December 31, 2011

at macba: volume!

excerpts from the exhibition 'volume!' at museu d'art contemporani de barcelona
09/11/2011 - 23/04/2012


allan sekula
erie, estats units 1951
barceloneta swimming. series: "methane for all"
2007
fotografia cromogènica
col·lecció macba. fundació museu d'art contemporani de barcelona








cristina iglesias
san sebastián, espanya 1956
hanging corridor ii
2005
filferro de ferro dolç trenat patinat i cable d'acer
col·lecció d'art contemporani fundació "la caixa"








juan muñoz
madrid, espanya 1953 - eivissa, espanya 2001
waste land
1986
linòleum, fusta i bronze
col·lecció d'art contemporani fundació "la caixa"








sigmar polke
oels, polònia 1941 - colònia, alemanya 2010
mephisto
1988
tècnica mixta sobre tela
col·lecció d'art contemporani fundació "la caixa"







bruce nauman
fort wayne, estats units 1941
shit in your hat - head on a chair
1990
videoinstallació
col·lecció d'art contemporani fundació "la caixa"








thomas schütte
oldenburg, alemanya 1954
for the birds
1997
construcció de fusta pintada
col·lecció d'art contemporani fundació "la caixa"








james coleman
ballaghaderreen, irlanda 1941
so different...and yet, 1980
1980
vídeo monocanal, color, so, 54 min
interpretació d'olwen fouéré i roger doyle
col·lecció macba. fundació museu d'art contemporani de barcelona







latifa echakhch
el khnansa, marroc 1974
for each stencil a revolution
2007
paper de calc a la tinta impregnat amb alcohol de metil·lè
col·lecció macba. consorci museu d'art contemporani de barcelona








robert morris
kansas city, estats units 1931
house of vetti ii
1983
feltre i acer
col·lecció macba. fundació museu d'art contemporani de barcelona








samuel beckett
dublín, irlanda 1906 - paris, frança 1989
not i
1987
vídeo monocanal, color, so, 15 min
col·lecció macba. consorci museu d'art contemporani de barcelona

watch beckett's not I at ubuweb (recommendation: to skip longish intro, advance video to 02:50)

volume! proposes an interpretation of the transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century based on a paradigm shift in art in terms of materials, sensory aspects and programming. the exhibition questions the clichés that identify the twentieth century as the ‘century of the image', and the 1980s with the supremacy of painting (the ‘great irony', as brian o'doherty writes in the afterword to his seminal work inside the white cube, of ‘a reconfirmation of all that had been laid bare and rejected'). instead, the exhibition places the pre-eminence of sculpture and photography at the centre of change at the turn of the present century, by rejecting and surpassing the minimalist principles that had dominated sculpture until the seventies, and, in the case of photography, by going beyond the concept of the document in favour of a new aesthetic dimension.

volume! identifies the turn of the century as the moment of consolidation of sound and voice as materials for artistic production. the new model is rooted in experimental video and cinema works that favour a narrative language that gradually frees itself from the image....the relationship between voice and image, vocal experimentation, the inner voice and the voice of power, are some of the approximations to the human voice that can be found in this exhibition.
more press

many thanks to victòria cortés and macba for providing high definition images for this post!

all content via http://www.macba.ca





December 30, 2011

graziano spinosi: a journey of love and pain

patocche from 1990 - 2000
graziano spinosi, santarcangelo


santa teresa 1997
wrought iron








roman opalka 1998
nylon








saffo 1999
rattan








gastone novelli 1994
cellulose fibre








lamentation - martha graham 1997
glass mosaic








eva hesse 1997
polyester resin








henri matisse 1993
raffia








yves klein 1993
polyurethane foam








piero della franscesca 1994
beaten copper








fausto melotti 1994
brass








piero manzoni 1994
paper flour bags








le corbusier 1994
reinforced concrete








diane arbus 1994
iron sheet

...osservando la parata di scarpe che andava pian piano aumentando nello studio di spinosi, ho avuto l'impressione di uno speciale attrezzarsi ad un viaggio, in cui il bagaglio erano quelle stesse scarpe di cui si poteva aver bisogno nel tragitto. un viaggio a piedi, in cui i luoghi sono testimoniati dalla materia delle suole e delle tomaie, diversi per ogni luogo attraversato. credo che questo sia stato un viaggio nell'amore e nel dolore. e non alludo solo a quello degli artisti a cui corrispondono le calzature. queste sono le patocche di spinosi. e suo l'amore e il dolore di cui parlo, come è nostro nel momento in cui guardiamo quelle scarpe, immaginando la vita che hanno virtualmente portato e percependo la morte nel loro essere sotto una specie di teca museale. la regola dell'accelerazione visiva continua e a tutti i costi si frantuma su quell'attimo di fissità spazio-temporale che permette all'occhio di comunicare con l'anima dell'uomo. l’arte molto spesso rende possibil
raffaele gavarro
roma, 1994

all shoes life size
see more of this series here
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December 28, 2011

helen frankenthaler: 1928 - 2011












































































































obituary at artdaily.org

photos courtesy of
smithsonian american art museum
painting owu
ernst-haas.com (b&w portraits)





rebecca ward: thickly sliced

excerpts from rebecca ward's recent show at cam raleigh:

via newraleigh.com:









3 images via indyweek.com:






















installation shots via rebeccasward.com:




















































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