Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pace Menlo Park's inaugural exhibition, Alexander Calder: The Art of Invention

Pace Menlo Park

Pace Menlo Park's inaugural exhibition, Alexander Calder: The Art of Invention is now open at 300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, California. It will be on view through May 10, 2014 and will be followed by an exhibition of Tara Donovan’s work, including pin drawings and polyester film installations.

In addition to these exhibitions, Pace Menlo Park has installed a wide variety of work by contemporary masters in an adjacent gallery. A screening room featuring artists' films and a 1,000 volume art library is available for use by visitors to the gallery.

Over the course of the gallery’s 54-year history, Pace has always been deeply involved in the extraordinary art communities of Northern California. Pace Menlo Park continues that tradition by reaching out to the rapidly emerging group of collectors, curators, art philanthropists and museums on the peninsula.

Pace Menlo Park
300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
Monday – Saturday 1–9 PM

Alexander Calder: The Art of Invention
Through May 10, 2014

Tara Donovan: Untitled
May 22 – June 30, 2014


Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This spring, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design presents Rineke Dikstra: The Krazyhouse, a spectacular four-channel video installation and a series of large-format photographs. The exhibition will remain on view throughJune 15, 2014
Created in 2009 at a popular dance club in Liverpool, Dijkstra’s video installation The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK, presents in sequence a group of five young people in their teens and early twenties dancing and sometimes lip-syncing along to popular tunes they selected themselves. Dijkstra met her subjects at the club and invited them to dance in a white box studio she had built on one of the dance floors. They perform for Dijkstra’s camera while a DJ plays live mixes of their selections and friends watch. The Krazyhouse is a recent acquisition to the Corcoran’s renowned collection of photography and new media.
In these video portraits, a simple white background allows viewers to focus on the self-presentation, insecurity, uniqueness, and beauty of each of the five young participants. Dijkstra describes selecting her subjects as “…a process of looking, searching, it’s almost completely intuitive. I look for people who intrigue me, who have something that makes them special.” In the gallery, these portraits shift from wall to wall, one after another, around a dark room filled with bass-thumping beats that mimic the sensation of being in the actual club. Also included in the exhibition are four still portraits of young people at The Krazyhouse, which depict a quieter and more formal, self-assured side of the Liverpool club scene.
One of the most important photographers working today, Dijkstra’s style produces an uncomfortable, almost confrontational realism rather than a snapshot aesthetic. Though she is primarily known as a portrait photographer, Dijkstra’s influential 1994 video debut, The Buzz Club, led her to create The Krazyhouse and several other multi-channel video installations that capture moving portraits of individuals exploring and establishing their identity.
“In The Krazyhouse, the selection of music, type of dance and mimicry, and the choice of dress all come together to create a social spectrum that speaks to the time and spirit of its location,” said Corcoran chief curator and head of research Philip Brookman. “While the kids’ selections of music and dance are diverse, each person seems both self-conscious and lost in the moment, looking for some way to transcend their daily lives and make an impression for others. As viewers of the dance club rituals, we become voyeurs of both intimate and public expressions, and our experience of the music is like being present in The Krazyhouse. We move with these portraits as they shift around the room, an effect that invites interaction with the video and participation in the dances. I am thrilled to bring this important work of new media art into the Corcoran’s collection.”
Rineke Dijkstra was born in 1959 in Sittard, the Netherlands, and studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Through the late 1980s, she photographed people in clubs for Dutch magazines and worked for corporations making portraits. In 1990, during her rehabilitation following a bicycle accident, Dijkstra produced a self-portrait emerging from a swimming pool. This image, depicting her exhaustion and vulnerability, sparked a new direction in her work. Soon after, a newspaper commission to photograph the idea of summertime led to her breakthrough Beaches Series (1992–96), which featured adolescent subjects in different seaside locations in the United States and Europe. From that point on, the concept of people in transitional moments shaped her work; she has photographed mothers in the moments after giving birth (1994), refugees (1994–2008), and new inductees into the Israeli army (2002–03).
Major solo exhibitions of Dijkstra’s work have been shown at the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2013), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2005), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2001). Her photographs have appeared in many international exhibitions, including the 1997 and 2001 Venice Biennale, the 1998 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Turin's Biennale Internationale di Fotografia in 1999 and the 2003 International Center for Photography's Triennial of Photography and Video in New York. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Kodak Award Nederland (1987), the Art Encouragement Award Amstelveen (1993), the Werner Mantz Award (1994), the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (1998), and the Macallan Royal Photography Prize (2012). Dijkstra’s work is represented in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Tate, London, and the Stedejlijk Museum, Amsterdam, She lives and works in Amsterdam.
For more information, visit
A recent acquisition for the Corcoran, The Krazyhouse is a museum purchase with funds from the Charlotte and Jacob Lehrman Art Acquisition Endowment and the Firestone Contemporary Art Fund.
View the press release online.
Established in 1869, the Corcoran Gallery of Art was one of America’s first museums of art, dedicated, in the words of founder William Wilson Corcoran, to “encouraging American genius.” Today it is Washington, D.C.’s largest nonfederal art museum, known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art, European art, contemporary art, photography and media arts, and decorative arts. A dynamic schedule of special exhibitions complements a range of educational programming, which together enrich the perspectives of the visiting public, support the local arts community, and encourage thoughtful interpretation of today’s most compelling social issues.The Corcoran College of Art + Design was founded as a school of art in 1890 and stands as Washington’s only four-year accredited college of art and design. The College is one of the few in the nation whose educational model includes an integral relationship with a museum, fostering the talent of the next generation of artists. For more information about the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Designvisit
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
The Corcoran is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday through Sunday: $10 Adults; $8 full-time students (with ID) and seniors (62+); active-duty military and children under 12 free; Corcoran members free.


GUILLERMO MUÑOZ VERA The Light of the Alhambra May 1 - June 27, 2014


The Light of the Alhambra

May 1 - June 27, 2014

Blue Pigments, 2012, oil on canvas mounted on panel, 24 x 31 1/2 inches

New York, NY  - Forum Gallery presents its third exhibition of paintings by Spanish artist Guillermo Muñoz Vera, opening May 1 through June 27, 2014.  In The Light of the Alhambra, Munoz Vera demonstrates the relationships between past and present, new world and old world and art and life that reveal the mystery and beauty of The Alhambra, which has survived conquests, diverse rulers and cycles of abandonment since the 9th century.

For Muñoz Vera, The Alhambra itself and the surrounding Andalusian region of southern Spain represent the inherent possibilities of multicultural progress, the harmony of commerce, science, technology and art long sought by enlightened Europe.

Through the views of temples, gardens, oceans and deserts in this exhibition, the Artist points us to the rich history each subject represents. Muñoz Vera believes that the Islamic architecture of the Alhambra, completed towards the end of Muslim rule in 14th-century Spain, and its preservation throughout centuries serves to inspire the creation of all forms of beauty in contemporary life.  His painterly observations unite the patina of age with the atmosphere of today, bringing a fresh perspective to every work.

The crystalline still lifes are rich and highly focused portrayals of tradition.  They show the materials and tools that have been used through centuries of Andalusian life to make the objects that denote Granada.

The contemporary life of Granada, part of Spain since Columbus’ time, is the subject of Muñoz Vera’s figurative works in this exhibition.  From the perspective of history, the Artist shows us the life of today as it goes on against the background of the cultural past.

The 15 paintings in The Light of the Alhambra will remain on view until June 27, 2014. 

Please visit to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on May 1, 2014 and will be on view through June 27, 2014. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color catalogue is available from the gallery.


Temple of Millions of Years, 2012, oil on canvas mounted on panel, 72 x 78 3/4 inches

The Doorway to the Throne Room, 2013-14, oil on canvas mounted on panel, 78 3/4 x 72 inches

William Holman Gallery is pleased to present War Stories

William Holman Gallery is pleased to present War Stories, an group exhibition about war and conflict curated by Anthony Haden-Guest.  

War Stories is meant to be an alarming, confrontational, and emotive record of conflict as experienced and understood by a group of established artists, commenting on conflicts around the world.

Piers Secunda, Taliban Relief Paintings, 2011

An examination of the wars and destruction we see and hear about in the media every day, the exhibition features documentary watercolors from Afghanistan by Steve Mumford, poured paint canvases of Taliban gunshot holes by Piers Secunda, video work of Desert Storm by Nin Brudermann, the conceptual display of original war materials smuggled out of Iran byFarideh Sakhaiefar, photography by Trevor Palgen, sculpture of terrorist bombs by Gregory Green, as well as work by Alfredo Jaar, a leading international artist who documents resistance movement in Rwanda andAlfredo Martinez, an artist who draws and constructs his own firearms. War Stories is a multimedia reflection on the relationship between war, documentation and history.

Farideh Sakhaiefar, Acquired from the Above by the Present Owner, 2014


Images Of The Week: 04.27.14


Images Of The Week: 04.27.14Editorz2014-04-27 04:55

Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Billy Mode, Cabaio, CB23, City Kitty, Damon, Dylan Egon, JB, Li Hill, Nychos, Olek, Roma411, Tec, Un Pez Verde, and Zola. Top Image >> Zola (photo © Jaime Rojo) Dylan Egon (photo © Jaime Rojo) City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo) CB23 (photo […]

Martha Cooper and Elle and a Fire “Unextinguished”Editorz2014-04-26 15:24

Two women, two distinct generations. The same fight for recognition, let alone to determine the direction and manner of discourse. Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper in the 1970s newspaper world found herself as the only woman photographer in a huge room full of men at the […]

BSA Film Friday: 04.25.14Editorz2014-04-25 04:19

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening : 1. Bandes de Pub Strip Box from Farewell 2. Stop Telling Women To Smile: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh 3. Borondo London Glass by Fabiano Caputo 4. Dan Witz, a Veteran of the Streets BSA Special Feature: Bandes De Pub / […]

Entes y Pesimo by Sea, Land, and Air; a New Mural in LimaEditorz2014-04-24 04:23

Here are some new images from Entes y Pesimo of their latest mural work in Lima. Former graffiti artists, the duo are now invited around the world to do their richly saturated figurative pieces that contain symbols of culture, images of nurturing relationships, and the depiction of an overall interconnectedness of life systems. This more […]

“The Wack Donald’s Project” and Mr OneTeasEditorz2014-04-23 04:03

The actual street and the digital version of it are now intrinsically linked and often if you see new occurrences of street art it takes just a bit of searching online to find out more about the artist and what they are up to. This week we were surprised to find these posters that incorporate […]

Finding Peace In Copenhagen with Sculpting Street Artist TejnEditorz2014-04-22 04:05

Sandra Hoj has been tracking the work of iron sculpture Street Artist Tejn for a few years now and she tells us that she had spotted a number of new ones recently. Any kind of art in the streets that is illegal and elicits a response is considered “real” street art by most today, so […]

15 Murals and a Submarine: Amsterdam’s Urban Art Scene NowEditorz2014-04-21 04:36

We’re very pleased today to take BSA readers to Amsterdam, where the graff/Street Art continuum reaches back more than three decades and where the vibrant scene still remains fresh and relevant right now. We’re very thankful to Ed Little and Alex Pope for taking the initiative to present the scene here for us and to […]

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.20.14Editorz2014-04-20 04:05

It’s Easter! It’s also 4/20! What kind of grass did that bunny leave in your basket this morning? While you are chewing the chocolate ears off of your new friend you can have look at some of the springtime gifts that have appeared on the streets this week. Here’s our weekly interview with the street, […]

Kliptown & Soweto in South Africa: Falko, Rasty and Martha CooperEditorz2014-04-19 15:42

Today we take you to Kliptown and Soweto in South Africa where we find artists Falko and Rasty collaborating and ethnographer/photographer Martha Cooper capturing the action of the painters, as well as the games and color of the streets. “Kliptown seems to be stuck in time,” say Pybus of the historic town that retains much […]

BSA FILM FRIDAY: 04.18.14Editorz2014-04-18 15:28

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. A sort of quiet day for much of Latin America today as it is GoodFriday and many observe it, also many are reflecting on the passing of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez yesterday. Colombia has declared three days of national […]

Martin Whatson, David De La Mano, Pablo Herrero and E1000 at Memorie Urbane Festival 2014Editorz2014-04-17 17:51

Memorie Urbane Festival 2014 in Gaeta, Italy is in full swing. Begun principally as a way to promote tourism by David Rossillo, the mural festival is carefully curated to recognize the common history, traditions and the natural landscape of Gaeta and Terracina rather than simply promoting an international roster of Street Artists. Loosely translated as […]

El Sol 25, an Original Mix Master and Street CollagistEditorz2014-04-16 04:05

Like spinning multiple vinyl platters at 78, 45, and 33 RPMs on old beige school library record players, this is a low-fi mixmaster whose visual style stands singularly, compelling and jarring. You have just bumped into a new El Sol 25 on the street. Digging through the reference bin of your art history and popular […]

Join BSA @Brooklynmuseum with SWOON April 24th (Open Late!)Editorz2014-04-14 15:27

| #BSAatBKM | @BKStreetArt | @Brooklynmuseum | In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art Hello BSA Readers! We’d like to invite you to join us at the Brooklyn Museum for “Street Art Stories”, a presentation and conversation with Swoon on April 24th. It’s going to be a scintillating, entertaining and fun night and the museum is staying […]


Please, join us for next week's Talks at Lehman College Art Gallery

Lehman College Art Gallery 
Please, join us for next week's Talks
at Lehman College Art Gallery 
 Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 6:00pm
Artist Talk with Lázaro Saavedra 
 Lázaro Saavedra. Syndrome of Suspicion, 2004
Lázaro Saavedra (1964) lives and works in Havana, Cuba. He is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, where he has been lecturing since 1991, and has become a great influence for the subsequent generations of artists on the Island. 
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 12:30pm
Gallery Talk with the artists 
María Elena González and Alexandre Arrechea,participating in the exhibition
Cuban America: An Empire State of Mind,
as well as talks by the curators of the show
María Elena González 
Climb II, 2007 

Alexandre Arrechea 
Empire State, 2012 - 2013 
In collaboration with the City and the Humanities Program 

Lehman College Art Gallery's programs are made possible by:  Institute of Museum and Library Services; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and
the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York City Council through G. Oliver Koppell and the Bronx Delegation; Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation; IBM;
Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation; The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation; The Reed Foundation;
and The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund
Please help support the Lehman College Art Gallery  
with a tax deductible donation!

Lehman College Art Gallery
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, N.Y. 10468-1589 
tel. 718-960-8731 - fax 718-960-6991
handicap accessible  
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm 
Admission is always free

tati ana to play school night | may 5 @ 8:30pm | drinks on us, brooklyn bowl

tati ana to play school night
 | may 5 @ 8:30pm |
drinks on us, brooklyn bowl 



"Tati Ana builds this dark, electro-rock cut into a massive wall of sound"
-  NPR's All Songs Considered

"You can hear a little bit of Fiona Apple in her voice, however Tatiana clearly has her own unique musical sensibility"
"The tempo is impossibly tragic and a perfect compliment to the rest of the instrumentals. And the vocals? Quite heartbreaking. They're the perfect ingredient for a dark, melancholy song that forces you to participate in its sorrow."
- Indie Shuffle
"Sounds like: Nina Simone, Fiona Apple"
 - AOL Music
"It's the kind of voice that conjures old school jazz and deep soul, mixed with a distinctly ambient quality that is all her own. It's abrasive and syrupy, and will definitely leave you in awe."
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Ivin Ballen | Keith J. Vardi
May 11 - June 20, 2014
259 Banker Street
Brooklyn, NY

Opening: May 11th, 6PM

Bunker259 is pleased to open the exhibition titled Ivin BallenCEO by Brooklyn artist Ivin Ballen of a single work, Untitled, in conjunction with a text by Los Angeles-based artist, poet, and curator, Keith J. Varadi. Bunker 259 will participate in Greenpoint Gallery Night on May 9, 2014 open from 7-9 PM with the official opening on May 11, 2014 from 6-8 PM. For the run of the show viewings will be open to the public by appointment only.

Ballen approaches painting as an arranger. The tenets of his painting practice have relationships with industrial design and architecture.

1.  This painting relates only to itself.
2a.  Compositional decisions are architectural. While (physically) all this painting must do is hang from the actual architecture, it is imperative for paintings to have good reasons for themselves. Few things are essential, but many are inherently crucial to the structure of this painting. Though, this is not to say that this painting must harmonize or be formally resolved. See Henry Mercer's Fonthill.
2b.  On composition: These are representations of constructions of simple building materials. Initially, there is very little concern about joinery; only concerns about composition. The objects are as much about placement as they are about mark-making.
2c. On Color: Equally important to color is tone. Differences heighten and diminish compositional elements.
3a.  Unlike design objects, paintings are dominantly decorative. Ideal environments for rapid understanding of paintings are clean and monotone. Domestic or studio environments introduce considerable interruption. However, viewing artwork in the home promotes passive absorption and comfort.
3b. On painting’s decorative nature: This is not to be taken dismissively—its only function is to be seen; thus, it must provide static fodder. Each painting is the record of a song, game, performance, or any other definitive activity. It is a series of decisions within a spectrum of colors and a category of shapes that likens itself to a marionette dancing.
4.  On construction: This relates to 2b—floppiness and lazy improvisation demand great attention later. Like a well-designed object, it is crucial that this painting delivers an uninterrupted viewing. While it is an accurate three-dimensional depiction of an arranged mess, it is just as well if the viewer only sees it as such.

About Bunker259
Bunker259 is dedicated to providing artists and writers with a platform and outlet for collaboration. A single artwork in conjunction with a text will be exhibited in a space open to the public by appointment. The purpose of the appointment is to foster an intimate and focused viewing experience. These collaborations between writer, artist, and Bunker259 will be documented in an edition of the Bunker259 book series, published on the occasion of each exhibition.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mel Bochner: Strong Language


Please join
Claudia Gould
Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director

for breakfast and a special media preview of the exhibition

Mel Bochner: Strong Language

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
10 am-1 pm

Conversation at 10:30 am with
Mel Bochner
Norman L. Kleeblatt
Susan & Elihu Rose Chief Curator
and curator of Mel Bochner: Strong Language

Across a selection of more than 70 works, Mel Bochner: Strong Language reviews the artist's career-long fascination with the cerebral and visual associations of language. In his vibrantly colored and lushly executed recent paintings, Bochner juxtaposes the vernacular against the proper, the formal and the vulgar. the high versus the low, using terms often appropriated from Roget 's Thesaurus.

Interviews by advance appointment.

5th Ave at 92nd St
New York City

Please RSVP by Friday, April 25, 2014 to