Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Traces: New Installations and Objects by Danielle Felice Riede

christopher west presents is pleased to announce a new installation by Colorado born, Indianapolis based artist Danielle Riede. Opening reception for the artist will take place on Thursday, October 1 from 5 pm until 8 pm. The exhibition will run through October 31.

Riede's enigmatic constructions of found and made pieces of paint, resin, and detritus are here exhibited as both miniature sculpture and a site specific installation. While paint (and color) is a primary intellectual and physical material for Riede, a deeper connection can be found in the idea of a collective body of objects, the traces of other artists’ explorations. Danielle Riede received her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwelath University and also studied under Daniel Buren at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. She is currently a professor at the Herron School of art and Design. She has exhibited internationally in Mexico City, Athens, Cologne, Paris and many others. This is her first exhibition at the gallery.

christopher west presents
646 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Wednesday 11 to 5
Thursday 11 to 7
Friday 11 to 5
Saturday Noon to 4

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dallas makes me jealous... again.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science

Plans were released this weekend for the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science designed by Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne's firm Morphosis. Groundbreaking scheduled for this fall. I bring this up only to remind us all of what's possible even in these economic times. Congrats Dallas on once again solidifying yourself as a major art and design hub in the United States. Great museums, lackluster museums that are improving by leaps and bounds, amazing collectors and an ever increasing roster of impressive architecture.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Museums and local artists

Leon Golub, Reclining Youth, 1959. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Gift of the Susan and Lewis Manilow Collection of Chicago Artists.

A friend and I traveled to Chicago this past weekend to see Olafur Eliason's show at the MCA before it closed and take in some openings in the West Loop. Olafur was, well amazingly Olafur, but what struck me most was the exhibition of paintings from the collection on the top floor of the MCA.

Paul Klein, whose Art Letter is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the Chicago art scene, took note too. Klein counted 18 Chicago artists (I'm taking his word for it, I didn't personally count) hanging along side paintings from an international roster of past and present painting superstars. It was certainly a refreshing change from all the 'cookie cutter' (as Klein calls them) exhibitions across the country that often present the same roster of artists. Klein goes on to say "Watch Grynsztejn (MCA Director) uniquely size up the landscape and set the MCA on a course that will attract an international following - all stemming from an understanding of how a museum can tap into the local pulse and tweak the dialog to a new and different level."

The exhibition runs through Ocotober 18th. If you happen to be in the Chicagoland area, I give it the big thumbs up.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mona Lisa

Just a couple quick links today:

- I was very excited to find out via Richard Lacayo that a new documentary about the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 will be released next year. Watch the trailer here.

- Also, this talk at the IMA tomorrow at 4:00 regarding Indiana and expanding our global connections looks interesting.