11 August 2016

What's up for three more days




A note that London's Lisson Gallery has opened an outpost on 24th St and in what I believe is their second show there at no. 504 through Saturday screens two of Ghanese documentarian John Akomfah's 2016 multiscreen projections, totaling a bit under two hours, about which he's confirmed the influence of Angelopoulis and Kubrick's photography of humans and beasts. The time image of both directors is compressed and scattered: in Kubrick's case, with 2001's primate and the astronaut in successive shots in the slightly longer three screen The Airport, filmed in an abandoned airport in Greece and on a pedestal overlooking the Parthenon over Athens, recalling Godard's visual citation of Greek theater in Film Socialisme.  Voice overs of episodes of Greek history chronicle the modern nation's interactions with colonizers by war and finance, but omits its turbulent internal politics in what appears to be in keeping with Akomfah's subject matter derived from his perch in the Brexit-era empire he emigrated to.  The soundtrack reminds me of Cage's Europera but with the obligatory mixing in of Arvo Pärt excerpts.  Acts of Faith on two screens intersperses the landscape of Barbados with actors dressed as religious migrants and freed slaves. Nearby Tina Kim's group show has a wonderful Anselm Kiefer in the back til the end of the month (525 West 21st Street), a Paul Outerbridge retrospective til Sept 17 at 535 24th, and Robert Mann at 525 West 26th has for sale a print of Cartier-Bresson's On the Banks of the Marne (below), various Harry Callahans and other summer beach fare til August 19.




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07 July 2016

What's up for two more days

"The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world.”
- Andrey Tarkovsky


Martha Rosler adorns the wall with Peter Marcuse's "Homelessness exists not because the housing system is not working but because of the way it works" in her update on the gentrification theme explored the world over by artists that she first took up at Dia in 1989, through Saturday at Michell-Innis & Nash 534 W 26th Street, across the street from the construction site of Zaha Hadid's "39 generous loft-like residences.. each with the artist’s signature mark woven into the design" from $4.9M to $50M (right).  The focus is on community struggles but it also brings clarity to some of the problems of how art is experienced nowadays, mapping the NYC Metro galleries and displaying photos of art communities in China, including townhouses surrounding a smaller Eiffel Tower and an island replicating Hallstatt.  A day can be spent there watching videos and making use of the library and computer programs.

"Bakasura, the Crane Demon, Disgorges Krishna," Bhagavata Purana, ca. 1680, in Met show

Previously noted, highly recommended: Terrence Koh extended til July 29 at 212 Bowery; Bruce Conner til July 15 at 521 W 21st Street, Sigmar Polke at Zwirner 20th St extended til July 22, Asger Jorn extended til July 29 at 35 E 67th Street, Unifinished at the Met Breuer til Sept 4.  Conner's show at MoMA is open as is a new Dada exhibition.  Also Michael Werner now has AR Penck's work before he first showed at Werner Cologne in 1969 (4 e 77th til Sept 3), Punjabi and Rajistani paintings at the Met til Sept 12, Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas, and Ghada Amer headline 'Women Look at Men' at 547 w 25th til Sept 2, and Rabin Mondal, about whom the shorthand 'the Bengali Francis Bacon' inevitably and imperfectly comes to mind is at DAG Modern 41 e 57th 7th floor til Sept 3.

Rabin Mondal, King as Manipulator, 1976

20 June 2016




Oscar Aguilar Ramírez, 25, Andrés Sanabria García, 23, Anselmo Cruz Aquino, 33, Yalit Jiménez Santiago, 28, Oscar Nicolás Santiago, Omar González Santiago, 22, Antonio Perez García, and Jesús Cadena Sánchez, 19

The 2006 protests in Oaxaca.. were precipitated by the misappropriation of 920 million US$ of the state's public funds and extremely underfunded schools..

..from Televisa, the people who brought you the Enrique Peña Nieto serial..

"By cozying up to this new face of reaction in the region, Obama sends a clear message.."