Exhibition: AJ Fosik at Guerrero Gallery

We first took note of Portland-based artist AJ Fosik’s amazing wall-mounted sculptures at Miami Basel in 2006 and have tracked him carefully since. Made of wood, paint and nails, Fosik’s metaphorical and metaphysical creatures seek to betray the process by which lies and fallacies are propounded by religious zealots, shysters, and proselytizers.

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Exhibition: Chelsea Lately

Every autumn the urban area inscribed by 12th and 6th Avenues + W 14th and W 34th Streets—New York’s Chelsea district—offers up its fall programme to art lovers thirsty after summer’s annual drought. At this time of year, Saturday’s order of the day becomes promiscuous trysts amongst partners like Marianne Boesky, Galerie Lelong, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Mary Boone Gallery. Depending on the gallery’s stamina, each encounter might last between 7 and 20 minutes. Paused by lunch at Pepe Giallo and ending with refreshments at The Half King, gallery-goers return home well sated, visually and gastronomically.

Thomas Hirschhorn: Concordia, Concordia, 2012
Gladstone Gallery, NY

In the wake of the tumult that Hurricane Sandy recently waged on this internationally important art district, my tour back in late September has taken on uncanny prophesy. Thomas Hirschhorn’s upended ship hull at Gladstone Gallery and Rosemary Laing’s sky-born trees gripping half-built houses now seem to have forecasted the impending deluge. Reading Jerry Saltz’s sobering account of flooded ground level galleries and the reticent discarding of unsalvageable, water-logged art reminds me that Chelsea remains a unique environment where commercial enterprise abuts critical engagement. Moreover, a dialogue surrounding artwork that is indulgent, as is sometimes presented by superdealers like Larry Gagosian, has a place among discussions of more compelling work.

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Recap: Tour: Art Toronto 2012

The Ministry of Artistic Affairs held their third annual guided tour of Art Toronto, offering members the opportunity to experience the fair through the eyes of experts in the contemporary art market and art theory. With stops at the booths of important galleries and engaging discussions about the significance of various pieces, it proved to be an insightful experience for both dedicated collectors and general art enthusiasts alike.

Read on for more photos from the fair.

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Exhibition: Man Ray at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in London has announced they will be holding the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Man Ray’s portraiture. A pioneering and influential Surrealist, he was also an accomplished portrait photographer with work often published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. The exhibit will feature hundreds of his portrait images that span nearly five decades, including both his commercial and more experimental pieces.

Man Ray: Portraits
February 7-May 27 2013
The National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin’s Place, London

Exhibition: Dee Dee Ramone at Subliminal Projects

On the 10th anniversary of the death of Dee Dee Ramone, Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery will host a retrospective exhibition celebrating a lesser-known artistic outlet  of the punk rock genius. Unbeknownst to many, Dee Dee was also an avid painter, quietly creating works on canvas throughout his lifetime. A substantive collection of these rare pieces has been provided by his estate to be put on public display for the first time, and are described by Fairey as reminiscent of, “…Warhol’s Pop art, Basquiat’s street scrawl, and Punk’s sense of humor and antagonism.” The paintings will be shown at Subliminal Projects along with purchasable prints by Dee Dee and Fairey.

Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition
Oct. 26-Nov. 17, 2012
Subliminal Projects
1331 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Recap: Access: Dominic Nahr at O’Born Contemporary

This past Wednesday, Ministry members were invited to an exclusive preview of acclaimed photographer Dominic Nahr‘s latest exhibition, Fracture, at O’Born Contemporary. Members were given a private tour of the show a day before it opened to the public, accompanied by Nahr who answered questions and spoke about his extraordinary career and experiences as an international photojournalist.

See more photos from the evening after the jump.

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Exhibition: Frieze London

One of the larger and more significant art events in the UK, Frieze Art Fair takes over Regent’s Park in London this month for it’s tenth year. Over 175 contemporary galleries are represented at the fair, which also presents films, a sculpture park, panel discussions and symposiums. Running concurrently with the contemporary fair is Frieze Masters, also held in Regent’s Park, which features over 90 galleries with a focus on art from ancient to modern

Frieze Art Fair & Frieze Masters
October 11-14, 2012
Regent’s Park
London, UK

Exhibitions: ARTINFO’s Most Anticipated Fall Openings

Click here to check out ARTINFO’s round up of the 40 best openings happening this fall in New York. The list contains a sprinkling of shows by world-reknowned artists like Gerhard Richter and Lucie Fontaine, but is nicely rounded out by a number of younger artists and galleries.

Not going to be in New York this season? Be sure to read the Ministry’s own round up of Toronto gallery openings.

Exhibitions: Toronto Gallery Listings

After the dry spell of summer, the Toronto art community is gearing up for a busy autumn season with the majority of galleries preparing for September exhibition openings. The following list presents The Ministry’s recommendations of the most hotly anticipated shows.

Get out your calendars then check out the list after the jump!

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Exhibition: BIGart at Navy Pier

Chicago’s Navy Pier has partnered with Gagosian Gallery to present BIGart, a free outdoor  exhibition along the waterfront. Featuring towering sculptures by the likes of Roy Litchenstein and Nancy Rubins, among others, and a pavement mural by Steed Taylor, the exhibition at the pier’s Gateway Park runs until October.

BIGart at Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL

Exhibition: Basquiat & Warhol’s Olympic Rings at Gagosian London

To coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s Gagosian Gallery is exhibiting Olympic Rings, a 1985 collaborative painting between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol inspired by the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. The duo had worked together on a number of pieces between 1983 and 1985, synthesizing Warhol’s Pop art aesthetics with Basquiat’s frenetic, graffiti-inspired line work.

Olympic Rings at Gagosian Gallery London is on display until August 11, 2012.

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Exhibition: Edvard Munch at the Tate Modern

As talented as he was psychologically disturbed, Edvard Munch is deservedly hailed as a visionary and masterful artist. A new retrospective of his work is now being exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, foregoing the usual focus on his 19th-century Symbolist work in favour of a more modernist collection. The show is comprised of sixty of his paintings from the 20th century along with some of his lesser known works in film and photography.

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at the Tate Modern runs from June 28-October 14, 2012

Exhibition: Summer Session at Angell Gallery

Toronto’s Angell Gallery opens its annual summer group show tomorrow, July 14th. Summer Session features the work of both established gallery artists as well as pieces by newer additions to the contemporary art community. Simultaneously showing in the gallery’s East wing is a soundscape project by Toronto-based multimedia artist Mike Hansen entitled Gnothi Seauton (Know Thyself).

For more information on the opening check out the gallery’s website or Facebook event.

Summer Session at Angell Gallery runs from July 14th – August 11th
12 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON


Exhibition: Jeff Koons Retrospective at the Whitney

Before the Whitney closes the doors of it’s current home in preparation for the museum’s move to a larger location in the meatpacking district in 2015, it will hold a final exhibition in celebration of contemporary American artist Jeff Koons. The retrospective will sprawl across every floor save for where the permanent exhibitions are housed, making Koons the first artist to take over so much of the museum space. The show will span 35 years of the prolific artist’s career, compiling over 100 works in painting, drawing, prints and of course, his larger than life balloon sculptures. Being a museum of American art, it is a fitting send off for the space’s last show to be dedicated to a living American icon.

Until then, there are a number of other galleries exhibiting Koon’s work this summer. There’s Fondation Beyeler’s retrospective in Switzerland, and two concurrent exhibits in Frankfurt, “The Painter & The Sculptor,” at theThe Schirn Kunsthalle and Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlungs, all of which run until September 2012.