Behind the Scenes: Installing with George Condo

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Finalizing layout plans. Left to right: Manager of Exhibitions Liza Strelka, contemporary artist George Condo, Exhibition Curator Klaus Ottmann, Condo studio assistant Benjamin Provo. Photo: Rhiannon Newman

George Condo was on site last week to install about 200 of his works in the Phillips galleries. His exhibition, The Way I Think, opened last weekend and offers visitors unprecedented insight into the mind and creative process of this extraordinarily imaginative artist.

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Photo: Rhiannon Newman

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Photo: Rhiannon Newman

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Photo: Rhiannon Newman

Behind the Scenes with Arlene Shechet

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Arlene Shechet with her installation Once Removed (1998). These works are mde from abacá paper and Hydrocal. Photos: Rhiannon Newman

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of Arlene Shechet installing her Intersections project, From Here On Now.  Shechet is a New York-based sculptor known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct.

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Shechet in the staircaise of the original Phillips house with Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann. Photo: Rhiannon Newman

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Deciding on positioning for Shechet’s Best Behavior (2014). Photo: Rhiannon Newman

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Shechet and Ottmann with the artist’s Best Behavior (2014). Photo: Rhiannon Newman

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In an adjacent gallery to the one pictured above, portraits from the museum’s permanent collection are hung salon style. Photo: Rhiannon Newman

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In addition to her works on view in the second floor of the original Phillips house, Shechet’s ceramics are on view in a first floor gallery of the more recent addition. Shechet and Ottmann are pictured here with For the Forest (2016). Photo: Rhiannon Newman

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Arlene Shechet installing Once Removed (1998). Photo: Rhiannon Newman

 

Dispatches: Courier’s Perks from Paris

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Courier trips come in a package of “pain & pleasure.” The former includes long hours of waiting in cold cargo areas with no coffee machines, at times delayed flights, riding in trucks, waiting for customs clearance, and frequent jet lag…but at the end of the tunnel, there are the pleasures of seeing new places and a lot of art! On a recent courier trip, we had the chance to visit the new Parisian museum Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by architect Frank Gehry and opened to the public in October 2014 on the outskirts of Paris’s Bois De Boulogne. It is an amazing sailboat-like edifice made of glass and concrete that makes you feel small yet comfortable, showcasing contemporary art. In addition to the current exhibition of art from China, there are a few art commissions, including Ellsworth Kelly’s paintings for the auditorium, as well as Olafur Eliasson’s mesmerizing installation with sound. These courier’s perks make you alive and ready to jump on a plane again!

Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art 

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Olafur Eliasson’s “Inside the horizon” (2014) installation

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Works by Ellsworth Kelly commissioned for the auditorium