Our latest interview presents and celebrates Tobias Czudej, better known as Chewday’s. The London-based curator, who recently curated "Signal Failure" at Pace London, is always able to challenge and amaze the art world with his exhibitions, all while working in distinguished institutions like Gagosian and PACE. With a very intimate view on how a show must be planned, processed and presented, we were eager to know how he manages to create unique and successful exhibitions on a regular basis. Read our interview to discover how internet blends with solitude in his new show, the personal way he subverts conventional displays and how he plans to open a small gallery in London under Chewday’s name.
A central part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of CPS – Centro Português de Serigrafia ( Portuguese Printmaking Centre ) was a group exhibition at the Coa Museum with Alexandre Farto (Vhils), Miguel Januário, Paulo Arraiano, Pedro Matos, Ricardo Passaporte, Sandro Resende, Susana Anágua and Ana João Romana.
It’s a great pleasure for Aujourd’hui to present Christian Rosa as our brand new interview. Don’t be fooled by the reckless attitude and cool looks, Christian Rosa is not just any other emerging artist. He is the seminal art world success story, with works flying from his studio in Los Angeles to exhibitions at White Cube and Saatchi Gallery in London, Venice Biennale and many others. Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Vienna, his paintings have an improvisational feel that uplifts all the right cadences and rhythms throughout the canvas. Read our interview to find out Christian’s remaining goals, what he thinks about abstract optimism and what happened with the infamous Ferrari.
First we explored Portugal, then we took a well deserved art break in the best galleries of Milan. That means that Gallery Guide São Paulo is our first Atlantic expedition and that we have a fresh breeze on our report of what galleries to see in which city. For our readers, always expecting locally sourced information for the most accurate guide, we have the pleasure to let you in on the secret that we worked with Bruno Bogarim to know every detail that is worth sharing. Welcome to our Gallery Guide São Paulo.
Pedro Calapez, who was born in Lisbon in 1953, is one of the most internationally acknowledged portuguese contemporary artists. He first exhibited his work in the seventies and had his first solo exhibition in the eighties. Today, Pedro’s work has been widely exhibited in Portugal and internationally, with participations at the Venice Biennale (1987) and São Paulo Biennale (1991) being but a few examples. Museu Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) and Serralves Museum (Oporto) are also just some of the institutions that have Pedro's prolific work on their permanent collections.
After a tour of Lisbon and Oporto, we found ourselves with a dilemma of our own. Which city’s galleries would we tour next? Luckily, Domenico de Chirico and Marialuisa Pastò curated our brand new Gallery Guide Milano. Just in time for the city’s art fair, we present you a selection of spaces all around the city, from the blue-chip galleries, to the small ones where the local scene is always buzzing. Internationally famous due to its fashion spirit, it’s time to present you the hottest art destinations on our Gallery Guide Milano.
Centro Português de Serigrafia (Portuguese Silkscreen Centre) was born with the noblest of purposes: to give Portuguese art aficionados the chance to own and enjoy top notch works. And it pays off to be a CPS associate, with first hand access to exclusive content and a lot more benefits.
It’s a great pleasure for Aujourd’hui to have Olivier Kosta-Théfaine in the spotlight for one of our interviews. Born in Bezons in 1972, Olivier lives and works in Paris, where he started as a self-taught artist and graffiti writer. His work has been widely exhibited around the world with solo exhibitions at Galerie Jeanrochdard (Paris/Brussels), Steinsland Berliner (Stockholm), Underdogs (Lisbon) and participations in group exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz (New York), Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain (Paris), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) among many others. Read the interview to discover how flowers were a mirage while growing up in the suburb and why this is so important to understand his Jardins à la Française.
Everyone can feel Oporto’s vibe and its fame stretches way out of Portugal. The creative economy boomed during the great recession and the city gained some new faces, some new artists and an even more glooming art feel. The Portuguese scene is not only Lisbon, but a wide array of places happening in all of Portugal. Oporto is home to some of the best galleries and a lot of them are in the same street – Rua Miguel Bombarda. Lauded internationally due to its looks and spirit, it’s time to choose and recommend some of the cities brightest galleries.
The Clock, a piece from north-american artist Christian Marclay, is a 24 hours experience in which the artist tries to represent every single minute of a day. The result, which took three years to be produced, is a film composed by thousands of movie clips.
The Clock comes to Lisbon after a tour of London, New York and Paris that made the piece a hit. When it was premiered five years ago it was welcomed with rave reviews and it’s easy to understand why. Contemporary art is often megalamaniac, but rarely so on point with the way we live and 0ur perception of the world. After all, The Clock is a real life clock in which every clip is aligned with real time.
Aujourd’hui dedicates this interview and spotlight to Pauline Foessel, current Director at Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon. Pauline is responsible not only for the gallery, but also its editions and a public art program. The Grenoble born curator, manager and director studied Management at SKEMA Business School before working as gallery manager in Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai. Read the interview to discover how a management background gave her the perfect set of skills to manage art facilities, how her firm belief in public art and why it matters is so contagious and how Shanghai – Lisbon left her a little lost in translation.
A selection of fifty works, from painting to sculpture and drawing, all part of the highly regarded Sonnabend collection, are going to be exhibited in Museu Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva until the third of May, 2015. This show, composed by works from the pop and minimal movements and by distinguished artists like Roy Liechtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, George Segal and Andy Warhol, have all been shown in the Parisian Sonnabend gallery, in a timeframe from 1962 to 1967. And yes, we’ve all strolled along the Warhol's in this love for the art, but seeing Ileana’s portrait in a collection that belonged to her, in a Lisbon exhibition that portuguese António Homem conceived from such rich and historic pieces is more than any other show. It makes perfect sense.
The first interview ever presented in Aujourd’hui celebrates and presents the work of Samuel François. Naturally, the international exposure of his work, widely exhibited in galleries and institutions such as Galerie Jeanroch Dard (Paris/Brussels), Rod Barton Gallery (London), Berthold Pott (Cologne) and in collective exhibitions at the Musée Musée Départemental du Sel (Marsal), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), BWA (Wroclaw) and Autocenter (Berlin) is considered, but also his role as a curator in several projects. Take a look on why the french artist born in 1977 in Pompey went to work in Hettange-Grande, a small commune far away in the north-east region of France, but close enough to some of the biggest locations in european art.
Lisbon is trending and we can feel it. Even though the buzz has been on for some time, the art panorama now has the same light as the city. The golden glow of activity and movement that the new millennia brought to the portuguese scene is warming for the national crowds. It is also an exotic destination in the horizon for a lot of cultural tourists. While the Portuguese are being distinguished in some of the highest honours an artist can achieve, Lisbon’s own street canvases are being lauded for their impact and importance. It seems that our own art tradition has slowly boiled into these sunny days we get to experience.