Daniel Baumann | January 10th, 2013
Art Basel Miami Beach
We would like to invite you for drinks
on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
at Veterans of Foreign Wars, 650 West Ave
(South Beach/Miami Beach on the second
floor of the Floridian condo) to celebrate the
2013 Carnegie International (opening October 4, 2013)
Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski & Lynn Zelevansky
“But instead I went to maybe the best party I’ve ever been to in Miami.” Sarah Humphrey, Pittsburgh City Paper
“The party filled up, and quickly. The hosts and CI curators Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski are—I must say—a lot of fun”. Lloyd Wise, Artforum
Amanda Donnan | December 22nd, 2012
If you follow this blog, you may have noticed that we recently got a makeover. You may have wondered whether, from one visit to the next, you actually just witnessed the unveiling of the 2013 Carnegie International’s graphic identity?! And the answer would be yes. Yes you did, and you were among the first to see it.
The design was developed by Kloepfer-Ramsey, a graphic design studio in New York, established in 2010 by Chad Kloepfer and Jeff Ramsey. They work primarily with clients in the fields of art and architecture on print, identity, interactive, and exhibition-related projects. Chad and Jeff sent me this description of the design concept they’ve developed for us:
In working to establish an identity for the show we focused on two of the main themes: play and dissonance. These themes helped create a structure for thinking and form making, in devising a system in which various elements can be played with and positioned in terms of scale, shape, color, placement, and material. By creating a core group of visual shapes, images, and verbal cues the identity starts to take shape through the juxtaposition of these elements, almost like a mood board. Sometimes they come together in very formal, more aggressive arrangements, and at other times less rigid or more open-ended groupings leaving the viewer to make connections between the pieces. This strategy of groupings seemed to align with how the curators were thinking about the artists and their relationship(s) to one another. As the identity starts to react to the forms and content of its application throughout the show, and on the various materials produced, that diversity, or dissonance, is made concrete. Very little is seen as “off limits” for the possibilities of application, since in the end, this helps produce a richer, more varied experience. Overall, the identity is meant to provide a playful and informative counterpoint to the exhibited works.
Check out more of Chad and Jeff’s work on their website.
Guest | December 11th, 2012
During the 2011–2012 school year, nine juniors and seniors from The Ellis School (Pittsburgh) were enrolled in a modern and contemporary art class called “Art Now.” For the culminating project we each chose one contemporary artist or piece of contemporary art that we would like to be included in the 2013 Carnegie International. We then each created a poster explaining our rationale. Our art history teacher, Sara Sturdevant, decided to send our completed posters to the curators of the show. They graciously received our projects and extended an invitation to meet with us in order to share insights into the curatorial process. We were delighted to hear that one of our fellow students predicted an artist who will be featured in the show!…but we are all still anxiously awaiting the final list to see who got it right! Below are our projects.
Laila Al-Soulaiman, Lucy Crelli, Shana Leshko, Marina Lorenzini, Tessa McArdie, Tova Perlman, and Aveeka Vats are students at The Ellis School, Pittsburgh’s only age 3–grade 12 independent school dedicated to the education of girls and young women.
Guest | November 16th, 2012
The earliest Carnegie International catalog covers featured a profile with the motto “Honos Alit Artes” (in English, “Honor feeds the arts”). This phrase is attributed to Cicero, who argued that an artistic discipline, such as painting, requires recognition and support from the public in order to flourish. This cover design was used from 1896 to 1914, when the annual show was put on hold due to the war. When the exhibition was brought back in 1920, the covers had a new, modern design. This Art Deco look was used from 1920 to 1922, and the show was renamed the International Exhibition of Paintings. 1924 saw the introduction of a new cover design, this time a classic image of a goddess. Read the rest of this entry »
Daniel Baumann | November 9th, 2012
The other night, Swiss artist Tobias Madison stopped in Pittsburgh to launch his new book Drawings at Gooski’s. It was Sandy’s night and Madison left town the next day for Los Angeles, for another book launch at Ooga Booga.