We are excited to share a recent Florida Weekly article about our favorite sculptor, Jane Manus.
Excerpt from ARTNews: "In addition to visions arising from his trip to Mexico, Dzama was at work on a body of drawings related to a commission from the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts & Design program for art in and around the city’s subways. Though constrained in terms of what he could say about a project whose future in the coming months might change, he talked about it in the context of a stage work he collaborated on (designs for costumes and sets) with choreographer Justin Peck and composer Bryce Dessner for the New York City Ballet. Premiering in 2016, The Most Incredible Thing served as an update to a dark fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen written more than 140 years ago. Since then, the project has maintained a hold on Dzama’s imagination.
“These are opera or ballet scenes, always with a moon or sun or stars,” he said of drawings that were in the works in April. “I’ve been kind of going in that direction with my art: heavy on the ballet and alchemy and solar systems.” While working with Peck, Dzama conceived a possible follow-up project inspired in part by a costume he made in mind of Loie Fuller, an important early figure in the history of modern dance known to stage spectacles with flowing fabrics and elaborate lighting designs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “I was considering writing a children’s story about these kids who come into a garden and get changed into moths by a wizard. It had something to do with the moon as well,” Dzama said. “We never ended up doing it, but it all ended up in these drawings.”
SPRÜTH MAGERS, LOS ANGELES
SEPTEMBER 12 - OCTOBER 26, 2019
PUBLIC RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 6-8pm
SIES + HÖKE, DÜSSELDORF
SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 26, 2019
PUBLIC RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 6-10pm
News & Happenings
DON NICE (1932 - 2019)
Painter and Pop Artist Dies at 86
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the New York artist Don Nice. Nice was recognized for his Hudson River scenes, oversized still life images and non-traditional shaped canvases. In 1988, he created a special limited edition print of colorful musical instruments for Lincoln Center titled, Festival Predella. We appreciate his artistic contribution to our community and will miss him greatly.
Facts and Fictions, Curated by Claire Gilman
Terry Winters has said that, as a young man mesmerized by Minimalism, he was led by the desire to draw “away from that blankness and toward developing an imagery that could play a role in my work.” This effort precipitated the atmospheric paintings inspired by scientific illustrations of organic specimens for which he first became known in the early 1980s. The seventy—eight works in this retrospective will follow Winters’s development from that time through the more fully abstract approach that has occupied him since the ’90s, with dense weaves of swirling, crisscrossing lines and scattered blips, and will include more recent drawings that reclaim shapes reminiscent of his earliest phase within the more complex spatial context he’s since developed—what he’s called a “vitalized geometry.”
— Barry Schwabsky, Art Forum
Location: The Drawing Center, 33 Wooster Street, NYC
Dates: April 6 - August 12, 2018
Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave and 7th St, Washington, DC 20560
Dates: March 16th – August 26th, 2018
New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
ROBIN RHODE + VIA ART FUND
New York, NY
The VIA Art Fund, a non-profit philanthropic collective that works directly with artists, curators and cultural institutions to fund and produce a wide range of artistic endeavors, has announced the recipients of its most recent grants. Included on this list is former Vera List Project participant Robin Rhode, who received the grant in order to complete the production of his Performa 15 commission, Erwartung: A Street Opera, this past November. Alongside Rhode, artist Jenny Holzer, New York's High Line Art and the Underground Museum in Los Angeles were awarded grants through VIA. Read more: Artforum, VIA Art Fund
Robin Rhode participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2015 with his edition, Wall of Water, available for sale here.
Above: Image from the performance of Erwartung: A Street Opera. Photo courtesy of Times Square NYC
Ameringer McEnrey Yohe, New York, NY
November 19 - December 23, 2015
Chelsea gallery Ameringer McEnrey Yohe celebrates its exhibition of new paintings by Wolf Kahn. The eighty-eight year old artist, perhaps best known for his paintings of wooded landscapes, meadows and barns, continues his use of memory, imagination and vivid color in his newest paintings. However, his recent body of work reflects a shift away the precision and accuracy of the image, and focuses more on inventive modes of working. The exhibition, which opened November 19th, will remain in the gallery through December 23rd. Read more about the exhibition here.
Wolf Kahn participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2003.
Left: Dark Green Foregrounf Stripe, 2015, Oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ameringer | McEnrey | Yohe.
Times Square, New York, NY
November 7th, 8th, 2015
As part of the performance biennial Performa15, South African artist Robin Rhode transformed the public space of Times Square into an operatic venue. On stage, Rhode's rendition of composer Arnold Schönberg's Ewartung, a one act opera about love, loss, sorrow and grief. For Rhode, the protagonist of Ewartung, preformed by soprano Carole Sidney Louis, echoed the desperation and hardships faced by many South African women after the fall of the Apartheid as men were exiled or left home in search of work. Originally set in a moonlit forest, Rhode draws likeness to the artificially lit, towering space of Times Square, weaving layers of contemporaneity and allegory into an age-old narrative.
Robin Rhode participated in the Ver List Art Project in 2015 with his edition Wall of Water, available here.
Above: Robin Rhode, Arnold Schönberg’s Erwartung, A Performa Commission, 2015. Photo by Paula Court, courtesy of Performa.