Thursday, November 29, 2007

SBG at Art Basel Miami Beach


The gallery is delighted to be heading for the sun to participate at Art Basel Miami Beach, opening next week. We will be at the new Supernova section of the fair, at the Miami Beach Convention Center (Ballroom A, Booth Q6) and will showcasing work by three of our most exciting young artists:

Zilvinas Kempinas will be showing two new works: ‘Lemniscate’, a new video tape and fan piece that conjures a floating infinity symbol in mid-air; and ‘Mounted Discs’, which employs an agglomeration of blank DVD discs to similar magical effect.

Stefan Hirsig will be represented by two works that belong to the radiant new series of paintings and sculptures that can be seen in the artist’s current solo show at the gallery.

And Tessa Farmer will be working on-site at our booth in the days running up to the fair, creating one of her installations of miniaturized worlds crafted from insect parts and organic materials.

We are also delighted to be able to present a single-channel version of Seamus Harahan’s magnum opus ‘Holylands’ (above) at the fair’s Art Video Lounge. The Video Lounge is located at the Botanical Gardens, across the street from entrance D of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Fair dates: Vernissage: Wednesday, December 5, 5-8 p.m.
Show Days: Thurs, December 6 to Sunday, December 9.

Visit the Fair website and, of course, spencerbrownstonegallery.com for more details...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Zilvinas Kempinas Receives 2007 Calder Prize


Spencer Brownstone Gallery is delighted to announce that Zilvinas Kempinas is the recipient of the 2007 Calder Prize. The prize of $50,000 is awarded every two years to contemporary artists who have completed exemplary work early in their careers. He follows Tara Donovan, who won the prize in 2005.

Zilvinas was presented with the award at a ceremony on September 23rd at the French Embassy in New York by Bernard Kouchner, France’s foreign minister and 1999 Nobel Laureate.

The artist will now go on to take up residence at the Atelier Calder, in Saché, France, in January 2008. This prestigious program, which has been running for 19 years, allows an international artist the opportunity to live and work in Alexander Calder’s former home and studio in the French countryside for a six-month period. Past recipients include Mark Dion; Sarah Sze; Marina Abramovic; Tadashi Kawamata; Jimmie Durham; and Ernesto Neto.

More info on Zilvinas Kempinas here and the Calder Foundation here...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stefan Hirsig Opening

The gallery opened an exhibition of new work by Berlin-based painter Stefan Hirsig on Thursday night, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York.

Hirsig makes exuberant and complex large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings that represent a delirious amalgam of techniques: from color-field, geometric, and organic abstraction, through pop referentiality.

Check out these pics from the opening below and go here for more information. Installation shots to follow...