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Category: Zurich

Zürich; fall opening art scene; Bolte Lang gallery;Kunsthalle Zürich and Löwenbrau Art Complex bldg galleries; Eva Presenhuber ; Bob van Orsouw;Grieder Contemporary

A 24 hour trip to Zürich with my wonderful friend, art advisor /Munich, Martina Tauber to attend the fall opening art scene.

We started with a wonderful exhibition at Bolte Lang gallery with the exhibition “like a virgin” by Athene Galiciadis. A wonderful walk thru with Anna Bolte and Chaja Lang.

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…..The title, resulting from the works as “écriture automatique”, not only describes the working process, but more concretely conveys the subject matter of Galiciadis’ empty, untainted vases, with their form, colour and haptic reminding the viewer of the young, female shape……
Like a virgin
Touched for the very first time
Like a virgin
When your heart beats next to mine

more here http://www.boltelang.com/exhibitions/current/

a stop at Grieder  Contemporary  for Ross Chisholm “The Cratylists”. A wonderful walk thru the exhibition with Melanie Dankbar/director of the gallery

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The Cratylists (an allusion to Plato’s famous Cratylus dialogue)

“…The points of orientation for this new body of work have been the 18th century society portraits by Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney and most of all by Joshua Reynolds. The latter developed in his famous “Discourses on Art” an influential art theory based on classical and contemporary philosophical and art theoretical writings…” (gallery press release)

more here at gallery  http://www.grieder-contemporary.com

next , to Eva Presenhuber’s gallery  at MAAG Areal. Sam Falls, Los Angeles based artist  (exhibition  sold out  before the opening)

 

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Sam Falls at Presenhuber, photo by permission@Martina Tauber

“….I took plants as the common subject matter for this body of work not only for their legacy in art history, but their reference to place. The works here were made from west to east, from the palm fronds in my backyard in Venice, California, to the abounding ferns bordering my mom’s hayfield where I grew up in Vermont, to the trees around the grounds of a recent residency in Sarvisalo, Finland. Beyond the native vegetation delineating geography, these “paintings” represent duration and environment, visible in the scattered heavy rains of Southern California, to the light spring mist in Vermont, to the consistent light drizzle of the Scandinavian archipelago…”  (Sam Falls on the gallery press release )

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photo credit @published at Presenhuber gallery

more here http://www.presenhuber.com/en/exhibitions/2014/Sam-Falls.html

then to the Löwenbrau Art Complex:

at Bob van Orsouw’s gallery for  Nedko Solakov (Mixed Media-in at least four directions and one center)

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Nedko Solakov, The Has-Beens Creator, 2014, oil on canvas

“…Nedko Solakov is a highly gifted storyteller. His drawings talk about everyday occurrences, but also turn out to be caustic commentaries on human existence, while, at the same time, shedding light on its absurdity…”(gallery press release)

and enjoying as always Bob van Orsouw’s  lovely office with  great pieces, this was my favorite above his desk

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photo by permission @Vk

more here van Orsouw gallery http://www.bobvanorsouw.ch/artists/nedko-solakov

at Eva Presenhuber‘s for Wyatt Kahn  (New York based artist)

…..Kahn presents a new body of work which focuses on a concept of representation of an object through all its aspects: visual, sensational and conceptual. For these works, the shaped stretchers come together to create the shape of the actual object, the motifs used to cover the first layer of the stretchers are the epitome of the representation of that object, drawn by hand in an almost automatic way…..

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Martina Tauber at  the Wyatt Kahn show,  photo@VK

more here www.presenhuber.com/en/exhibitions/2014/Wyatt-Kahn.html

and Steven Shearer (Canadian artist) also at Eva Presenhuber gallery

Steven Shearer’s practice encompasses many different medias, from found photography, drawing, and painting to collage and focuses on a melancholic vision of youth, tinted by strong references to the iconography of extreme metal cuture. His world is one of alienation and repulsion towards the everyday, a world whose heroes are death-metal rockers, 1970s prefab boy bands and teen stars, amature glam-rockers and guitar-wielding teenaged suburban dreamers

and  Kunsthalle Zurich 

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Kunsthalle Zürich opened  an extensive solo exhibition of the artist group Slavs and Tatars. Focusing on the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China”, the artistic and discursive work of Slavs and Tatars engages transcultural as well as transdisciplinary questions of history, politics, religion, and language.

Slavs and Tatars «Mirrors for Princes» (30.08. – 09.11.14)

more here http://kunsthallezurich.ch/index.php?id=5&L=1

a wonderful dinner followed at Times restaurant, invited by Eva Presenhuber gallery 

http://times-zurich.com/restaurant/aktuell/

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Followed by Löwenbräukunst summer party at the courtyard with music by Nifty’s, Aliev Bleh-Orkestar und Goran Potkonjak.

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Zürich:Hauser & Wirth gallery, Rodney Graham “The Four Seasons “

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2.November-21.December 201

A fabulous exhibition. I loved it!

“….Nestled between snow-covered mountains and the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the most extraordinary city; it is at once remote and removed from the centre of the Western World, yet it sustains the vibrancy of a thriving modern metropolis. One of the most distinguished representatives of this city’s vibrant art scene is Rodney Graham. He has created a practice which operates through systems of quotation, reference and adaptation, working with diverse media such as film, photography, installation, painting, music and text.”

Betula Pendula Fastiglata (Sous-Chef on Smoke Break)

‘Betula Pendula Fastigiata (Sous Chef on Smoke Break)’. The subject was inspired by a scene that the artist witnessed behind a restaurant on Vancouver’s main street: a member of the kitchen staff taking a smoke break.He resolved to make a work from the situation but decided to transfer the image to a park.

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Zürich; Hauser & Wirth gallery , Rashid Johnson “The Gathering”

2 November -21 December 2013, Hauser & Wirth, Zürich

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Rashid Johnson’ s first solo exhibition in Switzerland, this exhibition “The Gathering” comprising over a dozen new works including sculpture, painting and video. For this exhibition, Johnson will unveil a new series of abstract portraits which he refers to as ‘characters’…..

….The abstracted form of these ‘characters’ was inspired in part by Johnson’s recent re-reading of Albert Camus’ ‘L‘Étranger’, in particular a memorable scene in which the rays of the sun obscure Meursault’s vision of the Arab…..

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Zürich; Jablonka Galerie; ‘Kinbaku’ Nobuyoshi Araki

15.10.2013-21.12.2013

installation view (courtesy of Jablonka gallerie; published photo)

An impressive installation of 54 photos by Nobuyoshi Araki ‘Kinbaku” at the boutique beautiful space  of Jablonka Galerie at the center of Zürich at Talstrasse street.

photos;courtesy of Jablonka Galerie (published photos)

more here 

and news of new space at S-chanf in Engadin 

Zürich: visit Kunsthalle, Lutz Backer “snow”

November 11,2013 -February 2nd, 2014

from the press release of the show ..

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Lutz Bacher (lives and works in New York) has been questioning the medialisation and commercialisation of individual life choices and models of sexual and social identity since the early 1970s through the alienation and deconstruction of their familiar manifestations. Accordingly, since the beginning of her career as an artist, she has concealed her true identity behind a misleading and deceptive male pseudonym and rarely appears in person on the art scene. With «SNOW», Kunsthalle Zürich presents an exhibition, in which the artist incorporates an overview of her work from the 1970s to the present day into the ensemble of an installation created specially for the exhibition. ”

Zurich:visit Löwenbrau Art Complex. curatorial exhibition at POOL

‘Go!You Sure?Yeah.’  curated by Nicola Ruffo and Tanja Trampe  (23 Nov -19 Jan 2014)

Curators Nicola Ruffo and Tanja Trampe select artworks from the collections of Maja Hoffman and Michael Ringier, focusing on works that probe conventions and categories dominating the realm of film and cinema.

Featuring works by:

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Doug Aitken, Francis Alÿs, Fiona Banner, Robert Barry, Olaf Breuning, Bruce Conner, Keren Cytter, Peter Doig, Trisha Donnelly,Olafur Eliasson, Urs Fischer, Jack Goldstein, Douglas Gordon, Jonathan Horowitz, Allan McCollum, Sarah Morris, Takeshi Murata, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, John Stezaker, Stan VanDerBeek, Jeff Wall

Mentor/Mentorin: Dorothee Richter, Head of Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

“….from the press release,,,

In the 1960s, artists began to broaden the very concept of cinema – most notably Stan VanDerBeek, a pioneer of the Expanded Cinema practice. His visually stunning, walk-in installation ‘Movie-Drome’, which resembles a dome designed by R. Buckminster Fuller, will become accessible again for the first time in Europe on the occasion of this show. In the 1970s, Jack Goldstein appropriated not only Hollywood’s classic motifs but also its techniques, while contemporary positions like those represented by Douglas Gordon, Cindy Sherman or Keren Cytter engage with the aesthetic legacy of the classic film industry. Peter Doig’s posters from the series ‘Studio Film Club’ advertised the different films projected in the weekly film club he had founded in his Trinidad studio, and were created on the day of each screening. The 25 works featured in the show offer intriguing points of departure for engaging with the properties of art that explores, primarily, the cinematic medium and its representation, as well as the cinematographic event itself. “

read more at  poolproject.net

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