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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Yorgos Lanthimos Assembles Epic Cast for New Film: Stone, Dafoe, Ruffalo, Youssef, Carmichael


Rian Johnson has been generating buzz for days with the cast announcements for “Knives Out 2” (Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, Dave Bautista, etc.), but he’s not the only filmmaker assembling a dream ensemble. Enter “Poor Things,” the new movie from “The Lobster” and “The Favourite” visionary Yorgos Lanthimos. Variety confirms Jerrod Carmichael is the latest addition to the “Poor Things” cast, which already includes Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, and Ramy Youssef. “Poor Things” is set in Victorian-era England and is being described as a riff on the classic Frankenstein story. Stone, reuniting with Lanthimos after “The Favourite,” plays a young woman named Belle Baxter who is brought back to life by an eccentric and brilliant scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Dafoe). That’s the only official plot details being released at this time, although the plot is being teased as “a story of love, discovery and scientific daring, featuring Youssef as Max McCandless, Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn, and Carmichael as Harry Astley.” The “Poor Things” script is written by Tony McNamara, currently showrunner of “The Great” and an Oscar nominee thanks to his role as co-writer on Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” According to Collider, the screenplay is based on a book from Scottish author Alasdair Gray. 

In the novel, the character Victoria Blessington drowns herself to escape her abusive husband and is resurrected as Belle Baxter, a “beautiful, volatile erotomaniac brought back to life with the brain of an infant.” “Poor Things” will mark the second collaboration between Lanthimos and Stone, who was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “The Favourite,” and the third pairing between Stone and McNamara, as the writer also co-penned the upcoming “Cruella.” The new film has the backing of Searchlight, Element Pictures, and Film4. Searchlight Pictures released “The Favourite” to $34 million in the U.S. and $95 million worldwide, plus 10 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director). Dafoe, Ruffalo, Youssef, and Carmichael will all be making their Lanthimos debuts with “Poor Things.” Carmichael started the year in a big way with the Sundance premiere of his feature directorial debut “On the Count of Three,” which got picked up by Annapurna. Youssef, meanwhile, is currently working on the third season of his Hulu series “Ramy,” while Dafoe has Robert Eggers’ “The Northman” on the calendar for April 2022.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Zachary Benson Friedberg: Relatively Quotidian La Luz de Jesus Gallery


Zachary Benson Friedberg: Relatively Quotidian La Luz de Jesus Gallery  LOS FELIZ | LOS ANGELES | CALIFORNIA | USA JUL 10, 2021 - AUG 29, 2021

La Luz De Jesus is pleased to present “Relatively Quotidian”, Zachary Benson Friedberg first solo exhibition with the gallery. In Relatively Quotidian, Zachary presents simple scenes of typical everyday life witnessed during his recent travels abroad.  Succumbing to brilliantly targeted online marketing at the outset of the 2020 lockdown, Zachary impulsively bought an inflatable hot tub that opened a portal to an alternate dimension due to a defective temperature control panel.  This improbably fortuitous circumstance led to fantastic transdimensional exploration to places relatively similar to Southern California’s landscape and notable 1950’s era space age architecture.  Employing his bright, vibrant, and saturated colors, Zachary returned to his studio and painted familiar scenes of leisure, contentment, friendship, and love.  The carefree tone and commonplace narratives depicted in Relatively Quotidian are especially welcome following an extended period of unprecedented disruption to our routine lives."


4633 Hollywood Boulevard Los Feliz - Los Angeles, CA, USA 90027

Summer Reading at Center for Book Arts

Summer Reading at Center for Book Arts  

MIDTOWN | NEW YORK | USA JUL 09, 2021 - SEP 18, 2021

Opening in July—the high season of leisure reading and scholastic book challenges—Center for Book Arts presents Summer Reading, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who take creative approaches to the book, text, and language. The book, in this exhibition, is complemented or subverted, with artists investigating the tradition of artist’s books as an artistic structure, storytelling in visual art, the narrative possibilities of language, the communicative potential of storylines, and the object-ness of material in circulation.In including prints, sculptures, and works on paper that explore the design and aesthetics of language, this exhibition celebrates the relationship between reading and making. Summer Reading extends beyond the gallery walls to include featured reading lists culled by the artist participants and associated lending lists for all ages, developed with our local partner libraries.


28 West 27th St, 3rd Flr Midtown - New York, NY, USA 10001

Monday, June 7, 2021

Mapplethorpe: Escultura


JUN 19, 2021 - AUG 08, 2021

Curated by Tobias Ostrander, Mapplethorpe: Escultura explores the artist’s interest in classical and Renaissance sculpture, as both subject and aesthetic resource. The 36 works exhibited include unique Polaroids that evidence the artist’s early interest in Michelangelo, as well as others depicting male nude sculptures in public parks and squares, taken during a trip to Europe by the artist in the early 1970s. Silver gelatin prints of classical marble and bronze sculptures are included, taken at several museums, as well as examples from the artist’s own collection. The selection mixes sculpture-based works with additional subjects portrayed by the artist, including flowers, portraits and sex acts involving sadomasochism related to his famous X portfolio. The diversity of the selection is intended to demonstrate how the artist approached all of his subjects with a sculptor’s eye. Strategies that evidence his sculptural interests include the use of dramatic lighting effects to stress the volume of the figures and objects represented, as well as his habitual use of pedestals, curtains and other forms of drapery. Mapplethorpe’s distinct cropping of his images, which highlight and abstract sections of the body, directly nod to the fragmented state of much of classical sculpture. The unique sexual charge that the artist brought to all his images is here addressed as related to ancient connections between aesthetics and eroticism, associated within historic renderings of the human form.


Website +1.310.652.1711 Get in touch937 North La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, USA 90069

Jane Bustin: The Colour of Words (Part II) Jane Lombard Gallery

Jane Bustin: The Colour of Words (Part II) Jane Lombard Gallery CHELSEA | NEW YORK | USA JUN 30, 2021 - AUG 06, 2021

Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present The Colour of Words (Part II), with London-based artist, Jane Bustin. Known for her intimate and minimalist constructions combining copper, wood, porcelain, and hand-dyed fabric, Bustin cultivates a poetic dialogue between the disparate materials.

Artists on show


Website +1.212.967.8040

518 West 19th Street Chelsea - New York, NY, USA 10011

Anti-Structure at DESTE Foundation

DESTE Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art ATHENS | GREECE

JUN 02, 2021 - OCT 27, 2021

Taking as its starting point an immersive installation with works by Urs Fischer and placing it in dialogue with the work of twenty-one Greek and Cypriot artists of various generations and modalities, Anti-Structure explores the far-fetched realm of fine lines between order and chaos, stasis and flux, structure and fragility.

Coined in 1969 by cultural anthropologist Victor Turner (1920–1983), “anti-structure” is a study of the state of mental and spiritual limbo that is characteristic of the second stage—the liminal stage—of any rite of passage, when the novitiate is neither here nor there but, betwixt and between, remains enveloped in abiding upheaval and disarray and a preternatural void. Anti-structure thus describes a stage of perpetual transformation characterized by moments of dissolution where “structural hierarchies are flattened or inverted.” Whereas the dominant ideology du jour was that any such breakdown would result in anomie and angst, Turner recognized that in times of great happenstance, culture in fact reboots itself and new symbols, models, and paradigms arise.

It is not unusual to find such pockets of clandestine novelty simmering deep in the underground, the pregnant margins of normative order. It is in these lands of strangers and exiles, that one finds fertile ground for radical thought and very strange ideas. It is these ideas cultivated in the fringes of institutionalized etiquette that bring forth novel ways of dress, posture, and expression, attitudes that when fully formed feed back into the system to either break or make the mainstream.

Artists on show


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Website +30.210.2758490 Get in touchFilellinon 11 & Em. Pappa street Nea Ionia Athens, Greece 142 43

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Celebrate 10 Years of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’

From sax solos by Clarence Clemons to the glorious oddness of “Judas” to the super-powered power ballad “You and I,” Born This Way was the moment Lady Gaga ascended to superstardom. To celebrate 10 years of the instant-classic album, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joined host Brian Hiatt — who was in the studio with Gaga for a Rolling Stone cover story as she finished recording Born This Way — for a new episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast. They break down the album’s greatest moments, put it in context of pop at the time, look at its influence, discuss our 2011 cover story, and much more.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Robin Rhode at Museum Voorlinden



APR 24, 2021 - SEP 26, 2021

In this retrospective, Voorlinden celebrates his artistic journey from 2000 to the present day. Whether it is a photo, video, sculpture or performance, each of his works can be traced back to the act of drawing. For Robin, a wall functions as his canvas, on which his temporary interventions depict imaginary worlds. Walls provide an important motif and vehicle. For Robin, they are not a boundary but rather windows to the imagination. Using chalk, charcoal and paint, he draws the sets for his performances on walls, capturing the action in photos or videos. Robin is a true illusionist. With only a few lines, he brings an entire world to life before our eyes and in doing so, he activates our powers of imagination. "It is a great honour to show my work at Voorlinden and its unique exhibition spaces with its harnessing of natural light. I cannot wait to share 20 years of my artistic practice with the Dutch audience, and to invite them into my universe." - Robin Rhode


Buurtweg 90 Wassenaar, Netherlands 2244

Peter Öhrnell: Paintings

Bildmuseet, Umeå University UMEA | SWEDEN

APR 24, 2021 - OCT 08, 2021

Peter Öhrnell’s motifs are at the interface between nature and culture; the zone in which the human habitat is shaped. Balancing among almost abstract colour surfaces are structures suggesting organic landscapes, architecture or fragments of interiors. Shrubs, clouds, rock folds, snow piles, cavities, bush wood, meet a house, roof, facade, deck chair. Intense, sonorous colours in steadily constructed compositions give the paintings a kinship with music. In his exhibition at Bildmuseet, Öhrnell presents new works from 2018–2020.

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Website +46.90.786.7400

Östra strandgatan 30B Umea, Sweden 903 33

Saturday, April 17, 2021

El Paso Museum of Art's new exhibit highlights work of Paris art group Cercle et Carré

A collection of abstract art from the early 20th century Paris artist group, Cercle et Carré, is being featured at the El Paso Museum of Art.

The city of El Paso announced Tuesday that the exhibit, Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art, will be on display at the museum at 1 Arts Festival Plaza in Downtown until Aug. 15. It opened April 8.

“We are excited that our exhibition, Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), is on view in El Paso, a city and its museum that certainly understands the international spirit it represents," William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, said in a news release. The Georgia Museum of Art organized the exhibition.

"Short lived but, in some ways, a pivotal event in the history of Modernism, the movement allowed the artists whose works are on view to express a purer reality in abstraction than what they saw as the skewed reality of the Surrealists. Their response came through geometry, plain and solid. There, these artists found truth.”

According to the El Paso Museum of Art's website, "In Paris at the end of the 1920s, more than eighty artists from the Americas, Europe, and Russia formed one of the earliest groups on the continent dedicated to abstract art. The group, which included prominent abstractionists Sonia Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky, published a journal and mounted a seminal exhibition in 1930, before disbanding shortly thereafter."

The exhibition features work from more than 30 of the original participating artists, including drawings, paintings and prints. 

The museum currently is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Pamela Rosenkranz - Kunsthaus Bregenz


APR 17, 2021 - JUL 04, 2021

“What makes us feel the way we feel?”, asks Pamela Rosenkranz. “What influence do scientific findings have on what being human means to us, and what influence do neurosciences have on our understanding of identity?” Sometimes blue dominates, the ultramarine employed by Yves Klein – a shade of oceanic depth – in addition, Rosenkranz also employs a delicate, soft pink, as well as a luminous green. The walls are monochrome, a viscous light emitted from LED lighting. The floor is reflective, it glitters like water permeated by the color of skin. Colors and objects are not representations, neither are they depictions of subjective imaginings or pure contemplation. Derived rather from scientific knowledge, they are illustrations of chemical constellations. The works always evoke human skin, the permeable organic boundary between the internal and external.

In 2015 Pamela Rosenkranz conceived the Swiss pavilion for the Venice Biennial. The diffuse mint green and baby pink colors were joined by a dull female voice and a slightly musty smell, the cause of which remained concealed. The spaces did not display anything that was recognizable as art, the emptiness referring visitors back to individual perceptions and their own experiences. Yet any sensory certainty remained questionable. The smell was actually synthetically produced musk which, depending on intensity, can be perceived as either attractive or repulsive. Rosenkranz experiments with pharmaceuticals, colors and materials, and their effect on the senses, on the human condition and perceptions. What influence do synthetic substances have on our life? What is the relation between sexuality and silicone? Rosenkranz conducts research on a molecular level. Since 2009 she has been filling commercial mineral water bottles with tinted silicone. The colors are derived from the different shades of human skin, the pink reflecting a Eurocentric clientele. The ideal of Modernism is an illusion, humanism remains questionable, genes and tissues are likewise contaminated. For Sharjah Biennial 14 in 2019, Pamela Rosenkranz constructed a robotic snake that wended its way through the hot sand in the inner courtyard of a building surrounded by arcades, the organic and real being once and for all replaced by the mechanical and invented. The emptiness and harmonious simplicity of the spaces at Kunsthaus Bregenz will doubtlessly be unusually responsive to the ideas in Rosenkranz’s work. However, notions of authentic experience, the point of departure for the architect, are questioned by Pamela Rosenkranz’s research on the micro-level of the senses.

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Sunday10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday - Wednesday10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Friday - Saturday10:00 AM - 6:00 PMKarl Tizian Platz Bregenz, Austria 6900

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