Tony Tasset's film 'Judy', 1998, shows a woman looking at the camera, which is supposedly being operated by Tasset, her husband. We witness, and relate to, her air of suspicion and self-consciousness, but what is most palpable is the strong psychological bond between her and the cameraman. Like voyeurs, we study the few seconds of footage as they loop over and over again. The piece is presented in a dark room by a cold and impersonal monster--the film projector--which loudly screeches and creaks along, scratching and gradually destroying the film. even with this machine standing in place of her husband, we still detect love on the woman's face.
After last week’s announcement of the participating artists in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, we bring you new work form one of the exhibition’s most mutlifaceted. Tony Tasset, who works in various multimedia disciplines, completed a 30-foot version of his work Eye, in downtown Dallas, Texas.
The Whitney Museum of American Art recently announced the roster of artists and curators for the 2014 Biennial, which once again will include large-scale off-site installations. This just in from Tony Tasset, one of the off-site participants, who has just completed an installation in Dallas, Texas.
The Whitney Museum of American Art announced nearly a year ago that a trio of outside curators would be organizing the 2014 Biennial, each taking a floor of the museum. Each brings a different set of eyes and interests to the show.
This year the multimedia artist Tony Tasset will be creating out an outdoor sculpture in Hudson River Park.
The eyeball popped-up in August on a recently cleared vacant lot in between Main and Elm Streets, across the street from the Joule Hotel. Since then Tony Tasset’s sculpture, a massively enlarged replication of his very own eyeball, has been the focal point of plenty of conversation. Mayor Mike Rawlings praised it as an indicator of the kinds of things that could help boost energy downtown. Our own Glenn Hunter aptly made the comparison to the glaring, ever-fixed gaze of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg in The Great Gatsby, an advertisement that functions as a kind of ambiguous symbol of a moral universe, ante-uping Pascal’s Wager, so to speak. And in the wake of the NSA surveillance revelations, they eye could be seen as a tongue-in-cheek reference to an ever-watching Big Brother.
Artist Tony Tasset is literally staring out over Dallas. For his most recent public installation, the Chicago-based sculptor took a picture of his own eyeball, and blew it up to a veiny, three-story fiberglass orb, peering at downtown’s Joule Hotel. The result? A glaring work, and the sneaking feeling you are being watched. Full frontal eye contact. Gazed and confused.
Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset is known for playful, often large-scale sculptures that run the gamut from a melting snowman — a big hit at last spring’s Frieze New York — to a giant lumberjack. He also seems to have a penchant for ghoulish subject matter like a “Blob Monster,” a smashed jack-o-lantern, and a chandelier made of skeletons. Just in time for Halloween, the Joule Hotel in Dallas is unveiling Tasset’s latest, a 30-foot-tall “Eye” sculpture, on the city’s Main Street on Thursday. We caught up with Tasset before the colossal eye made its spooky debut.
Now that it’s out of my system I’m going to do my best to refrain from any more groan-inducing puns regarding Tony Tasset’s Eye, a 30-foot tall, fiberglass and steel ocular sculpture unveiled today by the Joule Hotel in Dallas. I spoke with the artist about what compelled him to create an enormous version of his own eyeball in Texas.
The Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Photography is pleased to hostSnap: The 5th Photography Benefit Gala on October 19, 2013 in the museum's Modern Wing. This year's event celebrates the museum's encyclopedic permanent collection of photography. Proceeds from Snap contribute to the Photography Gala Fund, the largest single source of acquisitions support for photography at the Art Institute. This fund has helped make possible landmark purchases of work by André Kertész, Richard Misrach, Daido Moriyama, and Ed Ruscha, among others. The event is co-chaired by Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and Dia S. Weil.
Chicago, August 2010-- Tony Tasset is receiving a kind of city-wide, mini-retrospective currently in Chicago. The Museum of Contemporary Art is showing a significant number of his artworks from the 1980s (more), held in their permanent collection. Kavi Gupta Gallery has had a survey of Tasset's early work on view all summer (more). Tasset also has a work included in the Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition "Contemporary Collecting: Selected Works from the Donna and Howard Stone Collection." And speaking of selections, Tasset was selected for two commissions in Chicago Downtown Loop area. All along Chicago's busy State Street are Tasset's Cardinal banners showing the titular bird in flight, but the piece that has people buzzing is Eye, a thirty-foot tall fiberglass and steel construction of a very realistic eyeball.
As crews welded Tasset's newest sculpture together under his watchful eye, we had a quick chat about the work, Free Masons, rock and roll and Pop Conceptualism.
--Abraham Ritchie, Editor, ArtSlant Chicago
Downtown Dallas gets a surrealistic twist with the unveiling of Eye, an iconic work by multimedia artist Tony Tasset currently being installed at 1607 Main St. across from The Joule hotel. The iris — based on Tasset’s own baby blues — arrives on Monday, August 26 and will be on display through September.
The Nasher Xchange has been parking various kinds of public artworks around the city, celebrating the Nasher Sculpture Center’s tenth anniversary. Now it’ll be filling a temporary sculpture garden across Main Street from The Joule hotel — 1607 Main, where the Praetorian Building, erected in 1909, once stood until the Joule’s owners, the Headington Cos., bought it and tore it down.
First up is artist Tony Tasset, actually a multi-media artist, but he’s perhaps best known for his giant eyeballs (not in his head — his sculptures, although they’re based on his own eyes, even though he presumably imagines the veins in the back of the eyeball, right?), particularly because of the 30-foot-tall one he’s got staring out at downtown Chicago.
A giant human eyeball has arrived in downtown Dallas to be installed across the street from The Joule Hotel, whose impressive contemporary artwork collection was featured a couple months ago in the New York Times.
Headington Companies is pleased to announce the acquisition of ‘Eye', an iconic work of art by Tony Tasset which will be installed in a temporary exhibition space at 1607 Main Street across from The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX. Programming for the Joule's new temporary outdoor exhibition space is being developed in collaboration with the Nasher Sculpture Center. ‘Eye' will be available for public viewing from the Main Street corridor. ‘Eye' will arrive at the location on Monday, August 19 and the installation process is expected to take approximately ten days.
Headington Companies, Timothy Headington's Dallas-based business that owns Joule, has acquired "Eye", a 30-foot-tall sculpture by contemporary artist Tony Tasset. The ocular oddity arrives today and will be installed across from The Joule in a temporary exhibition space at 1607 Main Street. The placement will take an estimated week and a half to complete. Programming to coordinate with "Eye" will be developed in collaboration with the Nasher.
The Headington Cos., which is nearing the end of a major expansion of The Joule, is working with the Nasher Sculpture Center to create a temporary sculpture garden across the street from the downtown hotel.
The first installation at the company’s property at 1607 Main St. will be Eye, by Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset. At 30 feet tall, Eye is a realistic three-dimensional re-creation of a human eyeball with a blue iris, based on the artist’s own eye.
It was expected to arrive this week and take up to 10 days to install.
A watchful eye will be stationed on Main Street in downtown Dallas once the installation of a 30-foot-tall human eyeball sculpture is completed next week.
The piece, aptly named “Eye,” will live on a lot directly across from The Joule Hotel for an indefinite amount of time, according to Laura Noble, Headington Companies spokeswoman.
Installation of the structure began Monday.
With preview day of the 2013 Armory Show officially behind us, we can safely say that, aside from Gagosian’s garish Warhol-camouflaged booth, the most photogenic artwork of the fair thus far has been Tony Tasset’s “Snowman with Yellow Glove” (2013, pictured), installed just outside expansionist Chicago gallerist Kavi Gupta’s booth.
Gupta’s stall proved a popular destination with collectors attending Wednesday’s VIP preview, as they snapped up pieces by James Krone and Angel Otero early on in the day. And by 3pm the snowman — a feat of hyperrealist verisimilitude made of bronze, stainless steel, glass, resin, brass, enamel paint, and poly-styrene — had also found a new home, for $80,000, GalleristNY reported.
Perhaps that generous donation to the weather gods will help temper the incoming snowstorm that is threatening to make the tail end of everyone’s Armory Week a little extra unpleasant.
by Dan Duray, Zoë Lescaze and Sarah Douglas, Gallerist NY, March 06, 2013
To a greater than usual degree, The Armory Show depends on the weather gods. Previous editions have been all but submerged in March snowstorms, causing taxi traffic jams and lines of disgruntled, frigid collectors. Tony Tasset, a very clever artist, is well aware of this, which is why he asked his Chicago dealer, Kavi Gupta, to install his life-size hyper realistic bronze sculpture of a snowman just outside his Armory booth. “He wanted it here because this fair can succeed or fail because of snow,” Mr. Gupta said at the fair’s bustling VIP preview this afternoon. But there was no snow, and therefore surging attendance, and that snowman had sold by 3 p.m. (for a cool $80,000), along with just about everything else in Mr. Gupta’s booth, which has other pieces by Mr. Tasset as well as other gallery artists like Scott Reeder, at prices ranging from $15,000 to $200,000.
by Kelly Hartog, Culver City Patch, October 1, 2012
The public art installation stands 94 feet high, towering over the Culver City lot, and was designed by artist Tony Tasset.
Close to 100 Culver City and Sony officials made their way to the Sony lot early Monday morning for the official unveiling of ‘Rainbow,’ the new public art installation just beyond the Madison Street Gate entrance.
Artist Tony Tasset conceived the gigantic, colorful piece that soars above the lot, almost two years ago. Inspired by The Wizard of Oz, Tasset told Patch the 94ft high steel and aluminum arc that spans 188 feet across was designed to embody the “great metaphor of light and magic of the movies. I also wanted to make something that everyone understands from kids to adults,” he said.
by Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2012
Sony Pictures Entertainment unveiled a towering $1.6-million rainbow art installation Monday, a massive mix of colors that the town’s mayor hopes visitors and residents will come to view as a landmark for the once-sleepy suburb that’s now home to a bustling restaurant and arts scene.
Rising from Sony’s downtown-adjacent lot, the 94-foot tall steel art piece, which last week was encased in white cloth, occupies a prominent position in low-slung Culver City when viewed from the nearby Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.
“We hope it captures imaginations and people want to come and see it,” Mayor Andy Weissman said. “It’s going to be prominent. Not prominent like the Great Wall of China, where you can see it from space, but it will rise above the trees and landscaping and fencing” of Sony’s studio.
by Emmet Sullivan and Elly Fishman, Chicagomag.com, September 27, 2012
Now that the dust has settled from Expo Chicago's debut at Navy Pier, we’re all wondering: how successful was the much-anticipated art fair? According to several local galleries, the answer is very. Every gallery we spoke to confirmed that they had a lot of foot traffic at their booths during the day (an estimated 27,000 people toured Navy Pier throughout the weekend) and many pieces sold by the end of the weekend.
Here are some of the highlights of the pieces sold by local galleries (all prices are retail):
Civil Tapestries, Flag Series
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Gates, an artist based on Chicago’s South Side, was the star of the show for Kavi Gupta gallery. His four works (two sculptures, two tapestries) were instantly claimed by renowned international buyers. "We don't really put it up his work and just sell it to anybody," Gupta said.
In the small Leo Koenig Inc. Projeckte space, a film projector sits atop of what appears to be the crate it was shipped in. It casts an image of a woman’s face on the far wall opposite from the entrance to the space, which has been covered with solid black tarps to shut out all daylight. A 15 second edit of 35mm film runs in a loop, and the woman has her gaze set into the camera. Light blond hair falls unto her shoulders, which are covered by a light blue t-shirt. She is framed by a bush of what appears to be powder-pink roses in a field of lush green foliage. A lone earring of some modest gem dangles from her exposed ear, the ear that holds back a lock of hair. She flashes a gentle smile, in a demure manner, which seems to come from some radiant joy that she just can’t keep in, although she seems to try for a moment. Light crow’s feet form in the outer corners of her eyes. She blinks. Our gaze slowly and steadily zooms onto her face through the camera. The smile fades from her mouth, she blinks a few times, and casts her face down into a pensive, inward gaze. The camera moves in closer, a lock of her hair gently blows across her chin, and the flowers around her head are dancing, steadily moving out of the frame. The sober, wistful look suddenly seems to take a darker turn into what appears to be grief. For just a moment, she looks so awfully sad. The camera is still moving in, flowers move out of the frame, and a wrinkle on her brow forms. She lifts her head, blinks, her brow is furrowed, and she casts her gaze, which appears to have grown cold, back into the camera.
Contesting the progress-and-mastery saga of twentieth-century modernism, Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset spent much of the 1980s and '90s meticulously crafting insolent, critical objects, and the nine works represented in this ten-year survey (1986-96) unambiguously assert his past affinity for blunt deconstructionist strategies...
SPARTA, Wis. — On the ides of June, while squinting at a cluster of threatening clouds from his perch on a grassy construction site just outside this small city, Chicago sculptor Tony Tasset is, to use his words, totally freaking out.
“You know those reality shows?” Tasset says, a slightly uneasy smile on his face. “This is that part when the
team is up against their deadline, and it looks like they’re never going to finish on time.”
Tasset’s “team” is made up of a half-dozen fiberglass workers at Sparta’s Fast Corp. (Fiberglass Animals Shapes and Trademarks), who have been assigned to construct the artist’s largest piece to date: a giant eyeball aptly named Eye which, upon completion, will stand three stories tall and stare east from the Loop’s Pritzker Park, at State and Van Buren streets. Tasset was commissioned for the job last fall by the Chicago Loop Alliance, and Fast Corp., with which he had collaborated on prior sculptures (including a 2-foot-high eyeball), took the engineering reins earlier this year.
2010 has been a good year for Tony Tasset. Known for his witty and often sardonic approach to Postmodern art, Tasset’s work has gained quite a bit of attention in the city he calls home. The artist was selected alongside fellow Chicago artist, Phyllis Bramson to participate in the College Art Association’s annual Artist Interviews during the organization’s conference that was held in Chicago in February 2010. Last month, Tasset’s Blob Monster (2009) was one of several large scale installations that made an impressive appearance on Orleans Avenue outside of The Merchandise Mart, in collaboration with Art Chicago and NEXT. This summer, Tasset’s larger than life sculptures will once again join the public sphere thanks to a dual commission from the Chicago Loop Alliance for their inaugural Art Loop program slated for early July. The artist will unveil Cardinal (2010)an installation of more than one hundred banners along Chicago’s famed State Street. Tasset’s vision for the series of installed sculptures is to form a collective image of the state bird, a cardinal taking flight. The second work, standing 30 feet in the air and scheduled for Pritzker Park, is aptly titled Eye(2010), a massive mixed media sculpture of an eyeball overlooking the Chicago community.
by Abraham Ritchie, Chicago Art Blog, June 3, 2010
On July 7th, Chicago will be invaded by a three-story eyeball. There is no word yet whether it will threaten us with death rays. Of course, I am kidding. What will be coming to Chicago on July 7th is Eye, a three-story sculpture by Tony Tasset...
It's Armory Week. Falling on certain ears, this news conjures knights conferencing in gaggles, their heavy chain mail collectively clinking. But creative types know better: Armory Week is one of the biggest events of the year for visual artists.
During its forty-year history, the MCA has distinguished itself with groundbreaking exhibitions that have contributed substantially to the evolving history of contemporary art. These exhibitions have, in turn, stimulated the museum and its supporters to acquire important and often numerous pieces by these artists. A resulting hallmark of the MCA's collection is the presence of significant, in-depth bodies of work by artists. By displaying several examples of an artist's work, visitors can gain a better understanding of their working process and development of ideas over the span of several years.
Rewind presents concentrations of work by artists whom the MCA has collected in depth, or whose pieces in the collection are definitive examples of their singular aesthetic. Showcasing key artists of the last forty years whose work has been and continues to be defining to international contemporary art underscores the MCA's role as a leader in and incubator of artistic innovation.
Rewind focuses on works from these particular decades to show how the groundbreaking work from the recent past is only now becoming historicized for its critical take on art institutions, identity politics, and new approaches to video and photography in the late-20th century. It includes works by Vito Acconci, Richard Artschwager, Matthew Barney, Alfredo Jaar, Mike Kelley, Sharon Lockhart, Richard Long, Richard Prince, Lorna Simpson, Tony Tasset, and Gillian Wearing.
This exhibition is organized by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator.
Visitors of the five-star Joule Hotel in Dallas will now be greeted by more than a welcoming staff with the addition of Tony Tasset‘s newest work. The maverick artist, whose year has also been decorated with a secured position in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, has taken his talents to Texas to expand the Joule Hotel‘s growing art collection. The sculpture – which was seen in a similar form back in 2007 – is a 30-foot, three-dimensional sphere modeled after Tasset’s own eye. While many outlets might be quick to assign a profound meaning to the piece, the artist insists that “it’s [just] a big eyeball” – a refreshing approach to such an ostensibly serious work.