Some Street Art to start off your morning: Banksy’s Choose Your Weapon first appeared in the streets of London in 2010.
Photograms and ma.r.s.
Using a wide range of technological approaches, and often pushing the limits of photographic representation in the process, Thomas Ruff has reinvented many historical conventions and expectations of the medium.
Those of you in New York, don’t miss the opening of his incredible new show, Photograms and ma.r.s., at David Zwirner’s W. 19th Street spaces.
The works in Ruff’s ma.r.s. series, many of which will be on view for the first time, are based on black-and-white satellite photographs of the surface of Mars, taken by high-resolution cameras aboard a NASA spacecraft (ma.r.s. stands for Mars Reconnaissance Survey). Studied by scientists for information about the planet’s geology and potential landing sites for future visits, these works reveal extreme close-ups of the planet’s rugged surface; until recently, these pieces had not been seen by anyone.
Ruff’s Photograms series is reminiscent of artistic experimentation with camera-less photography in the 1920s, when objects were placed directly on photo-sensitive paper and exposed to light, creating white or gray silhouettes wherever they made contact.
Opening reception: Thursday, March 28, 6–8 p.m.
No cigarettes or pills for a change; here, British enfant terrible Damien Hirst arranges diamonds on gleaming shelves in the style of his well-known cabinet works.
Rock n Roll
Known for his colorful neon signs that display sometimes controversial phrases, such as Greed is Good or Is This Utopia, Chris Bracey first made his mark in the early 1970s, when he made signs for the Pink Pussycat Club, a famous sex club in Soho.
French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier photographed Janet Jackson in Miami, in 1993.
Rising Contemporary artist Chris Bracey created this brilliantly dynamic neon and incandescent light bulb installation.
If Berlin has developed into an art world hot-spot, then this is in large part due to artist K.H. Hödicke.
With his openness to a large variety of media, from new forms of painting and sculpture to objects and film, Hödicke has influenced countless young artists and made an enduring mark on the famous Berlin art scene.
From his exhibitions to interviews, here’s everything you need to know about Hödicke.
Referencing the purchase of Blue Poles by the Australian National Gallery in 1973, who paid what was considered to be a scandalous amount at the time, and spurred by a recent acquisition of a US$1 million Pollock by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mike Bidlo made a Pollock for the people.
Browse more art from the 80s East Village.
Happy Birthday Yayoi
“…a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.” -Yayoi Kusama
Painter, sculptor, and filmmaker Yayoi Kusama celebrates her 84th birthday today! Born in Matsumoto City, the famously provocative avant-garde artist is best known for her works featuring psychedelic imagery that evoke themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, and intense self-reflection.
If you’re out gallery hopping in New York tonight, make sure to drop by DC Moore Gallery for the opening reception of Duane Michals: The Painted Photograph.
Using 19th-century collodion prints on brown or black lacquered iron as his surface, Michals enriches the original images with oil paint, altering but not entirely obscuring the sitters’ features. Drawing on the principals of early photography and Modern painting, especially Surrealism, each 19th-century image is rejuvenated with the artist’s witty allusions to visionaries such as Picasso and Picabia. In this way, Michals draws our attention to the discrepancy between a popular medium that required little skill—the tintype—and the work of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Opening reception: Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Another Shit Show
Add this to your gallery hopping schedule tonight, especially if you’re a dog lover!
At Mike Weiss Gallery, Brooklyn-based artist Will Kurtz is using the empty gallery as a site on which to stage an all-encompassing mise-en-scene—albeit in canine terms. Constructed out of old newspapers, glue, wire, and wood are more than 20 dogs of every breed, size, and color, strain and cavort off the leash of a single human handler, each rendered more expressively than the next!
For example, Lemar, the stout, English Bulldog bears a New York Times review of Patti Smith, weaving his own mini-narrative out of Arts & Culture snippets. Theo the brindle-pied pit bears the poignant fragments of a beloved athletic icon’s obituary, while Linda the dog handler sports vibrant political exposés.
Will Kurtz: Another Shit Show opens today at Mike Weiss Gallery.
For those of you dreaming of spring, here’s some of famous Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s flowers to lighten your mood.
On March 28 and 29, the Japan Society and Guggenheim Museum will present Memories of Origin – Hiroshi Sugimoto, a film directed by Yuko Nakamura. This 85 minute film captures 200 days in the life of internationally renowned photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, b.1948). The Contemporary artist is known for his exploration of the illusionary properties of photographs.
German/American artist Josef Albers was born on this day in 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. A painter, sculptor, and architect, Albers taught at the Bauhaus, one of the most prestigious and progressive art schools in Europe; he is considered to be one of the most influential art teachers of the 20th century.
Following the forced closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, due to the rise of Nazism, Albers immigrated to the United States, and became an American citizen in 1939.
Andy Warhol wittily reminds us that the Elkhorn Mountains of the famous Blue Mountain range are best recognized nowadays as the logo for Paramount, rather than for their natural topography.
Place your bid on Warhol’s Paramount on artnet Auctions.