Tacita Dean, the British artist born in Canterbury, Kent in 1965, now based in Berlin was the latest artist to create a commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as part of the Unilever Series. “Film” opened Monday evening. A flickering 11-minute silent color film is projected on to a vertical screen 13 meters high. This piece is intended to mourn and to celebrate celluloid at a time when 16mm film is no longer even printed in the UK.
It was possible to view Gerhard Richter’s retrospective “Panorama” the same evening, which had opened a few days earlier. Richter is known for his diversity in his approaches to painting. The title evokes the intention to look around at the range of Richter’s practice, discovering contradictions and connections, continuities and breaks. The exhibition includes glass constructions, mirrors, drawings and photographs. He is inspired by Titian, Vermeer, Caspar David Friedrich and Duchamp. He was born in Dresden in 1932 and since 1983 lives and works in Cologne.
Tuesday morning, October 12th was the press preview for Jacob Kassay at the ICA. It was a pleasure to have the curator, Matt Williams, give me the tour. Kassay is a very young artist born in Buffalo in 1984. He lives and works in NY and LA. This is his first solo European exhibition. His canvases are simultaneously painting, sculpture and interactive installation. The silver-plated paintings on the lower gallery create expansive surfaces that come alive with the presence of the viewers. The installation is brilliant as it captures the changing light throughout the day. The wooden structure releases the canvases from their status as single units, combining them into a larger composite installation that functions as both architectural support and environment. In the upper galleries, a series of white shaped monochrome canvases appear in conversation with each other and the surrounding architecture. A stunning installation!
Tuesday evening marked the spectacular opening of White Cube Bermondsey in South London, Jay Joplin’s third space. It boasts 58,000 square feet of interior space, designed by Casper Mueller Kneer Architects based in London and Berlin. A refurbished warehouse from the 1970’s, the building includes three primary exhibition spaces, substantial warehousing, private viewing rooms, an auditorium and a bookshop. In the South Galleries, which will feature White Cube’s expanding program of significant exhibitions, works could be viewed by various artists including Andreas Gursky, Wade Guyton, Eberhard Havekost, Damien Hirst, Jacob Kassay, Sterling Ruby Erin Shirreff and Jeff Wall in an exhibition entitled “Structure & Absences”, a fresh look at contemporary abstraction.
The night being young, the next opening was Josephine Meckseper’s exhibition at Timothy Taylor’s gallery. Josephine was born in Germany in 1964 and lives and works in NY. She is a photo, video and installation artist who offers a striking, multi-layered account of the extent to which consumerism pervades our lives. Meckseper states, “The basic foundation of my work is a critique of capitalism.” Her politically engaged works highlight ongoing problems of corporate corruption, status anxiety, social privilege and representations of women. “There is no separation between materialism and political ideology: we are what we buy.” Josephine will be included in the Saatchi Gallery’s new exhibition entitled “New Art From Germany”, November 18, 2011-April 30, 2012.