Anthology Film Archives is proud to present the premiere of The Matchstick Traveller a documentary on Al Hansen by Mareike Wegener.
A documentary about the artist Al Hansen, who was everything at the same time: Beat Poet, Pop Artist, performer, Fluxus Artist, author, porn editor, actor, composer, punk band manager – an axis for all post-war movements, but still the outcast. With appearances by Fluxus artists Ben Vautier, Alison Knowles, Larry Miller and Ben Patterson, and the Vienna Actionist Hermann Nitsch, as well as friends and family.
Al Hansen's works are a humorous and intelligent conglomerate of neo-dada, fluxus and pop art. The exhibition focuses on his performative practice and in addition presents his drawings, collages and assemblages. Arthur Køpcke's oeuvre is shown in a retrospective exhibition with works from 1949 to 1974 all of which in each their own way take as their point of departure his unique chief work Reading/Work-pieces - a collection of ideas for works encouraging the viewer to participate actively.
Originally published between 1965 and 1967, the Great Bear contributors were a who's who of the sixties avant-garde: George Brecht, John Cage, Al Hansen, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Nam Jun Paik, Diter Rot and Emmett Williams, were just but a few of the artists/authors in the series. All of the pamphlets were staple-bound and 16 pages in length (except for the Manifesto issue, which was 32 pages). While they shared the same format,each title in the series was printed on varying colors and types of paper. True to the originals, each pamphlet will be printed on various types and colors of paper and the complete edition will come in a hand-made pine box.
From portraits and nudes, to still life and landscapes, with media ranging from acrylic and oil paintings to cast glass and bronze statues, Contemporary Realism represents twenty-six years of discovery, appreciation and collecting by a pair of the movements finest advocates, Richard and Monica Segal.
Éditions Gallimard (Paris) has licensed Caliope Venus by Al Hansen
for the cover of Cerceuil et Fossoyeur - Le cycle de Harlem
The latest in the detective series by American writer Chester Himes
Museum of Modern Art has aquired "Coco Was a Poco Loco about Cacao and Men" 1968 by Al Hansen
The Hirshhorn Museum has acquired 24 new works of art, many of which complement current holdings and reinforce the Hirshhorn's commitment to collecting key artists' work in depth, as the museum's founder, Joseph H. Hirshhorn did. Several purchases by the museum bring artists into the collection for the first time, including three photographic works by Christopher Williams, a triptych by Troy Brauntuch and a framed collage by Al Hansen.
New York Style icon and artist's muse Jane Holzer is featured in the German edition of Vogue September 2005. Take a peek inside and see her brilliant contemporary collection as it hangs in her Palm Beach home including a unique Al Hansen from the 1960's.
As it emerged from a period of austerity, Britain seemed to be overwhelmed by colour and optimism. What appeared to be a period of prosperity was accompanied by new consumer products, and advances in advertising and packaging. A new youth culture brought new forms of music and fashion. Television took hold of people's imaginations, attitudes to class and sex were liberalised, and the appearance of Britain literally changed as its cities were rebuilt and modernised.
If you were too young to experience the sixties or too old to remember - this is a chance to catch up and take a critical look at what was arguably the most creative and exciting period in 20th century art.
COPIA presents SWEET TOOTH
In COPIAs exhibition Sweet Tooth, on display January 31 through May 12, 2003, forty leading contemporary artists offer a variety of responses to that question, creating appetizing artworks that play with ideas of sweetness, memory and obsession. Curator Sara Tanguy selected Al Hansen's Joseph Beuys Breast Venus for this exhbition in addition to the work of many other artists including Claes Oldenburg, Sandy Skoglund, Robert Colescott, Robert Arneson, Meg Webster, David Ireland, Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol.COPIA is open Thursday through Monday, 10am - 5pm (closed Tuesday-Wednesday).
COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts is the worlds leading cultural center dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of wine and food with the arts. Among the centers impressive facilities are its 13,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to long term and temporary exhibitions, and a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for performances, art installations and educational programs. The 80,000 square-foot building and three and one-half acres of gardens allow COPIA to pursue its mission to explore and reveal the interrelationships of wine and food with the arts through innovative programming, exhibitions and scholarships.
Critical Mass: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance and Intermedia at Rutgers University 1958-1971
February 1 - June 1, 2003 Fairchild Gallery Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Massachusets. Al Hansen work will be included in the show and a cataglog will be available. The opening and performances will occur February 16, 2003 at 4:45 PM in the gallery.
NEW from University of California Press
Fluxus Experience by Hannah Higgins Ph.DIn this groundbreaking work of incisive scholarship and analysis, Hannah Higgins explores the influential art movement Fluxus. Daring, disparate , contentious -- Fluxus worked with the minimal and prosaic materials now familiar in post World War II art. Higgins describes the experience of Fluxus for viewers, even experiences resembling sensory assaults, as affirming transactions betweeen self and world.
Phaidon PressPhaidon Press selected Al Hansen for their survey of American art appropriately titled,The American Art Book. The American Art Book presents 500 artists and their works, ranging from Puritan portraits to the luminous paintings of the Hudson River School and the American Impressionists, to the videos and digital works of todays most intriguing conceptual artists. Its alphabetical format generates intriguing juxtapositions: Al Hansen faces David Hammon, and Richard Avedon sits next to Milton Avery, encouraging readers to contemplate the connections between art and American history and popular culture. Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate of a representative work, and an informative, engaging text which places the artist and the image in the context of contemporary movements and preceding traditions.
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