MARK BLOCH is a writer, public speaker and pan-media artist from Ohio living in Manhattan since 1982. His archive of Mail/Network/Communication Art is part of the Downtown Collection at the Fales Library of New York University.
The Estate of General Idea (1969-1994) had their first exhibition with the Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery on view in Chelsea through January 13, featuring several “ziggurat” paintings from the late 1960s, alongside works on paper, photographs and ephemera that highlight the central importance of the ziggurat form in the rich practice of General Idea.
The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 pounded the souls of many young Japanese artists.
Had intolerance not been rampant in 1963, the deserved anti-heroic notoriety Jack Smith received when Flaming Creatures appeared, following screenings for initiated friends in ’62, might have been for fearless dedication to his vision; instead it made him a gay icon.
Coinciding with MoMA’s Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done and Paula Cooper Gallery’s 50 Years: An Anniversary exhibition, Peter Moore: 1968 is just that: a collection of photographs taken in a single remarkable year by the ubiquitous Moore (1932 – 1993) of Judson artists such as Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton as well as a number of their downtown bohemian peers ranging from Philip Glass to Charlotte Moorman and others.
Johan Wahlsrom’s recent show, Life Is Good, is smaller than last year’s Distorted Happiness.
Something in the air wafted into New York’s cultural scene as the 1950s became the 1960s with the dance world no exception.
Settangeli pledged to devote his considerable gifts and career to the ideals of the Samurai, Japanese warriors from the 10th through 19th centuries, and their six virtues: filialness, loyalty, fidelity, justice, charity, and courtesy.
Best known for her intricate and enigmatic multimedia assemblages, Mary Bauermeister (b.1934), long defied categorization. She matured amidst Pop and Minimalism but instead echoed explorations of the very personal and a multi-layered maximalism.
The understated exhibition, Notes From Downtown is a victory lap around the tail end of a divine comedy for Jonas Mekas’s.
This show unwraps the early years (1953 – 1959) of Japan’s influential post-war avant-garde art collective, Gutai, with a tale of innovation that presents prescient pre-Pop and pre-performance captured in its earliest moments.
Jeffrey Perkins’s George is an important new addition to the twin canons of art and anti-art.
- General Idea in Perspective by Mark Bloch
- ATSUKI SETTANGELI: New Dawns of the Samurai Spirit by Mark Bloch
- Forsaking Pop: A New Art Generation from Japan by Mark Bloch
- Mary Bauermeister: Live in Peace or Leave the Galaxy by Mark Bloch
- JACK SMITH: Art Crust of Spiritual Oasis by Mark Bloch
- Jonas Mekas: Notes from Downtown by Mark Bloch
- Peter Moore: 1968 by Mark Bloch
- Gutai: 1953 –1959 by Mark Bloch
- JOHAN WAHLSTROM: Life is Good by Mark Bloch
- JEFFREY PERKINS: George by Mark Bloch