Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Kazimir Malevich - The World as Objectlessness

At Kazimir Malevich at the Museum of Contemporary Art Basel 01.03.2014 - 22.06.2014


"In 1927, the Bauhaus’s publishing arm brought out a book in which Kazimir Malevich, whose Black Square has long been an icon of modernism, laid out his vision of the "World as Objectlessness". It remained the artist’s only piece of writing to be published in a Western language in his lifetime; the title of this edition, a somewhat inaccurate translation, was "Die gegenstandslose Welt", or "The Non-Objective World". For the first time in a long while, the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings) presents the drawings from its collections that served as masters for the book. The accompanying catalogue in English and German includes new translations of the artist’s illustrated essay and meticulously reconstructs the history of the work’s genesis: when and where did Male vich create the illustrations and texts, and which moment in his evolution as an artist do they reflect? Malevich’s "World as Objectlessness" is thus revealed to be a snapshot in time of a boundless artistic universe." 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Howard Hodgkin, creates 'Ice' print for Team GB, Sochi 2014 Olympics and Para Olympics

Howard Hodgkin, 'Ice' 2014, for Team GB, Sochi Olympics 2014


‘Ice’ is an abstract image of sweeping, spiralling brushstrokes evoking both a winter landscape and the energy of winter sports. The print will be available in a strictly limited number of 350 signed copies. ‘Ice’ is the latest commission in a long tradition of prints celebrating the Olympic Games dating back to 1912, and is part of an iconic body of work including artists like David Hockney, Andy Warhol and more recently Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Goes well with 'Swimming' which he did a couple of years ago..
 
Howard Hodgkin 'Swimming' 2011

 Buy them both at Counter Editions

Anselm Reyle takes time out from abstraction, but he's earned it...

Anselm Reyle
From 'In The Frame' The Art Newspaper, February:
 
'The 43-year-old artist Anselm Reyle announced last month that he is retiring from the art world and closing his costly studio. The German artist–who at one point employed 50 assistants in his studio and was paying up to €800,000 a month on production–said that his rising costs caused his creativity to diminish. In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt Reyle said:
 
“The experimental nature [of my work] was fading more and more, partly because I had to finance the whole thing.” As commissions from collectors came flooding in, the commission were becoming “increasingly one-dimensional”, and focused primarily on his “foil paintings”, he said. “I could have kept producing and selling [the “foil paintings”], but that was not a good prospect for the future in my eyes.” Born in Tübingen in south-west Germany in 1970, Reyle moved to Berlin in 1997.
 
After a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zurich in 2006, prices for Reyle’s paintings rose astronomically (from $14,000 to $634,000 in two years), and his works began to attract high-profile collectors such as François Pinault, the owner of Christie’s. In 2007 the Gagosian Gallery started representing him in the US. In the Die Welt interview, Reyle credited the gallery for helping him avoid bankruptcy at the height of the recession by staging a major exhibition of his work in 2009. But he added: “Of course, I am also aware that other artists came first at Gagosian. I never had any illusions about that.” The artist says that he made enough money during his heyday to take a break, and has not ruled out a return.'  
 
Anselm Reyle 'Untitled' 2010, found objects, neon tubes, dimensions variable