Thursday, March 21, 2019

Glenfiddich Announces the Winners of the 2019 Artist-in-Residence Prize

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Glenfiddich Announces the Winners of the 2019 Artist-in-Residence Prize

World-class scotch whisky leader Glenfiddich has awarded Canadian artists Christof Migone and Marla Hlady the 2019 Artist-in-Residence prize. Valued at $20,000, the prize includes airfare, accommodation, living expenses and a substantial production budget. Migone and Hlady will be spend the summer working on a new project together, at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

The three-month program hosts eight artists from around the globe to produce new works  inspired by the distillery, history, heritage, people, and craftsmanship of the surrounding area. While in Dufftown, the artists live in crofts, and are encouraged to share in a dialogue with one another and to foster cross-disciplinary ideas. Hlady and Migone’s proposal to explore the congenial gesture of ‘raising a glass’ perfectly encapsulates this spirit.

Marla Hlady is a kinetic and sound artist who works in sculpture, drawing, audio and installation. Christof Migone is an artist, curator, and writer who often works with language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity, and endurance. Their work is celebrated across the country, and internationally.

"We're excited to be among those chosen for the 2019 Glenfiddich Residency,” says Hlady. “We each have long-standing individual art practices and started to work collaboratively in 2015. What we envision for our time at The Glenfiddich Residency can only occur as a collaboration, as we focus on the it-takes-two gesture and custom of ‘the toast’, its impetus, dynamism, spirit. What better place?”

Established in 2002, the Glenfiddich Artists-in-Residence program has become wildly acclaimed in the art world for providing artists an original setting, space, and community to create new work. The program captures the maverick spirit of the scotch whisky maker to relentlessly push boundaries and experiment with new ideas. Since its inception, the program has hosted more than 150 artists from 20 countries. Fourteen Canadian artists have previously participated, including Jon Sasaki (Toronto), Daniel Barrow (Montreal), Myfanwy MacLeod (Vancouver), Lee Henderson (Toronto), Vanessa Maltese (Toronto), Damian Moppett (Vancouver), Eleanor King (Halifax), and the late Annie Pootoogook (Cape Dorset).

Hlady and Migone were selected from over 100 entries, by a panel of six esteemed artists, curators and educators from Canada’s arts community. From the applications, the jury creates a shortlist of ten finalists, and the winning selection is made by the program curator Andy Fairgrieve, who says:

“We are delighted to welcome Christof and Marla to be our fifteenth artists in residence for Canada. The standard of all this years short listed artists was as always, incredibly high so it was a very tough choice. However their proposal to explore the ritual and ceremony of toast making while drinking is clearly a perfect fit for a whisky residency. I do feel that drinking Glenfiddich is a very social activity and making toasts embodies this sociality with a sense of performance. There is also a very social aspect to our residency programme and I am sure this summers cohort of artists will be raising glassing on the odd occasion.”

Fairgrieve and the artists are available for interviews, please contact

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Liz Knox Book Launch at Art Metropole

Press release:

"Art Metropole is pleased to host the launch of Query: A compendium of Reddit threads, questioning the reality quotient of television shows, an artist’s book by Liz Knox.

Please join us on Saturday March 23rd between 2pm and 4pm to celebrate the release of this multifaceted inquiry into popular culture, contemporary identity building, and the drive to find authenticity in the scripted.

Query tracks the seemingly endless search for truth in fiction. Exploring everything from the attempt to understand one’s own identity through televised representations to how accurately a certain vocation is depicted, the book generates one long search for reality and self-identification in some of the most unlikely fictions.

Query will be available for purchase for $20.00 and the artist will be in attendance."

For more information, visit the artist's website, here, or Art Metropole, here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

George Brecht | Closed on Mondays

George Brecht
Closed on Mondays
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1969
10 x 12 x 1.6 cm. (sizes varied)
Edition size unknown

An opaque plastic Canal street box contains adhesive material to secure itself permanently shut (it can only be opened very slightly). A black and white image designed by George Maciunas (see his mechanical for the layout, above) is adhered to the lid in which five children gather in front of two large double doors, with two of them doodling on the ground. The title appears as part of the graffiti on the doors, “Closed on Mondays, A Fluxgame, by George Brecht.”

Brecht's original prototype (above, bottom) was a wooden box held closed with a rubber band.

The idea comes from seeing signs in restaurant windows (Ferme le lundi), but functions just as well as a comment on the inaccessibility of art on Mondays (when many galleries are closed). The work also sits along other Fluxus kits which comment on their own opening and closing, such as Ken Friedman's Open and Shut Case.

"I made a box in Villenfranche - it had a rubber band inside. And then George came with this other thing using rubber cement and he had this photo made. That's more or less his recreation of the original model [which] has a little plastic sign on it with engraved white letters."

- George Brecht, 1983

Friday, March 15, 2019

Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian-French artist often considered the "grandfather" of Op art, died 22 years ago today.

Christian Marclay | Krak

Christian Marclay
London, UK: White Cube, 2007
44 x 45.2 cm.
Edition of 100 signed, numbered and dated copies

Archival pigment print on paper, a reproduced shred of comic with the onomatopoeia of title. From the collection of the singer George Michael.

Bid here, from today to March 15th.

Tracey Emin | Every Part of Me's Bleeding

Tracey Emin
Every Part of Me's Bleeding
London, UK: Self-published, 1999
67 x 187.5 cm.
Edition of 3

Blue neon with an approximate current value of $100,000 CDN. The piece was the title work for a May to June 1999 exhibition at Lehmann Maupin New York, her first solo show in the United States. The exhibition also included large-scale sculptures, drawings, video, a quilt, a seaside beach hut and other neons.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hans Peter Feldmann | Untitled (David)

Hans Peter Feldmann
Untitled (David)
Düsseldorf, Germany: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1991
23 x 12 x 12 cm. (overall)
Edition of 30 numbered copies

A painted plaster cast multiple painted in colours on the original metal plinth, valued at approximately $3000 US.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

This week on Tumblr

This week on Tumblr: Books, photographs, editions and video works by Carolee Schneemann, who died earlier this week, at the age of 79.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Primary Information 2019 Benefit

Next Wednesday, March 13th, Primary Information holds it's 2019 auction, from 7:00 to 9:00pm
at Greene Naftali (508 W 26th St, 8th Fl, NYC 10001). The event features a cocktail party and a silent auction with works by more than 25 artists, including Cory Arcangel, Tauba Auerbach, Dan Graham, Allan McCollum, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matthew Wong, Dena Yago and many others.
All proceeds from the event will support Primary Information’s 2019 programming season.

Primary Information is a non-profit organization devoted to publishing artists’ books and artists’ writings by emerging, mid-career, and established artists. In addition to new bookworks by contemporary artists, their reprint series has recently included projects by The Guerrilla Art Action Group, Carolee Schneemann, Lee Lozano, Constance DeJong, Dan Graham, and others. Forthcoming reprints include Yvonne Rainer and Sol Lewitt.

Tickets to the event are $100 US, and can be purchased here.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Carolee Schneemann, RIP

Carolee Schneemann died today, at the age of 79. She is best known for her films Meat Joy (1964) and Fuses (1965) and for her performances Interior Scroll (1975) and Up to and Including Her Limits. 

Schneemann's published books include Cezanne, She Was a Great Painter (1976), Early and Recent Work (1983), and More Than Meat Joy: Performance Works and Selected Writings (1979, 1997. She taught at a number of institutions, including New York University, the California Institute of the Arts, and Bard College (where she was once a student, until the school kicked her out for painting nude self-portraits).

Schneemann was not awarded her first museum retrospective until decades into her career - in 1996 at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Two years ago she won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Julian Opie | This is Shahnoza in 3 parts

Julian Opie
'This is Shahnoza in 3 parts' jigsaw set
London, UK: Alan Cristea Gallery, 2008
16 x 11 x 0.8 cm.
Edition size unknown

Published to coincide with a solo exhibition at Alan Cristea Gallery in October 2008, this set of three jigsaw puzzles features images of Opie's This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts 01, 04 and 07.

Available for £3.00 directly from the artist, here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Criterion Flash Sale - 50% off

Criterion has just announced a single-day 50% off sale on all of their 975 titles, including these works by filmmakers who also identify as visual artists:

Eleven other recommendations: 

The last film made by Pier Paolo Pasolini, before he was brutally murdered by being run over by his own car, having his testicles crushed by a metal bar and being burned with gasoline. His adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's 1785 novel The 120 Days of Sodom transposes the violent psycho-sexual story from 18th century Germany to WWII fascist Italy. Despite being made almost forty-five years ago, the film has lost none of it's power to shock and is often considered the most disturbing movie ever made.

Ten times better than the film Spike Lee won an Oscar for last week. BlacKkKlansman takes a story that already stretches credulity and adds a series of entirely fictional elements, most of which only serve to make the police look more heroic. While the Black Lives Matter movement is fighting to undo systemic institutional racism, BlacKkKlansman takes a "one bad apple" look at a police department. It's a film that feels entirely removed from the contemporary discussion around race, whereas Do The Right Thing was timely and urgent, so much so that some commentators feared the film would lead to race riots.

The brilliant debut of Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, We Need To Talk About Kevin, You Were Never Really Here), Ratcatcher is a haunting look at childhood set during the national garbage strike in 1970's Scotland.

Volker Schlöndorff’s solid adaptation of the great novel by Günter Grass about a boy - repulsed by adult hypocrisy in the lead-up to WWII - who refuses to grow up. The film was banned in Ontario and - many years later - an Oklahoma man was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, after renting a copy of the Palme d'Or and Oscar winning film, from Blockbuster Video. 

Mike Leigh has made many brilliant films. This is the best. 

If you own only one talking gorilla documentary, it should be this one, about Hanabiko "Koko", who died last June.

The semi-autobiographical film against which all of Noah Baumbach's work will be judged. 

The second feature by Andrea Arnold (Red Road, American Honey, some episodes of Transparent, etc.), about a 15 year old girl living on an East London council housing estate. Extras on the disc include the short films Milk (1998), i (2001), and the Oscar-winning Wasp (2003).

Often considered the greatest Canadian film ever (it's not - Leolo is), Claude Jutra's 1971 National Film Board feature is an evocative portrait of a boy's coming of age in wintry 1940s rural Quebec.

Another coming-of-age narrative, The Apu Trilogy follows the title character from his childhood in rural Bengal to eventual marriage and fatherhood. Often considered the greatest Indian film(s) ever made, the score also introduced the world to sitarist Ravi Shankar.  

Following her death at the age of 41, Morrissey dedicated a performance of his song "Late Night, Maudlin Street" at the Royal Albert Hall to actress Katrin Cartlidge, describing her as a "brilliant person and fantastic actor". He's wrong about a lot lately, but not this. Cartlidge was stunning in some Mike Leigh films (Naked, above, and Career Girls), Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves, as well as this epic British-French-Macedonian co-production.