A bit of exciting news this Monday morning: two very fine shows have received extensions to their runs. Ragnar Kjartansson’s nine-screen video piece at Luhring Augustine, “The Visitors,” now runs through this Saturday, March 23 (it had been scheduled to close March 16), and Artists Space’s rich and captivating “Pictures” update, “Frozen Lakes,” will now close Sunday, March 31.
The wily Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson spends most of his time on screen in his new film, The Visitors (2012), naked in a bathtub, holding an acoustic guitar. Sometimes he strums and sings. “Stars explode all around you / but there’s nothing you can do,” he croons, over and over. On eight more screens arrayed around the gallery, musicians—a drummer, a pianist, a guitarist and more—located in other rooms of a sprawling old house in upstate New York, join him. A large chorus is perched on a porch outside.
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Art Basel Miami Beach announced the lineup for its Art Video Nights program, which will showcase 60 films and videos on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall outside the New World Center. There will be work by artists Julieta Aranda, Guy Ben-Ner, Daniel Arsham, Theaster Gates, Jesper Just, Mauricio Lupini, Rashaad Newsome, Ryan McGinley, Robin Rhode, Sam Samore, Adam Shecter and Hu Xiangqian.
Below you’ll find a live video stream for Ragnar Kjartansson’s opening night performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, which is holding the artist’s first solo American museum exhibition, “Song.” The performance, of Mr. Kjartansson’s recent work Du Holde Kunstis, is being streamed live via the museum’s website, who were kind enough to share it with us. The performance goes live around 7:15 p.m. or a bit after.
Week in Pictures
At the moment, the New York art world is in the eye of the art-market storm, squarely in between March’s Armory Week and May’s Frieze Week. But this is hardly a time to relax. The weather is good–increasingly sunny, increasingly warm. It is a time for strolling neighborhoods and savoring the High Line. And, as Read More
For the 15th anniversary of North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson will follow-up his 2011 Performa biennial commission, Bliss, with Du Holde Kunst. The artist will sing “a slow and repetitive version of Franz Schubert’s ‘An Die Musik’ accompanied by a pianist, brass quartet, harp, timpani, large crash cymbal, and showgirls with big feather fans,” according to a press release.
“Should I give the benediction?” gallerist Roland Augustine asked the nine of us who had gathered on Saturday morning, Nov. 12, outside Luhring Augustine, the Chelsea gallery he runs with Lawrence Luhring. He laughed. “On your mark. Get set. Go!” We bounded east on 23rd Street, carrying a thin bouquet of chamomile flowers in our hands, high-fiving Mr. Luhring down the block, and then, following Dutch artist Guido van der Werve, turned left on Sixth Avenue, toward Central Park.
Mr. van der Werve, 34, outfitted in a black shirt, shorts and knee-high compression socks, was leading us to the grave of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, in Valhalla, New York, a 30-mile trek, for his Performa 11 work. (Chamomiles are Russia’s native flower.) The last time we ran more than 10 miles was about a year ago, and as we ran we realized that trying to participate was a very poor decision.
At a packed party at the Bowery Hotel this evening, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson received Performa’s inaugural Malcolm Award, for his 12-hour operatic masterwork Bliss, which we saw this past weekend. (Earlier today, we admitted that we hoped he would win.)
Ragnar Kjartansson’s performance Bliss had reached the halfway point and the actors were tired. They had been singing the final aria of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro–about four lines and two minutes of music–for six hours and they had six more to go. A conductor stood at the foot of the stage, instructing the 11 actors and 15-piece orchestra with exaggerated movements, thrashing his entire body and flailing his arms high in the air. He was drinking from a glass of red wine. “During the 12 hours,” the program thankfully said, ”the audience is welcome to wander in and out of the performance.”