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Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile / Venus Over Manhattan in Miami Beach

“… a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire, is more beautiful than the Nike of Samothrace.” declared artist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in his Futurist Manifesto of 1909. Not just the Futurists were inspired by the machine that for over 125 fascinates people. Many artists have a passion for cars, and create art influenced by the automobile.

During Art Basel Miami Beach, the gallery Venus Over Manhattan presented an exhibition that provided another view on art’s special relationship with the car as cultural icon and fetish object. Entitled Piston Head – Artists Engage the Automobile, the show includes works by Ron Arad, Bruce High Quality Foundation, César, Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Virginia Overton, Olivier Mosset/Jacob Kassay/Servane Mary, Richard Phillips, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Salvatore Scarpitta, Kenny Scharf, and Franz West. Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Callaghan created a new work for the exhibition, a signature ‘rubbing’ of Ferrari’s LaFerrari hybrid supercar, which was on view with Piston Head in Miami Beach.

Fittingly presented on the the top level of the Herzog & de Meuron designed 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, the exhibition features artworks that both show the power and glamour of the car, such as Richard Phillips’ Playboy Charger, as well as its decay and desolation, such as Lucien Smith’s totally rusted truck that is riddled with countless bullets – a vehicle that once served as the target at a shooting range.

The above video is an excerpt, the complete video with footage from the opening party is available for members after the break, as well as a photo set.

Piston Head – Artists Engage the Automobile. Venus Over Manhattan, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. December 3, 2013.

PS: Watch also: Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am. Museum Tinguely, Basel; and Marco Brambilla: RPM. Video Screening at Ferrari Party, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

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Frieze Sculpture Park 2010

“As in previous years the Sculpture Park continues to provide the public with an overview of some of the most interesting developments in sculpture that has been made specifically for an outdoor setting and showcases the vitality and imagination of artists from around the world.” (David Thorp, selector of the Sculpture Park at Frieze Art Fair).

The Frieze Sculpture Park is located in the Regent’s Park, just a short walk to the east of the entrance of Frieze Art Fair. This year’s edition presents works by Hans Peter Feldman, Ceal Floyer, Marie Lund, Franz West, Jeppe Hein, Gavin Turk, Sanchayan Ghosh, art collective Slavs and Tatars, John Russel, and Daniel Silver. One of the most popular works this year was the installation “Trash” by Wolfgang Ganter and Kaj Aune (we will have a closer look at this installation in an upcoming video).

Frieze Sculpture Park 2010. Frieze Art Fair, London / UK, October 13, 2010.

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VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 13: With Art Basel Week Map and Calendar

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 13, June 2010 with: Larissa Fassler’s “Kotti”, Franz West’s “The Ego and the Id”, Art Cologne 2010, Monica Bonvicini and Krivet at Berlin Gallery Weekend, SEO (studio visit), the Basquiat retrospective at Fondation Beyeler, the design of Alessi, Hong Kong International Art Fair, and: a calendar and map of places and events during Art Basel 2010.

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Franz West: Autotheater / Retrospective at Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Until mid-March 2010 Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany shows the first major retrospective of Franz West (born 1947 in Vienna) in Europe. The Austrian sculptor is considered as one of the most influential artists of our times.

On display are over 40 works dating from 1972 to the present, which in some cases the artist has grouped together in themed constellations. The title Autotheater (Auto-Theatre) points to the performative, interactive dimension of his work. According to Franz West his Passstcke (Adaptives) “are sculptures as it were that one can pick up and use to gesticulate however one sees fit”. West has also extended this dialogue with the viewer to include his furniture sculptures, which he has produced since the mid-eighties. Since the nineties he has worked increasingly with others artists, such as for instance Michelangelo Pistoletto (Spiegel in Kabine mit Passstcken = Mirror in Cubicle with Adaptives) and Heimo Zobernig (Auto Sex).

The exhibition has been conceived in close collaboration with the artist and presents his works in new combinations and in new contexts.

Franz West’s ties with Cologne go back many years. In 1981 Museum Ludwig’s director Kasper Knig showed West’s Adapatives for the first time in the exhibition Westkunst. In 1998 the Gesellschaft fr moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig awarded Franz West the Wolfgang Hahn Prize and purchased his Kantine for the museum. As early as in 2001 the museum arranged for a Franz West installation to be exhibited on a short-term basis as part of the “Museum of our Wishes” – Kasper Knig’s first exhibition at Museum Ludwig. This was followed in 2006 by the museum purchasing the work Plural (2006). Thus, Franz West ‘s retrospective “Auto-Theatre” constitutes a logical progression in the museum’s enduring interest in this artist.

The loans come both from the artist’s studio and internationally renowned museums and private collections, including the Galerie fr zeitgenssische Kunst Leipzig, the Generali Foundation, Mumok Wien, the Essl Collection, Kunstsammlung NRW, Centre Pompidou, the Grsslin Collection, Anton and Annick Herbert.

The exhibition will move on in May 2010 to Madre in Napels and in September 2010 to Kunsthaus Graz.

Franz West: Autotheater / Retrospective at Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Exhibition walkthrough, January 6, 2010.

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Open House / Grsslin Collection / part 2/3

In part 2 of the guided tour through the “Rume fr Kunst” collector Thomas Grsslin shows us works by Mark Dion, Manuel Ocampo, Franz West, Martin Kippenberger, Michael Beutler and Markus Oehlen. The concept “Rume fr Kunst” exists since 1995. Vacant shops in St. Georgen, Black Forest / Germany are temporarily used for exhibitions. For guided tours visit the collection’s website. St. Georgen, Germany, June 30, 2007. Part 2/3.

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