Susan Weil has been at the center of the New York art world since the 1950s. She came of age as an artist in the postwar period, studying under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, alongside Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly. An innovative and influential member of the New York school, Weil embraces serious and playful elements in her work.
Now, New York’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery debuts her crumpled, cut, and refigured compositions. Incorporating wood veneer, painted Plexiglas, and various collage materials, Weil deconstructs and reconstructs images. Her dynamic assemblages hover between the abstract and concrete, and between painting and sculpture.
Here’s another reason to visit Venice this year (as if we needed more convincing!). Taymour Grahne Gallery is celebrating the Middle Eastern Pavilions—Next year, the New York-based gallery is having solo show with three of the artists participating in the 55th art extravaganza: Mohammed Kazem, Camille Zakharia, and Tarek Al Ghoussein.
Dubai-born artist Mohammed Kazem, who is part of the “second generation” of Emirati Contemporary artists and a protégé of Hassan Sharif, is representing the UAE. This year will mark the third time the UAE has been represented at the Venice Biennial and the first time it is presenting a solo show in its pavilion.
Camille Zakharia is one of the artists representing Bahrain this year. His work, Coastal Promenades, was part of the Bahrain Pavilion for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, for which Bahrain received the Golden Lion award.
Artist Tarek Al Ghoussein has been tapped to represent the National Pavilion of Kuwait. The pavilion will be housed in Palazzo Michiel, a historic palazzo in Venice’s Cannaregio sestiere!
Don’t miss this week’s episode of The Madness of Art! In Season 1, Episode 10, Jim tries to figure out why it’s so slow in the gallery. Could Glenn Dranoff of Dranoff Fine Art have something to do with it? Later that day, Jim tries to alleviate his new assistant’s anxiety. Complications arise when Jim asks her to type up a letter.
Mues at Thomson Landry
If you’re in Toronto this week, don’t miss Dominique Fortin’s latest exhibition, MUES, an unwavering exploration of human nature. Her paintings are a “study of the soul through the use of mixed materials.”
Filled with raw emotion and romanticism, Fortin strives to represent the human spirit in a way that resonates with the inner conscience of her audience. Symbolism is a key component of Fortin’s work; birds and butterflies are repeated throughout this exhibition, serving as symbols of metamorphosis, transformation, and rebirth.
Previously exhibited at the Cirque du Soleil Headquarters in Montreal, MUES will be on show at the Thompson Landry Gallery Stone Space from May 16 to June 9, 2013.
Just some fantastic Street Art to spend a few minutes (or hours) browsing.
Pictured: SEEN, Untitled, 2007, courtesy of DirtyPilot.com
World Trade Center
Those of you looking for some post-work culture, look no farther. Robert Koch Gallery is exhibiting artist Shai Kremer’s Concrete Abstract & Notes From the Edges, a show of haunting large-scale color photographs.
With Concrete Abstract, Kremer offers a look at the reconstruction effort of the World Trade Center—images that render a ghostly passage of time. In Notes From the Edges, Kremer views the city from its edges, emphasizing the dichotomy of destruction and reconstruction.
Shai Kremer: Concrete Abstract & Notes From the Edges is on view at Robert Koch Gallery until June 15, 2013.
If you’re not out hitting New York’s fairs, here are a few fantastic new shows to visit over the weekend.
Here’s a quick shout-out to all of the fantastic new artnet Galleries members!
1. Annet Gelink Gallery—Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2. Art Virus Ltd.—Frankfurt am Main, Germany
3. DeLuca Gallery—Madison, NJ, USA
4. Freight + Volume—New York, NY, USA
5. Hosfelt Gallery—San Francisco, CA, USA
6. Galerie Louis Carré & Cie—Paris, France
7. Progetti—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8. PUG—Oslo, Norway
9. The Residence Gallery—London, UK
10. Robert Tat Gallery—San Francisco, CA, USA
11. SHP Contemporary Fine Art—New York, NY, USA
Pictured: David Bailey, Michael Caine, courtesy of SHP Contemporary Fine Art
The Madness of Art
In Season 1, Episode 8 of The Madness of Art, Jim hires a new assistant to help him with his everyday tasks. During her first week at the gallery, Jim becomes aware of her shortcomings and starts questioning the truth behind her resume.
JR & Jose Parlá
The Wrinkles of the City was started by JR in Cartagena, Spain, and has been reprised in Shanghai, Los Angeles, and most recently, Havana. In 2012, JR and Parlá photographed and interviewed dozens of senior citizens who lived through the Cuban revolution, posting colossal black-and-white portraits of their subjects on the walls of city buildings. In a city devoid of commercial imagery, JR and Parlá’s enormous yet intimate portraits offer a stunningly humane contrast to the endless repetition of political icons.
JR / José Parlá: The Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba opens on May 7 and is on view through July 12, 2013 at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.
Artist Peter Saul once said “Not to be shocking means to agree to be furniture,” and it is with this attitude that he continues to satirize the political, social, and cultural events of his time.
Now, Berlin’s Veneklasen/Werner gallery is featuring the father of Pop Art in a new show, titled Neptune and the Octopus Painter. Be prepared to see some fantastic large-scale works on canvas and a selection of recent works on paper created during the past two years. Drawing as much on the imagery of Walt Disney as on classical painting, Saul’s recent work has a humorous, gruesome, and deliberately offensive effect, and features a range of subjects and attitudes.
Peter Saul: Neptune and the Octopus Painter is on view from April 26 through June 29, 2013 at Veneklasen/Werner.
Ghosts of You and Me
If you’re out gallery hopping tonight, pencil in Kim Dorland’s spooky new show at New York’s Mike Weiss Gallery. The show’s title, Ghosts of You and Me, a Leonard Cohen lyric and woeful personal reflection, alludes to the at-times otherworldly glow that now grips his subjects: lone drunks and sleepwalking dreamers, ghostly clearings in dark forests, and glimpses of the artist engulfed in his own creative work.
The opening reception is tonight, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Mike Weiss Gallery.
The Madness of Art
In this week’s episode of The Madness of Art:
Jim and Dru discuss how they need to add to their sculpture garden. Jim suggests contacting Richard Serra or Frank Stella, but then comes across Bernar Venet’s studio while wandering in Chelsea.
Q&A: Dillon Gallery
We sat down with Alvaro Perez Miranda of New York’s Dillon Gallery to talk about how the Internet has changed the arts, Latin American collectors, and his advice for first-time collectors.
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Berlin. 51 galleries. Three days. Three nights. A legendary art extravaganza. Check out our impressions from Gallery Weekend Berlin!