raysse. The French artist, born in 1936, was painting in his youth portraits that are as ultrasimplified as New York school Pop Art images but differ markedly in feeling with their expressionistic handling in abruptly contrasted colors.

“L’année dernière à Capri (titre exotique)” (Last Year in Capri (exotic title), portraying a young woman, could have been done as a poster. A discreet touch of Surrealism sets the portrait further apart from Pop Art. Its owner, who acquired the Raysse in 1975, was selling it for the benefit of a charitable foundation. Perhaps stirred by such prolonged faithfulness to the artist on the vendor’s part, bidders went berserk. They sent the Raysse shooting to £4.07 million. This set a world auction record not just for Raysse, but for any living French artist.........


Review in the NYTimes about the new Museum and Lynda Benglis ...

“Zanzidae, From the Peacock Series” (1979), a wall piece that incorpo- rates glass and plastic in various forms, at the New Museum exhibition

read in the NY TIMES:

The New Museum has become a busy place this year, and it is not yet even March. In January it opened a popular tribute to the market-hardy paintings of George Condo. Now it is offering a startlingly excellent resurrection of the prescient Post-Minimalist renegade Lynda Benglis and her gaudy, multidexterous and often gender-bending segues among Process, Performance and Body Art.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Suggested Stops when in Chelsea

Thanks Olivier for sharing with us your recommendations after your visit in Chelsea:

- Tara Donovan/ Pace gallery/ 25th Street

Tara Donovan: Drawings (Pins)
Feb 12, 2011 - Mar 19, 2011
- Sze Tsung Leong/ Yossi Milo Gallery/ 25th street

- Shinichi Maruyama/ Bruce Sikverstein/ 24th street

- Annie Attridge/ Asya Geisberg gallery/ 23rd street

Get prepared for March= ART FAIRS Madness Art fairs month in New York



Thursday, February 17, 2011

what's going on..@ Philips de Pury New York



LOCATION: Phillips de Pury & Company 450 WEST 15 STREET NEW YORK, NY 10011


New York - Phillips de Pury & Company announces Black Holes, a selling exhibition of 24 selected works from the Black Holes series by the contemporary art star, Ryan McGinness. In true McGinness style, the show will include a spectacular, site-specific black light installation showcasing ten unique works at our 450 West 15th Street location overlooking the High Line. The exhibition will also include edition works sparkled throughout our Chelsea gallery. The 24 works present a psychedelic quality and possess visual manifestations of inner and outer space combined with lace-like über fanciness. The Black Holes series was executed from 2004 to 2010; McGinness has completed the series. Phillips de Pury & Company is honored to exhibit the final more


photos contest for young reporters,......



7 TO 18

be creative… express your feelings about America

$800 prizes. exhibition.

deadline april 23, 2011

to benefit

just let us know that you are ready to participate:

rules and terms: see attachment or

de la part des lyonnais de Paris

Chers Amis Lyonnais de Paris,....
Vous trouverez, en pièce jointe, une invitation à nous rejoindre le
mercredi 23 mars 2011, de 17 heures à 21 heures
à l'occasion du vernissage de l'exposition:
à la Délégation parisienne du Grand Lyon, 2 rue de Villersexel, Paris 7e
Cette exposition se tiendra jusqu'au 19 mai 2011.
Nous vous remercions par avance de nous faire part de votre participation -accompagné(e) ou non- par retour de ce mail ou par téléphone au 01 44 39 45 62
Dans l'attende du plaisir de vous retrouver bientôt, nous vous adressons nos amicales salutations.
La Délégation parisienne du Grand Lyon
2 Rue de Villersexel, Paris 7e (métro Solférino)
Tél. : 01 44 39 45 67

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What's on In Singapore??? 4 artists in search of I

21 - 24 Feb, 10am - 8pm Free Entry

What does it take to be truly yourself? In an increasingly material society which we live in, our appearance and the things we use are easily picked up and abandoned; old streets, lost places and familiar faces quickly fade into memory; even the markings of our own actions are swept away in the inexorable advance of Modernity. In such times, what constitutes of the architecture of I? Four artists embark on a journey through inner space, the vast cavern that lies within ourselves, in hopes of understanding what does it mean to be I: Kanako Furukawa examines the ever-changing surface of our being: how the nuances of our skin and dressing can often mis-represent who we are.
Calvin Pang delves into the forgotten relationship between ourselves and the things we abandon- which often retains the negative of its previous owner's identity. Tiffany Tay explores the murky depths of memory, trying to find out how its hazy depths affect and change us. Yang Jie charts the flow of Being, believing that the mapping of our actions can provide an insight into our Self.
TEL: (+65) 6332 6900
FAX: (+65) 6336 3021


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Al Hirschfeld..almost all about a figure of New York'art scene

Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Receives Al Hirschfeld 'Barber Chair'

NEW YORK, NY - Show-biz caricaturist Al Hirschfeld immortalized the world of theater with his fluid ink-and-pen portraits while seated in a barbershop chair behind a worn century-old drafting desk in the fourth-floor studio of his Manhattan town house. Now, eight years after the celebrated artist's death, his widow is donating the sturdy tools of his trade to the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Hirschfeld, who captured the appearance and personality of theater people for more than half a century with a distinct linear calligraphic style, died in 2003 at the age of 99.

"It took eight men to get the chair down" the four flights of stairs, Louise Hirschfeld Cullman, a theater historian who married Hirschfeld in 1996, said in an interview Tuesday.

"I thought this library was the right place for his work," she said. "He lived most of his life in New York. His main focus was New York City and the theater. ... his personal vision and style was something I felt belonged in New York."

The artifacts were scheduled to be unveiled at a reception at the library. The two artifacts will be displayed in the lobby of the performing arts library.

Hirschfeld made virtually all of his drawings while he was ensconced in his chair at the old desk with his subjects seated on a sofa across from him.

His widow, who has remarried, recalled how Wynton Marsalis arrived at the house to have his portrait drawn, "blowing his trumpet all the way upstairs." Another time, Michael Tilson Thomas, walking past the grand piano for his sitting, stopped to tickle the ivories with George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

Among the last notable figures to pose for his portrait in the studio was Nicolas Cage, she said.

Its executive director, Jacqueline Davis, said 2,200 to 2,500 people a month walk through the door where they will "immediately be hit by this desk and chair ... and discover Al Hirschfeld and his creativity."

"It stretches the imagination how he worked, both by the work he did and the setting in which he worked," Davis added.

"The chair was like his throne," it's height allowing him to "look down at his studio," Hirschfeld Cullman said. It came from a barbershop in the Chrysler Building in 1993, replacing another barber chair that had fallen apart from wear.

The drafting table is from the early 1900s and "had many little drawers for his pen stubs and pencils, and a variety of beautiful brushes which he never used, but they were so theatrical looking," his widow said. Hirschfeld took his daily afternoon tea at the desk and chair, napped in it, read in it and did his finances in it, she said.

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation also will be donating a variety of Hirschfeld letters, photographs, memorabilia and other items of interest to the library over the next few months, said Hirschfeld Cullman, who is the foundation's president. Among the letters will be ones from his daughter, Nina, whose name he imbedded in the lines of all his drawings.

Albert "Al" Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his simple black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he moved with his family to New York City where he received his art training at the Art Students League of New York. Hirschfeld's art style is unique, and he is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary caricature, having influenced countless cartoonists. Hirschfeld's caricatures are almost always drawings of pure line with simple black ink on white paper with little to no shading or crosshatching. His drawings always manage to capture a likeness using the minimum number of lines.

Though his caricatures often exaggerate and distort the faces of his subjects, he is often described as being a fundamentally "nicer" caricaturist than many of his contemporaries, and being drawn by Hirschfeld was considered an honor more than an insult. Nonetheless he did face some complaints from his editors over the years; in a late-1990s interview with The Comics Journal Hirschfeld recounted how one editor told him his drawings of Broadway's "beautiful people" looked like "a bunch of animals".

During Hirschfeld's nearly eight-decade career, he gained fame by illustrating the entire casts of various Broadway plays, which would appear to accompany reviews in The New York Times. Though this was Hirschfeld's best known field of interest he also would draw politicians, TV stars, and celebrities of all stripes from Cole Porter, the Nordstrom Sisters to the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation; Hirschfeld also caricatured hard rockers Aerosmith for the cover of their 1977 album Draw the Line.

He expanded his audience by contributing to Patrick F. McManus' humor column in Outdoor Life magazine for a number of years. Hirschfeld started young and continued drawing to the end of his life, thus chronicling nearly all the major entertainment figures of the 20th Century. Hirschfeld drew some of the original movie posters for Charlie Chaplin's films, as well as The Wizard of Oz.

The Rhapsody in Blue segment in the Disney film Fantasia 2000 was inspired by his designs and Hirschfeld became an artistic consultant for the segment, while the segment's director, Eric Goldberg, is a long time fan of his work. Further evidence of Goldberg's admiration for Hirschfeld can be found in Goldberg's character design and animation of the Genie in Aladdin. He was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary film, The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996).

Compilation of Hirschfeld's work, showing caricatures of Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Franklin Pierce Adams and other members of the Algonquin Round Table. Permanent collections of Hirschfeld's work appear at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Martin Beck Theatre, which opened November 11, 1924 at 302 West 45th Street, was renamed to become the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on June 21, 2003. In 2002, Al Hirschfeld was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Hirschfeld resided at 122 East 95th Street, in Manhattan. He died, aged 99, of natural causes at his home on January 20, 2003; just five months before his 100th birthday

what's neu @ the New Museum Lower East Side NY

NEW YORK, NY.- Since first bursting onto the scene in the early 1980s with his unique adaptation of the language of Old Master painting, George Condo has created one of the most adventurous, imaginative, and provocative bodies of work in contemporary art. Condo’s work has been deeply influential to two generations of American and European painters, who have felt the impact of the artist’s astonishing technical ability, stylistic versatility, and inventive subject matter. This January, the New Museum presents “George Condo: Mental States,” the first major US survey of over eighty paintings and sculptures from the past twenty-eight years of the artist’s career. Condo is famously prolific, and this tightly edited selection of works from 1982 to the present responds to his prodigious output with a unique conceptual approach. The exhibition is organized thematically and stylistically in “chapters” developed in close collaboration with the artist. Highlighting the breadth of Condo’s artistic exploration, the exhibition focus is on the specific ideas to which he has returned throughout his career, particularly his ongoing investigation of human physiognomy and its capacity to convey varied “mental states.”

“George Condo: Mental States,” is on view at the New Museum from January 26 through May 8, 2011. The exhibition is organized by the Hayward Gallery, London and New Museum, New York. “George Condo: Mental States” is curated by Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, and Laura Hoptman, former Kraus Family Senior Curator, New Museum. Following its premiere at the New Museum, a European version of the exhibition will tour to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Hayward Gallery, London and Schirn Kunstalle, Frankfurt.

“George Condo: Mental States” is arranged in four groupings over two gallery floors of the New Museum. A dramatic installation of more than fifty portraits demonstrating a variety of styles and subjects is featured in the soaring fourth-floor gallery as a centerpiece of the exhibition. This “portrait wall,” hung salon-style, is populated by invented characters that often assimilate and appropriate elements from masterpieces by the greatest Western artists of the past 500 years, from Velázquez to Picasso to Arshile Gorky. This collection of imaginary characters is a blend of recognizable figures and archetypes rendered in Condo’s particular form of artificial realism: butlers, businessmen, saints, and historical figures are familiar in spite of their often fantastic or humorously grotesque features. Complementing the portrait wall is a series of sixteen patinated gold sculptures.

On the New Museum’s third floor, visitors will find three galleries of paintings, each designed to reflect particular states of mind. Each room features a selection of canvases from various moments in Condo’s career, portraying lonely and marginalized figures as well as scenes of manic decadence that engage with the social and psychological undercurrents of our boom-and-bust era.

The final room in the exhibition brings together, for the first time in the United States, a major grouping of large-scale paintings created over the past thirty years that play with the boundaries between abstraction and figuration. For Condo, these paintings also depict a mental state—that of the artist. Condo recently stated, “Representational pictures are the artist’s body, abstractions are pictures of the artist’s mind.” Condo’s work provokes us to consider our own contradictory natures and often-extreme emotional states expressed through a cast of characters that are equally comedic and tragic.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

exhibit @Tibor de Nagy reviewed in the NEW YORK TIMES

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery marks its 60th anniversary with “Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters and Poets,” an exhibition celebrating the gallery’s pivotal role in launching the New York School of Poets and fostering a new collaborative ethos among poets and painters in post-War New York. more

ALSO this is a link to the Times article on Recent Tibor de Nagy (tibor de najh

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