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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Congratulations Chris Fraser, Awagami Artist in Residence 2016

Artist Chris Fraser with recent work; photos courtesy Fraser and Gallery Wendi Norris.

Congratulations to our friend and Magnolia Street neighbor Chris Fraser, who is currently in Tokushima, Japan for the 2016 Artist in Residency program at Awagami Paper Factory.

Fraser is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris. You may recall Awagami as the family-run handmade paper mill responsible for the giant (55.5 x 44 in!) sheets of handmade paper used in Chuck Close's 2014 watercolor edition Phil. Magnolia is pleased to continue its relationship with this historic yet innovative company, and to see them partner with the talented Fraser to create exciting new works involving handmade paper.

Congratulations, Chris!

Chris Fraser studio website

Awagami Paper Factory website

Saturday, July 9, 2016

"Postcolonial Contemporary" closes Sunday 7/10

Enrique Chagoya - Untitled (After Edward Curtis), 2016
Etching with acrylic; 17 x 23.75 inches (paper size 22 x 29.75 inches). Edition of 12

Bay Area friends -- be sure to see "Postcolonial Contemporary" at San Francisco's Incline Gallery this weekend. The show will come down on Monday, July 11.

Curated by John Zarobell, "Postcolonial Contemporary" features thought-provoking work by artists including Lewis deSoto and Enrique Chagoya, whose Untitled (After Edward Curtis) (2016) was published by Magnolia Editions.

Genevieve Quick of Temporary Art Review writes:

In Enrique Chagoya’s
Untitled (After Edward Curtis) (2016), the artist inserts a billboard featuring an Apple iPad Mini and the all-seeing eye of the American dollar in the expansive and unspoiled Western landscape of Edward Curtis’s An Oasis in the Badlands (1905). The West and the American West, specifically the Bay Area, are places where money and corporate interests saturate the visual and physical landscape. Famously, Curtis attempted to capture an “authentic” picture of the “vanishing” Native American Indians, which was a somewhat problematically conceived and executed enterprise. Chagoya also includes a small, shadowy figure leaping across a small pool of water, a reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind the Gare St. Lazare (1932). Cartier-Bresson’s image embodies what the photographer termed the “decisive moment,” the creative point when a photographer acts upon the world to frieze a moment, rendering it magical. In juxtaposing Curtis and Cartier-Bresson, Chagoya presents two photographic paradigms: one where the photographer is in search of a specific picture and the other that waits for the world to unfold and operates on the serendipity of life. Chagoya almost poses the question about how we intervene on a world where corporate interests threaten the stability of place for those less powerful, when is the “decisive moment”?

Read the whole review here, and check out Incline Gallery's website for visiting information: the gallery is open 1-6 pm this weekend.

More art by Lewis deSoto from Magnolia Editions

More art by Enrique Chagoya from Magnolia Editions

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kiki Smith, Magnolia Editions at Peters Projects this weekend

Kiki Smith - Congregation, 2014
Jacquard tapestry with hand painting and gold leaf, 116 x 76 in. Edition of 10

"Kiki Smith: Woven Tales" opens this Friday, May 13th at Peters Projects in Santa Fe, NM. This spectacular exhibition features all of Smith's tapestries to date (nearly a dozen), hanging together in one room!

There will be an artist talk with Kiki Smith and Donald & Era Farnsworth at Peters Projects on Saturday, May 14th at 11 am.

Kiki Smith - Visitor, 2015
Jacquard tapestry, 116 x 76 in. Edition of 10

Also opening Friday at Peters Projects is a traveling adaptation of the "Magnolia Editions: Innovation and Collaboration" exhibition first presented at the Sonoma County Museum of Art earlier this year.

"Magnolia Editions: Innovation and Collaboration" is curated by Randy Rosenberg and includes work from the last three decades by artists such as Robert Arneson, David Best, Enrique Chagoya, Chuck Close, Bruce Conner, Lewis deSoto, Donald & Era Farnsworth, Guillermo Galindo, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Deborah Oropallo, Mel Ramos, The St. Petersburg Travelers, and Richard Wagener.

Bruce Conner - ANGEL WALL, CANYON DE CHELLEY, 2003/1976
Archival pigmented inkjet on Rives BFK white, 17.75 x 23.5 in. Edition of 10

Peters Projects is located at 1011 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM. If you can't make it to the opening, check out the shows on the Peters Projects website!

More work by Kiki Smith from Magnolia Editions

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Recent shows & events: Pace in Palo Alto, Close at Magnolia, Kala Auction 2016, and more

Donald Farnsworth shows Chuck Close new experiments with recreating quattrocento-era paper at Magnolia Editions.

Congratulations to Pace Gallery on the opening of their new location in Palo Alto, California.

Magnolia Editions staff were on hand at the opening of the inaugural exhibition last month, which featured work by James Turrell alongside a selection of Pace artists including Chuck Close; both Turrell and Close also attended the opening, with Close visiting Magnolia later in the week to review proofs of new works on paper (more photos here).

James Turrell, Chuck Close, and Era Farnsworth at Pace Gallery's new location in Palo Alto.

Chuck Close, Donald Farnsworth, Era Farnsworth, Nicholas Price, and Tallulah Terryll at Magnolia Editions.

Donald Farnsworth, Nicholas Price, and Chuck Close at Magnolia Editions.

Congratulations to Enrique Chagoya on a wonderful show at Anglim-Gilbert’s new gallery location on Minnesota St in San Francisco:

Prints by Enrique Chagoya (created at & published by Magnolia Editions) at Anglim-Gilbert.

Era Farnsworth at Anglim-Gilbert with Gallery Manager Shannon Trimble.

Congratulations also to Nora Pauwels and John DeMerritt, as well as to Rene Bott and Pam Paulson, for being honored recently at Kala Institute's 2016 Auction & Gala:

Nora Pauwels and John DeMerritt are honored as Artists of the Year by Kala Institute Executive Director Archana Horsting.

Nora Pauwels and John DeMerritt are honored as Artists of the Year by Kala Institute Executive Director Archana Horsting.

Audience of artists and art lovers at the Kala Institute 2016 Auction.

Pam Paulson and Renee Bott of Paulson Bott Press are honored for their contributions to the community by Kala Institute Executive Director Archana Horsting.

Check out many more photos of Chuck Close with new works in progress at Magnolia by viewing the full photo album at Magnolia's Facebook page!