Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Recommendations Guest Post #13: Micah Lexier

Ellsworth Kelly
Die Welt (artist's commission)
Berlin, Geramny: Axel Springer SE, 2011
58 x 40 cm.
Edition of 200,000

Available here, for $50.00 US.

"I love when artists get to insert their imagery in mass-produced things, like newspapers, magazines, train schedules, or year-end reports. As an artist I enjoy making work like this and, as a collector, it is a category that I seek out. I see these as Trojan Horses bringing art to people who would never set foot in a gallery. The most recent example that I’ve found, or more precisely, my friend Paul Van Kooy found for me, is Elsworth Kelly’s intervention in the October 6, 2011th edition of the Berlin-based newspaper Die Welt. Every photo in this four-section newspaper was replaced with one of Kelly’s signature coloured shapes – the only photos that appear are in the advertisements. I would have preferred to have picked up a copy on the day of release for the original price of 1.90 Euro, but luckily his gallery held on to a number of copies and are making them available for those of us who where not around then."

Micah Lexier is a Toronto-based artist, collector and curator. He has had over 100 solo exhibitions, participated in more than 200 group exhibitions and has produced a dozen permanent public commissions. In 2013 The Power Plant Art Gallery hosted a 15-year survey exhibition of Lexier’s work entitled One, and Two, and More Than Two, within which Lexier presented a major curatorial project consisting of 221 objects and artworks made by 101 local artists.  Earlier this year Lexier was honoured with a Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Micah Lexier is represented by Birch Contemporary, Toronto.

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