Sunday, June 26, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
The Music Box, legendary for its fantastical installations at various sites about town, now has a new permanent home and you can help take it to the next level. An extraordinary synthesis of this city's musical and architectural heritage, the Bywater - based Music Box Village is the fulfillment of a long held dream to install its magical musical houses in a permanent location in the heart of the community that inspired it. Click Here for More.
rebuild.” Katrina Andry's brutalist baroque brushwork, left, evokes the lush vines covering an abandoned Mid City house that she notes is also “a fire hazard” that can “hide guns and crime.” But Hannah Chalew's mystical landscapes, above, are painted on paper she made from vines culled from overgrown lots, transforming unwanted weeds into objects of value. An artist named Bottletree's The Mayor of St. Roch--a voodoo-esque memorial shrine to St. Roch Improvement Association founder and longtime affordable housing activist Reggie Lawson--illustrates the diverse spiritual and deeply rooted cultural associations that underlie the quest for social justice in New Orleans; but a mysterious found object sculpture by Rontherin Ratliff resonates cosmic antiquity, like what a satellite launched from 19th century Treme might have looked like. Founded in 2014 by New Orleans native Imani Jacqueline Brown, Blights Out is one of the most innovative iterations of the fusion of art and social activism that emerged in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as determined New Orleans residents banded together to defend and rebuild their city. ~Bookhardt / Controls and Counter Reactions: Mixed Media Group Exhibit Inspired by Blight, Through July 3, Antenna Gallery, 3718 Saint Claude Ave., 250-7975.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Digital manipulation reaches new heights of magic realism in some remarkable remakes of vintage masterworks by Tony Campbell and Matt Vis. In their version of The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, above left, Campbell portrays the martyred saint as a scruffy, semi-conscious homeless person assailed by Vis as a macho cop in a humorous, if deadly serious, social realist take on an old renaissance theme. Similarly, Rene Magritte's creepily iconic painting of a female head that, up close, is really a woman's nude torso, below, undergoes a bit of role reversal in Nora See's version, which disconcertingly features a tumescent male torso. Rachel Burch Williams' My Ghost, above left, is like an elegant goth update of old Dutch “vanitas” still life paintings, replete with skulls and insects, that remains remarkably true to form. Adam Mysock's On a Snowy Night suggests small yet convincing copy of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, but look again and it's snowing inside like a zany snowglobe. Master 20th century New Orleans painter Paul Ninas may seem like the odd man out here, but if you look closely at his work in various styles, it becomes quite easy to see him as the Gerhard Richter of his milieu. ~Bookhardt / Art Hysterical: New Orleans Artists Revisit Art History, Through July, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400A Julia St., 522-5471.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Diana Al-Hadid is a native of Syria who emigrated with her family to the U.S. when she was a small child, but her show at Newcomb leaves the distinct impression that she has been crossing borders and boundaries ever since. Her mind-bending sculptures and multidimensional wall mounted works are so multi-layered that different people may initially see them very differently as they are transported into the less familiar labyrinths of history, science and culture. As Newcomb Art Museum director Monica Ramirez-Montagut has noted, Al-Hadid is influenced by historical forms from art and architecture that she transforms with “drips, textures, patterns, and ornaments that recall Arabic calligraphy and Islamic textile patterns. Yet through their ruinous quality, they simultaneously evoke absence.”
Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, 865-5328.
Critic-Curator Nick Stillman New Arts Council CEO
Former Bomb Magazine Managing Editor, UNO Visiting Critic and Arts Council Deputy Director Nick Stillman has been promoted to CEO. "I’m very honored to assume this position, especially at this pivotal moment for our city,” Stillman said. “Just as the city of New Orleans is looking ahead to the 2018 Tricentennial, we too are focused on demonstrating over the next three years how pivotal, transformative, and essential the arts are to New Orleans.” An active art critic who regularly contributed to Artforum, Stillman also curated eight exhibitions at PS1 in New York, including the debut museum solo shows by Kalup Linzy, Amy Granat and Joe Bradley. More>>
Curator Kenny Schachter Shreds Big Art as "Corrupt"
According to New York-born, London-based, global art world gadabout, gadfly, collector, curator and contrarian self-promoter Kenny Schachter, the global art market is a "hotbed" of corruption. This is hardly news to those of us who have noticed the New York and London art markets are the last unregulated play pens for international banksters, but it was interesting to see it in the London Telegraph's coverage of a Schachter talk about how the corruption he had seen over a long and global career was born of the high sums of money involved. Even museum trustees were in on the act, he alleged; using their inside knowledge of future exhibitions to give tips on which artists are likely to see a boost in prices. High level dealers could use the auction system to artificially inflate prices, planting an accomplice to bid against clients and ramp up the final price. Important works, he claimed, were sometimes sold at a private price significantly lower than the sum announced publicly, the headline-catching public price boosting the status of the artist for future sales. "Any time a lot of money crops up, hideous behaviour follows too." More>>