The highly acclaimed American version of Paris Photo art fair takes place this weekend, April 25-27, at the iconic Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.
“Paris Photo Los Angeles, the US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios April 25th-27th offering the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries. Leading international galleries will present historical and contemporary bodies of works by renowned and emerging artists in the legendary Paramount Pictures’ soundstages. The New York Street Backlot, the one-of-a-kind replica of New York City’s streets, will be dedicated to the presentation of cutting-edge solo shows, Young Gallery exhibitions, and bookseller projects, each exhibiting within an exclusive movie set.” — Paris Photo
Strauss Bourque-LaFrance is an New York based artist whose work traces elements of the everyday, reframing familiar objects in order to put philosophical weight on the implications of their presence in our lives. His work also tends to be inextricably linked with literature in a rather Duchampian way; the titles of Bourque-LaFrance’s installations are often a large indicator as to the meaning of the piece, at times even working as a punchline.
“Bourque-LaFrance’s constructions, by comparison, stress the parsing of the awkward double, the hidden life of things, and by extension, closet desire and memory.” — Wendy Vogel via Modern Painters Magazine
The new retrospective for artist Franz Erhard Walther at WIELS in Brussels, Belgium entitled The Body Decides is a brilliant and colorful breadth of Walther’s expert sketches, textile-based performance pieces, and artistic experiments from the past and present.
"Franz Erhard Walther: The Body Decides offers an in-depth look at an influential German artist whose pioneering work straddles minimalist sculpture, conceptual art, abstract painting, and performance all while positing fundamental questions about the conventional idea of the artwork as an immutable, obdurate pedestal- or wall- bound thing…The show at WIELS, the first for the artist in Belgium and one of the larger of his solo exhibitions to date, will underscore the essential tension provoked by Walther’s work and the ways it thinks about what an artwork can do, or what can be done with it as opposed to how merely it appears or what it is. " — WIELS press release
‘Franz Erhard Walther: The Body Decides’ runs through May 11th, 2014.
American artist Nate Lowman steers away from pop culture subject matter to explore the abstraction of symbols in nature for his show Rave the Painforest at Maccarone Gallery in New York.
“A flower. A leaf. A rock. A stem. A heart. A shape. A stain. A drip. A memory. A State. An egg in a pan. Lowman presents new works that embark on a significant departure from his previous icons. In lieu of meditations on pop culture and political instants… Lowman’s works here conjure states of memory, modeled on the soft edges of the hand-drawn. Eliminating the reliance on the readymade, Lowman utilizes nature as a lens of fragmented recollection after years of urban experience to explore the fragile ecology of the mind.” — Maccarone Press Release
Rave the Painforest runs through May 10th.
Artist Hanna Eshel’s New York home and studio takes on a beautiful muted grey color palette, and the space is adorned very simply by her own subdued sculptures and untamed houseplants — take inspiration from the minimal yet lively nature of this space.
In a recent and rare interview with Alma Allen for T Magazine, the Joshua Tree based artist shares several fascinating stories about his life and upbringing; these stories come together to further explain Allen’s remarkably quiet rise to success in the art world. The article also includes photos of Alma Allen’s home and studio, all of which he designed and built himself in Joshua Tree.
“Alma Allen sees his life as having been defined by a series of risks. His sprawling desert compound in Joshua Tree, Calif., where the 43-year-old self-taught artist creates sculptures fashioned of marble, wood and bronze, is evidence that those risks have started to yield great rewards…His cultish followers often show up in person, buying pieces out of Allen’s living room, because, until recently, he was not even represented by a gallery, and had, with few exceptions, never even formally exhibited his work. ‘My sculpture has always existed in private,’ Allen says, ‘because it didn’t really fit into any category. My carving was very small, from stone fragments or salvaged wood. It was very rough and primitive. I was self-taught. It wasn’t really outsider art because that is really the art of the insane. I sort of defied categories, and now I am a little nervous about ceasing to be a ‘private’ artist, because I have never even been criticized or reviewed.’” — Matt Tyrnauer via T Magazine
In a recent article for T Magazine, Sight Unseen’s Monica Khemsurov covers the Salone Del Mobile design fair in Milan. Highlights in the Salone include camouflaged terrazzo pieces by furniture brand Dzek and experimental furniture designer Max Lamb as well as organically shaped fiberglass furniture designed by Faye Toogood.
Faye Toogood on the inspiration behind her new furniture line, Assemblage 4: Roly-Poly,
“A major departure from the colorful geometric aesthetic Toogood is known for, the furniture series was inspired by the changes in her body and her priorities after her first child was born a year and a half ago. ‘Something just happened in terms of the way I view shapes and colors,’ she says. ‘My daughter can’t be around sharp edges, for one, but there’s also a playful element at work. The chair almost looks like an elephant, the daybed like a pregnant lady and her bump.’ Toogood says she even sculpted many of the models for the collection using another throwback material: Play-Doh.”