Monthly Archives: January 2010

New work by Peter Madden

Peter Madden continues his exploration into found imagery in all its various forms with a new series of work.   Consisting of National Geographic magazines (one of his favourite sources) that have been carefully incised, the artist reveals patterns and intricacies page by page, layer by layer.

Previously, Madden has conjured entire worlds out of these magazines, creating meticulously fabricated sculptures.  In contrast, these new works descend back into themselves and identifiable imagery is consumed into vortex-like abstractions.

Peter Madden is represented by Michael Lett, Auckland.

Looking forward – Laurence Aberhart at Darren Knight

Laurence Aberhart, 'Buffalo Hall, Dargaville, 21 April 1982', 2009

Laurence Aberhart, ‘This is What I Do,’ at Darren Knight Gallery, 840 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo, Sydney

Opening: Saturday 30 January, 4-6pm.
Exhibition dates: 30 January– 27 February 2010.

Michael Parekowhai – ‘The Moment of Cubism’

Michael Parekowhai, 'The Moment of Cubism', installation view

Leg of Lamb was lucky enough to catch the last day of Michael Parekowhai’s exhibition, ‘The Moment of Cubism’ at Michael Lett in Auckland recently.  The gallery was almost entirely filled by a pair of giant elephant bookends, up-ended and butting into walls.  These creamy pachyderms were both monumental and playful but it was a small series of sculptures that stole the show.  Tucked away at the rear of the gallery sat a selection of twiggy shrubs.  Each piece was cast in bronze and the pallet on which some of them sat was bronze too.

Michael Parekowhai, 'The Moment of Cubism', installation view

Obviously, these little lemon trees will end up in disparate locations, maybe purchased by private collectors or public institutions.  Like his previous series, ‘Ten Guitars’, however, Parekowhai envisions that the sculptures will be brought together again some time in the future and exhibited as a full set.  At $40,000.00 a piece this will be a very expensive orchard…

New work by William Eggleston

William Eggleston, 'Untitled (Newspaper on Ground, Grass, California)', 2000

William Eggleston, 'Untitled (Room with Old TV, Lamps, Wildwood New Jersey)', 2002

William Eggleston, 'Untitled (bathroom with pink curtain, Cuba)', 2007 (detail)

Consisting of 22 photographs taken over the past decade, Eggleston’s current exhibition at Victoria Miro (showing concurrently at Cheim and Reid, New York) conveys a subtle departure from the 70 year old’s signature use of high-key colour.

In the 1960’s, this ground-breaking use of colour led the artist to be described as ‘The father of colour photography’.  At a time when ‘art’ photography was largely black and white and colour photography was relegated to advertising, journalism and family snaps, Eggleston rejected the restrictive rules of the period, focusing instead on the everyday in brilliant colour.

’21st Century’ reveals a delicate, more subdued palette and exquisite plays of light.  Eggleston’s increasingly abstracted compositions reveal his innate ability to expose the extraordinary in the banal.  The pinkish hue of ‘Untitled (bathroom with pink curtain, Cuba)’ is almost otherworldly, an effect enhanced by Eggleston’s skewed viewpoint.

For many years Eggleston has photographed the familiar, examining the very essence of things.  Through his eyes, the ordinary becomes strange, abstracted and often exquisitely beautiful.

William Eggleston, 21st Century, Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London until February 27, 2010 and Cheim and Reid, 547 West 25th Street, New York until February 13, 2010.

Jeffrey Deitch announced as new Director of MoCA, LA

Jeffrey Deitch (centre)

Eminent New York gallerist Jeffrey Deitch (pronounced DIE-tch) has been appointed Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.   Current Director of Deitch Projects in New York, he is also an art advisor (his clients include media mogul David Geffen and uber collector Dakis Joannou), art writer (he was the first American editor of Flash Art) and exhibition curator (generating the ground-breaking touring exhibition Post Human, among others). 

Dietch made a name for himself in the 1980’s sniffing out new talent and representing rising stars like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons.  A canny businessman, the Harvard Business School graduate plays the secondary market to fund more experimental projects including the infamous installation, ‘Nest’, created by Dan Colen and the late Dash Snow, in which the artists occupied one of Deitch’s galleries, got high, tore up thousands of phone books and generally ransacked the place.

Installation shot of Dash Snow and Dan Colen's 'Nest', 2007

Leg of Lamb wonders what this Jack-of-all-trades has in store for MoCA…

The Photographers’ Gallery, London, announces 2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize shortlist

The finalists in the running for the £30,000 award (given annually to a photographer who has made a significant contribution to European photography) are as follows:

Anna Fox (UK)

Anna Fox, from the series 'Country Girls', 1996 to 2001

Zoe Leonard (USA)

Zoe Leonard, from the 'Analogue' series, 2006

Sophie Ristelhueber (France)

Sophie Ristelhueber, 'WB #48', 2005

Donovan Wylie (UK)

Donovan Wylie, 'Deconstruction of the Maze prison', 2009

The 2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is on display at The Photographers’ Gallery, London from 12 February – 18 April 2010.

The winner will be announced on 17 March 2010.

New Head of Te Papa named

Michael Houlihan

Michael Houlihan has been appointed chief executive of  ‘Our Place’ – Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.  Houlihan is currently the head of Amgueddfa Cymru, a seven-museum group in Wales, and was previously chief executive of Northern Ireland’s amalgamated national museums and galleries

Houlihan will replace former director Seddon Bennington, who died while tramping in the Tararua Ranges last year.