Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Forma announces a series of new and existing works by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda presented in Paris this Autumn. 

Commissioned by the City of Paris, Ikeda's major new work spectra [paris] for Nuit Blanche, the City's annual 'white night' all-night contemporary arts festival, sees blinding white light beamed from scores of highly powered architectural lamps on the same plaza as Tour Montparnasse. Visitors' movements create a unique symphony of ultra pure sine soundwaves as they pass through the grid of white light. Nuit Blanche 2008 is directed by Herve Chandès and Ronald Chammah and presents over fifty projects in and around the stations and monuments of central Paris. 

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Mistery Jets

Mystery Jets - Half In Love With Elizabeth



• MUSAC, guest institution at Frieze Art Projects 08 from October 16th to 19th with the project 
Intangible actions

Acclaimed American artist Paul Pfeiffer inaugurates at MUSAC 
Paul Pfeiffer. Monologue, his first one person project in Spain. Terence Koh presents Love for eternity, a foray into the unique creative universe of the Chinese-Canadian artist. Salvador Cidrás is to unveil24 horas 10 minutos [24 hours 10 minutes], a large site-specific installation of new works conceived and executed by the artist and produced by MUSAC. On the Exhibition Hall 1,Retorno a Hansala, a take on the creative process behind director Chus Gutiérrez's most recent film, from the perspective of artists Alfredo Cáliz, Rogelio López Cuenca and Montserrat Soto. The space Laboratorio 987 will host until November the show Gallo rojo, gallo negro by Antonio Ballester Moreno, and for the Showcase Project, MUSAC has invited Fake Magazine to develop an initiative, produced by the Museum itself, that essentially revolves around a special issue devoted to today's art, for which guest editor Tolo Cañellas has selected a number of works by contemporary artists.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mark Dion is the 2008 winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award. He was selected by an independent panel of jurors for his prolific creativity and impressively varied body of work, which includes mixed-media installations, sculptures and public projects that explore the relationship between art, science and history through pseudo-scientific methods of investigation and display. Dion is the eighth annual winner of the 25,000 USD award, which is intended to encourage the artist's future development and experimentation.

The five jurors who selected the winner are Mark Bessire, director of the Bates College Museum of Art; Allan McCollum, artist and senior critic in sculpture at the Yale University School of Art; Nancy Princenthal, senior editor at Art in America magazine; John Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, director and chief curator at the Aspen Art Museum

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ludwig Museum

With its next exhibition, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art presents another oeuvre of international significance. Unmatched in its comprehensiveness by any previous European displays of the lifework, Agnes Denes's retrospective, The Art of the Third Millennium – Creating a New World View presents the highlights of an artist's oeuvre who was among the firsts to include the ecological perspective in the circle of interpretation available for contemporary art, who created the notion of eco-logic, and who established, through public actions and environmentally conscious interventions, the form of environmental art, art realized in a natural environment, in the land.

An American artist of international renown who was born in Hungary, Agnes Denes has created an oeuvre whose hallmark is the synthesis of the knowledge that is accumulated in the diverse fields of science and the free and critical spirit that distinguishes art. One of the first initiators of conceptual art, she studied natural and social sciences, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, the history of art, poetry and music, and she distilled this knowledge in unique works of art. Agnes Denes was among the first contemporary artists to examine the relationship of art and science, and her activity as a theoretician, academic and educator compares in importance with her art. It has been, ever since the 1960s, her artistic conviction that science, the treasury of centuries of universal human knowledge and experience, is, from the end of the 20th century on, mutually dependent upon art, the creation of visionary individuals, and that it is only through their cooperation and sharing of ideas that those new, globally relevant suggestions for change may emerge which can avert the ecological catastrophe that threatens mankind and can guarantee the conditions for global survival.

Kunsthaus Graz

Can art help us to understand complex three-dimensional configurations of nature better? The exhibitionLife? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture investigates organic, biomorphic and anthropomorphic forms and offers an extensive exploration of the subject, with pictures of life that are rampant and threatening as well as cosy and friendly.

Biomorphism represents transformation and fluidity, evolution from one state to the next. It is governed by processes operating on fundamentals, determining all works in different ways. Etymologically derived from the Greek words bios (mode of life) and 
morphé (form), the term seems to have come into use in the 1930s, when it described the visual style of the Surrealists. The artists in the present exhibition follow the same tradition, sharing an interest in the archaic and fundamental. An odd accumulation of magic realism is the result that creates myths and triggers off discussion about mankind's manipulation of organic tissue. 

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

At the 3rd Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (Biacs) curated by Peter Weibel with co-curators Marie-Ange Brayer and Wonil Rhee

After three years of intensive collaboration between artist 
Matthew Ritchie, architectsAranda\Lasch and geometric/structural designers from Arup AGU, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary is proud to inaugurate The Morning Line at the 3rd Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (Biacs). Curator Peter Weibel dedicated this year's Biennial entitled Youniverse to the possible convergence of art and science, and invited the foundation to present its second Art Pavilion project in Seville.

The Morning Line is a groundbreaking architectural project, designated by Ritchie as a porous "anti-pavilion", both ruin and monument, a drawing in and of space, an open cellular structure. To devise an architectural language where geometry and artistic expression are intrinsically united, the New York based architectural duo Aranda\Lasch and specialists from Arup AGU designed a construction element called "the bit" whose shape is derived from a truncated tetrahydron. The bit can be reconfigured in to multiple architectural forms, scaled up and down within fractal cycles to any imaginable size, potentially even to the size of the universe. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The SONIC YOUTH etc. : SENSATIONAL FIX exhibition will be held at Museion, Bolzano from October 11th 2008 to January 4th 2009. The show, which combines art and music, has been curated by Roland Groenenboom in close collaboration with the band Sonic Youth.

SONIC YOUTH etc. : SENSATIONAL FIX investigates the collaborations between the historic band, which was formed in 1981, and artists, writers, filmmakers, designers, and other musicians. The multimedia works of Sonic Youth and those oh the artists exhibited in the show reveal a possible alternative history of contemporary culture, with a critical discussion of the division between "high" and "popular" art, with topics such as youth rebellion, hunger, fashion and sex. The various sections revolve around a central area, which illustrates the band's long history, with records, posters, T-shirts, instruments and photographs.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Hayward

This autumn, The Hayward presents the first UK exhibition by South African artist Robin Rhode. A recognised talent on the international art scene, Rhode has a growing reputation for brilliantly inventive performances, photographs and drawings. Robin Rhode: Who Saw Who, 7 October – 7 December 2008 is curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, the Chief Curator, The Hayward.

Raised in Johannesburg, Rhode's art personifies a playful style which is influenced by his South African upbringing, spending time on the streets and being forced to make your own fun. Using simple materials such as chalk, spray paint and charcoal, Rhode turns the pavements, streets and walls of the city into his paper, canvas and backdrop, creating his own reality in the heart of urban society. These two dimensional drawings are then brought to life by performance and captured on film or photograph, as the artist or a doppelganger tries to blow out a chalk candle, juggle with charcoal balls or ride a chalk bicycle. 

CCA Wattis Institutefor Contemporary Arts

Participating artists in order of appearance: Tauba Auerbach, Kris Martin, Dirk Stewen, Kirsten Pieroth, Colter Jacobsen, Jordan Wolfson, Kristen Morgin, Peter Coffin, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Claire Fontaine, Mario Garcia Torres, Aurélien Froment

Launched in September 2007, the exhibition 
Passengers aimed to overcome the often-restrictive programming schedule of a typical art institution by implementing a format that was constantly transforming and self-perpetuating. At the beginning of every month, one of the artists from the group portion of the show would move into the central "cube" space to present a solo show, and then at the end of the month he or she would leave the exhibition completely and a brand-new artist would enter the group show, thus constantly repopulating the display.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary (MCA), Sydney announces a major mid-career survey of works by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Yinka Shonibare MBE works across diverse media to explore ideas about African contemporary identity and the legacy of European colonialism in the present. Shonibare's art considers social class and aesthetics, and is characterised by the use of recurring visual symbols such as Dutch wax fabric. This exhibition presents twelve years of the artist's career, encompassing painting, sculpture, large-scale mixed media installations, photography and film. It is curated by MCA Senior Curator Rachel Kent who has worked closely with the artist on its realisation.

Tate Modern

This season, Tate Modern presents three newly commissioned performance works by artists Bonnie Camplin & Paulina Olowska, Sturtevant, and Orla Barry. 

These events are part of 
UBS Openings: Saturday Live, a series of bi-monthly performance events at Tate Modern.

UBS Openings: Saturday Live
Bonnie Camplin and Paulina Olowska: 
Usher We (Down There) 

27 September, 10.00–18.00, oil tanks, Tate Modern

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Damien Hirst

The impulses driving Damien Hirst's work stem from dilemmas inherent in human life: 'I am aware of mental contradictions in everything, like: I am going to die and I want to live for ever. I can't escape the fact and I can't let go of the desire'. The materials he uses often shock, but he says he 'uses shock almost as a formal element . not so much to thrust his work in the public eye . but rather to make aspects of life and death visible.
I Want You Because I Can't Have You (detail)

Damien Hirst was born in Bristol, England in 1965 and attended Goldsmiths College from 1986 to 1989. He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1992, and won the award when he was nominated again in 1995. His works were selected on the basis of his exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Saatchi Gallery, and his touring show which opened at the Serpentine Gallery.

This information has been taken from The Turner Prize: Twenty Years, by Virginia Button, Tate Publishing, 2003.

Mother and Child, Divided


We Burn, We Shiver.
Ugo Rondinone and Martin Boyce.

We Burn, We Shiver. features new works by Ugo Rondinone and Martin Boyce, creating a sculptural conversation in which public and private space collide and the prosaic meets the romantic. 

Among the works featured is a suspended sculpture by Martin Boyce composed of standard fluorescent light fixtures in the form of a web. Measuring approximately forty by fifty feet, the piece fills the entirety of SculptureCenter's ceiling space and hangs 17 feet above the ground. Boyce has employed the web as a motif for several years, a form that references the urban grid and simultaneously suggests organic order, possessing the ability to expand infinitely. The sculpture in 
We Burn, We Shiver. will diverge from an earlier version of the piece in that the web will be irregular, reflecting a broken grid. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

Peter Blake / John Bock / Marcel Broodthaers / Jake and Dinos Chapman / Martin Creed / John Currin / Tacita Dean / Peter Doig / Cerith Wyn Evans / Liam Gillick / Nan Goldin / Antony Gormley / Dan Graham / Peter Halley / Richard Hamilton / Damien Hirst / Howard Hodgkin / Jenny Holzer / Ilya and Emilia Kabakov / Anish Kapoor / Alex Katz / Karen Kilimnik / Barbara Kruger / Robert Mapplethorpe / Chris Ofili / Yoko Ono / Julian Opie / Eduardo Paolozzi / Michelangelo Pistoletto / Lari Pittman / Thomas Scheibitz / Thomas Struth / Rosemarie Trockel / Luc Tuymans / Mark Wallinger / Andy Warhol

The ICA Auction Exhibition is a fitting finale to the ICA's 60th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition includes 36 works, including many brand new pieces, from some of the most influential artists of the post-war and contemporary period. After the exhibition the works will be auctioned as part of Sotheby's Contemporary Art Sales in London on 17 and 20 October 2008, raising vital funds to support the ICA – and in particular its new commissions fund and education programme.

All of the works on display have been generously donated by the artists (or their estates) in recognition of the importance of the ICA's work, and in particular for the support that the institution has shown – and continues to show – new artists at crucial stages in their careers. Many of the artists involved had significant early shows at the ICA, and many of them have made new works especially for this exhibition, including Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Barbara Kruger and Luc Tuymans.

Lykke Li

Lykke Li - Little Bit

Hello Seahorse!

Hello Seahorse! - Won't Say Anything

Kid Loco

Kid Loco - Love Me Sweet

The Bumblebeez

The Bumblebeez - Dr. LOVE


Cornelius - Fit Song


Santogold - Lights Out

Anthony and The Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons - You Are My Sister

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Peter Robinson has slipped the rug from under Aotearoa New Zealand's identity politics and critical fetishes for nearly two decades. Now manipulating that definitive material of disposable culture – polystyrene – the artist has turned his aggressive humour and formal concerns towards the transformations of internal architectural spaces within a critique of global consumerist excesses. 

Snow Ball Blind Time is Robinson's most recent and expansive project, commissioned by and presented at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. The work harnesses the language of the spectacular, it inhabits the converted cinema building, devouring the internal spaces of the building with formal wit, critical bite and comic giganticism.

Curated by Gallery Director, Rhana Devenport, Snow Ball Blind Time occupies the entire 574 square metres of the Gallery. The installation responds to and engages with the Gallery's seven interconnecting internal spaces to form a vast spatial drawing. This is only the second time since the opening exhibition in 1970 by Leon Narbey, that the entire Gallery has been offered to an artist in a single commissioned work.


Bjork - Dull Flame Of Desire con Anthony

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stroom Den Haag

The artists: Azra Aksamija, Matthew Buckingham, Sam Durant, Office KGDVS, Hans van Houwelingen, Irwin, Alon Levin, Metahaven, Ciprian Muresan, Tom Nicholson, Jonas Staal & Vincent van Gerven Oei, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor

'Since we last spoke about monuments' is a look at recent history from a perspective – that of monuments –, generally reserved to absolute views of the past rather than to its interrogation. The exhibition assembles critical standpoints on the relation between monumentality and our usages of memory, our ideological unrest. It examines contradictions inbuilt in monuments, contradictory uses of monuments, as well as the possibility of a monument that integrates contradiction: dissent, diverging purposes, imagination. It aims to visualize a complicated monument for a complicated state of affairs – political, social or cultural.


Chisenhale is pleased to announce a new commission by David Noonan and his first solo public exhibition in London. Noonan presents a series of works comprising monochrome silkscreen on linen collages and clusters of freestanding figurative sculptures which expand his graphic images into a more theatrical space of display.

Noonan often works with found photographic imagery taken from performance manuals, textile patterns and archive photographs to make densely layered montages. These works at once suggest specific moments in time and invoke disorientating a-temporal spaces in which myriad possible narratives emerge. The large-scale canvases framing this exhibition depict scenes of role-playing, gesturing characters, and masked figures set within stage-like spaces. Printed on coarsely woven jute, collaged fabric elements applied to the surface of the canvases further signal the cutting and splicing of images.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The All-seeing Eye

Pierre Bismuth and Michel Gondry


New installation by visual artist Pierre Bismuth and acclaimed director Michel Gondry, exploring the themes at the core of Gondry's Oscar-wining film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Monday, September 8, 2008



Cansei de Ser Sexy

CSS - Rat is Dead ( Rage )


Rubies - I Feel Electric


Francis Alÿs, Abner Benaim, Enrique Castro Ríos, Donna Conlon, Sam Durant, Aurélien Froment, Mario García Torres, Jonathan Harker, Joachim Koester, Jonathan Monk, Roman Ondak, Rich Potter, Sean Snyder, Michael Stevenson, Mungo Thomson, Humberto Vélez and Ramón Zafrani

Curated by Magali Arriola

When entering the territories of the former North American Canal Zone in Panama, many questions arise out of the living memories and remains of place whose identity has still to be negotiated on a daily basis. What used to be known as the Canal Zone – an area that was simultaneously a military reservation, a company town and a colony that has only recently started to show the first symptoms of local re-appropriation – seems to exist today as an apocryphal memory nourished by the nostalgia of those who occupied its lands, and as a geographical ghost that embodies Panama's colonial and post-colonial history. Eight years after Panama recovered complete sovereignty over that controversial piece of land, the 8th Panama Art Biennial deals with the former American Canal Zone as a historical marker, triggering a reflection on its recent social and political history through the lenses of contemporary visual arts.

Yokohama Triennale 2008

Artistic Director: Tsutomu Mizusawa
Curators: Daniel Birnbaum, Hu Fang, Akiko Miyake, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf

Main Venues: Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall, NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), Red Brick Warehouse No.1
Other Venues: Sankeien Garden, Yokohama Landmark Plaza, Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, Yokohama China Town

Marina Abramović, Arakawa Ei with Mukai Mari, John M. Armleder, Matthew Barney, Jérôme Bel, Ulla von Brandenburg, Cao Fei, Paul Chan, chelfitsh (Okada Toshiki), Cho Minsuk and Joseph Grima with Storefront Team, Nikhil Chopra, Tony Conrad, Keren Cytter, Hanne Darboven, Trisha Donnelly, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Luke Fowler and Tsunoda Toshiya, Mario García Torres, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Shilpa Gupta, Haino Keiji, Sharon Hayes, Christian Holstad, Cameron Jamie, Kuswidananto a.k.a Jompet, Joan Jonas, Miranda July, Mike Kelley, Hassan Khan, Pichet Klunchun, Terence Koh, Kosugi Takehisa, Mark Leckey, Tim Lee, Jorge Macchi and Edgardo Rudnitzky, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Meese, Gustav Metzger, Naito Rei, Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Nakaya Fujiko, Hermann Nitsch, Ohmaki Shinji, Ono Yoko, Pak Sheung Chuen, Philippe Parreno, Falke Pisano, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mathias Poledna, Stephen Prina, Nick Relph and Oliver Payne , Pedro Reyes, Jimmy Robert, Sasamoto Aki, Tino Sehgal, Tanaka Min, Teshigawara Saburo, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tsui Kuang-Yu, Danh Vo, Tris Vonna-Michell, Claude Wampler, Cerith Wyn Evans 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Many of the artistic practices brought together in Nonknowledge remind us of Wittgenstein's fundamental explanation of human perception and comprehension: that we can not conceive of something we do not have the language to describe – "the limits of your language are the limits of your world". By attuning to a language outside of common communication, artists can present an avenue for perception which both reflects on the conditions of knowing, and places the spectator on the opposite side of illumination – in the vast possibilities of nonknowledge.

REDCAT, Los Angeles

John Bock blurs artistic convention, constructing a boundless world all his own. Since the 1990s, the artist has become well known for his live, unpredictable performances, in which he has often employed uncanny costumes, assemblages and objects that both referenced and examined a range of social, economic, philosophical, and aesthetic interests. Although Bock's performances were documented on-camera early on, his practice has gravitated toward multi-media works in recent years, reflecting his current interest in the narrative structures and genre conventions of film.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Palais de Tokyo

Every year the Palais de Tokyo gives an artist carte blanche. This carte blanche is a powerful concept that structures the Palais de Tokyo's programming. The artist, placed at the center of the decision-making process, is free to devise and stage more than an exhibition, a real program. This carte blancheto an artist, revealing a kind of map of the artist's brain, desires and influences all at the same time, is an opportunity to tackle the processes of creation and esthetic cross-fertilization from a novel angle. Artists are never where we expect them to be. The way they look not only at our reality and our everyday life, but also at the works of their contemporaries is unique and illuminating. 

Jeremy Deller
After Ugo Rondinone in 2007, this year Jeremy Deller is being offered carte blanche to come up with an exhibition. Born in 1966 in London where he lives and works, Jeremy Deller was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 2004. His multi-form body of work brings several artistic disciplines into play, combining a passion for music, social phenomena and popular traditions. Jeremy Deller succeeds in bringing these separate realities into dialogue with one another by creating unexpected meeting grounds. Thus for the project Acid Brass (1997) he got a traditional brass band from a Manchester factory to play pieces of acid house music.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Kunstmuseum Bern

James Lee Byars (1932 Detroit -1997 Cairo) was one of the 20th century's most unusual and elusive artist figures. The Kunstmuseum Bern is now devoting a large survey exhibition to this American artist.

James Lee Byars loved what was imaginary and fleeting, equating the ephemeral and the immaterial with the material and the everlasting. He was not just an artist, he was a magician, a visionary and a dandy who understood how to cast a spell over his audience. 

He was always on the lookout for perfection. Byars often eschewed any kind of materialisation in his works - they were mostly short-lived performances. However, Byars also had a flair for beautiful, solid, gleaming ‘eternal materials‘ – for sandstone, marble, glass and gold. He created numerous sculptures and objects in an almost classical repertoire of forms – using elements such as the sphere, the circle, the gate or the column. Byars as well bombarded his friends and acquaintances with letters of all kinds, thus demanding constant attention. These writings testify to an incredible virtuosity and creativity.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam

Thyssen-Bornemsiza Art Contemporary

Matthew Ritchie's visual language maps onto the bits to make The Evening Line a true unification of expression and structure. This synthetic process is accomplished by applying certain geometric constraints to his drawings so that as they grow and change, every line connects to every other line to form a larger picture and a structural framework. Geometry and expression become one. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson - Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward

Exelente cancion con un video a la Gondry...

The Knife

The Knife - You Take My Breath Away 
con Jenny Wilson

Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead - 23

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene - 7/4 Shoreline

The Rapture

The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall

"Magasin 3 has followed the career of the legendary French artist Christian Boltanski since the end of the 1980s. We have on several occasions shown works by him that are included in our collection", says director David Neuman.

Magasin 3 opens its fall season with Boltanski's first solo exhibition in Stockholm.

Tessa Praun, curator of the exhibition tells us that "Experiences of loss and the need to put a face to anonymous suffering forms the thread that runs through much of Boltanski's body of work. Our individual and collective memories are central to works that often bear the traces of human life – clothes, photos, letters and other personal material. The exhibition is composed of five installations. Their placement is decided by a specific choreography that winds its way through the structure of Boltanski's blunt visual language. It is something of a challenge to visitors to experience the variously spooky, serious, but also quite comical atmospheres created by the exhibition."

Whitney Museum of American Art

Visionary designer, philosopher, poet, inventor, engineer, and advocate of sustainability, Buckminster Fuller was one of the great transdisciplinary thinkers of the last century with a legacy that extends to nearly every field of the arts and sciences. This symposium takes its cue from Fuller's dictum, "I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment," and explores how contemporary scholars and practitioners are pushing Fuller's ideas and projects into the 21st century.

Monday, September 1, 2008

PES films

Western Spaghetti by PES films

Human Skateboard by PES films

Witte de With