Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Donald & Era Farnsworth at Peters Projects opens Sept. 8


Donald & Era Farnsworth - Deer Deity, 2017
cotton Jacquard tapestry, 88 1/2 x 49 inches

Please join us at Peters Projects in Santa Fe, NM for the opening of "I Forget I'm Human," an exhibition of new work by Donald and Era Farnsworth on view from September 8 through November 4, 2017. An opening reception with the artists will be held Friday, September 8th from 5-7 pm.

Donald & Era Farnsworth - Demigod: Combating Extinction, 2017
mixed media on linen canvas, 63 x 40 inches

In "I Forget I’m Human," the Farnsworths address the relationship between humanity and the environment, investigating how myth and science have shaped human values from ancient times to the present day. Nearly all of the compositions in "I Forget I’m Human" include multiple layers of both hand-painted and digitally generated elements, creating a palimpsest-like effect that echoes the layers, patinas, and weathered wabi-sabi of works that have survived from ancient times while also incorporating contemporary digital processes. A selection of the works included in the show can be viewed online at Peters Projects' website.

Donald & Era Farnsworth - Bulwark, 2017
mixed media on linen canvas, 70 x 46 inches

The exhibition includes tapestries which use a medium older than oil on canvas – weaving, albeit updated by 19th-century Jacquard and 21st-century digital color matching technologies. Meanwhile, the Farnsworths' Art Notes series ‘recycles’ and re-imagines one dollar bill notes, re-envisioning the “Almighty Dollar” as a site wherein to celebrate heroes of creativity and conservation and to light-heartedly castigate polluters and oligarchs. A series of works depicting therianthropic (animal-human hybrid) deities harkens back to those appearing in the earliest surviving human artworks while also incorporating elements from Buddhist, Hindu, Judeo-Christian, Islamic and Jungian iconographies.

Donald & Era Farnsworth - Aulos Echo, 2017
mixed media, 42 x 31 inches

From ancient gods with the heads of animals to living, breathing endangered species; from the capitalistic fever for accumulated wealth to precious natural resources like clean air and water, what we value is evident in the symbolic and visual output of our species: our myths and sacred images. In "I Forget I’m Human," the Farnsworths trace this output, offering a glimpse of the hubris of humanity matched with an optimistic appeal for spiritual and ecological balance.

Donald & Era Farnsworth - In the Moonlight (I Forget I'm Human), 2017
cotton Jacquard tapestry with acrylic paint, 96 1/2 x 64 1/2 inches

For inquiries, please contact Eileen Braziel, Director of Peters Projects at eileen@petersprojects.com or (505)954-5801.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kiki Smith at Thomas Cole House, Catskill, NY

click to enlarge invitation

"Kiki Smith: From the Creek" opens this Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Thomas Cole House, a National Historic Landmark that includes the home and the studio of painter Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of American painting.

In "From the Creek," Smith worked with curator Kate Menconeri to site over 25 artworks inside and outside of the 200-year-old home, including recent prints, life-sized bronze sculptures, and Jacquard tapestries published by Magnolia Editions.

A reception and preview with the artist will be held August 12 from 5 to 7 pm; please RSVP by August 8 to info@thomascole.org.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chuck Close tapestries at St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College


Time-lapse video showing installation of Chuck Close tapestries at St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College

From June 30th through September 30, 2017, visitors to the ornately designed St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw College in County Durham, England will be able to experience tapestries by Chuck Close in the very first exhibition of contemporary art at St. Cuthbert's.

Chuck Close tapestry installed at St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College; photo by Mark Pinder

Published by Magnolia Editions, the selection of ten-foot-tall, black-and-white Close portraits depicts figures including Barack Obama, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman, Ellen Gallagher, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Close himself.

Chuck Close tapestries installed at St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College; photo by Mark Pinder

The dramatic contrast of the black-and-white tapestries with the colorful, high Gothic architecture of the chapel makes for a uniquely powerful installation.

Chuck Close tapestry installed at St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College; photo by Mark Pinder

For more photos, please visit Magnolia Editions's Exhibitions section; for visiting information, please see the Ushaw website.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Exhibitions: Aziz + Cucher, Kiki Smith, Don & Era Farnsworth

Donald and Era Farnsworth - Shadow (Cinderella), 2017
pigmented inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper, 58 x 40 inches

Curator Randy Rosenberg's Art Works for Change will present "The True Stories Project" from May 1 through May 31, 2017 at the Patan Museum, a Unesco World Heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal.

"The True Stories Project" began as a series of interactive workshops over a six-month period, as Art Works for Change, in collaboration with the Kathmandu-based Siddhartha Gallery, used the arts and storytelling activities to help empower victims of sex trafficking and those at risk for exploitation in Oakland, CA and Nepal.

The project has since grown into an exhibition that combines artwork produced in the project with artworks created by invited artists whose work resonates with the show's themes of exploitation and empowerment.

Participating artists include Donald & Era Farnsworth, Hung Liu, Lin Tianmiao, Parastou Forouhar, Thomas L. Kelly, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Grassroots Girls Book Club, Hit Man Gurung, Stacy Leigh, AWARE/OWARE Game for Female Empowerment, Natalie Naccache, Sheelasha Raibhandari, The Ugly Truth Campaign, Gabriela Morawetz, Girls Inc, Siddhartha Gallery, and others.

Aziz + Cucher with curator Mizuki Takahashi at MILL6 in Hong Kong

In other international news, Brooklyn-based artist duo Aziz + Cucher recently exhibited four tapestries created with Magnolia Editions in a show titled Line of Times at the MILL6 Foundation's Pop-Up Space at the Annex in Hong Kong, alongside works by Yin-Ju Chen and Morgan Wong.

Curator Mizuki Takahashi with work by Aziz + Cucher at MILL6 in Hong Kong

The works in Line of Times explore various perspectives on the concept of time in both the metaphysical and physical sense. MILL6 Senior Curator Mizuki Takahashi writes: "the multi-disciplinary artworks exhibited resonate with the fluidity of interpreting the subject, a universal yet subjective experience, with immeasurable impact on human existence, shared knowledge and evolutional civilization."

Aziz + Cucher tapestries at MILL6 in Hong Kong

For this exhibition – the artists' first in Hong Kong – Aziz + Cucher produced four large-scale Jacquard tapestries with Magnolia Editions, three of which were commissioned and will become part of MILL6's permanent collection.

Aziz + Cucher tapestries at MILL6 in Hong Kong

Aziz + Cucher tapestry at MILL6 in Hong Kong

Finally, Kiki Smith tapestries published by Magnolia Editions are currently on view at Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO from March 16th through May 6, 2017.

Tapestries by Kiki Smith at Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO

"Kiki Smith: Selections from the Jacquard Tapestry Series" includes four tapestry editions by Smith, installed so that they can be seen from the street and at night.

Tapestries by Kiki Smith at Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO

Tapestries by Kiki Smith at Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO

Tapestry by Kiki Smith at Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO

More art by Donald & Era Farnsworth from Magnolia Editions

More art by Aziz + Cucher from Magnolia Editions

More art by Kiki Smith from Magnolia Editions

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ceramic tile works by Chuck Close in Second Ave subway

Work by Chuck Close created at Magnolia Editions, installed at the 86th St station. Photo by George Etheredge for The New York Times

The first phase of New York City's Second Avenue Subway opened on January 1st, 2017 in an event billed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the "largest public art installation in NY history." Artworks by Chuck Close, Vik Muniz, Jean Shin and Sarah Sze were permanently installed at four stations (including three new stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets).

Chuck Close - Subway Portraits (2017). Ceramic tile portrait of Lou Reed created at Magnolia Editions. Photo by Allison Meier for Hyperallergic

At the Second Ave-86th Street station, Chuck Close created twelve large-scale works depicting subjects including Philip Glass, Zhang Huan, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Cecily Brown, Cindy Sherman, and Lou Reed, as well as two self-portraits.

Tallulah Terryll with ceramic tile portrait by Chuck Close at Magnolia Editions

Close's ceramic tile portraits of Philip Glass and Lou Reed were created at Magnolia Editions; the technique used was gradually developed and perfected at the studio over the last several years.

To read more about the process, please check out this press release at Magnolia's website (click thumbnail below):


For more installation photos, please check out this review at Hyperallergic; for full highlights of the Second Avenue line opening, please see the New York Times' coverage.

Congratulations to Close, the MTA, Mosaika and all those involved in this project!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kiki Smith at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome through Nov. 26

Installation view of tapestries Fortune (2014) and Guide (2013), published by Magnolia Editions, with other works by Kiki Smith;
courtesy Galleria Lorcan O'Neill

A special exhibition by Kiki Smith and Betty Woodman is on view at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill in Rome through November 26, 2016.

Betty Woodman and Kiki Smith; courtesy Galleria Lorcan O'Neill

Friends for decades and showing together for the first time, Smith and Woodman's double solo show includes tapestry, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and drawing.

Installation view of work by Kiki Smith; courtesy Galleria Lorcan O'Neill

Galleria Lorcan O’Neill is located at Vicolo Dei Catinari, 3, 00186 Roma, Italy; for more information please visit the Galleria Lorcan O'Neill website.

More art by Kiki Smith from Magnolia Editions

Friday, August 12, 2016

News, Reviews, and Exhibitions

Kiki Smith - Guide, 2013
Jacquard tapestry, 116 x 75 in. Edition of 10

We were pleased to see that Artforum magazine chose "Kiki Smith: Woven Tales” at Peters Projects in Santa Fe, NM as a Critic’s Pick. “Woven Tales” was the first exhibition collecting all of Kiki Smith’s tapestries to date with Magnolia Editions. Please visit Artforum to read the review.

Bruce Conner - DOUBLE ANGEL, 2004/1991
Jacquard tapestry, State 1: 105 x 115 in. Edition of 6

Meanwhile, following the recent exhibition of tapestries by Bruce Conner at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, work by Conner published by Magnolia Editions appears in "BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

"IT’S ALL TRUE" is the artist’s first monographic museum exhibition in New York, the first large survey of his work in 16 years, and the first complete retrospective of his 50-year career. It brings together over 250 objects, from film and video to painting, assemblage, drawing, prints, photography, photograms, and performance, and runs through October 2, 2016; the show will then travel to San Francisco's MOMA in late October.

Bruce Conner at Magnolia Editions in the early 2000s.

The prolific Colombian artist Santiago Montoya also has work created at Magnolia featured in several exhibitions, including his third solo show at London's Halcyon Gallery and an upcoming show in Oaxaca, Mexico in October; please stay tuned for more details.

Heather Peters and Santiago Montoya in the Magnolia Editions paper mill.

New work in progress by Santiago Montoya.

More art by Santiago Montoya from Halcyon Gallery
More art by Kiki Smith from Magnolia Editions
More art by Bruce Conner from Magnolia Editions