October 29, 2009 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Contemporary Art Talks
October 29, 2009

Contemporary Art Talks

Wayne Gonzales, Waiting Crowd, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 78 x 78 inches. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Partial gift of the artist and purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council, Executive Committee Members, and Sustaining Members 2009.22. Photo: Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2009 Wayne Gonzales.

Contemporary Art Talks
All programs begin at 6:30 pm

5th Ave at 89th St
New York City



Inaugurated in 2001, this lecture series features artists reflecting on their work and current issues in the art world. Established in spring 2006 as the Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund: Conversations with Contemporary Artists, these talks provide an opportunity for the public to hear from the most innovative, international artists working today and to learn about their creative process. Both established and emerging artists, working in all types of media, have participated in this enlightening program. The roster has included Slater Bradley, Tacita Dean, Roni Horn, Christian Marclay, Aleksandra Mir, Catherine Opie, Tino Sehgal, and Hugo Boss Prize 2008 winner Emily Jacir, among others.

Wayne Gonzales
Wednesday, November 4
Gonzales culls images from mass-media, painting ambiguous and sometimes sinister scenes from a web of meticulous, nearly abstract brushstrokes.

Ernesto Caivano
Tuesday, November 17
Caivano’s meticulously detailed ink drawings depict evolving narratives based on the connection, separation, and retribution of mythical characters.

Wednesday, November 18

Moderator: Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Participants: Paul Jenkins, artist; Ming Tiampo, Associate Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa; Judith Rodenbeck, Noble Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History, Sarah Lawrence College; Reiko Tomii, independent scholar and curator, and cofounder of PoNJA-GenKon

Fifty-five years have passed since the Gutai Art Association (Gutai) was founded in Ashiya, Japan, in 1954. The group’s aspiration to “present gutai-teki (concrete) proof that our spirit is free” resulted in an amazing body of work, ranging from gestural abstraction to performances, outdoor and indoor installations to Conceptual art. Already in the 1950s, Gutai’s work prefigured many of the newest and most important tendencies of 1960s art. Their radical experimentalism was enabled and disseminated by leader Yoshihara Jirō’s engagement with the international art world. Using his extensive library and connections, he kept the group in dialogue with artists internationally, even bringing the group’s journal Gutai to the library of Jackson Pollock, among others. Today, as the contemporary art world becomes more globalized, Gutai’s transnationalism feels even more compelling and relevant than before. In the panel, art historians working at the forefront of Gutai scholarship will explore Gutai’s transnationalism in a “concrete” manner.

With support from the Japan Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, this program is conceived by PoNJA-GenKon in conjunction with “Under Each Other’s Spell”: Gutai and New York, on view at New Jersey City University’s Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery until December 16.

Tuesday, December 1

On the occasion of the publication of James Rosenquist’s memoir, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum Director Richard Armstrong and writer/scholar Judith Goldman engage in a conversation with the iconic Pop art painter on his life story in his own words. The evening will provide a unique look inside the contemporary art world and the creation of the artistic language of one of the twentieth century’s most important artists. Co-organized by Alfred A. Knopf.

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