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