Old School / New School

Poster for Miloš Forman's Audition by Vladimir Fuka, 1963 (courtesy of Terry Posters)

Poster for Miloš Forman's Audition by Vladimir Fuka, 1963 (courtesy of Terry Posters)

Miloš Forman – 80
The Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, New York
February 2 – February 29, 2012

Czech poster art sprouted in the 19th century, fueled by advances in lithography and a booming cultural scene. By way of Alfonse Mucha’s graceful Art Nouveau theater and dance announcements, poster art became a staple of Czech artistic production. Even behind the iron curtain, graphic artists expanded upon foreign films that trickled through, oftentimes unable to afford importing original promotional material. There was a peak in the genre after the Prague Spring in 1968 when Socialism gave way to more fluid creation. The current exhibition at The Bohemian National Hall, also home to the Czech Consulate, presents posters generated for films by Miloš Forman, a Czech director and screenwriter, in the 1960s. Curated by Pavel Rajcan, the exhibition will display thirty posters from Forman’s most famous films including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, Audition, and The Firemen’s Ball.

 

 

Lothar Osterburg – “Imagining New York” and “Library Dreams” series
Lesley Heller Workspace
54 Orchard Street
New York, New York
February 1 – March 4

Before the photograph, even before the daguerreotype, there was the photogravure. The tedious process has been simplified by digital shortcuts, and few practitioners uphold the original craft. Lothar Osterburg has been a master printer since the early 1990s where he got his start working at the Crown Point Press in San Francisco. Osterburg’s bustling images are made from found materials transformed into models in diorama size. His creations are then photographed, in certain cases with a macro lens or microscope, and printed. These lush hallucinations enmesh the viewer in Osterburg’s fantasy. Each series mines his imagination, exploring the haze of daydreams that surround New York City and a library’s breadth of information with similar delirium.

Library Dreams after Magritte's Time Transfixed, Lothar Osterburg, 2012, photogravure with scraping and aquatint on Gampi Chine Colle on Somerset White, 25" x 25," edition of 8

Library Dreams after Magritte's Time Transfixed, Lothar Osterburg, 2012, photogravure with scraping and aquatint on Gampi Chine Colle on Somerset White, 25" x 25," edition of 8

Going Downtown, Lothar Osterburg, 2012, carbon print, 8"x8", edition of 3

Going Downtown, Lothar Osterburg, 2012, carbon print, 8"x8", edition of 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUMES – Artist Editions
Causey Contemporary
92 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, New York
January 27 – February 26

“Volumes” challenges thirteen artists on Causey Contemporary’s bill to conquer the intricacies of photographic or intaglio printing processes. Norman Mooney and Arthur Mednick, sculptors working in aluminum and steel respectively, present strong efforts. Mooney’s Haystacks series of photographs on aluminum evoke the solitary degradation of the countryside. Pillow Talk- Pillow no. 4 highlights Mednick’s knack for presenting an eloquently composed object that is dually constricted and expanding. In challenging their skills, these curious artists offer a motley crew of work and enliven a conversation complementing their usual production. Comfort and experimentation are at odds with one another, and the results instill the value of a technical challenge.

Pillow Talk - Pillow no. 4, Arthur Mednick, 2010, archival digital print on aluminum, 30" x 40", edition 1/2

Pillow Talk - Pillow no. 4, Arthur Mednick, 2010, archival digital print on aluminum, 30" x 40", edition 1/2

Haystacks III, Norman Mooney, fiber print on aluminum, 36"x 54", edition 3/5

Haystacks III, Norman Mooney, fiber print on aluminum, 36"x 54", edition 3/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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