Category Archives: ART

MIRIAM CAHN — I AS HUMAN

The retrospective MIRIAM CAHN—I AS HUMAN—up for three more weeks at Haus der Kunst in Munich and opening at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw at the end of November—brings together half a century of work by this key European artist.

Curated by Jana Baumann, over 150 of Cahn’s oil paintings, sculptures, large-scale drawings, watercolors, and Super 8 films are on view.

Coincident with the exhibition, Hatje Cantz has published MIRIAM CAHN—WRITING IN RAGE, a collection of the artist’s essays, translated by Richard Humphrey.

MIRIAM CAHN—I AS HUMAN

Through October 27.

Haus der Kunst

Prinzregentenstrasse 1, Munich.

Miriam Cahn, I as Human, Haus der Kunst, July 12 through October 27, 2019. Images courtesy and © the artist.

VIJA CELMINS IN CONVERSATION

In conjunction with her Met Breuer retrospective, Vija Celmins will join curator Ian Alteveer for a public conversation at the Met Fifth Avenue.

AN EVENING WITH VIJA CELMINS

Thursday, October 10, at 6:30 pm.

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue (83rd Street entrance), New York City.

Vija Celmins, from top: the artist at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, 2002, photograph courtesy and © Sidney B. Felsen; To Fix the Image in Memory, 1977–1982, stones and painted bronze, eleven pairs; Night Sky #15, 2000–2001, oil on canvas; Japanese Book, 2007–2010, oil on canvas; Heater, 1964, oil on canvas; Shell, 2009–2010, oil on canvas; Suspended Plane, 1966, oil on canvas; Vase, oil on canvas; Lamp #1, 1964, oil on canvas; Untitled (Ocean), 1977, graphite on acrylic ground on paper. Images courtesy and © Vija Celmins and Matthew Marks Gallery.

BAUHAUS — BUILDING THE NEW ARTIST

In conjunction with BAUHAUS BEGINNINGS, open for one more week at Getty Center, BAUHAUS—BUILDING THE NEW ARTIST is an online exhibition that “offers an in-depth look into the school’s novel pedagogy.”*

Following the end of World War I, the provisional government of the short-lived Free State of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in Germany initiated an effort to reestablish two schools, the Weimar School of Applied Arts (Weimar Kunstgewerbeschule) and the neighboring Academy of Fine Arts (Hochschule für bildende Kunst), as a single, unified institution…

Upon the recommendation of Belgian architect Henry van de Velde, who had previously directed the Weimar School of Applied Arts, the Berlin architect Walter Gropius was invited to head the new school. Gropius’ request to rechristen the institution under a new name, BAUHAUS STATE SCHOOL (Staatliches Bauhaus), was approved in March 1919.*

BAUHAUS—BUILDING THE NEW ARTIST*

Online exhibition in conjunction with

BAUHAUS BEGINNINGS

Through October 13.

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles.

From top: Postcard sent to Jan Tschichold with aerial photograph of Bauhaus Dessau, Walter Gropius, architect, 1926, photograph by Junkers Luftbild, 1926, gelatin silver print on postcard, Jan and Edith Tschichold Papers, 1899–1979; Vassily Kandinsky, Color Triangle, circa 1925–1933, graphite and gouache on paper, Vassily Kandinsky Papers, 1911–1940; students in a workshop at the Bauhaus Dessau (2), photographer(s) unknown, undated, gelatin silver prints; Erich Mzozek, Still-life drawing with analytical overlay, circa 1930, graphite on paper and vellum, © Estate Erich Mrozek; Geometric study of spiral form, artist unknown, undated, graphite and colored graphite on paper; Friedl Dicker, Light-dark contrast study for Johannes Itten’s Preliminary Course, 1919, charcoal and pastel collage on black paper. ; Pamphlet for Farben Licht-Spiele (Color-light plays), Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, 1925, letterpress, Bauhaus Typography Collection, 1919–1937, © Kaj Delugan; Erich Mzozek, Study for Vassily Kandinsky’s Farbenlehre (Course on color), circa 1929–1930, collage with gouache on paper, © Estate Erich Mrozek. All images courtesy and © the Bauhaus-Archiv and the Getty Research Institute.

JUDY CHICAGO — LOS ANGELES

A survey of Judy Chicago’s work from 1965 to 1972—made in Los Angeles and Fresno State College, where, in 1970, she developed the first feminist art program in the United States—is now on view at Jeffrey Deitch.

This [exhibition, JUDY CHICAGO—LOS ANGELES,] has enormous meaning to me because we’re not only doing a comprehensive show of different aspects of my early work—painting, sculpture, fireworks, installations—and all of that has never really been put together before, but you’re also doing it in a Frank Gehry-designed building. Gehry was my first landlord in Santa Monica, and his sister married my first gallerist. Frank was not particularly interested in women artists at that time—I don’t know if he ever was…

And, as you know, I had a really difficult time in the first two decades of my career. Some of the sculptures that are going to be in the show are being reconstructed because I had to destroy them: I just couldn’t afford to store that much work. I stored some early work, fortunately, which the Getty curators unearthed for Pacific Standard Time—that began the process of people looking at my early work…

Even though I had a really difficult time in the L.A. arts scene—which was very inhospitable to women—still, L.A. nurtured me, and I feel like the foundations of my work are in what I did in that first decade and a half of professional practice in California: the development of my formal language, my color systems, my approach to and interest in a wide variety of materials…

Also, doing this show is bringing a lot of memories back, some of which were simply too painful for me to deal with at the time. Had I really acknowledged them or dealt with them, I probably would have given up. I had such a hard time and faced so much rejection and misunderstanding. Still, when I went to auto-body school, I learned for the first time that making art involved making physical objects, and I learned a sense of craft that I never had—about how you do things. I had a teacher at the auto-body school who said to me: “Judy, there’s no such thing as perfection. There’s only the illusion of perfection, and I’m going to teach you how to achieve that.”Judy Chicago, interview with Jeffrey Deitch, Purple 32

JUDY CHICAGO—LOS ANGELES

Through November 2.

Jeffrey Deitch

925 North Orange Drive, Los Angeles.

Judy Chicago, from top: Immolation, 1972, from Women and Smoke, photograph by Donald WoodmanARS, New York, printed 2019, ChromaLuxe metal print on aluminum; Birth Hood, 1965-2011, spray paint on hood of Corvair, courtesy of Salon 94 Gallery, New York, ADAGP 2018; Trinity, 1965/2019, Matthews polyurethane paint on stainless steel; Orange Atmosphere, 1968, courtesy of Through the Flower Archives; Pale Green Domes with Solid Core, 1968, sprayed acrylic lacquer on successive formed clear acrylic domes, courtesy of Salon 94 Gallery and the Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, photograph by Woodman, ARS, New York; Sky Flesh, 1971, sprayed acrylic lacquer on acrylic; Pink Atmosphere, 1971, Cal State Fullerton, photograph by Woodman, ARS, New York, printed 2019, ChromaLuxe metal print on aluminum; Pasadena Lifesavers Red Series #2, 1969–1970, sprayed acrylic lacquer on acrylic, photograph by Woodman, ARS, New York; Flight Hood, 1965/2011, spray paint on hood of Corvair, courtesy of Salon 94 Gallery, ADAGP 2018. Images courtesy and © the artist, the photographers, the publishers, and Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles.

BARBARA T. SMITH AT MARCIANO

This weekend, join Barbara T. Smith at the Marciano Art Foundation for a discussion about her performance practice.

Through various performances such as Ritual Meal (1969), Feed Me (1973), Intimations of Immortality (1974), and Birthdaze (1981), Smith contemplated ideas of spirituality, feminism, collective consciousness, the body, sexuality, and institutional power structures. She looked deep into human consciousness and found ways to embody these constructs through performance.*

PERFORMANCE, EMBODIMENT, SPIRITUALITY AND SEXUALITY WITH BARBARA T. SMITH

Saturday, October 5, at 2 pm.

Marciano Art Foundation

4357 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Barbara T. Smith, from top: Nude Frieze, 1972, documentation of performance; The Way To Be, 1972, performance, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, courtesy of The Box, Los Angeles; Field Piece, 1968–1972, Hammer Museum; Feed Me, 1972, courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery; Fleeing, 1964, pen on paper, courtesy of The Box, Los Angeles; Birthdaze performance, 1981, courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery. Images courtesy and © Barbara T. Smith.