CARLOS GARAICOA ARCHITECTURAL NEW EXHIBIT AT IRISH MUSUEM OF MODERN ART
One of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists, Carlos Garaicoa, brings together new and recent works comprising sculpture, installation, drawing, video and photography, which explore the themes of architecture and urbanism at the Irish Museum of Modern Art today. Cuban life—social, political, and cultural—inspires Garaicoa’s work. After the Cuban revolution in 1959, many architectural projects and buildings were left unfinished or abandoned, in Havana and in other Cuban cities.
Garaicoa created a series of pop-up books depicting the decrepit turn-of-the-century buildings in Havana’s Plaza Vieja district and other cities. Garaicoa also addresses these collapsed buildings by pairing black-and-white photographs with drawings made of thread rendering the reality of the absence of these structures. Garaicoa often illustrates his vision in large installations using various materials such as crystal, wax candles and rice-paper lamps.
Garaicoa’s exhibition includes new and recent works which demonstrate his varied articulations of architecture such as The Crown Jewels, 2009, in which miniature replicas of real-life torture centers, prisons and intelligence networks are cast in silver; My personal Library Grows-up Together with My Political Principles, 2008, in which books are assembled to form architectural frameworks and Bend City (Red), 2007, a city constructed entirely from cut paper.
The exhibit runs through September 5, 2010.
SAVING KEITH HARING’S ONLY REMAINING WALL MURAL IN THE WORLD
Keith Haring’s little silhouette men and cartoon-esque drawings were easy to find on the streets New York City in the late 80′s, early 90′s. But all remains (that I know of) have been covered and lost for all eternity. Try finding one. However, there is a large-scale mural in a Melbourne suburb of Haring drew in 1984 that still remains.
The city’s cultural community is banding together to preserve the country’s last surviving large-scale mural by the artist (the last in the world) painted entirely by his hand. Representatives from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), the city of Yarra (the inner Melbourne municipality where the mural is located) and the University of Melbourne recently organised a public forum to garner support for its restoration. Some estimate that it could cost around A$25,000 ($22,000) to stabilise, with an additional A$1,000 ($900) a year for maintenance. I think it’s a small price for the community to pay to preserve such an important piece of art history. via
MEDRIE MACPHEE ‘WHAT IS IT’ EXHIBIT IN NYC
Medrie MacPhee’s aptly named “What Is It‘ exhibit is currently running at the Von Lintel Gallery through July 2, 2010 in New York City. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show with Von Lintel Gallery and her seventh one-person show in New York.
In these new large-scale paintings, the forms float, collide and hover free of gravity and devoid of place. Parts of the canvas are left unpainted, elements of underdrawing visible. The use of vivid color, rather than the expected palette of ruin, complicates any attempt to sum up the situation.
You can visit Medrie MacPhee’s website here.