Italy’s most important art fair is opening next week – Artissima 2015 in Turin will bring together more than 200 international galleries from 31 countries, as well as over 2,000 works on display. The 2015 edition of the event will introduce four new projects dedicated to curators and collectors, as well as a very special exhibition by art institutions of Turin and the region of Piedmont. The visitors of this amazing art fair will enjoy great art, so be sure to check out our article about 10 Artissima boots you must go see. Artissima 2015 in Turin opens on November 6 and will last until November 8, while the preview and the vernissage will be held on November 5 by invitation only.
If you won’t be able to come to Turin, we have selected some other great art events opening next week. Another great fair is opening on November 4 – IFPDA Print Fair in New York City. But, if you would prefer exhibitions next week, don’t worry; we have selected four amazing exhibitions opening next week – three of them taking place in the US, one in Germany. San Francisco-based Dolby Chadwick Gallery is organizing the third solo exhibition with Guy Diehl entitled A Dialogue with Tradition II (opening November 5). On the other side of the US, in New York, art lovers will have an opportunity to see the group exhibition entitled Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives In Art And Artifact, opening on November 7 at Museum of the Moving Image. Also in New York City, Woodward Gallery organizes a group show entitled Power of Three, opening on November 7. Finally, Berlin-based OPEN WALLS Gallery is preparing for the opening of the exhibition of SP38, entitled Vive SP38!, and scheduled for November 7.
Scroll down and see what’s in focus in the week of November 2-8.
Artissima will divide its exhibitors into three sections, selected by a committee. The Main section will feature 133 of the most established galleries, most of which are international. Among them, there will be Peres Projects Berlin, Eva Meyer Paris, KOW Berlin, Raffaella Cortese Milan, Galleria Continua San Gimignano and many more, coming from cities like New York, Barcelona, Mexico, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Shanghai. The New Entries section will be dedicated to 24 young, emerging spaces, active for less than five years and attending Artissima for the first time. Art Editions, a section inaugurated in 2012, will exhibit publications, prints and multiples by contemporary artists from seven galleries, six of which are from Italy.
Apart from these, there are three more sections for artists and galleries. Present Future will focus on 20 emerging talents, presented by 20 galleries in a specially designed exhibition in the central area of the fair. Back to the Future will set out to rediscover historic artworks by featuring solo exhibitions of legends of the art world. Covering the periods between the 1960s and 80s, Artissima will this year concentrate on the decade 1975-85, with 25 artists and 28 galleries. Finally, the first section ever to be dedicated exclusively to performance art, Per4M, comes back after a successful debut last year with 12 performance artists and 13 galleries, who will perform on a dedicated stage at the Oval and in shared locations throughout the venue.
Highlights from this year’s IFPDA Print Fair will include a set of four etchings never previously shown in the United States by Nam June Paik; new works by Marcel Dzama, Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud; a suite of woodcuts by 18th Century artist and founder of the Louvre museum, Vivant Denon, at Emanuel von Baeyer; and a wall-mounted, hand-wrapped object by Christo produced for the Whitney Museum of American Art. Some ninety exhibitors and galleries will participate at IFPDA Print Fair. Some of them are: Two Palms, New York; Paul Stolper Gallery, London; Gerrish Fine Art, London; Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich; Pia Gallo, New York; Childs Gallery, Boston and many more. Artist Mike Bidlo will reenact Piero Manzoni’s 1961-62 performance, Carta d’autenticita, at the IFPDA Print Fair’s opening night gala. During the event, Bidlo will sign various random individuals and declare them Sculture viventi or Living Sculptures and will issue those people signed certificates of authenticity, appropriated from the original Manzoni certificates and receipt booklet. This will be Bidlo’s first performance in New York City in over 30 years.
It was the time when still lifes became popular – again – but with a little twist: artists used still life in order to create some satirical, or parodical works that were related with political or social subjects. However, Guy Diehl wasn’t that kind of an artist: he was dead-serious and totally dedicated to creating a sort of homage with his paintings. Actually, Diehl was paying homage to old masters with his paintings in two way: in one way, he dedicated his works to some big names of the art history; in the other, Diehl praised painstaking craft of painting. Since 1992, Guy Diehl started introducing books as primary subjects of his work, making connections with the art history – he included Cubism, German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and the artists of the early Modernist period from 1900 to the present.
The exhibition is divided into eleven separate parts, each dealing with a different Hollywood theme. Heart of Darkness segment for instance, tells the story about the effort of making a movie based on Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name. This section covers the period of over 40 years – from Orson Welles’s failed adaptation attempt, till Fiona Banner’s 2012 The Greatest Film Never Madeproject. Fiona Banner collaborated with numerous designers to create drawings and sculptures based on Orson Welles’s unrealized film script. Dial M for Meta section, represent an homage to the iconic works of Alfred Hitchcock. This exhibition segment contains Manuel Saiz’s edit of North By Northwest and still image edit of Psycho by Jim Campbell. Artist Gregory Chatonsky reconstructed one of the director’s iconic films via Google Street View in his Vertigo at Home artwork.
On the other hand, Terence Netter is quite an unique figure in the world of art – he is a former Jesuit priest, that got involved with art with abstract paintings: way back in the summer of 1965, his exhibition was reviewed at New York Times, where was said that Netter has “an abstract style of visionary power”, and in another article he was dubbed “A Priest who Paints”. Since 1979, he was the Director of the Fine Arts Center at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and he held that position for 18 years. Since 2006, Netter started practicing Zen Meditation, and that’s exactly what we see in his paintings that will be the part of Potentia Triumexhibition at Woodward Gallery – peacefulness, tranquility, simplicity, and deep contact with nature.
Even though the French artist is based in Berlin, he has traveled the world and shared his art with people from around the globe. SP38’s urban poetry has found its way to the streets of Seoul, Montreal, Rangoon, Bristol, Santiago and the Philippines. Alas, there’s no place like home, and the streets of Berlin have been home for SP38 for the past twenty years. The veteran street artist draws inspiration from literature, politics, his rich personal life and the society around him. The messages he conveys through paper, via his trademark typography, are aimed to provoke a dialogue between the city and its inhabitants. SP38 uses a unique alphabet, created by himself, to produce witty messages, which, through sarcasm and directness, make people think and re-evaluate some of the social tropes enforced on our daily lives.
Images in Slider: William Kentridge - Damned Squares of this Shameless City, 2009, detail. Image courtesy of Robert Brown Gallery (courtesy of IFPDA Print Fair); Terence Netter Promised land, detail (courtesy of Woodward Gallery); SP38 at Paris, 2015 (courtesy of Open Walls Gallery); John-Stezaker - Marriage Film , Portrait Collage XXVII, 2007 (courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery London); Guy Diehl - Conversations with Francisco De Zubaran ,3 HR, detail (courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery); Artissima - Oval. Photo by Edoardo Piva
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