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Photos from the Event: Sally Tallant

Posted on October 4, 2016

Photos from the Event: Anne Szefer Karlsen

Posted on October 10, 2016

Push Play Artist Pedro Reyes’ Creative Time Commission Now On View in New York

 Push Play Artist Pedro Reyes’ Creative Time Commission Now On View in New York

Posted on October 18, 2016

Pedro Reyes has two works on view as part of Push Play now through December 13 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design CenterSanatorium: City Leaks, 2011-present and Feather Fun, 2012 highlight Reyes’ interest in interactive art notably explored in his new Creative Time commission DOOMOCRACY. Creative Time curator Nato Thomson writes of DOOMOCRACY:

Conjuring Dante’s Inferno, Doomocracy asks us to briefly “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” In this performative artwork– part Fox News, part Heironimous Bosch — the traditional horrors transform from creepy castles, vampires and zombies to corporate boardrooms, investors, and gun toting racists. Doomocracy acts as a mirror, perhaps a wacky fun house mirror, of the traumatic world outside. And in the spirit of Halloween, allows us to briefly confront, and even satirically enjoy, the demons that we, as people of this planet, live with daily.

Find out more about DOOMOCRACY here and read Holland Cotter’s review of the exhibition here.

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2016 Leo Award created by Tony Matelli

 2016 Leo Award created by Tony Matelli

Posted on October 21, 2016

This year’s Leo Award was created by New York-based artist, Tony Matelli.  The award will be presented to this year’s honoree, Marian Goodman, during ICI’s Annual Benefit and Auction on October 26, 2016.

Developed out of Matelli’s recent Garden series, this year’s Leo displays an aged head of cast concrete delicately crowned by a triad of seemingly ripe strawberries.  Cast in bronze and meticulously painted, these eternally ripe fruits contrast pointedly with their carefully weathered base. This disjunctive pairing belies the work’s high production, creating a seamless experience of both accelerated and arrested time.

Evoking both an accumulated history and a feeling of immediacy, this year’s Leo mirrors Marian Goodman’s steadfast and continuing commitment to artists and contemporary art: deeply grounded, but ever-present.

Tony Matelli was born in Chicago, and lives and works in New York. His upcoming exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Museum in Ridgefield opens in November 2016. He is represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York.

To coincide with this year’s Annual Benefit & Auction, Matelli has also created a Limited Edition for ICI, which will launch at NADA Miami Beach in December 2016.

Broadsheet Catalogues for Salon de Fleurus

Pictured are three broadsheets produced for the exhibition. From left to right: ICI, New York, NY (October, 2015); Museum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland (March, 2016); and Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia (October, 2016). Courtesy of ICI.

Salon de Fleurus, installation view, Muzeum Sztuki, 2016, courtesy of ICI.

Salon de Fleurus, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, 2016, courtesy of ICI.

Posted on October 24, 2016

Salon de Fleurus has been conceived from the start as a modular exhibition model. As the exhibition travels, art spaces source local details such as furniture, literature, decorations, and objects that further relate to early modernity, and organize readings, talks, screenings and events that use the salon as a forum for discussing diverging art historical narratives.

In addition, a broadsheet catalogue designed by Garrick Gott is produced at each hosting art space. This publication includes press and images from the Salon’s twenty-year history along with newly commissioned essays and interviews. The original copy, created by ICI, is presented to the art space as a template. Each art space then has the opportunity to translate, curate, and produce new content for the publication to supplement the exhibition. Therefore, much like the exhibition itself, the broadsheet becomes a fluctuating space for uniquely relevant discourse tailored to each location. This collection of texts and images serves as an entry point for readers and visitors to the exhibition through a distinctly trans-historical lens due to the diverse compilation of materials. In this way, each art space becomes an active participant in framing the narrative of the show by contributing to a collective archive. Some of the authors and figures whose work has been represented in these publications so far have been Kim Levin, Alfred H. Barr Jr., Łukasz Zaremba, Walter Benjamin, Michal Libera, and Petar Prelog. These pieces are complemented with press clippings from news articles about Gertrude Stein and Salon de Fleurus.

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2016 Annual Benefit in ArtNews and the Wall Street Journal

 2016 Annual Benefit in ArtNews and the Wall Street Journal

Posted on October 28, 2016

On October 26, 2016, ICI hosted its Annual Benefit & Auction, bringing together collaborators and friends from around the world who gathered to honor Marian Goodman with the Leo Award, presented by Agnes Gund, and Miguel A. Lopez with the Independent Vision Curatorial Award, selected and presented by Franklin Sirmans. The Leo Award was created by Tony Matelli.

Nate Freeman reports on the evening for ArtNews.

And Marshall Heyman for the Wall Street Journal wrote:

“Ms. Gund was both a presenter and an inadvertent honoree…at the Cedar Lake event space for the Independent Curators International (ICI) annual benefit and auction. It fell to her to present an award, the 2016 Leo, named after art dealer Leo Castelli, to the gallerist Marian Goodman.

“She’s as powerful as a small person can be,” said Ms. Gund of Ms. Goodman. “She may be little but she’s larger than life.”

Ms. Goodman, who will celebrate the 40th anniversary of her gallery in 2017, said she has always preferred being on West 57th Street as opposed to somewhere further downtown. Her artists tend to agree.

“If someone makes a trip uptown, they must be serious,” Ms. Goodman explained.

She was presented with a sculpture by the artist Tony Matelli, featuring two strawberries. A few moments after accepting the gift, she promptly decided it was better in the hands of Ms. Gund.

“Maybe they should give them each one strawberry,” remarked a guest of the exchange at the benefit.

The evening raised $475,000, brought out Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder; Adam Shopkorn; Sydie Lansing and her son, Sims; Bob Colacello, and Maurizio Cattelan, and featured a cotton candy machine during dessert.”

Image credit: Julie Mehretu, Marian Goodman, and Maurizio Cattelan. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for Billy Farrell Agency.