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Art Basel Art 2017

(Clockwise, from top left) Reza Aramesh, Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden, 2016-17, marble, topiary, Leila Heller, New York City, at Parcours, ArtBasel ; Sue Williamson, Messages from the Atlantic Passage, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 100banners2015, 2015, Hauser & Worth, Zurich; Thomas Struth, Paradise 28, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru 2005, 2005, chromogenic print, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris; Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No. 313, 2014, Levy Gorvy, New York.


ARTSCOPE AT ART BASEL SWITZERLAND: DAY TWO

First confronted by Al Wei Wei’s “Iron Tree” (2016), which changes patina as it ages, it also brings nature and the manmade relationship with nature into perspective. That relationship seems a theme of Parcours, curator Samuel Leuenberger’s brilliant trek through the city through the following of artwork installations. Reza Aramsh recreates Michelangelo’s “Slave” in resin, but tiesits hands behind his back with a rope, making him captive and towering on a plinth over the river. Katinka Bock’s “Parasite Fountain” (2017) creates ametal fish that draws water from a neighboring fountain, thus the parasite description, and does not give it back. It uses the water for itself. Politics has come into the work now.


Art Basel Entrance

Art Basel Entrance


ARTSCOPE AT ART BASEL SWITZERLAND: DAY ONE

Done with the hard-hitting political landscape of last year’s work here, and taking a breather, maybe literally, everyone’s happier seeing fewer political statement or in your face art. A lot is concentrating on the process, the materials and the bringing in of concrete, beads, aluminum screening and more for innovative treatments of material.


Clemens Kalischer and Familly

Clemens Kalischer and family at the opening reception for his “Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer’s Vermont” exhibition at Bennington Museum (photo by Marguerite Serkin).


Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer’s Vermont at Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum hosted an artist reception on the afternoon of June 3rd to honor legendary photographer Clemens Kalischer. Now on view in the museum’s ground floor gallery, “Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer’s Vermont” provides a wide sampling of Mr. Kalischer’s masterfully- composed portraits that span more than six decades of Vermont life.


Krzysztof Wodiczko (courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York).


Social Justice Artist, Practitioner of Interrogative Design and Harvard University Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design’s Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain, who also works with the Interrogative Design Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), combines art and technology with emerging social issues to produce creative projects involving veterans of war, disasters and other trauma.


Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda, 2008-2010 (installation view); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis; © Doris Salcedo; photo: Don Ross.

Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda, 2008-2010 (installation view); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis; © Doris Salcedo; photo: Don Ross.


Wanderlust: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

How does one sum up a museum so huge that it qualifies as the largest space in the world dedicated to modern and contemporary art?


Works by Marjorie Kaye (L) and George Shaw

Works by Marjorie Kaye (L) and George Shaw


Marjorie Kaye and George Shaw: The Poetics of Space at Atlantic Works Gallery

Imagine a room made up of contrasting colors, pulsating yellows and deep sparkling plums. That is what you’ll see when you enter Marjorie Kaye and George Shaw’s “The Poetics of Space” exhibition at Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston. Walking through the studio, you are arriving into a world of vibrant 2D and 3D objects. To the left, twisting wooden sculptures of wood painted ombre pop, drawing viewers closer. To the right is a room to both compliment and contrast. It is Shaw’s constructions of wood panels, swathed in rich jewel tones.


Art Adventure in Deer Isle, Maine


Artscope Goes Art-Adventuring in Deer Isle, Maine

During the beautiful summer weekend of August 27 and 28, Art Adventure in Deer Isle, sponsored by Artscope and The Art, Labor Education Institute (Maine), led viewers on a tour of 55 Deer Isle galleries and art studios. Following a map available at all venues in Deer Isle, Little Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine, visitors viewed work including crafts, jewelry, furniture, pottery, paintings, sculpture, drawings, screenprints and photographs by artists from the island and away.


Sachiko Akiyama, "Between Dream and Memory," wood, paint, steel and resin, 20" x 19" x 64".

Sachiko Akiyama, "Between Dream and Memory," wood, paint, steel and resin, 20" x 19" x 64".


Sachiko Akiyama: Between Here and There

By the time I arrived at the opening reception for Sachiko Akiyama’s “Between Here and There” exhibition at Matter & Light Fine Art, one of the newest galleries in Boston’s SoWa District, there was a crowd of people in and around the gallery, eager to see the works. The atmosphere was lively and energetic, a contrast from the calm and serenity provided by Akiyama’s pieces.


Bruce Rosenbaum Standing in his workshop

Bruce Rosenbaum Standing in his workshop.


CORNERED: STEAMPUNK REIMAGINEER BRUCE ROSENBAUM

On September 10, “New Sole of the Old Machine: Steampunk Brockton, Reimagining the City of Shoes” opens at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass. Curated by Steampunk ReImagineer Bruce Rosenbaum, founder of ModVic, LLC, the exhibition features work by John Belli, Jim Bremer & Ruth Buffington, David Lang, Susan Montgomery, Janel Norris, Sam Ostroff, Bruce Rosenbaum and Michael Ulman. The show’s opening reception is this Sunday, September 11 from 2-5 p.m. Last month, Titilayo Ngwenya, the museum’s director of communications, interviewed Rosenbaum prior to the show’s opening.


Donna Dodson: Zodiac and Andy Moerlein: Geology at Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Donna Dodson: Zodiac and Andy Moerlein: Geology at Boston Sculptors Gallery.


Capsule Preview: Dodson & Moerlein Boston Sculptors Gallery

Donna Dodson’s “Zodiac” sculptures & “Andy Moerlein: Geology” (featuring 30 new sculptural works created over the past year) goes on view today at Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston. There are a series of events tied to the show, including a reception this Friday (Sept. 9) from 5-8 p.m. and “The Art of Collecting: A Forum Talk and Luncheon” sponsored by the gallery & Boston Art Dealers Association talk on Saturday (Sept. 10) from noon-2 p.m.