Center of Attention at Margulies - Song Dong’s Chinese Maze: See it to believe it The Wall Street Journal once included the Margulies Collection of Miami “Top Five: Lorenzo Rudolf”, which is also known for its owner Marty Margulies’ collection of work by top-notch artists on the world stage. It is a maze of rooms that takes over the entire center of the huge ground-floor space. Called Wisdom of the Poor: A Communed Courtyard, this incredible installation is based on the traditional, cramped living spaces called Hutongs in Beijing, where the poor once lived almost shoulder-to-shoulder and shared courtyards. The Hutongs have mostly disappeared in the massive redevelopment of the Chinese capital, but there is nostalgia still from these undeniably threadbare living spaces that created a cozy sense of community missing from the new steel and glass metropolis. Song has reproduced a version of these alleyways and courtyards, from which you can peer into windows and doors to see the life inside. According to the artist, “I have chosen the works of six artists from the Margulies Collection to place in my six rooms. A new dialogue is thus created, and together they encompass my work. Marcel Duchamp pioneered the use of everyday objects in his works, and started the course for using readymade objects in artistic practices. And this time I have taken these artworks and treated them as if they were readymade objects, restoring them to real life, and allowing us to observe and interpret them in an alternative way. The works of these renowned artists are placed together with the large cabinets, which were created by ordinary craftsmen, leading to a dialogue between the works.” For example, the classic George Segal figures of men waiting in a Depression-era breadline – the poor here are still waiting, and the John DeAndrea’s partially naked woman stares at you from one direction; from a window on the other side of the home, her backside is completely bare. Navigating through these tight pathways and being given such intimate access can feel heart wrenching at times. A visit to the Wynwood space for this installation alone should be on every art lovers’ bucket-list. It has become a cliche, but the Margulies Collection truly is museum-quality, and in many cases, better. Anne Tschida, the special to the Miami Herald also cited: “This is a cursory look at some of the highlights here – and this just from the first floor. Videos, painting, photography and lots more sculpture spread throughout the exhibit. But make sure to take a look back downstairs after spending some time on the other floors, where you can see Song Dong’s elaborate Beijing courtyards from yet another perspective. There are rooms with a view that should not be missed.”
Pace Gallery's booth (B2) at ADAA: The Art Show 2014 is now open at the Park Avenue Armory through Sunday, March 9, 2014. The booth features a group of dichromate holograms by James Turrell. Whereas traditional holograms depict objects, Turrell's holograms are unique in their depiction of light itself.
Pace Gallery is pleased to announce that Chuck Close's Nudes 1967-2014 and Kiki Smith's Wonder are now open to the public at 534 and 510 West 25th Street, respectively. Both shows will remain open through March 29.
On Thursday 13 February 2014, Pace London organised the signing of Adrian Ghenie's new Hatje Cantz monograph at 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET.
Since the publication of his first monograph in 2009, Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie has established himself as one of the preeminent painters of his generation on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2012, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver mounted his first solo exhibition in the United States, and he also featured in the seminal group show Six Lines of Flight at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. At Florence’s historic Palazzo Strozzi, Ghenie’s paintings were placed in a dialogue with works by Francis Bacon, his great role model. This was followed in 2013 by his widely acclaimed New York debut at Pace.
While Ghenie continues to explore the darker moments of European history, the social and political abuse of power, as well as his personal history, his compositions have become conspicuously more complex over the years as he has turned increasingly toward a brighter and more colourful palette, masterfully shifting between graphicness and abstraction. This book unites seventy key works from the last four years.
Next June, Pace London will present Adrian Ghenie’s first solo exhibition at 6 Burlington Gardens.
Details of the monograph:
Edited by Juerg Judin, graphic design by Jakob Straub
2014. ca. 184 pp., ca. 100 ills.
28.00 x 28.00 cm
This spring, Michal Rovner's work will be included in the photographic project ToledoContemporánea, presented by Ivorypress and curated by Elena Ochoa Foster. The exhibition, held at San Marcos Church in Toledo, Spain, is part of the exhibition program celebrating the fourth centennial of El Greco in collaboration with the Fundación El Greco 2014. The exhibition is on view through June 14, 2014, open to the public everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Read more from Ivorypress here.
Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood edition features a portfolio of 20 Polaroid portraits of movie stars shot by Chuck Close. The artist requested that his subjects be ready to be photographed without makeup or hair-styling and used a large-format 20x24" Polaroid camera for the close-ups. Close has been creating portraits in a variety of media for five decades. Portraits of stars from Kate Winslet and Oprah Winfrey to Morgan Freeman and Martin Scorcese appear in the March issue.
Close's exhibition Nudes 1967-2014 opens at Pace Gallery on February 28 at 534 West 25th Street.
To see behind-the-scenes images, visit Vanity Fair's page.
On Monday 10 February 2014, Pace London opened Pavel Pepperstein at 6-10 Lexington Street. The exhibition will remain on view until 15 March.
On Thursday, February 6, Pace Gallery opened Richard Tuttle's "Looking for the Map" at 32 East 57th Street. The show will remain open through March 15.
The Japan Society grants $6 million to the Odawara Art Foundation, established in 2009 by Hiroshi Sugimoto. The grant will support the construction of a new arts complex dedicated to the promotion of Japanese culture. The museum complex will be set on 9,500 square meters of coastal land southwest of Tokyo, and the interior gallery will overlook the Pacific Ocean. Slated to open in the spring of 2016, the Odawara Art Foundation will bring together the artist’s minimalist design aesthetic with the Japanese seascape.
Read more from The New York Times here.
Read more from The Wall Street Journal here.