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.
Studio Visit with the Paris Review
On the heels of a visit to the Aspen Art Museum to accept the museums prestigious Aspen Award for art, artist Lorna Simpson offers the Paris Review an intimate look at her studio practice. In conversation, Simpson shares her inspiration behind a newer work titles, Moveableness, as well as her consistent use of found photographic imagery and colorful, effusive washes of ink in her process if collage. Coming off of two major exhibitions - the Venice Biennale and a traveling exhibition spanning two years - Simpson talks about her excitement and readjustment upon returning to her home and studio in Brooklyn. Read more about the studio visit in the Paris Review.
Lorna Simpson participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2013 with her edition Double Portrait, available here.
Above: Lorna Simpson. Photo courtesy of Menelik Puryear.
MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
October 11, 2015 - March 7, 2016
Last month MoMA PS1 ushered in its fourth rendition of Greater New York. The exhibition, which has historically surveyed the work of emerging artists living and working within the New York metropolitan area, encompasses emerging and more established artists alike, bringing together 157 artist working in a diverse range of media. Greater New York, which recurs every five years, has seen a tremendous transformation since it's first installment in 2000 as the populace of artists continues to respond to the revolving demands and influences of a city greatly affected by a shifting real estate and commercial art market.
On the impressive exhibition roster, Vera List artists Glenn Ligon and Lorna Simpson were included.
Glenn Ligon participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2004 and Lorna Simpson in 2013. Lorna Simpson's edition Double Portrait is available here.
For more information about the exhibition at MoMA PS1.
SFMoMA, San Francisco
Reopens May, 2016
June of 2013, SFMoMA closed its doors to the public in order to undergo a major expansion. Working with the architecture firm Snøhetta, the expansion will double the museum's previous size and will offer a number of free galleries to the public. One of these free public galleries, Roberts Family Gallery, will house Richard Serra's Sequence. In fact, the massive steel sculpture was the first work to be installed in the new building! Check out a video of the installation here. With the expansion nearing its completion, the museum is set to reopen May 14th, 2016.
Richard Serra participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2010 with his edition Hand Catching Lead, available here.
New York, NY
Earlier this fall, womenswear label, Proenza Schouler, unveiled a Fall-Winter 2015 collection inspired New York School Abstract Expressionism -- namely the revered painter Helen Frankenthaler. While her use of bold color and layering is reflected in the new collection, Frankenthaler's instinctual process-oriented way of working served as a conceptual backbone and informed the process of development for the new designs. Along the runway of the F/W 2015 show hung Frankenthaler's works Freefall and Gateway, after which they visited the label's Soho store where stayed through a week long promotion benefiting the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.
Read more about the collection and its inspiration here.
Helen Frankenthaler participated in the Vera List Art Project a total of eight times, creating the limited editions Aerie, Mary Mary and Solar Imp, and more.
Left: Proenza Schouler's Soho store with Freefall, 1993: 15-color hand-dyed paper and twelve color woodcut on white TGL handmade paper. Photo: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler
The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY
November 5 - December 3, 2015
Opening last Thursday, Alban Berg's classic opera Lulu made a return to the stage in a production at the Met Opera, starring soprano Marlis Petersen and directed by South African artist William Kentridge. Accompanying the opera, Kentridge has created a film using a series of ink, woodcut illustrations shown as a prologue to the performance. The illustrations themselves make visual references to Rorschach's infamous ink blot test as well as Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler and Alban Berg. The series - 68 drawings in total - is projected onto the stage throughout the performance and participates as part of the set.
Left: Drawing for 'Lulu", 2015, Indian ink and red pencil on Shorter Oxford English Dictionary pager, No. 17422. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.
FIAC - Paris, France
October 22 - 25, 2015
2015 marked the 42nd year for the Paris-based art fair, FIAC. This year's fair, which took place October 22 - 25 at the Grand Palais, proved major success for many of the participating galleries and their artists. The work of former Vera List Project artist, Angel Otero, made a stand-out appearance via Lehmann Maupin, selling his new work A rustling in the leaves drives him away to the Istanbul Modern museum with an asking price ranging $100,000 - $150,000.
Continuing his success, Otero is currently showing his new body of work at his solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin. The exhibition, which opened November 7th, will be installed at the 201 Chrystie Street gallery through December 31st.
Angel Otero participated in the Vera List Art Project with his edition Untitled (SK-PH), currently available here.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
September 25 - October 5th, 2015
A recent exhibition on the painter's career, Jamie Wyeth, presented at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American spanned nearly six decades of his realist works. The exhibition accompanied the traveling show on Andy Warhol, Warhol's Nature, sparking a conversation on the artists' long-standing friendship.
Jamie Wyeth participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2002 with his limited edition print, The Gourd Tree, available for sale here (pictured left).
Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY
First installed in 1997, Richard Serra's Torqued Ellipses has since been a long-term exhibition at the Dia:Beacon. Centrally concerned with linking the body and movement to material and space, Serra's towering steel sculptures hing on the space-shifting and experiential qualities often associated with architecture. Torqued Elipses urges viewers to consider themselves in relation the imposing metal forms, thus engaging in a sense of physical awareness while moving through the space.
The Dia:Beacon, located on the bank of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY, houses the Dia Art Foundation's collection of 1960's art as well as a number of special exhibitions and commissions, including this important series of works. Read more about the Richard Serra long-term exhibition here.
The limited edition print by Richard Serra, commissioned and produced through the Vera List Project is available here.
Left: Richard Serra, Torqued Ellipse II, 1996; Double Torqued Ellipse, 1997. Dia Art Foundation; gift of Louise and Leonard Riggio. 2000, 2000. Dia Art Foundation. Photo: ©©Richard Barnes.
New York, NY
September 10 - October 28, 2015
Open at Carolina Nitsch Project Room is an exhibition featuring new works by Philip Taaffe. Consistently, Taaffe's work employs elements of silkscreen, collage, stenciling and staining and pulls influences from the Middle East, North Africa and South America. In this body of work he presents a series serpent sculptures, hand-painted and carved out of alabaster, alongside a 10 x 10 foot drawing in which he uses a spiral motif to mirror the serpentine coils. The sculptures represent Taaffe's take on the Mesoamerican diety, Quetzalcoatl, a feathered snake for which the spiraling cross section of a conch shell has often served as a symbol.
Read more about the exhibition at Carolina Nitsch here.
The limited edition print by Philip Taaffe, commissioned and produced through the Vera List Project is available here.