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GoSee loves : paper artist Georgia Russell turns her talents to champagne house RUINART’s Blanc de Blanc. GoSee presents the results in photos and film

Beginning on 1 September 1729, Nicolas Ruinart’s flowing pen records the founding achievements of the House in Le Grand Livre. The incipit proclaims in large round letters: In the name of God and the Blessed Virgin, let this book commence. It is therefore under divine protection as well as under that of his uncle Dom Thierry Ruinart, a Benedictine monk with courageous and innovative ideas, that the draper launches his new wine business. Carefully turning the pages, we discover the dates and conditions of the first dispatch of wine in bottles, details of the acquisition of vine parcels and the quantities of the earliest grape supplies.

In April 1739, we discover a first shipment of Runart champagne to neighbouring Belgium. This precious first book is the cornerstone of Ruinart’s history. Georgia Russell, whose dangerous-destructive creative appetite for all printed matter was whetted by this unique object, has now interpreted it in her own way.

After winning a competition to reside in an artist’s residence in Paris, Georgia Russell, the young Scottish visual artist and Royal College of Art graduate, her explorations of the city became a source of inspiration to her imagination. Her wanderings led her to the booksellers along the banks of the Seine. She was moved by the old photographs and books, buying several of them to perfect ...

23.04.2014 // show complete news


The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Now You See It: Photography and Concealment

Now You See It: Photography and Concealment, an installation of 25 works at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, focuses on the dynamic interplay between concealment and revelation in contemporary photography and video art. The featured works, all from the Museum’s Department of Photographs, range from a late 19th–century photograph by Pierre-Louis Pierson to a recently acquired work by Thomas Demand.

The installation presents works by artists who use the camera to reveal subjects or places ordinarily hidden from view, as well as works that explore broader themes of secrecy and obscured or partial vision. A highlight of Now You See It is Thomas Demand’s photograph Vault (2012). The image is based on a police photograph of a storeroom at the Wildenstein Institute in Paris, where 30 paintings and sculptures that had been missing for decades were discovered during a police raid in 2011. In Demand’s picture, as in the photograph on which it is based, the framed art works are turned to face the walls, remaining tantalizingly hidden from view. Other highlights include Vera Lutter’s haunting view of the seldom seen interior of the Pepsi Cola bottling plant in Queens, New York, Pepsi Cola Interior II: July 6-13 (2000), and Fazal Sheikh’s Desert Bloom (2011), a series of aerial photographs of the Negev desert.

In Grace ...

23.04.2014 // show complete news


Emil Nolde Retrospective at Städel Museum Frankfurt. A life between South Seas magic, experiments in colour, propaganda and degenerate art

Städel Museum’s latest exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of one of the most important German Expressionists, Emil Nolde (1867–1956). This is his first retrospective in Germany for twenty-five years. Around 140 works will be on display: Expressionist landscapes to glittering nocturnal scenes of Berlin, exotic South Seas motifs, and religious depictions, as well as several works from the Nolde Foundation in Seebüll, that have never been shown elsewhere. Watch the short video on YOUTUBE.

Arranged in rough chronological order, the retrospective comprises paintings, watercolours and prints from all phases of the artist’s career, who, FYI, named himself after his hometown of Nolde on the Danish border. He made his artistic breakthrough with paintings of flowers and gardens in which he experimented with the potential of colour. Nolde’s biblical and mythological scenes are amongst the highlights of his oeuvre. He painted scenes from the Old and New Testaments in vivid colours using a two-dimensional application of paint.

The show presents the works executed during and after Nolde’s participation in an expedition of the Reichskolonialamt (Imperial Colonial Office) to New Guinea. The retrospective also explores the theme of National Socialism. Nolde ...

22.04.2014 // show complete news


Last Call Art Cologne 2014 with a little GoSee media review and "Hello GoSee!" from Veronique Ansorge, Associate Director at Zwirner Gallery New York

Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper’s headline read: ‘the power of the Rhine. Surprise in the west: the 48th edition of Art Cologne sets its sights on post-war contemporary. The show also proves that it’s Germany’s only art fair of international importance.” Loyal local newspaper Kölner Stadtanzeiger claims “big love for Cologne”, in contrast Die Zeit already pragmatically declared in advance: “seven to nineteen (VAT)… is art being taxed too high?”

And, if you want our opinion, you can never go wrong with art made in Germany, and art in and from Cologne has long been acclaimed on an international scale – on both sides, that of the artist and gallerist. The direction may have changed every now and again, but that makes it all the more interesting. Now both parties, in terms of the fair and exhibiting galleries, have reshuffled and reorganised themselves. The 48th Art Cologne came across as a little more tidy and scandal free. It was fitting then that Ai Wei Wei welcomed visitors at the entrance with flowers.

221 galleries from 25 countries offered around 55,000 visitors an outstanding selection of classic contemporary, post-war and contemporary art, unique to Germany. “ART COLOGNE 2014 certainly raised the profile of the most important German art fair,’ claims Daniel ...

16.04.2014 // show complete news


A taste of California in the ‘80s at Hasted Kraeutler, New York. May we present Jeff Barks "Goldenboy" in all its glossy glory on GoSee

From 24 April there will be one more reason to jet to New York this spring: it is the day that Hasted Kraeutler will open ‘Goldenboy’ the exhibition by photo artist Jeff Bark, which will be on show until 14 June. GoSee presents a sexy pre-dazzle preview and teaser video.

The gallery states: "The photographic tableaux in Jeff Bark’s newest body of work, Goldenboy, exist in an eerily ambiguous time of day, somewhere between the burning, first rays of dawn and the last glow of sunset. Suffused by a warm, languorous light that evokes the close heat of Southern California, and set amidst colors and textures that recall the 1980s, the series was inspired by aspects of Bark’s own autobiography. It was in a Southern California backyard in the ‘80s that he made his first photographs, and Goldenboy’s protagonist, is the same age as Bark was during those very years. But the similarities end there, as these works take viewers through a compelling though confounding journey, refusing at every turn to provide satisfactory answers as to what, exactly, is taking place in this young man’s life—and who he will become.

Although most of the photographs appear to take place outside, and have an authentically rich, saturated West Coast palette, every one of them was actually taken inside Jeff Bark’s New ...

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The enchanted gardens of Ninfa. Elger Esser’s 'Saeculum Aureum' on show at Sonnabend Gallery New York. Preview on GoSee

Virginia Woolf and Truman Capote are just two of the many artists that felt drawn to this magical place. Giardino di Ninfa in the South of Rome is home to mystical scenes of water and overgrown wilderness, the stuff of fairy tale dreams. Elger Esser has titled the exhibition of his latest work ‘Saeculum Aureum’, the golden age, and presents his visions of the enchanted garden at New York’s Sonnabend Gallery. It may sound kitschy but the pictures really convey more than that.

The large format photographs are like paintings – they suck the viewer into an ancient world where nymphs and forest gods lurk between old walls, overgrown stone bridges and estuaries. Landscaped in an English garden style, the garden covers the ruins of a city of the middle ages with a mysterious and moving history.

German photographer Elger Esser grew up in Rome and is acclaimed for his landscape photography, which resembles long forgotten postcards. Dreamy, faded, still, always full of longing. Catch the show by 26 April.

Elger Esser Saeculum Aureum
Until 26 April 2014
Sonnabend Gallery
536 West 22nd Street, New York

14.04.2014 // show complete news


ART COLOGNE - first ‘Hello GoSee!’ messages from SPRÜTH MARGERS Berlin, EIGEN & ART LAB and our neighbour MARION SCHARMANN as well as the pictures from the art event from Cologne, Germany

More than 200 galleries from 25 countries present masterpieces of Classical Modernity and post-war art, as well as great names and promising new positions in contemporary art. The world's oldest fair of its kind offers collectors and art enthusiasts a first-class overview of current trends in art and on the art market. In addition to the established GALLERIES and NEW CONTEMPORARIES sectors, the new COLLABORATIONS sector also celebrates its premiere. And what could be better than seeing it first, with all the other ‘very important people’? That’s exactly where GoSee belongs! Here, art meets money – very, very old money.

ART COLOGNE visitors can expect to see large-scale work by Joel Shapiro, Ai Weiwei and Jeppe Hein. Specifically outside of the entrance hall, three monumental bronze sculptures of the American artist Joel Shapiro as visitors arrive. The 48th ART COLOGNE takes place from 10th – 13th April. We present a GoSee selection: SPRÜTH MARGERS Berlin, EIGEN & ART LAB and our neighbour MARION SCHARMANN (who presents photography work by Kathrin Ahlt and work by Jana Müller) with their ‘Hello GoSee’s.

The exhibitors are much more varied this year and the organisers even added a film video art section. From 9 April 2014, 12 noon the FILM COLOGNE programme goes live and art channel ...

09.04.2014 // show complete news


Maybe This Is A Dream – Swedish artist duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg present surreal dreams and the dark side of the psyche in colourful plasticine at Kölnischen Kunstverein

The animation films by artist duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg (*1978, Sweden) fascinate and polarise. There work was met with international acclaim in 2009, winning a Lion at the Venice Biennale. As part of the ART COLOGNE they are presenting a selection of amusing and thought-provoking animation films at Kölnischen Kunstverein, as well as new abstract work ‘The Black Pot’ and huge donut and ice-cream sculptures for the visitor to lull around in. We gave it a go.

The stop motion films feature figures made of colourful plasticine that evoke nostalgic childhood feelings from animation’s past. The artists explore the dark sides of the human psyche – perversions, sexual violence, fears, arrogance and vanity in ironic and shocking ways. They live out their sexual desires or are subjected to the most brutal of torture. The moving images are accompanied by sound carpets and electronic music, which Hans Berg composed especially for the works. GoSee presents a selection of (18+) scenes; more can be viewed on Kunstverein’s cinema screen.

Their latest work, The Black Pot, which is at centre of the Cologne exhibition, is by comparison entirely without any figures and draws more on abstract details. The animation film, based on a series of sketches shows the repetitive process of the creation, changing and capturing ...

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The Slow Fire - fantasies woven from flies, feathers and nylon. Fine Art Storytelling by Claire Morgan in her solo exhibition at Karsten Greve Galerie, Cologne

Claire Morgan (1980*) makes her fantastical installations from translucent and weightless materials such as dandelion seeds, fruit flies or shredded plastic sheeting that are then strung onto fine nylon thread. Her extremely fragmented, sometimes large-scale works are preoccupied with the transience of life and the basic knowledge of the artist working ‘against time’, her futile effort to halt the onset of decay that simultaneously arises with the artistic process of creation. To this end, she has killed all the animals individually and by hand. Stop! Of course, that’s just a joke, as most of you will know that she relies on ‘found material’.

But what we wanted to find out was - where do you find a cat? ‘You are right, that is indeed a personal story. It came from my circle of friends and suddenly died from a heart attack, while she was on a lap, being stroked.’ Well now the cat lives on as part of the artist’s work!

Claire's fragile constructions are usually structured as spheres or cages that often surround the animals as though in a fairy tale sleep. In her precisely balanced, ethereal installations and scenes Morgan surrounds the taxidermy animals with mathematically exact polygons and spheres as well as implicitly architectonic, symmetrical objects. The prices of her art objects range from ...

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GoSee loves .... the abstract underwater worlds of Kim Keever as an exhibition including a catalogue by Waterhouse & Dodd Above, New York as well as commercial use for Jung von Matt, Hamburg

The creative forces from Jung von Matt, once again demonstrate the fact that art and commerce can be close friends and can draw out the best in each other. The creatives commissioned underwater artist Kim KEEVER for the campaign of their client PHOTO DOSE, who sells photo equipment. With the slogan ‘Perfect pictures. Above and under water’, the shop advertises its underwater cameras. The results are beautiful landscapes. It’s only on closer inspection that you realise these are actually underwater worlds.

Kim Keever has a solo exhibition at Waterhouse & Dodd, New York, from 2 April until 6 May, as part of his new collective ‘ABSTRACTS’. The artist on his work: ‘I’ve always lived near the water, whether it was the eastern shore of Virginia, Chicago or New York City. There’s a peaceful attraction to the flat rippling surface and the mysteries below. Maybe it’s a stretch but once I started taking photographs of constructed landscapes submerged in water in a 200-gallon aquarium, I realized I had found my signature work as an artist and have continued making and photographing underwater landscapes.

A couple of years ago I introduced plaster figures, stick birds with feathers, and reclining dogs made of plaster-covered branches into the water which would slowly erode away. Recently I have taken ...

08.04.2014 // show complete news