Monday's image: May 22, 2017

Nobuaki Kojima, Untitled, Painted plaster and strips of red-and-white cloth coated with polyethylene resin, 67 5/8 x 35 1/2 x 19 3/8 inches, 1964, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Monday's image: May 15, 2017

Pawel Althamer, Tezca (Rainbow), Metal, cotton, felt, rubber, cork, and plastic, 120 x 185 x 57 centimeters, 2004 Centre Pompidou, Paris

Monday's image: May 8, 2017

André-Pierre Arnal, Pliage (Grand triangle bleu et rouge), Glycerophtalic paint sprayed on unstretched canvas, 220 x 440 centimeters, 1971, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Monday's image: May 1, 2017

Martin Pajeck, Subway Worker, Oil on paperboard, 28 7/8 x 22 1/16 inches, 1953-55, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

Monday's image: April 24, 2017

Gary Simmons, Everforward..., Boxing gloves, metallic gold thread, satin, 35 x 15 x 6 inches, 1993, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monday's image: April 17, 2017

Auguste Rodin, Flying Figure, Bronze, 20 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 12 inches, modeled circa 1890, cast 1975 (by Georges Rudier), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Monday's image: April 10, 2017

Helen Altman, Signal, Commercially produced electric fire logs, 108 x 156 1/8 x 12 inches, 1992, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Monday's image: April 3, 2017

Elaine Mayes, Autolandscape, Ohio, Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches, 1971, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Monday's image: March 27, 2017

Tomasz Sikorski, Portent, 8 mm film, 07:33, 1981, Muzeum (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw), Poland (Note: Film can be viewed via the museum link)

March 23, 2017 / Lisa Blas "Monday's image" / Emily Harvey Foundation, New York

Lisa Blas / "Monday's image" at Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, on March 23, 2017. Many thanks to all who attended this one night special event!

Lisa Blas
Monday's Image

March 23, 2017
1:00 - 9:00pm
Opening March 23 - 7:00pm

Monday's image is a weekly web-based project begun in 2015 by Lisa Blas in the News section of her website, presented as a video work for a special one night-event at the EHF.

LISA BLAS, "So what? We must act", Digital C-print, 2017

LISA BLAS, Monday's image, installation view, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, 2017

Monday's image: March 20, 2017

Jack Whitten, Slip Zone, Acrylic on canvas, 39 x 39 inches, 1971, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Monday's image: March 13, 2017

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, from the series The Border, Chromogenic print, 63 x 45 3/8 inches, 2010, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

Monday's image: March 6, 2017

Martin Kippenberger, Martin, Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself, Cast aluminum, clothing and iron plate, 71.5 x 29.5 x 13.5 inches, 1992, Museum of Modern Art, New York

SPRING/BREAK Art Show: February 28 - March 6, 2017

Excited to be showing early work along with recent work in the group exhibition "AMERICANAH" curated by Natasha Becker. Please join us at SPRING/BREAK Art Show during Armory Week 2017 in New York!

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Natasha Becker presents three New York City artists, LISA BLAS, BRADLEY McCALLUM and DAAPO REO, at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 novel about identity and belonging in a global landscape.

Contained within Adichie’s neologism, Americanah, is the word Americana which describes the many different kinds of artifacts that make up the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. The American flag is an iconic symbol within this collection of artefacts, representing a national identity that is based on the principles of liberty, justice, and humanity. It is an inspiring image but one that can also highlight moments where the nation falls short.

By adding an ‘h’ at the end of the existing word, Adichie extends its meaning to describe, defend, and criticize a complex process of becoming in which identity is not predicated on the seeds of nationality or the ground of place but rather on experience (relations of identity, nationality, race, difference, loneliness, aspiration, love) and trajectory (the path one follows through place and time).

The exhibition explores the delicate balance between expressions of American idealism and the freedom of artists to comment on times where nations falls short of their ideals.

Lisa Blas investigates how a single representation is mediated in its time of origin and redeployed in changing economies of signs and significations. Her poetic flag portraits representing Emily Perez (the highest decorated African-American and Hispanic woman to have died in the recent Iraq War) are potent symbols of vulnerability and in her newest series of vibrant collages, entitled “The Instability of Nature Morte (reconsidering monument[ality] under the throwaway evidence of work”, she explores personal and activist responses to contemporary political culture.

Bradley McCallum transforms news media images of burnings of the American flag into shimmering abstractions of flames, figures and fragments. Flag burning is a practice long associated with protest against the policies of a government or nation. His series of protest paintings (2015/2016) link the power and beauty of national icons with intense longing and demands for fairness and justice.

Daapo Reo reinvents the popular red, white and blue as a symbol of African aspirations, “ALCOHOLOTOPIA (A GEOPOLITICAL DREAM UNDER THE INFLUENCE,” and belonging, “AFRIKAN HISTORY X: GAY IS THE OLD BLACK, BITCHES!”. Reo’s flags are made from different African textiles representing layers of personal history, cultural memory, and conflicting experiences to comment on utopian aspirations and past and current realities, poking fun at privileged elites and anonymous masses along the way.

“Americanah” at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, 1 - 6 MARCH 2017, NEW YORK Times Square, NYC (entrance on 43rd Street)

For queries please CONTACT | NATASHA BECKER | curator | T: 917.601.6625 | E: n becker@icloud.com

Monday's image: February 27, 2017

Miriam Schapiro, Fanfare, Oil on canvas, 72 x 84 inches, 1958, Jewish Museum, New York

Monday's image: February 20, 2017

Igor Sergeevich Shelkovsky, Cloud, Enamel on wood, 56 x 77.5 x 31 centimeters, 1977, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Monday's image: February 13, 2017

Claes Oldenburg, Two Cheeseburgers, with Everything (Dual Hamburgers), Burlap soaked in plaster, painted with enamel, 7 x 14 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches, 1962, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Monday's image: February 6, 2017

Romare Bearden, Family, Collage on wood, 28 x 20 inches, 1986, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Monday's image: January 30, 2017

General Idea, Cornucopia: The Birth of Red, White and Blue from Fear Management, One from a portfolio of eight screenprints, with hand additions, 32 15/16 x 21 15/16 inches, 1987, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Monday's image: January 23, 2017

Francis Alÿs, Tornado, Milpa Alta, Video, high definition, projection, color and sound (surround), 39 minutes / 58 seconds, 2000 - 2010, Tate Gallery, Britain (video clip is hyperlinked in artwork title)