DAILY BREAD Chloe Sells, Pagan Symbols: Only after, 2013
DAILY BREAD Awoiska van der Molen, #245-18, 2012/13
CENTRE POMPIDOU 26th NOVEMBER 2014 - 27th APRIL 2015
In partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Pompidou Centre is organising the first major retrospective in Europe dedicated to the work of Jeff Koons. Exploring new approaches to the readymade and appropriation, playing with the boundaries between advanced art and mass culture, transforming the relationship of artists to the cult of celebrity and the rules of the market for thirty five years, Jeff Koons is one of the most famous contemporary artists, but also one of the most controversial. The exhibition presents a preview of the artist’s new creations, as well as his best-known works: Rabbit (1996), Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988), Balloon Dog (1994-2000) and the Equilibrium aquarium series (1985).
DAILY BREAD Mitch Epstein, flag, 2000
DAILY BREAD Harland Miller, Death, What’s in it for me?, 2011
An exclusive sale via paddle8.com of a monumental new sculpture and a corresponding group of unique works by Damien Hirst in collaboration with Deyrolle, Paris’s legendary house of taxidermy and natural sciences.
Proceeds support Victim, the UK charity founded by Damien Hirst, and Deyrolle’s program of natural sciences education and preservation of biodiversity.
Highlight of the sale is the cabinet of curiosities titled Signification (Hope, Immortality , and death in Paris, Now and Then)
2013: “Relics”, Qatar Museum of Art, Doha, Qatar
2013: “Entomology Cabinets and Paintings, Scalpel Blade Paintings and Colour Charts”, White Cube Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2012: “Damien Hirst”, Tate Modern, London
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Tate Modern, London
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica
Sale ends October 28 at 12pm EST
More info HERE
DAILY BREAD Hedi Slimane, from his photographic diary, 2010
UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR: THE AMSTERDAM WEIRDFEST JAMPACKED WITH GENIUS
From barbecued photobooks to inflatable bouncy-castle clouds and the madcap brilliance of Augustin Rebetez, many shades of weird are converging in Amsterdam for the 2014 show.
This year’s Unseen photo fair in Amsterdam is unusally surreal.
In the entrance hall, an escalator takes punters one by one up to a giant inflated cloud, which explodes with light when you leap on it. A picture of every jumping person is instantly loaded on to an ever-growing photographic cloud for the project, Trust the Cloud.
In the main square, a large sculpture is taking shape over the weekend: giant brightly coloured lightbulbs and spools hanging from gnarled branches covered in a fishing net. It is called A Durian Growing a Swinging Sponge on a Fractal Evening and is unmistakably the work of set painter-cum-artist Lorenzo Vitturi. There he is, perched on a crane, drill in hand, adding another bulb. An outgrowth of his Dalston Anatomy project (which saw him take strange, saturated shots of vegetables to show life on east London’s Ridley Road Market), the sculpture is the symbol of this year’s Unseen, which undercuts the commerciality of most art-photography fairs with moments of high mischief.
As night fell on Thursday, smoke filled the air outside the former gasworks. It was wafting from a barbecue bucket tended by London-based artist Melinda Gibson, who was inviting passersby to partake in a performance called The Smoke House. In four small smoke houses, copies of her new book (the latest Self Publish, Be Happy book-club offering) were absorbing wood and coal smoke. Once hot, they were sealed and sold to the public. It was, so the programme says, “a ritual act of defiance” linked to an actual fire that damaged Gibson’s studio recently – but it became a large gathering of revellers drawn to the campfire atmosphere. I went to dinner reeking of smoked photobook.
Earlier on, I had been introduced to Augustin Rebetez with the words, “You should check out this guy’s work. It’s pretty wild.” I did. It is. Rebetez makes photographs, drawings and films obsessively. At the Galerie Nicola von Sanger, his work covers two walls: primitive paintings, collages and photos of strange things that show a singularly dark imagination. Children look like zombies. A bald woman with kohl-rimmed eyes could be their undead mother. The legs of what look like a row of homemade electric chairs sprout shoes.
On a third wall, a bizarre single-frame animated film plays on loop: a dead crow flies from a wooden case and flutters around a house, in which bodies emerge from drawers, slither across bare floorboards and up a flight of stairs then disappear. Makeshift machine-men whirr frantically as though they are trying to take flight. It is as if Rebetez’s photographs and drawings have come to life in homage to the Quay Brothers. (Watch some of his videos here.)
Over at the book market, RVB books are selling Rebetez’s new book Anthill Memories, which captures his relentlessly active imagination. Like the films, many of the the photographs were constructed around his house in the Swiss Jura mountains with the help of his friends – many of whom seem to be circus performers. Strangeness abounds: there’s a collapsing caravan, a crumpled house in a field of snow and the outline of Nosferatu on a battered fence. It is hard to know what is real and what created, but the sense of playful pranks is present in all his work. His website he tells us, “My father also publishes my books. My cousin has a brewery. My sister is a dancer and many other stuff …” The “many other stuff” betokens a strange and singular creative imagination that is one of the highlights of the richest and most surprising Unseens so far.
Original article from The Guardian HERE