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Friday
Jul102015

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present

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Matthew Marks Galleries
502, 522 & 526 W 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
July 8 – August 14, 2015

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"Focusing on four groups of artists practicing away from the cultural capitals of New York and Los Angeles, What Nerve! presents an alternative history of American art since the 1960s. As the exhibition’s curator, Dan Nadel, has written, 'When confronted with a system that seems impenetrable, outsiders tend to band together.' 

The Chicago-based Hairy Who exhibited together from 1966 to 1969. Its members were Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum. Funk Art took root in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s and is represented in the exhibition with works by Jeremy Anderson, Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Roy De Forest, Robert Hudson, Ken Price, Peter Saul, and Peter Voulkos. In Ann Arbor, Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw formed Destroy All Monsters as students in the 1970s. Forcefield members Mat Brinkman, Jim Drain, Leif Goldberg, and Ara Peterson, active in Providence from 1996 to 2003, created fictional personas complete with pseudonyms and elaborate garments.

This exhibition reassesses the artists associated with these four groups, providing a new understanding of their influence on contemporary art history. Distinct as their artworks are in style, period, and place, the artists all share a common set of concerns. Inspired by a wide array of influences including folk art, advertising, primitive art, comic books, and fetishism, they all favour figurative imagery that diverges from the predominant artistic style of the time.”

Matthew Marks Gallery

Thursday
Jul092015

Hibi Kesho Vase by Shinobu Hashimoto

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01. Each vase is unique.

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The simple tapered shape and crackled white glaze of this vase by Shinobu Hashimoto exhibits an attractive aesthetic quality, but also stands as an excellent example of the modesty of primitive Japanese pottery. These qualities combine to form a unique vessel for displaying flowers or greenery that would fit effortlessly with most colour schemes or one’s personal assembled objects. 

Available from OEN

Wednesday
Jul082015

Brice Marden – Notebook Sept. 1964-Sept. 1967

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130 pages, hardcover
7.5 x 4.5 inches

Published by Karma, 2015

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A glimpse into an artist’s notebook is about as close as we can get to witnessing the origins of a finished piece, offering an intimate level of access that is not often afforded to the public. Karma has released just such a curio devoted to Brice Marden’s art during a three-year period: September 1964 to September 1967. In some ways it functions as an autobiography of process; designed to resemble an actual notebook, it includes photos, postcards and handwritten notes which provide a personal insight into how his work came together at the time.

Available from Karma

Tuesday
Jul072015

Reebok Oi Polloi NPC UK II

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01. A collaboration between Oi Polloi and Reebok.

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Oi Polloi have recently resurrected a mid '80s tennis classic: the Reebok NPC UK II. Based on a vintage pair and produced as a collaboration, this incredibly clean model features a soft leather upper, grey loopback lining and timeless Reebok branding. 

Available from Oi Polloi

Monday
Jul062015

Loewe Men's Spring-Summer '16

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01. Plaza de Toros, Aranjuez.

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Adding a bullfighting narrative to the Japanese references at the core of Jonathan Anderson's latest designs, Loewe's Spring-Summer '16 men's campaign is set in Plaza de Toros, Aranjuez. Defined by the boldness of its graphic treatments, prints and colours, the collection is captured in a series of sun-drenched images by London-based photographer Jamie Hawkesworth.

Loewe

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Sunday
Jul052015

Studio Visit: Jody Rogac by Aaron Wynia

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01. Jody's Gowanus studio.

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Toronto-based photographer Aaron Wynia has a habit of visiting other photographer's studios, and last time he was in New York he went to see Jody Rogac. He's been a fan of her work for some time, citing Jody's attention to detail, elegant composition, and the sense of calm in her images as the things he appreciates most. While Aaron dug around the Brooklyn space, he found out that she's been working on a new book with her friend, Sara Cwynar, which is something we very much look forward to seeing.

Jody Rogac
Aaron Wynia

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Saturday
Jul042015

Super for President's Spring-Summer '15

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01. Two styles, four colours.

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Established in 2007, Super have become one of the leaders in contemporary eyewear with a handful of high-profile collaborations. This spring they've worked with President's, a fellow Italian company, to create two special models. The Paloma and the América come in two colours, are made in Italy, and feature ZEISS lenses – highlighting President's tasteful, understated aesthetic.

President's

Friday
Jul032015

SoundCloud Spotlight: JIIN – Cult Hymns

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01. Portrait by Han Dasom.
02. EP cover art.

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Can any music really be new at this point? It seems unlikely on one hand, yet on the other, the climate of the industry, the internet and the accessibility to software today is creating a group of musicians and producers that sound new to me. House, drone, drum and bass, R&B and hip-hop feel more like reference points than categories sometimes, as the blending and blurring of sounds continue to evolve. Spending most of his time in Toronto, JIIN released a 7-track EP entitled Cult Hymns last week, and it's another example of this progression. Of course the idea of mixing genres isn't a recent thing, but the output of an increasingly young and talented generation is really interesting, and if nothing else, they have me excited about music again.

SoundCloud: JIIN – Cult Hymns

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