Frustrated & Futile
"Viola has become the Rembrandt of the video age." – Laura Cumming
If you happen to be in London tonight, don’t miss Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures, a museum-scale exhibition of nine new works by famed video artist Bill Viola.
Created on location and in the artist’s studio in southern California, the show presents three bodies of work: the Frustrated Actions, the Mirage, and the Water Portraits series. Through these works, Viola engages with complex aspects of human experience, including mortality, transience, and our persistent (and some may say futile) attempts to truly and objectively understand ourselves and the meaning of our brief lives.
Preview Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures atBlain|Southern tonight, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jan Tichy’s Bats
It’s the end of February, which means that New York’s busy art fair season is just around the corner. We’re especially looking forward to Moving Image, which offers the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms.
When you’re hitting the fair, make sure to stop by Richard Gray Gallery; they’re showing Czech artist Jan Tichy's incredible Bats, which is one of only four installations invited by the Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee to be exhibited at this year’s fair. Tichy is known for creating physical and psychic spaces in which he explores themes of concealment, obscurity, and the seen and unseen.
Only two weeks left until Moving Image art fair takes over Chelsea’s Tunnel Warehouse space for the third year during Armory Week!
We’re very excited to be partnering with Moving Image, which was created to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms.
Browse this year’s participating artists and exhibitors.
Happy Birthday Nam June Paik
Korean American artist Nam June Paik was born in Seoul on this day in 1932.
"Television attacked us all life long—now we’re fighting back.” -A composer, performer, and video artist, Nam June Paik has played a pivotal role in introducing artists and audiences to the possibilities of using video for artistic expression.
Christian Jankowski's satirical look at depictions of Christ.
1980s Art, Love, and Politics in Chicago
Art, Love & Politics in the ’80s ends today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
"During this era, the political sphere was dominated by the ideas of former US President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the music scene was transformed by punk and the birth of hip-hop, and our everyday lives were radically altered by a host of technological developments, from the Sony Walkman and the ATM to the appearance of MTV and the first personal computers. In the United States, the decade opened with an enormous anti-nuclear protest in New York’s Central Park and closed with mass demonstrations against the government’s slow response to the AIDS crisis. This exhibition attempts to make sense of what happened to the visual arts in the United States during this tumultuous period."
New Museum Shows in June
Preview exciting new exhibitions this month of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Sharon Lockhart, George Bellows, and many others.
Sonnier’s Neon Chandeliers
Keith Sonnier was one of the first light sculptors in the 1960s, and has been among the most successful.
His latest exhibition, Lichtblicke I, is currently at the BMW Museum in Munich, in collaboration with Häusler Contemporary, through July 25.
Art Thoughtz: The Studio Visit
Hennessy Youngman on how to prepare for a studio visit. And we couldn’t agree more: Gummy Worms and quesadillas really do make visits better, and crazy does sell!
MoMA’s Multimedia Garage Sale
From MoMA’s site, “This November Martha Rosler brings her multimedia installation and performance Meta-Monumental Garage Sale to MoMA. You can participate in this exchange of consumer goods—and of real and fictive narratives and ideas—by donating items. On select weekends from May 12 until summer, you can be a part of this work by donating your castoffs, no-longer-wanted objects, bric-a-brac, and odd items.”
Your big break in to the art world could be a dumpster dive away.
Daniel Canogar’s Sikka
Bitforms Gallery is showing Daniel Canogar's amazing Sikka at Art Hong Kong: a sculptural video installation constructed from 140 used DVDs!
This multi-thematic piece was inspired by sikka, the gold coins sewn to clothing, dating back to Babylonic times, which eventually became the shiny plastic objects we know today as sequins.
Parnes’ County Down
Trailer for Laura Parnes’ County Down, her feature-length rotoscoped film about teens peddling a hallucinogenic drug called Quix, now screening at LAXART in Culver City, LA.
Political Performance: The Digital Face
New York-based artist Liz Magic Laser brought her political performance The Digital Face to the McKittrick Hotel, as part of Oh, you mean cellophane and all that crap, the Calder Foundation’s 12-hour-long fete.
Colette Film: Pirate in Venice
A Pirate in Venice, a half-hour documentary/collage on Performance and Street artist Colette (Justine), premieres tomorrow in New York City. Filmed and edited by Frederike Schaefer, it is the centerpiece of an event evening at The Gershwin Hotel, beginning at 7 p.m.
Hollywood Babylon III in 2012?
Kenneth Anger again recently confirmed that the third book in his notorious Hollywood Babylon series—which detail the sordid, shocking secret lives of the most iconic film stars in history—is finished and ready for publication.
The first book was banned only days after it was released, back in 1959. Though it returned to print in 1975, many of its stories have since been debunked, as were the tales in Hollywood Babylon II (1984).
But even as pure fiction, the books can be a delightfully fun—though thoroughly trashy—summer read. Will the third book be released in time for Anger’s appearance at this summer’s Meltdown festival?