While the recent works by Chilean artist Eugenio Dittborn retain many of the hallmark features of prior «Airmail Paintings», the ones currently exhibited at Alexander and Bonin in New York are marked by multi-chromaticity and the incorporation of dynamic bars of color, which imbue the work with a strong aesthetic presence. Here we share an essay by Laura Braverman, published by Alexander and Bonin to accompany the exhibition. In it, she delves into the pre-writing strokes («palotes») that are a pervasive pictorial mark in this series, a key feature that also appears to echo many of the conceptual and poetical themes that have become central to Dittborn’s «Airmail Paintings».
«SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas» is a biennial program organized by SITE Santa Fe (New Mexico, United States) for the years 2014, 2016 and 2018. In its third and last iteration, which opens on August 3 of this year, presents works by 23 artists -including ten new commissions-, under the curatorship of José Luis Blondet, Candice Hopkins and Ruba Katrib, with Naomi Beckwith as Curatorial Advisor. Among the participant artists from Latin America are Paz Errázuriz, Ángela Bonadies & Juan José Olavarría, NuMu, Fernanda Laguna, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Eduardo Navarro and Tania Pérez Córdova.
Fernando Bryce’s series of large drawings «Freedom First» captures the intricate events of the Cold War, the emblematic leaders of the time and the struggle to claim the most disputed word and ideal, freedom. Based on the covers of various magazines founded or supported by the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) from its foundation in 1950 in West Berlin until the end of the 1960s, Bryce’s iconic appropriation and re-inscription of historical materials creates a large-scale fragmented geopolitical tableau.
The artists featured in «The Matter of Photography» marshal materials far afield of those traditionally associated with picture taking. Drawings and prints, films and installations, photocopies and books are all brought to bear in powerful critiques of the medium’s development and historical functions.
The Hammer Museum announced today the 32 artists who will participate in the fourth edition of Made in L.A. 2018, the biennial exhibition of the institution that highlights the practices of emerging artists working in the Los Angeles area. Organized by Hammer’s senior curator, Anne Ellegood, and assistant curator Erin Christovale, the exhibition will be open from June 3 to September 2, 2018.
MOMA APPOINTS INÉS KATZENSTEIN AS ITS LATIN AMERICAN CURATOR; INAUGURAL DIRECTOR OF THE CISNEROS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announces the appointment of Inés Katzenstein (Argentina, 1970) as the inaugural Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. Katzenstein, who worked at the Museum early in her career, has also been appointed as Curator of Latin American Art.
Chile’s Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (National Council for Culture and the Arts – CNCA) launched an open call for a Chilean or foreign curator -with or without residence in Chile- to be responsible for the preparation of the curatorial project to be exhibited at the Chilean Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019, which will be on view between May and November 2019.
Tatiana Flores on «relational Undercurrents», an Unprecedented Show on Contemporary Art in The Insular Caribbean
«Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art from the Caribbean Archipelago», currently exhibited by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California, offers an unprecedented look at the artistic manifestations of the insular Caribbean, a region of the Americas that is difficult to categorize and often overlooked.
David Batchelor (1955) is a Scottish artist based in London who has been working on colour for 25 years. Last December, I had the chance to go back to London and, because of my interest in the colour field, I asked him for a meeting in order to have a talk. Kindly, he accepted it and invited me to his studio, located in east London, which is an industrial area also characterized by the presence of many artists’ studios. His amazing neat 150 m2 studio space is divided in three sections: one for office job, another one for creative purposes and the display of his artwork, and the third one for cutting materials and using sprays.