Alberto García del Castillo launch @ San Serriffe, Apr 16

14 April 2015

Amsterdam’s San Sariffe art book shop is launching Retrospective, a new novelette by Alberto García del Castillo, on April 16.

Alberto García del Castillo is a Spanish-born “faggot curator and writer” and chief curator of the Buenos Tiempos, Int. online exhibition space dealing with “faggotry as it is today”. With Retrospective, his first novel (originally published by Shelter Press in 2014), he has created a kind of comedy-science fiction novelette, exploring “faggotry” in the art world and flaunting otherness.

The text celebrates beautiful homosexuals and depicts a “retour-au-passé in contemporary painting”, comes with a story called ‘Thumbs-Up’, and another titled ‘Why Homos Are Better’, as well as a drawing by Jurgen Ots, a photograph by César Segarra, and a poem by Lars Laumann. The launch will be accompanied by a reading from del Castillo at 8pm.

See the San Serriffe website for details. **

Alberto García del Castillo, Retrospective (2014). Courtesy Shelter Press.
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Chris Marker @ Whitechapel Gallery, Apr 18-Jun 22

8 April 2014

From April 18 to June 22, London’s Whitechapel Gallery will present the first ever UK retrospective of prolific French filmmaker, writer, photographer and multimedia master Chris Marker.

For the duration of the 2+ months, the Whitechapel Gallery will brim with Marker’s extraordinary films and photographs, showing extracts from some of his iconic films – including Sans soleil (1983), Le Fond de l’air est rouge (1977), and La Jetée (1962) – as well as all five of his installation pieces shown side by side for the first time. In addition, the retrospective will introduce newly re-mastered editions of some of Marker’s famous essay films, such as that of Le Joli Mai (1963), as well as a large projection of Ouvroir: the Movie (2010), his guided virtual museum tour.

Find out about some of the contemporary artists influenced by Chris Marker’s work, and re-visit aqnb‘s interviews with Jaakko Pallasvuo and Andrew Norman Wilson.

And to read more about the retrospective, visit the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition page, and access specific event details on our aqnb event listing. **

 Header image: Still from ‘La Jetee’ (1962). Image courtesy Whitechapel Gallery.  

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Arnaud Mercier retrospective

17 November 2012

One of the big names in the French design industry passed away last year, a big loss especially considering Arnaud Mercier was one of the youngest and most successful interaction designers from the hexagon.

While the agency Area 17’s created a dedicated  design timeline with some of his latest works Parisian gallery Since have decided just put together a dedicated retrospective of the artist: “This is definitely not a website“.

Arnaud - This is definitely not a website
Arnaud – This is definitely not a website

Known for his meticulous interactive design systems, it is little known that Arnaud was a developer with a degree in computer science. His belief was that in order to design, one must intrinsically understand and master the medium before it can truly be explored, reinvented and used as a means of expression.

Having worked with some of the most important brands on the planet Mercier became one of the most prolific designers over the past few years and really inspired many people with some of his latest website creations  like the cultural mag “Slash” or Ora-ïto’s website. “This is not a website” will try to act as a retrospective but also as an exploration of all those ideas that guided him throughout his life, and you’ll be able to visit it until December 7th. More info this way.

Ora-Ito website
Ora-Ito website
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Harold Feinstein

10 October 2011

It’s always good to have a good Kickstarter project in the bag… and it seems KS has become not only the crowdfunding defacto platform for emerging artists but also the best way to rediscover legeds. If earlier this year we discovered (the now worldwide famous) Vivian Maier thanks to the persistence of John Maloof and his now priceless negative collection, Jason Landry (from Panopticon Gallery) tries to repeat success formula with an already recognized figure of U.S. photography: Harold Feinstein.

Harold Feinstein, Coney Island Teenagers, Coney Island, NY
Harold Feinstein, Coney Island Teenagers, Coney Island, NY 

Jason’s project is more about editing & publishing a hardcover retrospective of Harold Feinstein’s most important black & white photographs than discovering a hidden gem. Harold has always been considered a prodigy in the field but it looks like after 60+ years in photography he still doesn’t have a monograph printed of his b&w works.

Harold Feinstein, Gypsy girl with Carousel, Coney Island, NY
Harold Feinstein, Gypsy girl with Carousel, Coney Island, NY

Harold Feinstein’s photographic career began in 1946. Before the age of 20, Edward Steichen had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and exhibited it frequently. In the early 1950’s Steichen approached Feinstein and asked if he would like to be included in The Family of Man exhibition. Feinstein, feeling very puritanical said, “Look, a museum is a place where they should just show work because it is art, not because it fits I to a theme.” And with that, withheld this work from the exhibition, changing the course of his photographic history forever.

So as our monthly supported project we highly recommend you help Panopticon, Jason & Co to bring the monograph to life… although we accept the video could have been slightly more appealing Jason… maybe a physical appearance of yourself talking about the project? It’s usually more effective 😉

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