Saturday, March 31, 2007

CIRCA Puerto Rico '07

CIRCA Puerto Rico ’07, the first international art fair in the Caribbean and Central America, will be held from March 30 – April 2, 2007 at the new Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, and will feature some 50 exhibitors from Puerto Rico, Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Australia. CIRCA Puerto Rico ’07 will bring the best of Modern, and particularly Contemporary art to a local and international audience of collectors. It is the only art fair of its kind in the Caribbean and Central America, where an important group of collectors, such as Diana and Manolo Berezdivin, Alberto de la Cruz, César Reyes, John Belk, Rosalia and Humberto Ugobono, and Chilo Andreu, has emerged in the past few years in response to the bourgeoning and dynamic artistic community. Prominent museums like the MAPR, el Museo de Arte de Ponce, and private galleries such as Galería Comercial, and Walter Otero Gallery have been a platform for young emerging Puertorican artists like Allora & Calzadilla, Melvin Martínez, Javier Cambre, Bubú Negron, and Enoc Perez, among others. What the press said about CIRCA ‘06: • “a highly enthusiastic venture into art and commerce” (Contemporary, London) • “the confirmation that... Puerto Rico has the potential to become the economic epicenter of visual art and culture in the region” (Arte al día, Buenos Aires) • “Whatever reservations one might have about art fairs in general, it is hard to begrudge Puerto Rico its moment in the sun.” (, New York) • “a commercial enterprise with considerable aesthetic punch” (Artnexus, Miami) Curated exbitions at CIRCA ‘07 Two curated exhibitions will be among the highlights of this fair: Caribe Mix, a show of ten international galleries displaying art from the Caribbean, in response to the exciting and creative art of the Caribbean exhibiting artists from Miami, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, to the Antilles; and In the Spot: What you see is what you get will constitute a revolutionary focus towards curatorial practices today and the meaning of an art fair as a valid and intrepid exhibition platform. Conceived by independent curator Paco Barragán, everyday a different curator will put together a concept based exhibition from works exhibited at the fair; at the end of the day the curator will engage in a critical dialogue with the audience. Invited curators for this year’s edition are, among others, Silvia Karman Cubiña, director of the Moore Space, Miami, and David Liss, director of the MoCCA, Toronto. On another level, District CIRCA will host museums, independent art spaces, and magazines, offering information on their programs, curatorial practices, and services.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

5th ART Shanghai 18.-22.04

The 5th ART Shanghai will be held in Shanghai Mart from 18th to 22th April, 2007. After having been held successfully for four times, as a famous annual art exhibition and domestic art fair, ART Shanghai is on its way again. This year, in an exhibition hall of nearly 10000 square meters in area, you’ll feast on thousands of wonderful artworks which belong to more than one hundred worldwide galleries and art institutions from China, U.S, Italy, France, Belgium, Israel, Japan and Korea. Besides, you may purchase your favorite artworks there as well. As the first domestic large international art fair to open in 2007, ART Shanghai will certainly become the weathercock of Chinese art fair and international art trend.

In this year’s art fair, you can not only appreciate the masterpieces from western masters of art, like Chagall, Buffet, Corot, Dali,etc; the Japanese traditional paintings from their painting master----Hiroshi Senju, but also meet the artworks from the artists active in current international art fair, like Zhang Wuji, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhou Chunya and so on. In addition, we recommend you three thematic art exhibitions of Chinese contemporary young artists: “The Variation of Pictures---invited exhibition of Chinese contemporary oil painting artists”, “The Very Image---exhibition of China young oil painters’ outstanding paintings” and “The Very Wash---2007 invited exhibition of the contemporary era wash artists”. These three exhibitions will show you the artworks from the new generation of Chinese art field, such as Yi Zhaoyang, He Seng, Wei Jia and Li Jikai; also a united exhibition “Expressions and Moods” including the artworks from Guo Runwen, Fan Bo, Deng Jianjin and Chen Zijun is recommended by Shengling Gallery. These high quality artworks include oil paintings, Chinese traditional paintings, sculptures, photography, engravings, etc.
The particularly worth mentioning things are the photographic works on show this year. There are artworks from Belgium most famous photographic maters, Marie-Francoise Plissart, Christian Carez and Vincent Dubois, which are brought by Belgium Dayin Tang Art & Culture S.P.R.L.; the artwork called “Digital Flowers” from Italy B&B Arte working together with Dany Vescovi; Shanghai photographer Shen Jianhua’s Zen Buddhism theme artworks brought by Shanghai Art Labor Gallery which are recreated through digital technique; the artworks recording actual events from famous photographers Hou Dengke, etc, brought by Beijing Kingart Visual Culture Communication Co., Ltd. It manifests that art market is going to pay special attention to such kind of new medium like photograph.

Friday, March 16, 2007

OPEN CITY: Tools For Public Action until 07.04 NY

Eyebeam announces its long-anticipated 2007 exhibition season and commences its 10th Anniversary year with Open City – a glimpse into the current media and tactics of artists who take their practices into the street. Be it through projection, writing on walls or robotic pamphleteering, Open City presents the work of artists who communicate through the surfaces and structures of our communal spaces and offers a deeper look at the means and motivations of urban action and creativity. Join participating artists for the Opening Reception March 1, 6-8pm to launch this series of screenings, presentations and workshops exploring tool building, tactics, techniques and approaches to communication by any means necessary within the urban context.

Open City: Tools for Public Action is an exhibition and series of public programs that focus on the ingenuity of graffiti writers, artists, protesters, pranksters and hackers reclaiming the public realm. Together with the Graffiti Research Lab, a collaboration formed in Eyebeam’s R&D OpenLab in 2006, Eyebeam has invited a NYC and international roster of artists and collaborative groups to exhibit documentation of their work together with the tools they used – and often invented – to make their voices heard. The artists featured in Open City create their work outside the confines of the gallery. Respecting the original context for this work, Open City considers the culture of its creation through the artifacts of its makers. Among the means and materials presented will be: digital projection, spray paint, urban pranks, robotics and custom machinery, site-specific sculpture, homemade markers and ink recipes, the internet, hacking and re-appropriation of existing urban systems. Open City hopes to inspire its audience to make their own tools for public action. A series of screenings, presentations and workshops exploring tool building, tactics and approaches to communication by any means necessary within the urban context, will turn Eyebeam into an active and participatory environment for the duration of the show. Invited participants include: Aram Bartholl (Berlin) BORF (Washington D.C.) Graffiti Research Lab (NYC) Institute for Applied Autonomy (USA) Improv Everywhere (NYC) Mark Jenkins (Washington D.C.) KATSU (NYC) KR (NYC) Object Orange (Detroit) Leon Reid (NYC) Matthias Wermke (Berlin) Krzysztof Wodiczko (PL/NYC)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Art Fair Tokyo 10-12.04

After a highly successful launch in 2005, Art Fair Tokyo returns to Rafael Viñoli's sleek glass and steel complex, the Tokyo International Forum, conveniently located in central Tokyo. The fair runs for three days from April 10 to 12, 2007. During its trailblazing debut in August 2005, Art Fair Tokyo brought over twentyeight thousand visitors to the Forum, an exceptional site for modern and contemporary art to intersect with traditional Asian art and antique objects. The success of the First Art Fair Tokyo attests to the renewed vitality of the local art market as the Japanese economy enjoys an increasing prosperity. Now in its second year, Art Fair Tokyo will feature over one hundred exhibitors from five countries presenting works by more than six hundred artists. Among participating contemporary art galleries are Tomio Koyama Gallery, Gallery Koyanagi, Shugoarts, Taka Ishii Gallery, SCAI, Taro Nasu, Tokyo Gallery, Nishimura Gallery, Maru Gallery, Mizuma Art Gallery and Takashi Murakami's Kaika Kiki. Modern art galleries include Ginza Yanagi Gallery and Yayoi Gallery. Galleries that exhibit traditional and modern Japanese painting include Sagamiya Art and Gallery Hirota Bijutsu. While Ginza Kuroda Toen specializes in ceramics, T. Edo Inoue & Son Oriental Art offers Asian antiques. From overseas, Galerie Bhak (Seoul) and Art Beatus (Hong Kong) will return to the fair. Fortythree galleries will be participating in the Fair for the first time, including Galeria Continua (San Gimiginano/Beijing), Galeria Pepe Cobo (Madrid), Gallery 55 (Shanghai), and Wako Works of Art (Tokyo) for contemporary art; Galerie Nichido (Tokyo/Paris), Togo Fine Art, Taimei Gallery, Umeda Gallery, and Kyobashi Gallery for modern art; Kobayashi Gallery for traditional and modern Japanese painting; Shibunkaku (Kyoto) for Japanese antiques and works of art; and Mitochu Koeki (Tokyo) for modern ceramics. Emerging galleries such as Nanzuka Underground and Yuka Sasahara are also included. Fair Director Misa Shin states, "Showing a wide range of art from cuttingedge contemporary works to modern painting and traditional Asian art objects, Art Fair Tokyo transcends art genres to bring exquisite works of art to a highly discriminating public that demands true quality. We are proud to host once again this celebration of art in Tokyo, one of today's most vital cultural metropolises." Art Fair Tokyo will host several cultural and educational programs, bringing together artists and other art professionals both within and outside of Japan. A guided tour of the fair will be available for small groups of visitors. Art Fair Tokyo aims to attract wider international participation as well as encouraging collectors and curators to visit from around the world. With this mission in mind, Art Fair Tokyo will take place annually in early April, a time in which the world famous cherry blossoms in Japan are in full bloom.