Be sure to catch a Black Ship moment featuring Nacho Rodriguez Bach at Dillon Gallery from June 9 to July 3! Bach’s exhibition, titled Psychedelic Patio, explores facets of ambiguity by bridging technology and folklore. One fantastic experiential piece, Asterismos, invites the viewer to play notes on a keyboard, which has its keys connected to neon constellations. This linking of light and sound brings the viewer within feet of the stars and builds a tangible bridge between science and music.
Black Ship is an international artist collective, working both independently and collaboratively, in which art, environment, and identity are intrinsically linked.
Today, New York’s Art Projects International is opening their latest show, Summer Selections, which includes a beautiful selection of gallery artists.
There are plenty of shows to enjoy on some of those long summer days and evenings. Click through to discover some more gallery openings.
Mountains and Water
The “Love of nature, love of natural surroundings, love of quietness… Love of the simplicity of Chinese water colour paintings” inspired Water Poon’s latest exhibition, Mountains and Water.
There is a quiet beauty inherent in Poon’s paintings, but what is striking is the awareness of the sense of space when viewing these pieces. This heightened awareness of space comes from both the unusual composition and framing of the images.
If you’re in Vancouver, don’t miss the opening reception with the artist at Art Beatus, from 11:30 to 6 p.m.
Spotlight: James Turrell
On June 21, the work of James Turrell will find its way into a New York museum for the first time since 1980, with the opening of James Turrell at the Guggenheim Museum. Turrell is primarily recognized for his use of light and space; he creates experiential works in which the focus is not on the origin of the light, but light itself.
The Rose Award
Artist and academic Mitra Tabrizian has won the Royal Academy’s £1,000 Rose Award for this photograph of an unnamed Iranian exile, titled The Long Wait.
The image is part of a series that focuses on expatriate Iranians who, according to Tabrizian, exist as exemplars of “resilience as opposed to demonization.”
For those of you keen to see it in person, the image is part of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibiton, which opens today, June 10, 2013.
Hiding in the City
Add this new exhibition to your gallery hopping schedule! Famed artist Liu Bolin is releasing the first works of a new series, Hiding in California, at new York’s Eli Klein Fine Art tonight. Also on show will be new works from his Hiding in New York series, including an image in front of the harbored aircraft carrier Intrepid, as well as his collaboration with French Street artist JR!
Mask is opening tonight at Eli Klein Fine Art and is accompanied by the release and signing of Liu Bolin’s new book, Being Ghost.
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.
According to gallery owner William Morrison, the new exhibition showcases Perlowsky’s depth and versatility, including vibrant drip paintings on mirror, bold stripe paintings on wood, and works on paper. “The new stripe paintings are particularly striking, executed with a precision and thoughtfulness that only Perlowsky could achieve,” Morrison said.
Stop by the opening reception on Saturday, June 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
In this exhibition at Staley-Wise Gallery, German artist Ellen von Unwerth dazzles with a parade of girls who run the gamut from innocent to naughty. Sex is in the forefront: humorous, romantic, decadent, and erotic. Fashion and fantasy are combined in von Unwerth’s vision of girls having fun: with us, with each other, and with the unseen viewer.
In perfect timing for the weekend, Ellen Von Unwerth: Play Date opens today and runs through July 12, 2013.
The Other Side
“I never felt a part of what it meant to be English and British,” says Stephen J. Morgan. “I always felt I was on The Other Side Of Everything.”
Now, Stephen places his personal story within the wider narrative of England’s recent political history and the legacy of the British Empire, through one of the country’s most potent and ubiquitous symbol: the flag. With his camera, Stephen J. Morgan documents familiar, urban places, bringing about a photographic record of his journey through life and delving into his own identity, as a second generation Irish having grown up in Birmingham.
Stephen J. Morgan The Other Side Of Everything debuts at London’s Wapping Project Bankside today and runs through July 13, 2013.
Planing on doing some gallery hopping this Thursday? Then add this opening to your list! Von Lintel Gallery is opening a group show of non-editioned photography. Often made without negatives or a camera, the work is created with unique and diverse techniques that result in one-of-a-kind photographs. The included artists represent several generations, including Pierre Cordier and Floris Neusüss, who have been pioneers in the field of camera-less, unique photography since the 1950s.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 30, 6–8 p.m.
When in Venice
Coinciding with the 55th Venice Biennial, Workshop is opening an exhibition with work by Diana Al-Hadid and Medardo Rosso. The show is a collaborative effort of Workshop, the Museo Medardo Rosso, Barzio, and Marianne Boesky!
Diana Al-Hadid & Medardo Rosso opens tomorrow, May 30, and runs through September 5, 2013.
Not a Rose
In her new show, neo-conceptual artist Heide Hatry’s serene scenes of flowers are actually photographs of trompe l’oeil arrangements of the offal, sex organs, and other residues of deceased animals. Elegant yet very disturbing, these works call into question the foundations of aesthetic perception (and perception in general) and the ethics of our use and abuse of living animal-plant nature.
Heide Hatry: Not A Rose runs from May 23 through June 22, 2013, at New York’s Stux Gallery.
Cat Street Gallery
Here is an unmissable event to add to your Hong Kong Art Week circuit!
The famous Cat Street Gallery is opening their Wonderworks show at The Space on Friday, May 24. Wonderworks brings together a beautiful and intriguing combination of young and established artists from Asia, America, Africa, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
No longer just a fashion icon, supermodel enfant terrible Kate Moss has transcended into a symbol of the contemporary pop lexicon, equal parts girl next-door and rock n’ roll goddess. It’s no wonder that she has become a reoccurring subject for most of the top artists of her era. Damien Hirst, Banksy, Chuck Close, Mark Quinn, Lucian Freud, and Alex Katz have all incorporated her likeness into their work. Most recently, artist Kate Garner has returned to her original images of Kate.
Gallery 618 is bringing Kate Garner’s controversial photographs of Kate Moss to the United States and into a new light with Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil. Garner created 20 unique canvas works showing three scenes from the now legendary photo shoot that helped turn an unknown 16 year old into a cultural icon.
Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil runs from May 17 to 31, 2013.