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Other Criteria at Art Toronto 2016, booth C70

October 20, 2016 by Mary

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair, located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the city’s downtown core. Providing unique access to the Canadian art market, the fair is one of the most important annual art events in Canada. Now in its 17th year, Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries combined with PLATFORM, an engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive VIP Program, and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.


Rachel Howard: Sleeper
425 x 492 mm
Woodcut print, edition of 25, signed and numbered
Published by Other Criteria

This year, Other Criteria is excited to present the city of Toronto with new editioned work by British artists John Hoyland and Rachel Howard. Additionally, we will be featuring a rare Damien Hirst print exclusive to the fair, as well as a suite of unique works by Harland Miller.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B
255 Front Street West, Toronto

Opening Night Preview: October 27, 6.30pm–10pm
Fair: October 28 & 29, 12pm–8pm; 30 & 31, 12pm – 6pm

Johannes Albers: new sculptures at Other Criteria London

October 19, 2016 by Mary

New unique sculptures by artist Johannes Albers are currently on show at Other Criteria London.


In his new work Johannes Albers reminds us of those forgotten places, beneath the stairs, under a rug, in the gutter where a silent story continues. Some dust and random objects, an old shoe, what goes on after we are gone. When we die, the bacteria in our body flourishes. Life goes on after all of us. It is those places that Albers wants to reproduce and remind us about with his new work.

As Nietzsche wrote, "Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing. That was the most arrogant and mendacious minute of "world history," but nevertheless, it was only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths, the star cooled and congealed, and the clever beasts had to die."[1]

But what a minute we are having?

Other Criteria, 9 Newport Street, W1U 3BG London
October 18th – November 20th, 2016

[1] Friedrich Nietzsche,On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense (1873)

Photos: Pre-Frieze brunch to celebrate new editions by Damien Hirst

October 12, 2016 by Mary

We would like to thank All who attended our Pre-Frieze Brunch, last Wednesday 5th October, celebrating new sculpture editions by Damien Hirst: Myth and Legend.

Damen Hirst’s Myth and Legend – a unicorn and a winged horse – recreate the artist’s bronze sculptures of the same titles, in porcelain. An anatomical cross-section of the creatures reveals the flesh and musculature of a horse beneath the skin. Handcrafted by the renowned Nymphenburg Porcelain Makers in Munich, these editions continue Hirst’s examination of the areas of intersection between science, religion and belief. He explains: “In a way, science brings religion down to earth and to cut open mythical creatures and expose them as no different to mortal horses is somehow still magical. It’s kind of like exploding a myth to make it real. I like the way that even by showing these creatures’ insides they still feel majestic and hopeful, so they seem more real and not just creatures from fantasy. Maybe they can even help us in the real world.”


Our reception at Other Criteria’s Newport Street location – catered by Pharmacy 2 restaurant – was followed by the opportunity to explore the current Jeff Koons exhibition at Damien Hirst’s gallery.

Michael Joo: 'Barrier Island'

October 4, 2016 by Mary


Michael Joo, research documentation of tabby ruins, Sapelo Island, Georgia, detail.
Courtesy of the artist.

The SCAD Museum of Art presents "Barrier Island," an exhibition of new artwork by renowned artist Michael Joo. Specifically conceived for the SCAD Museum of Art, the exhibition is inspired by the location, natural resources and anthropology of coastal Georgia. The artist explores the residual effects of natural phenomena and human intervention on the landscape over time and how these forces shape cultures and identities.

The exhibition draws from original research conducted by Joo on Sapelo Island, a barrier island and nature reserve off the coast of Georgia, as well as his ongoing exploration of natural and chemical materials and processes.

In collaboration with the SCAD preservation design program, the artist created a site-specific installation made of tabby — a southern, vernacular building material comprised of lime, sand and shells. A series of large-scale, two-dimensional works features images derived from the forests and natural growth on the island. These works embody important material and conceptual explorations by Joo over the last decade, involving a complex chemical process using silver nitrate and sensitized epoxy to reveal layered imagery. The luster and reflectivity of these works are echoed by the polished marble surfaces of three monumental structures, aptly described by the artist as “billboards.”

Sapelo Island inspired Joo with its rich and tumultuous history of human habitation. Home to one of the last remaining intact Gullah – Geechee communities in the United States, the island’s status as a nature preserve enabled verdant growth to overtake much of the earlier traces of human influence on the landscape. This includes the large-scale, ancient Native American Sapelo shell rings complex (dated to 2170 B.C.); extensive landscaping and excavations exerted by the plantation owners of the 19th and 20th centuries; a compacted sawdust landmass created during the radical deforestation and logging of the island for the hungry timber industries of the 19th century; rapidly eroding tabby structures; tombstones of ancestors of African-American inhabitants in Behavior Cemetery and the ostentatious edifices of the Reynolds Mansion that recall the island’s social and economic iniquities.

6th October 2016 – 5th February 2017
SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, Georgia, USA

Rachel Howard at Intragallery, Naples

October 3, 2016 by Mary

The symbolism of the number three is almost infinite. Seen in the myths of all civilizations, in all latitudes, it is considered the "perfect number", as an expression of the Triad or Trinity. It is the spiritual symbol of the plant stretching its branches (trifurcation) and the Pythagoreans considered it sacred because it allows you to draw the triangle, perfect figure. Limiting ourselves to the Greek mythology, the Fates, the Furies, the Graces, were always three in number. “Three” is the product of the union between “One”, the active ingredient and “Two”, the womb that welcomes the creation. We can define it the first product of thought that multiplies and expands. It encompasses the concept of union and expansion. The symbolism of the number three is encoded in the visual arts through the long tradition of the "triptych" that from the beginning of Christian art continues and spreads in Byzantine and Gothic up to modern art. Somehow, just think of the triptych of Monet's Water Lilies at MoMA in New York, or the famous triptych by Francis Bacon or Cy Twombly, the division into three acts as a link between the history of painting and the present trial.


In this context, the exhibition Three Triptychs has three variations on the theme on the compositional tradition of the triptych by three British artists, from different generations and paths, but linked by a critical interpretation of the pictorial medium, revisited in architectural and three-dimensional key.

David Batchelor work focuses on the relationship with the generated colours of the urban environment and stressed on how we see them, and how we react to their physical and psychological stress in the technological age in which we live. In the exhibition’s triptych, the artist has collected a number of old light boxes, the kind that shops and restaurants usually advertise (and which, it is said, are one of the main sources of colour in a city), has cleaned them and mounted so as to form vertical installations. The colours from the light boxes are reflected against the wall, and the public perceives them seeing only through their reflection. An artificial and sublime sunset at the same time experienced through the skyline of the boxes and their random arrangement.

The visual and psychological power of colour characterise the work of Rachel Howard, the emotional charge of how the paint is applied to a canvas, the reproduction of the state of mind and body while the picture is being painted. The scale ratios, space, and depth are also part of the impact of these works. In her most recent works, she explores the continuous alternation relationship between background and foreground. In the triptych exhibited at Intragallery, Howard alternates and mixes without rules or hierarchies three moments and adages of contemporary painting, figuration, abstraction and the two-dimensional representation of a wall of a three-dimensional object, in this case, a crutch for clothes, which ironically recalls Trap hanger (1917) by Marcel Duchamp.

In the work of Henrietta Labouchere, we are witnessing a process of accumulation and constant erase signs and suggestions, shades and traces of figuration, processed and diluted over time, giving rise to a representation and an independent interpretation. In the triptych on show, the three panels freely inspired by tissues of kosode and Japanese screens of the Edo period are displayed in ascending order. They are aligned from below; their mass and their thickness contrast with the ethereal lightness of their parietal exposure. Inspired by the idea of the rims of kosode, the artist chose twelve typical colours of old Edo kimono, applying many layers of rabbit glue, painting shades through a sophisticated sanding process, making small marks looking like scars. 

Three Triptychs: 29 September – 12 November 2016
Intragalery, Via Cavallerizza a Chiaia 57, Napoli, 80121

Other Criteria at Texas Contemporary 2016

September 29, 2016 by Mary

Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair, brings the country’s best galleries to the area’s discerning collector base. Featuring a range of works and mediums, Texas Contemporary presents what is new in art as well as a focused representation of interests for this unique city.

Last year, Texas Contemporary’s 15,000 visitors, the Houston Chronicle’s “savvy crowd of collectors, dealers, curators and artists,” were met with dazzling ON-SITE installations, a robust schedule of talks, tours, and events, and access to the best in modern and contemporary art from around the world presented by the country’s top dealers. The fifth edition of Texas Contemporary also welcomed the launch of the fair’s dynamic partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs at The Mexican Consulate in Houston. Curated by Leslie Moody Castro, independent curator based in Mexico City, The Other Mexico highlighted Mexico City’s ground-breaking arts scene and aimed to make a tangible connection between the cities of Houston and Mexico City.

2016 will continue the fair’s relationship with Mexico City's art scene and it's notable partnerships with Texas’ finest institutions and museums. Texas Contemporary is excited to welcome back the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as the fair’s Preview Beneficiary. With the support of the Houston community and the city’s galleries and institutions, Texas Contemporary looks forward to returning to the George R. Brown Convention Center for what looks to be the most compelling year yet.


Other Criteria's booth B9 will feature works by artists Damien Hirst, John Hoyland, Thomas Scheibitz and Paola Petrobelli.

Early Access: 29th, 6pm–8pm and VIP Night Preview: 29th, 8pm–10pm
Fair: September 30th & October 1st, 11am–7pm;
October 2nd, 12pm–6pm

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010

Other Criteria at ArtRio 2016

September 29, 2016 by Mary


In addition to prints and multiples, we will feature Damien Hirst’s recent collaboration with Lalique of editioned crystal panels. Other Criteria will be in warehouse 4 booth H2.

ArtRio is the main endeavor of BEX, producer of cultural events specialized in the visual arts. BEX was founded in 2009, by Brenda Valansi, Elisangela Valadares, Alexandre Accioly dissemination and distribution of Brazilian art within and beyond Brazil's borders. The organization promotes fairs, publishes art-related materials and attracts international collectors, critics and curators to Brazil. In 2011, businesspeople Alexandre Accioly and Luiz Calainho joined the organization, bringing many new ideas and projects to the endeavor.

Fair: September 29th & 30th & October 1st & 2nd 1pm–8pm; October 3rd, 1pm–7pm

Pier Mauá, Avenida Rodrigues Alves, 10 Praça Mauá
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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