Armory Show Highlights and Lowlights 2018 Round-Up

Article: Armory Show Highlights and Lowlights 2018 Round-Up


"Presents, a platform for galleries no more than ten years old. This year, 26 galleries will showcase recent work through solo and dual-artist presentations. Highlights included Athi-Patra Ruga at WHATIFTHEWORLD; André Butzer at NINO MIER GALLERY; at Parafin, new works by Justin Mortimer; at Vigo, selected works by Derrick Adams from his Future People exhibition at Theaster Gates’ Stoney Island Arts Banks; Jose Carlos Martinat at Revolver Galeria; and Cammie Staros’ New York debut at Shulamit Nazarian."  More at Artlyst

Genieve Figgis: What we do in the shadows

Genieve Figgis: What we do in the shadows

June 3 — July 29, 2017 • Brussels
Opening on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 / 5 - 8 pm
Almine Rech Gallery Brussels is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of Genieve Figgis with the gallery.
Genieve Figgis is a consummate storyteller. Using paint rather than words, her deeply narrative works—often conjuring characters and settings out of the Edwardian age of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy—fit snugly within this long tradition of Irish cultural production. While it may seem essentialist, if not a political minefield, to overemphasize national identity in critical discussions of Figgis’ work, it could be argued that what distinguishes her use of figuration from the slew of contemporary painters is a distinctive translation of the Irish “blarney” into a pictorial form. What theorists such as Eagleton wrote of nineteenth century Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde’s ambivalent relationship to Britannia could easily applied to Figgis’ own work: both conjure Anglo-Irish society at the cusp of Irish independence. A world that is infused with qualities of “violence, travesty, affection, complicity, mimicry, subversion, mutual mystification.”
- Excerpt from Alison M. Gingeras, « Picturing Blarney – Notes on the Irishness of Narrative in the work of Genieve Figgis » (2017) to be published in the upcoming monograph of Genieve Figgis by Rizzoli in October 2017.
The opening will take place tomorrow from 5 to 8 pm - Rue de l'Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat, 1050 Brussels

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Art gone wild: The best places to see sculptures outdoors

Article: Art gone wild: The best places to see sculptures outdoors

Some of the most popular outdoor works of the last few decades -- James Turrell's famous Skyspaces, Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty," Antony Gormley's standing figures, Andy Goldsworthy's ephemeral works in nature -- have shown how a fresh setting can make for a perspective-altering and exhilarating experience.

We often view art in white cube spaces and neoclassical museums. But once a work of art is placed outdoors -- whether in a busy city or the open countryside -- it's given new meaning.

Here are a few of the best places to view outdoor art today.

-Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield, United Kingdom)

-Domaine de Muy (Le Muy, France)

-Not Vital Foundation (Sent, Switzerland)

-Brooklyn Bridge Park (New York)

Kehinde Wiley: Kehinde Wiley To Receive An Honorary Ph.D.

Kehinde Wiley: Kehinde Wiley To Receive An Honorary Ph.D.

Kehinde Wiley will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) during the school's 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 3rd. Founded in 1877, RISD is known as one of the leading colleges of art and design in the United States. For more information, please visit

Kehinde Wiley's current exhibition, Trickster, is on view through June 17 at Sean Kelly. For more information, please visit

(Sean Kelly Gallery)

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Ibrahim El-Salahi: “Understood and Counted”: A Conversation with Ibrahim El-Salahi

Article: “Understood and Counted”: A Conversation with Ibrahim El-Salahi


The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi curatorial team has been granted a rare opportunity to build a collection from the ground up. Assembling the collection for the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has allowed us to expand our curatorial thinking and consider modern arts movements and practices in all parts of the world as we endeavor to create a museum collection that, from its beginnings, honors the work of modern artists working across nations and contexts.

A masterpiece from the personal collection of renowned Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi — Untitled (1964) — is a cornerstone work for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Born in Sudan in 1930, El-Salahi has long been regarded as one of the forefathers of modern art in Sudan and a key contributor to African modernism. He was a founding member of the Khartoum School in 1960, along with Kamala Ibrahim Ishag and Ahmed Shibrain, who is also represented in the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection. Together, the artists of the Khartoum school sought to foster an arts practice that responded to the specific cultural heritage of Sudan, a particularly important charge as the country emerged from decades of colonial control, gaining independence in 1956.


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Amar’e Stoudemire Is Igniting a Fast Break for Emerging Art in the NBA

Article: Amar’e Stoudemire Is Igniting a Fast Break for Emerging Art in the NBA


“If you see a painting out there and you wanna call me, I can give you the 411,” six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire tells me from his Miami mansion, a 14,555-square-foot home filled with run-of-the-mill baller pad fare—a movie theater, a nine-car garage, a game room complete with a wet bar—oh, and a budding art collection.

Stoudemire bought the house in 2011 for a cool $3.7 million following a mega-deal with the New York Knicks, and the following year began to fill it with art. His Instagram account, with some 366,000 followers, is dotted with ’grams of new acquisitions—paintings by up-and-coming artists Devin Troy Strother and Hebru Brantley, a print by Basquiat—and, well, one where he’s taking a bath in red wine post-practice. (His favorite soak? Matarromera Crianza. Don’t worry, he drinks a glass after.)  More at (Artsy)



In the Rocky Mountains, an Artist Residency Is Launching Careers

Article: In the Rocky Mountains, an Artist Residency Is Launching Careers


Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, about 20 minutes from Aspen, sits a thriving, 50-year-old arts community. Anderson Ranch Arts Center was established in 1966 by the ceramist Paul Soldner, who sought to create an alternative to art school. With fellow artists Cherie Hiser, Peter Voulkos, and Sam Maloof, among others, Soldner created a place for artists to learn and refine their skills, to develop new work, and to relish the company of other creatives—a model that has flourished and evolved over the years as the community adapts to the demands of an ever-changing art world.

Today, the Colorado ranch offers more than 140 summer art workshops while also engaging its local community with year-round programming and outreach. The center also hosts world-renowned visiting artists, including the Haas Brothers, who recently worked there on a new ceramic series, and Carrie Mae Weems and Alex Prager, who gave artist talks. Yet the most inspiring aspect of Anderson Ranch might be its residency program: two 10-week terms during which 14 artists live and work at the ranch, with an opportunity to freely develop their work, take advantage of abundant resources, and become part of a close-knit arts community. More at Artsy

Genieve Figgis: Solo Exhibition at Gallery Met

Genieve Figgis will have a solo exhibition at Gallery Met opening December 8th, 2016. 


"A typical painting by Genieve Figgis manages to be both delicate and dramatic, both lyrical and macabre. It's a particular tension befitting Roméo et Juliette, Charles Gounod's retelling of Shakespeare arriving at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve. Earlier in the month, Gallery Met will debut a suite of Figgis's figurative acrylics - all fluid swirls, crackling fissures, and blurred lines - inspired by the tragedy of star-crossed lovers. 'I used the fifteenth century as my springboard,' the 44-year-old Dubliner says. 'But the show just evolved on its own.' Figgis has strayed from the libretto - Shakespeare never put the couple on horseback, or ascending into heaven - but did her research in Verona, the Montague and Capulet hometown. 'I went alone to see Puccini's Turandot in the Roman arena,' Figgis remembers of seeing her first live opera. 'Buckets of rain were falling, with thunder and lightning. It was the most exciting night I've ever had.' - Mark Garducci 

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