assemblage

An assemblage of Arts & Culture focused on New York & London.
Assembled by Megan N. Liberty

Firelei Baez, American Sampler, from the Ciguapa series (2013) Gouache And Ink On Paper
She her more recent work, Man Without a Country (aka anthropophagist wading in the Artibone River), 2014 on view now at the Drawing Center in Small.

"Highly regarded as both a leading practitioner of conceptualism and an influential educator at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Charles Gaines is celebrated primarily for his photographs, drawings and works on paper that investigate systems, cognition and language."

Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 opens at the Studio Museum in Harlem July 17!
Raymond Pettibon + Kim Gordon discuss To Wit
Tonight at the Strand! Read my review of the David Zwirner show here.
Lucas Samaras on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Vincent Fecteau, Untitled, 2014Resin clay, acrylic paint 25 x 26 x 10 inches
Through June 28 at Matthew Marks
Check out Ralph Lemon's work in When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South at the Harlem Studio Museum.
Kerry James Marshall’s Bride of Frankenstein, 2009
On view now in When the Stars Begin to Fall  Imagination and the American South at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Deborah Grant's The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun, 2012 on view now at the Harlem Studio Museum in When the Stars Begin to Fall Imagination and the American South. Through June 29, 2014.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, February 16, reflected sunlight from A.C. Powell Jr. Building, 2014
On view now at the Studio Museum’s Harlem Postcards Spring 2014.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, February 16, reflected sunlight from A.C. Powell Jr. Building, 2014

On view now at the Studio Museum’s Harlem Postcards Spring 2014.

Fred Tomaselli’s The Times

What is the news? I once heard the head of small independent newspaper give a lecture about why news is not free. She explained that, in the age of the internet and digital information, people protest digital and print subscriptions to newspapers. But as the journalist rightly stated, information is free, news is not. There is a certain level of prestige, a factual quality to the front-page headline we see on The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. Yet, as art historians and cultural critics, we have long since been aware that even these more accredited forms of news are not wholly truthful. Walter Benjamin taught us that media, including news, was always partially manipulated; and Susan Sontag showed us that even journalistic photographs are not a whole truth.

https://www.vqronline.org/sites/default/files/story-images/weschler_oct4-2009.jpgOctober 4, 2009 (2012)

But there is still something powerful about newsprint, especially the front page. If not in substance, at least in format: the bold headline across the top in serif font, the center image, flanked on either side by pillars of text. Perhaps this is why so many artists have been drawn to newsprint as an element of their work. We can now add Fred Tomaselli to that list of artists. On view now at James Cohan Gallery is Tomaselli’s ongoing exploration of the news, particularly the times, as the eponymous series suggests. His collaged and painted interventions into the headlining images of the front page beautify the ugly, as with July 15, 2009 (2012); shield the bare, as with October 4, 2009 (2012); and shed new light onto the harsh visuals of the 21st century to which we’ve become so desensitized.

http://images.jamescohan.com/www_jamescohan_com/957739840TOMASELLI_July_151.jpgJuly 15, 2009 (2012)

Fred Tomaselli: Current Events is on view at James Cohan Gallery through June 14.

Len Lye's photograms. On view now at the Drawing Center in Motion Sketch through June 8.