Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Media Contacts
Nancy Klein, 973-960-2349
Asif Iqbal, 973-259-5134



MONTCLAIR, NJ January 21, 2020 -- Montclair Art Museum (MAM) unveils three new exhibitions in February, two focusing on animal-themed work and the third highlighting Essex County artists.  

Federico Uribe: Animalia
MAM is proud to showcase a major collection of paintings and sculptures created by famed Colombian-American artist, Federico Uribe.  Animal-themed pieces embody multilayered meaning in their haunting and provocative use of materials, their gestures and poses, and the sense of introspection and social critique. By layering mundane objects such as colored pencils, shoes and shoelaces, plastic waste and recycled bullet shells, the artist fashions creatures that reflect his alchemical, intuitive and imaginative process. For viewers, the bullet animals evoke hunting, a reminder of the horrors of war or the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S, and, for environmentally conscious individuals, they may appear to be statements about defending endangered species. 

Federico Uribe, Coral Reef Installation, 2019, plastic and mixed media

Audiences will experience the breadth and depth of recent Uribe work, such as the massive Coral Reef Installation (2019), 13 panels each measuring more than eight feet made from hundreds of pieces of plastic waste, carefully cut and arranged to raise awareness of the effects of pollution on marine ecosystems worldwide.

The Uribe show will include his monumental 8'x16' mural Zebras (2011) made from tire treads and bicycle parts; Panda Bear (2018) made from bullet shells; and Tree (2015) made from old books. 

With more than 60 pieces on display at MAM, Uribe's colorful, larger-than-life works will delight the young and not so young alike, inspiring many "Instagram Moments" for museum goers. The exhibition is curated by Gail Stravitsky and is located in the Weston Gallery and Elevator Lobby.

Uncaged: Animals in the Collection
The galleries continue to roar to life as MAM unleashes a cache of animal-themed works spanning generations of artists and a variety of mediums from its permanent collection. With more than 80 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and a treasure trove of curiosities drawn from MAM's extensive American and Native collections, the exhibition will explore the variety of ways artists engage with animal imagery in their work.  

The exhibition includes works by well-known artists such as George Inness, Jr., Jeff Koons, Lilly Martin Spencer and Will Barnet. 19th century artist John James Audubon’s hand-colored lithographs will give viewers an encyclopedic look at the richness of America’s wildlife. Jumping fish, lovingly beaded on a Northwest Coast baby carrier, offer visual prayers for the child held inside. Brightly colored tigers serve as totemic stand-ins for the artist Thornton Dial, Sr. The exhibition also includes intriguing photographs such as George Diebold’s White Trash Elk, Red Wood Forest, California (2008) and William Wegman’s Bird Dog Suite (1990) as well as works from Robert Rauschenberg created using photo serigraph and string.

 Melchior DiGiacomo, Man With Dog on Car, Jersey City, NJ, photograph,1980

Curated by Alison Van Denend, Uncaged: Animals in the Collection will be located in the Roberts Gallery, McMullen Gallery and Constable Rotunda.

Personal Landscapes: Highlighting Local Artists
Artists from Essex County, NJ will be the focus of a small, juried exhibition exploring the theme of Personal Landscapes.  Since its founding, MAM has been nourished by its connection to the artists of the region, and the the success of last season's Fiber Arts exhibition, sponsored by the NJ State Council on the Arts, brought home the positive spirit and energy of local artists.

“MAM cares deeply about supporting our local working artists.” says museum Director Lora Urbanelli, who adds “Our museum wouldn’t exist if not for the work of the renowned local artist George Inness in the late 1800s who attracted other well-known artists, helping to establish Montclair’s reputation as an art community.”

For Personal Landscapes, artists were encouraged to consider their personal environment, external or internal, and use a wide range of materials and methods. The exhibition will be located in Lehman Court. 

The three exhibitions run through June 21, 2020.  For more information on the exhibits or high res images contact Nancy Klein at nklein@montclairartmuseum.org or Asif Iqbal at aiqbal@montclairartmuseum.org.
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The Vance Wall Art Education Center at MAM will present a series of programs and art classes for all ages in conjunction with the special spring 2020 exhibitions.   

Educator Guides:
MAM Educator Guides are designed to provide teachers with questions, ideas, and materials for facilitating inquiry-based, open-ended dialogues with students of all ages. Taking artworks as their points of departure, they encourage conversations reaching into other subject areas, such as science and ELA.  Curriculum Guides will be available online.

Insider Highlights: Wild at Art Themed Tours
3rd Sunday of the month, 2 p.m.
FREE with admission
Discover the best of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions on a tour with a knowledgeable and engaging docent. Advance online RSVP requested at www.montclairartmuseum.org/calendar

Private Tours: Wild at Art Themed Tours
Bring your college class to see world-class art, celebrate a family milestone, entertain out-of-town guests, or reconnect with alumni groups and community members by booking a Museum tour. Tours are offered for groups of six or more guests. Contact us at tours@montclairartmuseum.org to design your tour.

School Tours: Wild at Art Themed Tours
Led by MAM docents and educators, gallery tours and hands-on workshops in the art studio are available for visitors from preschool to high school. Gallery conversations promote literacy and evidential reasoning, content knowledge and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Contact us at tours@montclairartmuseum.org to design your tour.

Family Learning Lab
Open during gallery hours
FREE with admission
Take a walk on the wild side and make art, play games, and read books about animals inspired by spring 2020 exhibitions. Learn what you can do to help endangered species!

Kids Class
Studio Explorers: Art Safari
Tuesdays, 4–5 p.m.
Wednesdays, 5–6 p.m.
Thursdays, 4–5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.
$245 members
$275 nonmembers

Studio Explorers provides an encouraging and supportive atmosphere for budding artists to develop creative thinking skills and experiment with a variety of art-making materials and techniques including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. Inspired by the exhibition spring 2020 exhibitions, students will explore animals and their habitats.

Drop-In Studio
Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
FREE with admission
Get creative in our Drop-In Studio! Each week features a new art-making activity and gallery talk inspired by current exhibitions. Reservations not required and visitors of all ages are welcome!

Adult Class
Pet Portraiture
5-week course, 1/14-2/11
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
Capture your pet’s personality! Create a tribute to your furry or no furry friend. Anyone can create a pet portrait regardless of art experience. No guess work and no pressure. Bring an 8.5” x 11” photo print of your pet to the first day of class.
$130 members
$150 nonmembers

Creative Aging
Art in the Afternoon 
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
2-3:30 p.m.
Animal themes will be the topic of select Winter/Spring 2020 Art in the Afternoon sessions.
Learn about art through tours, conversation, and related art projects. This studio-based program is designed for older adults. Advance online RSVP requested at montclairartmuseum.org
Refreshments served. All levels of experience welcome.

About the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)
The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last 300 years. The Vance Wall Art Education Center encompasses all the Museum’s educational efforts, including award-winning Yard School of Art studio classes, lectures and talks, family events, tours, and the mobile MAM Art Truck. MAM exhibitions and programs serve a wide public of all ages, from families and seniors to artists, educators, and scholars.

Address: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Website: montclairartmuseum.org
Phone: 973-746-5555

Gallery & The Store at MAM Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 12–5 p.m.
Free First Thursday Nights: 1st Thursday of the month (October–December, February- June), 5–9 p.m.
Student & Senior Fridays: 1st Friday of the month, 12–5 p.m. Free admission for students and seniors with valid ID

FREE members
$12 nonmember adults
$10 veterans, seniors, and students with valid ID
FREE children under 12

All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Carol and Terry Wall / The Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.

CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv Announces its 2020 Exhibition Programme. See below for the listings.!!!

CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv Announces its 2020 Exhibition Programme 


Dear friends,

CCA Tel Aviv is pleased to announce its 2020 exhibition programme. Situated in the heart of the city, CCA Tel Aviv is Israel’s foremost contemporary art institution, leading the forefront of the Israeli art scene for over 20 years, housing and commissioning works of major and emerging artists both locally and internationally.

This coming year, CCA will collaborate with major art institutions locally and internationally to showcase 9 exhibitions, 8 solo and 1 major group exhibition, bringing together artists from around the globe. Among the 8 solo exhibitions, 4 will be devoted to the work of Sharif Waked, Nicholas Hlobo, Irma Blank, Enrique Ramírez, spanning from installation to drawing, from video to sculpture. 2020 will also bring one major group exhibition to CCA Tel Aviv, NOT IN MY NAME (working title), presenting works by artists do not work along and do not work under their own name. “NOT IN MY NAME (working title)” includes time-based art and site-specific installations and it will be accompanied by a rich educational program including artists talks, curator tours, panel discussions and kids’ workshops.

We wish you a happy and prosperous year and hope to see you in 2020!

The team at CCA Tel Aviv

CCA Tel Aviv’s 2020 Highlights

Sharif Waked: Balagan
February 18 – April 4, 2020

Through sustained reflection on aesthetics and politics, Sharif Waked (*1964, Nazareth; lives and works in Nazareth and Santa Barbara, California) has consistently pierced the absurdities of reality with playful and estranged encounters between various temporalities and cultural-historical products, and political events. On the occasion of his exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv, the artist adopted the word “Balagan,” as its title. This word, which means chaos, disarray and confusion, originally comes from the Persian word balachan, and it traveled across borders to other languages such as Russian, Yiddish, Lithuanian and Hebrew.

For the exhibition Waked will present existing works alongside new works through a display specially conceived for the center ground and first floor gallery. The exhibition will include works from series – such as “Dot-Txt,” “Just A Moment,” and “Arabesque” – never presented before in Israel, as well as his iconic videos Chic Point (2003), To Be Continued (2009), and Bath Time (2012). The exhibition is curated by CCA Tel Aviv director Nicola Trezzi and it will be accompanied by a printed matter in English, Hebrew and Arabic.                                                                        

Image: Sharif Waked, "Just a Moment No. 21 (Shit)", 2018. Video, 00:00:06 min (loop), 16:9, color, silent.  , 2012, still from video, 00:02:12 min, 16:9, color, silent.
Nicholas Hlobo: Nehushtan
April 23 – June 20, 2020

Nicholas Hlobo (*1975, Cape Town; lives and works in Johannesburg) creates large sculptural structures and works on paper that explore ethnicity, masculinity, and sexual identity.

His desire to ‘deconstruct’ pillars of civilization is often directed toward the relationship between image and language, which he questions through the conceptual employment of Islamic calligraphy and arabesques, and the opposition between abstraction and figuration, which he dismantles via the creation and appropriation of mosaiced and pixelized images.

On the occasion of his exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv, Waked will present existing works alongside new works through a display specially conceived for the center ground and first floor gallery. The exhibition will include works from series – such as “Dot-Txt,” “Just A Moment,” and “Arabesque” – never presented before in Israel, as well as his iconic videos Chic Point (2003), To Be Continued (2009), and Bath Time (2012). The exhibition is curated by CCA Tel Aviv director Nicola Trezzi and it will be accompanied by a printed matter in English, Hebrew and Arabic.           
Irma Blank: BLANK
July 2 – August 29, 2020

The works of Irma Blank (*1934, Celle, Germany; lives and works in Milan) — whether on paper or canvas, large or small — assert themselves in this Apollonian space invaded by light. While at first glance one might consider Blank’s art as visual poetry, closer examination reveals how her path is a solitary and existential journey that reflects a private quest, resulting in a complete identification between writing, artwork, and life. Her calligraphy completely loses legibility through an exhausting ritual dictated either by the physical space of her arm’s movement, from left to right, or by the time articulated by the rhythm of her breath.       
Part of a large project presented in several institutions, the presentation in Tel Aviv will take place at CCA Tel Aviv, where she will present the large scale installation hdjt ljr, sound works and new works, but also at The Bauhaus Foundation in Tel Aviv, where she will insert works within the foundation permanent display of utilitarian design, and around the city, where she will recreate actions originally presented in Milan in the 1970s.
The exhibition is guest curated by Johana Carrier and Joana Neves. It will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue in English, summarizing her exhibitions at Culturgest in Lisbon, Mamco in Geneva, CAPC in Bordeaux, CCA Tel Aviv, Museo Villa dei Cedri in Bellinzona, ICA Milano and Centre d’Art - Bombas Gens in Valencia. A booklet in English Hebrew and Arabic will accompany the presentation in Tel Aviv.
NOT IN MY NAME (working title)
September 10 – November 11, 2020

The annual group exhibition at the center investigates the practice of artists who make art not under their own name – using different kind of pseudonyms agencies and conceptual umbrellas – and not alone – following different formats, working under communality, collectivity, and multiplicity.

Bringing together artists either coming from or working in Italy, United States, Greece, Georgia, Japan, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Belgium, France, Hungary, Cuba, Spain, Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Mexico, and Vietnam, the exhibition will be presented in four different cities and each city will have a different focus, from instruction-based works to videos, from site-specific commissions to curating exhibitions-within-the-exhibition, as these positions are all part of the participants’ multifaceted practices.

At CCA Tel Aviv, “NOT IN MY NAME (working title)” will focus on instruction-based and ephemeral works and on works that have a strong community-based, metropolitan and political tone.   

The exhibition, sprawling over the entire building and beyond, is curated by Nicola Trezzi, together with Christelle Havránek, Irena Popiashvili, and Ūla Tornau and it will be accompanied by an exhibition guide in English, Hebrew and Arabic. It is part of a collaboration between CCA Tel Aviv, Kunsthalle Tbilisi, Kunsthalle Praha, and CAC Vilnius.

Image: Public Movement
Enrique Ramírez: What will we do…
November 19, 2020 – January 16, 2021

Enrique Ramírez (*1979, Santiago de Chile; lives and works in Paris, Brussels, and Berlin) appreciates stories within stories, fictions straddling countries and epochs, the mirages between dream and reality. The artist often uses image and sound to construct a profusion of intrigues and to occupy the equilibrium between the poetic and the political.     His imaginary worlds are attached to one obsessional element – his thinking starts with the sea, a space for memory in perpetual movement. 

For his exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv, the artist spent time in Tel Aviv and Jaffa in order to create works with different media that are inspired by specific sites in the city, to be presented at the center’s ground floor gallery. In addition, he will travel to Patagonia and research the so-called “Andinia Plan.” The result of his research will become a video, to be presented at the center’s multipurpose gallery. 

The exhibition is guest curated by Marie Gautier and it will be accompanied by a printed matter in English, Hebrew and Arabic.  
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Notes to Editor
For press inquiries or high-resolution images of the exhibitions and CCA Tel Aviv, please contact Jacob Peres Office:
 Omer Shachar, 

About CCA Tel Aviv
CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv is housed in a municipal building that contains three galleries – ground floor, first floor and multipurpose galleries – in its approximately 300 square meter facilities. These spaces often come to life through solo exhibitions, 6 to 9 yearly, and have housed the work of major international artists who have not shown in Israel before, including Marina Abramović, Sharon Lockhart, Gary Hill, Rebecca Horn, and Christian Jankowski. Many important Israeli artists have had their first institutional solo exhibitions at CCA Tel Aviv, including Yael Bartana, Guy Ben Ner, Roee Rosen, Nir Evron, Michal Helfman, and Nira Pereg. 


CCA Tel Aviv was founded in 1998 to promote time-based contemporary artistic practices in Israel. Operating from a small room at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, CCA Tel Aviv revolutionized the art world in Israel by presenting the most cutting-edge local and international artwork. In addition to a series of video and experimental cinema screened from 1998 to 2005 at the Cinematheques throughout the country (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rosh Pina, and Sderot), CCA Tel Aviv initiated and curated Blurrr – International Performance Art Biennial (2007-2009) and VideoZone – International Video Art Biennial (2002-2008); established the Fund for Video-Art and Experimental Cinema to support Israeli video art and experimental film; produced Artattack, a television program dedicated entirely to video art, broadcast from 2001 to 2004 on community television channels throughout the country; and founded the Video Archive that contains over 5000 video works from the 1960s to the present by Israeli and international artists. In November 2005, the Tel Aviv Municipality granted CCA Tel Aviv with its own building at the Rachel and Israel Pollak Gallery, where the center presents its exhibitions, projects, screenings, lectures, and performances. CCA Tel Aviv is an essential component of the cultural landscape in Israel and is committed to continuing to engage its public with groundbreaking contemporary art. 


Sadrine Kern Opens Friday January 24th 6-8 PM at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art. Looks like a really good show!!!

Half Way To Reality and A Little Bit Lost
January 24 - March 7, 2020

Opening Reception
Friday, January 24, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Floral Park, 2018. Oil and cold wax on canvas, 54 x 54 in.

Join us Friday, January 24th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for an opening reception to celebrate French artist SANDRINE KERN: HALF WAY TO REALITY AND A LITTLE BIT LOST. The exhibition is on view from January 24 - March 7, 2020. This is Kern's first solo exhibition with MJFA. The public is invited and the artist will be present.

HALF WAY TO REALITY AND A LITTLE BIT LOST introduces Sandrine Kern’s uniquely ethereal, other-worldly paintings that integrate aspects of figuration and abstraction.  At first glance, the works suggest traditional landscape, but the idea quickly dissolves into notions of abstraction as her indistinguishable, evocative settings are purposefully clouded or hazed to communicate a fading memory or transmit a feeling of a place that is imagined in the artist’s mind. 

Sandrine Kern lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Paris, France where she received an MFA with Honors from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Recent solo and group exhibitions include William Shearburn Gallery, St Louis, MO, Thomas Paul Fine Art, LA, CA, Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada and Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA., OK Harris Gallery, among others. Kern was elected for membership of the Foundation Taylor in Paris, France in June 2016. Her work is to be found in numerous private collections including The Mitchell Collection, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow.

For more information on the exhibition, click HERE

Winter White Out, 2019. Oil and cold wax on canvas, 54 x 54 in.
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