Episode of the Crystaline Atol.
Opens Feb 1st, 7-9p:
How & Nosm
Jonathan LeVine *alternate location*, 557 W23rd St., NYC
a series of works and installation by New York-based identical twin artists How & Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre), in what will be their debut solo exhibition in New York. Reflecting on their shared past, How & Nosm paint dramatic, autobiographical works, rich in symbolism and an unusual combination of cultural references. Their densely layered compositions are reminiscent of Picasso’s Guernica, highlighting themes of war, desperation, pain and survival: blades and broken bottles pierce figures, dripping stark red streams of blood. Birds are recurring subjects, flying high to prevail triumphant and transcend labyrinths of dizzying disorder. - thru Feb 23
2013.11: Institute of International Visual Arts
For: Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Peter Clarke
I go to artist talks with the expectation of becoming inspired in a professional sense, but Clarke was inspiring on a personal level, as well. My biggest takeaway was that obstacles in the way of one’s aspirations should be overcome and embraced in equal measure. Clarke spoke about becoming an artist despite lack of time, money, and space in which to work; he quit his job as a dockworker in order to focus on his art, but utilized low materials and worked on a small scale, allowing these limitations to shape his body of work.
I think I was one of the few people in the audience who did not have a personal connection to Clarke or South Africa. The lady sitting behind me was wearing a pendant Clarke had made, and during the Q&A she asked him to tell its story. He asked to see it, and for a moment this sort of atypical, ephemeral work of his was returned to the artist. The pendant was made from a shard of pottery that a shopkeeper had given him on his birthday. Earlier in the talk, he had encouraged artists to make art that could be held, carried, and shared— and here was an example.
Peter Clarke, Any Which Way But Where (1986)
Diptych Mixed Media on Paper
Copyright the artist, courtesy of Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary (SMAC) Art Gallery; image via iniva website.
‘Erasures’ by Jack Whitten opens today at SCAD Museum of Art and is on display through March 31, 2013. The exhibition features a selection of paintings and works on paper, many on view for the first time. Presented as part of SCAD’s 2013 deFINE ART program.
Frida circa 1926, photo taken by her dad Guillermo.
If you are a Frida Kahlo fan – and really, who isn’t – check out the new exhibit at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. It opened this past weekend and it takes us inside Frida’s long-locked closet.
Verge Art Fair 2012, Thanks To The Essex House Hotel, I Love all the Great Staff especially Carlos, Maria and last but not least Eian.
Saya Woolfalk, “Pages from the book Empathetic Plant Alchemy: Pollinators and Plants Used in the Merger of Plant and Human DNA” (2011), gouache on paper (via “Shedding the Second Head” in Hyperallergic)