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Andy Warhol exhibition at Miami Art Basel via 360 MAGAZINE.

Andy Warhol Exhibition

TIMED ENTRY TICKETS FOR 2023 WARHOL EXHIBITION ON SALE FOR THE FIRST TIME DEC. 3, 10 A.M.

Ticket Packages Available Just in Time for Holiday Giving 

Blockbuster Exhibition to Feature 94 Works from “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America Collection” Alongside Works from the COD Permanent Art Collection, a Biographical Timeline, Silver Cloud Room, 150+ Photos Taken by Warhol.

Following the success of the summer 2021 blockbuster exhibition, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless,” the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage (COD) will present “Warhol: Featuring Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America” June 3 – Sept. 10, 2023.

The Warhol exhibition will feature 94 works from “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America Collection” on loan through Bank of America’s Art in our Communities® program. Aside from the Bank of America collection, which will be on display in a dedicated space in the exhibition, there will also be over 100 works from the College of DuPage Permanent Art Collection

“Timed Entry” tickets (tickets for a specific date and time) for the 2023 Warhol exhibition go on sale to the public for the first time beginning 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Timed entry tickets will be available to be purchased online at Warhol2023.org or by calling the Box Office at 630.942.4000. “Anytime entry” tickets are currently available for $40, offering ticket buyers the opportunity to reserve a day to attend, and then view the exhibition at any time for that reserved date.

“Timed Entry” tickets are available for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, $25 each, and Saturdays and Sundays for $30. (The exhibit will be closed on Mondays.) $2 discounts are available for seniors, youth, and military personnel. Prices exclude service charges. There is an added $4 fee for purchasing via phone and an added $9 fee for purchasing online. These charges are waived when purchasing in-person at the MAC Box Office.

Just in time for holiday gift giving, ticket package options are also available for Warhol enthusiasts. The VIP ticket package includes a poster and a Warhol-themed tote bag for an additional $15 per ticket. The “Superstar” ticket package includes a Warhol-themed tote bag, Warhol poster, and exhibition catalog for an additional $50. Package items can be picked up when attending the exhibition, or in-person at the box office in advance.  

Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a 10% discount on regular priced tickets as well. For more information about group tickets. For more information about group tickets visit Warhol2023.org

About “Warhol: Featuring Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America Collection”

Notable works from the College of DuPage Permanent Art Collection will include Warhol’s 1980 screen-printed portrait of Joseph Beuys as well as his iconic $ (1983). Also included: more than 150 photographs by Warhol comprised of both black-and-white gelatin silver prints and color Polaroid prints featuring unidentified figures and celebrities alike. These photographs offer a rare and intimate glimpse into Warhol’s New York of the 1970’s and 80’s.  

The exhibition will encompass both the CCMA and the MAC, unfolding across roughly 11,000 square-feet of exhibition space. Educational and interactive elements will include a biographical exhibition highlighting key points in Warhol’s life and career, video installation, a Children’s Print Factory area, Studio 54 and Silver Cloud Room experiences and Central Park-inspired outdoor space, creating an immersive, multifaceted exhibition focused on the life and work of one of the most influential artists of the past century.  

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) was a central figure in the Pop Art movement that emerged in the U.S. in the early 1950s and is the most recognizable artist of the second half of the twentieth century. Warhol worked across media, including painting, sculpture, film and printmaking. Warhol’s printed multiples were central to his practice allowing him to explore the aesthetics and mechanics of mass-produced images and popular culture. Warhol’s prints also touched on other themes. Warhol’s “Endangered Species” series grew out of his concern for the environment. In 1979, with “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century,” Warhol departed from his repeated images format to create a series of iconic images based on a single theme.

The exhibition and programming will be led by MAC Director Diana Martinez and CCMA Curator Justin Witte.

About Bank of America Art in our Communities®

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About the CCMA

The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition, “Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection.” In fall 2020, the gallery was expanded to a 2,500 square-foot museum. The Cleve Carney Museum of Art opened June 2021 with the highly anticipated “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibition. CCMA hosts exhibitions year round and will host “Warhol: Featuring Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop-Works from the Bank of America Collection Summer 2023.”

Funding for CCMA is provided by the Cleve Carney Endowment Fund, which supports vital programming including artist engagement opportunities for community members and students, gallery exhibitions, artist commissions, new acquisitions and other teaching and learning tools that foster cultural enrichment in our community. More information can be found at TheCCMA.org and on social media @CleveCarneyMuseumofArt.

About the MAC

The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is located at 425 Fawell Blvd., 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. Visit AtTheMAC.org or facebook.com/AtTheMAC for more information.

About the College of DuPage Foundation

Established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit https://foundation.cod.edu or call 630.942.2698.

Auris Presents Debuts Heatwave Music Festival via InFamous PR for use by 360 MAGAZINE

AURIS – HEATWAVE

Today Auris Presents, Chicago’s leading force in live music events, has announced the debut Heatwave Music Festival. Heatwave will take over Chicago July 16 & 17 with a fully immersive, pop-art inspired event, bridging the gap between experiential art and globally leading dance music performances.

Since the world shaping works of Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans and Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, pop-art has always been about harnessing the power of mass-culture to turn the images of the moment on their head. Heatwave aims to tip its hat to this moment in time by creating a music-meets-art landscape of installations and environments to explore.

The debut event will feature some of dance music’s most celebrated stars like Group Therapy and Anjuna powerhouse Above & Beyond, Swedish hitmakers Galantis, hip-hop influenced producer RL Grime, global superstar TIËSTO, and Canadian bass music kings Zeds Dead.

Larger than life house inspired sounds will be on full display at Heatwave from the illustrious Oliver Heldens, Grammy-nominated Audien, South African live duo Goldfish, hitmaker Frank Walker, rising star MADDS, and sultry Counter Records signee Kasbo playing a DJ set. Billing continues with Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue, Matoma, Borgeous, and more.

The deeper end of electronic music’s mainstage sound continues with scene leaders like G Jones, Ekali, Blunts & Blondes, and Boombox Cartel, paired with the rap crossover stylings of Lost Kings and Yellow Claw.

Bass and tech house continues its meteoric rise at Heatwave as it welcomes superstars like J. Worra, Dr. Fresch, Shiba San, and Westend to its art-clave paradise.

Heatwave will welcome a full range of to be announced visual artists and creatives set to adorn Douglass Park with areas for attendees to get lost in. These reality altering experiential elements set Heatwave apart as the most exciting addition to Chicago’s dance music calendar.

The event will be led by the team behind Auris Presents, the reigning tastemakers of Chicago’s dance music and immersive festival community, and team behind Chicago live music and entertainment venues RADIUS, Concord Music Hall, PRYSM and more.

Attendees can sign-up to be the first to get their festival passes at HERE General tickets will be on-sale May 13th with payment plans available now.

Heatwave Music Festival Lineup:
Above & Beyond, Galantis, RL Grime, Tiësto, Zeds Dead

Audien
Blunts & Blondes
Boombox Cartel
Borgeous
Canabliss
Dion Timmer
Dr. Fresch
Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue
Ekali
Frank Walker
G Jones
GG Magree
Goldfish
J. Worra
Kasbo (DJ Set)
Łaszewo
Lost Kings
Loud Luxury
Madds
Matoma
Oliver Heldens
Phantoms (DJ Set)
Ranger Trucco
Rome in Silver
Rossy
Shiba San
Ship Wrek
Slow Magic
Two Feet
Westend
Win & Woo
Yellow Claw

Enter the Void via Nychos for use by 360 Magazine

SPOTLIGHT: NYCHOS

Blending themes of morbid corporeality with the colorful, hyper-loony aesthetic descended from comics and cartoons, Nychos has developed a unique style that performs with powerhouse effect whether on the street or in the gallery.

Raised in a traditional Viennese hunting family, death and dissection were daily business for Nychos. The proximity to animal viscera had a profound effect on him psychologically and visually–he now explores the theme of dissection in his art, pushing it to playful extremes.

In Nychos’ world, Spongebob has a skeleton, people live inside rabbits and there is always something wicked underneath. Pumped up on the visual adrenaline of comics, heavy metal and graffiti, Nychos’ work reflects the immense energy and technical focus necessary to produce work on the massive scale he has reached on the streets.

Colliding style and subject matter, Nychos slices up animals and innocent childhood characters with unflinching graphic precision. His work confronts the viewer with wicked insistence, using the shock of cartoon violence as a vehicle for exploring subtler themesof mortality and temporality. Nychos pays homage to these deathless cartoon heroes by peeling them open and giving them human substance. His artwork reflects the psychology of an art scene in which creations are sometimes swept away as soon as created.

Nychos also uses subtle imagery such as plastic in an orca’s belly, weaving political commentary seamlessly into his pieces. Using delicious color-scapes and wild, fuming lines to create his characters–whether with paintbrush or spray can–Nychos works with unmatched dynamism.

His command over his tools indicates a work ethic that promises only more staggering output from thisartist. Nychos’ paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including six solo exhibitions (Turino, Detroit, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Paris) in the past two years alone.

These pieces serve as unique compliments to his massive public works that give character to cities all over the world. The artist’s last solo show took place in Zurich and was opened in October 2015. A cooperation with Jonathan Levine is planned for 2016. Nychos currently lives and works out of Rabbit Eye Movement, his studio and art space located in Vienna.

Nychos art inside of 360 MAGAZINE.
Nychos art inside of 360 MAGAZINE.
Nychos art inside of 360 MAGAZINE.
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Mon Laferte × District 13 International Art Fair

Artist Mon Laferte joins in at the District 13 International Art Fair in Paris this week amongst leading artists from the realms of street and pop art. The exhibition opens to the public from January 13 to 16.

Gracias,” the acrylic, mixed media piece of art created by Laferte will be auctioned off on Sunday, January 16 at 4:00 PM. (CET), by Drouot Group. To be eligible to bid on the auction day, make sure to register before Sunday, January 16 HERE.

Mon Laferte places her artwork on exhibit at the District 13 International Art Fair, represented by the Bahía Utópica Art Gallery in Valparaíso, at the Hôtel Drouot. The art fair brings together the edginess but energetic ambiances from galleries of street and pop art. An auction house showcased at the fair elevates the cohabitation of varying media forms to support urban artists.

Spanning from January 13 to 16 Laferte’s paintings will be available for sale, accompanied by a group of six other Chilean artists from Valparaíso, at Stand 10-B located at 9 Rue Drouot Paris. Her painting, “Gracias,” joins the special final auction with 27 other top artists from the world of street and pop art, on January 16. View the catalog HERE.

The piece “Gracias” is an Acrylic and mixed technique piece on canvas with dimensions of 122 x 91 centimeters. Laferte speaks about the piece, stating, “Some of these paintings I did while I was undergoing hormonal treatment to get pregnant. I have never heard anyone talk about the terror they feel, every day is an achievement. These have been the months in which I have felt the most fear in all my life. Never before did I take care of myself as much as I do now. Before I could drink and not sleep for many days and nothing mattered to me, now everything has changed for me. Every decision is critical to the successful end of my pregnancy. Also the hormones have been completely violent. Sometimes I go from happiness to deep depression. Pregnancy is not all tender and rosy. There are days when I feel like a black hole that lives in me is swallowing me.”

About Mon Laferte

Singer, songwriter and visual artist Mon Laferte has a unique artistic point-of-view that spans over a range of creative branches. The Chilean artist generates modern and stylish Latin music that captivates her audiences. Her personal songwriting charm snatched Laferte the Best Singer-Songwriter Album for Seis at the 2021 Latin GRAMMY’s. Recently, the album also received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Includes Tejano).”

Amidst her career in the music industry, Laferte is a fully fledged artist with artwork notarized in differing countries. Laferte’s work continues to be established in exhibitions throughout numerous cities, including “Gestos” at the Museum of Mexico City. Her unique murals stand out amongst street art in Chile, Mexico and Los Angeles.

Miami Design District Photo via Mission Baia for use by 360 Magazine

Miami Design District’s Current Art Programming

The Miami Design District announces the debut of several new installations and initiatives for their current season of art programming.

SPECIAL SUNSET PUBLIC ART TOURS  

Immerse yourself in the Miami Design District’s rich art and architecture. Experience the neighborhood like never before alongside resident expert Thom Wheeler Castillo. Visit Emmett Moore’s The Grotto, Apollo Projects ‘Landed’, April Bey’s Fringe Project installation, and more. 

LOCATION: Palm Court Plaza 140 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137

DATES: Takes place the first and last Sunday of every month at 6 PM

Sunset Public Art Tour Photo via Miami Design District for use by 360 Magazine

 

ARTLIFE GALLERY

ArtLife is an innovative contemporary art gallery and lifestyle brand with a focus on contemporary, pop and street art. The gallery was founded by veteran Art Advisor and Manager, Avery Andon in 2015, as one of the first online-only international Blue-Chip art galleries. Given the high momentum Miami is currently experiencing, the team felt it was the right time to debut this temporary pop-up in the Miami Design District. ArtLife has created a space where visitors can be immersed in works by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Andy Warhol, Keith Hering, and Banksy. Additionally, ArtLife also provides the opportunity for visitors to experience works by a range of up-and-coming artists such as Cory Van Lew and Jannie Holmes.  ArtLife Gallery will be on view through the end of June.

LOCATION: 180 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
DATES: Month of June 2021 (Sunday – Thursday 11am-6pm/ Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm)

Andy Warhol's Chicken Noodle Soup via ArtLife for use by 360 Magazine

QUINAZ STUDIO’S BAY STORE

Using only materials sourced from Biscayne Bay and the Miami River, artist/designer James Quinaz transforms trash into treasure for BAY STORE. Part exhibition, part performance, BAY STORE invites you to watch the design process as Quinaz navigates the detritus in our waterways to produce thoughtful, functional furniture before your eyes. BAY STORE asks the viewer to consider the cost of excess and reckon with a society that litters its priceless natural landscapes with cheap plastics, foams, and other harmful waste. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artist work, learn about the issues facing South Florida’s precious aquatic resources, and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from the gallery. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to nonprofits working to keep our bay and ocean clean.

LOCATION: Sweetbird South, 92 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137

DATES: June 24th – July 25th

James Quinaz Bay Chair Photo via Lauren Gnazzo for use by 360 Magazine

 

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF ARTS PRESENTS UNSPECIFIC VOID: 2021 BFA EXHIBITION

NWSA presents the 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought, the students persevered and continued to work in makeshift studios at home and produced an incredible body of work. The work included in the exhibition ranges from documentation of the pandemic to heartbreak to futuristic imagination, among other themes. The exhibition culminates these young artists’ academic training at the school and will present a wide range of media and themes. Twenty-eight recent graduates will participate in the exhibition. 

LOCATION: Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137

DATES: June 21st – July 11th

NWSA 2021 Exhibition via Lauren Gnazzo for use by 360 Magazine

“THE GROTTO” BY EMMETT MOORE

Part fiction, part reality, The Grotto is an immersive installation comprised of faux coral boulders sculpted into a secluded lounge, inspired by coral rock quarries and the mythology surrounding the fictional identities that form around these places, where the young and the marginalized gather to sequester themselves and share pleasures. The Grotto also takes cues from local sites such as the Coral Castle and the Venetian Pool where the quarrying of coral rock acquiesced to a mystical landscape, and a fantasy Venetian enclave. Each a tropical fantasy created by man in an effort to transport visitors to an otherworldly place. The Grotto is part pavilion, part folly, where one can escape from everyday life. Emmett Moore’s Grotto Lounge is on permanent display.

LOCATION: 3920 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, Florida, 33137

DATES: Permanent display

APOLLO PROJECTS ‘LANDED’

Apollo ‘Landed’ is the initial iteration of the first plant exhibition to take place in Miami Design District. All artists involved were invited to create, with nature as collaborator and muse, bringing attention to a living, shifting climate and all her inhabitants. From May to July, this pop-up will be hosting activations and installations, focused on reconnecting with the environments around us, where locals are invited to create art, with nature as their muse.

LOCATION: 151 Northeast 41st Street, Suite 12, Miami, Florida 33137

DATES: May 2021 – July 2021

JADE ALLEY FILMS 2021

A collaborative year-long art video feature, Jade Alley Films: 2021 features four artist video selections by the District’s key institutions, including Locust Projects, de la Cruz Collection, and ICA Miami. From April 1 to June 30, the Miami Design District will feature ‘Outage’ by Philadelphia-based artists: Jennifer Levonian and Eva Wylie. Originally commissioned and premiered by Locust Projects in 2019, Outage is a video that utilizes Levonian’s signature cut-paper animation technique, which incorporates deftly rendered watercolors into short films that wryly depict prescient social narratives and Eva Wylie’s unique printmaking techniques. The single-channel animation was made from over 3,000 frames and more than 275 screens were used to create pieces for the animation.

Locust Project Photo via Lauren Gnazzo for use by 360 Magazine

BREAKWATER BENCH BY AMLGMTD 

Ideated by design duo AMLgMTD, the Breakwater Bench is a system of individual benches inspired by the lapping ebb and flow pattern of waves. The slight shift in the repetition of a single element creates movement between the open and closed sections within the design. This simple use of geometry causes playful shadows to appear where the light filters through the open structure.

LOCATION: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street, 2nd Floor 

DATES: November 25, 2020 – ongoing

Breakwater Bench Photo via Lauren Gnazzo for use by 360 Magazine

The Gnarled Branch illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Q×A with The Gnarled Branch

Q&A with David Irvine from The Gnarled Branch

David Irvine is the multi-talented artist behind the Gnarled Branch. He is known for his imaginative ‘Re-Directed Paintings’, whimsical furniture, original paintings, painted burnt out light bulb ornaments, salvaged record paintings, and so much more. You can visit his Etsy shop here! You can see throughout his work that there is an interest with popular characters which brings life to the rural paintings he often re-directs. Irvine will match the original artist’s style within the painting or counter it intentionally, but he always leaves the original signature clear to see. There’s a story behind each of his works, including the painting “The Last Trick or Treater” which is one of Irvine’s favorites. Read on to learn more about David’s work, inspiration, and so much more.

What is your background – in addition, did your upbringing prompt a specific reference point within your work? Is your work informed by certain concepts or themes from your childhood, background, socioeconomic status, where you lived or were raised?

DI: I was fortunate to be raised by parents who appreciated all the arts. Going to see theatre shows, music performances, and gallery exhibits were always exciting. I was encouraged to develop with the visual arts and musically as well with regular music lessons and art lessons. They were at first concerned when I decided to pursue a career in the visual arts, as they knew it can be a real struggle – but were fully supportive and excited that I was accepted into art college to study illustration.

How does this impact how you see the world and create art?

DI: It’s no secret the art world can be very snooty, takes itself far too seriously and that is a real shame. In a lot of the genres that I do- I am always considering humor and fun as elements in a piece. Especially during these difficult pandemic times, art needs to uplift and provide smiles and not be staunch, same old -same old themes that have been done over and over.

Do you have an educational background or experiences that have contributed to your evolution as an artist?

DI: I studied illustration at Sheridan College, and throughout my childhood would occasionally take art lessons. The rest was experimenting and being self-taught with various mediums and medium combinations. I taught visual art to a wide range of ages through community night school and was an art tutor to a terrific student with special needs. Those were very memorable years.

What does your work aim to say?

DI: I do so many different genres of art, I think there’s a spectrum of what I want to communicate…. from making people laugh and feel good — to the darker, macabre work to scare and bring the viewer into a world that they may not feel comfortable being in… I guess I make art to get a reaction… not just creating something for its sole purpose is to look pretty and match the sofa.

Is there a particular artist that inspired you to pursue art?

DI: My grandfather was an accomplished amateur painter and I’d watch him work and see the pieces he did… maybe that was the first seed…Other than that I would always sign out art books from the library and soak in everything from master painters to illustrators and cartoonists who worked presently.

Whose techniques do you study or admire?

DI: There are so many — but in high school, I always enjoyed Ralph Steadman ink illustrations, Van Gogh for his boldness, Rene Magritte for the unique and surreal visuals … Currently I’ll search through websites like Tumblr or magazines like Juxtapoz and discover artists both old and new who mix unusual mediums or have their own unique style.

How do you cultivate a collector base?

DI: When I first started as a fine artist, I didn’t have a computer- the internet wasn’t a thing yet, so I was reliant on physically going to galleries and public places to show my work. From little gift or record shops to restaurants and cafes. Now with technology, it’s just a matter of updating and refreshing social media, submitting articles to websites, or being lucky and being featured by a blog, website, or podcast…it all helps and a lot more convenient to be able to post an instructional video from home, or post new work in progress photos to a website, than to lug workaround or mail promo packages out to land a show. Once a collector is on board, having top-notch customer service skills and excellent communication is key…

What inspires you to paint?

DI: I’ll have a lot of eureka moments as I’m sketching or planning out new works or series….and I have to then see that eureka image come to fruition. It would drive me bananas having a good idea sitting there on a page and going nowhere. As well it is my chosen job- so those bills must get paid.

How do you look for new ways to challenge yourself?

DI: I get bored very easily… so challenges are always put in place to not get bored. Every artist has a spectrum of color they usually gravitate to when creating a piece…I like to switch things up and use the colors I don’t normally use or come up with different color combinations/ mixing. I’ll even wear tinted sunglasses so the colors I think I’m using wind up making happy accidents when I look at the piece without the sunglasses. Using oil pastels with acrylic paint… various types of inks and papers …are many variables that can be used to break away from regular tendencies when approaching a piece.

Do you have a favorite painting that you have completed? If so, can you tell us the story behind it?

DI: I did a solo show a few years ago with Halloween as the main theme. A few favorite paintings came out of that show including one called the Last Trick or Treater. It showed a bird’s eye view looking down onto an old tyme small hamlet, and one child in a ghost costume running down a street with a lantern. I think I captured the quiet of the night, and the bit of panic the boy was having as he was quickly trying to get home.

What inspired Re-Directed painting for you?

DI: When I first started as a fine artist, I had very little money and art supplies and framing was expensive. I would frequent yard sales and thrift shops to purchase old frames, lithographs on board, and existing canvas prints to paint over and frame. Around 2009 I started to paint weird imagery in an existing piece and then later one piece my Mom was getting rid of was a seascape -where I had the immediate vision of two reapers playing with a beachball. I painted them in, shared them on social media and things snowballed rather quickly from there. I came up with the term re-directed as I used that as a tag and hoped people would begin to associate it with me…and it worked! Other people now use that term – which is fine… I prefer that to ‘Improved Painting’…as I never meant to demean the original artist. All these redirected pieces were salvaged and unwanted and quite likely wind up as landfill. I hate waste and seeing potential thrown away. This was just another method to upcycle. I’ll spend considerable time touching up the piece from scratches, buffs or sun/ water damage then I’ll add in my own visions. ..never covering the signature of the original artist. Research is always done prior to any painting to insure it’s not of significant value. I rarely work on originals, always lithographs, canvas prints, or anonymous paint by numbers.

Is there anything that you would like to add?

DI: Even though most know my work through my ongoing Re-Directed thrift art series, I look forward to continuing my upcycling work (hand-painted ornaments using salvaged burnt-out light bulbs, pop art paintings on discarded, damaged vinyl records, beer cap pins, and redoing/painting discarded wooden furniture…) and preventing landfill.

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Photo Credit: David Irvine
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Kusama, NYBG, Cosmic Nature, Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

NYBG “KUSAMA” Exhibition Rescheduled

NYBG Announces Rescheduling of 2020 Exhibition KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature to 2021 

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has rescheduled KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature. The exhibition originally planned for May 9–November 1, 2020, will now take place in spring through fall 2021.

This presentation of work by internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will maintain the artist’s intent—revealing Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world and examining how she integrates concepts of the cosmos, infinity, and eternity into her multifaceted practice. NYBG remains the exclusive venue for KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, with multiple installations across the Botanical Garden’s 250 acres and in and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Displays in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building will include work from throughout Kusama’s prolific career. Complementing the artworks, NYBG horticulturists will create spectacular indoor and outdoor displays through the seasons. In the Conservatory, floral presentations will bring Kusama’s two-dimensional works on view to life through a seasonal progression of plantings and flowers. The exhibition will be accompanied by a vibrant roster of public programs for all ages.

Yayoi Kusama graciously shared this message in support of plans to reschedule KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature:

“The passion that I and those at The New York Botanical Garden have poured into this exhibition is still burning. Everyone, I hope you will wait. We aspire for endless love permeated with everyone’s hearts of human love, a wish for peace in the world, our dreams, and wonders of hope—it is our wish that this exhibition can offer these as its greatest gift. I hope you all can wait. -With all my heart, Yayoi Kusama”

Where The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York When KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature will run in spring through fall 2021. Exact dates to be announced.

NYBG is temporarily closed and all in-person events, on-site programs and classes, and exhibitions have been suspended. The necessary action complies with public health guidelines issued by federal, state, and local governments and the CDC to support stringent efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. In the wake of the global pandemic, Kusama and NYBG have agreed to reschedule the exhibition for next year.

Note For further information on KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, visit nybg.org/kusama.

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway. The Garden is open year- round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit nybg.org.
The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10458 

YAYOI KUSAMA, ICA Miami Miami, Design District ,Leanne Kim,gnazzo group, 360 MAGAZINE

YAYOI KUSAMA

ICA Miami presents a special off-site exhibition by pioneering installation artist Yayoi Kusama. On view from October 12 through January 31, 2019 in the Miami Design District, Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) marks the first time that one of Kusama’s signature “Infinity Mirror Rooms” will be on view in Miami.

112 NE 41st St., Suite 106

October 12, 2019 to January 31, 2020 from 11AM – 5PM 

MATRIX 181 × WADSWORTH ATHENEUM

MATRIX 181 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Features the paintings of 

Emily Mae Smith

MATRIX, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s groundbreaking contemporary exhibition series, has set some new goals. Upcoming projects will embrace experimental art, performance art, and explore new developments in painting. In looking at contemporary painting the Wadsworth found a unique vision in the work of Emily Mae Smith. The exhibition marks the first MATRIX show since 2013 to feature an artist who is solely a painter. For her MATRIX project, Smith engages with a masterpiece from the Wadsworth’s permanent collection: William Holman Hunt’s The Lady of Shalott (c. 1888–1905). Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181 will be on view February 7 through May 5, 2019.

 

Smith was chosen by Artsy as 1 of 20 female artists pushing figurative painting forward. With a nod to distinct painting movements from the history of art, such as Symbolism, Surrealism, and Pop art, Smith creates lively compositions that offer sly social and political commentary. Teeming with symbols, Hunt’s The Lady of Shalott (below) is the catalyst for this project, in which Smith provides a feminist reimagining of the narrative. For MATRIX 181, her first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Smith has selected seven paintings, dated 2015 to 2018, that relate to The Lady of Shalott, and created three new paintings, dated 2019, directly inspired by Hunt’s masterwork. 

In The Lady of Shalott Smith finds a familiar image, she’s had a postcard of the painting since she was a teenager. It became the perfect source to address the outdated psychology of female oppression, male authority, and implied violence, still pertinent today.

 

There is an uncanny affinity between the coded iconography of Smith and Hunt. According to Patricia Hickson, the Wadsworth’s Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, “Emily Mae Smith offers a raucous and empowering retelling of The Lady of Shalott, leading with her eccentric broomstick avatar along with her usual toolbox of gendered symbols. She employs a refreshing, satirical approach to social commentary.”

 

Smith’s lexicon of signs and symbols begins with her avatar, inspired by the broomstick figure from Disney’s Fantasia (1940). Simultaneously referring to a painter’s brush, a domestic tool associated with women’s work, and the phallus, the figure continually transforms across Smith’s body of work. “The first broom I put in a painting was…a way for me to paint an object, figure, female, and phallus all at the same time. I thought it was funny and an ideal vehicle,” said Smith. “The ideas for my broom figure have changed and expanded since then; it has been molded to my painting needs. You can say more difficult things with a character.” Smith’s depiction of the female body is all visual wit and dark humor. By adopting a variety of guises, the broom and other symbols speak to contemporary subjects, including gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence.

 

Artist Biography

Emily Mae Smith was born in 1979 in Austin Texas. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her M.F.A. in Visual Art from Columbia University, New York in 2006 and her B. F. A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent solo and dual exhibitions include: Emily Mae Smith, Le Consortium, Lyon, France (2018-19); A Strange Relative, Perrotin, New York, NY (2018); The Sphinx or The Caress, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Tesla Girls, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Honest Espionage, Mary Mary, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (2016); Medusa, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY (2015). Select group exhibitions include Summer, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Peter Freeman Inc., New York, NY (2018);Pine Barrens, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Pharmacy for Idiots, Rob Tufnell and Tanya Leighton, Köln, Germany (2017); Women to the Front, Works from the Miller Meigs Collection, Lumber Room, Portland, OR (2017); Le Quatrième Sexe, curated by Marie Maertens, Le Coeur, Paris, France (2017); Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras. New York, NY (2016); Me, Myself, I, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Surrreal, KoĴnig Galerie (St. Agnes), Berlin, Germany (2016); Untitled Body Parts, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (2016).

Related Programs

February 7, Art After Dark: Color My World, 5-8pm

Celebrate the opening of Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181.  The evening includes an artist talk by Emily Mae Smith at 6pm, live music, free food, beer tasting, cash bar, watercolor workshop, and film. $10; $5 members.

 

March 9, Encounters: Emily Mae Smith and #MeToo, 10am

Join a dialogue that explores artistic responses to gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence in the work of MATRIX artist Emily Mae Smith alongside the powerful, contemporary #metoo movement, which brings to light sexual harassment and sexual assault. Free, but RSVP to faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org to reserve a seat and lunch.

 

March 21, Gallery Talk: Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181, Noon

Curator Patricia Hickson leads a tour of MATRIX 181 discussing painter Emily Mae Smith’s flat, graphic imagery that visualizes issues like gender inequality, capitalism, and violence. Free with museum admission.

 

About MATRIX

Inaugurated in 1975, MATRIX is the Wadsworth’s groundbreaking contemporary art exhibition series featuring works by artists from around the world. From its inception, MATRIX has been a forum for art that is challenging, current, and sometimes controversial. Through clear explanation and thoughtful engagement with the viewer, MATRIX exhibitions call into question preconceptions about art and increase understanding of its possibilities. Many MATRIX artists, such as Christo, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems are now considered seminal figures in contemporary art.

 

Exhibition and Program Support

The MATRIX program is generously supported by the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Contemporary Coalition. Public programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum are supported by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund. Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

 

About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States. The museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s five connected buildings-representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style-are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm Admission: $5-15; discounts for members, students and seniors. Free admission for Hartford residents with Wadsworth Welcome registration. Free “happy hour” admission 4-5pm. (860) 278-2670. thewadsworth.org.

 

Images:

Emily Mae Smith images courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York. Left: Emily Mae Smith, The Drawing Room, 2018, Oil on linen. Private collection. Photo by Dario Lasagni. Center: Emily Mae Smith, Still Life, 2015, Oil on linen. Private collection. Photo by Charles Benton. Right: Emily Mae Smith, Unruly Thread, 2019, Oil on linen. Photo by Charles Benton.

 

William Holman Hunt, The Lady of Shalott, c. 1888-1905. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. 1961.470

 

 

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