Art News: Iceland Art Festival Villa Reykjavik, Laurent Dauptain Exhibit, Mamma Anderson & Limelight NYC Opens As Marketplace

5 May
2010

ICELAND ART FESTIVAL STAGED BY POLISH GALLERIES

This summer Poland’s commercial galleries Raster and Foksal Foundation will stage a one-off arts festival in Iceland. “Villa Reykjavík” will take place in the capital from July 9 through 31, 2010, bringing together 13 galleries from across Europe. The festival is an extension of the “Villa Warsaw” event staged in Poland in 2006.

The aim is to establish a temporary “international art district”, with organisers suggesting that Reykjavík bears resemblance to Warsaw in being, “peripheral, natural and modest, but at the same time of great potential”. Read whole article: artnewspaper.

LAURENT DAUPTAIN EXHIBIT IN NYC

Lauren Dauptain’s open reception is tomorrow May 6th at the Axelle Fine Arts Galerie in New York City.

A graduate of the Paris School of Fine Arts (1981) and the School of Decorative Arts (1983), Dauptain gained a master’s degree in Aesthetics in 1984.  From his formative years, Dauptain has always painted self-portraits, including nudes; but since attempting a very oversized representation of his face, his art changed direction. Simultaneously with the increased size of his self-portraits, a new technique emerged, in which the contours of the face were no longer due to variations in shade and tone, but where the whole spectral palette was applied in an increasingly bold and dynamic fashion to achieve unexpected yet effective results.

MAMMA ANDERSON’S EXHIBIT ‘WHO IS SLEEPING ON MY PILLOW’

Currently running through June 12, 2010 is Mamma Anderson’s exhibit titled ‘Who Is Sleeping On My Pillow’ at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City.

This is Mamma Andersson’s second exhibition at the gallery (her U.S. debut was at David Zwirner in 2006). Known for her complex, multilayered subjects that converge between domestic interiors and Nordic landscapes, Andersson will present all new paintings.

Andersson’s paintings embody a duality that is central to Swedish culture: the interplay of rural and urban aesthetics, combined with the notion of the everyday. Her lineage is tied to French painters, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Jean-Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940), both known for depicting intimate domestic spaces and luminous pastoral landscapes and gardens. Inspired by filmic imagery, theater sets, period interiors, and her native land where summers are short and winters are long, Andersson’s compositions and moody atmospheres suggest ambiguous narratives that are both familiar and incongruous.

In her new work, scenes include a wet and wintery forest, hunched workers in a field, possible acquaintances gathered around a table, empty yet comfortable kitchens and hallways, a sleeping figure (in a painting that gives the exhibition its title). Her paintings also address materiality and the play of light and color, as her seductive, muted, and high-contrast palette is applied with both airy textured washes and thickly rendered brushstrokes.

LIMELIGHT, THE ONCE FAMED NIGHTCLUB IS NOW A MARKETPLACE

The 163-year-old church that formerly housed the Limelight will now be known as the Limelight Marketplace. The mini mall opens this Friday at 2 p.m.—it boasts 20,000-square-feet and 60 shops, cafes and food concessions throughout multiple levels.

Say it isn’t so.  We all knew this was coming. But, that’s all New York needs is more shopping. Times do change, but the Limelight has always been…well…the Limelight (nightclub), even after it was closed. That’s the way we want to remember it. At least they’re keeping the name. How many other New Yorkers feel the same?

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