Jasmina Danowski’s most recent body of work on view at Heather Gaudio Fine Art

Heather Gaudio Fine Art presents Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery, being held February 21th through April 11th. This is the artist's first exhibition with the gallery and features her most recent body of work. Danowski translates personal situational experiences onto canvas and paper, creating vibrantly harmonious poetic abstractions that are filled with a richness of color and texture. Drawing from memories or associations with places or situations, she starts by dabbing the pigment onto a prepared surface, allowing the medium to respond to the marks she creates: at times a bevy of paint, at others an isolated gestural mark reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy. The colorful compositions then evolve from there, following the inner stories of what a painting conjures and what her mind responds to, very much akin to improvisational jazz. Although her imagery

Daft Punk at last unmasked – in sculpture

When sculptor Xavier Veilhan persuaded Daft Punk to come to his studio, the artist, in the words of one of the duo's songs, got lucky. The ever-masked electronic musicians took off their helmets. The result is a sculpture that shows Daft Punk standing casually and gazing into the distance, their faces now obstructed only by sunglasses. Bandmates Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are seen with hands slipped into their pockets in just-smaller-than-life figures made of wavy-toned birch plywood. The sculpture, part of an exhibition by Veilhan on music producers that opened Thursday night at the Galerie Perrotin in New York, marks the first time that Daft Punk have intentionally been depicted without their trademark helmets. "They proposed to make a sculpture that would be like the photographs of them that don't exist," Veilhan told AFP. "The

Maloney fine Art opens exhibition of works by Malick Sidibé

Maloney Fine Art presents Malick Sidibé: Studio Malick, Bamako, Mali, the photographer’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Featuring vintage prints in original hand-painted glass frames, the exhibition celebrates more than forty years of Malick Sidibé’s photographs of the lives of young people in Mali since the country’s independence from France in 1960. Portraying couples, marriage ceremonies, social clubs, sport events, and infants, Sidibé uniquely conveys the pride, exuberance, and beauty of his subjects. Now renowned, his work provides an extraordinary record of momentous social and cultural change: "No African artist has done more to enhance photography’s stature in the region, contribute to its history, enrich its image archive or increase our awareness of the textures and transformations of African culture

Romer Young Gallery opens second solo exhibition with San Francisco artist Joshua Pieper

Romer Young Gallery presents its second solo exhibition with San Francisco artist Joshua Pieper. Dear Viewer, With Dry State, I wanted to give the proper introduction, so naturally I kidnapped the show’s poster in order to give it a second look. It might be what’s remembered most after all. In addition I’ve added a large sculpture in the middle of the space, which orients the viewer, a compass of sorts. Beyond that, there are a few esteemed guests waiting in pairs, and some music on a boom box for good measure. I have a particular taste in humor and it feeds my outlook. I grew up in Minnesota. Ask anyone. Cut the bullshit and look me in the eyes, then we can laugh together. I seek a level of understanding between the viewer and object that is basic in many ways, but one that’s 110% honest. What I’m trying to say is, complicated gestures only stretch metaphors for me. It’s

Annenberg Space for Photography announce new prize and exhibition

The Annenberg Space for Photography today announced the Wallis Annenberg Prize to coincide with its next exhibition Emerging, on view June 6 through September 20, 2015. Organized in partnership with Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning publication for professional photographers, this exhibition presents images by more than 90 Emerging photographers from around the world who bring fresh perspectives and creative techniques to professional photography. Emerging explores how a new generation of photographers examines a variety of topics, from the personal to the global: youth culture, family, the environment, economic uncertainty, conflict and civil unrest, and the nature of the photographic image. “Photography has always been one of my great passions – because it’s a living diary of the human condition, a way to capture the most elusive moments in our

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents recently acquired works by Steve McQueen

As of February 27, 2015, the Stedelijk Museum will exhibit two recently acquired works by British artist and film director Steve McQueen. The works, titled Running Thunder (2007) and Mees, After Evening Dip, New Year’s Day, 2002 (2005) were acquired in 2014 and will be displayed in a museum for the first time. They will be shown along with the sculpture Broken Column (2014), on loan at the museum. Running Thunder is a silent film showing a motionless horse lying in a sunny meadow. Blades of grass shiver in the breeze. Nothing happens – and yet we are enthralled. Is the horse alive and sleeping? Is this scene one of tranquility, or one of unflinching disquiet? When finally a fly stops to rest on the eye of the animal and the horse doesn’t blink, we realize it has been dead for quite a while.

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery presents ‘Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes’

New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery presents a major solo exhibition of the art collective Slavs and Tatars, titled Mirrors for Princes, on view February 28 through May 30, 2015. The exhibition is their most ambitious, immersive installation to date, with new work occupying the 7,000-square-foot exhibition space at NYUAD Art Gallery. The exhibition and accompanying book trace the current obsession with self-help to a medieval genre of political science, “mirrors for princes,” shared among Christian and Muslim lands, with Machiavelli’s The Prince being the most famous example. At NYUAD Art Gallery the artists look to these texts as an urgent precedent of generosity and critique, and as a case study of the balance between faith and state, issues that continue to resonate today across the Middle East, North America and Europe. In the exhibition, visitors traverse three environments, each radically differen

Exhibition at Lucy Bell Fine Art features images from 40 years of Rock portraits by Kevin Cummins

From his early work with his hometown bands such as Joy Division and The Smiths, to his later work with Rock legends such as Bowie and Jagger, Cummins has always been acutely aware of the mythological component of the images he created, “If I had simply produced the photos of Joy Division in the studio, it would not have had any meaning. What interested me was to show the environment in which they lived. I was probably more aware than the groups themselves of the myth that the pictures would convey.” The moment the post punk music scene exploded in Manchester with Joy Division and the birth of Factory Records, Kevin Cummins became as integral a factor as any, in creating the legend that was to become MADCHESTER -Kevin Cummins was sometimes more important than the bands. Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) As well as capturing the madness and majesty of performance, Kevin Cummins has always been able to access the vulnerability of the

Details announced of Londonderry showing of Temple by Burning Man artist David Best

Temple is the vision of Burning Man artist David Best, produced by Artichoke and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a raft of partners, sponsors and individual donors. This extraordinary edifice will be visible across the city and will be open to the public and free to visit for one week from 14th-20th March. Temple will be burned to the ground in a special ceremony on the evening of Saturday 21st March. The temple burn will be ticketed. Tickets are available in advance from Friday 27th February from the Millennium Forum, in person, online or by phone. Temple is Best’s first major art project outside the US. It is a radical cross-community arts project that aims to demonstrate the transformative power of the arts. It will be built and raised by more than 100 individuals drawn from communities across the city, working together with Best and his American crew. Temple will acknowledge the strong tradition of bonfire burning in Northern Ireland, creating a powerful mom