Archive for May, 2011

And The Biennale begins _ in Venice today!

May 31, 2011

Today professionals, tomorrow VIP’s and this weekend anyone who wants to go will get a chance to discover this year’s selection of contemporary art at the Venice Biennale that continues until November 27th of this year.

Kenneth Rowntree (1915-1997) Souvenir of Venice (1961) Oil on board support: 635 x 762 mm painting. Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1984

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An artwork a day – does indeed keep the doctor away!

May 31, 2011

The Art Newspaper reports:
“Sorry ladies, a recent study found that men, not women, who participate in cultural activities are happier and healthier than men who don’t take in the occasional exhibition. Conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the study found that all cultural pastimes, be they musical, theatrical or artistic, are associated with good health in men. Church attendance and sporting event led to increased life satisfaction for women. Gender aside, the more activities a person participated in, the happier he or she tended to be. The study may result in a new class of men – one that ditches Super Bowl Sunday for Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”
Published online 26 May 11 _ The Art Newspaper

Peter Buggenhout _ from dust to great sculpture

May 14, 2011

Belgian sculptor Peter Buggenhout’s assembled structures are exciting, strong, powerful.

First presented in Paris by collector Antoine de Galbert at his foundation La Maison Rouge in 2010 (see link), gallery Laurent Godin (right next to the Pompidou Center) has just opened with a solo show that continues until June 25th, 2011.

Btw, this show is just one among many dedicated to the artist this year …. Buggenhout’s hot!

On The Metaphor Of Growth, Kunstverein Hannover – Hannover,
April 15th – June 26th 2011
On The Metaphor Of Growth, Kunsthaus Baselland – Basel, 
May  21st – July 10th 2011
On The Metaphor Of Growth, Frankfurter Kunstverein – Frankfurt, 
May 27th – July 31st 2011
Shape of Things to come, Saatchi Gallery – London,
May 27th – October 16th 2011
Invertebrate (Lustwarande ’11 – Raw), De Pont – Tilburg,
May 28th – September 18th 2011
The Edge Of Becoming, Palazzo Fortuny  – Venice,
June 1st – November 21st 2011
The Second Strike – Herzliya Biennal,
October 2011
The Blind Leading The Blind, MONA – Hobart, Tasmania, Permanent collection
Le Silence, NMNM – Monaco,
September 2011
Extraits de la collection d’Antoine de Galbert, Musée des Beaux Arts – Lyon,
September 2011
From Trash To Treasure, Kunstverein Kiel – Kiel,
November 2011

Click here to go to Laurent Godin’s website.

Contemporary French Painter at Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris

May 14, 2011

I like that the city of Paris’s museum of modern art, the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (MAMVP) dedicates so much time, energy and exhibition space to painting, both modern and contemporary.

Marc Desgrandchamp (French painter, age: 50) is currently showing there until September 14th, 2011. Although his formulaic figure-landscape-transparent-superpositions-with-painting-dripping approach is every-so-slightly repetitive, there’s no doubt that he’s an important figure in contemporary French painting worth knowing – in case you didn’t.

Marc Desgrandchamp, exhibition view at MAMVP, Paris, 2011

Anish Kapoor’s Baroque Minimalism at Paris’s Grand Palais

May 14, 2011

British sculptor Anish Kapoor has made a spectacular über-sculpture for the 4th edition of “Monumenta” in Paris. I hadn’t seen a single exhibition in over month due to illness and have spent even less time writing about it (as you may have noticed) as illness has been creeping up on me. But you know what? Now that I saw this, I’m like, hey, if I don’t see anything else for the rest of the year, it really won’t be the end of the world. I’ve seen what will have mattered most in 2011. … Um, no, I’m not exaggerating.  Go see it. It’s on until June 23rd.

Yes, I would have much more to say about it. And reasons why I think Baroque Minimalism hits it bang on the head. But until then, trust me, if you’re in Paris or anywhere near, you don’t want to miss this one.

Anish Kapoor for "Monumenta" in Paris until June 23rd, 2011