David Nash, time and nature

Wood, erosion and seasons… David Nash’s art is rooted in our planet Earth. We met him in his home in Wales, where he’s hidden himself away in a former chapel. This is where he sculpts his life-size works with the help of a chainsaw and welding torch, watched by an audience of trees. “They look at me…” David Nash was born in 1945 in Surrey, England. Today acknowledged as one of the most illustrious British exponents of Land Art, he works relentlessly with his material of choice, wood, to create installations or sculptures. While his creations are exhibited in museums all over the world, his largest formats have been created for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, or his own home, in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales. Here, Nash resides in a former chapel, impressive in its dimensions and brightness. It houses some of his oldest pieces, which Nash is fond of reworking, attesting to a cyclical approach to time. This summer, David Nash’s work is being shown at the Fondation Fernet-Branca near Basel, while another exhibition has recently wrapped up at the Museum Lothar Fisher in Neumarkt, Germany. The Galerie Lelong which represents him in Paris is also unveiling his new works on paper until 13 July.   After you finished your studies, you decided to settle here, in this former church in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Why? I bought it in 1968 for 200 pounds and as I didn’t have to work to earn money, I was able to devote myself to my art. But I taught in different schools from 1970 onwards, working with students experimenting with all types of mediums. For me, creativity is one and the same whatever the medium, and what I’d teach them in particular was to develop confidence in themselves, whether in painting, sculpture or...

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Roger Tallon, industrial-design aesthete

The exhibition “Roger Tallon, le design en mouvement” (Roger Tallon, Design on the Move) will be held from 8 September to 8 January at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. After passing away in 2011 at the age of 82 years, Tallon is considered one of the greatest French designers. A homage… Françoise Jollant-Kneebone is co-curator of the exhibition, alongside Dominique Forest. An author of reference works such as Atelier A. Rencontre de l’art et de l’objet, published by Éditions Norma, or La Critique en Design, published by Jacqueline Chambon, she was director of the École Camondo and the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle from 1998 to 2001. Head of design at the Centre Georges Pompidou, she was long acquainted with this industrial-design aesthete. The organisation of this exhibition dates back to 2012, on the basis of a proposal by Béatrice Salmon, the then director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Olivier Gabet, her successor, brought the exhibition into being. How will this exhibition be different from the 1993 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou ? During the 1993 exhibition, Roger Tallon was still alive. This retrospective was at that time based on personal choices, in terms of content as well as scenography. The exhibition that we present is free from the influence of the artist’s view of his own work. We are thus able to open up new perspectives, namely his collaborations with artists. We wanted to put an emphasis on his transport-related works, especially projects that didn’t see the light, but that were springboards for thought for companies such as the RATP. What was the role of the exhibition’s partner SNCF, a company closely linked to Roger Tallon’s career? Guillaume Pepy himself (editorial note: president of the SNCF) made the decision to support the exhibition. The...

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Exhibition about Jacques Demy soon at the Cinémathèque in Paris

Paris, 12 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 10 April to 4 August 2013 the Cinémathèque Française in Paris will present an exhibition dedicated to French film director Jacques Demy. Jacques Demy’s cinema is a universe particularly prone to be exhibited. Indeed, through his films, Jacques Demy designs a whole world. A world of port cities (Nantes, Nice, Cherbourg, Rochefort, Los Angeles, Marseille) filled with love comings and goings, where fantasy always conquers the impossible. The exhibition recalls the 19 films which he wanted to link with one another: visitors will be able to wander among sailors, fairground people, eccentric twins, fairies, princesses, workers, television traders and modern Orpheus.  Jacques Demy (1931-1990) is a magician of cinema, who kept his childhood intact, drawing from it all his creative energy and a power of insatiable sublimation, present as well in his photography and painting, which the exhibition will reveal to the public for the first time. His cinema, radically emotional and aesthetic, is a true manifest, as proved by the Palme d’or awarded to him for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in Cannes (1964). His films revisit impertinently American musicals and French poetic melodramas with a touch of abstract Psychedelia worthy of experimental...

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Muntean/Rosenblum at Sommer Contemporary Art gallery

Tel-Aviv, 3 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Sommer Contemporary Art gallery is currently presenting the “Nemesims” exhibition by the duo Muntean/Rosenblum. Originally set to end on 11 February, the exhibition will now continue until the 10 March. This exhibition is based on the aesthetics and objectives of the Sims video game. According to the artists, through its portrayal of a world where happiness is achieved throughout the accumulation of money and the consumption of an infinite supply of services and goods, the game symbolises the problems with our society of mass consumption. The graphic elements of the games are thus flipped on their head at the exhibition; inviting the visitor to reflect upon the subject’s history. Markus Muntean, born in 1962 in the Austrian city of Graz, and Adi Rosenblum, born in Haifa in the same year, work in Vienna and London respectively, and have been collaborating artistically since 1992. Predilection of society, particularly of youth, is a major theme of their work, which includes paintings and videos inspired by the aesthetics of American magazines and comics. They have been exhibited all over the world, exhibitions of note including “Lonely Facts” at the Luckenwalde Kunsthalle in Germany in 1998, the Art Basel fair in 2000, “Being in and out of love too many times makes it harder to love” at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne in 2004, and at several exhibitions at Arndt & Partners in Zürich. This will be their third exhibition at the Sommer Contemporary Art gallery in Tel-Aviv, where the duo have already exhibited in 2002 and 2008. According to the artists, this exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Givon Gallery which will be exhibiting the work of some of its artists at the...

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Jacob Kassay at ICA

London, 3 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Rising American artist Jacob Kassay is due to exhibit at Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). This is the first time the artist will exhibit in the UK and his exhibition will be on show for a month, from 12 October to 13 November. ICA offered Kassay a place of his choice in the calendar, as the opening of his exhibition coincides with the opening of Frieze Art Fair. The show will be a great opportunity for Kassay to present his latest production, which is similar to his previous monochrome works that are within the limits of painting, sculpture and installation. The American artist, who was previously a photographer, uses an industrial process for his creations – electro-galvanization, the process in which ions in a silver solution are hit by electrolysis – which creates a reflexive, mirror-like view. The works come to life when there is movement enforced by spectators, or by the proportion of how much light they receive. ICA chooses to divide the exhibition between the electro-galvanism works and the others. Born in 1984 in Buffalo, Kassay works and lives between Los Angeles and New York. His first solo exhibitions were shown in Paris, Reggio Emilia, New York, Los Angeles and...

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