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3.17.2011

Upcoming!! Morellet & Malevitch at the Kamel Mennour gallery Paris

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
I guess one can say "great minds think alike"... The exhibition "Malevitch and the American Legacy" just opened at the beginning of March at the Gagosion gallery on Madison ave and there is another one in Paris! Actually the exhibition in Paris is more about Francois Morellet's work and its the relationship with Malevitch's one. Square is for both of them a predilection shape. Francois Morellet is a contemporary French painter born in 1926. He is also an engraver, a sculptor and a light artist. He turned to abstraction in 1950 after a short period of figurative work and his role in geometrical abstraction was quite important.

One can say that it would be the study of a paradox: they both have their own way to interpret a square. they don't share the same point of view. For Morellet, a work of art refers to itself. He is seeking the absolute simplicity of forms and uses many different materials such as fabric, tape, neon, walls... Malevitch, who was a Russian painter and art theoretician, wrote the manifest of Suprematism which is an art movement focused on fundamental geometric forms such as the square or the circle. The square is for him the ultimate geometric simplification. His process is definitely way more theoretical and intellectual.

Anyway... it's just beautiful and if you get a chance, you should go. For those who are in NY, Gagosian gallery is on 980 Madison ave bet 76th and 77th streets.

3.10.2011

Don Dudley at I-20

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
I recently discovered the work of Don Dudley through my new friend from the I20 gallery! Born in 1930, Don Dudley is an American artist who lives and works in New York. His works were exhibited on both coasts of the US and in Europe. one can say that is a combination of minimal and optic art.

I-20 hosted Don's first solo show at the gallery a few months ago. One can say that is a combination of minimal and optic art. He indefinitely explores object, color and surface. He is a painter but he also makes installations such as the wall-hunging aluminum modules and a series of homasote sectional walls configuration that were exhibited at the gallery. Colored stripes kinda remind me of Daniel Buren's work, a French conceptual artist.

Private collections and museums such as the Whitney in NY already bought his works. It's worth keeping an eye on...

3.09.2011

Rudolf Stingel at Gagosian NYC

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
That guy is one of my favorite artists... Born in Meran, Italy, in 1956, Rudolf Stingel is based in New York. His work explores the process of creation through conceptual paintings and installations. I discovered his works at the Pinault's Foundation in Venice a while ago and I'm still very impressed. He also created a silver room inside the Italian pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale.

Once I saw a beautiful diptych made out of foam rubber and covered with a silver paper, probably Celotex. The funny thing about it? The owner can let his own mark on it by scratching, making holes in it or whatever... Viewers are also allowed to mark them!
Earlier works were rather a reflection on the relationship between space and painting by developing installations than the new ones.
Here you'll see works that are mostly self-portraits. Latest works bring us into a melancholic and nostalgic universe in which one he depicts himself into a mid-life crisis and a meditative state of mind.

I won't tell anything else... I'll let you go by yourself! Exhibition runs April 16th, Gagosion Gallery, West 24th street.

3.04.2011

Armory Show and MoMA after party!!

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
I must say I was a bit disappointed by the Armory... I usually want to but at least two or three works of art (sometimes even more!!) but I didn't find anything attracting this year. I was also expecting to see galleries that weren't here. And as in any other fair, an area is dedicated to one country. 2011 is focusing on Latin-America art which is important for its development and its influence.

I saw several sculptures made by Tony Cragg, a British visual artist specialized in sculpture and who lives and works in Germany. His work is amazing and I'm not the only one who says he is: the Louvre museum in Paris shows some of his works. Exhibition runs until the end of April. The Marianne Goodman gallery in NY is one of his art dealer. He mostly uses traditional materials such as bronze, wood and marble and carves simple forms that are all made by him, not in factories. There was a huge and beautiful Reyle, a striped one. Beautiful but we already saw that kind of work many times! Oddly my favorite part is the modern one. I was more impressed by paintings made for instance by Matta or Botero than by the contemporary part.
After party at the MoMA was pretty cool. It reminded me dinners at Beaubourg in Paris. That's so cool drinking and having fun in a museum. And Kate Nash was performing....

Get ready for tonight: Powers art opening and after party, Flatt art magazine party....