On View: Hurvin Anderson @ AGO Art Gallery of Ontario

Todd Korol / Toronto Star

Todd Korol / Toronto Star

AGO Art Gallery of Ontario – May 19, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Durham Press would like to congratulate Hurvin Anderson on his first Canadian solo exhibition currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition titled, Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop, includes a comprehensive collection of recent paintings alongside previously unseen sculpture, photography, and large-scale drawings.

This traveling show, just recently on view in St Louis, fills the entire fourth floor of AGO’s Contemporary Tower. The exhibition offers viewers a glimpse into the bright and lively world of Jamaica– where Anderson’s parents are originally from. Each painting is a reflection of his thoughts of cultural identity and intimate familiarity of the Caribbean culture through his experiences in the Jamaican Afro-Caribbean community as well as his artist residence in Trinidad.

AGO Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10:30 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am – 9 pm
Thursday 10:30 am – 5 pm
Friday 10:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday, Sunday – 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Current Press
E-Flux
S Syle Magazine
Star
The Globe and Mail

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On View: Beatriz Milhazes @ Jewish Museum

Installation view of the exhibition Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes, May 6 - September 18, 2016. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald

Installation view of the exhibition Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes | Photo by David Heald

Jewish Museum – May 6, 2016 – September 18, 2016

The exhibition, Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes, includes the installation of Gamboa II, a canopy-like sculpture that transforms the museum’s lobby. Comprised of various fabric flowers, gold balls, and dangling beads, the work celebrates the vibrancy of the Brazilian carnival. The site-specific installation was conceived for the space by Beatriz Milhazes as part of a rotating artist commission program at the institution.

This flora-filled exhibition is in celebration and coincides with the retrospective of Roberto Burle Marx, a landscape artist that shares with Beatriz, “…an affinity for nature – especially that of Rio de Janeiro, the lush seaside city that they both called home.” (Blouinartinfo) Beatriz was introduced to Burle Marx’s work at a young age– her hometown was immersed in his gardens, playgrounds, and stone mosaics. “Of course, Burle Marx has been one of my influences for forever. I grew up on Copacabana… The biggest connection is that we have this basis of inspiration and sculptural language.” (Blouinartinfo / Wallpaper)

Jewish Museum Hours:
Friday – Tuesday: 11:00am – 5:45pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Closed Wednesdays

Current Press
Mariola | 2010-2015 Beatriz Milhazes highlighted at Frieze New York
Wall Street Journal
Blouinartinfo
Wallpaper
Wall Street Journal

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New Release: Jacob Hashimoto | Lemmata

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Lemmata | 2015, Portfolio of Five Hard Ground Etchings with Aquatint, 27 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches, Ed. 25

Durham Press is pleased to announce a new portfolio with artist Jacob Hashimoto titled Lemmata, a series of five hard ground etchings with aquatint. The prints, which are available as a set or individually, each measure 27 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches and are published in an edition of 25.

Each of Hashimoto’s Lemma (or a mathematical theorem that validates a larger proof; the singular form of “lemmata”) resembles a diagram for one of his wall sculptures. Composed of thousands of handmade bamboo-and-paper kites that have been suspended with strings, these sculptures invite associations with painting as well as textiles. While his diagrams are the starting point for these kite sculptures, Hashimoto presents the prints as finished artworks in themselves. Each image is both a metaphorical building block—even cornerstone—of a yet-to-be-constructed object and also that object’s barest, most essential form. At once complete and, in a sense, preliminary, the Lemmata explore the creative process and how ideas take shape and progress.

Like Hashimoto’s kite sculptures, the prints are informed by and expand on the landscape genre. Rather than presenting a single orderly expanse, he creates “collages of different types of optical space,” with references to landscape-based abstraction, modernist utopian architecture, and virtual environments such as Minecraft and Google Maps. Lemmata’s precise lines, initially hand-drawn by Hashimoto and transferred to AutoCAD, relate to these computer-generated worlds. Areas of plate tone and aquatint—a much more approximate process—contrast with the exactness of the etching by revealing marks of hand production. The artist employed both digital and centuries-old techniques, calling attention to past and present representations of landscapes, as well as the technologies that have inspired and propagated them. The prints consider how our notions about landscapes are constantly changing, as is how we understand and interact with our surroundings.

Lemmata is Jacob Hashimoto’s first project with Durham Press. For more information please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected].

Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973, Greeley, Colorado) is a New York–based artist who uses sculpture, painting, and installation to create complex worlds from a range of modular components: bamboo-and-paper kites, model boats, even Astroturf-covered blocks. His solo exhibitions include LA MoCA’s Pacific Design Center; Rice Gallery, Rice University, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; Mary Boone, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Studio La Città, Verona; and Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA, Espoo, Finland; Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany; The California Endowment, Los Angeles, and numerous others.

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Michael Benevento Gallery

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Michael Benevento Gallery – March 12, 2016 – May 7, 2016

A group show titled Erasing, Tracing, Racing, Paint at Michael Benevento Gallery in Los Angeles showcases a body of work by artists Polly Apfelbaum and Dona Nelson. Featured are Apfelbaum’s round colorful ceramic beads, strategically hung by nylon thread, and two vivid “fallen paintings,” comprised of hundreds of hand-cut, hand-dyed velvet pieces which are configured on-site. The installations will be on view in collaboration with Nelson’s work until May 7th, 2016.

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Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

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On View: James Nares @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

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Image courtesy of James Nares

Paul Kasmin Gallery – March 3, 2016 – April 23, 2016

Durham Press is pleased to announce James Nares’ new exhibit Portraits — on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery until April 23, 2016. James is returning to his work as a filmmaker to debut his first body of film since Street in 2011.

The exhibition includes 11 videos of sitting subjects such as his three daughters; film critic, Amy Taubin; writer, Glenn O’Brien; and film director, Jim Jarmusch. These portraits are similar to Street in the way that the artist slowed down high definition film to create an intimate moment for the viewer. Nares has been inspired by movement since the early 70’s, which still continues to be the focus in his work.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, James Nares writes, “I could chose to show the parts that make people look stupid, or funny, which everybody does. I steered away from anything like that, and looked for the moments that are kind of human, and the kind of thing that anyone could identify with, because you’re looking at yourself inevitably when you look at anybody else.”

Current Press
Vanity Fair
ArtNet

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Noteworthy: “Troublemakers” Featuring Michael Heizer

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Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, 1969,  Photo Copyright 2011,Triple Aught Foundation

Durham Press would like to congratulate Michael Heizer on Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, where Heizer is featured as one of the most prolific land artist of our time. This documentary, by filmmaker James Crump, examines how renegade New York artists created monumental land art in the desolate American Southwest in the 1960s and early 1970s. These earth artists sought out how to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing art beyond the gallery.

“You can’t trade this…You can’t put this in your pocket” – Michael Heizer

Today these site-specific works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their creators but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which tell the enigmatic lives and careers of three pioneers of land art, Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative).

Click here to view showtimes of Troublemakers:The Story of Land Art

Recent Press
Los Angeles Times
The Guardian
New York Times
ArtForum
Hyperallergic

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Noteworthy: Hurvin Anderson “Reporting Back” Video

Watch Hurvin Anderson as he discusses his early inspirations in a detailed interview with Ikon Gallery. Hurvin’s leisurely walk and conversation allows a closer look into his personal connection with Handsworth Park, located in Birmingham. The video was created with Ikon Gallery in conjunction with his show Reporting Back in 2013.

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On View: Mickalene Thomas @ Aperture

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La leçon d’amour, 2008 © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Aperture Foundation– January 28, 2016 – March 17, 2016

Mickalene Thomas’s current exhibition, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, is located on the fourth floor of 547 West 27th Street, New York City at the Aperture Foundation. In a series of photographs that began with her mother, the world-renowned artist shows us her muses together for the first time.

“The women in Thomas’s portraits convey an absolute feminine power, their unwavering gazes channeling conviction and confidence. In compelling juxtaposition, they exude the kind of sexuality reminiscent of “blaxploitation” aesthetic of the 1970’s. Surrounding them are bold patterns and prints inspired by Thomas’s childhood, and references to art, literature and music.” (NYTimes) Though inspired by art history and culture, her most meaningful muses have been those women closest to her.

Aperture Foundation Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Closed Sunday

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On View: Chitra Ganesh + Mickalene Thomas @ Girls Club

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Architects of the Future, 2014 | Installation photograph courtesy of Voltagge

Girls’ Club – November 12, 2015- June 25, 2016

Girls’ Club’s current exhibition, Self-Proliferation, includes the work of Chitra Ganesh and Mickalene Thomas, both printed and published at Durham Press. The group show consists of a diverse range of editioned works by more than thirty artists from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, including Mickalene Thomas’s Landscape Majestic and Chitra Ganesh’s portfolio, Architects of the Future.

Girls’ Club mission is to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators and practicing artists on the contributions of women to the field of contemporary art.”

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Landscape Majestic, 2011| Installation photograph courtesy of Voltagge

For pricing and availability on Mickalene Thomas and Chitra Ganesh prints, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]

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On View: Emil Lukas @ PAFA

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Installation at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Photo courtesy of Zachary Hartzell.

PAFA | Morris Gallery – January 14, 2016- April 10, 2016

Durham Press would like to congratulate Emil Lukas on his solo exhibition currently on view at (PAFA) The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. PAFA’s exhibition of Emil Lukas’s thread paintings, as well as a brand-new sculptural work is on public view for the first time at Morris Gallery. The featured sculpture represents a new and exciting direction for Lukas’s work.

“Lukas creates radiant fields of atmospheric color by criss-crossing layers of thread over a shallow wooden tray. He builds the voids at the center of these pieces through the improvisational selection of compatible and contrasting colors. It is only upon close examination that the viewer comprehends that Lukas is creating these optical wonders with thread.” Lukas’s large scale sculpture also creates a optical illusion that disorients the way the eyes comprehend three-dimensional form. Large Lens is interactive and creates an optical event for the viewer.

“The work in the show is a balance between opportunity and restraint,” Lukas explains. “To create opportunity you have to have rules, you have to have restraints: physical forces, optical forces, conceptual forces.”

Click here to view a short video of Large Lens.

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