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Art and the City. Public Art Festival in Zürich West

Art and the City is a public art festival that runs from 9 June until 23 September 2012 in Zürich West, a district in Zürich (Switzerland) that has undergone a dramatic transformation in the recent years. To experience this up-and-coming city district of Zürich, Art and the City invited more than 40 artists and artist groups from all over the world for an exhibition that includes sculptures, installations, performances, posters and interventions. This video takes you on a rather subjective and selective tour of the exhibition on 1 August, the Swiss National Day (which explains the empty streets and the rubber dinghies).

The exhibition includes artists who have been addressing issues of urban development since the 1970s such as Richard Tuttle, Fred Sandback, Yona Friedman and Charlotte Posenenske, as well as a younger generation of artists such as Christian Jankowski, Oscar Tuazon, Los Carpinteros, and Ai Weiwei.

Art and the City has been initiated by the Public Art Task Force (Arbeitsgruppe Kunst im öffentlichen Raum). The exhibition has been put together by the freelance curator and writer Christoph Doswald.

Art and the City. Public Art Festival in Zürich West. Zürich (Switzerland), August 1, 2012.

PS: As part of the Art and the City Public Art Festival, walking artist Hamish Fulton performed one of his slow walks along the Limmat river, called Limmat Art Walk Zürich 2012.

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Art 43 Basel 2012: Art Parcours Night

Art Parcours is a project of Art Basel that invites Art Basel’s visitors to discover the city via Art. This year Art Parcours explores the area around St. Johann. That’s very practical for us, as VernissageTV has its offices in this area of the city. Art Parcours St. Johann is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Director of the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. It’s the third issue of Art Parcours and features site-specific works and performances, which deal with the history of Basel and the Basel of today. The artistic interventions were proposed by the Art Basel galleries and curated by Jens Hoffmann.

This video provides you with a tour of Art Parcours on the Art Parcours Night with works by Claude Lévêque (Ring of Fire, 2011 / Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris); Los Carpinteros (150 People, 2012 / Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York); Maria Nordman (Actions in Real Time With any Person(s) Arriving, 2012 – ongoing / Marian Goodman Gallery, New York); Aleksandra Mir (LA 600, 2012, Magazzino, Roma); Pedro Reyes (Baby Marx, 2008 – present / Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo); Dieter Roth (The Studio of Dieter and Björn Roth, 1995 – 2008 / Hauser & Wirth, Zürich); Abraham Cruzvillegas (Autoconstrucción, 2009 /Kurimanzutto, Mexico D.F.); Rodney Graham (Small Modernist Paintings, 2005 – ongoing / 303 Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Johnen Galerie, Lisson Gallery, Donald Young Gallery); Allan Kaprow (Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann, 1963/2012 Reinvention by Mateo Tannatt / Hauser & Wirth Zürich); Pawel Althamer (Bruno, 1998-2012 / Foksal Gallery Foundation Warszawa and neugerriemschneider Berlin); Henrik Hakansson (Monarch – The Eternal, 2008 / Meyer Riegger, The Modern Institute, Galleria Franco Noero); Eduardo Basualdo (L’Innombrable, 2012 / Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte Buenos Aires); Simon Dybbroe Moller (Animate V, 2012 / Laura Bartlett Gallery London, Galerie Kamm, Berlin); Kathryn Andrews (Voix de Ville, 2012).

Art 43 Basel: Art Parcours Night. Basel (Switzerland), June 13, 2012.

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Los Carpinteros at Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina currently presents a solo exhibition of the collective Los Carpinteros. Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) are considered as one of the most relevant international artists that emerged from Cuba in the last decade of the 20th century. Los Carpinteros is an artist duo consisting of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez. They chose to present themselves as Los Carpinteros in 1994, because they wanted to renounce the notion of individual authorship and refer to an older guild tradition of artisans. In their installations, sculptures and watercolors, Los Carpinteros mix design, architecture, and urbanism. They are interested in the intersection of art and society.

For the exhibition at Faena Arts Center Los Carpinteros chose to present three sculptural works: Avião, El Barrio, and Alumbrado Público. In this video Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez speak about their exhibition, and Alan Faena provides you with an introduction to the Faena Arts Center.

Works of Los Carpinteros are part of the collections of renowned art museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Tate Modern in London; the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana. In 1991 they formed the collective.

The exhibition of Los Carpinteros is shown in the Sala Molinos of the Faena Arts Center. The building that houses the Faena Arts Center was once one of Argentina’s first big mills. The Faena Arts Center opened in 2011 and is part of the Faena Arts District, which was developed by Fashion designer and real-estate developer Alan Faena. The center has over 4,000 m2.

Los Carpinteros at Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Opening reception, May 15, 2012. Video by Roberto Rey, Milos Deretich, Luciana Zothner, and Ángel Sánchez.

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Los Carpinteros: Sala de Juntas / ARCO Madrid 2011

The Cuban artist duo Los Carpinteros created the stand of the Spanish newspaper El País at the international art fair ARCO Madrid 2011. The installation titled “Sala de Juntas” recreates the moment of an explotion in a company’s office.The exploded pieces are suspended in the air. Los Carpinteros are Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés (Camagüey, Cuba, 1971) and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez (Caibarién, Cuba, 1969). In Spain, Los Carpinteros are represented by Ivorypress Art + Books.

Los Carpinteros: Sala de Juntas / ARCO Madrid 2011. Madrid / Spain, February 17, 2011.

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