A museum exhibition title like "Brave New Worlds: Explorations of Space" probably brings to mind images of abstracted nebulae and galaxies. But this new contemporary art exhibition, currently on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum, has nothing to do with astronauts or NASA.
On Saturday, June 22, Keyes Gallery at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor opens “Boyz Keep Swinging,” a group exhibition curated by artist Maynard Monrow. With its title taken from David Bowie’s “Boys Keep Swinging,” the exhibition plays out in carefree spirit, emulating summer queer culture in The Hamptons.
“Send in the clowns… Don’t bother, they’re here.” Nodding to Sondheim, clowns abound in Marnie Weber’s art, most recently in her exhibition as artist-in-residence at Pasadena City College. Clowns are mostly appealing and Weber uses that appeal in complex, absurd and emotionally-involving sculpture and painted collages.
Pools of shimmering silver, flies alighted on walls, golden snakes slithering through museum cases: Rob Wynne’s ethereal work makes a point of being impossible to pin down. His exhibition, Float, is placed as a critical counterpoint to objects on permanent display in the Brooklyn Museum’s fifth floor American galleries. Wynne’s pieces interact well with their surroundings but would resonate on their own, thus making this a strong exhibition on many levels. The intellectual agility of the poured glass wall installations offers at times biting critique of the stodgy portraits and history paintings of the new American republic with their traditional European aspirations, but Wynne’s glass intrusions can by turns be tender and empathetic as well.
by Janelle Zara
As with an answer on Jeopardy!, a tarot reading must be phrased in the form of a question. At Frieze Los Angeles, the fair’s resident medium, Alpine Moon, asked me: “Are your actions in your best and highest interest?”
As Frieze LA takes over Paramount Studios in February, Conceptual Artist, Lisa Anne AUerbach Presents "Psychic Art Advisor", an interactive performance offering visitors guidance, both creative and commercial. Executive Director of Frieze LA, Bettina Korek checks in with Auerbach in advance of the persentation.
Please join us at Gavlak Los Angeles (1034 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038) on Saturday, January 12, at 5:00pm for a conversation between Maynard Monrow & William J. Simmons regarding Monrow's solo exhibition on view.
William J. Simmons is Provost Fellow in the Humanities in the art history PhD program of the University of Southern California. He received his BA from Harvard University and taught art history for three years at the City College of New York. His research and writing have appeared in numerous international books, journals, monographs, and magazines.
Entering the Luce Center for American Art on the Brooklyn Museum's fifth floor, one immediately encounters Rob Wynne’s ethereal glass works that activate the adjacent nineteenth-century neoclassical marble statues of Pandora, Nydia, The Lost Pleiad, and Bacchante. Rob Wynne’s work re-contextualize viewer perceptions of the historic sculptures perched atop black granite pedestals, enveloping them in a swirling timelessness of hand-poured mirrored-glass wall reliefs. On view through January 6, 2019, Wynne's 16 ephemeral glass works force a reexamination of historic American artworks and are presented in an exhibition entitled “Rob Wynne: FLOAT” curated by Brooklyn Museum chief curator Jennifer Y. Chi and assistant curator Margarita Karasoulas.
Thanks to a quirk of the calendar, the Palm Beach Art Weekend will debut Friday through Sunday in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.
The concept has been on Palm Beach gallery owner Sarah Gavlak’s to-do list for some time. Gavlak, who also operates a gallery in Los Angeles, has attended similar art weekends in Berlin and Brussels as well as ArtCrush, a multi-day fundraiser for the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.
There are no pictures in “Under the Influence,” Maynard Monrow’s exhibition at Gavlak Gallery.
Monrow works exclusively with words.
His pithy sayings are displayed in standardized white letters on black, grey or pink cafe boards. (Cafe boards are those black signs with white letters that communicate information such as “wait to be seated” at restaurants or room schedules at convention centers.)
Lily Stockman speaks about the work in her show "Pollinator" and how her home in Joshua Tree inspires her practice
"I made this series of work over the past six months while working on my desert garden, so the botanical and structural shapes – cactus pads, rock perimeters of garden beds, etc.– come through subconsciously, not because I set out to paint plants but because that’s the shape language I’ve immersed myself in."
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