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.
Above: William Kentridge, Triumphs and Laments proposal. Rendering by Andrea Biagioni, Pippo Marino, 2014
Pace Gallery, New York, NY
September 11, 2015 - October 17, 2015
Currently open at Pace Gallery in Chelsea, Chuck Close's exhibition, Red, Yellow, Blue, features a new body of work in which, continuing his use of the grid and applying a system of layers, he delivers full-color paintings using only three: cyan, magenta and yellow. Following the line of inquiry evident throughout his career, Close is interested in employing minimal amounts of visual information to create fully recognizable images in order to investigate the process of visual cognition.
Read more about the artist and the exhibition at Pace Gallery here.
Chuck Close is a former participant of the Vera List Art Project. In 2007 he created a limited edition print as well as a poster in honor of the program's 45th anniversary. Posters are available here.
Left: Chuck Close, Self-Portrait I, 2014, Oil on canvas, 101 - 7/8" x 84 -1/8"
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
September 30, 2016 - January 29, 2017
With the recent acquisition of American artist Barbara Kruger's Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything), the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has organized an exhibition, In the Tower: Barbara Kruger, featuring the new addition alongside similar works exemplifying her sharp wit and forthright use of text and imagery. The exhibition will reopen the museum's East Building Tower after a three year hiatus due to a series of renovations. Set to open September 30, 2016, the exhibition is free to the public and will run through January 29, 2017.
Read more about the exhibition here.
Barbara Kruger was commissioned by Lincoln Center's Vera List Art Project in 2012 to create a limited edition print in celebration of the program's 50th anniversary.