Trouvailles – gallery impressions
LIKE A DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR
The exhibition also includes works by Emil Nolde, Egon Schiele, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Grosz, Andy Warhol, Gabriele Münter and others.
As beautiful as it is ephemeral; firmly anchored in the present and yet so evanescent:
Barbara Weil – Sculptures
American artist Barbara Weil created powerful wall-sized paintings and sculptures that appear to have been cut out of her canvases. Once removed from their two-dimensional environment, Weil attached legs and feet to the cutouts and gave them names, turning them into symbolic figures as shown in the video. Sculptures and paintings by the artist, who died in January 2018, can be viewed in her remarkable studio in the southwestern part of the island of Mallorca, one of the island’s sightseeing attractions. Working closely with Weil, American architect Daniel Libeskind designed the building long before he became famous. Libeskind once said that work on the Weil Studio had been a wonderful experience, because he and Weil complemented each other so well as they shared an approach to work and their artistic thinking was so similar, “She became my idol.”
Miquel Mesquida – Catorze ‘Quattuordècim’
“The exhibition is the answer to the question. My question.”
Mallorcan artist Miguel Mesquida has chosen the number 14 as the subject of his work.
For him, the number 14—as a symbol of temperance, moderation, restraint—represents the quest for equilibrium and stability evident in all the pieces included in this exhibition.
At the same time, it is also a symbol of his impulsive and spontaneous creativity, or in his own words: “The fluid dialogue between the artist and his work.”
Bernard Abtey and Annie Thérie
Benefit exhibition for La Main du Coeur, an Alsatian children’s aid organization
Light creates shadows, shadows are shaped by light.
French sculptor Bernard Abtey and painter Annie Thérie produced these works together. Both artists live and work in the Landes, in the Aquitaine region of south-western France. The region’s landscapes exert a strong influence on their work: forests as far as the eye can see; the sea, light, and a sense of vastness that has become nearly impossible to experience anywhere else in Europe.
The shimmer of light highlighted by infinite shadows.
Exhibition from 8 to 12 September 2018
Parc de L’Orangérie
Le Pavillon Joséphine
Avenue de l’Europe
Telephone +33 388 36 53 52
Alluring and captivating, the image draws us down into its depths and then back up to the surface; we explore, looking for tangible details.
Astrid Lowack’s photo art is so multi-facetted and rich in detail, and so fascinating that finally, we just let the image lead our eyes and senses; our gaze wanders leisurely as we indulge in this simple pleasure…
The main focus of the exhibition is on the artist Astrid Lowack, but some works by the painter Fred Thieler, one of the most important members of the German Art Informel movement, are also being shown:
When viewed together, the artistic nature of Astrid Lowack’s photographs becomes even more evident, as do Thieler’s almost photographic and yet abstract qualities.
Domberger — 50 Edition Years and 30 Gallery Years
Stuttgart-Filderstadt / Plattenhardt
Victor Vasarely, a leader of the Op art movement in Europe, produced 120 works in his 60 creative years as an artist. This year, important exhibitions have again put the artist, who died in 1997, in the limelight. Pictured here is an original serigraph from Planetary Folklore, a portfolio comprising six serigraphs, created by Vasarely in collaboration with Domberger in 1964.
Cy Twombly – intense, and yet so reduced.
A wall-sized version of this original serigraph was also shown at MoMA in New York.
Domberger — 50 Edition Years and 30 Gallery Years
Stuttgart-Filderstadt / Plattenhardt
13 March to 28 April 2018
Uhlbergstr. 36 – 40
70794 Filderstadt/Plattenhardt, Germany
Tuesday to Thursday
9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm
Friday 9 am to 2 pm and by appointment
Telephone +49 711 – 771077
Salt Water + Light 2017
A visit to the Library of Water—a museum for melted glacial water—during an artist residency in Iceland inspired American artist Patricia Aaron to create these shining, silvery impressions.
Salt Water + Light 2017
Current works inspired by travels to the Bahamas, Prince Edward Island and Iceland.
28 September to 4 November 2017
400 Santa Fe Drive
Paintings and Printed Works 1991 to 2016
Exhibition in Bielefeld 28 October to 3 February 2018
Let yourself fall?
Painting by Julian Schnabel, 2008. A year before he painted this canvas, Julian Schnabel directed a breathtaking film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It tells the story of 43-year old journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffered a stroke leaving him locked in his paralyzed body. He could only communicate by using his eyes… and yet he managed to write his autobiography.
Globe Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe
Mesa Verde—other parts of the painting seem to light up when the viewer moves ever so slightly.
The longer our gaze lingers, the more complex this painting by Jim Pittman becomes.
Mesa Verde, Jim Pittman
Acrylic on Canvas 40“ x 30“
Globe Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
(formerly The William & Joseph Gallery)
Sam Francis (1923 – 1994)
Exhibition in Bielefeld 31 August to 21 October 2017
Paintings by American artist Sam Francis radiate intensity, courage, enthusiasm and vitality. His work is being shown at the Samuelis Baumgarte Gallery in Bielefeld until late October.
The painter, who was challenged by periods of serious illness, was aware of the profound energy of life force and of the power of the will to live – forces which emanate from his canvasses.
The painting above, which is also the central narrative of the exhibition: a burst of energy, with a hint of edginess, exuding both light and a free and untroubled spirit.
The painting below manifests gravity, intensity, the lightness of being—sequenced, mutually binding?
© Heike Rudloff, September 2017
Exhibition from 31 August to 21 October 2017
Gallery Samuelis Baumgarte
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm and Saturday10 am – 2pm
Telephone +49 521 560310
Exhibition of Art from Finland:
Lehmä pitää viedä jäälle, jotta se tanssii – “The cow has to be on ice for it to dance“
Thirty-one artists from Finland are showing their work at the Samuelis Baumgarte Gallery in Bielefeld.
Some of these are very well known Finnish artists who work internationally; in addition, the gallery is presenting young, aspiring artists.
Two paintings from the exhibition:
Shoji Kato – Field of Disassemblage – 10-2 (26,7x19,9 cm)
What do we see floating through this painting by Shoji Kato, very fine drawings or small electronic elements?
The uncertainty remains – but the light strokes are poetic, delicate, and captivating.
Shoji Kato, born 1969 in Fukui, Japan, lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
© Heike Rudloff, 2017
Maria Papa Rostkowska,
1923 (Warsaw) – 2008 (Lido di Camaiore, Italy)
One of the icons of the Parisian art world is currently being honoured with a retrospective in Milano: Maria Papa Rostkowska, a Polish artist who died in 2008, whose powerful, yet soft-looking sculptures have been the centre of so much attention in the Parisian art world since the 1960s.
The artist lived in France and Italy. She actively participated in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 against the German occupation troops; but her husband, a young politician and leading figure of the democratic movement, lost his life in the Stalinist repression of Poland after the war; later she emigrated to France with her son. In Paris she lived and worked with her second husband, Gualtieri Papa di San Lazzaro, the founder of the Galerie XXe Siècle, the centre of the famous art scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, representative of French art of the period. Since then, Maria Papa Rostkowska’s works have been exhibited at least a hundred times and her sculptures are on display in public places in France, Poland and Italy, including in French government buildings. Major retrospectives have already taken place in museums in Warsaw, Paris and Pietrasanta, Italy.
The retrospective at San Donato Milanese is a reflection of the period and shows the development of art in Maria Papa Rostkowska’s life, as well as famous works by Pablo Picasso, Sonia Delaunay, Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Man Ray and others such as Wifredo Lam – the artist’s friends and companions.
The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience the artists of the period and an important number of works by the sculptor Maria Papa Rostkowska.
Friends, Polish representatives and members of the artist’s family were present at the inauguration of the exhibition, which opened with a recital performed by the Polish pianist Magdalena Zuk.
The exhibition is on view until the end of April.
New Exhibition from 12 September to 14 October 2017
Maria Papa Rostkowska
Le Opere, Gli Amici, I Luoghi
Works, Friends, Places
Associazione Culturale RENZO CORTINA
Via Mac Mahon 14
(cotile interno n. 7)
Tel.: +39 2-33607236
Mon.: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Thu.- Sat: 10pm – 12:30pm and 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Bernard Frize is an internationally active French artist, well known to the German public through numerous exhibitions over the years, and as 2015 laureate of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize awarded by the Berlin Academy of Arts. An exhibition of his work opened 14 January at the Galleria Gentili in Florence, Italy.
Light, translucent colours, delicate looking – yet widely and almost violently brushed onto canvasses – with continuous lines and patterns.
Ultimate abstractions that allow the imagination to flow like water: radiant and light, vibrant in colour; or, as Friedrich Meschede, director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld once wrote: “We have to imagine Bernard Frize as a happy person.”
Frize, born in 1954, works in Paris and Berlin and is known for his sophisticated technology and brushwork – an artist who never ceases to fascinate his audience.
“Northern Lights, Waterfalls and Oceans” is the title of the exhibition of his work at the Galleria Gentili in Florence, on view until 11 March.
Exhibition in Florence from 14 January to 11 March
“Northern Lights, Waterfalls and Oceans”
Borgo Pinti 80/82 R
Telephone +39 0559060519
Patricia Aaron – Artist Statement/FRESH
This spring, an artist residency on the island of Maui presented the perfect backdrop for my new series of layered encaustic abstract paintings. My love of travel and discovery is the thread that connects all my paintings, and as I traversed the islands of Kauai and Maui, I discovered places that were full of possibility and inspiration. Being an ardent observer, I found hidden coves teaming with fish, sunbathers, surfers, sea turtles, and sailboats, all soaked in Hawaiian-infused colors. On other days, I walked barefoot on solitary beaches and watched lone birds flying low over the surf.
My painting technique includes working with warm (180-degree) pigmented beeswax on a heated palette, adding inks and mixed media. Using brushes, razors, kitchen tools, and torches, each painting has approximately 15 layers of fused, pigmented wax applied to the panel. Through additive and subtractive painting techniques, each work takes anywhere from one month to six weeks to complete. I typically rotate working on three paintings at a time, letting each one cool completely before returning to it to add another wax layer.
Patricia Aaron, July 2015
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Tanja Rochelmeyer is a Berlin-based artist whose paintings have attracted a great deal of attention since 2008: geometric abstraction, virtually architectural.
Her work has been shown internationally, especially in exhibitions of contemporary German art and new abstract art, in cities including Berlin, Cologne, Landshut, Milano, Los Angeles, South Africa, Hanoi, Hong Kong.
Quartier Bacalan, Bordeaux
Lumières de Sirènes, 2014, an installation by Laurent Valera, wo lives and works in Bordeaux—as simple as it is moving.
Africa formed only with the help of hundreds of plastic cups full of water, illuminated by a beam of light… shining stars seem to dance above the continent…
Right next to it is another installation: Jesus by Jean-François Buisson depicting Christ on the cross. Buisson elicits an intense and powerful expressiveness from the iron and heavy scrap metal found in the port. The heavy, elaborate steel gates of his studio in Bacalan, the old port district in Bordeaux where he works with other artists using iron and other materials, are almost always open to visitors. The space also houses a gallery whose doors are gladly opened to the public – each door an impressive work of art in its own right.
Both on view until the end of February 2018 at the gallery of the art space Les Vivres de L’Art in the trendy district of Bacalan in Bordeaux…
In the middle of the French city of Bordeaux, between newly built lofts, high-rise buildings by famous architects, historical buildings and a landscape of decaying port architecture, one of the hottest quartiers in France is emerging: the Bacalan district.
Les Vivres de L`Art, located in the old naval storehouse on rue Achard is an art studio and event space open to the public. It also contains a gallery which is currently exhibiting works by French artist Luc Billières.
Only a couple of hundred meters away: the Cité du Vin, the spectacular exhibition grounds for wine merchants and winegrowers. The space also boasts an art museum.
A few hundred meters in the opposite direction, on Quai Armand LaLande at the Bassins à Flots (tidal basins), is the site of the huge and massive concrete submarine pen, initially built by the Italians during the Second World War and then taken over and expanded by the Germans. Today, the base has also been transformed into an art space where photography exhibitions and other cultural events often take place.
The Garage Moderne is just a few blocks farther away, at 1 rue des Étrangers. It is a long hall, originally an auto repair shop; now it houses classic cars undergoing restoration, art and shops. The atmosphere is lively and visitors are welcome.
© Heike Rudloff, 2017