Brian Alfred at Denver Art Museum by Brian Alfred

 Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out

21 February 2016 - February 2017

Brian Alfred's City Sunrise, 2004, will be on exhibition in the Denver Art Museum's reinstallation of the Modern & Contemporary galleries. Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out officially opens to the public February 21, 2016 and will be on view through February 2017.

The artworks included in Audacious seek to invite or even incite conversation about the world around us. Comprised mainly of works in the permanent collection the exhibition is organized around four themes: Self and Other, Ecologies and Exchanges, Threat and Surveillance, and Politics and Geographies. City Sunrise will be part of Threat and Surveillance.

The opening reception for this exhibition will be on February 18th 5:30 - 7:30pm.

Brian Alfred on Japan's Genbi Shinkansen by Brian Alfred

Japan’s newest Shinkansen is world’s fastest gallery, packed with contemporary art inside and out

October 2015

From an engineering standpoint, Japan’s famed Shinkansen is already a work of art. Recently, though, the country’s bullet trains have been putting a renewed effort into their appearance, taking inspiration from centuries-old tradition and science-fiction anime.

The latest Shinkansen to be unveiled, though, incorporates design cues more modern than tatami reed floors yet not as futuristic as giant robots. Instead, it’s envisioned as a travelling gallery of contemporary art, allowing for what operator East Japan Railways calls “the world’s fastest art appreciation.”

A special train needs a special name, and the new Shinkansen has been christened Genbi, combining the kanji gen (現), meaning “contemporary,” and bi (美), “beauty.” The Genbi Shinkansen will run along the Joetsu Shinkansen line between Niigata and Echigo Yuzawa Stations in Niigata Prefecture.

Seven of the carriages will be used as art exhibition spaces, with different painters, sculptors, and visual creators represented in each. The contributing artists have been announced as Nao Matsumoto, Yusuke Komuta, Kentaro Kobuke, paramodel, Naoki Ishikawa, Haruaka Kojin, and Brian Alfred.

If you’d like your sense of taste to be stimulated along with your sight, there’s also a cafe. On the menu you’ll find sweets made with rice flour from Niigata’s prized (and pricy) Uonuma-grown Koshihikari rice and butter from dairies on Sadogashima Island.

And it’s not like only passengers inside the train will have something pretty to look at, either. The non-windowed side of the Genbi Shinkansen’s exterior is covered with colorful photographs of Niigata’s Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, one of the largest in Japan, taken by photographer Mika Ninagawa.

The Genbi Shinkansen goes into service next spring.

Villissima @ Hôtel des Arts by Brian Alfred


4th July to 27th September 2015

Brian Alfred, Philippe Apeloig, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Neal Beggs, Andrea Branzi, Armelle Caron, Thierry Cohen, Jordi Colomer, Tony Cragg, Alain Declercq, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Rem Koolhaas, Mazen Kerbaj, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Julia Montilla, Melick Ohanian, Mathieu Pernot, Francesco Pignatelli, Francesc Ruiz, Greg Shaw, Pierre di Sciullo, Alexey Titarenko, Philippe UG, Hema Upadhyay, Chris Ware, Mehdi Zannad

ACE HOTEL PRINT by Brian Alfred

For Atelier Ace Issue, our series of limited edition art prints, we asked Brian Alfred, a multimedia artist originally from Steel City, USA, to envision an exclusive print for us and for you. With hard-edges, flat geometric forms and imagery borrowed from Circuit of the Americas in Travis County, Texas, Alfred uses speed, car racing and rituals of spectacle as avenues to explore contemporary ways of seeing.

18" x 24"    Screen print    Archival paper   Signed and numbered by Brian Alfred  Edition of 100

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Animation at DAF and MARFA by Brian Alfred

Animation at the Dallas Art Fair:
Beck Imaginarium, 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, 75201
Artists include Brian Alfred, JJ Peet, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, Tomislav Gotovac, Desiree Holman, Sundblad/Granat Films and Paul Kos, among others.

Animation Screening at Marfa Contemporary April 13-15