Zero at Guggenheim

Great show I had pleasure to look at upon curator guidance. Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Otto Piene just to name a few of the artists. Was amazed to see stencil paintings of exactly same dots I use in my works by Otto Piene. So it clearly was not only Roy Lichtenstein’s thing.

Christopher Wool at Guggenheim

Word pieces are among most recognizable and interesting works produced by the artist.  Other works are less interesting. Some recall New York subway graffiti mixed with Andy Warhol, but not much style here. Photographs empty and mostly ordinary and one may wonder why they included in show at all. I remember seeing Picasso and Spanish exhibitions in same building, the Wool exhibit looks dull and empty in comparison. Just too big building and just a few types of works multiplied. How great/different/varied was Picasso, true genius…

Richard Serra – New Sculpture – Gagosian Gallery

I was thinking should i put note on this one… Works is large, scary (You walk with a feeling of danger around, some sculptures look just not stable enough) form is primary but beautiful, material is complex – so why not to call this one of the best shows? The reason i won’t call it is simple – seen this before. Serra does not evolve he just turning sculpture after sculpture like BMW production plant – same models with few changes in design each year. Such production is dangerous for artist – it erases essence of art – unique sensual/intellectual experience. Maybe I’m wrong – could be, but artists should not turn into production machines feeding dealers with the material they could sell easily, no. Artists should not turn themselves into slaves of one style – it becomes not interesting to look at same thing every season, like to look at new winter every year – yes all winters are the same cold and snowy, but art is not the same experience every time it’s something new.

Ad Reinhardt – David Zwirner Gallery

While most New York critics probably praised dazzling and populist work by Yayoi Kusama exhibited in the same time at Zwirner there was no lines to see Ad Reinhardt’s black paintings.  There was Robert Storr signing copies of books as well. Not much interest. But i liked overall impression of the show.  Minimal, subtle, inspiring works. Always liked black paint, there is nothing like it, it is a queen of all paints. Contrary, Kusama’s canvases looked overpopulated by bright colors and decorative imagery, something that kindergarten children often would do. It’s not bad to have child in the room- but for me it was too much of it. No, really, i support serious art. What would Kusama look like next to El Greco? That someone lived 500 years earlier had more depth and style?

Raqib Shaw – Paradise Lost – at Pace Gallery

Ambitious exhibition by Kashmiri-born London Artist Raqib Shaw. Exhibition occupies 3 Pace venues. Works are mainly depictions of anthropomorphic beasts (inspired by Indian miniature and mythology) populating classical ruins. Raqib Shaw had numerous exhibitions worldwide and a quite commercially successful artist. While works definitely poised to impress viewer, there is something wrong  in that impression. There is way too much glitter on canvas. While compositions is full of small elements they create some sort of noise rather than notion of finished and well composed piece. But i was rather impressed by exhibit – Chelsea don’t often present something that tend to duplicate old masters achievements, and Raqib Shaw effort is at least worth looking.

Contemporary Artists you should know

Lida Abdul
reference: Artist’s website
Gillian Carnegie
reference: Shortlist: Turner Prize 2005 at Tate Britain, London
Jake and Dinos Chapman
reference: Artists website
Chuck Close
reference: Chuck Close at Pace Gallery, New York The New York Times on Chuck Close
Justine Cooper
reference: Justine Cooper at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
John Currin
reference: Whitney Museum of American Art collection, New York
Nathalie Djurberg
reference: Natalie Djurberg at Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Dubossarsky and Vinogradov
reference: Artist’s website
Tim Eitel
reference: Center of Gravity at Pace Wildenstein, New York
Chie Fueki
reference: Artist’s page at Mary Boone, New York
Gilbert and George
reference: Gilbert and George at Brooklyn Museum
Shadi Ghadirian
reference: Artist’s page at Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
reference: Collection: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Antony Gormley
reference: Artist’s website
Subodh Gupta
reference: At Palazzo Grassi
Philip Guston
reference: Collecton: MoMA, New York
Ellsworth Kelly
reference: Artist’s page at Mattew Marks Gallery, New York
Tala Madani
reference: Collection: The Saatchi Gallery, London
Julia Milner
reference: Article on Russian Pavilion at Venice biennale
Marina Naprushkina
reference: Works: Istanbul biennial
Alice Neel
reference: Artist’s estate
Hermann Nitsch
reference: Artist’s website
Leemour Pelli
reference: Leemour Pelli at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
Elizabeth Peyton
reference: Exhibition: New Museum, New York
Cai Guo-Qiang
reference: Documentary on PBS
Daniel Richter
reference: Works: CFA Berlin
Mika Rottenberg
reference: Works at Nicole Klagsbrun, New York
Dana Shutz
reference: Exhibition: Panic, Zach Feuer, New York
Rudolf Stingel
reference: Exhibition: Whitney Museum of American Art
Richard Tuttle
reference: Exhibition: MCA Chicago
Group Voina
reference: Article on performance
Mark Wallinger
reference: Exhibition: Tate Britain, London
Sherry Wong
reference: Exhibition: I-20 Gallery, New York
Zhang Xiaogang
reference: Collection: The Saatchi Gallery, London
Diane Arbus
reference: Artist’s works
Ghada Amer
reference: Ghada Amer at Cheim and Read, New York
Francis Bacon
reference: Collection: Tate, London
reference: Exhibition: Tate Britain, London
Banksy
reference: Artist’s website
Mattew Barney
reference: The Cremaster Cycle
Jean-Michel Basquiat
reference: Group exhibition at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Lee Bontecou
reference: Collection: MoMA, New York
Fernando Botero
reference: Artist’s website
reference: Article: Aby Ghraib paintings
Louise Bourgeois
reference: Exhibition: Guggenheim Museum, New York
Sergey Bratkov
reference: Works: Deweer Gallery
Jules de Balincourt
reference: Exhibition: The Saatchi Gallery, London
Cecily Brown
reference: Collection: The Saatchi Gallery, London
Maurizio Cattelan
reference: Artist’s website
reference: Exhibition: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris
Martin Creed
reference: Artist’s website
Mark Dion
reference: Works: Goodwater Gallery
Peter Doig
reference: Exhibition: Tate Britain, London
Marlene Dumas
reference: Works: Frith Street Gallery
reference: Exhibition: Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Olafur Eliasson
reference: Artist’s website
Tracy Emin
reference: Collection: The Saatchi Gallery
Eric Fischl
reference: Artist’s website
reference: Works: Mary Boone Gallery
Lucian Freud
reference: Exhibition: Tate Britain
Nan Goldin
reference: Works: Mattew Marks Gallery
Andreas Gursky
reference: Works: Mattew Marks Gallery
Damien Hirst
reference: Works: White Cube
reference: Artist’s website
David Hockney
reference: Works: Getty Museum
Jasper Johns
reference: Collection: Metropolitan Museum
Ilya Kabakov
reference: Exhibition: Garage CCC
Mike Kelley
reference: Exhibition: Day is Done, Gagosian Gallery
Anselm Kiefer
reference: Collection: Metropolitan Museum
reference: Exhibition: White Cube
Jeff Koons
reference: Artist’s website
reference: Exhibition: Jeff Koons at Versailles
Mark Kostabi
reference: Exhibition: Adam Baumgold Gallery
Sol Levitt
reference: Collection: MoMA
Yue Minjun
reference: CNN Headlines
Andrei Molodkin
reference: Russian Pavilion at Venice Biennale
Takashi Murakami
reference: Exhibition: MoCA Los Angeles
Bruce Nauman
reference: Works: Sperone Westwater
Pablo Picasso
reference: Collection: Musee Picasso
reference: Works: Gagosian Gallery
Jackson Pollock
reference: Collection: MoMA
Richard Prince
reference: Exhibition: Spiritual America – Guggenheim Museum
Neo Raush
reference: Exhibition: David Zwirner
Gerhard Richter
reference: Artist’s website
reference: Exhibition: Marian Goodman
David Salle
reference: Collection: The Saatchi Gallery
Wilhelm Sasnal
reference: Collection: Guggenheim Museum
Richard Serra
reference: Collection: MoMA
Zurab Tseretelli
reference: Artist’s website
Luc Tuymans
reference: Collection: MoMA
Cy Twombly
reference: Exhibition: Bacchus – Gagosian
reference: Collection: MoMA
Jeff Wall
reference: Works: Marian Goodman
Andy Warhol
reference: Warhol Museum
reference: Works: Gagosian, New York
Aaron Young
reference: Performance: Greeting Card
Boris Zaborov
reference: News headlines

When I think about Moon

I remember the days under open skies in the raw fields of wheat
A burning fire
An absence of reason in a joyful game
With someone
I liked to catch
Perplexed
Close
Disarmingly
The cold moon was never close to me.
I can’t imagine being there.
One day self replicating something might be infected into it’s cold waterless surface.
Within matter of days it may populate large areas of what seemed so far from being alive.
Change everything sensationally.
Absence of feelings is dead body in nameless grave.
I think about Moon
Desires exuberant oxygen raw black skies stars sharply in memory
Was it yesterday
Or never
With you

Ultra modern war in cyberspace of Über human race

One suffer to survive for years. Another perish immediately unable to resist death. Some come out victorious and live proper lives. There is not a high percentage of this people. What makes them so special in the eternal war for survival? Suddenly, modern times made different the tools and methodology of this fight. A new physical war is often cyber war for intelligence; Sudden results could not be the corpses, yet humans transformed by the new ideology. The logic: you can easily spread the one which is supreme. The truth – you will never tell it to nobody, all you need is people whose logic is tolerant to your product. Coca-Cola is a best refreshing drink, corporation don’t let anyone doubt it.

The World Aftermodern is quite social and unified by Internet, whose global reach makes it a new weapon of a massive scale. Collective intelligence, a new form, amazingly, it could affect to much more terrifying chaos either create amazingly new order; rather than, a disagreement for a few man. Perhaps, super intelligent society must face no physical war, unless purely intellectual. Yet, once the world reaches production level above possible needs, much problems appears to be an essentially emptied threads. Would it be a Neo-Communist or Post-Capitalist utopia, or self-destruction reasoned by the absence for a future reason to exist? Think physical wars rudimentary in the society with technology advanced enough to modify remotely behaviors of one living. In many ways it is a question for a new governance. Super power replacing conflict, the remaining, just left for the trade of ideas and commodities. The possibility of a quick death is something that still makes you want to live.

Beauty? What is that, the last Aftermodern weapon and the only left reason to exist, indeed.