VISIONAIRE RECOMMENDS

1. Visionaire 64 ART John Baldessari public art installation is open at the Chrysler Building until October 28th.

In connection to the release of Visionaire 64 ART with the living legend, conceptual artist John Baldessari, we have designed a public art installation at the Chrysler Building. Comprised of 7-feet-tall metal recreations of the color shapes Baldessari designed for our new issue, the exhibition invites guests to become “Baldessari’fied.” Not only is this the “cheap line” (Baldessari once quipped that every artist should have a “cheap line,” in reference to the affordability of prints relative to other art forms available in the marketplace) that Baldessari has been waiting for, it’s also a first in New York City history since the iconic landmark has never hosted an event like this before.

2. John Baldessari: Movie Scripts/ Art is open at Marian Goodman until November 22nd.

Speaking of the artist of the moment (and several decades), John Baldessari also premiered his own solo exhibition this week at Marian Goodman Gallery. Once again pairing text with images, his Movie Script/Art exhibition takes one of his favored techniques a step further: he selected fragments of received art historical images and edited the images down to a detail in order to conceal their art historical lineage pairing them with texts from movie scripts. In our opinion, anything the 83-year-old Venice Beach, CA resident does is a must see.

3. El Anatsui: Trains of Thought is open at Jack Shainman until November 15th.

Known for his humungous, shimmering blanket like installations, El Anatsui is a Ghanian artist who transforms often discarded materials such a liquor bottle caps and cassava graters into desirable objects of art. His work interrogates the history of colonialism and draws connections between consumption, waste, and the environment. But at the core is his unique formal language that distinguishes his practice. The pieces currently on view in Trains of Thought at Jack Shaiman consist of both draped wall pieces but also of three-dimensional works that hover between painting and sculpture.

4. Liu Bolin: A Colorful World? Is open at Klein Sun Gallery until November 1st.

Liu Bolin’s series “Hiding in the City,” a 2005 performance piece turned photography art project, has earned him the title “The Invisible Man” as his images has people and backgrounds blending into one. Prompted by his emotional response to the demolition of Suo Jia Cun, host to Asia’s largest congregation of artists, Liu decided to use his art as a means of silent protest, calling attention to the lack of protection Chinese artists had received from their own government. A Colorful World? is a reference to the countless multicolored advertisements and consumer goods that cloud today’s understanding of oppression and injustice. It comprises new additions to the “Hiding in the City” series as well as sculptures plastered with these adds.

5. Claudio Parmiggian is open at Bortolami until November 15th.

71-year-old Claudio Parmiggian is presenting his first exhibition in the US since 1986 at Bortolami Gallery. The artist who’s been connected to both the Arte Povera and Conceptual Art movements uses a variety of mediums to express his concerns with memory, absence, fragmentation, solitude, silence and uncertainty. One of the key pieces in the exhibition is a 16th century church bell hung to the ceiling from its tongue. Delocazione, a series of works created by setting an installation on fire and exhibiting the burnt remains, is the central part of the show. Some depict a library while others represent windows and picture frames.

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