2128 - U.S.A. - CINCINNATI-OHIO - Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - 12.09.2014-22.02.2015


Curated by Kevin Moore for FOTOFOCUS
Nico Krebs, Taiyo Onorato

The Swiss-born, Berlin-based duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (both b. 1979) respond with humor and wit to various traditions of modernist architecture, documentary photography and the heroic travelogue. By pecking at such constructions, the artists reveal a more whimsical, ironic, and subjective vision of the structures and technologies that shape the way we see and live. Their work simultaneously explores the subject of artistic collaboration, as well as the expansion of photography as an artistic medium. Though much of Onorato & Krebs’ practice is photographic, the artists’ engagement with other media—film, sculpture, sound —sheds the artifice of objectivity and documentation to revel in reconstructions of the world around us.

This is the first major museum exhibition for Onorato and Krebs in the United States, and will collect a variety of eclectic, but interrelated bodies of work. The Great Unreal turns photographs taken on road trips in the U.S. (between 2005 and 2008) into the platform and playground for surreal satire. They returned to this format in 2013 during travels through Central Asia, producing an equally fantastic take on the lived experience of mapmaking. For the Constructions series (2009-2012), the artists photographed Berlin buildings in perspective and extended their contours with strategically placed wooden armatures. Further employing the camera’s eye to suggest alternative ways of seeing, the Spins series turns found materials and extreme camera angles into a psychedelic vision of the everyday.

Contemporary Arts Center - Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - 12.09.2014 - 22.02.2015

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2127 - U.S.A. - CHICAGO- ILLINOIS - MCA DNA: Richard Hunt - 18.12.2014-17.05.2015


Richard Hunt
Small Hybrid, 1964
17 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 10 in. (44.4 x 24.1 x 25.4 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton A. Sterling, 1981.39
Photo: Nathan Keay, © Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), a longtime resident of Chicago and one of the city’s most accomplished artists, has contributed significantly to the history of abstract sculpture. Hunt turns eighty in 2015, and the MCA celebrates his life and artistic achievements with an MCA DNA exhibition of his sculptures and drawings, dating from the 1950s through the 1990s. These works reflect the development of Hunt’s style—from smaller objects made of welded scrap materials to monumentally scaled metal sculptures. Throughout his career, Hunt has used bronze and steel in his sculptures to explore lyrical forms, the sublime possibilities of abstraction, and the reconciliation of the organic and the industrial. Presenting a selection of Hunt’s drawings as well, the exhibition highlights his cultivation of linear gestures and a sense of movement in his work in both media.

Hunt’s career, which spans more than fifty years and continues today, began with early success, at the time largely unprecedented for a young artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired one of Hunt’s sculptures in 1957, when he was still a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and mounted a retrospective of his work in 1971, when Hunt was only thirty-five. Hunt has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, fifteen honorary degrees, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, New Jersey. In addition, he has completed more than 120 major public commissions around the US and Chicago is home to thirty-five of his public sculptures, including works at Midway Airport and the historic State of Illinois Building. Hunt’s exhibition at the MCA is accompanied by an interactive map locating his public commissions, as well as a new video, produced by the MCA, that features Hunt discussing his work.

This exhibition is organized by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA DNA: Richard Hunt - 18.12.2014 - 17.05.2015

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2126 - U.S.A. - DES MOINES-IOWA - FROM ICON TO ABSTRACTION - Goncharova, Kruchenykh ± Rozanova and The Great War - 26.09.2014-15.02.2015


Natalia Goncharova (Russian, 1881-1962)
The Doomed City, from “Mystical Images of War,” 1914
Lithograph on paper, 12 5/8 x 9 ½ inches
Des Moines Art Center’s Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women through Bequest, 2003.316.11

Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Russian neo-Primitivist artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) created a series of 14 black-and-white crayon lithographs titled “War: Mystical Images of War.” Her prints are rooted in the imagery of Russian icons, history, Apocalypse imagery, folk art, and contemporary warfare. Two years later, in his book “Universal War,” Russian avant-garde artist Alexei Kruchenykh (1886-1968) envisioned war as a series of counterbalanced geometric forms. In this set of editioned series of 12 cut paper and fabric collages, he evokes a cosmic battle in the year 1985 rather than depict the current war.
His collages were directly inspired by the work of Olga Rozanova (1886-1918). Zaum “transrational” poetry by Kruchenykh accompanies the collages. This exhibition compares these avant-garde Russian artists’ Modernist visions of war. Collector Louise Noun, who gave the prints and collages to the Des Moines Art Center, will be highlighted in the exhibition publication through her interest in avant garde women artists of the 20th century. This exhibition is organized by Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings.

Des Moines Art Center   25.09.2014 - 15.02.2015

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2125 - U.S.A. - CHARLOTTE-NORTH CAROLINA - Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 - 01.11.2014-01.02.2015

Alson Skinner Clark (American, 1876-1949)  Created: 1913
Materials: Oil on canvas
Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100, the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, and brings together selected examples of the work of the three most important American artists to draw and paint the construction of the canal, printmaker Joseph Pennell and painters Alson Skinner Clark and Jonas Lie, for the first time. Providing a rich context for these works is a handful of paintings by nineteenth-century American artists including Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, and Louis Remy Mignot, all of whom visited and painted in South America, as well as works by such American artists as Julien Alden Weir, Ernest Lawson, and George Bellows, who painted images of factories and industry in the popular styles of their day. Interspersed with the approximately 50 paintings and prints is a variety of ephemera—photographs, books, newspapers, and other period material—that address the broader public perception of the canal and its impact.

As 2014 marks the centennial of the opening of the canal it provides a perfect opportunity to both reconsider these historic works of art and to reflect upon the canal’s impact over the past one hundred years. Thus, in conjunction with the exhibition the Mint has commissioned a new short story by the award-winning author Anthony Doerr and a new work of art by renowned contemporary artist Mel Chin. These fresh perspectives on the canal and its legacy are particularly meaningful in light of the fact that an effort to significantly expand the canal is currently underway, and is tied to the development of many projects in the continental United States, such as the construction of an intermodal transportation hub at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Panama Canal at 100 is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue containing an essay by exhibition curator Jonathan Stuhlman, the new work of fiction by Doerr, and images relating to Chin’s commission along with an interview with the artist about the piece.
 Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 - Mint Museum - 01.11.2014 - 01.02.2015