Richard Prince: de Kooning
30 March – 21 May 2011
“It was time to pay homage to an artist I really like. Some people worship
at the altar – I believe in de Kooning.” Richard Prince
Richard Prince’s “de Kooning” series is a process of interaction with the canonic imagery of the Abstract Expressionist idol Willem de Kooning. The idea for these edgy Oedipal works came to him when he was leafing through a catalogue of de Kooning’s Women series. He started sketching over the paintings, sometimes drawing a man to de Kooning’s woman. As time went on, he began applying fragments of male and female torsos, genitalia, thighs, and facial features, cut and pasted from catalogues and vintage porn magazines, as well as drawing with graphite and oil crayon, adding outlines, silhouettes and textures to the original figures that further blur the distinction between de Kooning’s imagery and Prince’s own.
18 March – 23 April 2011
Fiona Rae’s oeuvre is distinguished by a complex, powerfully expressive, and highly individual visual language. Her works are at once captivating and perplexing. They are like a net in which the surplus of our visual and material culture is caught. “It’s all transformed and transmuted and transgressed and translated; things don’t stay exactly as I find them, my source material undergoes changes.” Floral patterns and cute little animals are countered with powerful, abstract brushstrokes. Expressionist gestures are found next to delicate, graphic ramifications or graphic forms. New features of the paintings in this exhibition include some of the evocative and poetic captions on the surface of the paintings.
Eloise Fornieles: The Body is an Ocean
31 March – 2 April 2011
‘The Body is an Ocean’ is a new immersive installation by artist Eloise Fornieles, in which a series of spaces that co-exist – physical and aesthetic, psychological and emotional – amount to an expanded portrait of the human body. Within the darkened gallery, hundreds of black buckets filled with seawater sit on the floor, whilst above them hangs a formation of dimly glowing light bulbs. The sound of a heartbeat emitted at a low, almost subsonic frequency fills the room. Its intensity varies, mimicking the critical moments of life: beginning with birth, during sex and at the onset of death. The low vibrations of the sound fill your chest and capture your breath. In the water’s reflection the light bulbs become a constellation of stars, telescoping space and time so that the cosmological portrait of the body echoes the birth, life and death of the universe.
Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed
19 March – 19 June 2011
Buenos Aires, Argentina
For the first time in Latin America, Fundación Proa presents in Argentina and Brazil Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed, a major exhibition of the artist’s work curated by Philip Larratt-Smith and organized by the Instituto Tomie Ohtake of Sao Paulo, the Louise Bourgeois Studio in New York and Proa, with the support of Tenaris. Bourgeois’ huge and emblematic piece Maman (1999)—an icon of maternal protection and withdrawal—dominates the whole exhibition from its location on Proa’s front terrace. With more than 80 pieces on display, including The Destruction of the Father (1974), Le Défi II (1992), Arch of Hysteria (1993), Red Room (Parents) (1994) and Spider (1997), Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed offers a comprehensive overview covering 60 years of artistic production, from her early beginnings until 2009.
Ragnar Kjartansson: Song
11 March – 4 September 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, US
This is Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. In a constantly evolving body of work, Kjartansson plays with notions of myth, cultural history, and identity, often through the lens of music and durational performance, all the while playing sincerity against the inherent artifice of performance. Ritual, repetition, and an almost hallucinogenic reverie share the stage with humor, levity, and a charismatic impulse to entertain. Focusing on the artist’s music-related practice, Ragnar Kjartansson: Song includes six video works as well as a newly commissioned long-duration performance for the museum’s Hall of Sculpture. Song, a site-specific, three week-long performance conceived for museum’s grand, neoclassical Hall of Sculpture, will take place March 11–27. With guitar and three-part harmony, Kjartansson’s nieces—Ragnheidur Harpa Leifsdóttir, Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir, and Íris María Leifsdóttir—will repeatedly perform a song that the artist wrote based on a slightly misremembered phrase from the Allen Ginsberg poem Song.
Thomas Houseago: What Went Down
20 March – 19 June 2011
Thomas Houseago has come to prominence in recent years with his monumental, figurative sculptures that are charged with a remarkable energy and vitality. He works primarily with materials associated with classical and modernist sculpture; carved wood, plaster and bronze. His somewhat crude and direct working belies a sophistication that is rich in a layering of cultural, mythological and art historical references. In a time of fast-paced technological change, Houseago’s art takes on the role of an awkward, unresolved reminder of the past.
Marmite Prize for Painting
4 March – 2 April 2011
The Marmite Prize for painting is a nomadic, biennial, open submission painting competition. The Prize is always dedicated to an artist admired by the curators, Marcus Cope and Stephanie Moran, which influences the hang. This year their hero is Ida Applebroog. The 2010 Marmite Prize for Painting will tour to three venues across England: Central Art Gallery, Tameside, 8th December 2010- 26th February 2011
Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, 3rd March 2011- 2nd April 2011, and The Nunnery, London, 7th April- 1st May 2011. Watch out for iain Andrews, Amy Moffat, Amir Chasson and Julie Cockburn.
Emily Roysdon: Positions
25 March – 7 May 2011
Art in General
Throughout her practice, Emily Roysdon’s multidisciplinary approach to art making has incorporated photography, printmaking, performance, and an extensive history of collaboration. For her first solo exhibition in New York, Positions brings together a body of work that culminates around a dialectic consideration of language, choreography, and political representation. In the artist’s words, “To take a position is both choreographic and discursive.“ This, alongside a consideration of the formal and public square, is the frame for Roysdon’s recent projects. Positions presents a series of three works that are defined by a short-term and improvisational working method with a focus on developing and articulating a vocabulary of movement while applying gesture to shifting concepts of site. Created specifically for her exhibition at Art in General, Roysdon has produced three large silkscreened rectangular panels that lean—using the room as armature and exploring the weight of an image. The exhibition explores the intersection between figure and ground, the logic of the grid, and the repetition and accumulation of ungrounded figures.
17 March – 30 April 2011
Hauser & Wirth
This is an exhibition of major works by the American artist Ida Applebroog, who first came to attention in the 1970s with her ‘comic strip’ works, which presented a succession of identical images in window-like cellular structures. Describing herself as a ‘generic artist’, Applebroog’s subject is a sustained enquiry into the polemics of human relations. She appropriates mainstream media in innovative ways and transforms her canvases into structural elements, effectively questioning the viewer’s active involvement in her works.
Emil Westman Hertz
25 February – 2 April 2011
Galleri Susanne Ottesen
An exhibition of new works by the Danish artist Emil Westman Hertz who has also
been commissioned to make a new work for an exhibition specifically focused on sculptures made out of wax which is at the Kunstforeningen GL Strand until 15 May 2011. The other participating artists in this group show are: Vanessa Beecroft (I/US), Hilary Berseth (US), Maurizio Cattelan (I/US), Michael Elmgreen (DK/D) and Ingar Dragset (NO/D), Urs Fischer (CH/US), Robert Gober (US), John Isaacs (UK/D), Oleg Kulik (UA/RUS), Christian Lemmerz (D/DK), Kirsten Ortwed (DK/D), Anne Schneider (A), Gavin Turk (UK), Brigitte Waldach (D), Andro Wekua (GE/CH)
and Yangjiang Group (CN).