Kusama is a living legend of the international avant-garde who has avoided the categorizations of modern art. Flamboyant yet profound, her work goes from unique masterpieces to mass-produced pop culture commodities, consistent in their constant and manifold appeal to the imagination and the senses. Her career took various forms and spans more than sixty years, she has made cosmic infinity and personal obsession the twin poles of her artistic inquiry. This exhibition of recent work weaves between the two oppositions, juxtaposing monadic sculptures with topological installations and abstract paintings with self-portraits.
Sigrid is belgian and since 7 years she’s living in Rome. She started out as a journalist, writing on newspapers and literary magazines, when in Rome her interest for photography and gastronomy grew up. For two years she worked at Gambero Rosso and now she’a an independent food photographer. Since 2005 she also runs a blog called Cavoletto di Bruxelles where she shares her recipes which are collected in 5 cookbooks too.
Martha Cooper is one of graffiti’s most influential photographers, particularly for being half of the duo (the other half being Henry Chalfant) who photographed and wrote Subway Art back in the 1980′s. For many street artists and graffiti writers, Martha is a large part of how they got started not just painting outside, but with art in general. Martha Cooper: Remix is the next show at Carmichael Gallery, some of street art and graffiti’s greats from the 1980′s through today have reinterpreted Martha’s photographs in their own style and Remix will show the original photos alongside these reinterpretations. Remix opens April 9th and runs through May 7th, so it is timed to coincide with MOCA’s Art in the Streets show, which Martha Cooper is also included in.
Artists in Remix include Aeon, Daze, Dearraindrop, Jane Dickson, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Gaia, Grotesk, Logan Hicks, How & Nosm, LA II, Lady Pink, Anthony Lister, The London Police, Mare 139, Barry McGee, Lee Quinones, Kenny Scharf, Sharp, Skewville, Chris Stain, Subway Art History, Swoon, T-Kid, Terror161 and many more.
Swiss art director and designer Adeline Mollard in collaboration with Robert Klanten and Matthias Hübner put together this interesting publication released by Gestalten. Behind the Zines is a book that examines the key factors that distinguish various zines. It introduces projects in which the printing process significantly influences aesthetics or in which limited distribution to a small, clearly defined target audience becomes part of the overall concept.
Behind the Zines not only documents outstanding work, but also shows how the self-image of those who make zines impacts the scene as a whole. Through interviews with people involved in zine production and distribution, the book sheds light on various strategies for this evolving media form.
Fiona Bryson is an editor, writer, independent publisher and curator. She grew up in Germany and Britain and over the last ten years she’s been leading an almost nomadic life between London, Paris and Berlin. Fiona is editor of Angst magazine, Odds and Ends and contributor of Sang Bleu and Dazed. In the last four years her job has been gradually moving from editorial to art book publishing. Recently she’s been working on Angst Issue Two, which was put out last January, and various book projects.
“Who Took the Bomp” is a concert film that follows Le Tigre across 4 continents and 10 countries. It will be released as a DVD by Oscilloscope Laboratories on June 7th, 2011.
The film edits together 20 shows from 2004-2005 world tour along with backstage footage and interviews. The movie highlights their motivations and the many attempts to use humor when confronted with the inherent sexism and homophobia of the rock world.
It is 69 minutes long and includes bonus material. It was shot by Carmine Covelli and directed by Kerthy Fix.
“Who Took The Bomp” will be screened at MOMA on April 4th, as part of the “Looking at Music 3.0″ exhibition.
Aleksandra Mir is an artist, born in Poland but with American and Swedish citizenship. She studied Communications, Media Arts and Cultural Anthropology. In much of her work, Mir solicits the participation of friends, acquaintances, and strangers in playful upheavals of social norms. The work’s course of events is often started by Mir as a situation-bound joint between specific events and location. Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted among others at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2004), P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2004), Kunsthaus, Zurich (2006), Printed Matter, NYC (2007), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2009), Laurent Godin, Paris (2006, 2009), Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2010). Her work has also been included in major group exhibitions such as the Sydney Biennale, Sydney (2002), GNS (Global Navigation System), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003), the Whitney Biennial (2004) and The Shapes of Space at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2007), and 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), “Born in Dystopia” exhibition at the Rosenblum Collection in Paris (2010-11).
In the late 1970s, Janette Beckman and David Corio were freelance photographers for rival music weeklies in London: Melody Maker and New Musical Express, respectively. These were the largest circulation music papers, both hugely influential in a particularly fertile time in underground scene, up-and-coming bands were desperate to grace their pages. “Catch the Beat: The Roots of Punk and Hip Hop ” is a new exhibit at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery that collects some of their more iconic images. On the joint exhibition Corio and Beckman say, “This exhibition is the first time we have been able to show our Punk and Hip Hop images together – and may be the first time that both music genres have been seriously exhibited alongside each other. Whereas photographs of other musicians from the 1970′s to the 1990′s are often shown in galleries, it is refreshing to see that there are also exciting images from these two important genres that changed the world of music. We hope this exhibition will help viewers to realize how important Punk and Hip Hop are to the history of music and photography.”
Eleanor is a freelance illustrator based in Brighton. She graduated with a first class degree from Falmouth College of Art in 2006. Since then she has worked for a broad range of clients, including The New York Times, Bon Iver, Chiswick House, Super Superficial, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah,The Yellow Bird Project and Plan B Magazine.