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JoAnne Artman Gallery NEW YORK presents Contemporary Consiousness

The JoAnne Artman Gallery in New York is pleased to share “Contemporary Consciousness” featuring artists James Wolanin and Jane Maxwell. The female body has long served as a muse in the arts, a lens through which the themes, issues and ongoing dialogue of the contemporary collective consciousness can be reflected. The work of James Wolanin and Jane Maxwell addresses this discourse through reflective interpretations of the feminine ideal through context, material and approach. In Wolanin’s work an idealized “snapshot” image is filtered through memories of the artist’s own personal history as in Mona Lisa of the Motorway Acrylic and Resin on Panel – featured above. Maxwell’s imagery on the other hand, while also addressing the legacy of print advertisement in the digital age, looks at its ephemerality through aggregation and accumulation. Biting into societal and personal constructs of femininity both artists commit to an encompassing approach, resulting in work that both entices and provokes.

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Provenance at ground floor gallery on-going until July 9th

ground floor gallery is pleased to present Provenance featuring artists Ai Campbell, Sara Jones and Anne Mourier-DeFalco. The exhibition is an investigation of unfamiliar family histories through travel, artmaking, and conjecture.  

The exhibition illustrates each artist’s attempt to demystify an estranged familial connection through explorations both in and outside of the studio space. By revisiting unknown or misunderstood identities and destinations of yore, Campbell, Jones and DeFalco intimately craft tender, mixed-media portraits that veer fluidly between the biographical and autobiographical.  As a result, the exhibition emerges as a real time platform where hazy ancestral ties are elucidated and reimagined.

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A Tour of Art Basel from A to Z by Kristen Knupp of Artdecision.eu

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We are grateful to Kristen Knupp, founder of ArtDecision.eu and based out of Switzerland, for writing about Art Basel 2017. Head to ArtDecision.eu  for images and other articles. Follow @ArtDecision on Twitter & Instagram  for more information. Images courtesy of the artists and Kristen Knupp.

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A Tour of Art Basel from A to Z by Kristen Knupp, ArtDecision.eu

Basel is truly a city immersed in art during Art Basel, and it is worth a trip to experience the energy  that this celebration brings to a small city in the middle of Switzerland.  Art Basel attracted 95,000 visitors this year with collectors from over 100 countries.  The first thing I do every year at Art Basel is to head to the Unlimited sector that houses massive sculptures, paintings and installations that are too large for the traditional art show stand format.  Unlimited was curated by New York-based Gianni Jetzer for the sixth year and 76 artists’ work was shown in the warehouse-like space.

One of the first pieces I saw was Jenny Holzer’s Statement – redacted, 2015, from Spruth Magers gallery.  It is a hanging slim LED sign with four sides that glows and flashes bits of sentences that quickly explode into smithereens.  Randomly moving around the space; sometimes stopping, and then moving quickly towards viewers, it is both threatening and unpredictable.  The piece features text from pages of declassified US government documents about military operations.  Holzer has worked with text and light installations since the 1970’s and has recently included text from declassified documents in her work.  Although difficult to read as the words flash by at speed, words like “hope”, “documents”, and “evidence” come through in lurid pink and orange, and then disintegrate before a solid understanding of the words is possible.

Jenny Holzer at Art Basel 2017

The next piece that caught my eye was Subodh Gupta’s Cooking the World, 2017 from Galleria Continua in Italy.  This installation is made of well-used silvery pots and pans of all sizes and shapes, suspended from the ceiling in a precise and delicate arrangement hung by transparent fishing lines.  The result is a temporary shelter, inside of which the artist cooks Indian meals for observers creating a temporary community among the fair-goers.  The feeling created inside the shelter was surprisingly cosy and light shone in from around the edges of the pots in pleasingly random patches.  The concept of the piece is that sharing a meal creates inclusion and acceptance across social and cultural boundaries.  It brought to mind Alison Knowles performance piece “Making a Salad”, originally from 1962, in which a salad is made and shared with the audience.  This was performed last year at Art Basel, so perhaps this is a trend we will see again next year.

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ArtFUL will present work by The Society of Graphic Fine Art at Tower 42

ArtFUL will present work by selected artists at Tower 42 in a brand new collaboration between ARTful and the Society of Graphic Fine Art for the next exhibition at Tower 42. The exhibition will kick off end of June 2017 displaying an array of artwork by members of the Society. Live painting with the artists from the society will be part of the exhibition programme. Areas will include the first floor reception lobby, vacant floor, plant rooms and more other areas to be confirmed. For any questions, contact ArtFUL.

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Young Masters: Unpacking Gender in the Contemporary Art World – A talk on July 2nd during the Mayfair Art Weekend

To coincide with the inaugural Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize a talk to celebrate and discuss gender issues around art has been organised during the Young Masters 2017 exhibition.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Susan Mumford, Founder, Association of Woman Art Dealers, and will include Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, and Cynthia Corbett, Gallerist and Founder of The Young Masters Art Prize.

Young Masters: Unpacking Gender in the Contemporary Art World

Mayfair Art Weekend

Sunday, 2 July 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 (BST)

Royal Over-Seas League

Park Place  SW1A 1LR London


Young Masters: Talks includes discussions hosted by speakers from:  Be Smart About Art, offering specialist, advice and support for artists and industry professionals; and Artists’ Collecting Society, the premium collecting society for the administration of the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR). This series of talks will be accompanied by discussions led by Young Masters Art Prize Judges, including: Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts; and Melanie Gerlis, Art Market Columnist at the Financial Times and Editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper.

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