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ArtNexus.com E-mail Newsletter Vol. 3/No. 7
August 30th, 2004

Lead Stories
- Nelson Leirner or How to Maintain a Balance in the work of Art
- Isabel de Obaldía. Force and Fragility Glass Art
- The Berlin Biennale: A Model for Anti-biennialization?

News & Views
- Artur Lescher. Elípticas series. Malba, Costantini Colection
- Cultural exchange between Italy’s Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo and the United States’s Artcenter South Florida
- Local Project gains momentum as a space open to art
- National BBVA Painting Contest in Bogotá, Colombia

Heard on the Street…
- Parallel to the Olympic Games, various exhibitions of the visual arts Olympiad in Athens 2004 have also been carried out

New Works for Sale in Virtual Galleries
- Myto Gallery

New Electronic Catalogs
- Heriberto Nieves

New Books and Catalogs
- Francis Alÿs: El profeta y la mosca. (The Prophet and the Fly: Francis Alÿs)
- Auguste Morisot. Un pintor del Orinoco 1886-1887 (Auguste Morisot. An Oricono’s Painter)
- Escultura Mexicana. De la academia a la instalación. (Mexican Sculpture. From the Academy to Installations)

Upcoming Events
- 26th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil
- Art Forum, Berlin
- Shanghai 5 Biennale, China
- First Contemporary Art Biennial, Seville

Lead Stories

- Nelson Leirner or How to Mantein a Balance in the work of Art

Brazilian artist Nelson Leirner has critiqued mass culture through his work, suffusing his pieces with irony and inviting viewers to think and reflect. An article by Adolfo Montejo Navas analyzes Leirner’s career and comments on the concept and the characteristics of his most recent works, where industrial objects are prevalent and the artist uses humor to allude to urban situations. Read article




- Isabel de Obaldía. Force and Fragility Glass Art

Mónica Kupfer describes the Panamanian artist’s transition from expressionist painting to figurative sculpture through the exploration of glass and its formal potential. Highlights of a most unusual body of work that builds nature and the human figure while incorporating to glass alternate materials such as pigment and metal. Read article

- The Berlin Biennale: A Model for Anti-biennialization?

Carlos Jiménez uses the Berlin Biennial to explain the concept of Biennalization and compares it with other important events such as the Venice Biennale and Documenta. Read the review

News & Views

- Artur Lescher. Elípticas series. Malba, Costantini Colection

The museum lawn will host, for a year, ther three sculptures comprising Lescher’s installation, part of his series Elípticas. These resin pieces stand on wooden base they traverse, and which acts as support and territory. Read more




- Cultural exchange between Italy’s Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo and the United States’s Artcenter South Florida

With the goal of promoting cultural development between the cities o Sardinia, Italy, and Miami, USA, this project promotes visits by artists from both places to the respective art centers for a week-long residence program. Read more


- Local Project gains momentum as a space open to art

Local Project was created in the Long Island City, New York, with the purpose of offering a pace for creation. Local Project is a non-profit organization devoted to building an open forum for artists and the exhibition of their works. After year’s effort, this space has established itself in the promotion of artists who seek to interact through their cultures and explore their diversity. Read more


- National BBVA Painting Contest in Bogotá, Colombia

Created in 1993 with the purpose of exalting and supporting Colombian art, the National BBVA Painting Contest (of the Banco Ganadero), reaches its 12th edition. In this occasion the contest will award prizes for 20 million Colombian pesos. Read more


Read other interesting news, visit: www.artnexus.com/en/nv/newsandviews.shtml


Heard on the Street…

- Parallel to the Olympic Games, various exhibitions of the visual arts Olympiad in Athens 2004 have also been carried out.

One of the shows held in Athens "Gods Becoming Men", curated by Edward Lucie-Smith, at the Frissiras Museum Athens, aims to offer works by artists who live and work far from the major art centers. Read more




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New Work for Sale in Virtual Galleries

- Myto Gallery

Emerging and established contemporary art, mainly from Latin America Myto is a physical and virtual space devoted to presenting authentic and innovative proposals in the realm of international contemporary art, without considerations or limitations in terms of genre, technique, nationality, or style, only with the common denominator of high technical and conceptual quality.
Visit the virtual gallery




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New Electronic Catalogs

- Heriberto Nieves
We invite you to see the new Heriberto Nieves electronic catalog, the artist’s most recent works.
See the catalog




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New Books and Catalogs

- Francis Alÿs: El profeta y la mosca. (The Prophet and the Fly: Francis Alÿs) Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Francis Alÿs, Pictorial Works, 1992-2002”, tries to retreat from the common layout of art books, originating itself from within its design and title as a literary text, seemingly illustrated by Francis Alÿs. However the texts in the book, refer to the artist’s work, from either critical writings or literary fragments that inspired his work, or by establishing parallels between them. An excellent and comprehensive set of images by the artist complements the texts. Edited by Turner, 2003. Texts by Catherine Lampert. Printed in Spain. 130 color illustrations, 21 in black and white. Spanish. Hard cover. 188 pages. 10 1/3 x 8 2/5 in. (26 x 21,5 cm.). Buy it in our store



- Auguste Morisot. Un pintor del Orinoco 1886-1887. (Auguste Morisot. An Orinoco’s Painter) A book on the work by this traveller during his expedition to the Orinoco. Morisot sets the record, in his drawings and paintings, about the whole journey, the customary scenes, landscapes, flora and fauna and the indigenous presence. All drawings and notes were extracted from the original documents. The Morisot Fund is preserved and studied by Fundación Cisneros. Edited by Fundación Cisneros and Editorial Planeta 2002. Texts by Alvaro García Castro and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. 512 pages. 87 sephia illustrations and 32 in full color. Spanish. Hard cover. Buy it in our store

- Escultura Mexicana. De la academia a la instalación.. (Mexican Sculpture. From the Academy to Installations) A deep and chronological analysis of this expression of Mexican art, beginning with the historical context that the country was living during the creation of the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos, in 1783; the creation of the sculpture lecture, the different governments and their incidence in sculpture activity. Other texts embark on the themes and sub-themes: the concept of nationality as an avant-garde, the influence of surrealism, the integration with expressions such as architecture, the period of rupture, geometrics and contemporariness in Mexican sculpture. Edited by Landuci Editors, 2001. Texts by Roxana Velásquez, Luis-Martín Lozano, Juan Coronel Rivera, Gutierre Aceves, Jorge Alberto Manrique, Enrique Franco, Agustín Arteaga, Lourdes Andrade, Teresa del Conde, Alejandro Aguilera, Alejandrina Escudero, Ricardo Pedroza, Leilia Driben, Sebastián, Itzel Vargas and Abraham Cruzvillegas. Spanish. 453 pages, 361 color photographs, 10 in black and white. Hard cover. 13 x 9 ½ in. (33 x 24 cm.). Buy it in our store

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Upcoming Events

- 26th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil

Considered one of the most important Biennials, the São Paulo Biennial will open its doors on September 25 through December 19. The main topic on this occasion is Image Smugglers in a Free Territory, and will bring together the work of 150 artists from 62 countries, to be seen at its usual headquarters of Parque do Ibirapuera. For more information, visit bienalsaopaulo.terra.com.br


- Art Forum, Berlin

Will be held September 17 through 22 at the Berlin Exhibition Center. Some 120 galleries will participate, from 20 countries. There will be parallel shows and conferences. For more information, visit www.art-forum-berlin.com


- Shanghai 5 Biennale, China

The 5th Shanghai Biennale will be held September 28 through November 28. The curatorial team is headed by Sebastián López, Director of the Gate Foundation in Amsterdam. The Biennale will present its main exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Art, and in this occasion other buildings in the city will host different shows.


- First Contemporary Art Biennial, Seville

From October 1 to December 5, the La Cartuja de Santa María de las Cuevas monastery will host the first edition of the Seville Biennial. More than 60 artists from all over the world will participate, selected by Swiss commissar Harald Szeemann. The BIACS is promoted by a private foundation, the Seville International Contemporary Art Biennial Foundation, which will lead the effort for this and future editions of the event. Its main goal is for the Biennial to become not only a world-class artistic event, a point of reference for future cultural projects, but also a social event involving the city. For more information, visit www.fundacionbiacs.com