Martin Wong at the Bronx Museum

Martin Wong at the Bronx Museum

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Martin Wong, Big Heat, 1988

Eric sent notice about a very important exhibition of work by artist Martin Wong, currently on view at the Bronx Museum.

Eric writes:

“About a year and a half ago I worked as a Curatorial Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on the exhibition Martin Wong: Human Instamatic. Martin Wong moved to New York in the late 1970s where he began to paint scenes of New York’s crumbling lower east side during the 1980s. He also painted scenes of New York and San Francisco’s Chinatown, a series of jail inspired paintings, several paintings of Bruce Lee, and self portraits from his early years. This retrospective features roughly 100 works by Martin Wong and showcases his diversity as an artist.”

more info here:

http://m.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/martin-wong-human-instamatic

Martin Wong also has a site-specific painting at the LGBT Center in NY; you can check out his work in a stairwell and Keith Haring’s in the former bathroom!

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Art Basel Stabbing Mistaken for Performance Art

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museum of feelings

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Nicole sent in a review of her experience at the Museum of Feelings!

“Recently, I visited this new pop-up museum called the Museum of Feelings. What I found most intriguing about this artwork was that the main focus of the museum was the “feeling” of its viewers. The installation interacted with all the senses of the viewers (they had different scents, lighting, and things to interact with in each room) to try to extract a certain feeling. Therefore, this museum raises question: “what was the artwork – the physicality of the museum such as the lighting and set up? Or is it the feeling of the viewers?”

 I do think the artwork does fail in some aspects. In the museum, each room has a designated feeling. For example, one room was labeled as the “calm room” and the layout, in summary, was a pink semi-circled shaped room with mist and cushioned floor to create a cloud-like setting. But, many of the viewers were excited instead because it created great pictures on social media – like the picture I provided. Furthermore, this museum is gaining popularity in social media, which gives it a very touristy audience; therefore, the feelings of each room aren’t necessarily being produced.

Nonetheless, it was a very fun museum to visit and it is only open for a limited time – Dec 15! “

Here are some links she has provided: https://www.themuseumoffeelings.com

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/this-new-nyc-museum-promises-to-make-you-feel-different-emotions-112415

James Welling @ David Zwirner

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Barbara recommends the exhibition of James Welling at David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea.

She writes:

“There’s a new exhibit by James Welling named “Choreograph” at the Chelsea galleries. His series takes photos of dancers during rehearsals, overlapping them over images of landscapes and architecture. He uses Photoshop and alters the hue and saturation of the black and white photos, taking advantage of the current technology available to artists. This series showcases images of every day activities for dancers (backstage, training etc) – a body in motion, as well as the natural spaces and well-known inanimate buildings. The exhibit runs through January 16. Might be cool to check out!”

Here is some more info: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/bodies-in-space-james-wellings-choreograph

Barbara Kruger and Supreme

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Jocelyn sent in a very relevant article about artist Barbara Kruger and the continuos complications with appropriation! Jocelyn noticed that Kruger’s aesthetic seemed familiar…t-shirts, bumper stickers, even brand logos; particularly, the very popular company Supreme. Supreme in fact sued Kruger in 2013, which seems like an odd inversion of circumstances, considering the brand has co-opted or “appropriated” her trademark style.

See this article (and image above “fools.doc”) for Kruger’s amazing response: http://www.complex.com/style/2013/05/barbara-kruger-responds-to-supremes-lawsuit-a-ridiculous-clusterfk-of-totally-uncool-jokers

Trash, or Art?

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An interesting and funny state-of-affairs in Italy, sent in by Barbara.

Barbara writes:

In light of the current controversy of what is considered true art, this instillation gallery accidentally brings this up once again. The Italian exhibit called “Where shall we go dancing tonight?” had all sorts of party objects like champagne bottles, streamers, confetti, pieces of clothing scattered all over the floor. It was political art representing the corruption of the 1980s. When the janitor staff walked by it though, they mistakenly thought it was the aftermath of a party the night before and cleaned it all up! They cleared out the installation! This seems so funny, but it really highlights the struggle for the public to see what really is considered art and what are just regular life events. This no doubt represents the confusing boundary between life and art. The installation is being reconstructed and will be shown to the public once again.

 

Frank Stella Retrospective at the Whitney

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In advance of our class trip to the Whitney to see the Stella retrospective, I thought you might be interested in reading some of the many reviews.

I have collected a few here:

http://www.vulture.com/2015/10/toward-a-unified-theory-of-frank-stella.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/arts/design/tracking-frank-stellas-restless-migrations-from-painting-and-beyond.html

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/09/big-ideas-the-art-world-peter-schjeldahl

http://hyperallergic.com/249710/something-worth-arguing-about-frank-stella-fills-the-whitney/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/frank-stella-a-retrospective-review-1446503446

I cant wait to see and hear what you all have to think about the show on Monday!

The Economics of Performance

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(Marina Abromovic in 2015)

Jarek sent in this interesting article about the economics of performance, very apropos of our last class: http://www.artnews.com/2015/10/29/but-we-cant-pay-you-performance-art-and-moneys-knotty-relationship/

Shiela Hicks @ Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

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Julia sent in notice about a Sheila Hicks exhibition currently on view at Skikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery in Chelsea, open until November 28. Located at 530 West 22nd.

 

 

Christo’s New Project!

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Floating piers in Lake Iso in Italy. Read more about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/arts/design/art-that-lets-you-walk-on-water.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=0