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.
Above: Philip Taaffe, Hodie Mihi, Cras Tibi (#3/8), 2015, Hand carved Spanish alabaster, poppy seed oil, hand stamped with oil paint. Courtesy of the artist and Carolina Nitsch.
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Above:Robin Rhode, still of Piano Chair, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong, © 2015 Robin Rhode
Los Angeles, CA
September 20, 2015
After much anticipation, The Broad museum opened to the public on September 20th. A project of philanthropists Eli and Edyth Broad, the museum is situated in downtown Los Angeles across from the MoCA. Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who also worked on the redesign of Lincoln Center, designed the museum which two floors of public exhibition space and stores the 2,000 piece Broad Collection.
The inaugural exhibition, curated by the museums director Joanne Heyler, displays the work Vera List Project artists Barbara Kruger, William Kentridge, Andy Warhol and Robert Longo to among others.
Admission to the museum and exhibition is free to the public.To read more, visit The Broad's official website.
Above: Installation view of works by Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince and Sherrie Levine. Photo by Iwan Baan.
April 21, 2016
William Kentridge has plans to create a 550 meter long frieze along the banks of the Tiber river in Rome. Taking nearly 14 years to organize and approve, the project titled Triumphs & Laments will incorporate 90 large-scale Roman mythological and historical figures. The frieze will be created using a series of stencils and a process of power washing that will remove accumulated pollution from the surrounding wall, leaving behind a sequence of silhouetted figures. Gradually, as the dirt recollects, the frieze will dissolve and disappear.
The inauguration for Triumphs & Laments will be April 21, 2016, at which Kentridge's collaborator, composer Philip Miller, will deliver a live performance.