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    Modernité, Merdonité, and The Ribbon at Olympia’s Throat

    Mike Zahn January 2023 Julianne, Julia, and / or Julie, 2023Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) 544 x 544 RGB20 KB Novel innovation in the visual arts proceeds from depiction of the human face. The features of another present a special type of social signal with roots in ritual, interaction, and exchange. AI photo applications such as Lensa promise the capability of turning conventional selfies into “magic avatars”. The app deploys digital tools which don’t require skills for their use, and however basic, actualizes trust in universal creativity as a meta-modern impulse. Artworks founded upon the imagination of networked objects, distributed consciousness,…

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    “Julianne Montague: A Composition in Six Parts”

    New Work by Mike Zahn Gesso ArtspaceMaria Lassnig Straße 33 1100 Wien January 2023 MZ_JM:1.17.22 “Julianne Montague: A Composition in Six Parts“, 2023Detail of gallery viewGesso Artspace “Julianne Montague: A Composition in Six Parts” presents the work of one artist by…

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    Fett auf Mager

    Jean-Frédéric Schnyder Mike Zahn23 January 2023 Jean-Fréderic SchnyderDetail from the exhibition Jean-Frédéric SchnyderVienna SecessionJanuary—May 2023 https://secession.at/ausstellung_jean_frederic_schnyder_en Contemporary art risks fatigue through repetition of and familiarity with that which is seen. Furthermore, given the ubiquity of the Internet, suspicions are harbored that everyday…

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    Mit Jai Inn, Rudolf Polanzky, Andreas Reiter Raabe

    Mit Jai Inn, Rudolf Polanzky, Andreas Reiter Raabe Gesso Artspace33 Maria Lassnig Straße 1100 Wien January 2023 www.gessoartspace.com www.instagram.com/gesso.artspace The mantle of abstraction specifies certain processes which articulate presence through repetitive engagement with stuff. Its sectarian lineage is traced to…

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    George Hofmann – Dialogue

    In Painting, gesture is language…. George thought it would be interesting to start a discussion about painting, about this moment in time for painting, and so, he gives us a loaded topic that still resonates with painters today. What is…

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    The Technological Sublime @ Pazo Fine Arts

    Mike Zahn continues to brilliantly reassess the implications of the complicated legacy of late Modernist abstraction for this new show @ Pazo Fine Arts. “These three artists [Rockne Krebs, Beverly Fishman and Ruth Pastine] each calibrate finely-tuned qualities of light…

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    Seriously?

    “How could I have done this???” Throughout this hot and stifling summer the late works of some of the Modern masters have been a focus – particularly their later works. What has been important over this time has been Picasso…

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    Paul Corio @ McKenzie Fine Art

    Paul is opening his new show at McKenzie Fine Art on September 9. Paul Corio’s abstract paintings have long used highly disciplined sequences of carefully mixed colors within a varied framework of geometric motifs and patterns. In Corio’s work, color…