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LAND to begin artist residency program

Non-profit art organization Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) has announced that it will begin an artist residency program this winter. The program, entitled LANDxAIR, will be held annually at a number of institutions in the United States and abroad. It will kick off this year with a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Tucson, Arizona. The residency program will be three to six weeks in length, which results in the artists that have been chosen to participate creating a site-specific work. Artists will be given access to a private studio, a $1,500 stipend, and will be staying at MOCA’s neo-brutalist firehouse. The first residency participants will be chosen in January 2016. MOCA Tucson was chosen for it’s wealthy community as well as its ability to “inspire new ways of thinking through the cultivation, interpretation, and exhibition of cutting-edge art of our time.” LAND was founded in 2009, which creates site-specific art exhibitions in Los Angeles and abroad. Its main aim is to have the public experience creative contemporary art on a daily basis and enhance their...

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Jonas Wood Exhibition at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Gagosian London is presenting the first London exhibition of the paintings of artist Jonas Wood running from 13 October until 19 December 2015. The exhibition will display a whole range of the artist’s work. Influenced by an eclectic variety of artists and genres, from Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and David Hockney to ancient pottery and Oriental still-lifes, Wood fills his paintings with an artistic hotchpotch of household objects, plants, gadgets and garish colour. He takes subjects from his own photographs and reimagines them in drawing and then in paint, creating a collage of patterns juxtaposed with simultaneously contradictory and complimentary elements. Wood reinvents interiors as surreal spaces of distorted familiarity. In Children’s Garden (2015), he draws from a photograph of his childhood nursery, accentuating the vividness of the yellow brick walls and saturating the scene with colour and busyness. In a second group of paintings, Wood creates painted outlines of pots and vases (inspired by the work of his wife Shio Kusaka and their shared interest in ceramics), placing the interior and the exterior alongside each other in an almost symbiotic relationship, whilst still giving them the appearance of being mere cut-outs taken from two distinct images. The exhibition will be accompanied by the fully illustrated publication Jonas Wood: Pots. Public collections of Wood’s work can be found at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Notable solo exhibitions include “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); “Jonas Wood: Clippings,” Lever House, New York (2013-14); “Jonas Wood: Shelf Still Life,” High Line Art (2014); and LAXART Facade (2014). He lives and works in Los...

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“Women Forward! – A meeting between two generations of voices in art”

From 14 May until 6 September 2015, the exhibition “Women Forward! – A meeting between two generations of voices in art” is to take place at Roskilde’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark. “Women Forward! – A meeting between two generations of voices in art” aims to highlight the visibility of women in our culture as well as their impact on society, from the past to the present day, presenting contemporary works created by artists born in the 1970s and 1980s. Each of the works is involved in a dialogue with history through the way in which the seven participating artists base their work on the artistic production of female artists since the beginning of modernism, of which they knew nothing before. The younger female artists have carried out research into the lives, works, thoughts, and ideas of their predecessors in order to generate inspiration for their films, installations, posters, and embroideries, amongst their other works. 100 years after women gained the vote in Denmark, this exhibition looks at the progress that women’s rights have made, asking where, and if, women’s voices are heard. It also asks if the artistic status of women is the same as men’s in the 20th century, and if female artists and their contribution have been justifiably represented in art history as well as in history more...

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Kiasma reopens with Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition

Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma has reopened its doors with a solo exhibition by Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most prominent photographers of the 20th century, which is to run until 13 September 2015. The retrospective marks the most comprehensive and broad presentation of the artist’s work and career ever to have appeared in Finland. Consisting of more than 250 works, the retrospective offers a broad overview of the key periods of Mapplethorpe’s career, from early Polaroids to the 1980s portraits. Thematically, the show ranges from sculptural nudes to portraits and self-portraits, from still lifes to erotic subjects. In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe’s pictures blend beauty and eroticism with pain, pleasure, and death. Although solidly anchored in their time, his photographs are also universal and topical even today. Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) is an American photographer and prominent figure in the New York underground and art scenes of the 1970s and ’80s. The Kiasma exhibition was curated by Jérôme Neutres from the Grand Palais, Paris, with Director Pirkko Siitari and Chief Curator Marja Sakari from Kiasma. The museum will also open two exhibitions from the Collections: “Face to Face – Portrait Now”, until 7 February 2016, and “Elements”, until 9 August...

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David Bowie retrospective to visit Chicago

The popular David Bowie exhibition “David Bowie Is”, which appeared at the V&A last year, is to feature at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art from 23 September 2014 to 4 January 2015.  Last year’s showing of the exhibition, which contains over 400 objects from the David Bowie Archive, was so popular that counterfeit tickets were sold. In expectation of similarly high demand, MCA Chicago has set up a special hotline for Bowie-related enquiries. They will also be offering a programme of performances inspired by the legendary musician, including interpretations of Bowie classics by local performers. An accompanying documentary about the exhibition will open on 23 September in theatres across...

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