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Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by the Helis Foundation

Two of my pieces have been selected for Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum.

Every August the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, hosts its opening reception for its annual exhibition Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation.

The juror for the 2018 exhibition is Courtney J. Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Dia Art Foundation.

Established in 2012, this statewide, juried exhibition promotes the contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides an exhibition space for the exposition of living artist’s work and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual arts culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

https://ogdenmuseum.org/exhibition/louisiana-contemporary-2018/

“Pressured and Squished” Opens at The Front | Alex Podesta
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“Pressured and Squished” Opens at The Front

My latest solo show, “Pressured and Squished”, opens Saturday July 8th at The Front and runs through August 6th. Show hours are 12-5, Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment. “Pressured and Squished” is a collection of new sculptures that continue an ongoing examination of the aesthetic possibilities found in visually banal artifacts from childhood play and labor.

https://nolafront.org/july-8-august-6-2017/

“Untitled (Pointer)” is Added to the Permanent Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art | Alex Podesta
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“Untitled (Pointer)” is Added to the Permanent Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans gallerist Arthur Roger has donated his collection, including “Untitled (Pointer)”, to the New Orleans Museum of Art. “Pride of Place”, an exhibition celebrating the donated collection, opens of June 23rd and runs through September 3rd, 2017.

http://gonola.com/event/pride-of-place

“Face to Face” Opens at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans | Alex Podesta
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“Face to Face” Opens at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans

My wall-mounted sculpture, “Study for Future Beasts”, is included in the show, “Face to Face”, at Lemieux Galleries in the Downtown Arts District on Julia Street. Show opens on June 3rd and runs through July 29th.

https://www.lemieuxgalleries.com/exhibitions/2017/GalleryGroupShowFacetoFace

Bathers Added to Permanent Collection at JCSM | Alex Podesta
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Bathers Added to Permanent Collection at JCSM

The floating sculpture, “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers),” has been purchased by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, AL for their permanent collection. In preparation for the assumption, I spent a couple of days at the museum deinstalling the work, cleaning it, and then returning it to the lake. This process was documented and can be found on FaceBook in posting from the second week of October at either the Alex Podesta Studio Page or the Jule Collins Smith Museum page.

http://www.theplainsman.com/article/2016/10/museum-bunnies-cleaned-by-original-artist

Idol at Makeshift | Alex Podesta
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Idol at Makeshift

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (the Idol)” has been acquired for permanent exhibition by the Makeshift Museum, a new gallery in LA’s bustling and growing Downtown Arts District. The piece was installed in conjunction with the inaugural “60 Americans 2” show that opened on October 22nd. Makeshift Museum is located in an old warehouse that’s been converted to large storefront spaces, cafes, restaurants, and art spaces. Address is 1855 Industrial St. - Suite 111.

http://www.makeshiftmuseum.com/

NOLA Conceptual at New Orleans Art Center | Alex Podesta
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NOLA Conceptual at New Orleans Art Center

NOLA Conceptual, a group exhibition curated by John Isaiah Walton, opened on September 10th at the New Orleans Art Center on St. Claude. Four works of mine are included - two new ones being shown for the first time and two older ones being shown again in New Orleans for the first time in several years.  More info on the New Orleans art Center’s Facebook page.

http://arte-walk.blogspot.com/2016/09/art-with-ideas.html

The Front in Charm City | Alex Podesta
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The Front in Charm City

The Front participated in this year’s Artist Run Art Fair organized by Open Spaces at Baltimore’s annual, 3 day, 350,000 plus visitors, art and music celebration known as Artscape. I drove a group show of member work from The Front up to the exhibition which took place in a repurposed parking garage. All in all, an interesting, hot, one of a kind arts experience.

http://www.artscape.org/visual-arts/visual-arts-detail/76

Big Weekend for Podesta Studio | Alex Podesta
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Big Weekend for Podesta Studio

Getting the year started off at a full-paced sprint. I have work in four shows that are opening this weekend and one show that is has a closing reception. First, “Carry On” (Part One) opens tonight, January 7th at Breve Gallery in the Federal District, Mexico City. In this show I have “Untitled (Snakes!),” a new, wall-mounted sculpture of a hand holding a tangle of inflated inner tubes. Tomorrow night, the 8th, there’s a closing reception for “Outside Influence” at Treo Gallery in Mid-City New Orleans. Last chance to catch my “Unicorn Pusher” triptych. Saturday night there are three openings. A paraffin and found object assemblage called “Wax Blake” can be seen in “Megalomania Four” at Boyd Satellite on Julia Street in New Orleans; “Trophy” can be seen in “Shift Change” at The Front on St. Claude in New Orleans; finally, “Me/At the Altar (with Me/At),” a work on paper can be seen in “Carry On” (Part Two) at Feral Gallery in the Federal District, Mexico City. Members of The Front will be at the Mexico City openings and I’ll be making the rounds of the New Orleans openings. See you on St. Claude!

http://nolafront.org/shows/2016-01-05-92

“PodestaFischl” is in PhotoNola, 2015: Means, Motive, Opportunity | Alex Podesta
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“PodestaFischl” is in PhotoNola, 2015: Means, Motive, Opportunity

“Means, Motive, Opportunity” opens this Saturday at The Front. My piece “PodestaFischl” is included. The reception is from 6-10 and the show runs through early January.

A four-room photography show group-curated by The Front artist collective features works by Justin Baker, Angela Berry, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Lee Deigaard, Sam Feather-Garner, Eddie Lanieri, Jennifer McClure, Cristina Molina, Alex Podesta, Akasha Rabut, Claire Rau, Erik Schubert, Matt Shain, Mitch Soileau, Jonathan Traviesa, John Isiah Walton, and Ryn Wilson.

Detective, culprit, innocent bystander, false witness. Opportunist, victim of misadventure, lucky guesser. Inciter, corrupter, seeker. Artists with cameras pursue the red herring, concoct alibis, and find incriminating clues.

https://photonola.org/event/means-motive-opportunity/

“Distractions & Follies: New Finished Works in Progress” Opens at The Front | Alex Podesta
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“Distractions & Follies: New Finished Works in Progress” Opens at The Front

“Distractions & Follies: New Finished Works in Progress” opened at The Front in New Orleans on October the 10th. This small, solo show runs through November 8th. Visit the gallery website for more information.

www.nolafront.com

“The Bathers” Takes Second Place Juror’s Award and First Prize in the Public Vote | Alex Podesta
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“The Bathers” Takes Second Place Juror’s Award and First Prize in the Public Vote

“The Bathers” was installed in Auburn, Alabama at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in September and will remain on view through September, 2016. The piece won Second Prize from Juror and Curator Willie Cole and won first prize in the public vote for Fan Favorite. Article on the exhibition is below.

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/article_93bd99a6-7611-11e5-8190-57449aa0da4e.html

Tender Age Opens at Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery | Alex Podesta
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Tender Age Opens at Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery

Tender Age, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Joy Christiansen Erb and Alex Podesta, opens tonight at Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery at Broward College. The gallery is located in Davie, Florida, just north of Miami. Show runs through the end of September.

http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/event/tender-age-works-by-joy-christiansen-erb-and-alex-podesta-7082399

“Study for Future Beasts” in Louisiana Contemporary | Alex Podesta
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“Study for Future Beasts” in Louisiana Contemporary

Louisiana Contemporary, curated by Brooke Davis Anderson, opens August 1st at the Ogden Museum for Southern Art. My piece “A Study for Future Beasts” is included. Show runs through September 20th.

http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2015/07/louisiana_contemporary_ogden_m.html

A Study for Future Beasts on View in Chelsea | Alex Podesta
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A Study for Future Beasts on View in Chelsea

“A Study for Future Beasts” will be on view in Chelsea through June 14h at Elga Wimmer as part of 60 Americans. 60 Americans was Curated by Noah Becker, Terrence Sanders & Alexander Venet. The show had a well attended opening reception on May 21st and will remain open for regular hours through June 14th. Gallery is located at 526 W. 26th St., #310 (btwn 10th and 11th).

www.60americans.com

60 Americans opens at Elga Wimmer | Alex Podesta
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60 Americans opens at Elga Wimmer

“A Study for Future Beasts” is included in the show, 60 Americans, opening at Elga Wimmer Gallery, 526 W. 26th St. #310 in Chelsea. Opening reception is this Thursday, May 21st, 6-9.

http://artefuse.com/2015/05/12/60-americans-at-elga-wimmer-pcc-123976/

Art Fields Opens Today | Alex Podesta
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Art Fields Opens Today

Art Fields opens today in Lake City, SC. Four hundred artists from Texas to Virginia have descended on this tiny (pop. c. 5K) town on the coastal plain of SE SC for a highly improbably gathering of contemporary art. The exhibition will completely take over the tiny burg. Artists are competing for a share of 100k in prize money.

http://www.artfieldssc.org/

Glumly Industrious: An Interview with Alex Podesta | Alex Podesta
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Glumly Industrious: An Interview with Alex Podesta

New in Pelican Bomb this month, Nick Stillman travels to Grand Rapids, Michigan and speaks with ArtPrize 2014 contestant Alex Podesta.

After helping New Orleans artist Alex Podesta install a sculpture in Grand Rapids’ Grand River for ArtPrize 2014, I’ve witnessed the gamut of reactions his life-sized human-bunny figures inspire. I’ve seen disbelieving gawkers, couples betting on whether they’re real, dogs cowering in fear, kids screaming with delight, everybody snapping selfies, and sometimes the dismissive or just plain creeped.

Much of Podesta’s meticulous, carefully produced sculptures use animal motifs, and his series of self-portraits in full bunny suits engaged in incongruous busywork has developed into his signature motif. Installations of the “bunnymen,” as the sculptures have invariably come to be referred, are bizarrely confrontational. Whether installed in a gallery, in the ground-floor window of New Orleans’ Saratoga Building, or atop a roof peering down at the street below, Podesta’s work commands total attention and gives none of it back; the figures are forever frozen in industrious, seemingly joyless tasks.

In early 2014 the Arts Council of New Orleans was selected as a venue curator for the ArtPrize 2014 Grand River site, the first time a Southern curator was asked to manage an ArtPrize venue. In September the Arts Council traveled with Podesta to install Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers) in the river, wading around in wet suits until we found a spot with the appropriate depth. ArtPrize, in just its sixth year, has developed into a full-on street carnival of contemporary art—much of it brutal, some of it outstanding—and a new model for audience engagement. All artists who show are eligible for two $200,000 grand prizes: one determined by a jury, the other voted for by visitors to the show. Podesta’s The Bathers didn’t win one of the prizes, but was a top 25 selection in the popular vote category and one of 20 finalists in the juried category. Irrespective of this type of financial thinking that ArtPrize inevitably inflicts on everyone who engages it, the experience exposed thousands of new viewers to Podesta’s work; the piece was impossible to miss as it bobbed about in the river’s current.

Closer looks reveal a lot in Podesta’s artwork. A close look at The Bathers reveals that the gazes of the two figures facing each other are actually downcast, oblivious to the other’s, sadly unmet. Are the multiple figures in the self-portrait series installations adversaries? Multiple angles of the same personality? Melancholic servants to whatever labor or fetish-enactment they’re up to? In our interview below, I try to lead Podesta down some of those rabbit holes.

-Nick Stillman, Deputy Director, Arts Council of New Orleans

http://pelicanbomb.com/art-review/2014/alex-podesta

The Bad Boy at The Parlor for Duration of Prospect.3 | Alex Podesta
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The Bad Boy at The Parlor for Duration of Prospect.3

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Bad Boy),” is making it’s New Orleans debut tomorrow for Prospect.3. Installation is at The Parlor, 3913 St. Claude. Reception tomorrow, Oct. 25th, 6-9. On view through January 25th. Open 12-5, Sat and Sunday, 6-9 on Second Saturdays, and by appointment.

http://www.prospectneworleans.org/schedule-of-events/

Back to The Front | Alex Podesta
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Back to The Front

The Front has a new group show opening on October 11th called “Back to The Front.” This show is the first installment in our suite of three Prospect.3 Satellite shows and features new work from current members. Opening reception is Saturday October 11th, 6-10 and a Prospect.3 reception will be held Saturday October 25th, 6-9. I have a new piece called “Untitled (A Study for Future Beasts)” featured in this exhibition.

http://nolafront.org/shows/2014-10-09-73

“The Bathers” on ARTNews | Alex Podesta
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“The Bathers” on ARTNews

Andrew Russeth reviews his Artprize 2014 experience. About “The Bathers” he writes “Two lifelike sculptures of people in pink bunny suits swaying eerily in the Grand River all day and night: definitely awesome.”

http://www.artnews.com/2014/10/01/grand-old-party-at-michigans-artprize-the-countrys-biggest-art-award/

“The Bathers” One of Five on Juror and Public Best of Lists | Alex Podesta
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“The Bathers” One of Five on Juror and Public Best of Lists

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – ArtPrize 2014’s jurors have spoken, and ArtPrize’s viewers and voters are starting to speak. They’re both talking about a few of the same works of art in the sixth annual exhibition and $560,000 competition. On Monday, ArtPrize’s category jurors unveiled their 20 finalists, five each in the four categories of Best Two-Dimensional Work, Best Three-Dimensional Work, Best Time-Based entry and Best Installation.

http://michigan.icito.com/5-artprize-2014-entries-both-jurors-and-voters-are-talking-about-2/

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers)” in Juror’s Final 20 for Artprize 2014 | Alex Podesta
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“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers)” in Juror’s Final 20 for Artprize 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – ArtPrize 2014’s jurors had some surprises up their sleeves.

Twenty entries in the running for ArtPrize 2014’s $200,000 Juried Grand Prize were unveiled Monday evening.

The Grand River, a perennially popular ArtPrize venue, has a cheeky pair of adult men wearing bunny costumes. Alex Podesta got the nod for “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers).”

http://www.mlive.com/artprize/index.ssf/2014/09/artprize_2014s_jurors_shortlist_had_unexpected_surprises.html

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers)” in ArtPrize 2014 | Alex Podesta
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“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers)” in ArtPrize 2014

I’m very pleased to announce that my new sculpture, “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers),” has been installed in the Grand River in Grand Rapids, MI for Artprize 2014. Lots of information about this project can be found at Alex Podesta Studio on Facebook, or at the Artprize 2014 website. This is a large and competitive event, as well as being a showcase for some wonderful artwork, so please, take a few minutes and see if you can place a vote for my work. Voting code 56388 and info on voting procedures can be found on the Artprize website. It’s possible that you can only vote if you’re physically in Grand Rapids, so if that’s the case, then break out the old rolodex and make a few calls to friends and family in the Grand Rapids, MI area. My sincerest thanks, Alex.

artprize.org/alex-podesta

Arts Council of New Orleans Sends Artist Alex Podesta to ArtPrize | Alex Podesta
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Arts Council of New Orleans Sends Artist Alex Podesta to ArtPrize

Arts Council of New Orleans Sends Artist Alex Podesta to ArtPrize

September 19, 2014

Local Artist’s Waterborne Installation Exhibiting at Internationally Renowned Competition

The Arts Council of New Orleans has selected local artist Alex Podesta to represent the city’s burgeoning art scene at the independently organized international art competition, ArtPrize, in Grand Rapids, MI.  The exhibition begins September 21 and continues for 19 days throughout three square miles of the downtown area. 

This marks the first year a curator outside the region was invited by ArtPrize organizers to select art for the event, a sign that the creative point-of-view of the Arts Council of New Orleans and dynamic energy of the local arts scene is taking a prominent seat in the national arts arena and New Orleans artists are on the radar like never before.

Awarded the designation of City Parks Curator for the Grand River site, the Arts Council selected Podesta’s proposal for a waterborne installation from approximately 25 entries. The piece falls in the “Installation” category — entries that are dependent on the site in which they are installed.

“Podesta’s Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers), was ultimately chosen for the ArtPrize competition because it embodies the spirit of the work that we are seeing in New Orleans right now and it is tailored perfectly for the location of the Grand River,” said Arts Council President and Chief Executive Officer Kim Cook.

**Read rest of article at link below.

http://www.artsneworleans.org/news/arts-council-of-new-orleans-sends-artist-alex-podesta-to-artprize/

The Front Featured in Fresh Art International | Alex Podesta
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The Front Featured in Fresh Art International

The Front, and the work of members of The Front, are featured in an article in the online magazine, “Fresh Art International.” Written by Maria Trujillo, this article takes a look at our group, its members, the programs we administer and efforts to reach out around the globe to expose us to the world of art, and the artworld to New Orleans.

http://freshartinternational.com/2014/08/28/fresh-vue-the-front-new-orleans/

Podesta included in True Colors, 2014 | Alex Podesta
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Podesta included in True Colors, 2014

Through Sept. 7
Second Annual True Colors: group exhibition of works by LGBTQ and allied artists
Antenna Gallery, 3718 Saint Claude Ave., (504) 298-3161

http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2014/08/26/review-true-colors

Alex Podesta Wins Artist Seed Grant for Artprize 2014 | Alex Podesta
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Alex Podesta Wins Artist Seed Grant for Artprize 2014

The newly minted Artist Seed Grants presented by the Frey Foundation drew 214 applications from registered ArtPrize Artists hoping for one of 25 grants valued at $2,000 each. A panel of art critics and experts, including Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum director Reed Kroloff and Grand Rapids Art Museum director and CEO Dana Friis-Hansen, reviewed the applications, seeking ambitious and challenging ArtPrize entries from Artists who demonstrated both financial need and artistic merit. The panel selected the following 25 winning artists:
Aaron Nemec, “Hey YouTube, It’s Me”
Al Widley, “Not a Destination”
Alex Podesta, “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers)”
Andrea Myers, “Reflex/Reflects”
Benjamin Jones, “This Land is Your Land”
Brian Balderston, “Space Drawing #36”
Christopher Capozziello, “The Distance Between Us”
Crystal Wagner, “Bio Interloper”
Dana Lynn Harper, “Bloom Bloom”
Darryl Lauster, “God Bless America”
Dave Rowe, “Art is Hard, Life is Easy”
Denis Beaubois, “Currency - Division of Labor”
Flint Public Art Project, “Sliding Architecture”
Gwendolyn Terry, “Murmuration”
Hubert Dobler, “ROUNDABOUT2”
Julie Schenkelberg, “Divinity Intrusion”
Lisa Mueller-Trede, “crossed situation”
Maurice Jacobson, “We All Live in Gaza”
Megan Mosholder, “‘Mijimedan vta Ziibi’ (Remember the River)”
Micah Silver, “MusicX”
Micahel McGillis, “Your Back to the Woods”
Michael Murphy, “Tentatively Untitled”
Stephen Dueweke, “playCAGE”
Steve Lambert, “Capitalism Works for Me”
Tracy Snelling, “The Stranger”
The sixth edition of ArtPrize will take place from September 24 to October 12, 2014 and is expected to attract more than 400,000 visitors who will vote on the winner of the world’s largest art prize.  A complete list of participating Artists and Venues can be viewed at artprize.org/entries.

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Alex Podesta Receives Honorable Mention in Dave Bown Projects Competition | Alex Podesta
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Alex Podesta Receives Honorable Mention in Dave Bown Projects Competition

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve received an honorable mention in Dave Bown Projects 8th Semiannual International Competition. This event was juried by Cindy Buckner, Al Miner and Margot Norton. Other finalists include:             
Jeffrey Michael Austin
Gregoire Cachemaille
Joe DeVera
Christina Empedocles
Diana Guerrero-Maciá 
Cody Henrichs
Robert Johansson
Mara Lonner
Shane Morrissey
Abigail Newbold
Ross Normandin
Stephanie Patton
Natan Pernick
Mike Rebholz
Manuel Rodriguez
Julia Romano
Christopher Saunders
Daniel Schüßler
Jason Schwab
Mark Starling
Serena Stevens
Kate Temple
Adrian Tone
Jurgen Winkler

http://davebownprojects.com/alex_podesta.html

Alex Podesta’s Sculptures of Bunny Men Examine Childlike Play | Alex Podesta
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Alex Podesta’s Sculptures of Bunny Men Examine Childlike Play

Nastia Voynovskaya has posted a nice, concise overview of my current work in Hi Fructose, an digital Contemporary Arts magazine out of Richmond, CA.

http://hifructose.com/2014/05/20/alex-podestas-sculptures-of-bunny-men-examine-childlike-play/

The Front in Tokyo | Alex Podesta
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The Front in Tokyo

The Front opened a show this past Monday in Tokyo at Makii Masaru Fine Arts and Art Lab Akiba. The show will be up until the fourteenth of May.

http://blanclass.com/mailnewsnews/archives/6199

Alex Podesta’s Life-Sized Sculptures Of Men Dressed In Bunny Suits | Alex Podesta
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Alex Podesta’s Life-Sized Sculptures Of Men Dressed In Bunny Suits

Sara Barnes has published a nice introduction to my current body of work on Beautiful Decay. “Artist Alex Podesta creates life-sized sculptures that feature grown men in bunny costumes… Their actions and attire don’t read as one of grown men, but of young boys. And, that’s partially the point of Podesta’s work.”

http://beautifuldecay.com/2014/05/01/alex-podestas-life-sized-sculptures-men-dressed-bunny-suits/

UNO St. Claude Show Reviewed in NOLA Defender | Alex Podesta
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UNO St. Claude Show Reviewed in NOLA Defender

Cheryl Castjohn has written a thoughtful review of the current three person show that I’m a part of at UNO St. Claude Gallery in New Orleans. The show was curated by Rebecca Reynolds and has work by me, Monica Zeringue and Nina Schwanse. This three person show is paired with Natalie McClaurin’s wonderful MFA Thesis Show. Closes May 4th.

http://www.noladefender.com/content/grand-curator

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies” series featured on IGnant | Alex Podesta
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“Self-Portrait as Bunnies” series featured on IGnant

“In his ongoing series ‘Self-Portrait as Bunnies’ Alex Podesta explores the rich daydreams, misconceptions and experiences of childhood and pairs them with the filters of adulthood, experience and education.

The result is a humorous but also contradictory look on himself as a grown up in a childlike bunny costume, playing with his doppelgangers. With his works Alex Podesta examines the creative and comprehensive naiveté of youth and the role of fantasy, ‘othering’ and conflict in nascent self-awareness.”

From iGnant.de

http://www.ignant.de/2014/04/01/self-portrait-as-bunnies-by-alex-podesta-artist/

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bad Boy)” on DC Public Television | Alex Podesta
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“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bad Boy)” on DC Public Television

This week, Washington DC Public Television has a segment on the “40 Years” show at the Arlington Arts Center. Features some nice shots and commentary on “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bad Boy)”. You can check it out on YouTube with the link below. The show was curated by Laura Roulet and will be on view through April 13th at the Arlington Arts Center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6NVwL1RIoc

‘40 Years’ Exhibition Reviewed in The Washington Post | Alex Podesta
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‘40 Years’ Exhibition Reviewed in The Washington Post

The Washington Post ran a review of “CAS: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art” this weekend. The article, written by Michael O’Sullivan, provides a solid overview of the exhibition and includes a few insights into my own entries. If you missed the print version then here’s a link to the online version.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/art-review-csa-forty-years-of-community-sourced-art/2014/02/27/c737b7ea-9a84-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.html

Podesta in CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art | Alex Podesta
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Podesta in CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Scientists)” and “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bad Boys)” are both on view in a group show at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201. There is a public reception on Saturday, January 25th, 6-9. The show runs through April 18th.

CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art

To kick off a year-long 40th anniversary celebration, Arlington Arts Center will unveil CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art on January 22. This exhibition, curated by Laura Roulet, celebrates 40 years of AAC’s role as incubator of regional talent, both artistic and curatorial.

Featuring artists whose careers were launched at AAC, either through the residency program or exhibitions, CSA highlights veterans Ken Ashton, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Soledad Salamé, Erik Thor Sandberg, and Foon Sham, alongside the more recent arrivals Tariq Tucker, J.J. McCracken, Nikki Painter, Alex Podesta, and Dane Winkler.

The exhibition also includes site-specific outdoor public art works designed to expose the inner workings of AAC while highlighting past and future talent supported by the arts center.

https://www.arlingtonartscenter.org/exhibitions

“Jumper” At Art for Art’s Sake | Alex Podesta
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“Jumper” At Art for Art’s Sake

My piece, “Jumper”, will be on view this weekend for Art for Art’s Sake on Julia Street. This piece was selected for inclusion in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series exhibition, hosted in New Orleans at L’entrepot, 527 Julia Street. One piece from this exhibition will be selected for exhibition in December in Miami for Art Basel.

https://www.facebook.com/LEntrepotNOLA

The Front at Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Alababama | Alex Podesta
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The Front at Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Alababama

The Front has a lecture and opening tonight at Biggin Gallery at Auburn University in Alabama. It’s a group show/collaborative experience, designed and curated by member Morgana King. My piece, “I vs. I (Tanner Stage II)” is included in the exhibit. The lecture is at 5:00 with an opening and reception for the show following at 6:00. The show will be on view through October 25th.

http://www.cla.auburn.edu/art/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Copies)” in Group Show through the end of September at The Big Top | Alex Podesta
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“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Copies)” in Group Show through the end of September at The Big Top

“Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Copies)” will be on view in the group show, Presence, through the end of September at the Big Top on Clio Street in New Orleans. The show was curated by Emily Lovejoy.

http://www.cla.auburn.edu/art/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/

Jumper: New Work by Alex Podesta at The Front | Alex Podesta
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Jumper: New Work by Alex Podesta at The Front

New sculpture from Alex Podesta stumbles earnestly around the edges of youthful hero worship, hubris, mythology and naïve misunderstanding through the conceit of an overly optimistic and confused, base-jumping, suburban tween Icarus. Exhibition is on view through September 8th. With additional shows from Grissel Guiliano, Scott Saunders and George Ferrandi.

http://www.nolafront.org/pages/newsmain.htm

“Union, Justice, Confidence” on the artblog.org | Alex Podesta
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“Union, Justice, Confidence” on the artblog.org

Alyssa Greenberg reviews The Front’s show at Vox Populi. Exhibition remains on view through this weekend at 319 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia.

http://www.theartblog.org/2013/06/union-justice-and-confidence-from-new-orleans-the-front-comes-to-vox-populi/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fartblog+(artblog)

The Front in the Philadelphia Inquirer | Alex Podesta
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The Front in the Philadelphia Inquirer

The Front’s show at Vox Populi received a brief but positive mention in The Philadelphia Inquirer this week. The show remains on view at 319 N. 11th Street through June 30th.

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/20130616_Galleries__Sculptures__paintings__and_installation.html

The Front: Union, Justice, Confidence | Alex Podesta
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The Front: Union, Justice, Confidence

The Front, the New Orleans based collective that I’m a part of, opens a group show at Vox Populi in Philadelphia on Friday, June 7th. The show is called “The Front: Union, Justice, Confidence” in cheeky homage to Louisiana’s state motto. I’ll be showing a new piece called “Jumper” and possibly an older piece called “I vs. I (Tanner Stage II)”. If you’re in the Philadelphia area (or feel up to a road trip) then please join us for the opening.

http://voxpopuligallery.org/exhibitions/the-front/

Podesta at Scope | Alex Podesta
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Podesta at Scope

I’ll be in New York this week, showing “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Scientists)” at Scope Art Fair in Midtown. The work is being hosted by Untitled Art Projects, a Los Angeles based gallery. Look for us in Booth C-11. Show runs March 6-10.

http://scope-art.com/

The Front and Podesta in Phaidon Press’ Latest Travel Guide | Alex Podesta
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The Front and Podesta in Phaidon Press’ Latest Travel Guide

The Front, and my piece “Untitled (Balanced)”, are featured in Phaidon Press’ Wallpaper City Guide, New Orleans. This fun volume, penned by Nathan C. Martin, is available at booksellers everywhere. You can also peruse Chris Waddington’s review at the link below.

http://www.nola.com/books/index.ssf/2012/12/wallpaper_new_orleans_guide_ce.html

Finalist for Art Takes Miami | Alex Podesta
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Finalist for Art Takes Miami

My work was recently in the final round of Artists Wanted’s, “Art Takes Miami” international exhibiting competition. While my entry didn’t win, it is a great and flattering group of artist to be associated. Check out all the finalists at the link below. And congratulations to the incredibly talented Avery Lawrence for taking top prize! Keep an eye out for him at SCOPE if you’re heading to Miami next week.

http://atm2012.see.me/

Kinderszenen Closing Reception | Alex Podesta
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Kinderszenen Closing Reception

“Kinderszenen”, a group show at the Carroll Gallery at Tulane University that was curated by Laura Richens, has its closing reception on Thursday, Oct. 18th, from 5:30 - 7:30. The show features seven artists whose work ties into some aspect of childhood. Included in the exhibition is my large scale work, “The Saints”.

http://tulane.edu/calendar/event-details.cfm?uid=BB31AD57-D07F-9877-1566416A214D2F9A

“New Lease” opens at The Front, Saturday October 13th | Alex Podesta
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“New Lease” opens at The Front, Saturday October 13th

“New Lease” introduces new Front members Kyle Hossli and Angela Berry in a group show alongside work from the rest of the group. Show opens Saturday with a reception from 6-10 and runs through November 4th. The Front is located at 4100 St. Claude Ave. Hours are 12-5, Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment.

http://nolafront.org/pages/newsmain.htm

Thanks DC | Alex Podesta
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Thanks DC

The (e)merge Art Fair in DC this past weekend was a great experience. The “Self-Portrait as Bunnies” series was incredibly well received. Images and mentions of this work made their way into numerous publications including The Washington Post, New American Painting Blog, The Washington City Paper and The Huffington Post. Thanks for everything DC, ConnorSmith and the whole (e)merge team.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/emerge-art-fair-dc_n_1942315.html?fb_action_ids=4156323099779&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

(e)merge Opens Today | Alex Podesta
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(e)merge Opens Today

The second annual (e)merge Art Fair opens today in Washington, DC at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. There is a VIP preview party with a band performing poolside this evening. The show opens in full tomorrow and runs through Sunday, October 7th. My work is located in three separate locations throughout the venue and I’ll be in attendance. Do come by if you’re in the DC area.

http://www.emergeartfair.com/

Louisiana Contemporary Closes this Weekend | Alex Podesta
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Louisiana Contemporary Closes this Weekend

This weekend is your last chance to catch “Louisiana Contemporary” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. My piece “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (How Things Work)” is featured in the exhibition.

http://www.ogdenmuseum.org/

Press for The Front at UAB | Alex Podesta
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Press for The Front at UAB

There’s still one more day to see the group exhibition “The Front” at the fine arts gallery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. It’s a great show one of my contributions and has made it onto the front page of the local section of Birmingham’s daily, The Birmingham News. The show has also gotten coverage in the arts section of the same paper and has appeared in Oxford American’s culture blog called Parish Chic. There’s a link to the blog below.

http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/sep/18/parish-chic-birmingham-edition/

Kinderszenen at Tulane University | Alex Podesta
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Kinderszenen at Tulane University

The Carroll Gallery at Tulane University in New Orleans presents Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), a group exhibition curated by Laura Richens. Featured are three collage on panel pieces from the “Bunny Hunt” series and the large-scale sculpture, “The Saints”. Show runs from August 25th through October 18th. There will be a closing reception on October 18th from 5:30-7:30.

http://www.tulane.edu/carrollgallery/exhibitions.htm

Upcoming Exhibition. Members of The Front in a Group Show at The University of Alabama, Birmingham | Alex Podesta
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Upcoming Exhibition. Members of The Front in a Group Show at The University of Alabama, Birmingham

The UAB Visual Arts Gallery, and curator John Fields, will present a group exhibition from New Orleans-based artist collective The Front Aug. 24-Sept. 21, 2012. The Front is an artist-run collective and not-for-profit gallery that includes 14 acclaimed artists from multiple disciplines. Works from all 14 Front members will be on display at the Visual Arts Gallery. A free opening reception is planned from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 in the gallery, 900 13th St. South. The gallery is free and open to the public. For details call 205-934-0815 or visit the gallery blog at www.uabvisualartsgallery.com.

http://www.uab.edu/news/latest/item/2661-new-show-opening-aug-24-features-new-orleans-based-artists-the-front

Upcoming Exhibition. “Louisiana Contemporary” Opens This Saturday. | Alex Podesta
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Upcoming Exhibition. “Louisiana Contemporary” Opens This Saturday.

The exhibition, “Louisiana Contemporary”, opens this Saturday, August 4th at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. My piece, “Self-Portrait and Bunnies (How Things Work)”, will be on view. Show is curated by Rene Barilleaux and runs through September 24th.

http://www.ogdenmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions.html

Two Shows for White Linen Night | Alex Podesta
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Two Shows for White Linen Night

I have pieces in two shows that are part of the White Linen Night festivities this weekend. “The Victors” is on view at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans. There’s a closing reception from 6-8. “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (How Things Work)” is on view just across the street at the Ogden Museum for Southern Art with an opening reception from 6-9.

http://www.neworleansartsdistrict.com/white-linen-night/

Upcoming Exhibition. “NOLANOW: The Human Figure” Opens This Saturday. | Alex Podesta
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Upcoming Exhibition. “NOLANOW: The Human Figure” Opens This Saturday.

“NOLANOW: The Human Figure” opens this Saturday, 6/23, at The Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans. My piece “The Victors” is included in the show and occupies the front window on the corner of Joseph and Camp streets.

http://nolanow.cacno.org/

The Only Stair That Doesn’t Creak: the Southern Open | Alex Podesta
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The Only Stair That Doesn’t Creak: the Southern Open

Nice article from Oxford American, by Reggie Michael Rodrigue, on the Southern Open, an exhibition I’m a part of. Contains an interesting discussion of my piece, “Sleepers”.

http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/jun/19/only-stair-doesnt-creak-southern-open/

The Saint Claude Avenue Arts District: a History. Eric Bookhardt | Alex Podesta
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The Saint Claude Avenue Arts District: a History. Eric Bookhardt

Really good history of the St. Claude Arts District. A few minor timeline errors but otherwise very informative. The gallery I’m part of, The Front, is part of this district.

http://www.cacno.org/visualarts/essays/index.html

Upcoming Show in Lafayette, LA. “Southern Open, 2012” | Alex Podesta
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Upcoming Show in Lafayette, LA. “Southern Open, 2012”

The Acadiana Center or the Arts opens the 2012 “Southern Open” this Saturday. My sculpture “Sleepers” will be featured in this exhibition. The opening is on the evening of May 12th in charming downtown Lafayette. More information available at the link below.

http://acadianacenterforthearts.org/PageDisplay.asp?p1=8051

Podesta in Print | Alex Podesta
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Podesta in Print

So far, this year has been pretty good for press exposure. January saw “City Watch” included in an incredible spread in ARTNews and May’s Art Papers includes an image of “Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Scientsts)”. The show “Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children” has been reviewed in ArtForum and Art Papers and my show “Mostlymades: Finished Works in Progress” is written about in the Gambit’s online version. Read this full article at the link below.

http://www.insidenola.org/2012/04/mysterious-disappearances-stun-art.html

Mysterious Disappearances Stun Art Community | Alex Podesta
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Mysterious Disappearances Stun Art Community

Eric Bookhardt writes about “Mostlymades: Finished Works in Progress”. Article also ties into the “Spaces” show at the CACNO and Lala Rascic’s performative work at The Front.

http://www.insidenola.org/2012/04/mysterious-disappearances-stun-art.html

Mostlymades: Finished Works in Progress | Alex Podesta
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Mostlymades: Finished Works in Progress

“Mostlymades: Finished Works in Progress” opens Saturday, 4/14 at The Front, 4100 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans. Reception, 6:00-10:00. Show runs through May 6th. Gallery is open 12:00-5:00 on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.

http://nolafront.org/pages/newsmain.htm

NOLA Defender reviews “Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children” | Alex Podesta
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NOLA Defender reviews “Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children”

Here’s a review, from NoLa Defender, of a group show that features some of my work. “Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children” opened this weekend to an enormous crowd and will be on view through June 10th.

http://noladefender.com/content/st-claude-5exposed89

Video Teaser for Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children | Alex Podesta
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Video Teaser for Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children

Dave Greber is a fantastic artist and member (along with myself and a dozen others) of The Front. The linked teaser video is a preview of his contribution to the group show “Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children” opening Saturday, February 25th at the CAC in New Orleans. Opening is 6-8 and is free and open to the public.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePMoVCceU8E&feature=youtu.be

Upcoming Show in New Orleans. Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children. | Alex Podesta
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Upcoming Show in New Orleans. Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children.

I have work in the show “Spaces: Antenna, The Front Good Children” at The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. Show runs February 25 through June 10. Opening reception on Saturday evening, February 25, 6:00 - 8:00.

http://cacno.org/visualarts/exhibition/2012/02/spaces/

Launch! | Alex Podesta
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Launch!

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