About my Video-Blog:
I am not an art critic and my short texts do not intend to be any type of art criticism. I am a viewer and an artist who goes to exhibitions to have silent conversations with other artists. My vlog is only an impressionistic document of my experience.
“The Dwarves, the Forests” – Hauser & Wirth New York Unveils New Sculptures by Paul McCarthy
November 7 – December 17, 2011
The recourse to use icons of pop culture or main characters of the folk imaginary often time disguises the artist’s inclination to a hardened gaze. For me, McCarthy’s new sculptures are profoundly moving monuments of loss and destruction. The distorted black bronze figures of the dwarves serve as documents of an introspective quest.
The sculptures integrate the sculptor’s working tools, they are at sight, but covered by the mass of bronze. As if the artist would have been caught by surprise by the deluge of blackness, the ultimate end. It brings to my mind the feeling of visiting the crater of the Etna: nothing around, just black. Black lava; not one sign of life.
The large size wooden sculpture of Snow White is exposed at the most illuminated section of the gallery. The extreme light that fills the space around this huge feminine figure with an ecstatic expression makes it even more hallucinatory and more menacing.
There are two maquettes on the second floor made of clay, wires, plaster and gauze; they are models of sets for future performances and films. They seem as counterpoint of the rest of the exhibition. Their lightness, ghost like quality evoke the spiritist practices. Watch the video and you can listen to what Marc Payot, Vice President of Hauser & Wirth, had to tell about McCarthy’s work. Be prepared for the emotions that the sculptures on display may trigger in you.
New Museum to Present First New York Survey of Works by Carsten Höller
October 26, 2011–January 15, 2012
The trip from Harlem to the Lower East Side was definitely worthy. The show of Carsten Höller, that opened today, is particularly enjoyable for adults who did not really grow up. It is participatory, exploratory; nevertheless it leaves space and time for contemplation. To be honest, I have to confess: I did not adventure to go for a paddle in the “Giant Psycho Tank”. However, I could not resist the temptation of the 102-foot slide that “penetrate the Main Gallery Floor.” For more … watch my video and listen to the presentation of Massimiliano Gioni, the curator of the show.