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MODIGLIANI: A UNIQUE ARTISTIC VOICE │ Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London → 28 June 2015

L’Amazone, 1909. Black crayon, 30.8 x 23.2 cm

“Wn v ɖ acnolijd sūṗstarz v twentiiʈ-senčri āt, Amideo Modiłani (1884-1920) z olso ɖ bst nôn n most luvd v ol modn Itałn pêntrz. Wrcñ at ɖ episentr v avãgād xperimentešn in Paris btwn 1906 n 1920, h dveḷpt an ātistc vižn ɖt wz intîrli hiz ôn. Ɖs ny xbišn z ɖ frst t b dvotd t ɖ ātist at ɖ Esṭric C̣lẋn, n fôc̣sz on hiz wrcs on pêpr, šowñ ɖ spiričl n stîlistc dveḷpmnt v hiz ptreyl v ɖ hymn fês n fwm.

Modigliani, photographed in about 1909 (GETTY)

Modiłani’z hyṃnistc vižn v tîmls byti dru on a wîd renj v inflụnsz, imbresñ Itruscn, Ijipšn, Grīc, Africn, Ežn n ŕli Itałn Rnesns imijri. Têcñ ɖoz eḷmnts ɖt acwdd wɖ hiz ôn caṛcter n vižn, h crietd a rmācbl bodi v wrc ɖt sîd-stept Fôvizm, Kbizm n ɖ mni uɖr ātistc muvmnts v ɖ de.

Ɖs xbišn includz several wrcs fṛm ɖ c̣lẋn v Modiłani’z clôs frend Pwl Alixandra – wn v hiz fy ŕli pêtṛnz – alñ wɖ pìsz fṛm uɖr prîvt c̣lẋnz, includñ ɖt v Eric Esṭric. Ɖ mjoṛti r rerli sīn drōñz dêtñ fṛm ɖ ŕli yirz v Modiłani’z c̣rir, pṛvîdñ a fasinetñ n rvilñ insît intu ɖ ātist’s dstilešn v a stîl unmistecbl fr its pyṛti, simplisti n grês.”

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ERIC FISCHL: ART FAIR PAINTINGS │ Victoria Miro, London → 19 December 2014

“Eric Fišl md hiz repytešn in ɖ 1980z wɖ lj-scêl fiğṛtv ýlpêntñz dpictñ ambiğs, irotcli čājd ṣnẹrioz set in ɖ Americn subrbz. Sns ɖt tîm hiz practis hz dveḷpt, olɖo hiz fôc̣s rmenz on repṛzentešnz v ɖ hymn figr, dpictd sngli, az in hiz sculpčṛl wrc n wōtrculrz, or in complex grūpñz, az in ɖs ny bodi v pêntñz.

Ɖs siriz têcs az its subjct ɖ cntmprri ātmācit. Ɖ pêntñz dpict ātferz n gaḷriôṗnñz, n fīčr intric̣t comṗzišnz ẇr ppl n ātwrcs r leyrd in sfisticetd arenjmnts v fwm n culr. Fišl hz olwz bn a cīn obzrvr v ɖ rlešnšps btwn ppl, n btwn ppl n ɖer srândñz. Ɖz pêntñz demnstret ɖ ātist’s akt obẓvešn v bodīlanĝj n ɖ sml dītelz ɖt rflct sošl rlešnšps, ptklrli in ɖ hedi invîrnmnt v ɖ ātfer, wɖ its čājd atṃsfir v muni n têst, fnanšl n culčṛl capitl.

Ātferz r ntwrı̣sli bizi, n ɖz pêntñz gv a sens v ɖ eṇji n busl az vizitrz muv amñst ɖ standz, apaṛntli gvñ az mč atnšn t č uɖr – n t ɖer môbîl fônz – az t ɖ ātwrcs on dsple. In ɖz imijz, rɖr ɖn actñ az a bacdrop t ɖ hymn actiṿti, ɖ ātwrcs funẋn az caṛctrz in ɖ sìn, sîḷnt witṇsz t ɖ drāma unfoldñ arnd ɖm. Fišl hz dscrîbd ɖs ifct:

Ɖ spês in ɖz pêntñz z c̣lapst, clutrd, irašnl n agresv. Ɖoz dpictd in ɖ sìnz sīm oblivı̣s t ɖ mêňa v ɖer cndišn…. Ẇt I’v dscuvrd az I muvd intu ɖs wrc z ɖ isnšli abstract nêčr v ɖ ātfer spêsz. Ɖe r nirli kbistc in ɖer flatṇs n ɖer jarñ c̣lāžd cnstruẋnz. Y si a buʈ n ʈru it anɖr n ʈru it anɖr, č buʈ šowñ wrcs ɖt hv ɖer ôn, ofn cntrastñ, spêšl ilužnz. Fr a pêntr, it z a rič invîrnmnt t trî n capčr. Leyrz v conšsṇs on top v leyrz v crosprṗsz. I am fwlñ in luv wɖ it. Nt bcz it z ɖ propr plês fr āt bt bcz it z sč a rič invîrnmnt t mc āt abt.

Ɖz wrcs hv bn infwmd bî ɖ dveḷpmnt v ɖ cntmprri ātwrld ovr rīsnt decedz, az a prīvı̣sli mr insylr, scolrli culčr hz trnsfwmd intu a mr mācitdrivn sìn apilñ t a ny clas v inṭnašnl plūṭcrats. Fišl’z fersìnz r popyletd bî an are v tîps ɖt apir recgnîẓbl bt ptnšli olso ambiğs n fluid in ɖer îdntti: ātists, c̣lctrz, gaḷrists, kretrz n hañrz-on.

In cīpñ wɖ Fišl’z yžl wrcñpractis, ɖ stātñpýnt fr ɖ siriz r fôṭgrafs, in ɖs cês pridominntli têcn bî ɖ ātist hmslf at ātferz includñ Āt Bāzl Mîami Bīč n ɖ Sâʈamtn Ātfer n at ôṗnñz v gaḷriexibišnz in Ny Ywc. Fišl uplodz imijz t Fôtôšop, ẇr h c̣lāžz ɖm untl h cnstructs an imij ɖt h wnts t trnzlet intu a pêntñ. Az ɖ siriz hz groun so hz ɖ cmplx̣ti v ɖ reẓnnsz v ɖ imijz, indivijli n in rlešn t č uɖr. Ɖ pêntñz r a šāp sošl satîr az mč az ɖe r a luvñ tribyt t ɖ wrld ɖ ātist nz bst: ɖ inṭnašnl ātsìn.

Fišl wz born in 1948 in Ny Ywc Siti. H cuṛntli livz n wrcs in Sag Hābr, Ny Ywc. Hiz rīsnt sôlo šoz includ Eric Fišl: Frendz, Luvrz n Uɖr Consṭlešnz at ɖ Alḅtīna, Viena, Ostria (2014); Dîv Dīp: Eric Fišl n ɖ Prôses v Pêntñ at ɖ Penslveňa Acaḍmi v Fîn Āts, Fiḷdelfia, travlñ t San Hôze Myziym v Āt, Caḷfwňa (2012-2013); Eric Fišl: Bīčlîf at ɖ Gildhwl v Īst Hamtn, Ny Ywc (2012); Eric Fišl: Corrida en Ronda at ɖ Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spên (2010); Eric Fišl: Ten Breʈs at ɖ Kestnergesellschaft, Haṇvr, Jrṃni (2007); Eric Fišl: Prints n Drōñz at ɖ Deḷwer Sentr v Cntmprri Āt, Wilmñtn (2006); Eric Fišl at ɖ Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio in Ḅloňa, Iṭli (2004); n Eric Fišl, Pêntñz n Drōñz 1979-2001 at ɖ Cnstmŭzeum Wlfsbrg, Jrṃni (2003). Hiz wrc z in nymṛs public c̣lẋnz, includñ Ātgaḷri v Ny Sâʈ Wêlz, Sidni, Ostreła; Ātgaḷri v Ontẹrio, Ṭronto, Caṇda; Ātinstityt v Šicago, Šicago; Bāzl Cnsthala, Switṣḷnd; Cānegi Myziym v Āt, Pitsbrg; Daḷs Myziym v Āt, Txs; Fîn Āts Myziym v San Fransisco, Caḷfwňa; Soḷmn R. Ggnhîm Myziym, Ny Ywc; Hiršwn Myziym n Sculpčrgādn, Wošñtn, D.C.; Kunstmuseen der Stadt, Crêfelt, Jrṃni; Luīziana Myziym v Modn Āt, Humlebaek, Denmāc; Ɖ Menil C̣lẋn, Hystn; Ɖ Metṛpolitn Myziym v Āt, Ny Ywc; Musée National D’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Frans; Myziym v Modn Āt, Ny Ywc; Našnl Gaḷri v Āt, Wošñtn, D.C.; Neue Galerie, Āħn, Jrṃni; Fiḷdelfia Myziym v Āt, Penslveňa; San Fransisco Myziym v Modn Āt, Caḷfwňa; n Ẇitni Myziym v Americn Āt, Ny Ywc. Victoria Miro z dlîtd t b wrcñ alñsd Eric Fišl’z loñstandñ gaḷriz Mẹri Būn in Ny Ywc n Yablonca in C̣lôn.”

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ALIBIS: SIGMAR POLKE 1963–2010 │ Tate Modern, London → 8 February 2015

Sigmar Polca wz wn v ɖ most inseṣ̌bli xperimntl ātists v ɖ twentịʈ senčri.

Ɖs retṛspctv z ɖ frst t brñ tgɖr ɖ unyžli brwd renj v mīdia h wrct wɖ jrñ hiz fîv-deced c̣rir – nt onli pêntñ, drōñ, ftogṛfi, film n sculpčr, bt olso nôtbcs, slîdpṛjẋnz n fôtocopiz. H wrct in of-ɖ-wōl mtirı̣lz renjñ fṛm mītiordust t gold, bublráp, snêljūs, ptetoz, st n īvn yrenı̣m, ol ɖ ẇl rzistñ īzi caṭġrîzešn.

Polca’s rlentḷsli invntv wrcs renj in sîz fṛm ɖ intiṃsi v a nôtbc t monymntl pêntñz. H tc a wîldli dfṛnt aproč t āt-mcñ, fṛm hiz rsponsz t cnsymrssayti in ɖ 1960z t hiz intrest in travl, drugz n comynl livñ in ɖ 1970z n hiz incrisñli xperimntl practis aftr 1980.

Bnʈ Polca’z irevṛnt wit, pṛmiskys intelijns, n čansóṗrešnz le a dīp sceptisizm v ol oʈoṛti. It wd b impsbl t undrstand ɖs atityd, n ɖ crı̣tivti ɖt gru ât v it, wɖt cnsidrñ Polca’z bîogṛfi n its setñ. In 1945, nir ɖ end v Wrldwor II, hiz famli fled Sîlīža (in preznt-de Pôḷnd) fr ẇt wd sn b Sôvı̣t-okpîd Īst Jrṃni, n ɖen iscept agn, ɖs tîm t West Jrṃni, in 1953.

Polca gru p at a tîm ẇn mni Jrmnz dflctd blem fr ɖ atroṣtiz v ɖ Natsi pirı̣d wɖ ɖ alibî, I dd’nt si enʈñ. In verı̣s wrcs in ɖ xibišn, Polca opozz mni Jrmnz v hiz jeṇrešn’z tendnsi t ignor ɖ Natsi past, az f picñ of ɖ scab t riôpn ɖ wūnd.”

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