The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, June 24, 2018

First UK show of the American artist Edy Ferguson at Faggionato Fine Arts
Edy Ferguson, America, 1996, film installation.

LONDON.- Faggionato Fine Arts announced the first UK show of the American artist Edy Ferguson. The exhibition America combines video and film installations, drawings, paintings and photographs.

Ferguson’s works are vibrant and confrontational comments upon American popular culture. This is demonstrated in two video works, and particularly a film installation, simply titled America (1996). Two films are projected onto a purpose-built derelict wall in the corner of the main gallery. One is a film clip from the 1941 Captain Marvel series ‘Curse of the Scorpion’, the other a film of a caged bear pacing back and forth. The crumbling wall recalls the US housing crisis, symbolising the ever present American anxiety over the safety of ‘home’, represented by the bear, while the fantasy of Captain Marvel thinly veils the pathos underlying the All-American ‘hero’ myths so obsessively illustrated by Hollywood, with budgets big and small. Integral to the video installation is a child’s plastic toy of an American Indian sitting atop a miner’s tower while a discarded newspaper headlines a failed gold rush. Each element adds to the charged atmosphere of decay and bravura that Ferguson enjoys to excavate concerning the state of affairs in the USA. In Baby Baby (2007), the iconic Supremes sing the title song, while a video of Muhammad Ali in the boxing ring intersects these scenes. Blending the violent sport with the cheerful melody of the Motown hit evokes a surreal experience of how the most talented African Americans were first presented into mainstream white culture and questions why certain cultural figures become idolised by some, yet vilified by others.

The exhibition recognises Ferguson’s preoccupation with the plasticity of various media. This is reflected in the large wall showcasing over thirty images, comprised of painting, photography and drawing. Each media refers, reflects and speaks to the other, regardless of material, to build a tense threshold of a singular vision that transcends materiality, while playing with wit and dark humour. The entire wall is a total artwork, or Gesamtkunstwerk, offering many interpretations and angles, a Kaleidoscope of views and perspectives, on America’s problems, as well as its delights.

Born in Chicago, Ferguson lives and works in New York. In 1988 she received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, even though her professors had stopped speaking to her, being the first student there to ever show video installation. In 1996 she received her Master’s in Painting and Combined Media from Hunter College, New York, being the first student there to show music installation, 5 in the same space, creating quite a cacophony. She has exhibited internationally in France, Switzerland, Austria, Venezuela, Greece and across the USA. Solo exhibitions in 2012 include a retrospective at the Centre d’Arte Contemporain in Geneva and the Benaki Museum in Athens. Her work was also included in the 2nd Biennale of Mardin, Turkey, the Weiner Art Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center, Athens.

Today's News

May 2, 2013

Van Gogh museum reopens with a stunning display of some of the master's greatest works

Man Made: A selling exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat opens at Sotheby's S/2 Galleries

Two-part exhibition featuring over 100 works of art by Tracey Emin opens at Lehmann Maupin

Renowned Gabriel Revelation Stone in first-time exhibition at Jerusalem's Israel Museum

Rare objects to lead Sotheby's Sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Friedman Benda in New York exhibits works by Belgian artist Koen van den Broek

New ant research by Field Museum constructs family tree, confirms date of evolutionary origin

21c Museum Hotel Louisville presents Wild Card: The Art of Michael Combs, A fifteen year survey

Phillips announces highlights from its London May vintage and contemporary photographs auction

Grant Wood's personal sketchbook at auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago

RSL's June 1 auction features architectural banks in rare colors with prestigious provenance

Richard Dupont's third solo exhibition with Tracy Williams, Ltd. opens in New York

A bold sculpture by artist Keith Haring debuts at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

United Micro Kingdoms (Umk): A design fiction on view at the Design Museum in London

First UK show of the American artist Edy Ferguson at Faggionato Fine Arts

Danish knitwear designer reinterprets old flower paintings

New body of work by Bienese photographer, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou opens at Jack Bell Gallery

First American art magazine launches, bringing a uniquely indigenous voice to indigenous arts

Mad. Sq. Art celebrates inauguration of Orly Genger's installation for Madison Sq Park

Dartmouth's Hood Museum appoints first African Art Curator

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful