Friday, February 25, 2011
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing




I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing

Date: March 23–September 19, 2011
Location: The Paul J. Sachs Drawings Galleries, third floor , MOMA


In 1970, Japanese artist On Kawara sent a series of telegrams to his Dutch gallerist that proclaimed, “I am still alive.” The simplicity of the message, coupled with the austerity of the medium, creates the ambivalent impression of a profound truth expressed in almost immaterial form. This exhibition brings together works from the 1950s to today that exemplify such expressions of a personal existence in the world with decidedly conceptual, ephemeral, even opaque means. Embracing formal languages that can seem startling or difficult in their conceptual conceits or idiosyncratic references, the artists in this exhibition nonetheless comment—often directly—on the state of the world around them, highlighting their place within it or simply attesting to the existence of an outside reality full of conflicts, politics, and life. Additional artists in the exhibition include León Ferrari, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Marine Hugonnier, 
Lee Lozano, Mangelos, and Robert Morris, among others.


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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Made In The U.S.A - Modern/Contemporary Art In America



Story of the First Art eBook

For over a decade, the author thought about writing a comprehensive contemporary art book - one that would be inclusive, set within a historical context and provide information for art people unaware of the recent past. Late in 2009, a friend, Dr. Angiola Churchill offered her Venetian apartment.  However while working there 6-8 hours, every day for three months, a specter loomed - there was no publisher, staff or money. Previous publishers had disappeared and lack of institutional affiliation dimmed hopes of attracting another firm. ~ I went on writing and thinking. Eventually, three concepts merged: 1) a self-publishing eBook, 2) Internet images - a possibility introduced by my friend/teacher, John Perreault, 3) links to sites.  The solution: links to reproductions could be put into an eBook - thereby bypassing requisite paperwork and cash for illustrations.  The idea made sense, because a major intention was to create a text for college students  who are adept to technology. 

Moreover, the book could be cheap - $9.99 (unlike hard copies) and portable - it could be downloaded into a laptop or electronic devices. ~Home again, I chose a self-publisher who, in spite of promises to the contrary - could not produce an eBook let alone one with live links. Then my son suggested Barnes & Noble's new Nook program. After a year, this publisher had been unable to achieve what Brien Van Wagner did in hours. Perks: Periodic adjustment will ensure that information/book never goes out of date. - Judy Collischan

Accessing the eBook: Barnes and Noble Online Bookstore

* Please pass the word about this eBook to art professors,  students, curators, critics, docents and/or anyone interested in art.

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Friday, February 11, 2011
Matrix of The Mind at Agora Gallery




The Matrix of the Mind
Contemporary Fine Art by Japanese Artists


Japanese art, long cherished for its fluidity and understated elegance, has continued to inspire artists in the 21st Century. Modern and yet timeless, Agora Gallery’s Matrix of the Mind is a survey of talented contemporary Japanese artists. With their appreciation for the natural world and the spiritual mind, these works will captivate the soul with their subtle philosophies and passionate beauty.

Exhibition Dates: March 1, 2011 – March 22, 2011
Reception: Thursday, March 3, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Featured Artists: Fumitoshi Kamura, Fumie Kihara, Jun Kim, Sachie Koyama, Koki Morimoto, Iwasaki Nagi, Umeko Okano, Etsuko Shida, Tamiko Tominaga

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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Mansheng Wang: Art and Artlessness



Date: Feb 15 - May 27, 2011
Location: Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, Queens, NY


Organized in conjunction with Queens College's "Year of China," this retrospective of over 80 works reveals the inspiration for Mansheng Wang’s serene, contemplative creations, in relation to centuries-old Chinese art, uniquely interpreted by the artist in a modern idiom. It includes landscapes, botanical studies, iconic Buddhist imagery, and calligraphy.

From Taiyuan, a city in north central China, Wang was classically-trained at Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts but works in an individual style deeply informed by the artist-scholar tradition and art as a meditative practice. The exhibition explores the ways in which Buddhism and Chinese tradition have influenced Wang’s form and content, and shows how he transforms traditional subjects and conventions in personal interpretations that intersect with Western culture.

Wang realizes his delicately rendered, figurative art through a number of media, including ink and color on various papers, ceramics, and woodblock and other printing techniques.  Selected Chinese objects from the Museum's collections will contextualize the artist's sources and inspiration, along with objects from the artist’s personal archive of the calligraphy of various dynasties.


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities





Exhibition: February 10 - May 21, 2011
At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Curated by Kanu Agrawal


Opening Reception: 7 - 9 pm Thursday February 10, 2011.


Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, India, Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens "making-do" is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai – the exhibition highlights how "jugaad" interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.

The work of Indian artists, including Raqs Media Collective, will also be included in the exhibition, offering insights into the complex and oft cited "messy" urbanism of India.

Go to Indo-American Arts Council for more info. 
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Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011