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9.27.2010

Zilvinas Kempinas at Yvon Lambert

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Remember the last time I told you about him? When I was in Berlin... We can definitely see the evolution of his work, which has grown increasingly, through this exhibition, the first one at the Lambert Gallery.

He took possession of the gallery to create a surreal and magical space. He has transformed architectural spaces and light to create optical effects. Unwound magnetic tapes and fans which are now lit are dancing in the middle of this futurist ballroom. Ambiance is multiplied by the reflections of the spinning lights in fluctuating panels of Mylar.

In the same time, several beautiful paintings made by Roman Opalka, a French artist with Polish origins, are showed in the gallery. It's also his first solo exhibition with Yvon Lambert. His main project is to work on the passage of time. His paintings represent a sequence of numbers from "One" to "the Infinite"...

9.23.2010

John McCracken at David Zwirner

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Once John said: "My works are minimal and reductive, but also maximal. I try to make them concise, clear statements in three-dimensional form, and also to take them to a breathtaking level of beauty." To those who really like minimal art, you're gonna love this exhibition!

The four stainless steel sculptures, entitled Star, Infinite, Dimension and Electron and made in 2010, are emplaced in the middle of a big empty room. The columns, basically made for outdoor space, are polished to produce a high degree of reflexion and it creates an interaction between the fours. Material used seems to be breakable, delicate but strong and dense in the mean time. This installation is zen, geometrical, elegant and it's the perfect definition of what Minimal is.

To seen in the mean time: a selection of drawings and three-dimensional objects made by Al Taylor, an American artist who lives and works in the City. He tries to extend all the possibilities of vision that the viewer has by creating new ways of experiencing and imaging space. he doesn't make any difference between his drawings and his "sculptures" which are to him: "drawings in space"...

9.20.2010

"Statuesques"

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
On my way to Union Square I saw on Broadway those two impressive fluorescent sculptures! Statuesques is an exhibition hosted by the Public Art Fund that brought together a group of six international artists: Pawel Althamer, Huma Bhabha, Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan, and Rebecca Warren. Their sculptures, ten of their major works, reinterpret and extend the language of figurative sculptures of the twenty-first century.

Located in Lower Manhattan and bordered by Broadway, Chambers street, Centre street, and Park row, this exhibition celebrates the return of figurative sculptures. However it's not in a classical way. It's playful, it's colorful, funny and sophisticated in the same time. Approaches and works are very different however they share many characteristics: they tend towards abstraction, assemblage, construction of form...

This show results of a new curatorial approach: emphasizing public access and interaction.
Exhibition runs until December 3rd...

9.16.2010

Murakami in the Chateau de Versailles

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
After Jeff Koons and Xavier Veilhan, Takashi Murakami is now exhibited in the Chateau de Versailles, one of the greatest symbols of Western history. I didn't see the exhibition yet but bringing together two important emblems such as Versailles and Murakami should be very interesting! To me it's like the reunion of Western and Eastern culture. It should be interesting to see how Murakami, who's from the realm of samurai, has curated his show!!

About the exhibition Murakami said: "So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition." Some of sculptures are golden and represent strange figures. It might simply be his vision of our endearing King Louis XIV!

Even if the exhibition just opened two days ago, controversy over it has already been debating. It can be shocking for traditionalists but it's a good way to show contemporary art to a large public. His work is seductive, funny, attractive and intriguing in the same time. Big toys for collectors! Exhibition runs until December 12th...

9.15.2010

Rob Pruitt, Pattern and Degradation

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Gavin Brown Entreprise, in collaboration with his neighboring gallery Maccarone, hosts a new major exhibition of Rob Pruitt new works. This partnership between both galleries gives them the opportunity to create a succession of ambitious exhibitions across three exhibitions spaces.

This exhibition takes inspiration from the Amish tradition of Rumspringa, a pennsylvanian term that means "running around" - Amish adolescents are allowed to go out from their lifestyle and explore the outside. According to him, an artist should be ever in that position; an unbridled human, indifferent to convention and with every avenue open to him.

These sculptures are particularly awesome! Made of bundled stacks of flattened cardboards, they are like  many little anthropomorphic monsters who wander in the gallery with their enormous eyes stared!
Go for it, exhibition runs until October 23rd.