Art News: High Fructose Corn Syrup Exhibit, Cantor Arts Acquires Andy Warhol’s ‘Mao Tse-Tung’ & Erlich’s ‘Swimming Pool’ is Closing

23 Mar
2010

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU

Christopher Chiappa’s High Fructose Corn Syrup’ exhibit (his first solo show in eight years) is currently showing now through April 10th at the Kate Werbie Gallery in New York City.

In this exhibition, Chiappa employs self-portraiture as a technique to heighten psychological and cultural decay. The title, High Fructose Corn Syrup, is a reference to the artist’s transition from adolescence into adulthood, and his realization of the disappointment of human experience. A daily Coke drinker, he hit puberty just as Coca Cola’s formula switched from using sugar to high fructose corn syrup.

Cloaking the gallery in black plastic, Chiappa aims to push the viewer to re-evaluate the physical gallery: anything can happen within the space.

Chiappa also has an installation exhibit running concurrently at the Moss Gallery of Contemporary Design in New York, where works like the one below can be seen.

CANTOR ARTS ACQUIRES ANDY WARHOL’S ‘MAO TSE-TUNG’

Mao Tse-Tung – Andy Warhol

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces the addition of major works to its collection. Two of the acquisitions are purchases of sculpture by artists Isamu Noguchi and Magdalena Abakanowicz. The third acquisition is the donation of screenprints of Mao Tse-Tung by Andy Warhol.

Much of Warhol’s output — whether painting, works on paper, or sculpture — concerns issues of celebrity, reproduction, and authenticity. Perhaps in no series do these issues intertwine as seamlessly as in the Mao screenprints. Each of the images in the series varies the color of the sitter’s face and costume, as well as the shape of the energetic black squiggles around him. Read whole article: artdaily.

LEONDRO ERLICH’s ‘SWIMMING POOL’ INSTALLATION AT P.S. 1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER CLOSING SOON

If you haven’t seen Argentinian artist Leondro Erlich’s installation ‘Swimming Pool’ yet I suggest you head to P.S. 1 in New York City and see it before it closes next month on April 5th.  The long running show has been on view since October of 2008.

Leandro Erlich is known for installations that seem to defy the basic laws of physics and befuddle the viewer, who is introduced into jarring environments that momentarily threaten a sense of balance or space. For this exhibition, Erlich presents one of his most well-known and critically acclaimed pieces, Swimming Pool.

Erlich has constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder. When approached from the first floor, visitors are confronted with a surreal scene: people, fully clothed, can be seen standing, walking, and breathing beneath the surface of the water.

It is only when visitors enter the Duplex gallery from the basement that they recognize that the pool is empty, its construction a visual trick fashioned by the artist. A large, continuous piece of acrylic spans the pool and suspends water above it, creating the illusion of a standard swimming pool that is both disorienting and humorous.  For info visit P.S. 1.

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