Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at MoMA


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The artwork of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), who seized the exuberant fin de siecle atmosphere of the Belle Epoque Paris, is currently on view in “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters” at The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition — featuring over 100 examples of Toulouse-Lautrec’s avant-garde works — is drawn almost exclusively from MoMA’s permanent collection of posters, lithographs, printed ephemera and illustrated books.

Toulouse-Lautrec documents the cult of the celebrity and the rise of popular entertainment in his prints, posters and lithographs for magazines and journals. The exhibition is organized into five subjects: Parisian nightlife, celebrities, artists of the avant-garde, prostitutes and the daily pleasures of the upper class. The famous Moulin Rouge takes center stage in the section devoted to the rise of nightlife culture in France. Cafe concerts and dance halls come alive in Toulouse-Lautrec’s distinct style characterized by vibrant color and swift brushstrokes. His energetic approach arrests the star power of the famous actresses, singers, dancers and performers filling these venues — including dancer Loie Fuller and stage actress Jane Avril.

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Between Poetry and Politics: Christoph Schlingensief at MoMA PS1


German artist Christoph Schlingensief is a reactionary performance/video/installation artist with mature content/explicit images/and overall radical artwork. His current retrospective at MoMA PS1 which runs through September 7th is a valiant attempt to capture an artist’s ouevre not mean to be caught. Born in 1960 he worked until his death in 2010 on experimental and feature film, theater, opera, performance, installation, literature, TV shows, radio plays. He directed plays by William Shakespeare and operas by Richard Wagner, and was profoundly influenced by Joseph Beuys, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and the Viennese Actionists.

His career is speckled with documentary vocational voyages around the world preaching the gospel of human rights and political indecency to the humanism of today. He continually engaged the audience in his art—in “The Stairlift to Heaven” (2007) (above) viewers are invited to ride a chairlift to a small video projection on view, all while becoming the star on stage as Schlingensief’s film is also projected onto the ascending trail. His career unearths the politics of the post-war German landscape—a mixture of an unknown future full of liberal unrest and its historical lineage that perpetually creeps its weary head into the present age.

Read more about his art, and his retrospective, on MoMA PS1.org

An Autobiography of Love: James Lee Byars at MoMA PS1

“The Chair for the Philosophy of Question” (1990), with an antique Tibetan chair, in “James Lee Byars: ½ an Autobiography,” at MoMA PS!

“The Chair for the Philosophy of Question” (1990), with an antique Tibetan chair, in “James Lee Byars: ½ an Autobiography,” at MoMA PS1

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As the story goes, there are a million different ways to say I Love You. For 20th Century conceptual-performance artist James Lee Byars, it was never about saying the words. “James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography” at MoMA PS1 chronicles this artist’s lifelong career as an artist who transformed his life into an artful series of eventful acts. He played the role of artist-as-shaman throughout his life as he sought to expound on philosophical concepts of perfection, truth, beauty, and love. He intertwined his art into his life and at moments the difference is immutable—which is exactly the point. As Byars dressed daily in monochrome suits of black, white, pink or gold, the world was his stage as he theatrically transformed the mundane into the extraordinary through his visual and performance art.

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Call For Artists: NYC Exhibition Open for Submissions


I am pleased to announce the exhibition I am curating at the SciArt Center Un-Natural Nature is now open for submissions. All works of art in all media will be eligibleUn-Natural Nature will begin as a virtual exhibition on SciArtCenter.org. A new page on the website will be created, and will feature:

  • 1-5 images of each artist’s work
  • 1 paragraph artist statement
  • Link to Resume/CV
  • Links to social media pages and websites

A feature article written by curator Danielle Kalamaras will be published in the October issue of SciArt in America. Artists will also be featured in articles published on the SciArt in America blog. If you are an artist, or a scientist, this is the opportunity for you, read on for submission details:

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Where Art meets Fashion: “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” at the Met


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If you haven’t been to the Met to catch “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” it’s time to go. The exhibit closes Aug. 10 — a mere two weeks away. Designer Charles James revolutionized the post-war fashion world by updating romantic silhouettes into modern statements. Influenced by the Avant-Garde, he borrowed the biomorphic lines of Surrealism and the dramatic energy of Abstract Expressionism to engineer sculptural looks with artful appearances. “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases 65 looks of this influential American couturier.

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Travis LaMothe and the Uncanny Domestic

"Phenolic Birch Chair," 2013 (all photos courtesy of the artist)

“Phenolic Birch Chair,” 2013 (all photos courtesy of the artist)

WhoTravis LaMothe

Where: Travis is a traveling man. He lives and works in Dallas, but travels to NYC for exhibitions and to visit friends in Bushwick. What: From hand-crafted furniture to minimalist paintings, Travis borders the fine-line between product and artwork. A master of mediums, Travis chooses materials as ideas transform into full-force projects. This mixed-media artist does not shy from unconventional materials either, as he often works with utilized inkjet prints, steel furniture, soap, cotton clothing, and drywall compound. He creates paintings and sculptures and all things in between, but one theme continually emerges from his art—his interest in what defines a ‘domestic’ space.

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Koons-a-pa-looza: Jeff Koons takes NYC


From Kitsch to Culture, artist Jeff Koons has been transforming the everyday into the extraordinary since his first NYC exhibition in 1980. Decades—and millions in revenue—later, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is taking over the Whitney Museum of Art and is showcasing this superstar artist’s 35-year career.

This chronological survey exhibits over 130 sculptures and paintings to unfold Koons’ rise to art stardom as the second most valuable living artist today. This saga is of an artist whose career-defining trademark is the transformation of popular culture into art—from lowbrow commodities to highbrow aesthetic objects, Koons’ multimedia career continually uplifts mass media into as the artist describes, “proletarian luxuries.”

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