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Exhibition: ‘Desire’ at The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

Exhibition dates: 5th February – 25th April, 2010

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Many thankx to the Blanton Museum of Art for allowing me to reproduce images from the exhibition in the post.

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Olaf Breuning
‘Brian’
2008
C-print
60 x 70 inches
Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

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Glenn Ligon
‘Lest We Forget’
1998
Series including cast aluminum or bronze plaques, color photographs of plaques on site
Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

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Valeska Soares
‘Duet’
2008
Hand-carved white marble
Installation dimensions variable
Private Collection

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Tracey Emin
‘You Should Have Loved Me’
2008
Warm white neon
Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

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“This February, The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin investigates the notion of desire in an exhibition of the same name. Curated by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Blanton curator of American and contemporary art and director of curatorial affairs, the exhibition features over fifty works from an international group of contemporary artists working in all media, including Glenn Ligon, Marilyn Minter, Petah Coyne, Bill Viola, Tracey Emin, Isaac Julien and many others. The accompanying illustrated catalogue will contain texts by art critics, fiction writers, poets, performing and visual artists, all written in direct response to the works of art in the exhibition.

Carlozzi states, “”Desire” is a complex human emotion and a driving force in our lives from childhood through old age. We all can recall examples of literature, film, and music that are rife with expressions of physical desire, but how do contemporary visual artists portray it, and all its attendant psychological states – anticipation, arousal, longing, regret, and so on? “Desire” assembles a really broad range of compelling works that together present a surprisingly diverse portrait of the experience.”

One provocative aspect of the exhibition is not its imagery, per se, but the manner by which many of the works translate intimate experiences into art ¾ a public expression. Marilyn Minter’s “Crystal Swallow” would seem to capture a private moment of visceral response, yet in such detail and exaggerated scale that it becomes a grotesque advertisement for arousal. Glenn Ligon’s series, “Lest We Forget”, commemorates those flickers of romantic fantasy that sometimes occur while people watching. And Tracey Emin’s “You Should Have Loved Me” is an accusation from a lover scorned, created with the neon light of public signage as if to broadcast raw feeling to an uncaring world.

Works by Kalup Linzy, William Villalongo, Olaf Breuning, James Drake, Petah Coyne, Gajin Fugita, Georganne Deen, Adam Pendleton, Peter Saul, Valeska Soares, Danica Phelps, Miguel Angel Rojas, Mads Lynnerup, Rochelle Feinstein, Richard Prince, Laurel Nakadate, Jesse Amado, Isabell Heimerdinger, Alejandro Cesarco, Eve Sussman, Robert Kushner, Luisa Lambri, Chris Doyle, and a dozen others, provide an engaging multi-generational exploration of desire. In addition, an informed selection of works of art from The Blanton’s print collection will add a historic counterpoint to the contemporary works on view.”

Press release from The Blanton Museum of Art website

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Will Villalongo
‘The Last Days of Eden’
2009
Cut velour paper
Courtesy the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, New York

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Petah Coyne
‘Untitled #1103 (Daphne)’
2002-3
Mixed media
77 x 83 x 86 inches
Collection of Julie and John Thornton

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Bill Viola
‘Becoming Light’
2005
Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall
47.6 in x 28.5 in x 4 in (121 cm x 72.5 cm x 10.2 cm)
Performers: John Hay, Sarah Steben
Photo: Kira Perov
Courtesy Bill Viola Studio

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Marilyn Minter
‘Crystal Swallow’
2006
Enamel on metal
Promised gift of Jeanne and Michael Klein, 2007

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Blanton Museum of Art
MLK at Congress (200 East MLK)
Austin, Texas 78701

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday from 10 – 5, Saturday 11 – 5, and Sunday 1 – 5

The Blanton Museum of Art website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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