Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA: AT EIGHTY
Spanierman Modern
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Spanierman Modern
Hell's Kitchen

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Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA, Serpent Drape, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 79 x 50 inches



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Frank Bowling
O.B.E., RA

AT EIGHTY

April 24–May 28, 2014

Contact: Betsy Ann Craig (bac@spanierman.com)
Telephone (212) 832-1400

Spanierman Modern is pleased to announce the opening on April 24, 2014 of Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA, an exhibition and sale of abstract canvases by an artist whose commitment to the primacy of the creative act of painting resonates throughout all of his art. His paintings, in which he blends together aspects of Abstract Expressionism, Process Art, Color Field Painting, and the craftsmanship tradition (to which his mother contributed through her work as a seamstress), have long been recognized for their optical and surface complexities. He continues to break new ground in the works in this exhibition, taking risks and exercising compromise and authoritative control in the exploration of new avenues. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Jim Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Painting, The Arts University, Bournemouth, England.

Bowling, who currently divides his time between London and New York, was born in British Guyana. In the 1960s, he was at the forefront of a new generation of British artists. Among his classmates at the Royal College of Art, London, were David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj, Allen Jones, and Derek Boshier. On graduating in 1962 Bowling won a silver medal to Hockney’s gold, but departing stylistically from his contemporaries (who moved in the direction of Pop Art), Bowling found a basis for his work in the legacy of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, while drawing on the influence of Francis Bacon. Bowling’s art has received high honors throughout his career. He was the first black artist to be elected to the Royal Academy, London, and he was honored in 2008 with the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for his service to art. In 2011, a monograph on Bowling by Mel Gooding was published, and his work was featured in a solo show at the Royal Academy. In 2012, he was included in an important group exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and featured in a solo display at the Tate Britain, London.

Bowling’s method consists of working on unstretched canvas, which he often cuts or reassembles, stapling and gluing parts together. At times, he folds and rolls up a work to be finished at a later time in a different place, encompassing the theme of temporality. Receptive to new methods, he has developed many ways of pouring paint, including the use of a tilting board platform controlled by pegs, which enable him to determine the velocity of the paint’s downward movement. This exhibition includes works in which Bowling has deployed a number of new compositional and technical means. In Shadow Under and Yellow L and Rowers, he used a horizontal alignment of poured colors, producing a suggestion of propulsion through space and time. Strong landscape references are present in El Dorado, providing a reminder that Bowling has always been conscious of the Romantic painters and shared their ambition to create images of the sublime. The blue area at the bottom of the picture confounds our expectations, with its sense of aerial space. In some paintings such as Blue Top and About Yellow, by turning his poured paint to read right to left, Bowling has established a more frontal formation, in which bands of more naturalistic colorings are held in place by light, weightless space.

While each work is an individualistic experience, when seen together Bowling’s paintings seem part of the “artist’s laboratory” They carry on a dialogue in which their differences answer and support each other, affording a rich array of perceptual engagements.






Sculpture in Reverse: Cylinder Seals of Mesopotamia
With Yelena Rakic
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Upper East Side


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Yelena Rakic, Assistant Curator, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, MMA

Examine miniature cylinder seals from ancient Mesopotamia to learn about their creation, uses, and their relationship to larger works in the collection of ancient Near Eastern art.

Free with Museum admission






Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren’t We?
31st Social Research Conference (Day 1)
The New School
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The New School
Greenwich Village / West Village


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The Center for Public Scholarship is pleased to present the 31st Social Research conference, "Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren't We?," on Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014, at The New School in New York City.

We have chosen this theme for our next conference because there is no more urgent issue than climate change, yet government, corporations, and the public are reluctant to change. In addition, while a great deal of research has been devoted to issues of engineering, architecture, land use, etc., as ways of mitigating the effects of climate change, very little attention has been paid to the ways psychological factors, money and politics, and infrastructures impede change. This conference examines these issues as well as the difficult choices that must be made to foster urban resilience. We aim to make clear how these factors can be overcome and identify areas in which more research is needed. Speakers include experts in the social sciences, philosophy, architecture, environmental engineering, city planning, politics, and business.

Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will deliver the keynote address, "How to Unleash Climate Action: Values, Politics, and the Inevitability of the Clean Energy Future," on Thursday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. The keynote session will be moderated by Daniel R. Tishman, Chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction, Vice Chairman of AECOM and Chairman of the Board at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

This conference also publicly launches C6, the Coalition to Confront Climate Change Challenges in Cities, a collaboration between New School faculty and students of all divisions and departments to initiate cross-disciplinary activities that support climate change mitigation and urban resilience. C6 will continue the work of the conference by focusing its efforts on the areas of research identified by the conference as requiring further exploration. This work will involve both students and faculty and The New School.

The director and founder (1988) of the Social Research conference series is Arien Mack, Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, who has been the editor of Social Research since 1970. For the history of the conference series, visit the Social Research conference series site. For information about other public events at The New School, see the university calendar. Find information about the more than 70 degree programs offered at The New School. For general information about The New School, visit the Quick Facts page.

The conference has been made possible with generous support from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation.


Conference Program
Thursday, April 24, 2014

11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Session 1: Psychological Factors and Social Change

A. Decision-Making Challenges
Elke Weber, Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business and Earth Institute Professor, Columbia Business School; Member of Advisory Committee, National Academy of Sciences on Human Dimensions in Global Change

B. Explaining Climate Change for Informed and Effective Response
Paul C. Stern, scholar, Board on Environmental Change and Society, National Research Council

C. Resistance to Change: Social Psychological Perspectives
John Jost, Professor of Psychology and Politics and Co-Director, Center for Social and Political Behavior, New York University; co-author, “The Mind of the Climate Change Skeptic,” APS Observer, Vol.26, No.4, April 2013

D. Experimental Insights: Testing Climate Change Decisions in the Lab
Jennifer Jacquet, Clinical Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies, New York University

Moderator: Emanuele Castano, Associate Professor of Psychology; Director of Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology, The New School for Social Research


3:00-5:30 p.m.
Session 2: The Physical City

A. Structures of Coastal Resilience
Guy Nordenson, Structural Engineer, New York; Professor of Architecture and Engineering, Princeton University; advisor on MoMA's Rising Currents

B. Preventing the Worst, Managing the Rest
Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences, Princeton University

C. The Ethics of Rebuilding on the Coast
Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

D. What’s Stopping the Transformation Around Energy?
Steven Cohen, Executive Director, Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

Moderator: Brian McGrath, Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design; Founder and Principal, Urban-Interface, LLC


6:00-7:30 p.m.
Session 3: KEYNOTE ADDRESS

How to Unleash Climate Action: Values, Politics, and the Inevitability of the Clean Energy Future
Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Moderator: Daniel R. Tishman, Chairman and CEO, Tishman Construction; Vice Chairman, AECOM; Chairman of the Board, Natural Resources Defense Council






Journey to the West by Tsai Ming Liang
Presented by the Tribeca Film Festival
MoMA PS1
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MoMA PS1
Long Island City

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Friday - Saturday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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Actor: Lee Kang Sheng. Photographer: Antoine Heberlé - Credits: House on Fire



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Experience Tsai Ming Liang's immersive, meditative Journey to the West as an installation in the VW Dome.

A meditation loosely based on the classical Chinese story by Wu Cheng’en, this groundbreaking new interpretation brings the legendary pilgrimage of a Buddhist monk into the present tense. Tsai Ming Liang bids us to look and listen, providing a timeless take on the spiritual journey of an individual in constant negotiation with the self and the substrate in which he finds himself. Journey to the West proposes that true enlightenment awaits those who endure.


Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, Alex Sloane, Live Programming Coordinator and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Production Assistant.






Satellite Museums
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Upper East Side


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Image: Rendering of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, North Elevation, courtesy Gehry Partners



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Presented as part of ART²: An International Platform on Contemporary Art, this conversation between three distinguished museum directors explores the landscape of new global initiatives. Moderated by Sophie Claudel, Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy in the United States, and featuring Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Jean-Luc Martinez, Director of Musée du Louvre; and Alain Seban, Director of Centre Pompidou, this program is a French-American exchange of perspectives on opening international satellite museums including the development of new audiences, the formation of collections, and engagement with contemporary artists.

Free. Seating is limited. Send RSVP to arts@frenchculture.org.

Sophie Claudel, Cultural Attaché and Head of the Arts Department of the French Embassy in the United States, introduces the program and moderates a group conversation including the participants below:

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, on Guggenheim constellation museums of New York-Venice-Bilbao-Abu Dhabi.

Jean-Luc Martinez, Director, Musée du Louvre, on the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Alain Seban, Director, Centre Pompidou, on the Centre Pompidou-Metz and the Pompidou Mobile

ART²: An International Platform on Contemporary Art is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the New York presenters Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).






Evening for Educators: Find the Intersection of Art and #activism
Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum
Rest Of Brooklyn


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Evening for Educators, 2013. Photo: Joshua South



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Explore how artists use their art to fight for their beliefs. All educators are invited to join us for an open house featuring three activism-related exhibitions: Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963–74, and Ai Weiwei: According to What?.

Relax with colleagues over wine and small bites. Share your own activism via art-making and other activities throughout the galleries. Connect with curators and other educators about exciting artistic practices and be inspired to create and engage with your students.

Take home free teaching materials and use your 10% discount in the Museum Shop. We will be open until 10 p.m., so feel free to stay after the event and keep exploring. All types of educators are welcome. Please let us know you’re coming by emailing or calling us at (718) 501-6228.






Rachel Kushner
Book Signing
Skarstedt
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Skarstedt
Upper East Side


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Museums Today: Collecting and Displaying Modern Art in the 21st Century
MoMA
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MoMA
Midtown


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Presented as part of the French Embassy of the United States' arts festival ART²: An International Platform on Contemporary Art, this program was conceived as a French-American exchange of perspectives centered on issues and themes that drive museums and private foundations alike. These places are guarantors of an encyclopedic knowledge essential for enriching our vision of the world. But what tactics do these cultural institutions use for transmitting knowledge to the public? Several topics of reflection will be studied over the course of these two days of discussion: exhibiting collections, presenting new perspectives on art history, offering an artistic yet pedagogic program, producing new works and supporting the creation of contemporary art, and opening international axis museums in an effort to globalize a museum’s presence.

With Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art, and Alain Seban, Director, Centre Pompidou. Moderated by Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, The Museum of Modern Art.

The event is free, but RSVP is required to: pr@frenchculture.org.






Rackstraw Downes Book Signing
Betty Cuningham Gallery
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Betty Cuningham Gallery
Chelsea


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Turi Simeti: The Primary Form of Painting
Turi Simeti
De Buck Gallery
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De Buck Gallery
Chelsea

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Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition by Italian artist Turi Simeti, entitled The Primary Form of Painting. The exhibition will include black and white works dating from the 1980s to present and will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with an essay by Italian curator Elena Forin. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from April 17 to June 8, 2014, with an opening reception on April 24, which the artist is scheduled to attend.

A member of the Italian branch of the international Zero movement alongside such prominent artists as Lucio Fontana and Enrico Castellani, Simeti’s work since the 1960s represents a cornerstone of twentieth century Minimalist tenets. Best-known for his recurrent use of the ovale to shape the surface of monochromatic canvases, Turi Simeti has dedicated his half-century long career to exploring variations of graceful arrangements of these geometric forms within solid fields of bold color. Simeti’s work embodies the desire of Zero artists worldwide to create a simple, “silent” new kind of art in the years following the tumult of World War II. Simeti’s own personal desire to capture a sense of movement through his use of the oval protrusions gives the work an almost sculptural quality by creating unique plays of light and form that hold the power to transform each canvas.

Turi Simeti was born in Alcamo, Sicily in 1929. After moving to Rome, Simeti became active as an artist in 1962 after becoming acquainted with Alberto Burri. In 1965, Simeti’s work was included in an exhibition of Zero artists held in Fontana’s studio, solidifying him as a valuable member of the group. Since then, his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and is included in prominent collections such as the MAM (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bolzano (Bolzano, Italy), and the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum (Ludwigshafen, Germany). Upcoming exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice will honor the global Zero movement, drawing attention to the critical historical importance of Simeti and his fellow artists. Turi Simeti currently lives and works in Milan.