1. ART TALK: Exhibitions: Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic


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    ART TALK: Brooklyn Museum, Exhibitions: Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Video by Ethan Minsker

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    • Angelbert Metoyer: Mythology, Hip-Hop, and Houston Art History


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      A brief discussion "Mythology, Hip-Hop, and Houston Art History" for Houston artist Angelbert Metoyer's 2014 solo exhibition "Seasons of Heaven." Deborah Colton Gallery Assistant Director Theresa Escobedo looks into the modern phenomena of sampling in Rap and Hop-hop from MoTown as a method through which to understand the referential quality and image sampling in the art of Angelbert Metoyer. "Seasons of Heaven" was an exhibition of select mixed media artworks by Angelbert Metoyer that surveyed Metoyer’s artistic career to date and evaluates his artistic pursuit and his role within the greater timeline of contemporary art practice. The exhibition presents a non-chronological array of artworks that reference moments, epochs, and seasons of the artist’s personal experience as Metoyer shares the vestige – the ephemeral visual remains – of his singular pursuit of understanding through active creation. It is through this personal engagement with the creative process, combined with his assimilation of far-reaching philosophical and scientific notions, that Metoyer‘s work speaks to universalities across boundaries of many kinds to compellingly address a diverse audience. London-based critic John-Paul Pryor elucidates the artists’ intention: “Metoyer’s fascination with time, memory, arcane symbolism, quantum physics, and cosmology take him far beyond such stifling parameters and reveal a staggering breadth of scope. What truly drives Metoyer is a deeply personal vision quest, and a determination to map the psychological landscape of what each and every human being on this planet refers to as heaven.” Launching his artistic career in 1994, at a very young age Metoyer was given two rooms in the Project Row Houses: a community arts center based in Houston. In 1995, he was included in exhibitions concurrently at Project Row Houses and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and then moved to Atlanta to study at what is now the Savannah College of Art and Design. Through this time, Metoyer began thinking about objects as the representation of moments and drawn images as the formalization of memories. This influenced Metoyer's later artwork that explored his own family history within the context of the narrative of this country and considered the cultural complexity of America’s past. Metoyer's more recent work investigates the physics and mathematics of the universe, turning his attention beyond ideas of self-identity and personal experience to those of universal truths, metaphysics and questions about the human soul. Metoyer’s artworks have garnered a devoted following of collectors in Texas, nationally, and internationally. His artwork is included in many museum collections including the African American Museum in Dallas, the Museum of Fine Arts: Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig (Germany) and the Williamsburg Museum of 21st Century Art in Brooklyn, among others. Metoyer was first shown at Deborah Colton Gallery in "Qatar Narratives: A Country Expressed By Its Own Voices" (2008). In this exhibition, Metoyer was selected as the only American artist, where his work reflected on the art of the nine prominent Qatari artists who were featured, and revealed Metoyer's mystical connections to the Middle East. Since then his work has been presented in standout solo exhibitions at Deborah Colton Gallery, including in the 2011 "Levels, Forms and Dimensions," which debuted works never before shown in a gallery, and in the 2012, "Babies: Walk on Water, Present, Future and Time Travel," which “sold out” by opening night. Additionally, Metoyer has consistently shown his breathtaking work worldwide, exhibiting in various cities in the United States, as well as internationally in Italy, Germany, Peru, the United Kingdom, France, China, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates. Deborah Colton Gallery is founded on being an innovative showcase for ongoing presentation and promotion of strong historical and visionary contemporary artists worldwide, whose diverse practices include painting, works on paper, sculpture, video, photography, performance, conceptual future media and public space installations. The gallery aspires to provide a forum through connecting Texas, national and international artists to make positive change.

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      • ART TALK at Howl Happening: Arturo Vega, American Treasure


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        Video and hosted by Ethan Minsker Find more of his stuff at http://ethanminsker.com/ Arturo Vega, American Treasure is open until April 25th. Keep an eye out for more events and programming through www.howlarts.org, Twitter/@howlhappening or Instagram/@howlhappening.

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        • Art Talk: Elvan Zabunyan in Conversation with Adler Guerrier


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          In conjunction with his first solo museum exhibition, "Formulating a Plot," Miami-based artist Adler Guerrier discussed his work with contemporary art historian and critic Elvan Zabunyan. Zabunyan delved into the artist's practice through her research interests in postcolonial theories, cultural studies and black diaspora reflected in contemporary art. Guerrier's work practice takes on subjects such as the flâneur, radical movements of the 1960s, African-American history and Miami's urban environment. Art Talk: Elvan Zabunyan in Conversation with Adler Guerrier was held at Pérez Art Museum Miami on December 11, 2014.

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          • ART TALK: art fair


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            An intimate conversation with Ethan Minsker about all things art. Filmed on a GoPro Hero 4 Black by Ethan Minsker

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            • CFA talk: Shannon Marie Daugherty


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              On October 4, 2014 Bennington College invited members of Citizens for the Arts to conduct workshops with students. The workshop, Print Type Thing, was conducted by artist Shannon Daugherty. Her work has been showcased nationally and internationally in literary and gala venues, with a focus on relief printmaking. In the workshop she references websites such as Letterpress Commons and Hatch Show Print to aspiring artists and illustrators. You can see more of her work at www.fourtimesharder.com. Letterpress Commons Hatch Show Print Bugs of Type (at Hatch Show)

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              • Fanzine :CFA talk with Ethan Minsker


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                Fanzine :CFA talk with Ethan Minsker and Eric Wallin Find our facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Psycho-Moto-Zine/447328075291752 Psycho Moto Zine was a periodical published from the late 1980s to early 2000s, consisting mostly of short stories, reviews and artwork. This fanzine would later birth the Antagonist Art Movement, a consortium of like-minded artists, writers, filmmakers, etc. The magazine was originally published in 1989 under the name East Coast Exchange by Ethan H. Minsker. Copies were produced illicitly by friends who worked in copy shops during Minsker’s college years at School of Visual Arts in New York City and in Washington D.C. during Minsker’s summer breaks. By 1994 Psycho Moto Zine (PMZ) had transformed into an arts and literary fanzine with reviews that covered underground art, fanzines, films and music. This connection between different creative elements was the inspiration for what would later become the Antagonist Art Movement.

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                • In Discussion With: Tracey Emin


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                  In this discussion, spanning over 20 years, Tracey explains why her bed is such an icon in the contemporary art world.

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                  • Paul Villinski - Paradigm at Morgan Lehman Gallery


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                    Paul Villinski – Paradigm September 11 – October 11, 2014 Reception: Thursday, September 11, 6pm – 8pm Morgan Lehman is pleased to present Paradigm, Paul Villinski’s third solo show with the gallery. The exhibition is the culmination of years of study during which Villinski has delved into the biology and lifecycles of his archetypal butterfly motif, emerging with a deep understanding of the parallels between their existence and ours. The exhibition’s principle sculpture, Self-Portrait, is a life-size figure fabricated from slender steel rods, clothed in fine nylon mesh. Each day, a handful of native butterflies bred by the artist will occupy the enclosed interior volume of the figure. Over the course of the day, the butterflies discover openings in the mesh and exit, causing the figure to slowly exhale its living occupants. The exhibition also includes a series of three circular forms made with the artist’s signature medium of discarded cans, meticulously hand-cut in the forms of over thirty distinct butterfly species – all either endangered or extinct. Finally, the gallery’s Project Space will house Butterfly Machine, a butterfly “breeding laboratory” that Villinski developed in his studio with the guidance of renowned lepidopterist, Rudi Mattoni, Ph.D. Villinski’s well-known work initially employed the butterfly image as a metaphor for transformation, speaking both to the possibility of converting cast-off materials into things of meaning and beauty and to the butterfly’s universal symbolism of transformation and rebirth. Over time, the flocks of butterflies became identified with environmental concerns due to the artist’s commitment to up-cycling, or repurposing the discarded. In the last several years, Villinski’s focus on the butterfly’s symbolism has expanded to include an increasing interest in the lifecycles and habitats of the creatures themselves. In 2013, he traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to attend a “Neotropical Lepidoptera Field Course.” Working closely with Dr. Mattoni, the artist has been experimenting with breeding various species of butterflies in the studio. This research has deepened the artist’s understanding of the fragility of the butterfly’s existence; the direct connection between their survival and human actions; and what their plight represents for humanity in the coming decades. Villinski’s installation addresses our profound yet neglected connection to the fragile ecosystem: “There is no separation - what happens to the butterflies happens to us.” Paul Villinski earned his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1984. His work has been included in both solo and group exhibitions at the Blanton Museum, Austin, TX; the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; the Bellevue Museum of Arts, Bellevue, WA; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery, Middletown, CT; and the New Museum, New York, NY. Villinski was included in the 2008 New Orleans Biennial, Prospect.1. Villinski’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, among many others. The artist lives and works in New York City.

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                    • "Art in the age of Media" talk by Sadanand Menon


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