Monday, 2nd May 2011
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art website.
Jeff Koons is one of the most notorious living artists. It could be argued, however, that his commercial success has blinded us to his actual importance as an artist.
David Hopkins, Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Glasgow, will examine a few key themes in Koons's art, such as masculinism, nostalgia, and the hypocrisy of 'taste', in order to assess how seriously we should take his work.
For more information, view the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art website.
01.04.11 - 30.04.11
From different starting points of enquiry, four artists are exploring boundaries, sometimes as horizons in landscapes, as changes in the body of material, the interface between colours, or the powerful effect of light.
The artists practise in different media; Sally Fawkes (glass), Jo Barker (textiles), Jacob van der Beugel (ceramics) and Sara Brennan (textiles) thus the material expression of their ideas are all very diverse and distinct. What unifies their work is that it lies in the realms of the sublime.
The inspiration for ‘Ethereal Planes” came after a three week research trip, in 2008, by curator of the exhibition and glass artist Sally Fawkes, sailing aboard the Tall Ship “Trinovante” in the seas of northern Norway above the Arctic Circle. The purpose of the trip was to immerse herself in a totally new situation and space, exploring the unknown to heighten her ability to articulate interactions with shifting planes of space on different levels of awareness.
Jacob van der Beugel
“The sensory experience of the trip was astonishing, I felt simultaneously exalted and humble.” said Sally. “What I learned on this trip is now filtering through into my work and I felt an exhibition focused on sublime craft based work would be incredibly powerful and exciting.”
“I wanted the four of us to work together on this because I feel there is a solidarity and cohesion between us as to why and how our work comes into being. There is a harmony of strong intent in our work to touch the senses reaching beyond what we know and understand. We are all exploring the formal, the intellectual, imaginative and emotional possibilities of our materials and the outcomes are characteristically ethereal.”
As you explore the material offerings in the exhibition one senses a shared aesthetic and deep trust the artists have in their own individual making. Insistent forms and detail of line, confident colours and textures, make us aware that the physical objects are merely a point of departure to the transformative experience of the artworks. The interfaces between the artists work are quietly evident as collectively they reveal new possibilities presenting us with more questions than answers.
For more information visit the CAA website.
The Beck’s Art Crawl celebrates 25 years of the Beck’s Art Labels campaign, running 11th – 28th April in East London.
Eight of the most iconic Art Labels by leading international artists Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons, Bruce Mclean, Richard Long, Tim Head, Tony Oursler, Tim Noble & Sue Webster and Roderick Buchanan will be showcased across eight bars in East London.
For more information visit the Beck's Vier Art Crawl Facebook page and click on 'Art Crawl' on the left hand side menu.
Winter Bears, by Jeff Koons © Jeff Koons, ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
19th March - 3rd July 2011
American artist Jeff Koons (b.1955) is one of the most internationally renowned artists working today. Almost unrivalled in terms of commercial success, Koons fittingly started his career in New York as a commodities broker. In the 1980s he established himself as an artist, setting up a studio with assistants and operating in a way similar to Andy Warhol’s Factory.
Using everyday items and oversized images from popular culture, Koons explores ideas of culture and taste, questioning the established values of the art world. Not one to shun publicity, Koons has become the ultimate poster-boy for consumerism, making himself as much a commodity as the art he creates.
Bringing together the major group of works by Jeff Koons held in ARTIST ROOMS, this display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art offers the chance to explore some of the artist’s most important and iconic series.
For more information visit www.britishremains.co.uk
Richard Prince - American Prayer
BibliothÀ¨que Nationale de France
29th March - 26th June 2011
Richard Prince, Untitled (original), 2009
Original illustration and paperback book
34 x 35 inches (86.4 x 88.9 cm)
© Richard Prince, Photo by Rob McKeever, courtesy of Gagosian
After the Musée du Louvre and the Château de Versailles where Jan Fabre’s and Jeff Koons’ works were respectively presented, the BibliothÀ¨que Nationale de France also opts for contemporary creation, inviting the worldwide famous American artist, Richard Prince. Especially well-known for his cow boy photographs illustrating Marlboro advertising campaigns and for his series of 'nurse' paintings, the artist is the best at depicting the American fin de siÀ¨cle. This is the first monographic exhibition on Richard Prince organised in Paris.
The title 'Richard Prince – American Prayer' refers to Jim Morrison’s poem. The exhibition focuses on a feature of personality never presented before. Richard Prince is a passionate booklover and a collector of American pop culture and countercultures from the 50s’ to the 80s’. This artistic movement has inspired his work as photographer and painter. Thanks to a musical background - including works by Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground – and to his collaboration with the designer David Adjaye, Richard Prince portrays an American continent scoffing at its myths, introduced in a beat, hippie or punk context.
Richard Prince, Untitled (publicity), 2006
Poster, album and check, framed
© Richard Prince, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Rare books and manuscripts by Rimbaud, Céline, Cocteau and Genet, European underground magazines and popular books, were selected among BnF’s collections. Richard Prince has planned to re-appropriate some of them, building bridges with several treasures from his private collection of books that were never previously put on display. Documents connected to the key beat generation figures are presented such as an annotated copy of William Burroughs’ 'Naked lunch' or the handwritten scroll of Jack Kerouac’s 'Big sur', Prince’s collection of 'pulp fiction' focusing on the erotic and disturbing nurse character or his collection of editions of Nabokov’s 'Lolita' in about twenty languages. Paintings, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, manuscripts and objects illustrate the artist’s personal universe between high and low culture, between America and Europe. The exhibition ends with a reading room which walls have been covered with fake books conceived by Richard Prince and treasures rarely presented before.
Richard Prince, Untitled (cowboy), 1991
Ektacolor photograph, 45 x 30 inches (114.3 x
© Richard Prince, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Ai Weiwei, Study in Perspective, 1995
On April 3rd, Ai Weiwei–internationally acclaimed Chinese artist and insistent government critic–was detained at the Beijing airport while en route to Hong Kong. Shortly after Mr. Ai was seized, more than a dozen police officers raided the artist’s studio in the Caochangdi neighborhood, cut off power to part of that area and led away nearly a dozen employees–a mix of Chinese citizens and foreigners who are part of Mr. Ai’s large staff. By Sunday evening, the foreigners and several of the Chinese had been released after being questioned, according to one of Mr. Ai’s employees, who was not in the studio when the public security agents arrived.
Rights advocates say the detentions are an ominous sign that the Communist Party’s six-week crackdown on rights lawyers, bloggers and dissidents is spreading to the upper reaches of Chinese society. Ai Weiwei, the son of one of the country’s most beloved poets, is an internationally renowned artist, a documentary filmmaker and an architect who helped design the Olympic stadium in Beijing known as the Bird’s Nest.
Inspired by one of Ai Weiwei's installations, Fairytale (2007) - in which Ai took 1,001 Qing dynasty wooden chairs to the German city, Kassel, along with 1,001 Chinese citizens for the Documenta 12 exhibition- a Canadian curator appealed to people worldwide via social networking sites to take chairs out onto the street and sit in silent protest.
Last Sunday, people the world over demonstrated, demanding the release of the Chinese artist.
The members of the international arts community, express their concern for Ai Weiwei's freedom and disappointment in China’s reluctance to live up to its promise to nurture creativity and independent thought.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is petitioning the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China (Minister Mr. Cai Wu) for the release of Ai Weiwei.
Sign the petition here - and forward it to everyone you can.
(Source: Art&Education and the Guardian)