Art Buzz: Occupy Museums protestors & North Korea's singing, dancing, human mosaic
North Korean Mosaic: In 2005, German photographer Werner Kranwetvogel attended North Korea’s traditional “mass games” — basically large-scale dance routines with thousands of synchronized participants and singers. Now available in his book, “A Night in the Pongyang,” Kranwetvogel reveals the intricacy of these traditional tableaus which, at the time of his visit, required 30,000 schoolchildren holding as many mosaic tiles to pull off.
Texas Contemporary Art Fair: This past weekend, sixty Texas galleries participated in the first ever Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Nipping at the heels of the Houston Fine Art Fair (which took place earlier this month), the event – which included major works from the likes of William Wegman and Rackstraw Downs – confirmed my suspicions that Texas is our next arts and culture mecca (I mean, have you seen Marfa?).
Occupy Museums: Last Thursday night, a splinter group of the Occupy Wall Street movement called “Occupy Museums” marched from MoMA to the New Museum to a small gallery downtown, apparently protesting the “conflation of art and commerce, the snobbery of the art market and high ticket prices at museums.” Granted, it was like twenty people, but I think we may be getting a little off-target here, folks.
Light Paintings by Brian Matthew Hart: Artist Brian Matthew Hart creates dramatic “light paintings” through a complex (and time-consuming) process of photographic exposure. Often, his finished images require over two hundred different exposures to complete, depending on the complexity of the scene. A new series of Hart’s images, dubbed “Illinois 4,” were completed just last week in an old attic, and now on view on his website.
Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow: At first glance, Alexis Rockman’s illustrations look like something you might have encountered in a grade-school biology textbook circa 1992, complete with elaborate erupting volcanoes, dinosaurs and prehistoric bugs. Closer inspection, however, reveals clever exaggerations and anthropomorphism, as in a scene with giant, human-sized mosquitoes approaching a sleeping camper. This week, Ohio residents can check out Rockman’s creepy crawly creations at a retrospective on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts