The 2011 Venice Biennale opens this Saturday in Venice, Italy. Representing the United States at this year’s show are Philadelphia-born Jennifer Allora and Cuban-born Guillermo Calzadilla. The duo currently live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico and have been making art together since 1995. This marks the first year that the United States will be represented by a collaborative artist team. Allora and Calzadilla’s work consists of sculpture, performance art, photography, sound and video work that explores historical, cultural and political ideas and the associations between an object and its meaning.
Winston Wachter Fine Art (Seattle & New York) will be closed Saturday (May 28) – Monday (May 30) for the holiday weekend.
About the Artist
I find inspiration in altering everyday objects. A majority of my artwork is reductive: I take a common place objects and alter them by removing parts or fragmenting and reconstructing them. What interests me is how common objects can lend their inherent meaning to a work of art when they are altered. Some questions I like to ask are: When does an object lose its mundane value and become something else? How can I reinterpret an object to lend it a sense of mystery?
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For more artist info and images of work by James Allen visit Winston Wachter Fine Art
Artists Wanted is a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent. Collectively, Artists Wanted represents over two decades of experience within the New York City art world and their goal is to use their networks and infrastructure to bring undiscovered talent to the forefront.
For more artist info and images of work by Stephen O’Donnell visit Winston Wachter Fine Art
After only two years as the new director of the Seattle Art Museum, Derrick Cartwright announced earlier this month that he will resign from the museum, effective June 30th. Cartwright acknowledged that leading an art museum is a difficult and stressful undertaking, particularly during tough economic times.
“This job required a 100 percent, 24-hours-a-day commitment to solving problems,” Cartwright has said. “Having brought this great museum to a point of stability, I’m eager to think about myself a little bit and what I want to do.”
Cartwright has said that he intends to stay in the Seattle area and is interested in spending more time with his family, as well as pursue other, art-related interests. Maggie Walker, Seattle Art Museum Board President and Board Chairman Charles Wright will offer executive oversight while they search for a new director to lead the museum.
The Getty Villa, the educational center and museum run by the J. Paul Getty Trust in Malibu, California has been locked in litigation for two decades with the Italian government over a particular Greek statue, the Venus of Morgantina. This seven-foot-tall limestone and marble statue was purchased by the Getty Museum in 1988 for $18 million.
Experts determined that the statue originated in Greece, most likely in the latter part of the 5th Century (425-400 BC). The statue has specific size and stance characteristics that are remarkably similar to other statues of female divinities made during this time. Further, the experimental technique of mixing limestone and marble was practiced in an area called Magna Grecia, which is what the coastal area of Southern Italy was called at the time, when it was heavily colonized by Greek settlers.
The Getty Museum agreed to return the statue as part of a 2007 accord with the Italian government for the restitution of 40 illegally excavated and looted artifacts. The statue was finally shipped to Rome in March. It has since been installed in the archaeological museum of Aidone, a tranquil and rural hilltop town in central Sicily near the ruins of the ancient Greek colony of Morgantina, where some experts believe the statue once stood.