Thursday, 31 March 2011

Galerie Gebr.Lehmann Berlin

A group show at  Galerie Gebr.Lehmann until 7.05.2011 which includes Markus Draper, Eberhard Havekost, Olaf Holzapfel, Tilman Hornig, Jennifer Jordan, Wilhelm Muller, Frank Nitsche.

(Abstractionists on the move!)

Stefan Kauffungen - Galerie La Ligne - CH

4 x (6 x 60 x 6 cm)
Aluminium paint with email colors 

Stefan Kauffungen exhibition at the Art Concret gallery La Ligne in Zurich. Below is the manifesto published on their site from Chris Meger in 1961

20 x 26 cm

Norman Dilworth at Onsiris, Paris

Last few days to see Norman Dilworth at Onsiris Gallery in Paris which finishes 9th April.

Bronze 1997

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Rebecca Salter at Yale Center for British Art

"into the light of things": Rebecca Salter, works 1981-2010Yale Center for British Art 3 FEBRUARY — 1 MAY, 2011 

 untitled j47 1995 Rebecca Salter
In 1977, Salter won a scholarship to the Kyoto City University of the Arts and immediately developed a deep engagement with Japanese art, architecture, and aesthetics, remaining in Kyoto for six years. Despite enjoying a successful career as a ceramicist, Salter made a radical decision to abandon the medium she began to make drawings and woodblock prints using Japanese papers, and after her return to England took up painting. "into the light of things" will go beyond a conventional retrospective of an artist's oeuvre into a sustained investigation of the centrality of drawing to art making, as well as a penetrating investigation of a dialogue between Eastern and Western aesthetics, artistic practice, and architecture.

A companion exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, Rebecca Salter and Japan, will take Salter's work as a starting point for exploring the complex relationship between Japanese and Western practice. Two of Salter's key works will be in dialogue with fifteen paintings, drawings, and ceramics by Japanese and American artists drawn from the Art Gallery's holdings and private collections.

"into the light of things": Rebecca Salter, works 1981-2010 has been curated by Gillian Forrester, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art. The companion show at the Yale University Art Gallery, has been curated by Sadako Ohki, The Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art.

A fully illustrated book edited by Gillian Forrester, featuring essays by Forrester, Sadako Ohki, Achim Borchardt-Hume, and Richard Cork will be published by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale University Press. 

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Abstract Algebra

Abstract algebra is the subject area of mathematics that studies algebraic structures, such as groupsringsfieldsmodulesvector spaces, and algebras. Here are four music videos informing and celebrating abstract algebra. Kraftwerk eat your heart out.

Monday, 28 March 2011


Mutual Art's comparison piece indicating that the artist's intentions are visible even to those that apparently aren't abstract literate.

Museum-Kunst-Palast - Dusseldorf

Heinz Mack 
Untitled, 2010 
Ink on paper 
© VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2011
The language of my hand.

Heinz Mack became famous as an artist and co-founder of the internationally influential artist group ZERO primarily through his light reliefs and light installations. Less known is his extensive graphic oeuvre on which he himself comments, ‘For me, graphic art is a language without words, a perfect poetic language with its own syntax, intonation and rhythm. Pure visual poetry, as it contains no rational meaning.’ The medium of drawing grants the artist a high degree of spontaneity; at the same time the artist appreciates the inner logic and discipline which become apparent in a good drawing. This is also why Mack described his works on paper as the ‘grammar’ of his art: ‘I believe that the lines condense into an energy filed, a structure in which all parts, all elements are indissolubly connected with each other and set in vibration or motion when we contemplate them with sensibility, calmness and open-minded interest.’

Focusing on the graphic oeuvre museum kunst illuminates a rarely shown, as yet largely unpublished facet of this versatile artist. The exhibition includes a concentrated selection of pencil, quill, ink drawings and pastels. 


Carl Buchheister, Opus 25a (Sommerbild), 1925 
Öl auf Leinwand, 151,7 x 110 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

A selection from the Kemp collection
The Kemp collection is one of the largest collections in Germany with a focus on the styles of Art Informel and colour field painting. The presentation of a selection of the most important works from this style coincides with the bestowal of this significant private collection upon museum kunst palast.

The collection is founded on the work of the painter Carl Buchheister, a pioneer of Abstraction in Germany and close companion to the Dadaist Kurt Schwitters. The formal diversity of Buchheister’s work finds its match in the wealth of works such as those by Kenneth Noland, Cy Twombly or Richard Tuttle, through to Gerhard Hoehme and Karl Otto Götz. 

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Groundlab's abstraction for flyers

Which came first the abstract design or the function?<em>Flowing Gardens</em> by GroundLab, the winning master plan in a competition for the International Horticultural Expo, will open this spring.FLOWING GARDENS BY GROUNDLAB, THE WINNING MASTER PLAN IN A COMPETITION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURAL EXPO, WILL OPEN THIS SPRING.


Landscape architecture continues to experience a professional flowering based on the growing significance of sustainability and ecological issues as they relate to planning the broader built environment. But awareness is also growing among architects that they are no longer kings of the mountain. Gwen Webber scouts the perimeter of a possible turf war in the making in this article for the The Architects Newspaper


Bang! #1

Bang! #1

Archival Ink Hand-Stamped on Paper, Framed
150 x 150 cm
My recent visit to Germany was hectic and included meetings with extraordinary artists making it a memorable trip. More of these later. 

I visited a number of galleries whilst in Berlin one of which was the Pool Gallery were the work of Nicky Broekhuysen was on show. The work is made with stamping repetition onto paper and it brought to mind Katrine Herian. Where are you Katrine?

I was impressed with the architecture of the Hauptbahnhof and the Potsdam platz. The scale, the composition and attention to detail in simple structures was inspiring and quite a statement.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Therely Bare at Zeitgeist, Nashville

Afbeelding kunstwerk.Therely Bare is an exhibition of non-objective art featuring the work of sixteen artists from six countries. Working in a range of styles the artists of this exhibition share in common a subversive approach to the traditions of painting. The exhibition title Therely Bare is wordplay, an inversion of “barely there.” It also hints at the curatorial premises of the exhibition.

The physical presence of the work in the exhibition is not in question but the conceptual motives behind the work may be ambiguous to the casual viewer. The exhibition is meant to challenge typical modes of viewing and hopefully raise questions about means of perception.

Participating artists:
Kate Beck (usa)
Alan Ebnother (usa)
Kevin Finklea (usa)
Billy Gruner (aus)
Jeffrey Cortland Jones (usa)
Sarah Keighery (aus)
Michael Paul Oman-Reagan (usa)
Lorri Ott (usa)
Leopoldine Roux (belg)
Clary Stolte (nd)
Lars Strandh (nor)
Richard Van Der Aa (aus/fr)
Iemke Van Dijk (nd)
Ken Weathersby (usa)
Guido Winkler (nd)
Lain York (usa)

Also during the reception, exhibiting artists Billy Gruner and Sarah Keighery will host an interactive painting performance in the gallery in which patrons are invited to contribute to a large painting installation
  Guido Winkler

Monday, 7 March 2011

Abstraction at Instituto Inhotim in Brazil

In the current issue of Frieze magazine there is an interesting article by Dan Fox on the sculpture park Instituto Inhotim in South East Brazil. This place has artworks by a diverse range of contemporary artists many exploring abstraction, including: Cildo Meireles, Hélio Oiticica (below) and Neville d’Almeida, Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Chris Burden (below), Janet Cardiff, to name a few.
Hélio Oiticica'The Invention of the Colour Penetrável Magic Square No. 5 Deluxe'1978     
It got me thinking about how small scale many of the sculpture parks are in the UK and what would it take to have such an interesting art space and park on this scale in Europe? Would anyone like to recommend one we could discuss on is some of the article, catch the rest article in this months Frieze Issue 137:

'Both a museum and park, it has more than 500 contemporary art works in its collection, displayed in 17 specially designed pavilions spread across the site, some housing temporary exhibitions, others specially designed for work of a particular artist, along with 20 site-specific outdoor works. The park was created with advice from renowned Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle-Marx; Inhotim also holds a vast botanical collection, including 1,500 species or varieties of palms (with more than 20,000 individual examples, it is reputedly the largest collection of palms in the world), 600 examples of Araceae (phildendrons, anthuriums and calla lilies), and around 420 orchids in 334 species.'

Chris Burden 'Beam Drop' 1984/2008
'Visiting Inhotim is quite unlike any other art experience I have had; there is a walking trail through paradisical gardens, where, hidden in palm groves or sitting serenely by the side of a lake, the visitor can find Modernist-style pavilions housing works by Brazilian artists – from the historically important, such as Cildo Meireles, Hélio Oiticica and Neville d’Almeida, and Tunga, to younger artists including Alexandre da Cunha, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander and Adriana Varejão – and high-profile international names: Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Chris Burden, Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller, Dan Graham, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Doris Salcedo, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Yayoi Kusama, among others.'

'Two restaurants, a bar and five snack bars dot the site. Paz has plans to take the number of pavilions up to 40 in the next five years, along with more restaurants, a luxury hotel and cheaper hostel accommodation aimed at students. Grafted onto the international exclusivity that comes with its relative geographical remoteness is a local-minded sense of inclusivity. According to their own figures, more than 160,000 people visited Inhotim in 2010, and the institute boasts of around 3,000 visitors each weekend, and up to 4,000 a day in high season – a popular place for people from the surrounding region to come for a day out, if not to look at art, then just for a stroll through the gardens.' 

(C) Dan Fox, Frieze magazine, Issue 137, March 2011

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Hans Hartung at Timothy Taylor

The Final Years 1980 - 1989
Hans Hartung (born Leipzig 1904, died Antibes 1989) was a German-born émigré who made France his home and fought with the French Foreign Legion during WW2. He achieved great recognition for his work in post-war Europe, and was awarded the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1960. In 1994 a foundation in Antibes was established in his name alongside that of his wife, Anna Eva Bergman. This is the artistʼs first show in London since Hans Hartung: Works on Paper, 1922-1956,  (curated by Jennifer Mundy) was held at Tate Britain in 1996.

Hartung is best known for his 1950s gestural and existential abstractions: psychographs in paint composed of dramatic sheaves of dark brush strokes, against a light washed background. What has only become known recently, is that Hartung meticulously planned and copied these apparently spontaneous paintings from much smaller sketches and studies. This fact has forced a reassessment of our idea of Hartung as an expressionist artist, positioning him instead as an early exponent of design.
Starts March 10th.

Hans Hartung
T1980-K5, 1980
Acrylic on canvas
185 x 300 cm

José Parlá Abstract Graffiti

Matt Black's film on New York's hip hop abstractionist José Parlá

Friday, 4 March 2011

Abstraction of Nations

This project on flags came to my attention via Northbank designers.


the percentage of each colour in a nations flag is shown on a pie chart. The diagram below shows the percentages of all the flags combined.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Mothers - Martin Creed

Work No. 1109

Last chance to see Martin Creed's Mothers at Hauser and Wirth as it finishes on Saturday. Presumably the baby is now walking.

Creed was born in Wakefield, England in 1968 and grew up in Glasgow. He lives and works in London and Alicudi, Italy. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and in 2001 won the Turner Prize for ‘The lights going on and off’. 

PostMedia have a 20 questions session