James Kalm first became aware of the work of Bill Jensen when he attended the controversial "American Painting: The Eighties" exhibition. Curated by Barbara Rose. This was an early harbinger of what became known as "the return to painting". Despite staunch resistence from academic pundits with a vested interest in maintaining their strangle hold on New York's creative class, painters like Jensen worked on, and developed lifelong practices in opposition to the minimalist and conceptual dogmas that had lingered for decades. "Transgressions" presents works that display the experimental and risky mode of painterly investigation Jensen brings to his work. Influences from ancient Chinese poetry, Renaissance paintings and Soviet cinema all add to the complex mélange of sources for these compositions. The San Francisco band Battlehooch provides a musical interlude which was recorded on the street at Cooper Union.
James Kalm had already attended the press preview at the New Whitney Museum, visited and recorded a couple of other shows in Chelsea, and was starting to lag, but… Walking into Pace Gallery, and seeing a selection of recent paintings by Thomas Nozkowski revived him. This group of untitled works features oil on linen on panel, acrylic on paper and graphite and color pencil drawings, some accompanying studies for near by works. Nozkoski is an icon of Downtown painting, and his decision decades ago to limit his scale and concentrate of pure abstraction has won him the admiration of many younger painters. This program included a musical introduction by Collin…
At the Venice Art Biennale 2015, the British Pavilion features a solo show with new work by the artist Sarah Lucas. In this video, the curator of the exhibition, Richard Riley, talks about the concept of the show, the works and the artist. Interview: Mirjam Baitsch. Sarah Lucas' British Council commission is at la Biennale di Venezia from 8 May until 22 November 2015. britishcouncil.org/visualarts
Japan's contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is an exhibition by artist Chiharu Shiota entitled “The Key in the Hand”. Curated by Hitoshi Nakano, the Berlin-based Chiharu Shiota created a large-scale installation with the whole exhibition space filled with red yam. Attached to the end of each piece of yam, suspended from the ceiling, is a key. There are also two boats on the floor beneath the yam and the hanging keys.