James Lee Byars: Golddust Is My Ex-Libris, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY


James Lee Byars, Untitled (IS IS), no date Ink on gold paper, diameter 14 inches July 6 – September 4, 2009 For summer, Michael Werner Gallery presents GOLDDUST IS MY EX-LIBRIS. This exhibition of works by James Lee Byars includes a major gilded work, as well as works on paper, in which gold is the medium for an aesthetic experience rooted in an ideal of luminous, inaccessible perfection.

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Callum Innes: I Look to You, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland


Installation view August 5 – September 19, 2009 Over the past 20 years, Edinburgh born Callum Innes has emerged as one of the leading abstract painters of his generation, making work which stands defiantly against the tide of the quick fix that has dominated the sensibility of so many of his contemporaries. Innes was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1995, won the prestigious NatWest Prize for Painting in 1998, and in 2002 was awarded […]

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Blinky Palermo: Abstraction of an Era, by Christine Mehring, Yale University Press, 2009


Click to purchase on Amazon Twenty-one-year-old Peter Heisterkamp began signing his colorful and playful abstract artworks Palermo in 1964, when peers noted his resemblance to the American gangster Frank “Blinky” Palermo. This handsome book—a historical and critical study of Palermo’s painting from the time he entered Joseph Beuys’ now famous class at the Düsseldorf academy in 1964 to his death in 1977—explores his significance for postwar and abstract art. Christine Mehring notes that over the […]

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Paintings in Houston Collections, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX


Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Sin titulo (pez) [Untitled (Fish)], 1932 Oil on canvas September 6 – November 29, 2009 Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874—1949) is one of the most influential artists of the early 20th century to have emerged from Latin America. Revered not only as a Modernist painter but also as a teacher and author, the Uruguay native spent most of his life in Spain, Italy, France, and New York before returning to his place of birth. This […]

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Constructing Abstraction with Wood, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX


Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Planos de color con dos maderas superpuestas (Planes of Color with Two Superimposed Wood Pieces), 1928 Collection: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona September 24, 2009 – January 3, 2010 The exhibition will center chiefly on works from the 1920s to the 1940s, spanning the time from when Torres-Garcia lived in Spain, New York, Italy, and France, developing toys and the vocabulary for his wood constructions, to his eventual settlement in Uruguay as the […]

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Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes, Reflections on Indian Modernism, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom


Nasreen Mohamedi, untitled, undated Pen, pencil and ink on paper, 49.5cm x 69 cm Courtesy Glenbarra Art Museum Collection, Japan September 5 – November 15, 2009 Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990) was born in Karachi, (formerly India, now Pakistan) before moving to Mumbai. She travelled abroad to study, spending time in London at Saint Martin’s School of Art (1954–57) and in Paris. After extensive travels to Iran and Turkey in the 60s, she returned to India and […]

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Character, Letter, and the Misbehave: Interview with Mel Prest, by Brent Hallard, Visual Discrepancies blog, August 27, 2009


Brent: You have a penchant for travel, often for the more exotic places on this globe. You return home, go to the studio, and take out your notes… what are these notes? Mel: I like to be completely immersed while I’m traveling—so this means not putting a frame/ lens/ color on paper between the experience and myself. Sometimes I take little snapshots with my phone, or quickly record video of small moments with my cheap […]

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Julian Dashper, John Nixon, Tilman & Jan van der Ploeg in Concrete Now! Introducing PS, Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Inverness-shire, United Kingdom


Installation view with works by Tilman, John Nixon & Julian Dashper (left to right) August 23 – September 27, 2009 HICA, The Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, is to host an exhibition of artists’ work from PS gallery, Amsterdam, opening on Sunday 23rd August, 2009. Concrete Now! Introducing PS will present work from artists who have exhibited with PS, including Julian Dashper, Michelle Grabner, Gerold Miller, John Nixon, Jan van der Ploeg, and Tilman. A […]

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Helen Calder: Yellow, Orange, Red, Black, City Art Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand


Helen Calder, Yellow Skin (125 fl.oz), 2009 Acrylic, enamel & stainless steel, 770 x 1400mm  September 2-26, 2009 In Helen Calder’s most recent works, she has been partially or completely removing the traditional planar support and exploiting the plastic potential of the paint medium and the real space, rather than illusory space, paint and colour can occupy. The materiality of the medium of paint, particularly its plasticity and weight and its ability to define surface […]

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Andrew Gutteridge: A Linear Construction, Conical Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Installation view September 5-26, 2009 A Linear Construction is Andrew Gutteridge’s new optical intervention. The installation expands the field of abstraction through a numerical and linear response to the interior architecture of Conical. The gallery space is divided and mapped out through a series of lines constructed from black elastic cord. These lines dissect the space and create a physical disruption to the Gallery. As the viewer moves through the space they will have to […]

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Siri Berg: It’s All About Color, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY


September 1-15, 2009 The sumptuous paintings of Siri Berg form an anthology of color, depth and lustrous paint. Presenting a crossroads of East and West, and drawing upon influences as diverse as Orientalism, Op art, Byzantine art, and Mycenaean metalwork the exhibition explores the artist’s unique approach to painting, and collage. Siri Berg skillfully manipulates the paint in each of her works, capturing the light and color as a continuous form. Constructing a subtle narrative […]

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Nils Folke Anderson: After Before and After, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY


Installation view August 10 – September 6, 2009 After Before and After features five of Nils Folke Anderson’s reciprocally linked sculptures, works in which minimal square frame elements are linked together and arranged to make intricate and harmonious 3-dimensional environments. Made of recyclable expanded polystyrene, the work conveys a sense of great scale combined with lightness and play. The term reciprocal linkage describes the principle of interdependency embodied in the works. Each of the sculptures […]

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Glow: An Interview with Henriette van ’t Hoog, by Brent Hallard, Visual Discrepancies blog, August 22, 2009


“Brent: Pop, peek-a-boo, poking around, of color that is not of this world, though worldly set in architectural places that can eat up the logic of their interior. Indeed you have for lunch many of the preconceptions of the formal. Your sense of order of space and how you color it physical is full of humor often playing up to our own inquisitiveness, how we are likely to navigate – how we and our body […]

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What I Saw This Summer, Part 1: Studio Visits, by Joanne Mattera, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, August 19, 2009


New work by artist Richard Bottwin “One of the pleasures of being an artist is looking, constantly looking, at art. One of the frustrations of being an artist who blogs is that there’s never enough time and space to blog about everything I’ve seen. But I do want to show you as much as possible of what I’ve been seeing this summer, so I’m putting together a few roundup posts under the rubric of “What […]

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Trevor Richards: New Works, Turner Galleries, Perth, Australia


This is the first time that Turner Galleries has shown the work of well-known local artist Trevor Richards. Trevor’s practice comprises painting, sculpture, installation, architectural interventions and video. This exhibition presents a new series of paintings and three dimensional works which allude to architecturally modelled space. Trevor is widely recognised for his formally structured, minimalist approach to painting that is informed by his sustained engagement with a limited range of colours and an admiration for the […]

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Jim Osman: New Work, Melville House Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY

Melville House Publishing, Jim Osman

May 29 – August 28, 2009 Widely shown local Brooklyn artist Jim Osman exhibits his beautifully rendered objects that blurr the lines between painting and sculpture with great wit, charm and beauty. Osman uses drawing as a building tool to bring physicality into his work—whether by the thickness of a line, or the way paint sits on a page creating an edge and subtle shadow. The subject matter—a mixture of architectural and furniture forms—helps push/pull […]

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Luna Park, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL

Alejandra von Hartz

Gean Moreno [NAME] Screen (Prototype), 2009 Pine wood, duct tape, screws, and cold light 72 x 72 x 12 inches Thru September 5, 2009 (August by appointment only) For the exhibition Luna Park, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery has invited six Miami artists to produce functional lighting objects and/or realistic schemes for ambient illumination. In other words, they have been invited not so much to produce artsy, one-of-a-kind lamps as to develop well-thought prototypes that can […]

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Richard van der Aa: Easy Pieces, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France


August 8-30, 2009 During August, Richard van der Aa (nz/fr) will present a selection of his ‘Easy Pieces’ at ParisCONCRET. The exhibition will consist of monochrome paintings on wooden panels found discarded on the streets of Paris. Subtle relationships of colour, scale, surface and placement will activate the entire space.

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The Great Poor Farm Experiment, The Poor Farm, Manawa, WI


Open House: August 7-9, 2009 Fall 2009 – Spring 2010 The Great Poor Farm Experiment is a series of works (performance, installation, sculpture, painting) installed and presented in and around the Poor Farm during the renovation of the main exhibition building. A three day open-house will inaugurate these projects during the weekend of August 7 – 9, 2009. Additional projects will be presented throughout 2009 and 2010. Participating Artists: David Robbins (Milwaukee) Shane Aslan Selzer […]

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