Black Square (2006–) is an ongoing project in which Simon collects objects, documents, and individuals within a black field that has precisely the same measurements as Kazimir Malevich’s 1915 suprematist work of the same name.
Taryn Simon was born in 1975 in New York, where she currently lives and works. Collections include Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Institutional exhibitions include A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, Tate Modern, London; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2011, traveled to Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, through 2013); Contraband, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (2011); A Polite Fiction, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014); Rear Views, A Star-forming Nebula, and the Office of Foreign Propaganda, Jeu de Paume, Paris (2015); 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015); Action Research / The Stagecraft of Power, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2016); A Soldier Is Taught to Bayonet the Enemy and Not Some Undefined Abstraction, Albertinum, Dresden, Germany (2016); An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2016–17); An Occupation of Loss, Park Avenue Armory, New York (2016); The Innocents, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (2017); Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2017); Shouting Is Under Calling, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2018); A Cold Hole + Assembled Audience, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2018); and An Occupation of Loss, presented by Artangel, London (2018).
Black Square (also known as The Black Square or Malevich's Black Square) is an iconic painting by Kazimir Malevich. The first version was done in 1915. Malevich made four variants of which the last is thought to have been painted during the late 1920s or early 1930s. Black Square was first shown in The Last Futurist Exhibition 0,10 in 1915. The work is frequently invoked by critics, historians, curators, and artists as the "zero point of painting", referring to the painting's historical significance and paraphrasing Malevich.
In a context where travel is restricted and many museums remain closed, music superstars take you on a cultural tour through space and time, color and emotion. British singer and songwriter FKA twigs tells her story of the sensuous portrait of Mary Magdalene by Artemisia Gentileschi, an avant-garde depiction of empowered femininity created in 17th century Italy.
Becca Shmuluvitz graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. She was the 2013 recipient of the Morris Louis scholarship, awarding her 22,000 dollars. Her work has been exhibited at The Dress Shop gallery in Brooklyn NY, Area 405 in Baltimore MD, and the Escola LLOTJA in Barcelona. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Hernan Bas (b. 1978, Miami, FL, lives and works in Detroit, MI and Miami, FL) creates paintings, works on paper, videos, and installations that weave together adolescent adventures with classical poetry, religious stories, mythology, the paranormal, and literature.
Willem de Kooning: Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point (1963)
The title Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point refers to one of Willem de Kooning’s favourite places in Long Island, New York. During his period in Long Island De Kooning rode his bike daily to Louse Point where he observed the water. While this painting recalls pastoral nature it was, in fact, painted in the artist’s New York studio shortly before he moved to Long Island. The painting is characterized by large expanses of colour, pastel hues and complex surfaces. Colour accumulates to a thick impasto. In this abstract portrayal of a landscape De Kooning was driven by intuition and memory. The artist’s use of pink is reminiscent of flesh and brings to mind his statement: “The landscape is in the Woman and there is Woman in the landscape.” This was De Kooning’s first painting to be acquired by a European museum.
Tadeusz Styka (born April 12, 1889 in Kielce, died September 11, 1954 in New York) - Polish portrait painter, son of Jan Styka, brother of Adam Styka. He took his first drawing lessons from his father, then studied in Paris. He is mainly known for portraits of famous figures of the first half of the 20th century (including Pola Negri, Ignacy Paderewski, Enric Carus). He also painted genre, religious and symbolic scenes, nudes and animals (especially lions). He often collaborated with Brother Adam and was awarded the French Legion of Honor. He died in New York and is buried next to his father at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Artemisia Lomi or Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter, now considered one of the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists working in the style of Caravaggio. In an era when women had few opportunities to pursue artistic training or work as professional artists, Artemisia was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had an international clientele.