Tag: Art

Writers Reading + BBQ at Art Omi, Sep 28

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Come hear writing from the Art Omi writers-in-residence. Distinguished writers from around the globe will share new and in-progress writing produced during their residence at Art Omi. Hear an uncommon variety of writing—provocative, funny, innovative, and surprising literary voices from a range of traditions, all in one place. Stay afterwards for BBQ and conversation.

DATE/TIME:
Saturday, September 28, 2019 / 5 – 7pm

LOCATION:
Omi International Arts Center – Benenson Center
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075

ADMISSION:
Free and Open to the public

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New Exhibit Opens at Art Omi – Tschabalala Self

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Tschabalala Self, Pieces of Me, 2015
Oil, acrylic on paper
Easton Capital / John Friedman Collection.

Art Omi’s latest summer artist’s exhibition, Tschabala Self, is now open.  Tschabalala Self builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The exaggerated biological characteristics of her figures reflect Self’s own experiences and cultural attitudes toward race and gender. “The fantasies and attitudes surrounding the Black female body are both accepted and rejected within my practice, and through this disorientation, new possibilities arise,” Self has said. “I am attempting to provide alternative, and perhaps fictional, explanations for the voyeuristic tendencies towards the gendered and racialized body; a body which is both exalted and abject.”

Tschabalala Self (B.1990 Harlem, USA) lives and works in New York and New Haven. Current and recent exhibitions include: Bodega Run, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Tschabalala Self, Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019); Bodega Run, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018); The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (2018); Bodega Run, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2017); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017); Tschabalala Self, Tramway, Glasgow (2017); Tschabalala Self, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2017); Desire, Moore Building, Miami (2016); The Function, T293, Naples (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem (2015); Tropicana, The Cabin, Los Angeles (2015).

DATE/TIME:
July 27 – September 29, 2019

LOCATION:
Omi International Arts Center – Newmark Gallery
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075

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‘Basquiat x Warhol’, an Exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery

 

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Five years since the opening of The SchoolJack Shainman Gallery is pleased to present Basquiat x Warhol, an extensive examination of the compelling, albeit complex relationship between two master artists during the final years of their lives.

The crux of this exhibition lies in the collaborative paintings and interconnected practices of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. The two artists shared collective creative space in New York City, a city rife with possibility. The series of collaboration paintings, executed from 1984 – 85, sparked conversations between the two artists that are visible on each canvas – a visual language all their own that revitalized Warhol’s engagement with painting.

This body of work was harshly criticized, with The New York Times reviewing in 1985, “[T]he collaboration looks like one of Warhol’s manipulations… Basquiat, meanwhile, comes across as the all too willing accessory.”[1] While Basquiat, they claimed, was forced into the role of “art world mascot,” the final verdict was reflected in the exhibition’s promo posters: “Warhol, TKO in 16 rounds.” The poor reception marked the downfall of this pivotal relationship, which dissipated soon after with Warhol’s death in 1987, and Basquiat’s one year after. Thirty years later, Jack Shainman Gallery is proud to present these previously misunderstood works as an in-depth study to mine Basquiat and Warhol’s creative geniuses.

Upon entering the show, one encounters a self-portrait by Warhol paired with a sculpture by Basquiat: a football helmet adorned with the artist’s own hair. A testament to their ongoing relationship, Basquiat loaned Warhol this helmet with the instructions to wear it for twenty-four hours to understand how it felt to be observed as a black man in America. The exhibition goes on to feature major, iconic works by both artists, including Warhol’s The Last Supper (Camel/57) and large-scale oil and acrylic paintings by Basquiat.

In addition, lesser-known works are on view, such as Warhol’s torso line drawings, stitched photographs and polaroids, along with Basquiat’s marker drawings on porcelain plates. One plate in particular exemplifies the artists’ alliance, in which Basquiat portrays Warhol, designating him: “BOY GENIUS” – a descriptor generally reserved for wunderkind Basquiat, himself.

The innately ephemeral and immediate nature of polaroids seems a fitting medium to serve as a starting point for Warhol’s practice. A suite of successive torso polaroids, along with two bodily portraits of Basquiat, seemingly respond to Basquiat’s painted stomachs and skulls. Interestingly, both artists underwent massive surgeries (Basquiat from a childhood accident and Warhol from a 1968 assassination attempt) to remove ruptured spleens – the organ tasked with filtering toxins.

The exhibition is further punctuated with a room projecting three of Warhol’s films and through a continual screening of PBS American Masters’ “Basquiat: Rage to Riches.” This juxtaposition comes to a climax in the main exhibition space, where eight of the artists’ large-scale collaboration paintings are powerfully staged.

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DATE/TIME:
Now through September 7, 2019 on Saturdays / 11am – 6pm

LOCATION:
25 Broad Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106

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Solstice at Barbacoa Art Omi, Jun 22

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Barbacoa: Sunset on the Solstice commemorates the longest day of the year at Art Omi’s Barbacoa, a two-year installation at Art Omi by Craig Shillitto. The event will feature locally sourced food, drink, and live music, as well as a performance. Featuring food offerings sourced from Lover’s Leap Farm, and beer from Chatham Brewing.

Attendees will enjoy a menu with recipes drawn from the period adjacent to the initial contact point between European and Indigenous cultures that sparked the Columbian exchange. Food is available for $10 per person; food with unlimited beer is available for $20. From 5:30 until sunset, there will be live music by Will Play and Nina Mars. At the moment of sunset, the sun will illuminate Barbacoa’s mirrored interior. Following this performative moment, marshmallows and small gifts will be made available to children for a family-friendly party.

The solstice-aligned installation Barbacoa sets a stage for people to interact with, and within, its environment in Architecture Field 02. Barbacoa is periodically activated with participatory events exploring the impact of the original culinary exchange between cultures, with an eye toward fostering a more ecologically sound food system. Barbacoa explores the potential of art and architecture to work in tandem to help communities envision an intercultural and sustainable future.

Barbacoa was created by architect Craig Shillitto, with collaborators Bobby Palombo, Katie Merz, Mateo Fernandez-Muro and Pete Lipson.
DATE/TIME:
Saturday, June 22, 2019 / 5pm – 9pm

LOCATION:
Omi International Arts Center – Architecture Field 02
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075

ADMISSION:
$10

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Hudson Area Library: Gallery Hop, Jun 21

The Hudson Area Library is introducing a series of visits to art galleries in Hudson. The first Gallery Hop is to the Tom Swope Gallery on Warren Street. At this gallery, visitors will be transported back to ancient times in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica as Tom Swope guides you through his amazing collection.

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Why visit an art gallery? To begin, art is just plain fun, while teaching and revealing who we are to ourselves. Art is also a form of meditation and time to commune with creativity. Nothing carries you away and clears your mind like a visit to a museum or art gallery.

Tom Swope Gallery deals in Antiquities from around the world; some Greek and Roman, Ancient Egyptian, pre-Columbian and Chinese Archaic jades and early Buddhist sculptures. While the range is broad, all the objects are carefully chosen for their beauty, authenticity, and all tell us about our common past. The gallery currently shows a lot of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the 6th to 8th Century A.D., and archaic Chinese jades from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.

Always interested in ancient art since being exposed to the Greek myths as a child, Swope then went on to Harvard College where he studied ancient art as a Fine Arts Major. After college, he worked for the distinguished antiquities dealer, Matthias Komor just before he retired in 1982 – 1984. After dealing with antiquities for several years in the city, while working with many contemporary artists, he moved upstate and continued his love affair with antiquities in Hudson.

Attendees will meet at the library and there will be transportation to the gallery as well as the opportunity to walk over. Attendees can return to the library afterward for lunch and discussion.

DATE/TIME:
Friday, June 21, 2019 / 1pm – 3pm

LOCATION:
Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534

ADMISSION:
Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the library at 518-828-1792 x101.

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