28 April, 2009

Bridget Riley - Melbourne

see exhibition here


Anne Landa Award 2009

Double Take
Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts 2009
7 May - 19 July 2009

This exhibition includes video, interactive robotics and digital photography.

The Anne Landa Award is the first biennial exhibition in Australia for moving image and new media work with an acquisitive award of 25,000 USD. The award was established in honour of Anne Landa, a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW who died in 2002. The acquisitive part of the award applies to Australian resident artists only.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available with essays by Catherine Fowler, Hou Hanru, Geraldine Barlow, Glenn Phillips, Andrew Clifford and Anne-Marie Duguet

See artist interview videos:

Head On - ACP Sydney

Head On Opening
30 April, 6-8pm,

Friday 1 May to Saturday 6 June 2009
Tue - Fri: 12.00 - 7.00pm, Sat & Sun 10.00am - 6.00pm
Gallery 3 & 4
Head On is the nation's leading exhibition showcasing the best Australian portrait photography. Now in its sixth year, the show includes the work of 40 finalists, competing for prizes worth approximately $37000.
This year's competition judges are Magnum photographer Trent Parke, multi award winning photographer Narelle Autio, Good Weekend magazine picture editor Judith Love, and Head On Curator Moshe Rosenzveig. Winners will be announced at the exhibition opening at the Australian Centre for Photography.
The show's main selection criteria are the quality and impact of the image, rather than the celebrity of the photographer or subject. As a result Head On is regarded by many as the most critically important photographic portrait prize in the country.
For more information see www.headon.com.au

Images - previous years

27 April, 2009

Shirin Neshat - Greece

The monumental film opus Women without Men by Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat is on show for the first time in the Greek capital until the end of May, giving the Greek public the opportunity to see what international critics have heralded as a masterpiece of video art. The display of the 5 videos-sound installations created between 2004-2008 can be seen in the National Museum of Contemporary Art’s temporary premises at the building of the Athens Conservatory in Rigilis Street.

full article

artist interview

artist interview

Greek journalist interviews Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat in English about her WOMEN WITHOUT MEN exhibition currently housed at the Greek national museum of contemporary art in Athens, Greece.






The exhibition at the Stedlijk Museum that I saw in Amsterdam.

On Wiki


on youtube

google image search

Iranian Contemporary Art

An excellent documentary including interviews with Shirin Neshat.

made in 2005

Francis Bacon


Documentaries and interviews with Francis Bacon

23 April, 2009

What is art?


Art Babble - museum TV

ArtBabble was conceived, initiated, designed, built, sculpted, programmed, shot, edited, painted and launched by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). It is intended to showcase video art content in high quality format from a variety of sources and perspectives.

ArtBabble was created so others will join in spreading the world of art through video.



see also, the art playlists on Blakkbyrd Youtube


or search the "video" labels in the sidebar

22 April, 2009

Jim Coverley

Artist's website


JIM COVERLEY graduated in 2001 from the Royal Academy Schools of Arts in London with a PGDip Fine Art (Sculpture), Distinction. In 2003 he was awarded the Sharjah International Biennial Prize. He had his first solo show in Paris in January 2008 at Schirman & de Beaucé Gallery, and in 2007 was in group shows at the Ashwin Street Gallery, London, and at the Royal Academy (with Kiki Smith).

at saatchi online artists

artist's statement


University exhibition

Jim Coverley close to the skin
British artist Jim Coverley, not yet forty years old, produced troubling flowers. They ressemble orchides, full of scrolled petals, speckled with dark colors. If one looks closer, we notice it is simply old pieces of cloth, folded in a geometric manner and held by tie pins or thick nails. This original origami, that is also reminiscent of the symetric figures of the kaleidoscopes, is always made based on textiles that have been in contact with the skin – sheets, pillow cases, dresses. They have all been used or worn and this lived, sometimes stained, aspect makes these compositions so much more disquieting.

Jim Coverley is exhibited at the Shirman de Beaucé gallery (7 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris) until 30 May 2009.
Know more

21 April, 2009

Duchamp - Portraits

Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture
March 27 through August 2, 2009
National Portrait Gallery

This groundbreaking exhibition casts new light upon Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), one of the most influential artists of the recent past. This show demonstrates that Duchamp harnessed the power of portraiture and self-portraiture both to secure his reputation as an iconoclast and to establish himself as a major figure in the artworld. In the process, he played a key role in the reinvention of portraiture, exerting a transformative influence from the early 20th century to the present.

The exhibition showcases approximately 100 never-before-assembled portraits and self-portraits of Duchamp ranging from 1912 to the present, including works by his contemporaries Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Francis Picabia and Florine Stettheimer as well as portraits by a more recent generation of artists, such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Sturtevant, Yasumasa Morimura, David Hammons, Beatrice Wood and Douglas Gordon.


the portraits

Centre for Contemporary Photography - melbourne

The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) is one of Australia’s premier venues for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts

CCP is currently calling for proposals for the 2010 exhibition program from national and international artists and curators. The Exhibition Proposal Guidelines are available at the CCP website. The deadline for proposals for exhibition at CCP in 2010 is 1 May 2009.

CCP is also delighted to announce a new exhibition opportunity: artists are invited to explore the CCP Shop Space. CCP welcomes innovative submissions for this unorthodox exhibition space—artists may make use of the shelves, plinths and/or LCD screen, there is no hanging space on the walls.

Exhibitors in all the exhibition spaces receive an art loan fee at the conclusion of their exhibition. Art loan fees are as follows: Gallery One $700, Gallery Two $700, Gallery Three $1,400, Gallery Four $700, CCP Shop Space $300 and Night Projection Window $500.

CCP will provide a $3,000 exhibition fee, as well as applicable gallery art loan fees, to one proposed curated exhibition selected by the Exhibition Advisory Committee.

Please read the Exhibition Proposal Guidelines on the CCP website for more information.

Figuring landscapes - COFA

2 April 2009 – 25 April 2009

Ivan Dougherty Gallery - COFA
Selwyn Street


Figuring Landscapes is a remarkable collection of moving image works that has grown from the background of the political and cultural history that links the UK and Australia. Presented internationally as a series of screening programmes, the works in Figuring Landscapes address questions of ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender, the touristic gaze, and uniquely in Australia, the social, political and cultural status of Indigenous people in a post-colonial society.

Vernon Ah Kee, Steven Ball, George Barber, Anna Cady, Peter Callas, Nick Collins, John Conomos, Roz Cran, Daniel Crooks, Sergio Cruz, Sofia Dahlgren, Dalziel + Scullion, Destiny Deacon, Sarah Dobai, Ann Donnelly, Jeff Doring, Catherine Elwes, Merilyn Fairskye, Allan Giddy, John Gillies, Shaun Gladwell, Dryden Goodwin, Tony Hill, Hollington & Kyprianou, Tammy Honey, Hobart Hughes, John Hughes & Peter Kennedy, Matt Hulse, Esther Johnson, Lyndal Jones, Andrew Kötting, Sandra Landolt, Mike Latto, Brendan Lee, Eugenia Lim, David Mackenzie, Mike Marshall, Jo Millett, Scott Morrison, Matthew Murdoch, Susan Norrie & David Mackenzie, David Perry, Patricia Piccinini, Bronwyn Platten, William Raban, Dominic Redfern, Emily Richardson, Ben Rivers, Semiconductor, Dan Shipsides, Genevieve Staines, Margaret Tait, David Theobald, Warwick Thornton & Darren Dale, Hugh Watt

Click on artist's name for programme details and notes by Catherine Elwes

Figuring Landscapes premiered at ArtSway in the New Forest from 25 - 30 November 2008, the tour launched at Tate Modern, London, 6 - 8 February 2009.

Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney 2 - 25 April;

Figuring Landscapes Website

Selection of extracts from the catalogue essays.

16 April, 2009

Marlene Dumas - Moma


For more information please visit:

Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave
December 14, 2008-February 16, 2009
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

This exhibition of the work of the acclaimed painter Marlene Dumas, the first of its scale to be mounted in the United States, is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in association with The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition includes approximately seventy paintings and thirty-five drawings, providing a comprehensive examination of the work of one of the most thought-provoking and fascinating artists working today. The exhibition opens with Dumas's earliest mature works from the late 1970s. While loosely chronological, it will also reflect Dumas's tendency to work in series, with key paintings grouped together. Through her focus on the human figure, Dumas merges themes of race, sexuality, and social identity with personal experience and art-historical antecedents to create a unique perspective on important and controversial issues of the day. The exhibition provides an opportunity to trace these themes over the course of the artist's career, and also provides access to paintings and drawings of extraordinary technical quality. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.


James Kalm trips to Midtown’s Museum of Modern Art to witness the North American debut of Marlene Dumas “Measuring Your Own Grave”. Dumas (1953) have received increasing attention for her heartfelt and sensitive renditions of “the pageantry of the human condition”. In 2005, one of her paintings was auctioned at Christie’s London for $3.34 million, establishing her as the highest priced living female artist. Between the prices, and Dumas racially charged erotic and off kilter depictions, she has become a favorite target of comments within the cultural media. Featuring an interview with Marlene Dumas, and comments by Steve Kaplan



Marlene Dumas mounting the show 'For whom the Bell Tolls' at Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp.

More videos (in dutch )

Marlene Dumas - Part 1 (Marilyn)
Marlene Dumas about the texture of the paintings constituting the show 'For whom the Bell Tolls' at Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp. Filmed by Hans Theys on August 31st 2008.

Marlene Dumas - Part 2 - Einder (Horizon)

Marlene Dumas - Part 3 - Waterproof Mascara

Marlene Dumas - Part 4 - Glass Tears

London Original Print Fair

The 24th London Original Print Fair takes place in 2009

The Fair was established in 1985 and is an annual fixture at the Royal Academy of Arts. It is the largest event of its kind in Europe [and provides an opportunity to see a vast array of prints by artists]. Over 50 international dealers take part in the Fair, all experts in their fields. The prints on display range from the earliest examples of printmaking, such as the fifteenth century engravings and woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer and his contemporaries, to the most recent work of contemporary printmakers, such as David Hockney and Damien Hirst.



22 - 26 April 2009

Print Quarterly


The material published by Print Quarterly - in the form of main articles, shorter notices, notes, catalogue and book reviews - ranges from the origins of printmaking to the present day, from catalogues of the æuvre of lesser-known printmakers to print collecting and print dealing through the centuries, from iconography to technique, from book illustration to decorative prints, from connoisseurship and the appreciation of prints as works of art to an assessment of their rôle in disseminating styles and ideas.

Louise Bourgeois: Film

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine
is a cinematic journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As a screen presence, Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw. There is no separation between her life as an artist and the memories and emotions that affect her every day. Her process is on full display in this extraordinary documentary. As an artist, Louise Bourgeois has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she has created her most powerful and persuasive work that has been exhibited, studied and lectured on worldwide. Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation. It is an intimate, human and educational engagement with an artist’s world.


watch trailer

Firstdraft - calls

Firstdraft Emerging Arts Writers Program

Firstdraft is pleased to announce the new Firstdraft Emerging Arts Writers Program. The Emerging Arts Writers Program has been developed by Firstdraft in collaboration with runway in order to provide support for emerging arts writers in Australia and generate structured opportunities for critical dialogue surrounding contemporary art practice. Firstdraft and runway aim to encourage excellence in arts writing practice and increase professional development opportunities for emerging arts writers through a process of mentorship and the provision of remunerated publishing opportunities.

We are now calling for applications for the 2nd half of 2009 Emerging Arts Writers Program.

The program includes a 3-month writing mentorship with an established arts writer. Firstdraft and runway will negotiate the mentorship with your nominated arts writer on your behalf.

The program also provides:

· Publication of a critical review, interview or short essay in runway

· Printed publication to accompany an exhibition of your choice in the second half of the 2009 Firstdraft exhibition program

· The opportunity to interview Firstdraft Studio artists to be published on the Firstdraft Studio blog and/or the annual Firstdraft Studio Publication

· Writers’ fee of $500

· Critical dialogue and discussion with Firstdraft artists and directors and runway board over a 3-month period

To download an application form, or for more information, visit: http://firstdraftgallery.com/050%20Information/004%20Forms/index.html

Applications close: 15 May 2009 at 6pm


An information day for second half of 2009 applicants will be held at Firstdraft Gallery on Saturday 25 April from 3pm. Come and get some info and tips on how to write a killer application for Firstdraft. Hear from Firstdraft Directors, as well as artists and curators who have recently completed the exhibition, curators and studio residents program. We will also be launching the Emerging Arts Writers Program.

Firstdraft is a non-profit gallery run on a voluntary basis by a group of practising artists and curators. It is one of the longest running and most successful artist-run spaces in Australia. Firstdraft asserts the importance of contemporary art production, dissemination and discussion in society, providing a stimulating exhibition space that is professional and accessible for a diverse range of artistic practices and projects.

The deadline for proposals to Firstdraft's Jun-Dec 2009 Program is Friday 15 May 2009.

Emerging Curators Program:
• A three-week exhibition in the whole gallery (including promotion and opening costs).
• Access to and assistance with Firstdraft's equipment and resources.
• Funding and assistance for the production of a small catalogue to accompany the
show and towards curatorial costs.
Download the application form here

• Exhibition proposals are invited from individuals and groups, artists and curators.
Download the application form here

Emerging Artist Studio Program:
• A studio space on the ground floor of Firstdraft for eleven weeks.
• A three-week exhibition at Firstdraft upon completion of the program.
Download the application form here

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Surry Hills NSW 2010
t: +61 (0)2 9698 3665



is an independent, not-for-profit publication managed by a group of Sydney-based artists, writers and curators. An integral component of runway is the themed artist pageworks section, which encourages artists to laterally conceptualise new projects within the published format. runway supports and presents practices that are experimental, conceptually driven and community based; and promotes and encourages critical dialogue within the local art community.




We are now calling for proposals and submissions for ISSUE 14 | FUTURES.
runway accepts submissions from contemporary visual artists, writers and curators. Emerging and early career practitioners are particularly encouraged to submit.

Submissions should address the theme of the issue, however lateral approaches to the theme are encouraged.


PLEASE NOTE: there are two deadlines for this issue. The first deadline is for writers proposing to submit feature articles, interviews, reviews and other critical texts. The second is the deadline for the approved proposals for writing, and for final submissions from artists. Artists, including those who intend to submit works that incorporate text should only submit final works at the second deadline and are not required to submit proposals.



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15 April, 2009

Holland Paper Biennial 2008

The Holland Paper Biennial 2008 consists of an exhibition of work by international paper artists in both museums and a publication entitled Pure Paper. As has become customary, a book and paper shop will be open for the duration of the exhibition in Museum Rijswijk and the traditional paper fair will take place on Sunday 14 September from 13.00 till 17.00. For more information, please be referred to the pressrelease.

full info & images

The work of 27 international paper artists will be on show at the 2008 Holland Paper Biennial. In Museum Rijswijk a wide selection of pieces by 22 artists will be presented in all the exhibition rooms, while the CODA Apeldoorn will be exhibiting the monumental work and installations of 21 artists:

14 April, 2009

Tracey Emin

www.edfestmag.com This is an extra treat. Curator Patrick Elliott talks Rosie Whitehead though one of Tracey Emins art works form her show entitled Tracy Emin 20 Year Retrospective, on show at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. Filmed at the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.



Although at times obscured by the artist's celebrity, the art of Tracey Emin is serious and focussed, challenging and at times startlingly beautiful. In this film, she speaks frankly about her career, the craft of her immensely varied work, and the immediate, personal themes with which she engages: autobiography, memory, desire, and identity.

Tracey Emin - Tent - Everyone I have ever slept with




http://www.vernissage.tv | Opening reception of the exhibition Tracey Emin. 20 Years at the Kunstmuseum Bern (Museum of Fine Arts) in Bern, Switzerland. With statements by Tracey Emin and curator Kathleen Bühler.

Tracey Emin is one of the most famous and controversial British contemporary artists. Tracey Emin (born in London in 1963) became known in the field of Young British Artists (YBA). She gained a degree of notoriety with her uncompromising personal works. In her home country Tracey Emin is a celebrity. Her works are being collected by famous personalities and she is a welcome guest on parties and an interviewee on TV. There are even Tracey Emin songs.
The current retrospective, 20 Years, at the Kunstmuseum Bern is the most comprehensive Tracey Emin exhibition to date. This first big retrospective, put together by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, is also Tracey Emins very first solo exhibition in Switzerland. The show charts her career from the late 1980s to the present day.
Highlights of the exhibition include My Bed, perhaps the artists most celebrated work (comprising her unmade bed, surrounded by the debris of her everyday life), which caused a scandal when it was shown on the occasion of the Turner Prize-exhibition in 1998. Other works in which she refers to her sexual past, her lack of schooling, her abortions as well as her affinity with alcohol are not less provocative. The exhibition shows the full range of Emins work in an exceptionally wide range of media: from her famous appliquéd blankets to video; from neons and installation to her intensely personal paintings and drawings.
This video provides a exhibition walk-through and an introduction by the curator of the exhibition, Kathleen Bühler.
Tracey Emin - 20 Years at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern, Switzerland. Opening reception, March 18, 2009. The exhibition runs until the 21st June 2009.


www.edfestmag.com The works of artist Tracey Emin discussed by Curator Patrick Elliott and Rosie Whitehead at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. Filmed at the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.



Charles Thomson (Stuckists co-founder) and artist Brad Lochore on BBC2 Newsnight discuss the 1999 Turner Prize, which featured Tracey Emin. Stuckist paintings are shown and art (a washing up bottle on a plinth) owned by Lochore. Jeremy Paxman presents. Includes the "is my shoe art?" incident.

Newsnight on BBC web site:


Louise Joséphine Bourgeois


Louise Bourgeois Louise Joséphine Bourgeois est une artiste plasticienne française[1] née à Paris le 25 décembre 1911.


James Kalm battles Manhattan's morning rush hour, peddling twelve miles, to pay homage to the Grand Dame of the New York Art World, Louise Bourgeois. This remarkable retrospective gathers the most extensive selection of Bourgeois works to date, and features her major sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings and graphics. Viewers will see the arc of stylistic development form the early Surrealist to the Biomorphic, assemblage and the installations with sexually charged images that makes Bourgeois an essential Feminist artist. Part I presents works from the early 1940's till the mid 1960's. This exhibition is organized in association with the Tate Modern, London, and Center Pompidou, Paris.




Famous British artists Tracey Emin, Stella Vine and Antony Gormley discuss the art works of Louise Bourgeois, interviewed by Alan Yentob for BBC in 2007


05 April, 2009

Visual Resistance

Visual Resistance is a collective of artists and activists based in New York City that uses art as a tool for social change.

In 2007, we merged with the radical art distro JustSeeds to form a national printmakers’ cooperative. JustSeeds.org features an online store featuring radical prints, books, zines, and posters. It also features a blog on radical culture which is the new online home of our old blog.


Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements. Our website is not just a place to shop, but also a destination to find out about current events in radical art and culture. Our blog covers political printmaking, socially engaged street art, and culture related to social movements. We believe in the power of personal expression in concert with collective action to transform society.


How to make street art

Intro: This zine was compiled by members of Visual Restistance, and it is by no means a complete or official “how-to” . . . most of this information is based on second-hand knowledge, so if you have suggestions for the zine or the website, send us your ideas, images, and criticisms. If you are looking for reasons why you should put up street art, they’re not here — they’re outside on the street!

Section 1: Wheatpasting

Section 2: Stickers

Section 3: Stencils

Section 4: Resources


04 April, 2009

Steal This Book

Vintage Vinyl Records in St. Louis is proud to offer Abbie Hoffman’s long out of print Yippie classic, Steal This Book, on its web site. Read it, download it, copy it, distribute it, burn it, whatever you want--at least you can now get it FOR FREE. Before Hoffman died, he gave a copy of his book to co-conspirator Dr. Bill Hartel and instructed him to do with it what he wanted; with the rise of the internet, the book has now found its logical home. In observance of the Democratic National Convention, and in memory of The Chicago Seven, Dr. Bill Hartel has decided that the time is now for Steal This Book’s authorized cyber-debut.

Steal This Book-Abbie's Magnum Opus
By Bill Hartel

"It's embarrassing you try to overthrow the government
and you wind up on the Best Seller's List."
-- Abbie Hoffman

Abbie Hoffman couldn't get a anyone to publish Steal This BookSteal This Book --thirty publishers turned it down. When the book was released, bookstores wouldn't carry it. Newspapers, TV and radio all refused to run advertisements. But despite these set backs, found its way on to the Best Seller list in 1971.



Starting a Printing Workshop

James Kalm

Piero Manzoni A Retrospective at GAGOSIAN GALLERY

James Kalm slips in five minutes before closing and goes on the LD (Low-Down) to bring viewers a brisk walk-through tour of this historic Manzoni Retrospective at Gagosian Gallery. Piero Manzoni is perhaps one of the most influential proto conceptualists. This exhibition places his groundbreaking work in a chronological context with other artists like Yves Klein, Alberto Burri and Willem de Kooning. Probably best know for his Artists Shit (Merda dartista) and Base of the World Manzoni died at age 30. Because of the tight security and a strict no-photo polocy at the gallery no commentary was possible. Audio was provided by an interview with Roy Basnett on 105.9 FM, The Voice of Liverpool broadcast March 16, 2009. For purposes on this interview, the persona of Loren Munk was adopted.



02 April, 2009

ReDot Gallery - Singapore

The ReDot gallery is proud to welcome the 1st Singaporean show for the exciting works of the Yulparija and Mangala artists of Bidyadanga.


Address: 11 Everton Road Singapore 089367
Phone: 6222 1039
Fax: 6222 1039
Email: info@redotgallery.com
Internet: www.redotgallery.com
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 12 to 7pm
Sunday/Monday/Public Holiday: Open by appointment

01 April, 2009

Deborah Redwood


Reflections video

Print Council - Sydney Meeting

The Print Council of Australia is holding its April committee meeting in Sydney.

Saturday 4th April 2pm
Board Room
Ground Floor, Building 3
National Art School
Cnr Forbes and Burton Streets

It's an open meeting, all welcome.