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Galerie Buchholz
17 East 82nd Street, Manhattan
Through Aug. 29 2015
via Review: The Writer Raymond Roussel and His Legacy, at Galerie Buchholz – The New York Times.

The German dealer Daniel Buchholz, long a fixture on the contemporary art scene in Cologne and Berlin, has opened a gallery in Manhattan and, for his debut show, given us something wonderful that we haven’t had before: a retrospective of the French writer Raymond Roussel (1877-1933).

Born into the Parisian beau monde, as a child Roussel had Marcel Proust for a neighbor; as an adult, he befriended Jean Cocteau when the two were patients in drug rehab. Rich, gay, habitually solitary, Roussel developed a literary mode in poetry, fiction and drama based on linguistic ingenuity and the use of super-realism to lift off into fantasy. Although his work was met with public scorn at the time — Roussel was crushed and died by suicide — it has been hugely influential to artists and writers since. Marcel Duchamp and Michel Foucault claimed him as a liberating hero. Max Ernst and Joseph Cornell revered him. The poet John Ashbery has written brilliantly about him.

This show — organized by Mr. Buchholz, the art historian Christopher Müller and the Roussel scholar François Piron — is an archival exercise in literary and art-world ephemera. It pieces together Roussel’s elusive private life from rare surviving images (photographs of his adored mother; a unisex childhood portrait of the writer) and personal effects (treasured editions of Jules Verne novels; a cookie that he saved from a landmark literary lunch and enshrined like a relic). It traces the path of his writing career through often self-financed publications and calamitous stage presentations. And it concludes with a section demonstrating his continuing influence, on Mr. Ashbery’s poetry and collages, and on artists like Zoe Beloff, Lucy McKenzie and Henrik Olesen.

The selection is scrupulously annotated, and every scrap of information is worth reading. (Although a contemporary art specialist, Mr. Buchholz comes from a background in antiquarian book selling.) If this show were at the Museum of Modern Art, you’d pay to see it and still feel rewarded. At Galerie Buchholz, it’s a free introductory welcome to a new space, which should feel strongly encouraged to enliven New York with comparable offerings in seasons ahead.

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To Be King

To Be King - Christine Dixie

To Be King – Christine Dixie

To Be King

To Be King by Christine Dixie is an animated video installation informed by the first chapter in Michel Foucault’s book ‘The Order of Things’ (1966), entitled Las Meninas.

Opening Reception: 26th February 2015 from 6pm, Preview from 4pm with the artist

Exhibition: 26th February – 7th March 2015 (Sulger-Buel Lovell Cape Town)

Talk by James Sey: 28th February 11am (limited space available, please book, free of charge, RSVP to info@sulger-buel-lovell.com)


To be King is informed by the essay ‘Las Meninas’ which Michel Foucault published in 1966 as the first chapter to his book The Order of Things. Foucault in his description of the painting by Velàsquez suggests (amongst other things) that it is through language, the taxonomy of the day, that things are ordered. This order, particular yet tenuous, is dependent on who is in control of the gaze, who is ‘king’.

To be King situates itself as a destabilizing narrative in which the king is ‘dethroned’. Positioning characters and spaces from the periphery in the place from which the dominant gaze originates points to the possibility of a different order of things and highlights the fragility of the established and dominant order.

The sculptural component, the Black Infanta embodies everything the Spanish King, Philip IV is not. Her pose imitates that of the seventeenth century portrait paintings of royal children. She is placed on an enlarged headrest, an object associated with sleeping, dreaming and the unconscious and holds instead of a sceptre, orb or sword, a stick made of Port Jackson willow.

The Black Infanta’s placement in front of the ‘painting’ places her in the role reserved for the king for whom Las Meninas was originally made and who also stands outside the frame of the painting. Completing the circuit of gazes is the museum guard who role is witness to the viewer looking at the ‘painting’. In addition she functions as an ironic indicator of status, an embodiment of the value placed by the cultural centre on a ‘masterpiece’.

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Postmodern Velázquez (2014)

Postmodern Velázquez, New York Times, Dec 11 2014

In Michel Foucault’s  essay on Velázquez’s  baroque masterpiece “Las Meninas,”  he comments on Velázquez’s decision to insert his self-portrait into the painting’s narrative, planting a seed that would bloom into postmodernism.

That blossom continues to flower. “Las Meninas Renacen de Noche (Las Meninas Reborn in the Night),” a new exhibition of photographs by Yasumasa Morimura at the Luhring Augustine Gallery, sees the artist restaging, even remixing, Velázquez’s picture, using the actual canvas, as it hangs in the Prado in Madrid, as the focal point for a series of self-portraits in which Mr. Morimura inhabits different characters from the painting. Foucault clearly didn’t know the half of it.

You can get a first glimpse by attending the opening reception Friday night [19 Dec 2014] from 6 to 8; the show runs from Saturday through Jan. 24.

(Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 531 West 24th Street, Chelsea; 212-206-9100; luhringaugustine.com.)

Starting in 1974, not long after Foucault’s book “The Order of Things” — which begins with the Velázquez essay — first appeared in English, you could study postmodern painting in earnest at the New York Studio School, an institution in Greenwich Village that offered an alternative to the kind of traditional academic training that Velázquez would have received. On Saturday afternoon, the Steven Kasher Gallery will host a free symposium exploring the school’s influence, featuring the artists and critics Mira Schor, Barry Schwabsky, Robert Bordo, David Reed and Andrea Belag, in conjunction with the exhibition “12 Painters: The Studio School, 1974/2014,” which runs at the gallery through Jan. 10.

(Saturday at 2 p.m.; 515 West 26th Street, Chelsea; 212-966-3978; stevenkasher.com.)

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20 & 21 Septembre 2014

Hommage à Michel Foucault
« Le jardin du Philosophe »

Vendeuvre du Poitou est situé dans le Haut Poitou, au nord de Poitiers, au milieu des vignes et des terres maraichères, « creusé dans les collines, entre les vallées de la Pallu et de l’Envigne ».

C’est ici, au coeur du village, dans la maison familiale au vaste jardin, loin de l’agitation de la capitale, du bruit et de la fureur des villes que Michel Foucault est venu en vacances, en villégiature, pour se reposer, pour réfléchir et méditer, pour écrire et lire. C’est à Vendeuvre du Poitou que Michel Foucault est enterré, dans le cimetière de son village, non loin de la maison de son enfance.

« Le jardin du philosophe » est un modeste hommage qui a pour double objectif de célébrer l’homme et le philosophe, et de le faire redécouvrir au public poitevin. A l’occasion de la trentième année de sa disparition, Vendeuvre du Poitou souhaite lui rendre hommage pendant les manifestations des Journées du Patrimoine les 20 et 21 septembre 2014, afin de découvrir ou redécouvrir l’homme qui a incarné le chercheur, le professeur, le penseur, le philosophe, l’écrivain, le militant, l’homme engagé ; qui a laissé une oeuvre considérable dont l’importance est toujours d’actualité et qui est célébré dans le monde entier. Ce rendez-vous exceptionnel présentera le philosophe dans le contexte de la maison familiale en visitant son jardin avec l’aimable autorisation de ses propriétaires actuels.

Contact :
Dominique Moullé,
Coordinatrice de la manifestation
06 52 96 55 39

Ouverture Samedi 20 et dimanche 21 septembre / 14h00 18h00 – Accès Libre

Lieu d’exposition : 17, route de Poitiers 86380 Vendeuvre-du-Poitou

Visite de l’exposition et du jardin exclusivement.

Les accès à la maison et aux dépendances ne sont pas autorisés

With thanks to Daniele Lorenzini for this news

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Alexa Lawrence, See 11 Heady Books Transformed into Ikebana Flower Displays
Posted on Art News, 06/18/14

Camille Henrot channels Japanese zen gardens with an installation of floral odes to her favorite books

The gracefully balanced flower arrangements of Camille Henrot’s installation “Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers” (2012-2014) occupy the second floor of the New Museum, contributing a soothing, zenlike presence to the exhibition of the artist’s recent works. The delicate blossoms and twisting stems of the bouquets, punctuated with thoughtful empty spaces, make for more than happy embellishments. They are floral translations of weighty literary titles, themes, and quotations pulled from the bookshelves of the artist’s personal library.

When Paris-born Henrot moved to New York, temporarily leaving many of her personal belongings behind, she discovered a surrogate for her literary heroes and favorite books in Japanese ikebana flower arrangements. The combination of artistic whimsy and the theory that inspires it parallels the balance between playfulness and obedience intrinsic to ikebana, an ancient but ever-adapting cultural tradition. Each gap in the flora is as specific and important as the vines, leaves, and flowers that create them. The flower names, ranging from Latin-based etymological to nursery-rhyme literal, are listed nearby, offering complimentary verse to the lyricism of the texts they represent.

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Camille Henrot, “The Order of Things,” Michel Foucault, 2014, installation view. COURTESY NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK. PHOTO: BENOIT PAILLEY.

Camille Henrot, “The Order of Things,” Michel Foucault, 2014, installation view.

Inspired by a text more overtly related to Henrot’s interest in taxonomy and philosophy, “The Order of Things,” Michel Foucault, is an explosion of metal odds and ends mixed with anonymous vegetation and a rainbow of paint swatches—a colorful starburst of the playfully arbitrary.

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Foucault : la prison aujourd’hui
19-30 mars 2014

Dix jours d’événements autour des représentations de la pièce de théâtre FOUCAULT 71
Voir – télécharger le programme complet

(Texte d’Anne-Catherine Menétrey-Savary, Le Courrier, 3 mars 2014)

et autour de la manifestation: La question de l’abolition de la prison

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See earlier post on this exhibition and events.

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