Marie Laffont

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BERLIN

Extraordinary city, useful and resourceful continually moving.

Made time to visit the Hamburger Bahnhof museum with choise amazing artists: andy warhol, joseph beuys, anselm kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg.

 

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

June 27–Oct 19, 2014

Jeff Koons was born in 1955 in York, Pennsylvania. He received his B.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his emergence in the 1980s Jeff Koons has blended the concerns and methods of Pop, Conceptual, and appropriation art with craft-making and popular culture to create his own unique iconography, often controversial and always engaging. His work explores contemporary obsessions with sex and desire; race and gender; and celebrity, media, commerce, and fame. A self-proclaimed “idea man,” Koons hires artisans and technicians to make the actual works. For him, the hand of the artist is not the important issue: “Art is really just communication of something and the more archetypal it is, the more communicative it is.”

Jeff Koons’ artworks rarely inspire moderate responses, and this is one signal of the importance of his achievement. Focusing on some of the most unexpected objects as models for his work, Koons’ works eschew typical standards of “good taste” in art and zero in rather precisely on the vulnerabilities of hierarchies and value systems. As critic Christopher Knight has written “He turns the traditional cliché of the work of art inside out: Rather than embodying a spiritual or expressive essence of a highly individuated artist, art here is composed from a distinctly American set of conventional middle-class values.”

Since his first solo show in 1980, Koons’ work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo shows include the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (2003), the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2004), which traveled to the Helsinki City Art Museum (2005); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008); “Jeff Koons: Versailles,” château de Versailles, France (2008–09). In 2009 alone, Koons had four major solo exhibitions in public institutions: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and the Serpentine Gallery, London. Most recently, the Beyeler Foundation hosted Koons’s first solo exhibition in a Swiss museum. Exhibitions also opened last June in Frankfurt where Koons’s paintings were presented at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt while his sculptures were shown with works from the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung permanent collection.  The Whitney plans a major retrospective of his work in 2014. Koons lives and works in New York City.
 

Art Basel

About the Show

Art Basel has been described as the ‘Olympics of the Art World’. Approximately 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars.

The show’s individual sectors represent every artistic medium: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Each day offers a full program of events, including symposiums, films, and artist talks. Further afield, exhibitions and events are offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

Gerhard Richter Fondation Beyeler

May 18-September 7 

Pictures / Series

Gerhard Richter is one of the most important artists of our time. In  a career spanning sixty years he has created an oeuvre of striking thematic and stylistic varety. On show at the Fondation Beyeler are figurative works, including portraits, still lifes, and landscapes, and abstract paintings, in which the artist draws on a large store of forms and colors.

The exhibition Pictures / Series explores for the first time works conceived as series, career.

Exhibitions / Lucio Fontana /

Lucio Fontana

Retrospective

April 25th – August 24 th 2014

The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris presents a major Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) retrospective. Considered one of the greatest visionaries of the 20th century, his work deeply influenced several generations of artists, from Yves Klein to the present. For the first time in France since 1987, more than 200 sculptures, paintings, ceramics and installations provide an overall view of his atypical path and his ever changing styles.

For my stay in LA, I created Berverly Hills shoes inspired by the Bervely Hills Hotel wallpaper. Enjoy California girl!

For my stay in LA, I created Berverly Hills shoes inspired by the Bervely Hills Hotel wallpaper. Enjoy California girl!

THE SENSUAL SUBSTANCE OF THE SKY THE ART OF DEWAIN VALENTINE

"All the work is about the sea and the sky.

I would love to have somehow a magic saw, to cut out

large chunks of ocean and sky and say, HERE IT IS”

DeWain Valentine

I’m now having an affair with the sea and the sky

DeWain Valentine

At Almine Rech Gallery

Jannis Kounellis

13.03 — 17.04.14  /  BRUSSELS

I’m an old humanist, and for me man is an irreplaceable centrality and an open border.”

Jannis Kounellis

Born in Greece, but living in Italy since 1956, Kounellis has been a major figure in contemporary art for over fifty years. The artist is often referred to as one of the forefathers of the Arte Povera movement – a movement that arose in the 1960s and played a central role in redefining artistic practice with radical and highly original sculpture, performance and installation. Influenced by artists such as Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, and both within the context of Arte Povera and outside of it, Kounellis has throughout his career interrogated and extended the boundaries of contemporary art, and in particular the possibilities of painting.

Although most of his works are three-dimensional and comprised of ready-made objects (sometimes even living objects – horses, birds and humans), Kounellis has always insisted he is a painter first and foremost. While still a student, Kounellis had his first solo show, titled L’alfabeto di Kounellis, at the Galleria la Tartaruga, Rome. The artist exhibited black-and-white canvases, which had stenciled numbers and letters on their surface, but otherwise demonstrated little painterliness. During 1960 Kounellis began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, and that same year he wore one of his paintings and created a performance in his studio to demonstrate himself literally becoming one with his painting. The work, like much that followed, addressed both the realities and frustrations of contemporary society, while simultaneously considering primitive, fundamental, human values. From the late 1960s onwards, found objects – sometimes physically and culturally antithetical to one another - such as earth and fire, burlap sacks and gold, were used in his work. Kounellis also started to use live animals – famously, in 1969, tethering horses to the exhibition space at Galleria l’Attico - thereby transforming the gallery into a stage where real life, exhibition and art could converge. People, too, began to enter his installations, adding a performative element to his practice. In the twenty-first century, Kounellis has continued to mine the world for new material possibilities, in each instance adding to a rich history of meaning within his practice. Kounellis has been honored with major exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1990); Museum Ludwig, Köln (1997); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2007); National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2011); and Today Art Museum, Beijing (201)1. His work has been included in iconic group exhibitions such as ‘Op losse schroeven’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1969); ‘When attitudes become form’, Kunsthalle, Bern (1969); and Documenta 5, Kassel (1972). Kounellis has participated in six Venice Bienniales (1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1993). His work is held in major institutional collections, including the Guggenheim, MOMA and Tate Modern. In recent years the artist has investigated architectural vocabulary, and his works appear increasingly sensitive to cultural, historical and site specificity.

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Roma
At the moment, 2 exhibitions not to miss in Rome.
First, Hantai at the medici villa that leaves a very strong impression due as much to the location which is amazing as well as to the works exposed. After watching the video on Hantai’s technique, you are directed in a serie of room with works that are all close to masterpieces. Every format and colors are presented.
The second show is Alex Israel at Gagosian gallery. Other context and other location. Very modern. You could think you left Italy already, well… not really! Alex Israel reused props from great movies of which the plot takes place in Italy. Viva la dolce vita ! Viva Roma !

ZURBARAN
Master of Spain’s Golden Age EXHIBITION :
WEDNESDAY 29.01 > SUNDAY 25.05.2014
CENTRE FOR FINE ARTSThe BOZAR palace in Bruxelles exhibits Zurbaran for his 350th anniversary. The Spanish Baroque painter has been a ceaseless source of inspiration until today. I would describe his work as paintings paintings, expressing the point when the character is struck by an outstanding grace, which gets him closer to God, either in a moment of ecstatic state triggered by the vision of the heavenly vault or by a holy inspiration. He was also renowned for his austere still life masterpieces. An exhibition not to be missed, from January 29th to May 25th.

Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Dior

Raf Simons radicalized menswear physically and philosophically, which is why the fact that he is now helming Dior still has such a pinch-me potency. The possibilities inherent in the tie-up are enough to make the senses swim.

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