An exhibition featuring paintings from Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi on display at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle until May 25th.
“Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 brings together for the first time the work of two of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) and Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864-1957). Comprising drawings, ink paintings, calligraphic works, and sculptures from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, and private and public collections, it presents thirty-one works by Noguchi and twenty-five by Qi Baishi. The exhibition and its accompanying publication document the period of six months that Noguchi spent in Beijing and shed new light on the little-known relationship between the two artists.”
Frye Art Museum
A recent marble sculpture from artist Alma Allen was selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, showing until May 25th.
“Alma Allen employs a wide variety of production techniques—from hand-carving to computer-assisted fabrication—to produce sculptures that at first seem formally simple but which are remarkably complex and beguiling. The artworks on view in the 2014 Biennial were produced, like much of his work, through an improvisatory method. Allen begins with the idea of a form; while he works toward that ideal, however, his process is often waylaid by breaks, fissures, and other unpredictable events that occur in the materials. Responding to these unplanned contingencies, he continues to sculpt until a final form emerges—most likely considerably different from what he originally envisioned.”
Whitney Museum of American Art
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Los Angeles based artist Ry Rocklen presents his first solo exhibition, “A Living”, in France at Praz-Delavallade in Paris.
With the new body of works presented in “A Living," Rocklen continues his unique resuscitations of previously discarded objects…In this case, a gold-plated phone book, a chair built out of trophies, a flat hummer tire cast in bronze, a hairy dividing wall, a recliner chair painted in faux-marble finish and a series of porcelain-cast shirts and clothes are brought together to form an ensemble that can be viewed as a portrait, a collection of objects that each point to a particular facet of a fading middle class American memory. “A Living“ consists of series of relics that temporally locate themselves in the 1990’s and explore the space between the memory of a set of familiar objects and their actual presence." — Praz-Delavallade
“A Living” runs through March 29th.
Casting the Negative is a group exhibition at Toronto Gallery Daniel Faria showcasing works by sculptors Iris Häussler, An Te Liu and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino. The works explore a dialogue around the commonality of casting present within each of their compositions. The works consider potentials and concerns surrounding the abstractions and practicalities of their shared practice.
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The Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery is currently showing the first ever solo exhibition in Canada by French artist Aurélien Froment. Playful and visually stimulating while taking abstractions of connectivity and forming them into literal shapes—Froment connects Friedrich Fröbel’s systems with tangible objects and photographs telling of his theoretical concepts.
Fröbel lived and worked close to his birthplace in Thuringia, central Germany. He founded his first institution for early childhood education in 1837 in the small town of Bad Blankenburg where two years later, he coined the term ‘Kindergarten’. Juxtaposed with the graphic educational material, this series of views of the countryside near Jena (the former East Germany near the Czech Republic border) show a reality without clear narrative, yet situates geographically, socially and culturally the genesis of Fröbel’s project. Through this Froment implies a complex relationship between the objects, images, ideas, places and us as audience. The work becomes the vehicle to draw our attention to changed contexts and so perceptions shift.
Images courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery.
Takuro Kuwata is a contemporary artist working within the field of ceramics whose pieces possess a distinct point of view and beautiful strangeness. Kuwata employs an experimental glazing process where glaze is applied to the ceramic in thick layers, therefore causing the surface to explode and take on unexpected new shapes.
“Ceramics can’t be created as I planned first and that is the interesting part. Glazes will crack and stones will be broken unexpectedly. On the other hand, there is a way to see that unexpected happenstance as an accent of the work.” — Takuro Kuwata
Photos via Studio 94 Gallery
The anticipated visual summary at White Columns takes a look at the opuses of New York’s art sphere. The annual includes up and coming artists including Amy Yao, Danh Vo, and Lucy Dodd, as well as some retrospective work like that of Cuban artist Zilia Sanchez.
In a very straightforward sense, the ‘Annual’ exhibition hopes to reveal something of the complexities involved in trying to negotiate – and engage with – NewYork’s constantly shifting cultural landscape. The format of the exhibition inevitably encourages highly subjective and deeply personal responses to the realities of viewing art in New York. …In re-thinking the (fairly) recent past the exhibition hopes to provoke something akin to a sense of deja-vu, establishing a scenario that is at once both reflective and forward thinking. — White Columns
“Looking Back” runs through February 22 at White Columns in New York.