“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
— Edward Hopper
But first, you must call it something
Art (much like life) sits at the edge of and within the questions. Whatever those questions might be for you. Even the definition of an art movement can be explored and re-defined as one needs.
Carla Gannis, Assistant Chairperson of (my beloved Alma Mater) Pratt Institute’s Digital Arts Department, has questioned just that, the validity or relevance of an art movement’s name, specifically to her own practice.
But why stop there?
Just like Modern art is no longer “modern” as it was intended at the time it was called that name, and as is the Avant Garde movement that is specific to it’s timetable within the history of art, the name doesn’t fit (anymore) within the edge of the current artmaking culture. That is the moving target.
So is your art emerging or contemporary, new media or digital? Al dente or well done? What, what, what, what is iiiiit!?
April 14, 2013 in Art Blog
“This performance retrospective traces the prolific career of Marina Abramović (Yugoslav, b. 1946) with approximately fifty works spanning over four decades of her early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances, and collaborative performances made with Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen). In an endeavor to transmit the presence of the artist and make her historical performances accessible to a larger audience, the exhibition includes the first live re-performances of Abramović’s works by other people ever to be undertaken in a museum setting. In addition, a new, original work performed by Abramović will mark the longest duration of time that she has performed a single solo piece.” excerpt from the MoMA press release published on Dec 12, 2012.
A powerful moment is captured when two lovers meet after decades of not seeing each other. No words, just emotion, palpable, captivating.
“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, meeting for one last time in the middle and never seeing each other again. At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened…”
What he said:
Ulay says, “Don’t cry, we’ve accomplished so much”
The last day of the performance.
RHIZOME TUMBLR INTERNET ART GRANT
The Rhizome | Tumblr Internet Art Grant expands upon Rhizome’s existing Commissions program to specifically target Tumblr’s significant artistic community. The Internet Art Grant will award three commissioning awards with a special focus on projects from emerging artists engaged with Tumblr.
The grants will be determined by a jury of art and Tumblr experts: Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum and Artistic Director of the 55th Venice Biennale; Laurie Anderson, noted experimental performance artist and musician; Jon Rafman, leading contemporary artist; Zoë Salditch, Rhizome’s Program Director; and Topherchris, Tumblr Editorial Director.
Application Deadline: Friday May 03, 2013
Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA) and Forestry Commission England are delighted to announce Jerwood Open Forest, an exceptional opportunity for visual artists to propose ideas for a major new £30,000 commission to be realised anywhere within England’s Public Forest Estate.
There is no brief. The forests are open for artists’ ideas. This is a call for bold, broad-thinking proposals that explore the potential of forests as sites for art, both in and about the environment. Proposals can be for work in any discipline or medium, temporary or permanent, site-specific or for touring to more than one location.
The selection panel will include leading practitioners and project partners:
Michaela Crimmin Co-founder, Culture+Conflict
Tania Kovats Artist
Shonagh Manson Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation
Hayley Skipper Curator of Arts Development, Forestry Commission England
Jerwood Open Forest is open for applications. Entry is by online application and artists must be resident in the UK and within fifteen years of graduating from their undergraduate degree or starting their career as an artist.
Closing date for entries: 5pm, 28th May 2013
For further information and to enter please visit: jerwoodopenforest.org
Twitter: @JerwoodJVA #JOF14
Published on Jan 25, 2013
Episode #172: Filmed in 2012 at Shahzia Sikander’s Manhattan studio, the artist discusses her animated video work “The Last Post” (2010). Sikander also describes how beginning to create animations was a natural evolution in her studio process because she had already been working with narrative and layering in her paintings and large-scale installations.
Shahzia Sikander by Art21.org
Sara Fishko (Marco Antonio)
What a year was 1913! In an exhibition in a New York Armory, Cubism and abstraction were revealed to the American public for the first time. In Vienna, audience members at a concert of atonal music by Schoenberg and others broke out into a near-riot. And in Paris, Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s new ballet The Rite of Spring burst on stage with famously inflammatory results.
Culture Shock 1913 tells the stories behind these and other ground-breaking events that year, and goes back to consider the years leading up to this mad, Modernist moment. WNYC’s Sara Fishko speaks with thinkers, authors, musicians, art curators and historians about this unsettling, shocking era of sweeping change –and the not-so-subtle ways in which it mirrors our own uncertain age.
Host/Executive Producer: Sara Fishko
Associate Producer: Laura Mayer
Editor: Karen Frillmann
Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister, additional mixing by Edward Haber.
View a video of the radio episode here
Learn more on the Fishko Files
A related exhibition that is worth getting into a train, boat or plane to make sure you don’t miss it is:
MoMA: Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925
“In 1912, in several European cities, a handful of artists—Vasily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia, and Robert Delaunay—presented the first abstract pictures to the public. Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 celebrates the centennial of this bold new type of artwork, tracing the development of abstraction as it moved through a network of modern artists, from Marsden Hartley and Marcel Duchamp to Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, sweeping across nations and across media. The exhibition brings together many of the most influential works in abstraction’s early history and covers a wide range of artistic production, including paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, films, photographs, sound poems, atonal music, and non-narrative dance, to draw a cross-media portrait of these watershed years.”
To learn more visit the MoMA website
“It’s not about fooling somebody, it’s actually giving somebody a measure of their own belief: how much you want to be fooled. That’s why we pay to go to magic shows and things like that.”
Vik Muniz at TED