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.
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.”
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]
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.”
A group show titled Karma Funk Farm at The Suburban in Milwaukee showcases a body of work by artists Polly Apfelbaum and Stephen Westfall. Featured are Apfelbaum’s round ceramic beads, strategically hung by nylon thread, in collaboration with Westfall’s geometric works on paper and woven rugs. “Both Apfelbaum and Westfall share an interest in the structural integrity of formal art making and how simple contextual tweaks can utterly reposition entire lexicons of form. That’s why, as long time friends and sounding boards for each other’s ideas, it’s curious that they have been rare collaborators inside a white cube, a fact that becomes all the more surprising after one experiences their compelling choreography in the current exhibition.” (Shane Mcadams for Journal Sentenial)
Installation of Polly Apfelbaum at 56 Henry. Photo courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum.
Polly Apfelbaum is also showing at 56 Henry, a new, “tiny” gallery in Chinatown, NYC. Polly’s ceramic beads hang in the window, and several ceramic bowls are displayed on a table within the gallery space. This very first show for 56 Henry was recently featured in ArtForum.com Critics’ Picks, as well as in Artnews. The exhibition continues through January 24th, 2016.
Durham Press would like to congratulate Beatriz Milhazes on her solo exhibition, Marola, currently on view at James Cohan Gallery in New York. The exhibition features nine paintings and two sculptures, and runs through November 28th, 2015.
The sculptures, a new development for Milhazes, were created at Durham Press over a five year period of exploration and experimentation. They feature a variety of materials including; hand painted “pucci” balls, acrylic, polished brass, aluminum, stainless steel, copper silk flowers, and beaded chains.
For more information on the exhibition, please contact James Cohan Gallery. For pricing and availability of prints, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead at Durham Press or come visit us this week at the IFPDA Print Fair, November 5-8, at the Park Avenue Armory, NY (Park and 67th).
Mickalene Thomas’s current exhibition, Mickalene Thomas at Giverny, presents a selection of recent mixed media collages and paintings. The show includes Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires which was produced with Durham Press in 2013 and is a new acquisition of Telfair Museum. The show will represent Thomas’s time spent in Giverny and the European 19th century art that influences her.
Durham Press would like to congratulate Hurvin Anderson on his first major U.S. museum show at CAM St. Louis. Backdrop will include painting, sculpture, and never before seen photographs. This show continues to explore Anderson’s practice featuring memories and experiences derived from the communities where he grew up.
Chitra Ganesh has been named the 2015-16 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist in Residence at Rutgers University. Her solo exhibition will be on view September 1st through December 10th, 2015 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University. The exhibition will feature the portfolio, Architects of the Future, which was produced with Durham Press in 2014.
Protest Fantasies is Ganesh’s second solo exhibition with Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco. The exhibition will host a new body of paintings on canvas that vary in size and draw from her use of mixed media, digital collages and drawings. Ganesh continues to explore issues of gender, sexuality and mythology in this new series of works.
Durham Press would like to congratulate Hurvin Anderson on his upcoming solo exhibition entitled Hurvin Andersonat the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The exhibition will include a survey of Anderson’s most recent paintings along with never before seen sculpture and photography. The show will be on view September 11th through December 27th, 2015.
Polly Apfelbaum joins Lynda Benglis in an exhibition, Free Fall, at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. The show includes Apfelbaum’s floor installations, along with two large-scale woodblock monoprints, Baroque Time Machine 4 and Rusticiana, which were printed and published with Durham Press.
The 5th edition of Beaufort Triennial entitled Beyond Borders features Apfelbaum, along with a selection of artists, architects, designers, musicians, poets, and writers who showcase work in various public spaces along the Belgium coast.
An exhibition featuring over 100 works of art, Pathmakers, highlights women’s influence in postwar visial art through textiles, ceramics, and metal. The show focuses on the modern craft movement of the 1950’s.