West of Center

26 emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from Utah are Los Angeles bound this Saturday, and plan to shatter sterotypes and old perceptions about art and the art scene in Utah with West of Center.

Curator Micol Hebron has this to say about the upcoming show, opening this Saturday at Jancar Gallery: "I have curated this show because I want LA to know more about the contemporary art scene in Utah - which is really fantastic! You need to meet these artists and see their work! Many of them will be at the opening, and I really hope everyone in LA will come out to meet them and check out this gorgeous body of work!"

Artists include: Adam Bateman--Alison Buck--Amy Jorgensen--Aniko Safran--Cara Despain--Claire Taylor--Daniel Everett--Davey Hawkins--David Ruhlman--Jan Andrews--Jared Latimer--Jason Metcalf--Jorge Rojas--Joseph Christensen--Josh Winegar--Kenny Riches--Laura Decker--Laurel Hunter--Lenka Konopasek--Mary Toscano--Michael Rya...n Handley--Morganne Wakefield--Myranda Bair--Rob Mellor--Stephanie Leitch--Tessa Lindsey

Utah is well known for it's tradition of plein-air landscape painting. This show addresses this as well as many other themes that are linked to Utah, it's culture, history and location.

"The landscape in Utah is indeed stunning , and it’s hard to avoid – whether you’re an artist or not, it just seeps into your consciousness, aesthetic, and activities. Several of the artists in West of Center address landscape: Adam Bateman’s altered photographs explore the confluence of modernism and rural landscape, water usage, and our contemporary relationship with the land; Jared Latimer redefines plein air painting with observational paintings of the landscapes that he sees while touring his hometown and nearby areas via google street view; Davey Hawkins and Jan Andrews present uncanny and philosophical musings on land, body, and the personal relationship to landscape with stunning film and video sequences that recall sci-fi movies and structuralist films; Josh Winegar takes up classic notions of westward expansion, monumentality, and nostalgia in landscape photography with his stunning large format, manipulated photographs. Myranda Bair tackles the landscape through the aesthetics and language of rock climbing, merging the practicality and sublime of the outdoors with the artifice and economy of the gallery space. "

From the Huffington Post:

West of Center | Curated by Micol Hebron, West of Center features 26 contemporary artists from Utah, with more than 50 works in all forms of media. West of Center includes of both emerging and mid-career artists and is intended to introduce Los Angeles to the vital and flourishing art scene in Utah. Not the scene you might imagine, however, as there are no plein-air landscapes or traditional quilts, no saccharine nature photographs or hokey, pseudo-indigenous crafts, rather an array of contemporary subjects presented with vision, talent, wit, and innovation. Yes, you will see animals, landscapes, and even Joseph Smith, but in ways you likely didn't expect.


More info on show:

The artists will be doing a lecture/walk through during the opening as well as a panel discussion on Sunday July 17th at LACE = Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions from 4-6pm.

The opening will be on July 16th from 6-9pm at Jancar Gallery in China Town. www.jancargallery.com

8 names released for Istanbul Biennial

For an exhibition adamant about secrecy with the names of their 130 artists, the Istanbul Biennial has surpised us by releasing the names of eight participating artists. 

Claudia Andujar, Martha Rosler, Dora Maurer, Tina Modotti, Geta Bratescu, Letizia Battaglia, Zarina Hashmi, and Teresa Burga will all be participating in this 12th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, with a theme to “explore the relationship between art and politics, focusing on works that are both formally innovative and politically outspoken.”

Personally, I am very excited to see what is in store for this exhibition. I hope to make it to this Biennial in 2013. Any fellow Artlinked friends going this year?

Ai Weiwei Released on Bail

Detained contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has been released, with Chinese news source Xinhua stating the following: "Beijing police department said Wednesday that Ai Weiwei has been released on bail because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from." 

In terms of Ai Weiwei's alleged crimes, they are accusing him of tax evasion, but there aren't many details yet.

The Associated Press confirms Ai Weiwei's release, saying that he made an appearance at his studio: "Ai said his health was fine as he thanked reporters for their support outside his studio late Wednesday. But he said under the conditions of his release he was not able to say more."

For more info: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/37942/ai-weiwei-released-on-bail/

Artist name(s): Ai Weiwei

Topics: Ai Weiwei released on bail

Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition 2011

While in Europe for the Venice Biennale earlier this month, I took a quick Ryan Air flight from Venice to London to catch the Royal Academy of Arts opening for their Summer Exhibition. If you haven't yet made it to this exhibition, I highly recommend you do. Not only did I discover some new great emerging artists, I was also thrilled to see works by established Royal Academicians including: Tacita Dean, Gary Hume, Allen Jones, Cornelia Parker, Jenny Saville, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons,Tracey Emin, Ed Ruscha, Lisa Milroy, Tony Cragg, Richard Long,  and Alison Wilding.

Other artists (both emerging and established) I enjoyed: Gary Fabian Miller, Julian Opie, Tony Bevan, Mimmo Paladino, Frank Auerbach, James Hugonin, John Cobb, David Nash, Dae H Kwon, Nigel Hall, Keith Tyson, Katsutoshi Yuasa,Tessa Jaray, Wendy Smith, Laurence Haskell, Trevor Sutton, Jane Bustin, and Antony Gormley - as well as quite a few others. 

Here is a bit more info on the show from the RAA's website:

This year’s co-ordinator is Royal Academician Christopher Le Brun. Playing a significant role is Michael Craig-Martin RA who is curating one of the largest galleries. The Architecture Room is curated by Piers Gough RA and Alan Stanton RA.

One of the founding principles of the Royal Academy of Arts was to 'mount an annual exhibition open to all artists of distinguished merit' to finance the training of young artists in the RA Schools. This has been held every year without interruption since 1769 and continues to play a significant part in raising funds to finance the students. The Royal Academy receives no public funding so all those who support the Summer Exhibition by submitting work, visiting it and through purchases contribute to supporting artists of the future.

The largest space in the Royal Academy features a new approach to a traditional “salon hang”. This includes a mix of open submission works as well as artworks by Royal Academicians. A dense and rich visual experience is created through the presentation of works hung from dado rail to picture rail. Works on display include a large canvas by the Danish painter Per Kirkeby and Keith Tyson’s apocalyptic painting Deep Impact.

The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants each year with over 12,000 entries received this year from 27 countries. The majority of works are for sale, offering visitors an unrivalled opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists. Michael Craig-Martin’s curated room features works by newly elected and established Royal Academicians including Tacita Dean, Gary Hume, Allen Jones, Cornelia Parker, Jenny Saville and Alison Wilding. Craig-Martin has also curated the Wohl Central Hall which greets visitors on arrival with a celebration of photography. For the first time these walls are hung solely with the work of artists who use photographic media including an image by Cindy Sherman Hon RA.

This exhibition runs through August 15, 2011.