1. More info here: asianart.org/exhibitions_index/gorgeous

    From the Asian Art Museum website:

    What’s “gorgeous” to you? There’s often a fine line between attraction and repulsion, but this summer at the Asian Art Museum, we’re drawing no lines at all.

    Gorgeous presents 72 uniquely stunning artworks drawn from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Spanning over 2,200 years and dozens of cultures, these artworks are organized in an attempt to shift the focus from historical and cultural contexts, emphasizing instead the unique ways each work announces itself or solicits a viewer’s attention. Left to your own devices, you may gravitate toward the strange or the familiar. Some artworks may be beautiful to you; others, bizarre and challenging. Some may be all three. Whatever they are, your reactions to the show will be unique. And that’s what interests us. As Allison Harding, co-curator of Gorgeous, puts it, “This isn’t about what the museum thinks. This is about what you think.”

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  2. This exhibition premieres Jasper Johns’s most recent body of work, a cohesive group of two paintings, 10 drawings, and two prints created over the last year and a half.
    In June 2012, Johns encountered an old photograph of the artist Lucian Freud reproduced in an auction catalogue. In the picture, Freud sits on a bed, holding his right hand to his forehead in a gesture of weariness or despair. Johns was inspired not only by this scene but also by the damaged appearance of the photograph itself. In the months that followed, he carried the image through a succession of permutations using a variety of mediums and techniques. The title and signature inscribed on most of the works— “Regrets/Jasper Johns”—call to mind a feeling of sadness or disappointment. The words, however, are not without irony: Johns has borrowed them from a rubber stamp he had made several years ago to decline the myriad requests and invitations that come his way.
    Seen as a whole, the series reveals the importance of experimentation in Johns’s art, laying bare the cycle of dead ends and fresh starts, the way problems and solutions develop from one work to another, and the incessant interplay of materials, meaning, and representation so characteristic of his work over the last 60 years.

    Organized by Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints, and Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, with Ingrid Langston, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.

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  3. What does an artist bring to a homecoming?

    Working in her Bedford–Stuyvesant studio, artist Marela Zacarías undertakes "Red Meander" (2014), a commission by the Art in Embassies program for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Zacarías enlists the help of a team of eight assistants to create the fifty-eight foot long by eleven foot tall work—her largest painted sculpture to date—over the course of nine months. Comprising twenty handmade sections that fit together like a puzzle, each component is made of sanded joint compound over window screen affixed to wood supports. The undulating surface of "Red Meander" is emblazoned in intricate patterns of sixty-seven acrylic colors inspired by Mayan patterns, specifically textiles from Chiapas and Oaxaca. "Hidden in plain sight in the clothing and decorations, these symbols survived colonization and modern times," says Zacarías, "Weaving became a form of cultural resistance that was passed down from mothers to daughters for centuries." Growing up in Mexico City, the artist also recalls visiting Diego Rivera’s murals (1929–30, 1935) in the National Palace. Having spent a decade painting over thirty murals ranging in size from ten to over a hundred feet long, with this project Zacarías realizes a major achievement: exhibiting her work back home in Mexico, for the first time, and as a permanent installation in an historic building. Recognizing both the problems and promise of the U.S. immigration system, Zacarías suggests that “for me to do this piece, it was like really meeting myself kind of in the middle of it. I want to connect to the people that are going through this transition.” Featured in this film is additional artwork by Diego Rivera and music by Los Amparito & Los Músicos de José.

    Marela Zacarías (b. 1978, Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about the artist at:

    CREDITS | ART21 "New York Close Up" Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Producer & Editor: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Cinematography: Rafael Salazar, Iria Gómez Concheiro & Ava Wiland. Sound: Iria Gómez Concheiro & Ava Wiland. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Design & Graphics: CRUX Design & Open. Artwork: Marela Zacarías & Diego Rivera. Music: Los Amparito & Los Músicos de José. Thanks: Art In Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Atelier 4, Camille Benton, David Foarde, Katherine Garcia, Celia Herrera Lavín, Jorge Herrera Lavín, Gregory Kuykendall Jr., Christian Maychack, Caroline Maxwell, Weston Pew, Michael Roopenian, U.S. Consulate General Monterrey, Sean William Sweeney, Zaira Zacarías Bustos. An ART21 Workshop Production. © ART21, Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

    Los Amparito: losamparito.bandcamp.com/
    Los Músicos de José: losmusicosdejose.com.mx

    ART21 "New York Close Up" is supported, in part, by The Lambent Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and by individual contributors.

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  4. A documentary about the installation SOUND MACHINE in the Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden, 2008

    2 synchronised HD colour looped video projections - 6 mn. 1 looped soundtrack - 36 mn. 6 texts on canvas - 94 cm x 60 cm.

    In 2008 Esther Shalev-Gerz conceived of Sound Machine as a newly commission exhibition for the Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden. She created a sound and video installation for the museum and a correlative soundwork sited beneath the Holmbron Bridge.

    Paradoxically by exploiting digital technologies and computer-generated imagery Shalev-Gerz would reveal the speed with which industrial manufacturing economies are being replaced, acknowledge that experiences of working in factories is diminishing, and depict the experiential legacies and immediate inheritances of mass manufacturing.

    On crossing from the city centre, to this previously industrial textile district, one would become aware of a machine-like clicking noise. At the museum entrance one would again encounter this sound but on entering silence prevailed. On two large projections pairs of women were depicted absorbed in the act of listening. Behind each pair was a virtual factory with animated, computer-generated machinery - developed by a young designer from old blueprints.

    Shalev-Gerz had asked five women, and their now grown daughters, with whom they had been pregnant when the factories were operative, if they even vaguely remembered the continuous noise? The original drone of machines now also a memory, Shalev-Gerz had videoed the pairs of women whilst listening to a manipulated sound recording of machinery. Over time the viewer would notice that the movement of the machines was actually responsive to the slight shifts and fidgets of the mother-daughter pairs.

    On darkened walls, framed by light were six canvases, five with printed excerpts from interviews rendered stylistically to the present tense and in the perfunctory style of user’s manuals. The final canvas retraced Shalev-Gerz’s working process.


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  5. A documentary about Shalev-Gerz's retrospective exhibition BETWEEN TELLING AND LISTENING, 2012 in the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland.

    A parcours through the 15 installations displayed in the exhibition commented by MCBA curator, Nicole Schweizer, in English.

    Film by Yannig Willmann


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