Monday, May 10, 2010

Jonathan Meese at the Museo Civico Diocesano of Santa Maria dei Servi

Il Giardino dei Lauri in collaboration with Bortolami Gallery, New York presents:

Jonathan Meese

Exhibition dates: May, 16th - July, 10th, 2010
Museo Civico Diocesiano di Santa Maria Dei Servi
Citta' della Pieve (PG) ITALY

Opening reception Saturday, May 15th at 6 pm

FANTOMASSOZ ( TEMPIO de NEROZ) opens a new series of contemporary art projects connected with the activity of Il Giardino dei Lauri. The most important and acclaimed artists of the youngest international generation will create site specific works for the church.
Jonathan Meese will present a new body of work including sculptures and paintings. As he said, "I am a humble servant of art and as such am happy to be a guest at Santa Maria dei Servi".

A large painted curtain opens the show to introduce the spectators to the artist's universe. Meese decided to create a theatre stage. Four paintings representing the guardians of Art will be placed in the seventeenth century oval stucco frames. In front of the major altar three sculptures sit on a large painted pedestal; a mother-child group related to an Egyptian Isis sculpture is flanked by two sculptures of guards. Directly behind the altar, sit two smaller sculptures symbolizing a real and metaphorical path toward the new family of art, the Future.

The church of Santa Maria dei Servi opened to the public in March of 2009 and is the most ancient religious place in Citta' della Pieve. The architecture shifted throughtout its history, from a Medieval to a Baroque style. Pietro Perugino painted "The Deposition from the Cross" for the church.

FANTOMASSOZ (TEMPIO de NEROZ) takes place in conjuction with VIEW, an articulated project of contemporary art in Umbria between Citta' della Pieve, Magione and Trevi.

Jonathan Meese was born in Tokyo in 1970, lives and works in Berlin. He started his career as a painter and has extended his practice to include performance, sculpture and installation. In the last couple of years his work has been featured in important solo and group shows in private and public museums and collections such as the Guggenheim Museum and P.S.1 in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlino, the CAC in Malaga, the Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, the Kunstraum in Innsbruck, The Essl Museum in Wien, the De Appel Centre for Contemporary Art in Amsterdam, the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, the MAGASIN Center in Grenoble and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Thyssen Bornemisza in Wien.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Prefab77 at Lazarides

Prefab77 solo exhibit at Lazarides, NewCastle, UK, will open on May 20th, 6pm. Woohoooooo!! :)


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New York Times Art Critic Genocchio Joins Lousie Blouin Media

New York, NY - March 16, 2010 - Louise Blouin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Louise Blouin Media announces the appointment of Benjamin Genocchio, Vice President of Editorial, Louise Blouin Media and Editor in Chief, Art+Auction.

"We are delighted to have Benjamin lead our talented team of writers and editors around the world," comments Ms. Blouin. “As someone who has lived in numerous cities in Asia, the Americas and elsewhere, speaks and writes in Spanish fluently and is a published expert on Latin American, Asian and European art, Benjamin perfectly embodies the company’s goal of taking culture beyond borders. With a PhD in Art History and a track record of covering the arts around the world, Benjamin is that rare individual who combines academic rigor and theory with on the ground reporting,” Ms. Blouin continued.

Mr. Genocchio has been a distinguished figure in the art world for over two decades, working as a writer and editor for some of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines and serving most recently as an art and culture critic for The New York Times for eight years. Mr. Genocchio will bring strong, international editorial direction to the Louise Blouin Media print and online publications. “Art+Auction and Modern Painters are two of the art world's most respected media brands, and it is a great honor to be entrusted with their future editorial direction. I will strive to maintain the high standards for which they are known. I am also excited about the growth potential for our sister website, one of the world's most trafficked art media sites," Mr. Genocchio continued.

Prior to his position at The New York Times, Mr. Genocchio was the chief art critic and the national arts correspondent for The Australian, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and Australia’s leading daily quality broadsheet newspaper. In this position he covered arts and culture in more than two dozen countries, including Pakistan, India, China, Russia and Egypt, as well as most of Europe and the Americas. Mr. Genocchio has also written on business, politics, social issues and the arts for Business Review Weekly, The Bulletin and the Sydney Morning Herald, where he began his career as an art critic. Mr. Genocchio has also served as Editor in Chief of Postwest magazine. An Australian native, he was twice shortlisted for the Pascal Prize for cultural criticism and is the author and editor of seven non-fiction books, including Dollar Dreaming, about the corruption in the Aboriginal art market; and forthcoming books -- The Cupcake (Henry Holt Publishers) about the two-decade saga to build Frank Lloyd Wright’s, Guggenheim Museum, and a second book, about the Asian contemporary art market (Random House). Mr. Genocchio has a PhD in Art History from the University of Sydney.

Mr. Genocchio joins Louise Blouin Media as the company is making its entrance into the Chinese marketplace with the launch of and the debut of the China Yahoo! CULTURE+STYLE channel, scheduled to launch in the second quarter, 2010., will be the premier online destination for local and global news covering the visual and performing arts, style, design, architecture, luxury and the art market from a Chinese perspective. The new CULTURE+STYLE channel will feature art, culture, fashion, celebrity and luxury content for China Yahoo!'s readers.

Louise Blouin Media is the leading global media company focused on art, culture, luxury and lifestyle sectors. Properties range from in-depth reporting and coverage of the art market in Art+Auction, to the insider art scene in Modern Painters, to the breaking news and analysis on With the launching of and the China Yahoo! partnership, Louise Blouin Media publications and media will reach over 20 million global readers a month. In addition to the media properties Louise Blouin Media owns and operates art publisher, Somogy; art market analytic tool, Art Sales Index; Global Consulting and Communications Services – a global branding, consulting and communications group, and through the Louise Blouin Foundation runs the Global Creative Leadership Summit in New York, and the Louise Blouin Foundation Museum in London. The company's mission is to promote cultural understanding and acceptance beyond our borders through dialog and education.

Thanks, Eunice!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Duad in Play: Francis Ng & Ronald Ventura

Featuring two young leading artists of Southeast Asia, Singaporean multidisciplinary artist, Francis Ng and Filipino contemporary visual artist, Ronald Ventura, the exhibit opens till Mar 3, 2010, from 10am to 6pm (closed on monday) at ICA Gallery 1 Basement 1 #B1-04, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

A Duad in Play is co-curated by Artesan Gallery + Studio and the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the LASALLE College of the Arts. It is supported by The National Arts Council of Singapore and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines. It also aptly concludes the series of commemorative activities celebrating forty years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Philippines.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Agus Baqul's Secret Garden

Jasmine, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm, 2009

Loving Agus Baqul's fresh take on traditional garden painting. Opens daily, February 6 - 20, 2010 at Vivi Yip Art Room, Jakarta, Indonesia.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Victor Pinchuk Foundation Inaugurates First Worldwide Art Prize, Awarded through an Open Competition, in Support of a New Generation of Artists

$100,000 Prize, Mentorship by Renowned Artists and Exhibition at PinchukArtCentre are Among the Benefits of Major New Award

KIEV, UKRAINE, December 8, 2009

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation today announced that it has inaugurated the Future Generation Art Prize, a major new international competition for artists up to 35. Established to discover and provide long-term support for a generation of emerging artists, wherever they may live and work, this unique artist-focused prize aims to make a major contribution toward the production of new work by young artists.

* its global dimension;
* its focus on a young generation of artists;
* its open and democratic Internet application process;
* the long-term commitment of leading artists of our time;
* a distinguished Board, Jury and Selection Committee;
* an exhibition of shortlisted artists at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, one of the largest and most active new contemporary art institutions in Europe;
* and an award of $100,000, to be conferred by a respected international jury.

Applications for the Prize will become available online on January 18, 2010, at the competition’s website, The exhibition of shortlisted artists will open at the PinchukArtCentre (PAC) in October 2010. The jury will announce the winner of the main prize in December 2010, and up to five special prizes for artists who will be provided with various forms of support.

According to Victor Pinchuk, “This worldwide contemporary art prize will be an important contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.”

To encourage the assistance of one generation of artists to the next, a group of renowned Mentor Artists has committed its long-term participation in the Prize and will provide in-person counsel and support to the Prize winners, and one of the Mentor artists will have a parallel show at the same time as each shortlist exhibition. The Mentor Artists are Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami.

A distinguished international Board oversees the Future Generation Art Prize. In addition to chairman Victor Pinchuk and the four Mentor Artists, the Board’s membership includes Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada and art museum directors Richard Armstrong (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum), Glenn D. Lowry (The Museum of Modern Art), Alfred Pacquement (Musée nationale d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou) and Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate).

Extending the reach of the Future Generation Art Prize, an invited group of approximately one hundred arts professionals from around the world will nominate artists for consideration. By combining the open application process with these nominations, PAC aspires to achieve the participation of a true global cross-section of the up-to 35 generation.

“Our first goal in establishing this Prize is to reach out to the world’s younger artists on a truly democratic basis, so that virtually everyone has the opportunity to participate,” stated Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre. “Our second goal is to provide sustainable support for the future generation, by bringing the most promising of these young artists into a network that includes curators, critics, educators, scholars and some of the world’s most celebrated artists.”

Speaking of his participation in the Prize, Takashi Murakami stated, “The last several years made the rising of the young generation of Japanese artists possible. This new prize wants to make this rise happen in Ukraine and the rest of the world, because now the world is expanding and at the same time shrinking. I am very happy to join this project and hopefully this prize will become every year bigger and bigger, and famous and famous-er."

Explaining his support for the Prize, Damien Hirst said, “I think art needs to be encouraged. Art prizes are really important. All children draw and paint and for some reason a lot of them stop. In the beginning they all paint—even the bank managers, accountants and the lawyers. To encourage art is a great thing.”

The launch of the Future Generation Art Prize follows the inaugural year of the PAC’s prize competition for Ukrainian artists up to the age of 35. An exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for this prize is on view at the PAC from October 31 through December 20, 2010.

Timeline of the Prize

Artists may submit applications at from January 18 through April 18, 2010. Toward the beginning of this application period, PAC will announce the names of the international jury for the Prize.

Following the close of applications, an expert Selection Committee comprised of members chosen by the jury will review all applications and decide on a shortlist of as many as twenty artists, whose names will be announced on June 22, 2010. These artists will participate in the Prize exhibition by showing the existing works they highlighted in their applications and may also create new works specifically for the PAC galleries. The winner of the national PinchukArtCentre Prize also will participate, bringing the maximum number of artists in the exhibition to 21.

After the exhibition has been on view for two months, the international jury will gather in Kiev in December 2010 to view and discuss the artists’ works. The jury will select one main Prize winner, who will receive a total of $100,000 ($60,000 as a cash award, and $40,000 toward the production of new work). An additional $20,000 will be allotted to fund artist-in-residency programs for up to five other special prize winners. Images of works by all the shortlisted artists will be posted on the PAC website, and members of the public will be invited to vote via the Internet for People’s Choice Prize.

Following the inaugural year, the Future Generation Art Prize will be awarded on a biennial cycle.

Victor Pinchuk Foundation

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation was established in 2006 by Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. It is the largest international, private, non-partisan, philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. Its goal is to empower future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, the Foundation develops projects, builds partnerships in Ukraine and worldwide and invests in three directions:
- Investing in people, to boost human capital;
- Investing in society, to promote social responsibility;
- Investing in the world, to foster a more integrated world.


Located in the historic architectural complex of Kiev’s Besarabka quarter, which has undergone a major renovation in the past decade, the six-story, 43,000-square-foot PAC opened in September 2006 as one of the largest contemporary art institutions in Europe. Dedicated to presenting exhibitions by leading Ukrainian and international artists, PAC to date has presented solo exhibitions of artists including Damien Hirst and Sam Taylor-Wood, and group exhibitions such as 21 Russia (works created by 21 Russian artists during the first years of the 21st century), Reflection (a group exhibition with a selection of international artists), and Red Forest (works by seminal Ukrainian artists of the 1990s, shown in an exhibition named after a wooded area adjacent to the Chernobyl nuclear station).

PAC was also responsible for presenting the Ukrainian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and 2009 and in 2005 exhibited the first acquisitions of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation at the Venice Biennale.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Whitney Biennial 2010: The List

Curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari announce the artist list for 2010, the Whitney Biennial. To be held on Feb 25 - May 30 at the Whitney Museum.

David Adamo
Richard Aldrich
Michael Asher
Tauba Auerbach
Nina Berman
Huma Bhabha
Josh Brand
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
James Casebere
Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher
Dawn Clements
George Condo
Sarah Crowner

Verne Dawson
Julia Fish
Roland Flexner
Suzan Frecon
Maureen Gallace
Theaster Gates
Kate Gilmore
Hannah Greely
Jesse Aron Green
Robert Grosvenor
Sharon Hayes
Thomas Houseago
Alex Hubbard
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Jeffrey Inaba

Martin Kersels
Jim Lutes
Babette Mangolte
Curtis Mann
Ari Marcopoulos
Daniel McDonald
Josephine Meckseper
Rashaad Newsome
Kelly Nipper
Lorraine O’Grady
R.H. Quaytman
Charles Ray
Emily Roysdon
Aki Sasamoto
Aurel Schmidt

Scott Short
Stephanie Sinclair
Ania Soliman
Storm Tharp
Tam Tran
Kerry Tribe
Piotr Uklański
Lesley Vance
Marianne Vitale
Erika Vogt
Pae White
Robert Williams


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2 Solo Exhibitions @ Osage Singapore

Java's Machine: Phantasmagoria by Jompet, and Soft Death by Louie Cordero, November 14 - December 27, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 2009, 6:30pm.

Jompet | Java's Machine: Phantasmagoria
Java's Machine: Phantasmagoria explores syncretism as a strategy to reconcile dispersed and disparate points of reference in Javanese cultural history. This is exemplified by Java, the War of Ghosts, the centrepiece installation, which also underscores the other works in the exhibition. Java, the War of Ghosts features 'invisible' soldiers made flesh by their uniforms-amalgams of the Dutch and Javanese military attire-and equipment. Suspended from the ceiling, each plays a different sound, synchronised into an electronic orchestra. A discordant yet strangely harmonious combination, the installation is a representation of Java's patchwork heritage. Jompet's soldiers do not serve a military function; they stand in formation, aloof, rather than tangled in battle. They are literally held down by the very things that constitute them, the sheer bulk of a civilisational parade. However, this is not intended as a criticism. Jompet's syncretism can be read as a discourse on post-colonialism and globalisation, a celebration of unruly beauty. As with Java's heritage, harmony can be negotiated in the multiplicity of patches that make up today's global community.

Louie Cordero | Soft Death
Dismemberment, mutilation, brain, blood, intestines, membranes, capillary... these are imageries abundant in the works of Louie Cordero. Yet more than just gore and the grotesque, Cordero's works, which draw inspirations from the streets, idiosyncratic semiology of various subcultures, popular culture, myths, and mass media, is reflective of a contemporary fascination with both the refined and the lewd. In Soft Death, which showcases a series of new drawings and paintings, ornate savagery appears alongside jovial or otherwise indifferent characters, often critically wounded or in a state of physical distortion-perhaps hinting at the contradiction underlying contemporary culture. Repulsive yet strangely captivating, Cordero's works are an ingenious manipulation of the sick pleasure one derives from the abject, and a direct confrontation with contemporary society.

Osage Gallery
11B Mt Sophia, #01-12, Singapore 228466
TEL : (65) 6337-9909
FAX : (65) 6337-1151
Mon-Sun and Public Holidays : 10:00 am - 7:00 pm


DETECTIVE, a Yuko Nasu Solo Show

Opens on November 19, 2009, at I-MYU Projects, London, UK.

Thanks, Yuko!


Thursday, November 5, 2009


Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations | Compilation Video V1.2 from ZIMOUN VIDEO ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

A cleverly orchestrated sound and beauuuuuutifully captured. Sound sculptures & installations by Swiss installation and sound artist Zimoun.

Thanks, Faisal!


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