“performance art”

Edgar Arceneaux wins the Malcolm McLaren Award

Artist Edgar Arceneaux has won the Malcolm McLaren award 2015, which is presented to a single artist at the end of each Performa Biennial. The award was given at the performance art festival’s closing party in New York on 22 November 2015, marking the end of 22 days of performances around the city. Arceneaux’s Performa commission Until, Until, Until… was his first live work to date. It focuses on an infamous 1981 televised performance by Broadway legend Ben Vereen, which was a part of the celebration inaugurating the presidency of Ronald Reagan. “Until, Until, Until… turns the mirror onto the audience, yielding an awareness to the inhumanity of the structure that exists in this country that maintains this state of supremacy and inferiority,” Arceneaux said in a statement. The Malcolm McLaren award was conceived in 2011 by RoseLee Goldberg and curator Mark Beasley and is awarded to “a visual artist who demonstrates a strong potential for this new territory of live performance through an innovative and thought-provoking performance during the...

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Joan Miró at Galerie Gmurzynska

From 3 October until January 2016, Galerie Gmurzynska hosts the Joan Miró exhibition, in celebration of the gallery’s 50th anniversary. The exhibition, which coincides with Kunsthaus Zurich’s exhibition on Miró entitled “Joan Miró: Wall, Frieze, Mural” will include a presentation of Miró’s work and life. Joan Miró was an important artist for the gallery, which put on several solo exhibitions for the artist, and they partnered together with Miró’s family to put the exhibition together. The show will have several of Miró’s works from the 1920s and 1930s, including some of his rare collage drawings, as well as his modern works. Large drawings that focus on the themes of love will also be on show, as will anthropomorphic bronze sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s. Performances by the artist’s grandson including dance, music and pyrotechnics will be part of the exhibition. Joan Miró was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893, and is known for his surrealist sculptures, paintings, and ceramics. His works, influenced by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, resulted in unique and whimsical pieces. Miró died in Majorca in 1983. Galerie Gmurzynska specialises in modern and contemporary art, as well as Russian avant-garde pieces. It has locations in Zurich, Zug, and Moritz,...

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Relive your Dreams with Romina de Novellis

Living in Paris since 2008, the Italian artist Romina de Novellis is performing and showing videos of her performances at the Galerie Laure Roynette (Paris) from 16 October to 29 November 2015. The exhibition “To be, or not to be” is showing both her series Fase Rem in which she relives the dreams she had while pregnant, and her series Augurii, revisiting her performance with vultures, accompanied by the video Silent Life (1979) by Bill Viola. Art Media Agency went to meet this explorer of present darkness. You chose the title “To be, or not to be”—a saying drenched in symbolism, even more when you’re dealing with the pregnancy of a human being. For this exhibition, we decided to start with a cliché. Everyone knows this quote, but not everyone fully realizes its significance. In fact, we’re not saying anything apart from about life and death: in Hamlet, everyone dies. For me, it’s quite similar to the Latin “Hic et nunc” (here and now). It’s about knowing if I live or if I die; if I would live like someone who’s dead or someone who’s alive. In other words, whether I would live in Utopia or a short life. We live in a Utopian cycle, as if in a cage. You French had great thinkers telling you that: Foucault, Levi-Strauss etc. For us, authors like Pasolini had the same thoughts, but expressed them in a more instinctive, aesthetic way. In any case, we’re not getting out of the cage. I’m an artist and I live like an artist: my profession corresponds to my place in society. But that doesn’t allow me to be. Would you say that performance lets you be? In its very nature, yes. It requires technique, as with painting or music. We learn a language to...

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Cally Spooner represented by GB Agency

GB Agency in Paris, France, is now representing Cally Spooner (né 1983), a London-based writer and artist known for her performance installations, which combine art and drama to produce improvisational, plotless pieces. Spooner takes inspiration from a variety of theatrical genres, from Broadway musicals to television commercials, exploring the tensions between the polished image of the entertainment industry and the fragmented, unmediated performances of deconstructed theatre. Spooner has had recent solo exhibitions at De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands; Kunstverein Bielefelder, Bielefeld, Germany; Spike Island, Bristol, UK; Kunstverein Langenhagen and Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Germany. She has received recent live commissions from Tate Modern, London; Performa 13, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the High Line, New York. Recent group exhibitions include Frieze Projects/Frieze Film London; KW Institute, Berlin; Serpentine Gallery, London; Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover; Kunstverein Munchen, Munich and Frieze Sound New York. Her novel Collapsing In Parts was published by Mousse in 2013 and she received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists 2013. Cally Spooner lives and works in...

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Hales Gallery representing Stuart Brisley

The London-based Hales Gallery now represents British artist Stuart Brisley. Politically engaged artist Stuart Brisley is known for his performances, sculptures, paintings, installations, photographs and videos inspired by Marxist theories. A major British figure in performance art in the 1960s and 1970s, Stuart Brisley tried to put new democratic bases for the relationship between the artist and the public. Born in 1933, Stuart Brisley studied at the Guildford School of Art at the Royal College of Art, at the Akademie der Künste Bildenden and Florida State University. In 1968, he participated particularly in the occupation of the Hornsey College of Art, London. His work was the subject of several solo exhibitions, such as his retrospective at the ICA in London in 1981 and the Serpentine Gallery in 1987. His works have also been exhibited in institutions such as the Royal Academy, MoMA and the Museum of Modern Art in the city of Paris. The artist is also pursuing an academic career and was named professor emeritus of Slade School of Fine...

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