Axel Vervoordt Gallery Antwerp, 16.03.–25.05.2019
Curated by Alistair Hicks. Since the beginning of the 20th century, in a claim to modernity, ‘unnecessary’ decoration was removed from any work of art and architecture. Today, this idea seems obsolete. Most of the artists included in this show believe that it’s possible to be modern and embrace ornament.
In his 1908 essay “Ornament and Crime”, Adolf Loos, declared that you could not be decorative and modern. He makes no good arguments for this outrageous claim, just asserts it. Yet this view of Modernism has under-pinned the last hundred years of mainstream Western art history. This exhibition is devoted to contemporary artists who are resisting Loos' edict. They are finding their own balance between simplicity and ornament. The aim of this show is not only to make people re-examine their prejudice against ornament but rather to show that a curved line is every bit as revealing about the way we think and feel as a straight line.
espacio artkunstarte, 01.03.–24.05.2019
We have been thinking very much about how to create an atmosphere of inclusion in our presentations of art so that the visitors will not only look at art but also interact with it. We really do feel that art is a language just like any other that can be used to communicate almost anything. How can we link the idea of a written or printed system to that of a visual artistic language? That is the question that guided us as we conceived this show. We selected artworks that relate to writing, text, or just the idea of putting thoughts onto a surface like paper. And based on these visual references, we created very simple poems , following three basic rules: 1) the first line should have the word “page/s”, 2) the last line should end with “between the lines”, and 3) the syllabic count for the four lines should be 7/7/7/6.
In spite of the rules, the poems are not rigid or sophisticated. Playful, more than profound. Our intention was to create a game that [...]
Taking its title from the first verse of the poem Labyrinth by Jorge Luis Borges, this exhibition brings together installations, drawings, sculptures, paintings, videos and books by artists belonging to the international collection of contemporary art of Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas.
In order to reflect the wide variety of meanings that an art collection can achieve, the exhibition is organized as a labyrinth: it has neither a beginning nor an end, no specific theme, it is not centered in any territory, time or belief. And, nevertheless, the options that are posed are endless: dialogues are established, encounters are generated, previous assumptions are deconstructed and innumerable possibilities unfold.
The group show includes works by: Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck, Svenja Deininger, Július Koller, Roman Ondak, Gabriel Sierra, Mladen Stilinović ⠀
Among the other selected artists are: Cildo Meireles, Dahn Vo, Damian Ortega, Gordon [...]
Sharjah Art Foundation, 07.03.–10.06.2019
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber will explore the possibilities for creating art when material culture is under constant threat of human destruction and climate degradation, offering artists from the UAE and around the world an internationally recognised platform for exhibition and experimentation.
The biennial will include three distinct exhibitions organised by each of the three curators, presenting works by contemporary artists to explore the ways in which contemporary life, enabled by rapid technological change, has created a seemingly inescapable “echo chamber” of information, complex personal networks and shifting narratives that are physical, spiritual and virtual. Presenting new commissions, large-scale installations and films, the biennial will be on view in SAF buildings and courtyards, as well as other locations in Sharjah.
Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck is part of the group exhibition Making New Time, curated by [...]
Galerie Martin Janda is showing works by Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck and Tania Pérez Córdova in the Dialogues section at ARCO Madrid 2019, curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio and Catalina Lozano.
Find us at booth Booth 9A06 in Hall 9!
Both artists broadly look at the dynamics of appropriation, the development of the past and image realities. From two different and individual perspectives they explore scrambled and distorted representations of the familiar and the commonplace.
Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck examines the chaos of his home country Venezuela, probing the problematical historical narratives that bring us to our present. He frequently engages in a research-based practice that confronts cultural, political, and socioeconomic [...]
Drawing Room London, 20.02.–26.03.2019
An exhibition and auction of over 200 unique drawings, showcasing the most exciting artists working today. Including works using every imaginable technique, Drawing Biennial 2019 affirms the centrality of drawing to all spheres of artistic production. The exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations.
In the exhibition, artists associated with the medium of drawing such as Charles Avery, Huma Bhabha, Nikhal Chopra and Kathy Prendergast sit alongside those better known as sculptors, such as Richard Deacon, Francis Upritchard and Alison Wilding, or as painters, such as Ryan Mosley and George Shaw.
Culminating in an online auction in the exhibition’s final two weeks, all works are available to purchase from a starting bid of £300. Proceeds from the auction support Drawing Room’s exhibition, learning and publishing programme and growth of its unique study [...]