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NY ESSENTIALS 09 : ARTE

9/4/12 , Posted by Alex Guerrero at 12:41 PM


Septiembre llega con una ciudad re-energizada después del asueto veraniego y lista para la temporada atoñal que llena el calendario social y cultural a todos los niveles. La última adquisición del MOMA, IKEA Disobedients se presenta en su sede PS1 de Queens y varios artistas españoles y latinoamericanos exhiben en lugares tales como el Parque Wave Hill, el Jardín Botánico y en varias galerías de Chelsea: Manolo Valdés, Roberto DiagoMaria Martinez-Cañas, Ines Medina e Isidro Blasco entre otros. Algunas de las grandes exhibiciones del verano como Art of Another Kind, en el Guggenheim, cierran pronto. Otras, como Caribbean Crossroads, exhibición conjunta entre el El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art y el Studio Museum de Harlem continúa, asi como la escultura Cloud City del argentino Tomás Saraceno en el roof del Met Museum. El Instituto Cervantes también presenta una muestra de jóvenes arquitectos españoles.
  
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* IKEA Disobedients : Andrés Jaque Arquitectos >> SUNDAY SESSIONS > September 16 and 23 > MOMA PS1> IKEA


IKEA Disobedients, an architectural performance by Madrid-based Andrés Jaque Arquitectos, was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The international premiere of the performance at MoMA PS1, part of the 9+1 Ways of Being Political exhibition on view concurrently at MoMA, reveals how recent architectural practices utilize performative actions to engage audiences with architecture in a non-traditional way.
The performance takes place in a setting made of IKEA-hacked pieces and invites neighbors in Queens to reenact their politically-charged domestic activities. According to Jaque, the performance suggests disobedience to the lifestyles proposed by brands such as IKEA, proposing "an urban counter-notion of the domestic" instead—one that discloses how politically active citizens can and do act outside of the privacy of their homes.


* Roberto Diago: Entre Lineas | Between the Lines > Septiembre 6 - Octubre 13 > Magnan Metz Gallery > DIAGO.


Roberto Diago (b. 1971 Cuba) graduated from San Alejandro National Academy of Visual Arts in 1990. His works combine painting, collage and mixed media techniques, exploring themes of his identity as a contemporary Cuban, and as a man of African ancestry. He has received numerous national and international prizes and awards. In recent years, he has been regularly featured in solo and group shows throughout Cuba and Latin America as well as the United States, Canada and Europe.
Reception for the artist, Thursday, September 6, 6-8 pm. 

* Maria Martinez-Cañas : Photo Paintings >> September 6 - October 20 >> Julie Saul Gallery > MARIA.


Untitled 010 [RR], 2012

Martinez-Cañas' fifth solo show at the gallery is comprised of a series of "Photo Paintings", large scale unique works completed during 2011/12. Her concept is derived from Francis Bacon's use of photographs to inform his paintings, and each work is an homage to a different modernist artist whom she admires, including Muybridge, and Louise Bourgeois. Cañas uses a gesture from Bacon's paintings as the starting point for the work and a variety of media including photo transfer, painting and collage on wood veneer giving equal weight to the paint and photographic image. 
Reception for the artist, Thursday, September 6, 6-8 pm. 


* JAS: Jóvenes arquitectos de España > Septiembre 5 al 18 > Instituto Cervantes >> JAS.


ICNY presenta una variedad de trabajos arquitectónicos excepcionales, construidos con gran rigor y extremadamente sensibles al entorno natural y cultural. La selección ha sido hecha, entre más de 700 proyectos, por un prestigioso jurado internacional de críticos y arquitectos.
En dos idiomas, la muestra enseña la excelencia arquitectónica, no solo de los maestros mundialmente reconocidos, sino también los trabajos menos visibles de una nueva generación de profesionales, garantía de un futuro prometedor para la arquitectura española.

La inauguración tendrá lugar en la galería el miércoles 5 de septiembre a las 18.30 h., y ofrecerán unas palabras de apertura Juan Ramón Martínez Salazar (Cónsul General de España) y Alberto Campo Baeza (arquitecto), así como los comisarios de la exposición, Jesús Aparicio y Jesús Donaire.
Reception for the artists, September 5, 6:30 -8:30 pm. 

* Recent Work by Ines Medina and Katherine Taylor >> September 6 - October 13 > Skoto Gallery > INES.

Ines Medina: Positioning of the 1, 2011, oil on canvas, 32x39 inches.
Despite their varied experiences and personal cultural backgrounds Ines Medina (Basque Country, Spain) and Katherine Taylor (USA) have over the years evolved into artists whose respective works are governed by sensibilities that explore broader, fluid aesthetic possibilities that respond to and signifies current expanded parameters of art-making and socio-cultural identities. As artists working in a milieu fraught with the possibilities of shifting, multiple and hybrid identities, they are acutely aware of the new challenges to the existing models for explaining the forms of belonging and patterns of exchange that the dynamics of globalization have wrought.
Reception for the artists, Thursday, September 6, 6-8 pm. 

* Manolo Valdés : Monumental Sculptures > Septiembre 22 - Mayo 23, 2013 >> The New York Botanical Garden > VALDES

Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden, seven towering sculptures by acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdés showcase the relationship between art and nature. The sculptures have been sited to take maximum advantage of the Garden's dramatic views with special attention given to the visual impact of the changing seasons. The artist has designed the installation to include surprising changes in the visual character of the sculptures throughout the seasons.



Foregrounding the Palisades : Isidro Blasco >>  September 1 - December 2 >> Glyndor Gallery > Wave Hill Park > PALISADES.



Spanish-born artist Isidro Blasco combines architecture, photography, and sculptural installation to explore themes of perception and urbanism. His large-scale sculptures buttress three-dimensional photographic collages in which shots taken from multiple angles pivot around a single vantage point. The result is a fragmented view, an elliptical succession of various perspectives that produces a dynamic experience of space that is at once alluring and disorienting. For Flow System, Blasco has taken hundreds of photographs of the Palisades, the Palisades Interstate Park, and the George Washington Bridge from points in New Jersey, Washington Heights, Inwood, and the Bronx. The images are assembled to create an articulated, panoramic, sculptural collage that fills the gallery space. The work is a departure for the artist, whose subject is often architecture and streetscapes. Here, he has focused on the rocks, trees, and structures of the Palisades, presenting a multi-faceted rendering of this breathtaking natural landscape.
Reception for the artists, September 23rd.



DOUGLAS GORDON : The End of Civilisation > Septiembre 8 - Octubre 13 >> Gagosian Gallery > THE END

DOUGLAS GORDON : The End of Civilisation (still), 2012 
In The End of Civilisation, a grand piano burns at a remote site deep in the Cumbrian landscape. This lushly green and desolate locale overlooking the boundary between England and Scotland was once the border of the Roman Empire. The grand piano, emblematic of high culture as both a finely crafted instrument and a beautiful sculptural object, is destroyed at the primeval edge of civilization. With this symbolic conflagration, Gordon re-enacts an ancient local tradition of igniting beacons as an admonition or communication. Inspired in part by the journey of the 2012 Olympic torch across the British Isles, The End of Civilisation is both a celebration and a warning—of fire as a symbol of optimism and hope, but also of risk, danger, and destruction.

Reception for the artist, September 8, 6-8 pm. 

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life > September 14–January 6 >> International Center of Photography >> ICP


Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life is a photographic exhibition examining the legacy of the apartheid system and how it penetrated even the most mundane aspects of social existence in South Africa, from housing, public amenities, and transportation to education, tourism, religion, and businesses. Complex, vivid, evocative, and dramatic, it includes nearly 500 photographs, films, books, magazines, newspapers, and assorted archival documents and covers more than 60 years of powerful photographic and visual production that forms part of the historical record of South Africa. Several photographic strategies, from documentary to reportage, social documentary to the photo essay, were each adopted to examine the effects and after-effects of apartheid's political, social, economic, and cultural legacy. Curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, the exhibition proposes a complex understanding of photography and the aesthetic power of the documentary form and honors the exceptional achievement of South African photographers.


CURRENT EXHIBITS

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 > June 8–September 12 > GUGG.


José Guerrero, Signs and Portents, 1956. Oil on canvas, 175.9 x 250.2 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 57.1465. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VEGAP, Madrid. Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation 

Comprising approximately 100 works by nearly 70 artists, like José Guerrero (above), the exhibition explores international trends in abstraction in the decade before the Guggenheim's iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building opened in October 1959, when vanguard artists working in the United States and Europe pioneered such influential art forms as Abstract Expressionism, Cobra, and Art Informel.

Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City > Through November 4 > Met Museum > SARACENO.


Artist Tomás Saraceno (born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1973)  createD a constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Visitors may enter and walk through these habitat-like, modular structures grouped in a nonlinear configuration. Over the past decade, Saraceno has established a practice of constructing habitable networks based upon complex geometries and interconnectivity that merge art, architecture, and science. The interdisciplinary project "Cloud Cities/Air Port City" is rooted in the artist's investigation of expanding the ways in which we inhabit and experience our environment. 

Caribbean Crossroads > El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art y el Studio Museum de Harlem > Hasta Enero 6, 2013.


 Arnaldo Roche Rabell We Have to Dream in Blue, 1986 84 x 60 inches Oil on canvas.
Collection of John Belk & Margarita Serapion Photo courtesy of Walter Otero Gallery
 

The exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World is the culmination of nearly a decade of collaborative research and scholarship organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Presenting work at the three museums and accompanied by an ambitious range of programs and events, Caribbean: Crossroads offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora. More than 500 works of art spanning four centuries illuminate changing aesthetics and ideologies and provoke meaningful conversations about topics ranging from commerce and cultural hybridity to politics and pop culture. 


* HISPANIC SOCIETY >> Vision of Spain de Joaquín Sorolla > Permanent collection on view > Audubon Terrace > The Hispanic Society of America.


Vision of Spain. Detail. Joaquín Sorolla. 

* VOCES Y VISIONES: Gran Caribe > Hasta Diciembre 9 > El Museo Del Barrio.


Francisco Oller y Cestero (Puerto Rican, 1833-1917) Platanos Amarillos (detail), ca. 1892-93 Oil on wood panel Gift of Joseph and Carmen Ana Unanue 2009.32 

This exhibition features works that explore the vast diversity and complexity of the Caribbean basin, as an accompaniment to El Museo’s upcoming exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, presented in collaboration with Studio Museum in Harlem and Queens Museum of Art.

* The SoHo Arts Walk > September 20 > SOHO



The SoHo Arts Walk is a collaboration of the fine art galleries of SoHo. From May through September, every third Thursday brings visitors into the neighborhood to enjoy the dynamic art scene. Visit more than 20 galleries in the heart of New York's historical art sector and enjoy the vibrant environment.



COMING UP

Picasso Black and White > Octubre 5- Enero 23, 2013 > Museo Guggenheim > B&W.

Picasso Black and White, the first major exhibition to focus on the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette throughout his career, will be presented at the Guggenheim Museum from October 5, 2012, to January 23, 2013. The exhibition features 118 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1904 to 1971, and will offer new and striking insights into Picasso’s vision and working methods. This chronological presentation includes significant loans—many of which have not been exhibited or published before—drawn from museum, private, and public collections across Europe and the United States, including numerous works from the Picasso family. Following its New York presentation, a major part of the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where it will be on view from February 24 to May 27, 2013.

Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms > November 9, 2012–January 13, 2013 > Guggenheim Museum > Orozco

Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms, the final project of the commissioning program at Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, is a two-part sculptural and photographic installation comprising thousands of items of detritus the artist has gathered at two sites—a playing field near his home in New York and a protected coastal biosphere in Baja California Sur, Mexico, that is also the repository for flows of industrial and commercial waste from across the Pacific Ocean.


OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Art of the Americas > New wing > Ongoing > Museum of Fine Arts > Boston > MFA


A view of the 20th-century art through the mid-1970s galleries. Art of the Americas. MFA Boston. Photo: Alex Guerrero ®2012 

The new wing takes a global perspective on Art of the Americas, showcasing more than 5,000 works of art produced in North, Central, and South America over the course of three millennia. Art in all media will be arranged chronologically on four floors. The wing's 53 brand-new galleries include nine beautiful period rooms and four Behind the Scenes galleries to enhance the way visitors experience and interact with the collection. 

The New Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA, Boston > Ongoing > Contemporary.


A view of the Wing for Contemporary Art. MFA, Boston. Photo: AlexGuerrero ®2012. 

The Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art has seven new galleries to introduce innovative approaches to contemporary art and design within the context of the MFA's collections. The wing is also a lively social space—a gateway to experience contemporary culture, including art, music, performances, film, readings, lectures, courses, and artist demonstrations.


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