Jennifer Steinkamp - Portland Art Museum, July 8 - Sept 17 2017

Jennifer Steinkamp - Portland Art Museum, July 8 - Sept 17 2017

The Portland Art Museum presents an exhibition featuring the internationally renowned media artist Jennifer Steinkamp (American, born 1958). Steinkamp creates highly detailed, digital animations of motifs from the natural world. Projected at very large scale, her works activate the architectural spaces in which they are shown and play with the limits of perception by opening up an almost otherworldly sense of space.

Bill Viola: Electronic Renaissance at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence,  Italy | MARCH 10 - JULY 23, 2017

Bill Viola: Electronic Renaissance at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence,  Italy | MARCH 10 - JULY 23, 2017

Bill Viola: Electronic Renaissance at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence,  Italy | MARCH 10 - JULY 23, 2017

From March 10 to July 23,  2017 the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi will be presenting Electronic Renaissance, a retrospective of work by  Bill Viola. 

A single, comprehensive exhibition occupying both the Piano Nobile and the Strozzina will immerse the viewer in space, music and sound as the exhibition tracks Viola's career from his early experimental work in the 1970s through his recent installations.

Exploring spirituality, experience and perception, Viola probes humanity: people, bodies and faces are the leading players in his work with its poetic and strongly symbolic style in which man interacts with the forces and energies of nature such as water and fire, light and dark, the cycle of life and the cycle of rebirth.

The Renaissance setting of Palazzo Strozzi fuels mesmerising interactions between the classic and the contemporary by fostering innovative dialogue between Viola’s work and the masterpieces from the great artists of the past from which he has drawn his inspiration and which have marked the development of his artistic vocabulary and style.

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art at the Whitney Museum, Oct 2016 - Feb 2017

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art at the Whitney Museum, Oct 2016 - Feb 2017

"Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art" at the Whitney Museum, New York City, Oct 28, 2016 - Feb 5, 2017

The new show "Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City  is a mesmerising exploration of video and immersive  art from 1905-2016. ArtPlay is excited to see such a substantial and compelling survey of video art being presented by the Whitney, a true sign of the times when digital art is increasingly finding its way into major museums, collections and homes.

According to the Whitney, the exhibition is the most technologically complex project mounted in its new building and it embraces a wide range of moving image techniques, from hand-painted film to the latest digital technologies. The works on view use color, touch, music, spectacle, light, and darkness to confound expectations, flattening space through animation and abstraction, or heightening the illusion of three dimensions.

Featured are digital works by some of ArtPlay's favorite artists including: Trisha Baga, Ivana Bašić, Frances Bodomo, Dora Budor, Ian Cheng, Bruce Conner, Ben Coonley, Joseph Cornell, Andrea Crespo, François Curlet, Alex Da Corte, Oskar Fischinger, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Israel, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem and Pierre Joseph, Aidan Koch, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Anthony McCall, Josiah McElheny, Syd Mead, Lorna Mills, Jayson Musson, Melik Ohanian, Philippe Parreno, Jenny Perlin, Mathias Poledna, Edwin S. Porter, Oskar Schlemmer, Hito Steyerl, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Stan VanDerBeek, Artie Vierkant, and Jud Yalkut, among others.

If you are in New York City, ArtPlay highly recommends a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art to explore this exhibit!

 

Alex Prager "La Grande Sortie"

Alex Prager "La Grande Sortie"

By: Katherine Herriman

Alex Prager's fascination with cinema directs her practice. Her saturated photographs embrace the nature of the medium through time sensitive choreography. Prager’s crowd shots showcase her talent for staging complex scenarios that culminate in a singular, tell-all-moment—a smile, a stare. The Hollywood act comes naturally to the Los Angeles-based artist.

Prager’s affinity for the theatrical comes through in her latest endeavor, La Grande Sortie, a film which she made for the Paris Opera Ballet. The highly stylized short adopts the play-within-a-play structure. It begins with patrons standing in line for a new ballet, which we learn was made specially for its prima ballerina. The curtain opens and her funny little story begins. Not the artist’s first venture into filmmaking, La Grande Sortie demonstrates Prager’s ability to immerse the audience in her fantasy. The darkly humorous results point to both personal and global matters, pluralism to stage fright. Played out in campy make-up and dramatic cuts, Prager’s narrative builds upon her interest in the contemporary frame of mind and its relationship to entertainment and art.

Runtime: 10 minutes

La Grande Sortie will be on view at Lehman Maupin Gallery, 201 Chrystie Street, NY, NY, 10002, until October 23.

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