Painter Jules de Balincourt never studied painting. He rarely works using preparatory sketches or photographic models. Yet this spring, he has his own exhibition titled “Misfit Island” at the Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art in France.
De Balincourt -- who was featured sharing intimate details about his life in MUSE 37 -- was born in Paris but had a nomadic early childhood. He lived in Spain, Switzerland and California before settling down in New York where he grew into an influential figure in the art scene.
Fifteen of de Balincourt’s paintings are on display at the museum, including a selection of his work dating from 2003 to present day. His paintings often show a balance between figuration and abstraction with one thread pulling it all together: recognizable reality. Painted directly on wood panels are his signature elements of striking explosions, historical maps and familiar landscapes.
For the first time, the exhibition will focus on the artist’s community center “Starr Space” in Brooklyn. Accompanying the paintings is a range of material documenting three years of performances, concerts and events at his studio.
“I never thought of Starr Space as an ‘art project,’ or in that moment did not really make the direct connection between some of the ideas in my work and what ideas or ideals Starr Space represented,” de Balincourt said. “But now in hindsight it is loud and clear: the connections between my work often representing ‘alternative’ communities, removed isolated microcosms attempting something as idealistic as a better more communal based world.”
'Misfit Island' is on view until June 8.
Featuring more than 100 artists, collectives and performers, the 77th Whitney Biennial presents a wide array of unique perspectives surrounding American contemporary art.
Three outside curators each organized their own floor for the event -- Stuart Comer, chief curator of media and performance at the Museum of Modern Art; Anthony Elms, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; and Michelle Grabner, an artist and a professor in the painting and drawing department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago -- with each floor dedicated to their own vision.
Among the diverse spectrum of artists is the multi-dimensional work of Dashiell Manley, known for his double-sided pieces made of canvas, glass and full of abstraction.
Also on view is the work of Tony Lewis, known for his large, vacant drawings with scrambled text in gradations of black and white, and artist Ken Okiishi, who combines video, performance and installation to create powerful images that examine human memory.
This year's Biennial will be the last edition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art's Madison Avenue location before moving to a new building in Manhattan's meatpacking district in 2015.
On view from March 7 through May 25.
Prada’s The Iconoclast series launched in 2009 is renewed this season with a new appointment for Fashion Week in Milan, on February the 20th, the night of Prada show.
The boutiques in Via Montenapoleone (6 and 8) will be remixed for the occasion by fashion editor Edward Enninful and his “Harlem Renaissance”. Enninful got inspired by the electric time in the 20s that saw a prolific exchange between African and American communities in New York and the USA.
This was the era of jazz, it was the time when stars such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker and Ella Fitzgerald were born.
Taking as a starting point this colorful creative spirit, the shops will be filled with black and white mannequins dressed in Prada SS14 and archive pieces. An art deco bar will complete the scene of the women shop while the man shop will see a set made of game tables and a jazz blues trio.
The new images shot by Emma Summerton and Enninful will decorate both stores.
The display will be on view until Feabruary 24th. After Milan Mr Enninful will unveil his vision at Prada’s new St. Petersburg store..