Sydeny, Australia. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

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Sydney, Australia

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Extended by popular demand! Last day now 23 October

This is a rare chance to see masterpieces by the two leading figures of Mexican 20th-century art.

The exhibition presents 33 artworks from the renowned collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, including outstanding self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, and major examples of Diego Rivera’s canvas paintings.

Alongside these works are over 50 photographs by figures such as Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, which provide insights into the artists’ worlds and their intriguing relationship.

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INFO: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/

Sydney: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia unveils “New Romance: Art and the Posthuman”

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Patricia Piccinini & Peter Hennessey, Alone with the gods, 2016, installation view, Greenaway Art Gallery, mixed media, image courtesy and © the artists

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New Romance: art and the posthuman brings together artists from Australia and Korea whose works encourage us to ask what it means to be human today, and what it might mean in the future. Drawing inspiration from science fiction, robotics, biotechnology, consumer products and social media, they offer experiences that raise questions around the idea of the posthuman; a concept that signals new understandings of humanity and a breakdown of boundaries between what we think of as natural and artificial.

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Soyo Lee, Ornamental Cactus Design (detail), 2013–15, installation view, Gallery 175, Seoul, paper, photographs, plastic, cacti, Image courtesy and © the artist

Born across five decades, from the 1940s to the 1980s, the artists employ an eclectic array of technologies in their works. These technologies range from the highly specialised to the mass-produced and are used to create everything from crossbred cacti and LED books to dancing robots and a pneumatically powered blender designed to mix human biomaterials. The thread linking these diverse artworks is an exploration of new kinds of encounters, not only among technologically connected humans but also between so-called ‘intelligent’ objects, plants, animals and all manner of hybrid entities.

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Siyon Jin, Flow of Light, 2016, performance, New Romance: art and the posthuman, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, performance, LED suits, digital video, Image courtesy and © the artist Photograph: Alex Davies

The artists also reflect on issues such as hyper-consumerism and alternative futures; inviting us to consider how our relationship with the natural world is changing, through our increased ability to alter our environment and through the threat of ecological apocalypse. Several of the artists take on the role of inventor or even mad scientist; experimenting with living organisms, building strange machines and constructing artificial worlds. Some investigate how our emotions are triggered when interacting with kinetic objects, while others try to see the world from a nonhuman perspective.
Raising more questions than answers, their curious and inventive works make us wonder what the future may hold.

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Rebecca Baumann, Manoeuvres, 2015, installation view, New Romance: art and the posthuman, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, flip-dot boards, control hardware, custom software, vinyl, aluminium, Software and control engineering: Future Shelter Image courtesy and © the artist Photograph: Alex Davies

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Artists: Rebecca Baumann, Ian Burns, Hayden Fowler, Siyon Jin, Airan Kang, Sanghyun Lee, Soyo Lee, Wade Marynowsky, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Patricia Piccinini & Peter Hennessey, Kibong Rhee, Justin Shoulder, Giselle Stanborough, Stelarc & Nina Sellars, Wonbin Yang

Curators: Anna Davis (MCA) and Houngcheol Choi, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA).

New Romance: art and the posthuman is presented in association with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Kore

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Wonbin Yang, Umbra infractus, 2012, umbrella, electrical devices, Image courtesy and © the artist

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INFO: http://www.mca.com.au/

National Gallery of Victoria announces major international exhibition featuring Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei

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Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup II: Tomato-Beef Noodle O’s, 1969, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

MELBOURNE.- A major international exhibition featuring two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei – will open at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, in December 2015, and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, in June 2016.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Warhol, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, will explore the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV will present over 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.

Presenting the work of both artists’ in dialogue and correspondence, the exhibition will explore modern and contemporary art, life and cultural politics through the activities of two exemplary figures – one of whom represents twentieth century modernity and the ‘American century’; and the other contemporary life in the twenty-first century and what has been heralded as the ‘Chinese century’ to come.

Ai Weiwei commented, “I believe this is a very interesting and important exhibition and an honour for me to have the opportunity to be exhibited alongside Andy Warhol. This is a great privilege for me as an artist.”

Ai Weiwei lived in the United States from 1981 until 1993, where he experienced the works of Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, among others. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) was the first book that Ai Weiwei purchased in New York, and was a significant influence upon his conceptual approach. Ai Weiwei’s relationship to Warhol is explicitly apparent in a photographic self-portrait (taken in New York in 1987) in which Ai Weiwei poses in front of Warhol’s multiple self-portrait, adopting the same gesture.

Each artist is also recognised for his unique approach to notions of artistic value and studio production. Warhol’s Factory was legendary for its bringing together of artists and poets, film-makers and musicians, bohemians and intellectuals, drag queens, superstars and socialites, and for the serial-production of silkscreen paintings, films, television, music and publishing.

The studio of Ai Weiwei is renowned for its interdisciplinary approach, post-industrial modes of production, engagement with teams of assistants and collaborators, and strategic use of communications technology and social media. Both artists have been equally critical in redefining the role of ‘the artist’ – as impresario, cultural producer, activist, and brand – and both are known for their keen observation and documentation of contemporary society and everyday life.

Andy Warhol (born Pittsburgh 1928 – died New York 1987) was a leading protagonist in the development of Pop Art, and his influence extended beyond the world of fine art to music, film, television, celebrity and popular culture. Warhol created some of the most defining iconography of the late twentieth century, through his exploration of consumer society, fame and celebrity, media, advertising, politics and capital.

The NGV will present over 200 of Warhol’s most celebrated works including portraits, paintings and silkscreens such as Campbell’s Soup, Mao, Elvis, Three Marilyns, Flowers, Electric Chairs, Skulls and Myths series; early drawings and commercial illustrations from the 1950s; sculpture and installation, including Brillo Boxes 1964, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Boxes 1964, and Silver Clouds 1968; films such as Empire 1964, Blow job 1964, and Screen Tests 1965, among others from Warhol’s extensive filmography; music and publishing; alongside a selection of previously unseen work. The exhibition will also bring together a wide range of photography including over 500 Polaroids documenting Warhol’s friends, colleagues, artistic and social milieux.

Ai Weiwei (born Beijing 1957) is an artist and social activist who is among the most renowned contemporary artists practicing today. One of China’s most provocative artists, his work encompasses diverse fields including visual art, architecture, publishing and curatorial practice, cultural criticism, social media and activism. Ai Weiwei’s work addresses some of the most critical global issues of the early twenty-first century, including the relationship between tradition and modernity, the role of the individual and the state, questions of human rights, and the value of freedom of expression.

For the NGV exhibition, a suite of major commissions will be premiered, including a new installation from the Forever bicycles series and a new monumental work from his chandelier series, among others. These will be presented alongside key works by Ai Weiwei from his early drawings in the 1970s, readymades of the 1980s, and painting, sculpture and photography of the 1990s and 2000s. New and recent installations, including new configurations of major works such as S.A.C.R.E.D. 2013 and Trace 2014, will sit alongside a wide range of photography, film and social media from over the past four decades. It will be the most comprehensive representation of the artist’s work in Australia to date.

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Art Gallery of South Australia. Permanent Collection

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Camille Pissarro, France, 1830-1903, Prairie à Éragny, 1886, Éragny, France, oil on canvas, 59.4 x 73.0.

ADELAIDE.- The Art Gallery of South Australia has secured French Impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro’s Prairie à Éragny (1886) for the Gallery’s permanent collection. Purchased for $4.5 million at at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction in New York, it is the Gallery’s most significant acquisition to date.

Art Gallery of South Australia, Director, Nick Mitzevich said ‘this landscape by Pissarro is a quintessential French Impressionist landscape – full of vitality and colour, created by Pissarro’s signature dynamic brushwork’.

‘Painted at a defining moment in Pissarro’s career, Prairie à Éragny will enrich the Gallery’s Impressionist collection, introducing a wonderful example of French Impressionism into the collection which has strong holdings of British Impressionism. This acquisition will elevate the national and international standing of the State’s collection,’ Mitzevich said.

Through the generosity of private donors, together with the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the Gallery has been able to purchase Prairie à Éragny for the Gallery’s permanent collection.

‘I thank those donors who have already given their support to this historic acquisition; over the last eighteen months, through the Gallery Foundation Masterwork Appeal, $4.4 million has been raised. Additional fundraising is essential to finalise the purchase and public support is now being solicited for its acquisition,’ Mitzevich said.

Camille Pissarro was a defining artist of the French Impressionist and Neo Impressionist movements. He was the only artist who participated in all eight Impressionist exhibitions from 1874 to 1886 in Paris. Pissarro’s paintings are celebrated for the sensation of air, light and transparency they generate through his careful chromatic analysis.

Prairie à Éragny introduces the new Neo-Impressionist style that Pissarro would help to pioneer in the years to come. The resplendent palette of warm pinks and mauves, vivid greens and bright powder blues is iconic, describing the landscape through the purity of colour juxtapositions, which he applied directly in short brush strokes to canvas.

Prairie à Éragny will be unveiled at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Friday 22 August 2014 and will be on public display in the Melrose Wing of European Art from Saturday 23 August 2014.

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