Jack Early first showed New York how he craved attention in collaboration with Rob Pruitt, in the first half of the 1990s. Pruitt-Early championed a mode of installation that altered pop cultural mode in a decidedly non-artful to take on conventions of polite politics, gender, and art-making. The duo's now-infamous 1992 exhibition "Red, Black, Green, Red, White and Blue" at the Leo Castelli Gallery included paintings and posters of Michael Jordan, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Jackson Five, among other prominent African Americans, exhibited with black obelisks, and an original rap soundtrack. This intervention into the representation and self-representation of African Americans was slammed as blaxploitation, and the ordeal ended Pruitt-Early's collaboration. Each artist began making work individually: Pruitt recovered unapologetically with a series that included a monumental line of cocaine, while Early turned to music, and has largely fallen off the art world's radar. Read More
On view at PSM Gallery in Berlin through July 18th, "Cave Painting" is the curatorial effort of New York-based writer and critic Bob Nickas. The project, which began with a series of studio visits in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, coincides with the publication of Nickas's book, Painting Abstraction
. Most of the artists in the exhibition -- including Tomma Abts, Verne Dawson, Katharina Grosse, Amy Sillman, and Jules de Balincourt -- are also featured in the book, which will be released by Phaidon Press in September. Curator and critic Piper Marshall met with Nickas to discuss the exhibition, which remains on view through July 18th.
Born in the United States and raised in Brazil during the heyday of its Tropicália movement in the 1960's, Arto Lindsay is best known for collaborative musical performances in which he mixes a dynamic variety of auditory and visual components culled from different cultural sources.Lindsay often uses the Brazilian Carnival parade as a conceptual and stylistic framework for his productions. For the 53rd Venice Biennale, he created a new parade, Mutlinatural (Blackout)
, co-produced with the Fondazione Claudio Buziol as a means of elaborating upon his interests in perspectivism and anthropology. Several weeks prior to Venice, Lindsay met with Art in America
to discuss the potential for a parade to take a critical stance. Read More
Part philosopher and part poet, the artist Richard Tuttle creates works that challenge the formal, and often oppositional relationships between time, space, color, and open and closed forms. The artist met with curator and writer Piper Marshall to discuss these dichotomies in his work, which is on view now at Pace Wildenstein now in an exhibition entitled Walking on Air
Located in the former Dia Center for the Arts, the X initiative is a not-for-profit project that aims to respond to the impact of rapid cultural shifts on artistic production. Chelsea dealer Elizabeth Dee of Elizabeth Dee Gallery is spearheading the project; independent curator Cecilia Alemani will serve as its Curatorial Director, with Jenny Moore as Project Curator. By definition, the organization challenges the conventional division of labor between institution, gallery, collector, and artist. This approach is reflected in the appointment of an advisory board whose fifty members, all cultural producers within the art world, will be permitted to submit project proposals for review. X is a year long project, and will present exhib… Read More