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Contents for January 05, 2009

1. In Memoriam: Willoughby Sharp, who coined the name "Franklin Furnace"

2. Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn, at MoMA and The Guggenheim, Manhattan, and more
3. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, William Wegman, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at White

Columns, Manhattan, opening Jan. 13
4. Susan Mogul, FF Alumn, at Lincoln Center, Jan. 24-26
5. Toni Dove, FF Alumn, at HERE, Manhattan, Jan. 15-16
6. Gulsen Calik, FF Alumn, at Broadway Gallery, Manhattan, thru Jan. 15
7. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at Daneyal Mahmood, Manhattan, opening Jan. 15
8. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at Luxe Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan. 7
9. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, in San Francisco, January-February
10. Vito Acconci, Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, Tehching Hsieh, Marianne
Weems, and Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at the Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, Jan 6-7
11. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Ida Applebroog,
Dotty Attie, John Baldessari, Robert Flynt, Judy Glantzman, Hans Haacke,
Dahn Hiuni, Louise Lawler, Carrie Moyer, Mary Miss, elin o'Hara slavick,
Yoko Ono, Tom Otterness, Sara H. Paulson, Paul Henry Ramirez, Kiki Smith,
Michael Smith, Annie Sprinkle, Chrysanne Stathacos, FF Alumns, at Metro
Pictures, Manhattan, Jan. 9-10
12. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, at Monkeytown, Brooklyn, Jan. 10
13. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, now online at www.msnbc.msn.com, and more
14. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Haines Gallery, SF, opening Jan. 8
15. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, launches http://sonyarapartblog.blogspot.com/
16. Jennifer Hicks, FF ALumn, in Western MA, Feb. 7-9
17. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Espresso Roma Café, Berkeley, CA, starting Jan. 3
18. China Blue, Andrea Polli, FF Alumns, at www.free103point9.org
19. Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, thru Feb. 1
20. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, in San Francisco, CA, Jan. 9
21. Rashaad Newsome, FF Alumn, at The Project, Manhattan,
22. Wooloo, FF Alumns, launch new website, and more
23. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com
24. Colin Sanderson, FF Intern, at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, Jan. 7
25. Anne Bean, FF Alumn, receives Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award
26. Nancy Spero, FF Alumn, at Galerie Lelong, Manhattan, opening Jan. 8


1. In Memoriam: Willoughby Sharp, who coined the name "Franklin Furnace"

The New York Times
December 31, 2008 Wednesday
Late Edition - Final
Willoughby Sharp, 72, Versatile Avant-Gardist
pg. 16

Even by conceptual-art standards, Willoughby Sharp's work stood out. There
was his gestational spin in a clothes dryer. There was the curious affair of
the talcum powder, the teddy bear and the tab of LSD. And there was the
Oklahoma Gun Incident, which members of the art world still discuss, with a
mixture of horror and awe, more than 30 years later.

Mr. Sharp, the Ivy League-educated scion of one of New York's most socially
prominent families, who in the 1960s and afterward was on the cutting edge
of the American avant-garde as a performer, producer, writer, publisher,
curator, video artist and much else, died on Dec. 17 in Manhattan. He was 72
and lived in Brooklyn.

The cause was cancer, his wife, Pamela Seymour Smith Sharp, said.

A central figure in conceptual and performance art back when those forms
were new and daring, Mr. Sharp was concerned with making art that was as
much for the mind as it was for the eye. Along with artists like Chris
Burden and Nam June Paik, Mr. Sharp helped expand the very idea of what
constituted a work of art.

Mr. Sharp was also known as the publisher of Avalanche, a widely respected,
handsomely produced art magazine he founded with the writer and filmmaker
Liza Bear. Published for just 13 issues between 1970 and 1976, Avalanche
featured in-depth interviews with many rising contemporary artists of the
day, among them Mr. Burden, William Wegman and Joseph Beuys, the charismatic
German artist of whom Mr. Sharp was an early champion.

As a curator, Mr. Sharp attracted international attention with ''Earth
Art,'' a 1969 exhibition at Cornell University. Groundbreaking in every
sense of the term, the exhibition featured site-specific installations -- by
Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, Hans Haacke and others -- that were hewn,
molded or otherwise created from the land itself. Mr. Sharp also ran the
Willoughby Sharp Gallery, on Spring Street in SoHo, from 1988 to 2004.

Mr. Sharp's film and video works are in the collections of major museums
around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1976 he represented the United States at
the Venice Biennale.

Willoughby Sharp was born in Manhattan on Jan. 23, 1936. His family appeared
often in the society pages; as the announcement of Mr. Sharp's first
marriage in The New York Times pointed out in 1960, he was ''a nephew of the
dowager Lady Eliott of London and Redheugh, Scotland, widow of Sir Gilbert
Eliott, tenth baronet of the Clan of Eliott.'' Mr. Sharp's mother, a former
Ziegfeld Girl whose marriage to his father had caused a family scandal of no
small dimension, was by all accounts a refreshing counterweight.

Mr. Sharp earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Brown University in
1957, followed by graduate work at the University of Paris, the University
of Lausanne and Columbia University, where he was a student of the noted art
historian Meyer Schapiro. He later taught at the School of Visual Arts in
New York, the University of Rhode Island and elsewhere.

Mr. Sharp's first marriage, to Renata Hengeler, ended in divorce, as did his
second, to Shavon Martin. Besides his wife, Pamela, Mr. Sharp is survived by
a daughter from his first marriage, Saskia Sharp of Dusseldorf, Germany, and
two grandchildren.

Much of Mr. Sharp's art was rooted in autobiography. In ''Saskia,'' first
performed in 1974, he mourned losing touch with his daughter, whom he was
unable to see after his first marriage ended.

As the magazine Art in America recounted the work this year, Mr. Sharp
''videotaped himself in front of a live audience as he attempted to
recapture Saskia by re-enacting her birth -- albeit with a difference. After
shaving and covering his body in powder and perfume and dropping LSD, he
crawled into a crib wearing only a diaper and, after much angst-ridden
convulsing, 'gave birth' to the teddy bear he had stuffed between his

Another work, ''Stay!,'' Mr. Sharp's account of a turbulent love affair, had
its premiere in 1974 at the University of Oklahoma. As a camera rolled, he
and a female student volunteer disported themselves passionately on a bed.
Their every word and deed was transmitted by video to the audience, locked
in the campus gym nearby.

Then, without warning, Mr. Sharp slapped his partner across the face. They
struggled, and from beneath the mattress he pulled a pistol. At the precise
moment the video feed went dead, he fired a single shot.

This did not play in Norman, Okla. The audience rushed the doors and poured
from the gym. They found the young woman in an adjoining room, bewildered
but unhurt.

And then there was the clothes dryer. In ''Full Womb,'' a 1975 work, Mr.
Sharp climbed into an industrial dryer with a baby bottle, shut the door and
tumbled while imagining his parents making love.

The 15-minute performance seemed to recapitulate his own gestation, only
faster, warmer and with more static cling.


2. Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn, at MoMA and The Guggenheim, Manhattan, and more

Dear Friends,

The first monographic book of Tehching Hsieh's lifeworks, Out of Now,
co-authored by Tehching Hsieh and the British writer/critic Adrian
Heathfield, is published by MIT Press and Live Art Development Agency
(London) in Jan 2009.

The original documents of Tehching Hsieh's One Year Performance 1980 - 1981
(Time Clock Piece), will be presented in the exhibition, The Third Mind:
American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 - 1989, from Jan 30th to April 19th,
2009, in Guggenheim Museum, New York, for the first time of 28 years.
There will be over 100 artists presented in this exhibition, among them
John La Farge, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Arthur Wesley Dow,
Georgia O'Keeffe, Augustus Vincent Tack, Ezra Pound, Isamu Noguchi, Mark
Tobey, Morris Graves, David Smith, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumn,
Nam June Paik, FF Alumn, Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg,
La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, Jordon Belson, Ad Reinhardt, Anne Truitt,
Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin, Walter de Maria, Adrian Piper, FF Alumn, Bill
Viola, and Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn.

Also in addition to the exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New
York, Tehching Hsieh's One Year Performance 1978-1979 (Cage Piece) will also
be shown in the solo exhibition, Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh, at MoMA, NY,
from Jan 21 to May 18, 2009.

Best wishes from

Tehching Hsieh


3. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, William Wegman, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at White
Columns, Manhattan, opening Jan. 13

>From The Archives: 40 Years, 40 Projects. Opening reception: Tuesday,
January 13, 6- 8 pm. An exhibition celebrating the history of White Columns
and 112 Greene Street/112 Workshop.

"The oddest art showplace in town." - Peter Schjeldahl, New York Times,
November 1970

In 2009 White Columns will celebrate its 40th year of continuous operation.
Founded in 1970 and initially known by its original street address - 112
Greene Street / 112 Workshop inc. - White Columns was both a pioneer and a
catalyst in the artist-run space movement of the 1970s / 1980s and remains
New York's oldest alternative gallery. Over the past four decades literally
thousands of artists have benefitted from early exposure and significant
support from the gallery.

To initiate White Columns' fortieth year we will stage a revelatory - and
celebratory - exhibition that will focus on one exhibition, event, or
project that took place at the gallery for each of its forty years. Whilst
inevitably partial - a complete overview of all the gallery's activities
would be logistically impossible - '40 Years, 40 Projects' hopes to reveal
something of the genuine complexity, and eccentricity, of the gallery's
evolving programs over the past four decades.

The exhibition will privilege material drawn from the gallery's archive,
juxtaposed with material from the archives of the original participating
artists - augmented by a number of key artworks originally shown at the
gallery during this period. '40 Years, 40 Projects' seeks ultimately to
underscore the persistent relevance of artist-centered platforms outside of
the conventional commercial gallery and institutional structures.

>From documentation of Gordon Matta-Clark's ground breaking installations at
112 Greene Street in the early 1970s to the recent protest drawings of
Michael Patterson-Carver '40 Years, 40 Projects' will privilege four decades
of unorthodox thinking, focusing on archival material relating to seminal
projects by artists as different as Alice Aycock (1971), Martha Wilson
(1975), William Wegman (1976), Lee Quinones and Fred Braithwaite (1980), Kim
Gordon (1981), Sturtevant (1986), Group Material (1987), Felix
Gonzalez-Torres (1988), Fred Wilson (1990), Joseph Grigely (1994), and Aïda
Ruilova (2000), amongst many others.

Organized by Matthew Higgs, Director and Amie Scally, Curator

White Columns
320 West 13th Street
(Enter on Horatio Street, between Hudson
and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
212 924 4212
212 645 4764 Fax

Gallery Hours
Tue - Sat, 12-6 PM



4. Susan Mogul, FF Alumn, at Lincoln Center, Jan. 24-26

Susan Mogul's DRIVING MEN (2008, 68 min.) will screen at the
New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City on Jan. 24
& Jan. 26.

This is the New York premiere. Susan Mogul will be in attendance at both
Susan Mogul's phone is 323 666-7311.
Trailer of DRIVING MEN is on the home page of her website

Press can also contact The Jewish Museum
Anne Scher at ascher@thejm.org or 212-423-271


5. Toni Dove, FF Alumn, at HERE, Manhattan, Jan. 15-16

Lucid Possession - Toni Dove

January 15-16, 2009 
"Visually stunning...dazzling" -The Columbus Dispatch on Spectropia
Lucid Possession, the uncanny manifestation of a virtual multiple
personality, combines music, text, dimensional robotic screens and
projections to create a character, like an instrument, that speaks, sings,
and dances. On-stage performers Toni Dove and composer, Mari Kimura control
the entity's physical and virtual movements, singing and speaking databases,
in a form like cinematic bunraku. This short demo is a trio for two humans
and one virtual entity.
Winner of The Eugene McDermott Award, M.I.T.
Jan 15 8:30pm BUY TICKETS
Shared program with Alchemy of Light
Jan 16 10pm BUY TICKETS
Showcase followed by Interactive Lecture Demonstration

HERE Arts Center
145 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013-1548
Phone: 212/647.0202
Fax: 212/647.0257
E-mail: info@here.org


6. Gulsen Calik, FF Alumn, at Broadway Gallery, Manhattan, thru Jan. 15

January 2, 2009 through January 15, 2009
Broadthinking "UNNATURAL ACTS and Other Illicit Thoughts About Nature" opens
at  BROADWAY GALLERY on Jan.2, 2008 online at midnight at
www.broadthinking.org  Gallery reception is in the gallery on Jan.6, 2009
6-8PM and the exhibition runs through January 15, 2009. Artists consider the
unnatural: Chris Twomey, Elizabeth Riley, Liz-N-Val, Kim Holleman, Alyssa
Fanning, Peggy Cyphers, Joel Simpson, Miwa Koizumi, Kathleen Vance, Gulsen
Calik, pale Infinity & Flash Light.
Broadway Gallery is located at 473 Broadway, 7th Floor in New York City.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Gallery is closed
Sat. Jan.3rd. For more information please call Claire Schaffer
(212)-274-8993.  Email claire@worldartmedia.com or

Broadthinking and Broadway Gallery present:

UNNATURAL ACTS and Other Illicit Thoughts about Nature
January 2 - 15, 2009 (online opening midnight Jan. 2 at

Gallery Reception: Tuesday, January 6th,  6 - 8pm

Artists consider the unnatural.

As we move farther and farther away from a simple relationship with nature,
a relationship naturally evolved out of a need for survival, our abilities
to control and manipulate our environment and ourselves have taken us places
beyond our imagination.

What IS unnatural in this era of artificially modified
humans/plants/materials; medicines for mood or muscle enhancement, hormone
manipulation of gender and fertility?

What about sex?

The quest for eternal life, a cure for diseases or poverty, a desire for
pleasure and profit, a need for a spot in the hierarchy of wealth and
well-being, or shear perversity, all motivate this drive to use and/or abuse

The following artists invited to create work for this exhibition expose,
distort, and subvert some of the premises of the natural to create
commentary on - the unnatural ~
Chris Twomey, Elizabeth Riley, Liz-N-Val, Kim Holleman, Alyssa Fanning,
Peggy Cyphers, Joel Simpson, Miwa Koizumi, Kathleen Vance, Gulsen Calik,
pale Infinity & Flash Light.

Broadway Gallery is located at 473 Broadway, 7th Floor in New York City.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Gallery is closed
Sat. Jan.3rd. For more information please call Claire Schaffer
(212)-274-8993.  Email claire@worldartmedia.com or see www.broadthinking.org
or www.broadwaygallerynyc.com


7. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at Daneyal Mahmood, Manhattan, opening Jan. 15

Darkrooms - Homme Made
curated by Avi Feldman
January 15 - February 21, 2009
reception: January 15, 6-8 PM
Franko B, Amir Fattal, Carl Hopgood, Shiro Masuyama,
Michal Moskop, Yochai Matos, Dean Sameshima,
Kyle Trowbridge, Naama Tsabar, Tobaron Waxman

The exhibition explores vulnerability and means of communication in a
volatile digitalized world through the prism of a darkroom. The term
darkroom is most commonly associated with a workplace in which film and
photographic paper are developed to make photographic prints. Nevertheless,
the same term is also used to describe a darkened room, sometimes located in
a nightclub, bathhouse, or sex club, (aka backroom) where sexual activity
takes place.

Darkrooms are losing their relevance in our digital times, when sex and
image producing can be found and made easily through the Internet and simple
and popular electronic devices. Chat rooms and digital cameras - omnipresent
in mobile phones - are providing almost everyone in the western world a
chance to have quick and easy sex just as it allows the possibility to make
quick and easy pictures and films.

While the effects of employing digital means for sex - and for art - is yet
to be fully understood, the current exhibition offers an intimate peek into
the work of a young generation of artists, mostly men, giving account of
themselves and their surroundings, even when it seems at first gloomy,
self-centered or overly narrow. Vulnerability, obsession and sexuality are
reconstructed and perceived from the hidden, voyeuristic and secluded area
of a darkroom, prompting reflection and a second look at what many would
consider indecent. It calls upon an investigation of the darkroom as a
structure that is private and lonely while being also a space for
experimentation, communication and intimacy.

511 WEST 25 ST, 3FL
phone: 212 675 2966
Tues.-Sat. 11am to 6pm


8. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at Luxe Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan. 7

Dear Friends,

I have a work in the upcoming group exhibition, "Quietly," a painting show
on abstraction.  I hope you have a chance to see it.

The show opens on Wednesday; January 7th from 7 to 9 PM and runs through
February 15th at Luxe Gallery.

Wishing you a Terrific New Year!!!

Cheers! ~ Paul

Luxe Gallery
53 Stanton Street
New York
NY 10002

t. 212 582 4425


9. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, in San Francisco, January-February


I'm in two exhibitions in San Francisco -- one at LIMN Art Gallery opening
January 9th and the other at Bluedahlias Gallery on January 17th. If you're
in SF on January 17th please attend the performance at Bluedahlias Gallery
(see information below for exhibition of artwork after the day of the
performance.) I will not be in SF for either opening.

At LIMN Art Gallery several pieces of mine will be exhibited in their
display cases along with some of my collages. I will be at Limn Art Gallery
on February 7th from 2-5:30 pm and hope you'll stop by for a visit. Looking
forward to seeing you at LIMN Gallery. My cell number is 917-757-5758.

Bookworks:Doug Beube
LIMN Art Gallery
Christine Duval, director
292 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
GALLERY WEBSITE: http://limnartgallery.com


10. Vito Acconci, Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, Tehching Hsieh, Marianne
Weems, and Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at the Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan,
Jan 6-7

24-Hour Program on the Concept of Time
Tuesday, January 6, 6 p.m. through Wednesday, January 7, 6 p.m.

Download a PDF of the 24-Hour schedule at:

On the occasion of the exhibition theanyspacewhatever, the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum will present a 24-hour event concentrating on the concept
of time in its myriad philosophical, psychological, biological,
sociological, poetic, aesthetic, and economic manifestations. Constituting a
multi-disciplinary approach to the subject, the program will bring together
artists, architects, scientists, philosophers, historians, engineers,
filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural producers.

Time is a pervasive concern in the work of the ten artists featured in
theanyspacewhatever exhibition-Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam
Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre
Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Rirkrit Tiravanija-who all emerged
during the early 1990s when technological advances and the ever-evolving
development of new media created new temporalities. Often turning to the
exhibition itself as a creative medium, these artists explore the notion of
time as a malleable material and experiment with the temporal dimension of
the presentation.

Comprising interviews, lectures, discussions, and performances, the 24-hour
event will function as a platform for the presentation and exchange of
ideas, research, and projects across a wide spectrum of fields, engaging
diverse participants in vibrant, mutually illuminating dialogue. Modeled on
the renowned thematic "marathons" conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist,
Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International
Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London, this New York-based program
organized by Guggenheim Chief Curator Nancy Spector will be conducted as a
strenuous, experimental exercise geared toward both the academic and the
general, art-going public.

Select New York participants include: Vito Acconci, David Albert, Julieta
Aranda, Kevin Birth, Katherine Brinson, Angela Bulloch, Simon Critchley,
Drew Daniel, Verne Dawson, Lisa Dennison, Luke DuBois, Li Edelkoort, Eiko
and Koma, Makram El-Kadi, Michael Evans, Douglas Futuyma, Liam Gillick,
Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, David Grubb, Amy Herzog, Paul Horwich,
Tehching Hsieh, Helen Hsu, Florian Idenburg, Chrissie Iles, Marc Kushner
with Matthias Hollwich, Sanford Kwinter, Thomas Leeser, Joseph LeSauter,
Nate Lowman, Ronald Mallet, Patrick McCarthy, Richard McGuire, Don Melnick,
Shamim Momin, Alexandra Munroe, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno,
Nicholas Rennie, Matthew Ritchie, Danny Rubin, Saskia Sassen, Ted Sider,
Slowfood USA, Agathe Snow, Nancy Spector, David van der Leer, Marianne
Weems, Lawrence Weiner, Robert Weston (with Paul Stephens), Lebbeus Woods,
Nate Wooley, and Joan Young.

Video documentation of the Serpentine Gallery Marathons will be presented
during the event in an adjacent theatre including the Interview Marathon:
London (2006) moderated by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist; the
Experiment Marathon (2007), conceived by Olafur Eliasson and Hans Ulrich
Obrist; and the Manifesto Marathon (2008) conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Refreshments generously provided by illycaffè.

Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel: Wednesday January 7th from ±11:30 a.m. to
Sound: David Monacchi; Participants: Diane Roehm; Lessa Abahuni, Nicole
Abahuni; Micheala Jones Slavid; Adrienne Ange

This event is FREE and takes place in the Guggenheim Museum's Peter B. Lewis
Jan. 6, 6 p.m.-Jan. 7, 10 a.m. - enter via 5th Ave.
Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. - enter via 88th St.


11. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Ida Applebroog,
Dotty Attie, John Baldessari, Robert Flynt, Judy Glantzman, Hans Haacke,
Dahn Hiuni, Louise Lawler, Carrie Moyer, Mary Miss, elin o'Hara slavick,
Yoko Ono, Tom Otterness, Sara H. Paulson, Paul Henry Ramirez, Kiki Smith,
Michael Smith, Annie Sprinkle, Chrysanne Stathacos, FF Alumns, at Metro
Pictures, Manhattan, Jan. 9-10

The 11th Annual Postcards From the Edge
A Benefit for Visual AIDS
Start the New Year off right -- over 1,600 postcards unveiled at Metro

January 9-10, 2009

Hosted by Metro Pictures
519 West 24th Street, NYC
The Benefit Sale -- ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, January 10, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Over 1,600 original postcard-sized works of art. $75 EACH. Buy four, get one
free! Works are signed on the back and displayed anonymously.  Artists' name
revealed only after purchase.  First-come, first served
$5 suggested admission

The Preview Party
Friday, January 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
$75 admission* includes one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets $20.
Your only chance to get a sneak peek at the entire show! No sales, but one
lucky raffle winner selects the first postcard. More prizes: Keith Haring
the new 10lb $100 Rizzoli catalog & artist multiples from ARTWARE editions
and Tulip Enterprises. Special hosts: The Imperial Court of New York. Plus a
silent art auction. Wine courtesy of Wine & Spirits Magazine. *Participating
artists attend free.

2009 participating artists include Peter Cramer and Jack Waters,  and so
many MORE!
Visit http://www.thebody.com/visualaids/current/postcards2008_faqs.html or
call Visual AIDS at 212-627-9855


12. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, at Monkeytown, Brooklyn, Jan. 10

Dear Friends-

the next chance to catch a Jocasta film screening is next Saturday at
Monkeytown-here is the direct page for reservations:


Time: 8pm, cost $10, reservations recommended. (only holds 50 people)
Tom Chiu will be playing live with special guests. Monkey Town is a cool
place we will project the film on all 4 walls, with 5.1 surround sound, and
communal seating:


Jocasta includes these artists/musicians:

Marty New-Jocasta
Michael Potts-Oedipus
Melli Hoppe-Antigone
Vicky Shick-Chorus Leader
Kevin James-Messenger/Musician leader
Chris McIntyre-Trombonist
Steve Swell-Trombonist
Mike Selzer-Trombonist
McKinney Danger-James - Little Girl
Somerset New-Stein - Little Boy

Sound Design by Elise Kermani with:

Kevin James
Tom Chiu
Daniel Goode
Skip LaPlante
Natasha Kermani
Mixed by Paul Geluso

Production Design by Barbara Kilpatrick
Cinematography by Alan McIntyre Smith
Post Production Supervisor/Dramaturgy by Jay Stern
Motion graphics by Julie Verardi
Editing assistant: Natasha Kermani
Executive Producer: Sirus Kermani

Whew! i hope i didn't forget anyone (!)
There were a lot more people who helped us-come see the thank yous at the
end titles...

I've not been to Monkey Town yet, but I hear it is an intimate -one -of a
kind- experience. If we make any profit-all proceeds will go towards getting
Jocasta into the European screening circuit.

As always, thanks for supporting experimental film/theater / happenings!
Oh yeah! Happy New Year too-

Sound and Multimedia


13. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, now online at www.msnbc.msn.com, and more

Adrianne Wortzel's developing project as a Fall 2008 resident artist at
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, (http://www.eyebeam.org), entitled "The
Battle of the Pyramids" is featured on MSNBC online at
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28300535/.  She is "repurposing" ELMO TMX toys
to form a synchronized army of Elmos in order to replicate military
strategies employed by Napolean in his "expedition" to Egypt.  Further text
and video at http://www.adriannewortzel.com/eyebeam/Project.


14. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Haines Gallery, SF, opening Jan. 8

Dear Colleagues,

The Midnight Sun, an exhibition of new works, opens January 8, 2009 from
5:30-7:30 at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, and runs through February 28,

Very best wishes,



15. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, launches http://sonyarapartblog.blogspot.com/

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, launches new artblog: higgledy-piggledy: The
Transgenic Bagel Redux

Sonya Rapoport launches her new art blog, higgledy-piggledy: The Transgenic
Bagel Redux,  at http://sonyarapartblog.blogspot.com/. This blog is the
second in a series in which Rapoport re-contextualizes her early work with
currently related topical issues. This Redux considers the scientific
advances for further understanding the genome. In the early 1990s, when
Rapoport created The Transgenic Bagel, scientists believed that a  trait
gene excised from an animal host was inherent to that single trait. Now,
fifteen years later, the identity of the gene is challenged. Other molecules
clinging to the DNA strand that comprises the gene can produce different
characteristic traits from that same gene. Thus, today, the participant,
upon engaging in the play of the Transgenic Bagel and consuming the
recombinant bagel, may receive more than one trait. For example: formerly
the lion carried the single authority trait gene but today scientists have
observed that the lion's authority trait gene may carry the "male chauvinist
pig" trait as well.


16. Jennifer Hicks, FF ALumn, in Western MA, Feb. 7-9

SHINTAIDO in NYC with Jennifer Hicks, MFA, RYT

Sat Feb 7 and Sunday Feb 8
11am - 2pm both days

If your new to Shintaido, an old timer or want to brush up for the
conference the Valentines weekend in Western MA, come experience an amazing
movement art form developed in Japan in the 1960's!  Shintaido is a unique
combination of martial arts, healing movement and artistic expression that
cultivates the spirit, mind, voice and body. It has been called a dynamic
moving meditation. In Japanese, Shintaido means "new body way." Shintaido's
forms exemplify openness and freedom while developing, group and personal
understanding, focus and stamina. Ms. Hicks began her Shintaido study in
1987. She is a certified instructor with Shintaido of America.

For more information go to www.shintaido.org
for Jennifers bio and information www.fragilecreep.com

58 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
t. 718.388.6780

$35 per day -$60 for both (save $10 to when you register for both. )
to register : Jennifer Hicks jhicks5634@aol.com
send a check with your name, email etc  and specify which class you are
registering for to:
Jennifer Hicks
40 Dune Drive
Chatham, MA 02633


17. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Espresso Roma Café, Berkeley, CA, starting
Jan. 3

Super Heroes and Nudes in Hot Oils
Oil Paintings by Frank Moore
will be on display
for the month of January
Starting January 3, 2009
Espresso Roma Cafe
1549 Hopkins Street
(at Monterey Avenue)
Berkeley, CA 94702

see the poster at:


18. China Blue, Andrea Polli, FF Alumns, at www.free103point9.org

Hey you, I thought you would be interested in hearing about his interesting

NY Society for Acoustic Ecology members Andrea Polli and Jonny Farrow
interview artist China Blue about her recent CD, "Under Voices," for which
she recorded the seismic vibrations and binaural acoustics of the Eiffel
Tower. With excerpts of the CD, Aqua Alta, produced for the OPEN XI
exhibition in Venice, Italy and The Calls an ode to the World Trade Center.
Curated by: New York Society for Acoustic Ecology
Dec. 28, 2008: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m and additional dates to be announced.


19. Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, thru
Feb. 1

Through February 1, 2009

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611


Jenny Holzer, one of the leading artists of her generation whose career
spans thirty years, is the subject of a major exhibition organized by the
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, in partnership with the Fondation
Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.

Holzer is considered one of the most significant and pioneering contemporary
artists, both for her approach to language and for her use of nontraditional
media and public settings for her work. The frequent presence of her work in
non-art as well as art world contexts reveals Holzer's commitment to
connecting with the public about issues of social and cultural importance.
Her work pairs the use of text and the centrality of installation to examine
emotional and societal realities. Seamlessly blending form and content, her
work is characterized by formal beauty and conceptual rigor. The exhibition,
Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT is on view at the MCA from October 25, 2008,
to February 1, 2009.

Holzer has consistently and inventively challenged people's assumptions
about the world we live in through a multiplicity of contradictory voices,
opinions, and attitudes that form the basis of our society. Alternating
between fact and fiction, the public and the private, the universal and the
particular, Holzer's work offers an incisive portrait of our times.

The exhibition at the MCA is Holzer's largest and most comprehensive in the
United States in over 15 years. Beginning with its fall 2008 presentation at
the MCA in Chicago, the exhibition travels to other museums in the United
States and Europe during 2009-10 where its components are reconfigured by
the artist at each venue as the basis for a site-specific installation. The
exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Smith, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator and
Deputy Director for Programs at the MCA.

Content and Structure of the Exhibition
Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT unites political bravura with visual
sensitivity and beauty, centering on Holzer's work since the 1990s. The
exhibition is not a conventional survey; it offers several distinct but
related bodies of work in a range of media in which Holzer has worked in
recent years. These include major new works using LED technology, sculpture,
light projection pieces, and groupings of new paintings of government
documents made available through the Freedom of Information Act. Holzer
chooses existing texts from sources ranging from these official documents to
poetry and literature to her own earlier series. The works in the exhibition
foreground the way in which Holzer continues to innovate artistically while
elaborating on themes that have been the touchstones of her practice: pain,
love, peace, and survival.

LED Works and Installations
The LED sign is Holzer's signature medium-a vehicle she has used in
differing configurations and contexts since the early 1980s, from simpler,
horizontal wall-mounted versions to more recent sculptural and architectural
examples. In this exhibition, Holzer presents several major new LED works
that are shown for the first time in the U.S. For Chicago (2007-08), to be
configured at the MCA as a major floor installation, is programmed with a
"retrospective" of her writings from the late 1970s through the 1990s from
such series as Truisms, Living, Survival, Under a Rock, Mother and Child,
War, and Lustmord.

Erin Baldwin | 312.397.3828 | ebaldwin@mcachicago.org
Karla Loring | 312.397.3834 | kloring@mcachicago.org
Sarah Wambold | 312.397.3832 | swambold@mcachicago.org
Images: http://www.mcachicago.org/media


20. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, in San Francisco, CA, Jan. 9

This Friday Jan. 9, 2009
8-12 PM
I am hosting a fund raiser for my good friend Big Daddy Friday. He was hurt
in a terrible motorcycle accident and cannot work, and, can hardly walk with
So, time to pull from our resources.

I will be operating my machines and robots, they are all interactive and
well, fun!  Pauldaplumber will also have some of his interactive
pedal-powered amusement devices there.

We will have tamales and BB-Q for sale and a bar.  A how to get rich seminar
and performance or 2 by MOSES and SPY, RAT-TAT-TOE, tic-tac-toe with....rats
and, well, some secret suprises!

The warehouse is cold, so, dress warmly!
Hope to see you all there, it is for a good cause since our taxes don't seem
to go to helping injured people.

all the best,

1043 Marin St.
S.F., Ca.

 From the freeways
Cesar Chavez (Army St.) exit from 101 or I-280  North or South, take Cesar
Chavez East, go about a mile from 101, 2 blocks from 280, go through
intersection of 3rd St., immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block,
building is kitty corner, on your right.
Look for the red light, ya can't miss it.

Or, South on 3rd. Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto Illinois St.,
go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.
Look for the red light, ya can't miss it.

Or, East on 16th street from Portrero St./the mission, take a right on 3rd.,
go south a couple of miles, Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto
Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

Or, go East on Cesar Chavez FROM THE MISSION, go through intersection of 3rd
St., take immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty
corner, on your right.

Due to financial constraints, the light at the end of the tunnel will be
shut off until further notice.

Kal Spelletich


21. Rashaad Newsome, FF Alumn, at The Project, Manhattan,

Hello all,

 I'm in a group show at one of my favorite galleries in NYC and I would love
to see you there.  Please come out and support if you can.

Best regards,

Rashaad XOXO
Stage II
Dave Allen, Larry Krone, Lucky Dragons, Rashaad Newsome, Superamas
January 8 - February 6, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday January 8th, 6-8 pm
The Project Gallery
37 west 57th St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY
phone: 212.688.1585
web: www.elproyecto.com

The Project is pleased to present Stage II, a group exhibition curated by
Wayne Northcross and featuring the work of Dave Allen, Larry Krone, Lucky
Dragons, Rashaad Newsome and Superamas. In a variety of ways, the artists in
Stage II investigate the fragmentation of performance in contemporary
practice. Opening up the stage, they look at video, photomontage and
installation as alternate channels for performance to envelope the audience
-expressing the theatrical and choreographic gesture, sound, décor,
stagecraft and storytelling.
The broken relationship between audience and performer in time and space is
explored by Dave Allen, who fills the gallery with the sound of silence by
playing back recordings of empty studios and concert halls in Silence
Recordings, Hansa Studios, Berlin (2001). Utilizing instructions as
conceptual strategies, Everything Starts on A, Everything Ends on B is a
proposed score sketch for a live turntable performance and Interpretation of
'Prélude à l'Après-Midi d'un Faune' (1892-94) by Claude Debussy, arranged
without key signature for the untrained pianist(2000) rearranges a famous
classical piece for a one handed piano performance.
In Billy, Billy (2002), the Superamas use the language of film to structure
their collaboration with choreographer Milli Bitterli. Her movements, based
upon day-to-day actions and gestures, are spliced with relevant scenes from
cult movies by directors such as Mike Leigh and Pedro Almodovar.
In Untitled (Banji Cunt) (2008), Rashaad Newsome uses the sampling and
editing properties of video to experiment further with choreography and the
body in his collaboration with Vogue dancer Shayne Oliver. Recording
movements rehearsed by Oliver, the artist remixed various dance sequences
together in the editing process. This resulted in a new choreography that
the dancer was then asked to reinterpret for the camera in Untitled (2008).
In Showing (2009), Lucky Dragons present a sculptural installation that
incorporates the hybridized musical instruments-consisting of rocks, wood,
and electronics-used in their performances.  In the absence of performers,
the viewer is invited to move elements of the installation thereby
disturbing a standing electrical field that generates sound.
Larry Krone's Forever and Ever (2001) is an installation centered around a
sparkly curtain of mylar fringe used as the background of a performance.
Relying on further clues such as costume racks, empty bottles and other
residual evidence of a musical performance, one is invited to re-construct a
perception of the original act.
Dave Allen was born in Glasgow in 1968 and currently lives in Stockholm. He
graduated with an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. His work has recently
been shown at the Art Metropole in Toronto and Secession in Vienna.
Larry Krone was born in 1970 in Chicago, raised in St. Louis, and he now
lives and works in New York. He received his BS from New York University and
attended The Art Institute of Florence. His solo and collaborative
performances and installations have been seen at the Whitney Museum of
American Art, P.S. 122, New York and The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis,
Lucky Dragons is an open collaborative made up by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah
Rara, and other temporary members. The group has organized performances,
festivals and workshops at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, PS1, New York, the
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Philadelphia Institute for
Contemporary Art. Lucky Dragons is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Rashaad Newsome was born in New Orleans, LA in 1979, and currently lives and
works in New York. He received his BFA from Tulane University. His work has
been performed and exhibited at Location One, New York, NY DUMBO Arts Under
The Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, NY;  Fondation Cartier, Paris, France and The
Kitchen in New York.
Superamas is a French and Austrian collective based in Vienna, which bridges
several creative disciplines, theater, dance, film and stage design. The
group has performed at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's Time
Based Art Festival, at The Kitchen, New York, Tanzquartier, Vienna, and the
On The Boards Festival, Seattle.

Best regards, Rashaad Newsome Rashaad Newsome Studio 77 Water St. 10th Floor
New York, NY 10005 *US Phone: 917.504.4132 French Phone:
E-mail: info@rashaadnewsome.com URL: www.rashaadnewsome.com


22. Wooloo, FF Alumns, launch new website, and more

Following the great success of our contemporary art festival in Berlin this
year, WOOLOO.ORG is proud to present next year's festival NEW LIFE
COPENHAGEN 2099 (yes, 2099).

NEW LIFE COPENHAGEN 2099 will take place as official part of the cultural
program for the United Nations (UN) Conference for Climate Change in
Copenhagen, Denmark from December 9th to 18th, 2009.

To challenge the discourse surrounding our future co-existence on this
planet - while simultaneously questioning the forms of governance being
produced by the UN's nation-based power structure - NEW LIFE COPENHAGEN has
adopted the general theme of "2099".

The festival curators invite artists to submit proposals for products, life
styles and everyday interventions, as they could look and function in the
year 2099.

Pass this email on to a friend! 


One reason why we have been a bit quiet lately is the major redesign we are
currently programming for WOOLOO.ORG. Based on feedback from you - our users
- as well as months of work with art professionals and web experts, we have
designed a whole range of improved functionalities for the WOOLOO.ORG site.

We are certain you will like it and plan to launch the new site in March
2009. For now, here is a little taste in form of the WOOLOO.ORG Community

We thank you as always for using WOOLOO.ORG and supporting our effort to
maintain an independent space for the presentation, production and
discussion of contemporary art.

All best for the New Year!

Wooloo Productions 

We are very interested in learning about your experiences with WOOLOO.ORG
and in hearing any ideas and comments that you might have.

For all comments and suggestions, please send an email to:

For all technical support, please email: support@wooloo.org


23. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com


should get you to the new Fritatta show. Grazie.


24. Colin Sanderson, FF Intern, at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, Jan. 7

Dear Friends,

Let us first all turn to the pages of our reference psychology encyclopedia
(which I assume you all have handy):

Alogia: Greek for "poverty of speech", is a general lack of additional,
unprompted content seen in normal speech. As a symptom, it is commonly seen
in patients suffering from schizophrenia. It can complicate psychotherapy
severely because of the considerable difficulty in holding a fluent

With that in mind:
Come to Good-Bye Blue Monday, an amazing venue in the heart of Bushwick,
Brooklyn, and witness Paul Feitzinger and Colin Sanderson, better known as
the mute musical no-goodniks MANBURGER SURGICAL , as they attempt to unravel
their own musical psychosis, with fittingly all-instrumental alogian sounds
and bizarre theatrics. Following hot on the heels of "The Final
Incompetence," this second conceptual performance entitled "A Mysterious
Case of Alogia" will be an exploration of sight, speech, sound, and
hallucinatory visions at their most surreal and visceral. With MNBGR's
patented brand of pantomime, electronic bardic harps, laff-a-minit sight
gags, screeching analogue synthesizers of epic proportions, ventriloquial
deconstructivism, 10 minute phase-shifted drum machine solos, and foot long
prosthetic tongues, what more could you ask for?

Well, enough with the hyperbolic verbage. Anyway, this is going to be a rad
concert. Our very special guest for the evening is Dave Kadden, who will be
joining us on oboe, and will be the opening act with his new musical project
INVISIBLE CIRCLE, which totally rules. Check out the following websites for
more info:





And here is all the info you need:

Date: January 7, 2009
Time: 9 p.m.
Venue: Goodbye Blue Monday
Cost: FREE but be nice and buy a beer or coffee.  Or a book.  Or a charming
nick-nack.  Or maybe a Panini?
Address: 1087 Broadway between Lawton and Dodworth, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Subway: J to Kosciusko (walk 2 or so blocks west down B'Way)

Example of alogia:

Q: Do you have any children?
A: Yes.
Q: How many?
A: Two.
Q: How old are they?
A: Six and sixteen.
Q: Are they boys or girls?
A: One is a boy, the other is a girl.
Q: Who is the sixteen year old?
A: The boy.
Q: What is his name?
A: Edmond.
Q: And the girl's?
A: Alice.

Example of normal speech:

Q: Do you have any children?
A: Yes, a boy and a girl.
Q: How old are they?
A: Edmond is sixteen and Alice is six.

We. We do. We. . .


You can?

You can.


Make it. Yes PLEASE!!

Most Sincerely,

Colin Sanderson & Paul Feitzinger


25. Anne Bean, FF Alumn, receives Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award

The Live Art Development Agency and Tate Research are delighted to announce
that Anne Bean and Tim Etchells are the recipients of Legacy: Thinker in
Residence Awards.

The Legacy awards have been set up in recognition of the breadth of
influence of Live Art practice in the UK today, and to acknowledge its
achievers and achievements over the last few decades. The awards celebrate
artists whose outstanding bodies of work have tested the nature and
possibilities of live practices and had a demonstrable influence on the
development of the Live Art field.

Live Art is often an ephemeral and fleeting experience and raises many
questions about what it might leave behind.  The processes of archiving Live
Art and its positioning within an art historical context, pose countless
challenges to the artist, the archivist, the art historian, the scholar and
the audience alike. Legacy: Thinker in Residence Awards will provide Anne
Bean and Tim Etchells with £30,000 each and the opportunity to undertake
in-depth research periods throughout 2009 addressing the legacies of
performance in art historical contexts, examining the processes and
challenges of archiving live work, and looking at their own performance
practice in relation to these. From this, they will translate their findings
into the creation of their own legacies that may take the form of new
artworks or publications.

Following a national nomination process begun in August 2008 and involving
over 50 key UK curators, writers, and thinkers, 49 artists were nominated
for consideration for Legacy awards. From these, twelve of the UK's most
influential and inspiring artists were invited to submit proposals on how
they would approach the idea of legacy.

The final decisions on the awards were made by a selection panel comprising:
Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine (Live Art Development Agency); Nigel Llewellyn
(Head of Tate Research); Lizzie Carey-Thomas (Curator Tate Britain); Vanessa
Desclaux (Curator Tate Modern); Michael Morris (Director, Artangel); Stella
Hall (Creative Director, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative), Claire MacDonald
(Centre Director, International Centre for Fine Art Research, University of
the Arts London); David A Bailey (senior curator, Autograph); and Mark Waugh
(Director, A Foundation).

Legacy is a one-off initiative developed in collaboration between the Live
Art Development Agency and Tate Research, and is financially assisted by
Arts Council England and the Live Art Development Agency.

Anne Bean (Born 1950, Zambia. Resident in London) has undertaken numerous
solo and collaborative projects worldwide, for nearly 40 years, in diverse
media including performance, installation, drawing, photography, video and
sound, using materials that range from fire, wind, steam and honey to
laughter and breath. In early 2008 she was commissioned by the National
Archives to create a permanent installation for their museum at Kew. In
summer 2008 she went to Croatia, Iraq-Kurdistan and Spain where she worked
with local people to develop and produce performances and installations
referencing local history. In autumn 2008 she presented 4 installations for
Power Plant, a part of a Liverpool City of Culture programme commissioned by
the Contemporary Music Network as well as a performance for Liverpool
Biennial Made-Up Weekend.  In November she completed a video inspired by
Darwin, commissioned by Artsadmin and DVDance supported by the Wellcome
Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In 2007, she was the International
Fellow at Franklin Furnace Archives, New York.

Tim Etchells (Born 1962, UK. Resident in Sheffield) is an artist and a
writer. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader
of the world renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in
collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and
photographers including Meg Stuart, Elmgreen & Dragset, Hugo Glendinning,
Vlatka Horvat and many others. His work ranges from performance to video,
photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He has also developed
a unique voice in writing for and about performance - his monograph Certain
Fragments (Forced Entertainment and Contemporary Performance), (Routledge
1999) is widely acclaimed. Etchells has also published fiction; Endland
Stories (Pulp Books 1998) and The Dream Dictionary (for the Modern Dreamer)
(Duck Editions, 2000) are now followed by his first novel - The Broken World
- which takes the form of a guide to an imaginary computer game and was
published by Heinemann in July 2008. In recent years he has exhibited work
at Sketch and Butchers (both London), Netherlands Media Art Institute
(Amsterdam), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin), Art Sheffield 2008, ArtFutures
(Bloomberg SPACE, London), The Centre for Book Arts, Canada and Exit Art
(all New York), Kunsthaus Graz and Manifesta 7 in Italy.

Maria Agiomyrgiannaki
Live Art Development Agency
Rochelle School
London E2 7ES
United Kingdom

t: +44 (0)20 7033 0275
f: +44 (0)20 7033 0276



The Live Art Development Agency is an impressive, idiosyncratic example of
what a small organisation can achieve as collaborator, conduit and
(Real Time, Sydney, Australia)


26. Nancy Spero, FF Alumn, at Galerie Lelong, Manhattan, opening Jan. 8

Nancy Spero

Un Coup de Dent

In Un Coup de Dent, renowned artist and activist Nancy Spero will present a
body of early, expressionistic works referred to as the Black Paintings and
a group of related drawings, created between 1954 and 1965 and exhibited
comprehensively in the United States for the first time since 1985.
Romantic, nightmarish, and mythic, the Black Paintings' emphasis on the
female figure as protagonist and the overriding emotions of pain and
dissonance prefigure Spero's preoccupations for the next 40 years. Un Coup
de Dent will open to the public on January 3, with the opening reception to
be held on Thursday, January 8 from 6 to 8 pm.

The subjects in the Black Paintings and their related works-on-paper are
lovers, mothers and children, and amorphous, looming creatures--figures
allusive of existential oppositions and emotional turmoil. Somber,
figurative works made at a time when Pop Art and Minimalism were the main
focuses of the art world, the Black Paintings preface Spero's radical
career. Spero worked on the paintings over long periods of time, often at
night. Broad, unmeasured strokes of dark oils surround and obscure the
figures, enveloping them in a way that is both sensual and haunting. Coded
references to the dominance of male painters in the American abstract
expressionists are also visible.

Spero made the Black Paintings mainly while living in France from 1959 to
1964. Her return to the U.S. would coincide with the height of the Vietnam
War and the civil rights movement--it was then that the groundbreaking
aesthetic and the political and feminist themes for which she is now known
would take shape. Pioneering and critically lauded works of Spero's career
include the frieze-like scroll installations such as Cri du Coeur and Azur;
large panels such as the Codex Artaud series and Notes in Time on Women, and
the stark, impulsive War Series and Artaud Paintings. The Black Paintings
present fascinating insight into Spero's practice, evoking a union of
European civilization and history with the raw and uncompromising beauty of
contemporary American painting.

Nancy Spero's works can be found in over 40 museum collections worldwide,
including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; National Gallery of Australia,
Canberra; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and Musée
National d'art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Currently on view at
the Reina Sofia is Nancy Spero: Dissidances, Spero's largest retrospective
to date, organized by the Museo d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and
traveling to the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla. The artist is also
currently featured in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the Vancouver
Art Gallery, its third venue.

Galerie Lelong, 528 W. 26th St., NY 212-315-0470  www.galerielelong.com


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