Monthly Archives: April 2010

More Kusama…

Kusama vs. World

Facade of City Gallery, Wellington, by Yayoi Kusama

Facade of World's Sydney store in Paddington

Hot Photo Friday – Emmet Gowin

Emmet Gowin, 'Edith, Danville, Virginia', 1971

Go to Hell

Leg of Lamb likes nothing more than downing beers, eating sausages and looking at a bit of art at Hell Gallery.  They’ve recently been invited to partake in No Soul for Sale, a festival of independent galleries curated by none other than Maurizio Cattelan (along with Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni) at Tate Modern.  Art collectives from around the world will create projects in the Turbine Hall as part of the Tate’s 10th birthday celebrations.  To help Hell get there, come to their fundraiser this Friday (see flyer above for details).

One Night Only, Hell Gallery, 5A Railway Place, Richmond, Melbourne, Friday April 23

No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, 14 – 16 May

Want to smash Andy Warhol in the face?

Brooklyn Museum's Andy Warhol pinata

Now’s your chance.  Brooklyn Museum has installed a 7 metre tall piñata in his likeness for their annual gala on April 22nd.  Apparently he’s filled with candy.

Foodies – Daniel Spoerri and Vera Mercer

Daniel Spoerri, 'Eaten by Marcel Duchamp', 1964

Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri is the originator of Eat Art.  Also associated with the New Realist and Fluxus movements, he created his first signature ‘snare picture’ in 1960.  These works consist of objects – often upon tables – found in chance positions of order or disorder.  Each item is fixed or ‘snared’ into place as is.  Only the plane changes, from a vertical to a horizontal format – these works are hung on the wall.  The artist’s most well-known snare picture consists of left-overs of a meal consumed by friend Marcel Duchamp (above).

Spoerri’s interest in food doesn’t end there.  He sold canned food in galleries, wrote a multicultural history of meatballs and opened restaurants staffed solely by members of the art world (he currently has a slow food joint in rural Austria).   It seems only natural then that his former wife, photographer Vera Mercer should be into food too.  Not only did she photograph their contemporaries including Marcel Duchamp, Nikki de St Phalle and Jean Tinguely during the 1950s and 60s, she also photographs fresh produce.  Mercer’s interest in the subject stemmed from her documentation of Paris’s central marketplace, ‘Les Halles’, before its demolition in 1971.

Vera Mercer, 'Naked Deer Head, Omaha', 2008

Since then, food has been the central theme of her work.  The photographs currently on display at Kommunale Galerie, Berlin, sit outside of contemporary art trends, drawing instead on the tradition of the still life  and its symbolism.  Fresh vegetables, withering flowers – a combination of the living and the dead – point towards life’s beauty and its transience.

Vera Mercer, Portraits and Still Lifes, Kommunale Galerie, Hohenzollerndamm 176, Berlin, until April 25.

New kid on the block – Robert Heald

Leg of Lamb reckons Ivan Anthony is one of the best dealer galleries in New Zealand.  Ivan’s stable is impressive, his artists are fiercely loyal and the man himself is both forthright and accommodating.  For many years, Robert Heald has been his right-hand man (you can see Robert immortalised in a painting by Liz Maw here).  So Leg of Lamb was interested to learn that Heald has recently moved to Wellington to start an eponymously titled gallery of his own.  Robert Heald Gallery opens on April 22 with Patrick Lundberg: No Longer Exactly the Same (as Before).  Watch this space!