Gemini Artists Exhibiting in Europe

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you find yourself at Art Basel or if your summer plans include travel to Europe, below are a few gallery and museum exhibitions featuring Gemini artists to consider:

GERMANY
Bruce Nauman: Für Kinder / Beschriebene Kombinationen
Konrad Fischer Galerie – Berlin, Germany

9 June – 30 July 2011

ITALY
Julie Mehretu: In Praise of Doubt
Di Palazzo Grassi – Punta Della Dogana, Venice

9 April 2011 – 31 December 2012

Larry Bell, Vija Celmins, Ed Kienholz, Kenneth Price, Ed Ruscha, and James Turrell
Venice in Venice, Glow & Reflection – Venice California Art from 1960

4 June – 31 July 2011

SWITZERLAND
John Baldessari, Daniel Buren, Dan Flavin, and Robert Rauschenberg
Art Unlimited, Art Basel

Richard Serra: Constantin Brancusi & Richard Serra
Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland
22 May – 21 August 2011

John Baldessari: Your Name in Lights
Stedelijk Museum and Holland Festival, Amsterdam

1 – 26 June 2011

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Rauschenberg’s Stoned Moon Series in Chicago

May 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Collector Stephen Dull with 3 prints from his complete "Stoned Moon" series

May 5, 2011

Sidney and I have flown to Chicago for one quick evening to attend the opening of Robert Rauschenberg Stoned Moon Series at the Joel Oppenheimer gallery. For the first time since its publication by Gemini in 1969, and for only three short days this weekend, the Stoned Moon Series – comprised of thirty-three extraordinary lithographs – is being presented in its entirety.

The Stoned Moon Series is arguably one of Rauschenberg’s largest and most beautiful bodies of work. In July 1969, Rauschenberg was invited to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to observe the launching of the Apollo 11 spacecraft which eventually landed on the moon. From NASA, Rauschenberg requested and received photographs which became the foundation of the imagery in the series. Collaborating with the Gemini workshop in a marathon 2-month period, Rauschenberg added considerable rubbings and tusche-painted additions to the photoplates.

The exhibition has been made possible by Stephen Dull, an executive with the VF Corporation who has passionately assembled an in-depth collection of the very best American prints. Stephen approached Joel Oppenheimer, a Chicagoland gallerist best known for his authorative knowledge of Audubon prints, to conserve and frame the series. The result of their collaboration has resulted in a magical and memorable exhibition, one that allowed Sidney and I to fully comprehend the remarkable breadth and complexity of this series. Rick Axsom, Curator of Collections at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Rauschenberg authority, spoke briefly to the nearly 100 guests in attendance at the reception this evening, and we very much felt Bob’s presence in the room. After Rick’s remarks, we raised a glass of Bob’s favorite beverage, Jack Daniels, and toasted the man and this remarkable body of work.

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