Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Speaking Muzzled Eurasion - dOCUMENTA - Caterina Verde & Pasha Radetzki [209]

Speaking Muzzled Eurasion, install-actions at dOCUMENTA by Caterina Verde and Pasha Radetzki takes place on August 26 (Sunday) in Kassel, Germany.  Caterina, who lives and works in Montauk, NY set up the project on her SPS (Strange Positioning Systems) platform. See information here: SPS.

The piece being performed is mafestOmarch.  MafestOmarch is a live install-action by New York artists, Pasha Radetzki  & Caterina Verde specifically conceived for Critical Art Ensemble’s curatorial programming at dOCUMENTA (13).  The work is part of a year-long mafestOmarch - art march for all -  initiatives launched by Radetzki on June 10, 2011 in Manhattan, New York.  Employing live intermedia installations, interventions, languages, and actions, mafestOmarch reworks our perceptions of continents’ past, present & future art - social developments by, SPEAKING MUZZLED EURASIAN.

To support the project Caterina and Pasha are offering inexpensive limited editions of their works. Above, right, Poverty is a luxury we can't afford, inkjet on archival paper, 24" x 17." $200.00.  To see more works and support the project, see: Speaking Muzzled Eurasian.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Robert Hughes 1938 - 2012 [208]

Photo: Tim Robinson/WNET13

Robert Hughes, art critic and author of the series on contemporary art, The Shock of the New, died yesterday.  He was 74.  Read more about the critic in the NYT obituary.

And some of Robert Hughes notable quotes, here.  Like the one below:

On the art market, in Time magazine, 1989:
If there were only one copy of each book in the world, fought over by multimillionaires and investment trusts, what would happen to one’s sense of literature – the tissue of its meanings that sustain a common discourse? What strip mining is to nature, the art market has become to culture.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Eline 'T Sant : At The Stedelijk Museum Aarschot, Flanders [207]

Eline ‘T Sant, contemporary Belgian artist, who frequently travels through Africa and Asia for her work, produced a very compelling work for the NYC A Book About Death exhibition – a photograph of a row of parrots wrapped in bandages called "Necropolis."

Eline is exhibiting her current work at the Stedlelijk Museum in Aarschot, Belgium (Flanders) through 19 August 2012.  (It is very close to Bruxelles).  For more information see Eline's website: www.elinetsant.be

Also her Saatchi site: http://saatchionline.com/profiles/index/

Eline says about her work: "I’ve always been fascinated by anthropology and archaeology: The primitive state, the purity of materials, the essence of life. Throughout my many voyages I’ve been looking for new basic and raw materials. Elements out of the nomads’ daily life – red earth, blood, milk and cow dung – are either directly integrated into my works or hinted to by use of paint."

"…and many things related, as the title could go on, is a downright statement: there is something animistic about these works, a spell that lingers on and consumes itself, showing scars of a ritual past. I just initiate what the works have to finish off, bridging the relation between present and past, linking vital forces with the frailty of the objects I reanimate, using ancestral means of packing, and practicing wrapping and preserving as if meant for an afterlife."