Invitation: 24/7 Rachel Perry Welty

I just received an invitation for Rachel Perry Welty‘s exhibition from Yancey Richardson gallery. 24/7 is her first large-scale solo museum show at deCordova museum and features Welty’s major works in drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, video, photography, and social media–some of which has been created especially for this exhibition.

Welty appropriates the material that annoyingly, and sometimes mistakenly, inundates our lives as her subject, including spam emails, wrong number voice messages, receipts, twist ties, fruit stickers, Facebook updates, and even Muzak. The material is collected, organized, and transformed in visually surprising ways. Whether painstakingly coding and copying her son’s hospital receipts and records, creating brightly colored wallpaper from fruit stickers, or meticulously reporting her every action on Facebook, Welty’s surprising transformations continually comment on and record what Welty calls, the business of living.

deCordova museum features unique indoor and outdoor venues, allowing visitors to celebrate and explore contemporary sculpture and art across 35 acres (140,000 m2). Located in Massachusetts it is focused on modern and contemporary art, and holds a collection that includes all media, especially works by artists with connections to New England. The photography collection is particularly strong and the exhibitions program emphasizes sculpture.

The permanent collection includes works by Antony Gormley, George Rickey, Nam June Paik, and others. Additionally, prominent works by Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sol LeWitt, Type A, Mark diSuvero, Chakaia Booker, Bartow + Metzgar, Jim Dine and other artists are displayed on rotating periods.

deCordova Museum

Rachel Perry Welty

Jan 29, 2011 – Apr 24, 2011

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Flashback: Nan Goldin 1997

As many of you know i’m leaving on Friday, and i would like to conclude the cycle about Turin with a small event on Tuesday, 15th February. I’ll be your mirror, by Nan Goldin, USA, one of the most influential photographers of our time, will be presented in Turin. This autobiographic documentary was realized in 1997 with the contribution of the British documentarist Edmund Coulthard and producted by Guido Costa Projects. The happening will take place at Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, in collaboration with PEPE photography,  and after the documentary there will be a performance.

Do you remember I’ll Be Your Mirror? It was an intimate portrait of Nan Goldin’s life and work. The artist presented photos and videos from suburbia of Washington D.C., where she was born, of New York sauvage parties of 70ies and 80ies, and of the devastating impact of AIDS on her friends. As a sort of diary, she also presented interviews of her closest friends dealing with these problems. The soundtrack included beautiful tracks from The Velvet Underground, Television and Eartha Kitt. The film has been shown at Edinburgh International Festival, Berlin Film Festival, it won a prize from Prix Italy and a prize as best documentary at Montreal Festival of Films on Art.

Phaidon about The Art Markets

Museo di Scienze Naturali

Interview to the artist

Selected by Ingrid Melano