Art News: Roman Polanski, Grateful Dead, Mythological MoMA Exhibit and artbygenève

11 Mar


Roman Polanski, the award-winning director known as much for drugging and having sex with a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house in the 70′s, as for acclaimed films such as The Pianist and Rosemary’s Baby, is now getting even more media attention, but this time it is for something a little different. On February 26, the exhibition “Roman Polanski, Director and Actor” opened at the Dusseldorf FilmMuseum in Germany, profiling the exiled movie maker’s early career as a student actor up to his present accomplishments.

Read the whole article: artinfo


The Grateful Dead performed the last of their more than 2,300 concerts in 1995 and thus belong increasingly to history, not the present. Two related events make that reality clear: a new exhibition about the band that has just opened at the New-York Historical Society and the recent creation of the much larger archive, housed at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from which it is drawn.

“The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society,” which continues through July 4, includes only a tiny part of the material that the band donated to the university in 2008.

Read the whole article: nytimes


Mark Rothko ‘Archaic Idol’

Throughout history, mythologies have provided explanations for humankind’s existential surroundings through collective beliefs and shared verbal and visual narratives. Representational visual artists have long looked to ancient mythologies as a thematic repertoire, a tradition both preserved and evolved by modern and contemporary artists who continue to address and reinterpret mythological references in their works.

This exhibition addresses the artistic traces of these motifs in modern art, as well as the practice of modern myth-making, through a nonlinear, thematic representation of works, following a rough chronology from 1797 to 2008. Among the artists represented are Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys, Paul Cézanne, Enrique Chagoya, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, Juan Downey, Max Ernst, Adolph Gottlieb, Arshile Gorky, Wifredo Lam, Matta, Ana Mendieta, Wangechi Mutu, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Jackson Pollock, Odilon Redon, Mark Rothko, Jim Shaw, and Andy Warhol. via MoMA

ART FAIR IN APRIL: artbygenève

artbygenève is an art fair that takes place every spring at Palexpo. This year is the 19th edition of the international art fair, and it will take place from Wednesday 28th April to Sunday 2nd May 2010, between 11am and 8pm (Entrance for artbygenève is free on April 28 2010) in the city of Geneva (Switzerland).

Expected to attract over 20,000 visitors, with the preview event expecting some 400 art collectors, specialists from museums and from international art schools, local galleries and Swiss institutes active in the world of art.

Visit their website for more information at: artbygenève

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