from 24 march to 26 may, southern guild’s cape town gallery will come alive with over 100 thought-provoking sculptures and paintings by renowned french assemblage artist philippe bousquet. philippe, who has lived in johannesburg for close to 13 years, and is known for his intricately constructed jewel-like sculptures, will introduce new directions in his work, including portraiture, fine art and larger-scale structures. the solo show, titled between dusk and dawn, presents the artist’s intellectual foray into the space between these two states. ‘when it’s not dark, it’s not light,’ he explains of the title that alludes to the ideas of harmony and balance, in opposition to life’s extreme constructs.
between dusk and dawn invites audiences to look beyond what they would normally see, and to search for meaning within the grey areas, because, as the artist views it, ‘truth is not real, it’s an individual concept of life’. each piece, made from found objects and waste materials, in the traditional spirit of assemblage, tells a story that is open to interpretation based on personal experience, religious views, political leanings and social commentary. ‘it’s my way of telling stories about how i see people and the world,’ philippe says. ‘each story has more than one side to it, and will be received differently by each person.’
above/below> psyche, 2015. marble and bronze. marble: 39 3/8 x 196 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches, bronze base: 27 1/2 x 102 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches. courtesy of the artist and paul kasmin gallery.
saint clair cemin: psyche / paul kasmin gallery / 297 tenth avenue (corner of 10th avenue & 27th street) new york city / thru 19 august 2016
internationally renowned sculptor saint clair cemin will unveil the ethereal sculpture psyche, a large-scale marble boat that appears to float atop its bronze cradle. measuring over 16 feet in length and carved from a single piece of sichuan marble that began as 30,000 pounds, the work alludes to its namesake psyche, goddess of the soul, and her true love, eros. though the viewer is drawn into antiquity, the sculpture transcends its legendary inspiration as it becomes a fully functional boat, capable of floating on water.
inspired by the original tale in which psyche and eros are reunited and married by the gods, cemin gives rise to the mysticism of this classical story of love and desire. in this portrayal of the myth, psyche serves as the vessel (the soul) for eros, who is symbolized by a long snake that stretches along the length of the boat and embraces both the bow and the stern in a highly stylized fashion.
saint clair cemin was born and raised in the rural town of cruz alta, brazil, and went on to study at the école nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in paris. cemin’s extensive sculptural lexicon presents a bold array of work exhibited widely throughout the united states and abroad and is included in the collections of the whitney museum of american art, new york; fonds national d’art contemporain, paris, france; fisher landau center for art, long island city, ny; rooseum, stockholm, sweden; the broad art foundation, los angeles, ca; the museum of contemporary art, los angeles, ca; and inhotim, minas gerais, brazil, among many others. cemin currently lives in new york and has studios in beijing and red hook, new york. this will be the artist’s fourth exhibition at paul kasmin gallery.
AND STILL ON VIEW THRU 18 JUNE 2016…
bernar venet: angles / paul kasmin gallery / 515 west 27th Street (between 10th & 11 avenue) new york city / thru 18 june 2016
the conceptual artist’s inaugural solo show at the gallery unveils a brand new series of large-scale angles. the exhibition features four cor-ten steel sculptures, each an assemblage of acute angles of varying heights and differing angular degrees, some extending across the horizontal axis and others stretching vertically. intended for indoor or outdoor installation, the sculptures work to define the spaces in which they are positioned. the scope of the new series is further articulated with the inclusion of smaller sculptural maquettes, offering the viewer insight into the artist’s thought process as he expands the vocabulary and points to new directions in this body of work.
below > bernar venet, disorder: 9 uneven angles, 2015. steel. 25’. © 2016 bernar venet/artists rights society (ars), new york
venet’s disorder: 9 uneven angles on view at union square plaza on east 17th street and broadway, manhattan thru 22 june 2016 in collaboration with union square partnership.
commissioned by new york city’s department of transportation art program, the program enables artists to transform city streets with unexpected interventions. venet transforms the highly trafficked north side of union square plaza with a 25-foot sculpture comprised of nine intersecting steel beams from his 2015 series entitled disorder.
click > enlarge | lotus | jaehyo lee
Cynthia-Reeves (Booth #C5) is participating in the 8th edition of PULSE New York, opening on Thursday, 9 May through Sunday, 12May 2013, at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in New York City. Running concurrent with Frieze New York, PULSE will showcase over 60 leading international contemporary art galleries. Cynthia-Reeves will feature works by international artists Jaehyo Lee, George Sherwood, Dawn Black, the Michael Mulhern Estate, Jeffrey Stockbrigde, Jonathan Prince, and Sarah Amos, among other distinguished gallery artists.
Cynthia-Reeves presents a new functional artwork by Jaehyo Lee, a table done in his signature style of charred wood and stainless steel nails and bolts. The gallery recently installed Lee’s eighteen-foot tall public artwork, Lotus, comprised of meticulously carved pine. The work is on view at the Union Square Triangle through October. Lotus continues the artist’s work in monumental sculpture: last summer, Lee’s work was featured in the Korean Eye exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
wave cloud | george sherwood
Memory of Zeno is the newest work from the George Sherwood studio, continuing his inquiry into wall-based kinetic works. His stainless steel sculpture is comprised of concentric circles of individual elements, all of which move with the slightest current of air. Sherwood just opened Wave Cloud, an eight-foot tall outdoor installation at the Christian Science Plaza in Boston; his work Mandala was recently acquired by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for their newly dedicated 20th and 21st Century Contemporary Art Collection in Boston.
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