Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Howard Mehring at Osuna Art
Howard Mehring
My good friend (and the Greater DC area's remaining Cuban-American gallerist) Ramon Osuna has work by Washington Color School giant Howard Mehring at Bethesda's Osuna Art through April 5, 2008.

Philly Openings

There are three solo exhibitions at The Print Center opening tomorrow: Orit Hofshi, Bill Scott and Janet Towbin. ‏These exhibitions bring together the work of three celebrated printmakers. The works by Israeli artist Orit Hofshi are epically scaled woodcuts of isolated figures in desolate landscapes. (Orit Hofshi’s exhibition is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel, Philadelphia, as part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel.) Bill Scott, known for his lyrical abstract paintings, will be represented by a new series of etchings never before exhibited. Janet Towbin’s "masterful approach to line is evident in the repeating, virtually obsessive patterns featured in her etchings." Date is Thursday, February 28; Gallery Talks by the Artists: 5:00pm and Reception: 5:30-7:30pm.

Gallery Joe a show of drawings by Christine Hiebert titled "Search" - this is Hiebert's third solo show at Gallery Joe. The exhibition opens on March 7 and runs through April 26, 2008. Hiebert has exhibited widely both in the US and abroad, most recently in "Live/Work: Performance into Drawing", Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is known for both her drawings on paper as well as her temporary blue tape wall drawings, which have appeared on the walls of institutions such as the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, The Drawing Center, New York, and Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL among others. Also showing is James Nelson... "Head of a Girl (in play)" opens on Friday, March 7 and continues through April 26, 2008. This show appears in the Front Gallery and runs concurrently with the show of drawings by Christine Hiebert in the Vault Gallery.

Projects Gallery has assembled a variety of national and international artists, for "Child’s Play," as an opportunity to re-examine the perceptions and artifacts of youth. Artists include: Elizabeth Bisbing, Ross Bonfanti, Jim Brossy, Elaine Erne, Tom Judd, Frank Hyder, Jennifer Layzer, Darrel Morris, Krista Steinke, Jaime Treadwell, Caleb Weintraub, and others. Child’s Play opens First Friday, March 7 with a reception from 5-8 p.m. and continues through March 29, 2008. The reception is free and open to the public. A Philadelphia chapter of Amnesty International will be hosting a bake sale during the reception.

Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art has "The Truth About Maximilian," an exhibition of new paintings, collages and installation by Todd Keyser. "The Truth About Maximilian" opens on Thursday, March 13, 2008 with an opening reception from 6-9 pm. The show closes on Saturday, April 19, 2008.

A Chair in Hell
F Lennox Campello's A Chair in Hell

A Chair in Hell, Charcoal on Paper, c.2008, 2.25 x 5.5 inches by F. Lennox Campello

Mary Coble this Friday

Please join one of my favorite performance artists, Mary Coble and Hirshhorn curatorial research associate Ryan Hill for a gallery talk on the artist's work Note to Self currently on view at the museum.

Mary Coble Note to Self
Mary Coble, Note to Self

Mary Coble Note to self
Mary Coble, Note to Self

Friday, February 29th at 12:30pm
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - lower level

New Aussie Art Prizes

The Queensland Government says:

"two new prizes will make the state a leader in contemporary art."

Premier Anna Bligh has told Parliament the Government will award a $75,000 prize to an artist who uses new media technologies. The Gallery of Modern Art will invite candidates to apply. The Government will also offer a $25,000 scholarship for an emerging new media artist.

"These awards combined are worth $100,000 and will be Australia's most significant award in new media," Ms Bligh said. "As a national award it will build Queensland's reputation as a leader in contemporary art."

Bailey, Bailey, Bailey...

He's at it again... read Bailey here.

Intended to Provoke: Social Action in Visual Culture[s]

The Fifth Annual Visual Culture Symposium, “Intended to Provoke: Social Action in Visual Culture[s]” will take place at George Mason University on Thursday, March 27, 2008 and I have been invited to participate.

I will be discussing the emergence of a significant number of visual art blogs at the turn of the new century. This emergence was almost immediately ignored by both the mainstream media and the fine arts world. Just a few years later art blogs not only challenge the mainstream media in the reporting and discussion of the arts, but often lead the way in in-depth announcement, discussion, imagery and promulgation of socially challenging, subversive or political art, as well as presenting historically bound street art, such as graffiti and street installations to worldwide audience.

In this presentation I will discuss the emergence of visual art blogs and offer examples of how blogs have taken over the lead from other sources and venues, as the leading proponent, critic and publicist for art intended and created in order to provoke. The presentation includes discussion and examples of work from artists from places such as Cuba and Iran, which was only recognized and discovered by a worldwide audience through those artists’ own illegal blogs or discussion of their work in other blogs or through the process knows as the “blog roll.”

Questioning accepted literary styles, the visual art bloggers also became part of the social reaction towards established art criticism, and in a way also provided a way to criticize and dissect the critic him/herself. I draw on a variety of widely read visual art blogs to establish bloggers initial discordance and break from formal art criticism and reporting conventions and the eventual alignment of many of them with the same conventions as their influence grew. As a visual arts multi-political and international force they now wield a powerful impact on what is considered an “intentionally political work of art,” such as the Abu Ghraib paintings by Colombian artist Fernando Botero or the chalcography etchings by Cuban artist Sandra Ramos Lorenzo.

The day-long Symposium is being held at the Johnson Center Cinema at George Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The day will end with a reception in the art gallery on the first floor of the Johnson Center, Gallery 123.

Schedule - "Intended to Provoke:Social Action in Visual Culture[s]"
March 27, 2008
George Mason University

9:00 – 9:30a.m. Introduction & Video

Panel 1:
1. Robles & Stein (Community Art)
2. Wolpa (Visual Culture education)
3. Cohn (Design School)
4. Campello (Art Blogs)

11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Panel 2:
1. Derr (Walking/Chance)
2. Namaste (non-violent intervention)
3. McCoy (bodies in China)

12:30 – 1:00p.m.
Dance Performance

1:00 - 2:00p.m.
Panel 3:
1. Johnson (Crises & the everyday)
2. Greet (Ecuador)
3. Campbell (culture jamming)

2:00 - 2:15p.m.
Mark Cooley and Art Exhibit Selections

2:15 – 3:15p.m.
Panel 4:
1. Clements (childbirth)
2. Slavick (R&R/altered images & things)
3. Okunseinde (Fugitives)

3:30 – 4:15p.m. Keynote/Debate

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Art Exhibit/Reception