Mike Weiss Gallery represents Deborah Brown

The Mike Weiss Gallery in New York is representing the artist Deborah Brown. The work of Deborah Brown mixes history, literature and mythology which integrate together in a world of fantasy and subjectiveness. In some series, she uses images drawn from romantic and modern art. Playing on the mechanism of recognition and distortion, she uses iconic images in an unexpected context creating anthropomorphic characters. Assuming a humanist posture, she explores a wide range of emotions, going from despair to joy. Using this process, she reminds the viewer that the images are only distorted from human appearance and allow art and life to be intimately linked. The gallery presents a group show entitled ”School’s Out !” from 23 June to 6 August, with Deborah Brown, Jerry Kearns, Liao Yibai, Thrush...

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Egill Sæbjörnsson represents Iceland at the Venice Biennale

The artist Egill Sæbjörnsson was chosen by the Icelandic Art Center to represent Iceland for the next Venice Biennale. A visual artist, performer, musician and composer, he lives and works in Berlin and Reykjavík. His work makes him interested in magic of technology which causes one to rethink the boundary between the real and illusion. Egill Sæbjörnsson was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award in 2010. The exhibition for the Icelandic pavilion will be created by Stefanie Böttcher, art historian and curator, former artistic director of the Kunsthalle Mainz. She declared that during the upcoming exhibition to be totally convinced that visitors will be completely captivated by experience in the work of Egill Sæbjörnsson. ”Once they are inside, they will become part of the work.” The selection committee that chose the artist brought together the director of the Icelandic Arts Center, Björg Stefánsdóttir, the Director of the l’Akureyri Art Museum Hlynur Hallsson as well as the artist Sirra Sigrún...

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Redling Fine Art representing Tony Oursler

Redling Fine Art (Los Angeles) is representing US artist Tony Oursler who lives and works in New York. Tony Oursler was born in New York in 1957. He graduated with a BA in fine arts from the California Institute for the Arts in 1979. His work associates different practices and mediums including video, sculpture, installation, performance and painting. Tony Oursler has had many exhibitions in institutions such as the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, documenta VIII and IX in Kassel, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Skulptur Projekte in Munster, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, the Tate in...

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A few details on the 57th Venice Biennale

The 57th Venice Biennale is continuing to take form. Gal Weinstein will be representing Israel, Zad Moultaka will be representing Lebanon, while Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo will be curators of the Iraqi pavilion. Born in Ramat Gan in 1970, Gal Weinstein lives and works in Tel Aviv. He took part in the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2002, and has held solo exhibitions in Israel’s largest museums as well as the San Francisco Art Institute. The curator of the Israeli pavilion, Tami Katz-Freiman, and Gal Weinstein, were selected by a committee comprising Mira Lapidot and Meir Aharonson. Through painting, photography, installation, sculpture and video, the artist turns his attention to research and scientific procedures relating to natural phenomena as well as chaos in the physical world. Meanwhile, Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo will be curators of the Iraqi pavilion. Tamara Chalabi is president and cofounder of the Ruya Foundation, and Paolo Colombo, art advisor at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition, called “Archaic”, will question the duality of the notions of history and antiquity, matching artefacts from the region with modern art works and productions by contemporary Iraqi artists. Turning to Lebanon, this country will be represented by Zad Moultaka. This artist and composer will be presenting a multimedia work in Santa Maria della Misericordia Church in the Cannaregio district. Emmanuel Daydé will be the exhibition’s curator. Zad Moultaka blends “musical invention with visual research in an approach where technology takes inspiration from the archaic,” says Emmanuel Daydé. His work explores the themes of separation, time immemorial and memory of the moment. The artist has given a few specifications on his project and ambition: “In these times when the Middle East is crumbling before our eyes, foundering in fratricidal wars, every act, every thought must be moved...

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Von Bartha Gallery representing Felipe Mujica and Ricardo Alcaide

Von Bartha (Basel) is representing the artists Felipe Mujica and Ricardo Alcaide. Felope Mujica was born in 1974 in Santiago. His work blends different practices such as installation, drawing, temporary sculptures and engravings. Influenced by international artistic modernity, his work tunes art movements to the international scale along with the political and social situation of his country, namely the political movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been living and working in New York since 2000. Ricardo Alcaide was born in 1967 in Caracas, Venezuela. He lives and works in Sao Paulo. His work explores artificial environments using minimalist aesthetics, producing works that explore urban and architectural issues while reflecting social questions such as ghettoes, exclusion or...

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