Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Centre Pompidou

Samuel Beckett, 1920
©The Estate of Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett
March 14 2007 - June 25 2007

After Hitchcock and art, Roland Barthes or indeed Jean Cocteau, the Centre Pompidou offers a retrospective of the rich and unusual work of the great Irish novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). Establishing a dialogue between the main themes of Beckett's work and contemporary artists, the exhibition reveals a new vision of the author of Waiting For Godot.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sol LeWitt

"Artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach." Sol LeWitt

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Venice Biennale

The 52nd International Art Exhibition, entitled Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense and curated by Robert Storr, the first director from the United States in the history of the most famous art review in the world, is opening to the public from 10th June to 21st November, 2007.
“While this show looks forward, it does not look back”: with this definition, Storr has underlined the guidelines of a wide reconnaissance which has led him to invite living and active artists and, in the rare cases when they were not alive due to premature or unexpected deaths, to display works testifying a vitality that makes them more relevant than ever. “This exhibition – explains Robert Storr – is not based on an all-inclusive ideological or theoretical proposal. It is rather founded on a fundamental approach to art aimed at presuming that analytical dichotomies between perceptual and conceptual, thought and feeling, pleasure and pain, intuition and criticality, too often obscure and deny the complex presence of all these aspects in our experience of the world, as well as the presence of all these dimensions in the resulting art. Each work will be there to speak for itself. In whole, correspondences among works – whether harmonious or discordant – will, in my opinion, stimulate the public’s attention to the diversity of feelings, materials, topics and ways of involving visitors that distinguishes these art works, which, though created in different languages, are all conjugated in the present tense”. Robert Storr

Monday, April 09, 2007

Marlene Dumas—Broken White

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
14 April 2007 – 1 July 2007

This exhibition will present some 250 works by Marlene Dumas, including a new work based on a photograph by Nobuyoshi Araki, “Broken White” (2006).
"Anger, sadness, bereavement, and love-these days we rely on photographs and movies to express such emotions with power and realism. I want to give back to paintings these themes that were once the territory of painting.” Marlene Dumas
Her main concern is with people living today. For her portraits she chooses her lovers, her daughter and friends, or else figures from newspapers, magazines and movies. They depict with forceful realism not only the character and emotions of her subject but also the issues of the times. Her unique touch-delicate, yet vividly expressive-imparts to them the glow of life.

Sol LeWitt: 1928 - 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Jonathan Monk