• Georgiou

    George Georgiou (British, born 1961). Mersin, 2007. Pigmented inkjet print, 27 3/4 × 40 15/16

  • Lawson

    Deana Lawson (American, born 1979). Roxie and Raquel, 2010. Pigmented inkjet print, 30 15/16 × 38 9/16

  • Rickard

    Doug Rickard (American, born 1968). #29.942566, New Orleans, LA. 2008, 2009. Chromogenic color print, 21 × 33 1/2

  • Sassen

    Viviane Sassen (Dutch, born 1972). Parasomnia, 2010. Chromogenic color print, 39 3/8 × 31 1/2

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    Pollock, 2011 Color print 74 3/8 × 34 1/8 inches (image size) 188.9 × 86.7 cm (MP# P-80)

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    Man Ray, 2011 Color print 74 3/8 × 34 1/8 inches (image size) 188.9 × 86.7 cm (MP# P-81)

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    Andy, 2011 Color print 74 3/8 × 34 1/8 inches (image size) 188.9 × 86.7 cm (MP# P-83)

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    Edvard, 2011 Color print 74 3/8 × 34 1/8 inches (image size) 188.9 × 86.7 cm

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    Damien, 2011 Color print 74 3/8 × 34 1/8 inches (image size) 188.9 × 86.7 cm (MP# P-85)

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    Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman, summer 1921 Pastel on paper 25 × 18 7/8 inches Fondation Beyeler, Basel. Peter Schibli, Basel © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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    Pablo Picasso. Bust of a Woman, Paris, spring 1909 Gouache on paper 25 × 19 inches Private collection © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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    Pablo Picasso. Self-Portrait, late 1901 / early 1902 Black chalk with watercolor on paper 12 × 9 3/8 inches National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.164 © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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    Pablo Picasso. Two Women with Hats, Paris, autumn 1921 Pastel on paper Private collection © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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What's On: New York

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Every two weeks we will be highlighting three top shows going on in and around the the city Vonnegut brilliantly described as a “skyscraper national park.” Apparently quite a few people live in New York (needs citation) so we thought it only polite that we dedicate this bi-weekly slot to all things art in The Big Apple. This inaugural edition includes New Photography 2011 at the MoMA, Picasso’s Drawings, 1890 – 1921: Reinventing Tradition at The Frick Collection, and Olaf Breuning’s The Art Freaks at the Metro Pictures Gallery. How do you say? New York, New York?

New Photography 2011 MoMa, New York

The annual showcase of photography at New York’s MoMA is typical of the impossible scope and potential for the medium, celebrating that remarkable ability to capture a time and likeness as seen/imagined by the photographer’s lens. What New Photography 2011 presents is the absolute epitome of diversity realised by the six artists who represent contemporary, autonomous photography. They are Moyra Davey, George Georgiou – a documentarian of the Turkish struggle with identity – Zhang Dali, Doug Rickard – whose remarkable road trip round the US has been completed using Google Streetview – Viviane Sassen, and Deana Lawson – a witness and a stranger who captures vivid portraits of an intense intimacy. Show runs until January 16, 2012.
www.moma.org/new-photography-2011

Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition The Frick Collection

Life begins at 40 so the saying goes, but Pablo Picasso packed so much into his first four decades that he might just disprove that aphorism. From blue, to rose, to Africa, to cubism and round to neoclassicism, by the time he reached the milestone in 1921 – he had already established himself as perhaps the most ceaselessly inventive artist who has ever lived. But this is no dilettantism; experimentation and evolution are at the core of his artistic mission, or as he put it: “Disciples be damned. It’s not interesting. It’s only the masters that matter. Those who create.” The story of his drawing in that period is the behind-the-scenes story of his famous works, and the most obvious link between him and his classical forebears. Terrific technique meets vaulting artistic ambition and offers an original glimpse into Picasso’s extraordinary talent. Runs until January 8, 2011. Images © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
www.frick.org/picasso

Olaf Breuning: The Art Freaks Metro Pictures Gallery

From my experience, no street performer in London’s Covent Garden has ever painted his naked body silver, hung banana skins off, well, anywhere they would hang, and called it Andy. But there is still that surreal familiarity that these Art Freaks are something like those prosaic human statues. What they really are is a conflation of a really fun guessing game and a humorously questioning look at signature styles and how that now defines an artist’s personal identity – an investigation of the “so-called high and low artistic techniques as they discuss notions of kitsch, cliché, and reproduction.” Edvard is my favourite – and just in time for halloween! Now showing at Metro Pictures until October 29.
www.metropicturesgallery.com/the-art-freaks

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Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    Artist Charlie Roberts is based in Oslo, but the energy and dynamism of his work belies the tranquility that I can’t help but associate with Norway’s serene landscapes. His past work dealt almost obsessively with collecting remnants of pop culture and laying them out in orderly lines to be documented, but more recently Charlie has shifted towards cool canvases depicting adolescents lazing about, smoking joints on car bonnets, wrapping their long arms around their friends and watching the world go by. It’s a relaxed portrait of young adulthood – all seductive almond eyes, tangled limbs, Nike sportswear and ripped jeans, and it feels like a sweet love letter to this universal but transitory time.

  2. Patrick-savile-itsnicethat-list

    If your long, arduous week has left you looking a bit sickly and slightly grey in colour, Patrick Savile might well be the man with the cure to pep you up for the weekend. A freelance illustrator and designer with experience working for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Pop magazine populating his back catalogue already, his Personal Zone (real section of his website) is full of abstract, sci-fi-influenced landscapes and textural objects floating bizarrely over fantastical scenes. There – we can see the bright yellow of the screen reflecting off those pallid cheeks already.

  3. Ai-weiwei-passport-int-list

    After four years of soft detention for Ai Weiwei’s social and political activism, the Chinese authorities have returned the artist’s passport. Ai Weiwei broke the news on Instagram today with a selfie brandishing the travel document. “Today, I picked up my passport,” he wrote in a caption.

  4. Sighht-its-nice-that-gif-list

    I don’t know too much about the Sighht Tumblr, but I know what I like, and what I like is weird glitchy net art, Throbbing Gristle and psychedelic flashy things that hurt the eyes and brain. Which is exactly what Sighht is, and with every scroll it gets stranger and more fascinating. After some internet detective work by our in-house super sleuth (and INT Works art director) Callum, who first spotted this little blog of joy, it was discovered that two men named Joel Evey and Peter Steineck are behind Sighht.

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    At first, it seems a career as graphic designer for Seventeen magazine is rather different to that of a genre-defining conceptual artist. Laying out covers of lipsticked teens, first crush woes and nail art dilemmas surely requires a rather different head to one that could, say, provide probably the best known definition of conceptual art we have. Unless you’re Sol LeWitt, that is.

  6. Max-colson-itsnicethat-list

    If you live in a city, the chances are you’ve already encountered the digital composite images used to advertise the new “urban builds” popping up left, right and centre like ant hills in an otherwise lovely summer’s garden. Have you ever taken a second to recognise how hilarious a spectrum of “urban residents” they include though? A lovely smattering of white middle class men aged between 20 and 40, perpetually swinging briefcases, with the odd sweet-looking woman pushing a buggy for good measure.

  7. Jenny_holzer_hauser_and_wirth_int_list

    You would be forgiven for thinking Jenny Holzer’s hard-hitting work and guerrilla tactics would seem incongruous in the English countryside. Somerset is an unlikely setting for the American artist whose first public works Truisms began as posters dotted around Manhattan in the late 70s where, among many things, she first told the world “There’s a fine line between information and propaganda.” A few years later her plea to be saved from ourselves blazed above New York’s capitalist heart in Times Square: “Protect me from what I want.”

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    The split between the aesthetic and intellectual levels of Larry Johnson’s work is a dichotomy the California-born artist welcomes. But unlike much art that makes a spectacle of words, Johnson is in the business of subversion rather than critique, and manages not to fall prey to more well-trodden ideas that art and criticism are mirrors of each other. In an interview some years ago he argued the reason abstract painting exists is because people inherently like to look at nothing, and for an artist whose irreverent work so often conflates word and image, he is happy to enter the vacant realm of decoration.

  9. List-its-nice-that-caro_first-national-1964_jonty-wilde

    Somewhat hazily now I remember embarking on my art GCSE, first through the bowler hats and apples of Surrealism, via depictions of the Spanish Civil War to the far less familiar territory of abstract sculpture. The latter was brought to us in the form of the work of Anthony Caro, from dog-eared art book pages and monochrome photographs on bad photocopied printouts. We were tasked with sitting down to create our own Caro-esque moquettes from clay. It seemed a terrifying proposition: compared to the ubiquitous Dalis and comparatively straightforward narrative of Guernica, his shapes and lines felt incomprehensible to a 15-year-old brain. What were they for? Why were they there? I found the misty-eyed Caro-adoration of my art teacher Mrs Silk baffling.

  10. Klas_ernflo_trax_itsnicethat_list

    Swedish artist Klas Ernflo hasn’t graced our site since 2011, and while he’s been steadily creating work over the years it’s his latest work which takes the form of simple, methodical figures on boards that caught our eye. Like tidy hieroglyphics, Klas’ abstract forms seemingly focus on the environment with a pair of peachy legs and a delicate silhouette of a cow in the mass of paintings. But it’s the addition of the scientific-looking instruments and wiggly, wavy symbols that add an ambiguity to the world Klas is documenting.

  11. Barbican-list

    “We wanna be free, we wanna be free to do what we wanna do,” as we heard through Primal Scream (it’s a quote from the film The Wild Angels , fact fans). Now for the Barbican’s mammoth Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening show by Doug Aitken, artists from Gillian Wearing to Bob and Roberta Smith and graphic design studios including Zak Group and Good Wives and Warriors have created posters responding to the concepts “free” or “freedom.” As you’d expect from such a varied bunch, the posters show a huge range of approaches to the brief, including a depiction of a smoking vicar and a few simple, typographic responses from Ruth Ewan and Zak Group. The idea behind the posters’ creation was to echo “the sprite of Fluxus happenings,” according to the Barbican, and will be pasted throughout the centre-wide show.

  12. George-quaintance-taschen-itsnicethat-list

    Before there was Tom of Finland, the Finnish artist whose steamy work moved from his private sketchbooks to national postage stamps, there was George Quaintance, an American artist born at the beginning of the 20th Century whose depictions of muscular men set the tone for homoerotic illustration for years to come. His illustrations are fabulously, overtly camp: flamboyantly made-up hairless Adonises, shining of skin and rippling of muscle pose with horses and fend off wild animals clad only in loincloths or faded jeans. George’s drawings scream of joy, sex and testosterone, hinting at mens’ health magazines and the Calvin Klein ads that would follow 50 years after their publication.

  13. Erin_armstrong_itsnicethat_list

    There’s a wonderful dreaminess to Toronto-based Erin Armstrong’s paintings, as she adds an ethereal slant to the everyday with her characters existing in a haze of colour and brushstrokes. Keen to create her own reality in which her silhouettes can exist, Erin’s work is best when she abandons clean lines and bravely swooshes paint across the canvas. A lovely briskness is created in these loose figures and the beautiful jewel-like shades blending with subdued pastels adds to the whimsical atmosphere. Calming and graceful, I love how Erin adds natural elements like plants or water to her acrylic paintings to give them some sort of grounding in the real world.