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The Biologist’s Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature, and Nature
We have an exciting conference and art exhibition on mimicry and crypsis planned for fall 2012. Stay tuned for the call for papers. Thanks for supporting Dactyl.
Dactyl Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of Victoria N. Alexander’s The Biologist’s Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature and Nature.
Teleology is like a mistress to the biologist; he dare not be seen with her in public but cannot live without her –J. B. S. Haldane
Drawing on her experiences as a complexity theorist, novelist and art-theorist, Victoria N. Alexander examines the history and practices of teleology, the study of purpose, in nature as well as in human behavior. She takes us “inside” paradoxically purposeful self-organizing entities (which somehow make themselves without having selves yet to do the making), and she shows us how poetic-like relationships—things coincidentally like each other or metaphoric and things coincidentally near each other or metonymic—help form organization where there was none before. She suggests that it is these chance language-like processes that result in emergent design and selfhood, thereby offering an alternative to postmodern theories that have unfairly snubbed the purposeful artist. Alexander claims that what has been missing from the general discussion of purposefulness is a theory of creativity, without which there can be no purposeful action, only robotic execution of inherited design. Thus revising while reviving teleology, she offers us a secular, non-essentialist conception of selfhood as an achievement that can be more than a momentary stay against the second law.
The book includes anecdotes about Dactyl Foundation’s artists and history. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to the foundation to help support educational programs and research in art-science.
September 10, 2010
Stella McCartney’s New York store will host a special exhibition by Helena Christensen for Fashion’s Night Out on September 10. Photography purchased at the event will benefit Chernobyl Children’s Project International. The exhibition is curated by Neil Grayson of The Dactyl Foundation and the photography will be available for purchase through the end of September. Christensen has been a long time supporter of Chernobyl Children’s Project International, the charity that helps children and communities who are affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. [continue...]
Thursdays 1-6 PM
Dactyl Foundation presents work by Judy Glantzman, Sage Vaughn, Neck Face, and Yelena Yemchuk. [continue...]
Friday, June 4, 2010 4-6PM
Documentary maker Elisa Perea talks about and shows clips from “Nogales aqui es…” (Nogales, this is it… the border city)
A film presenting the creative experiences of a generation of visual artists in their playground; their field of dreams…Nogales… the city. The one they see and the one they imagine… a bordertown awakened through their work… a journey via their art and testimony… offering an alternative description of a territory that is often misunderstood by both bordering countries. This project was funded by The National Council for the Arts and Culture of Mexico and by the Sonoran Institute of Culture. [continue...]
May 13-24, 2010
Opening Reception Thursday May 13th, 7-9PM
Jens Stoltze is a professional photographer with a career spanning almost 20 years. Once graduated from the Royal Danish Art School, he found quickly success as a freelance photographer and then in 2005, he founded S Magazine, an international fashion and photography biannual, for which he is now editor-in-chief. He has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions both in Denmark and the United States.
Stoltze has visited Rio de Janeiro many times, during the course of which he realized at some point that “there is more going on under the surface of the city than above it.” During his visits, Stoltze became interested in the outer neighborhoods. By pursuing one circumstance after another, he was able to document the secret lives of the people of Rocinha, the sex and drugs, the love and war. Circumstance plays a major part in Stoltze’s photography. The [continue...]
April 17th, Hosted by Helena Christensen & Neil Grayson to benefit the Nepal Trust [continue...]
Opening: Saturday, April 17th 6:30-9:00PM
Hosted by Helena Christensen & Neil Grayson.
On View April 17 – May 6, Tues – Sat 12-6pm.
Slow Road to China is an extraordinary, moving and powerful series of images documenting the people of remote mountain communities in the Humla region of Northwest Nepal.
Feb 25, 2010
The breakfast of champions
THE ART WORLD IMPRESARIOS: Rie Rasmussen, writer/filmmaker/artist and Neil Grayson, artist/curator, Dactyl Foundation (dactyl.org)
POWER PLAY-BY-PLAY: “I love meeting over meals,” says Rasmussen, who powwowed with Grayson to discuss an upcoming show and screening of her film “Human Zoo,” which opened last year’s Berlin Film Festival, at his SoHo gallery. But since NYC can be a small town, privacy is of the utmost importance. Thankfully, their corner banquette had plenty of it. The food didn’t fail to impress, either, with standouts including ripe papaya cut with lime — enjoyed after the meal as a digestive. And then there was the coffee, which woke up Rasmussen’s inner muse. “It’s excellent coffee for drawing,” she says, dipping a spoon in it to complete a coffee-and-ink sketch.
Tuesday – Friday 12 – 6 PM.
A salon show featuring works by Judy Glantzman, Helena Christensen, Sage Vaughn, Neck Face, and Yelena Yemchuk.
Curated by CANY: Exhibit and Silent Auction
Contemporary Cuban Art in New York
Private Sponsors Viewing and Cocktail Hour: Wednesday, October 7th starting at 6 PM
Opening Reception and Silent Auction: Thursday, October 8th from 6 to 9 PM
Works by Sage Vaughn, Judy Glantzman, and Yelena Yemchuk Tuesday – Friday 12 – 6pm.
Sept 14, 2009, curated by Neil Grayson for Dactyl Foundation. [continue...]
Jeremy Kost, After the Party
March 3 – March 17, 2009
Picasso's "Femme allongée," 1946, one of the works Krugier was willing to part with.
January 1, 2009
D’Arcy, David, “Last of the Breed,“ Art + Auction January 1, 2009
Through his friendship with Giacometti, his ties to a key Picasso heir and his legendary eye, Jan Krugier built an empire. When he died at age 80 last fall, the art world lost the final remaining member of the generation of postwar connoisseur-dealers. [continue...]
December 14, 2008
By Karin Nelson
HELENA CHRISTENSEN, the Danish supermodel turned fashion and art photographer, is probably the only person complaining that the iPhone takes quality photos. ”I’ll shake it as much as I can,” she said, a note of disdain in her voice. ”But it still comes out perfect.” Her photography, which has appeared in French and Italian Vogue and will go on view Monday at the Dactyl Foundation, is decidedly less perfect. ”It’s the blurriness and imperfection that I love,” she explained. ”And that strange feeling that the light can create.” [continue...]
Jan Krugier in 2006, with a painting by Picasso.
November 20, 2008
Jan Krugier, Dealer of Art by Picasso, Balthus and Other Modernists, Dies at 80 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.comhttp://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/arts/design/20krugier.html
Jan Krugier, who survived two years in Nazi concentration camps as a young man and went on to become a highly regarded dealer of work by artists like Picasso, Morandi, Balthus and Giacometti, died on Saturday at his home in Geneva. He was 80. [continue...]
October 3rd – 25th, 2008
curated by Hikari Yokoyama
opening: October 3rd, 6:00 – 9:00
Internationally recognized for his palimpsest style, throughout his career Angelbert Metoyer has employed an esoteric system of symbols and icons to bemuse viewers and present himself as a shamanistic seer. Lately, he has gone deeper into abstraction, aligning his work with contemporary science’s ultimate abstractions: quantum mechanics and field theory. [continue...]
Far From Home, photo exhibit
Opening: June 27, 2008
(includes exhibition installation photos) [continue...]
Exhibition of S Magazine Issue 7 entitled ‘Ajar’
Dan Martensen [continue...]
May 3, 2008 7:00-9:00 PM
works on paper by Yelena Yemchuk [continue...]
April 30, 2008
Notes on Fantômas, works on paper by Yelena Yemchuk
Exhibition of Issue 6 of S Magazine, ‘Verge’
Ryan Michael Kelly
October 31 – November 24, 2007
Curated by Neil Grayson in collaboration with Jason Dill
Neck Face reads through the piles of Mexican snuff tabloids that his grandmother collected when he was a child in Mexico. He points to how we grimly reduce death to obscene entertainment in the check out line.
opening recpetion videos
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