Buhmann on Art
A cameraman’s death and de Almeida’s dynamism
- Image courtesy of the artist and apexart
Hrair Sarkissian’s “Execution Squares” (2008, 23.8 x 33.3 inches) is part of apexart’s “Death of a Cameraman.”
DEATH OF A Cameraman
Organized by Martin Waldmeier, this exhibition features works by Broomberg & Chanarin, Harun Farocki, Rabih Mroué, Hrair Sarkissian and Rudolf Steiner. It was inspired by the death of a young man in 2011, who was shot when documenting gunfire in the streets of Homs, Syria, with his cell phone. He was one of the many anonymous individuals who have helped draw attention to international political events by using personal cameras and cell phones. Waldmeier explores this powerful moment when the making of an image becomes a matter of life and death.
Sept. 13-Oct. 26. At apexart (291 Church St., btw. Walker & White Sts.). Hours: Tues-Sat. 11am-6pm. Call 212-431-5270 or visit apexart.org.
Caetano de Almeida
This two-venue show features recent large-scale watercolors on paper and paintings by the Sao Paulo-based Brazilian artist. The compositions of de Almeida are optically charged, chromatic and frequently characterized by patterns made of circular cutouts and holes. The works’ overall geometric structure hints at the rich history of Brazilian geometric and Neo-Concrete art. However, it is de Almeida’s intuitive use of color that provides a unique sense of dynamism all his own.
Through Oct. 13, at Eleven Rivington (11 Rivington St., btw. Chrystie St. & Bowery and 195 Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Stanton Sts). Hours: Wed.-Sun., 12-6pm. Call 212-982-1930 or visit elevenrivington.com.
— BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN