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Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels – Miami – Florida

Dana Schutz Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009 Oil on canvas 45 x 48 in. Collection Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, Gift of Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation


From January 15 to February 26, 2012 – Miami Art Museum

Dana Schutz combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create figurative paintings that abound with expressionist energy.  One of the most important young artists to emerge in the past ten years, she has developed a distinctive visual style characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork.  The subjects of Schutz’s paintings spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations that are bizarre and impossible, yet oddly compelling.  As the artist states, “I embrace the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive.”

Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Schutz is the 2011 recipient of the Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize, awarded every two years to an artist for an early career survey and monographic catalogue. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Carlo Bronzini Vender and Tanya Traykovski, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, and Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell

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Jenny Watson: here, there and everywhere – Melbourne – Australia

Jenny Watson, 'Self portrait, Kings Road, London 1966', 1986, synthetic polymer paint and gouache on paper, Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Loti Smorgon and Victor Smorgon, 1995. © Courtesy the artist and MCA, Sydney


17 Jan 2012 to 08 Apr 2012 – The Ian Potter Museum of Art – The University of Melbourne

Here, there and everywhere is the inaugural Vizard Foundation Contemporary Art Project, a creative initiative designed to enable mid-career and senior artists to explore new directions in their practice. Jenny Watson is the first of three annual Vizard Foundation Contemporary Artists.

Here, there and everywhere presents a selection of works produced or exhibited by Jenny Watson outside Australia since 1972, and a new commission that reflects on this distinctive aspect of her experience. Watson’s career has flourished in the many countries where she has worked and exhibited. This exhibition brings together nearly 50 rarely seen paintings and works on paper, providing insight into the themes of internationalism, cosmopolitanism, locality and personal expression that have shaped Watson’s art.

The exhibition will introduce dominant themes in the history of modern Australian culture: the impact of distance and isolation, the conflict between local and international identity, the positive and negative character of globalism, the potentially debilitating effects of expatriatism and cosmopolitanism. It will trace Watson’s efforts to construct a practice and a persona that allows a critical negotiation of the experience of being here, there and everywhere.

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders – Sydney – Australia

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Close-Up Shadow Box 3 2010, installation view, Recorders, Manchester Art Gallery, UK, 2010-11, high resolution interactive display with built-in computerised surveillance system Image courtesy the artist and Manchester Art Gallery © the artist Photo: Peter Mallet


16 December 2011 to 12 February 2012 – Museum of Contemporary Art

This summer the MCA is delighted to present Australia’s first solo exhibition by one of the world’s favourite interactive artists, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, as part of the Sydney International Art Series. Offering an exciting first glimpse at one of the Museum’s refurbished galleries ahead of the opening of the new and expanded MCA in March 2012, the exhibition features 12 recent artworks, including two new works made especially for Sydney.

Lozano-Hemmer’s highly-interactive and complex digital artworks have attracted international acclaim and his exhibition at the MCA will be no exception. In keeping with the title Recorders, visitors will be encouraged to leave traces of themselves throughout the show, whether it is images of the contents of their pockets, questions they have long wanted answered, the sound of their voice or even their heartbeat! In fact, participation is required to bring the works to life.

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Brazilian Modernism – Sao Paulo – Brazil

Tarsila do Amaral A Negra, 1923 óleo sobre tela © 2011 Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo


From 6 October to 29 January 2012 – The Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo

Exhibition of 150 national and international works from the MAC collection. The aim of the show MODERNISM IN BRAZIL is to present the “Brazilian Modernism” (1917-1948) from a position that questions the vision of the art produced in the country during this period

Among the pieces on display, divided into five blocks , are works by artists like Anita Malfatti, Tarsila do Amaral, Flavio de Carvalho, Di Cavalcanti, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Maria Martins, Giorgio Morandi, Iberê Camargo, Tomie Ohtake, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Victor Brecheret, Antonio Gomide, Henri Matisse, Alfredo Volpi, Alexander Calder, Max Bill, Lygia Clark, Marc Chagall, Ismael Nery, Lasar Segall, Raoul Duffy and many others.

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Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface – San Diego – California

Helen Pashgian , Untitled, 1968-1969, cast polyester resin, overall dimensions: 8 in. diameter, Museum purchase, International Contemporary Collectors Fund. © Helen Pashgian. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann.


From September 25, 2011 to January 22, 2012 – The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Phenomenal is the most ambitious exhibition in both size and scope yet undertaken by MCASD. It will occupy the majority of the Museum’s galleries in La Jolla and downtown.

While September 25 marks the official opening of Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, the Museum will install and open downtown galleries throughout the summer months, allowing visitors to partially view the exhibition, see select installations in progress, and hear from the artists, curators, and preparators. This is one of the ways MCASD is aiming to bring the Museum and installation process closer to our members and visitors, providing a rich and engaging experience.

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface takes an in-depth look at work by 13 artists whose perceptual investigations and innovative use of industrial materials helped define an era of art making in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s.

Peter Alexander , Orange Wedge, 1970, cast resin, overall dimensions: 95 1/2 x 4 x 4 in., Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase. © Peter Alexander. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann.


W
hether by directing the flow of natural light, embedding artificial light within objects or architecture, or playing with light through the use of reflective or translucent materials, these artists each created situations capable of stimulating heightened awareness in the viewer.

The artists featured in Phenomenal are Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Ron Cooper, Mary Corse, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Helen Pashgian, James Turrell, De Wain Valentine, and Doug Wheeler.

The La Jolla installation of Phenomenal will include important early and transitional works by Larry Bell and Doug Wheeler, as well as immersive environments by Bruce Nauman and Eric Orr. The properties of resin as a material that can capture, reflect, and refract both light and color is demonstrated with exceptional pieces by Peter Alexander, Ron Cooper, John McCracken, Helen Pashgian, and De Wain Valentine.

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Third Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art – Thessaloniki – Grece

Margherita Manzelli, Sans titre #4, 2006 technique mixte on paper 77,5 x 57,5 cm / 82,5 x 63,5 x 3,5 cm (Encadré) Collection particulière. Courtesy greengrassi, Londres


From September 18 to December 18, 2011 – State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

A Mediterranean platform of contemporary creation with over 70 artists in 14 different venues (main and parallel programme)

Focused on the Mediterranean region, the culture, the people, their emotions, their suffering and problems, viewed through a contemporary visual outlook, this year’s organisation comprises a main and a parallel programme including exhibitions, an international workshop of young artists, a performance festival, a symposium and a variety of artistic events, building up in every part of the city. It is the first joint venture of the “5 Museums’ Movement in Thessaloniki”(5M) consisted of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Teloglion Foundation of Art AUTh and the leader of the project, the State Museum of Contemporary Art-Costakis Collection.

The 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is funded under the Operational Programme Macedonia-Thrace 2007-2013, and is co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund), with th e SMCA as the lawful beneficiary.

It is also part of the “Thessaloniki: Cultural Crossroads” programme of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which focuses on the Middle East this year, as well, and is supported by the City of Thessaloniki and the Department of Culture, Education and Tourism, the 9th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, and other cultural and educational partners jointly.

The Main Program: A Rock and a Hard Place -In the current climate of gathering instability that holds great promise, as well as danger, the title A Rock and a Hard Place resonates powerfully. It captures the sense of fragility and jeopardy that looms over the wider politics of the Mediterranean and the psychology of the individual. Affected by a sense of impending danger and ‘Hamletic’ doubt, contemporary artists produce work that is often characterised by a defensive, ironic stance. The main programme derives its inspiration from the city, as a metaphor of the powerful multicultural character of its past history. Each and every one of the biennale venues (5 historical monuments and 5 museums) constitutes an episode of the all-embracing narrative. These episodes are inspired both by the former and the current use of these buildings, by the past and contemporary contribution to the social life and political game of the city, and the artists and the works hosted have been chosen within th is particular framework. Therefore, the visitors of the exhibitions will be walking around the city and at the same time will be playing a part in its life and history.

Going further: the parallel programme – A very rich parallel programme has been set up. At the Archaeological Museum, “The Jews in Thessaloniki. Indelible marks in space” is an attempt towards the recomposition of the palimpsest of the major Jewish community in Greece. At the Museum of Byzantine Culture, ‘Byzantium & the Arabs’ presents the relations and interactions that were developed between the Byzantium and the Arabs from the 7th century A.D. till 1453 (fall of Constantinople by the Ottomans) aiming at the revelation of characteristic aspects of both cultures. At the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, “Roaming Images” is a nomadic forum that brings the West and the East together, through the search of the various concepts of ‘image’, along with the ideologies and geo-cultural state of affairs that fostered them

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