“…for the Lonely Distant Baby Souls”
An interview with Joakim Ojanen

|2021-09-06T15:33:39+02:002021. szeptember 6.|Art Today||

Patrick Tayler
Tearjerker, eye bender, fall over! Figures moving about, minding their business in their world filled with thingamajigs and overall tomfoolery. In the work of Joakim Ojanen brouhaha and hahaha echo around the endless stage of existence. The snakes and ladders of fortune take us from happy, uplifting moments to tragic seconds of light misery. Fiddlesticks! One is always only a second away from breakdown or total catharsis.  

Public and Private Collections in Dialogue
A discussion with Gábor Ébli

|2021-08-28T21:21:24+02:002021. augusztus 26.|Art Today||

Patrick Tayler
As a sample of many years of research, Gábor Ébli published in 2020 an English-language book intended for an international audience. The multifaceted suggestions of the volume shed light on the possible personal motivations behind collecting art and the dialogue with collection strategies at national and regional levels. A shorter version of this interview appeared in the 6th print issue of Új Művészet in Hungarian. This extended discussion aims to provide insight into some of the key issues covered by the author. 

The Weight of Painting
An Interview with Sean Scully and Dávid Fehér concerning Scully's retrospective titled Passenger

|2021-05-31T16:38:31+02:002021. május 31.|Art Today||

Patrick Tayler
An internationally significant exhibition of Sean Scully's work opened in the October of 2020 at the Hungarian National Gallery. Due to the pandemic, the exhibition titled Passenger was closed for several months, but now the visitors have a chance to look at it for a few more days. Walking among the paintings emitting a radiant presence, the viewer involuntarily focuses on the physical act of looking at paintings and the enthralling, direct experience of the artworks. Following the curatorial narrative formulated by art historian Dávid Fehér, the exhibition presents the thematic chapters of the artist's consistent painting practice in a complex manner. In my interview, I talked with the artist as well as the curator of the exhibition. The following discussion was published in Hungarian in the print edition of the journal in November 2020.

Always on the go
"I am always paranoid about everything." – Interview with Brad Downey

|2021-03-30T11:52:52+02:002021. március 30.|Art Today||

Kovács Kristóf (Sajnos Gergely)
"In 2020, because of my captivity (for about seven months), I was forced to rent a room in an apartment in Slovenia and work in a new studio. I bonded daily with the same five people. It was significant to me that I became so close with these strangers.  We together created a community that felt like a family – deep human relationships when relationships were prohibited. As for 2021, I read a few days ago that the USA passed a special bill to authorize domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor "domestic" terrorist. Sounds like some hardcore Stasi shit to me."

New Extractivism sounds like a new art movement!
Interview with Vladan Joler

|2021-02-21T18:22:28+02:002021. február 21.|Art Today||

Andrea Palásti
Why are invisible infrastructures invisible? As I mentioned in New Extractivism, invisible technical infrastructures are constructed of multiple opaque layers and built mostly by ghost work or invisible labor. The bricks of this planetary-scale structure consist of black boxes, closed code, and hardware. They are covered with layers of corporate secrets, patents, and copyrights. There are many reasons why those infrastructures are opaque, nevertheless, we can probably cluster these reasons into two groups. The first one is political-economical, the other is technical. On one hand, technical infrastructures and processes embedded within these infrastructures allow an immense concentration of power and wealth. People that accumulated these powers and wealth are not interested in losing it or sharing it.

To Adjust the Default Settings
The Common Zone of Painting and Digitality-Influenced Imagery

|2020-11-05T20:32:07+02:002020. november 3.|Art Today||

Orsolya Lia Vető
The traditionally slow genre of painting is capable of challenging the inhumanly fast circulation of digital imagery. Painting interacts with the digital by appropriating, and formally codifying its heterogeneous and ephemeral visual experiences. While utopian notions of the correlation between the human and the machine are becoming blurred, the digital is restructured as something increasingly real and thus permeating the nervous system of contemporary painting.

“Exit From the White Cube Ghetto”
Interview with Peter Bencze, founder and organizer of the hybrid institution of Everybody Needs Art [ENA]

|2020-10-09T16:10:15+02:002020. október 7.|Art Today||

Patrick Tayler
In this series of interviews, Új Művészet presents non-profit, for-profit, commercial and internationally relevant galleries. These conversations reveal how certain institutions were affected by the pandemic, and what kind of online and offline strategies were developed to confront current situations. Today we are asking Péter Bencze, founder and organizer of the hybrid institution Everybody Needs Art [ENA].

Dust of Angels
John Chiara's artist residency in Budapest Art Factory

|2020-09-08T21:12:03+02:002020. március 8.|Art Today||

Takács Lívia
The Budapest Art Factory welcomed Californian photographer John Chiara for the second time since 2017 for a two-months artist residency. In the beginning of the summer 2019 Budapest Art Factory presented his residency-end solo exhibition titled ‘Dust of Angels’: a series of the street scenes and landscape photographs in portrait format bustling with color.

Botond Keresztesi: Van Gogh’s Airbnb

|2020-09-04T18:55:46+02:002019. október 8.|Art Today||

Patrick Tayler
Painters, like Botond Keresztesi, bring back distant visual triggers, for those who still have some unfinished mission in the virtual sphere: a save slot left unopened for too long, an uncaught apple, a motorbike levitating since the last millennium. Instead of recreating previous experiences – and the resulting emotional-cognitive reactions – on a technically more advanced platform, Keresztesi deploys the ancient practice of painting to recontextualise digital and non-digital fragments.

Guarding Beauty
Ádám Dallos’s one-man show Mercurius with Crying Dragon

|2020-09-04T19:02:05+02:002019. július 20.|Art Today||

Patrick Nicholas Tayler
Ádám Dallos exhibited three large-scale oil paintings – Boy with Crying Dragon (2019), Mercurius with Crying Dragon (2019), Bleeding Eye Bull Begins to Cry (2019) – that each show an individual male nude in the company of a monster. The mythical beasts complete the human figures as attributes of an awakening power, as projected spirits of testosterone, or in other words, a guarding presence hovering above the exposed bodies.

Purple Prose
Orsolya Lia Vető's exhibition

|2020-09-08T21:22:19+02:002019. július 2.|Art Today||

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
Zooming in on flowers and fruit in the series Plantscape, Orsolya Lia Vető is not squeamish concerning the alluring, the decorative in her painting practice. The communicative urge that drives the aesthetics of kitsch is condensed into individual signs, that cease to denote separate morphological units and instead hook-up in a hybrid inflorescence, merging in a despecific corporality.

Whitecube Wunderkammer
Sekrestye – Unixpected

|2020-09-08T21:25:45+02:002019. június 3.|Art Today||

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
Sekrestye is a Budapest-based, loosely defined group of artists whose collective movements are centred around a series of exhibitions and events arranged predominantly in private places, introducing a fresh, off-track attitude to the art scene of the Hungarian capital. Surfacing gradually from the depths of social media and appearing sporadically in different venues, the group’s fifth exhibition was installed in the two visually transformed exhibition halls of Art9 Gallery and presented a visual jam session, that contextualised personal voices within a common vision.

an introductory group exhibition of the resident artists of Atelier Budakalász

|2020-09-04T19:04:57+02:002019. április 26.|Art Today||

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
There are places in suburban Budapest where artists tinker around in weird hours, working on pieces that can be described with a collection of contradictory terms: edgy, ephemeral, toy-like, pseudo-scientific, Blade Runneresque, sacred, sacrilegious, modified, recontextualised, assisted, remixed, etc., deploying tactics that unsettle the norms of art. They sometimes utilise the tools of the film industry, of fine mechanics or of any other area connected to the construction of illusions and palpable realities.

Ritual Trail to Self
Patrícia Jagicza and Patrícia Kaliczka’s exhibition

|2020-09-04T19:05:39+02:002019. április 17.|Art Today||

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
The self-portrait reveals traces of an impossible distance – an out-of-body experience, that proposes selfhood through a kind of informed schizophrenia. If “presence is impossible except as co-presence”, who is this other I share myself with? Is the dichotomy of artist and model relevant in this case? Is the mirror or camera – the technical facade – the real eyewitness to this emergence of the self?

Róbert Batykó’s Solo Exhibition “Red Eye”

|2020-09-04T19:06:25+02:002019. február 26.|Art Today|

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
There is a pre-programmed quality in Batykó’s work, it operates on the border of the visual culture of digital technology, the logic of picture editing software and process art. Instead of a file’s invisible transformation, Batykó’s work deploys an organic substance and not a binary system. The image is fixed onto the hard-drive of easel painting: hitting ctrl+alt+z doesn’t work here, neither is there space for any further modification. The interface is frozen.

The view from an armchair: on the brink of a season that never existed
József Pinczés’s Solo Exhibition at Villa Lívia

|2019-02-13T16:07:25+02:002019. február 12.|Art Today||

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
Due to the personal iconography of Pinczés (that he has been consistent with in the years), there is always a conversation between the discernible temporal layers. A giraffe, a balloon, a magpie can appear as a symbol of the artist's presence: connecting the oeuvre not only on stylistic grounds but also symbolically. In the painting Master and Student (2018), Pinczés depicts a robot mouse – the exact object that served as the starting point for Zsigmond Károlyi's painterly investigations in 2005 - in the company of a slightly asymmetrical, playful toy monkey.

The painter of the trees
Hans Mattis Teutsch

|2019-09-11T15:37:13+02:002018. december 17.|Art Today||

Nicolas Eber
The essential subject of my present writing are the paintings and linocuts of Hans Mattis Teutsch and his until present not yet duly recognised and interpreted tree-representations. With regard to that the reader of these lines could soon raise the question, why am I going in that case here below to stay with the general discussion of anthropomorphism and especially with the representation of the animal word in humanised form in the literature and art-painting?

Mira Dalma Makai’s Solo Exhibition

|2020-09-04T19:07:58+02:002018. december 4.|Art Today||

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
There is a type of beauty at play here similar to the aesthetics of scientific photographs, which alienate and disembody the observed object. This is the “sea change” of the close-up: when what is in front of us turns into “something rich and strange” just by the sheer fact of our proximity. The dichotomy of strangeness and familiarity is also at stake in Makai’s personal iconography, letting every element become identified as something similar to claws, leaves, shells or gems, but never precisely named and thus remaining ambivalent: somewhere between the unknown and the materialised.

Doctor of Liberal Arts students of the University of Pécs

|2020-09-04T19:08:40+02:002018. november 3.|Art Today||

Patrick Nicholas Tayler
DLA INTRO is an annually organised exhibition with the aim of introducing the new Doctor of Liberal Arts students of the University of Pécs, and to exhibit the latest developments in the ongoing endeavours of the upper-graders. DLA INTRO is also an event that hosts the concert of the doctorate institution’s music department, further enriching the exhibition’s scope. As a group exhibition that displays diverse artistic practices, it creates a space of discourse for the question of what art is, its expansive nature - and thus its ungraspable definitions.

four paintings by David Utcai

|2020-09-04T19:09:17+02:002018. október 24.|Art Today||

Tayler Patrick Nicholas
Temporality plays a key role in the work of Dávid Utcai. Drawn to the sonic structures of techno and electronic music in general, Utcai investigates how materials create an ambient of visual signs. According to József A. Tillmann techno is one of the contemporary forms of the sublime[1] – that is: an overpowering presence, a loss of self-definition, a combination of beauty and fear.

Florian Lang & Klára Petra Szabó’s exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum Budapest

|2020-09-04T19:09:54+02:002018. október 5.|Art Today||

Patrick Tayler
The exhibition of Florian Lang and Klára Petra Szabó is currently on display at the Austrian Cultural Forum Budapest. Titled Blue Sunday the collaboration presents an intricate combination of traditional and unorthodox painterly methods, video- and light installations and a migration of motifs between images that use diverse strategies to establish and break illusions.

Ákos Ezer’s one-man show at Art+Text Budapest Gallery

|2018-09-18T09:19:10+02:002018. szeptember 18.|Art Today||

Patrick Nicholas Tayler
Ákos Ezer’s current exhibition presents the artists’ most recent artworks that depict the reoccurring motif of the stumbling man. The methods which Ezer uses to construct his paintings are partly inspired by the technical tools of kitsch, neo-expressionistic figurative tendencies and digital modelling. These form an inherent part of the discourse surrounding contemporary painting and also define Ezer as an artist deploying multiple visual strategies.


|2018-07-13T18:19:37+02:002018. július 13.|Art Today||

Lorand Hegyi
The exhibition “VOLTO” is dedicated to an old, large, at the same time familiar and enigmatic subject: the face. Given the unique, significantly personal, principally singular, unrepeatable, irreplaceable, in-exchangeable character of the face, it is almost inevitably identified with the external appearance of a person, with the image of an individual.

Franz Marc and the humanized portrayal of animals in painting

|2017-10-18T08:38:24+02:002017. július 19.|Art Today||

Nicolas Eber
The anthropomorphous character of the painting reproduced as figure 4 is entirely obvious and doubtless, whereby already its title alone reveals the relevant intention of the painter, namely the symbolization of the extreme cruelty of the war in question. He is thereby simultaneously delivering a clear proof of the fact that the anthropomorphous representation of animals in other context and in general is not unfamiliar to him.

Colors, Numbers, Facts – Dóra Maurer’s Exhibition

|2017-10-18T08:38:41+02:002016. augusztus 11.|Art Today||

by Dalma Eged Dóra Maurer’s solo exhibition opened at the cultic gallery in White Cube Mason’s Yard in London on May 27. Although the exhibition is not retrospective, the over 20 conceptual paintings, photos, films and installations on show in the halls of the world-famous exhibition space in downtown London cover four decades of the artist's career, and thus represents [...]

Energies & Echoes – Dumitru Gorzo’s exhibition

|2017-10-18T08:38:42+02:002016. július 13.|Art Today||

by Paul D’Agostino Dumitru Gorzo's new body of paintings, an exquisite and compositionally electric series the Brooklyn-based artist produced while visiting a remote studio outpost in his home country Romania, evidence him taking his characteristic, indeed unmistakable mark-making into formal territories as relatively uncharted as the isolated, mountainous landscapes that surrounded him as he worked. These large canvases have an [...]

He Who Sows the Wind

|2020-09-04T19:10:49+02:002016. július 3.|Art Today||

The Installations of Endre Koronczi by Anica Rudolf   The wind blows where it wants to blow. It picks up the discarded trash, say a plastic bag. It carries it away, tugging at it, turning it toward the sun, then puts it down then lifts it again and hangs it on a tree branch. Endre Koronczi has been watching this [...]

The Mysteries of San Francisco – Interview with Gergely Barki

|2017-10-18T08:38:44+02:002016. június 18.|Art Today||

by Gábor Pataki In 1915, nine years after the earthquake devastated San Francisco, a world’s fare was held in the city to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal (Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, abbreviated as PPIE). Just like at the other expos of the time, visual arts played a key role at the event. For the 100th anniversary of the fare [...]

Creating the Past

|2017-10-18T08:38:45+02:002016. június 14.|Art Today||

Interview with Munkácsy Prize-winning artist Csaba Nagy about his Public Art Creations titled Organic Point and Time Planes by Anna Nagy As evidenced by the prizes you have been awarded, you are mostly known and renowned by the members of the profession as a graphic artist, and we primarily encounter woodcuts of a philosophical/meditative nature at your exhibitions. However, in [...]

BACKUP: An Exhibition by Ádám Kokesch

|2017-10-18T08:38:47+02:002016. június 6.|Art Today||

by Gábor Kaszás The selection of the venue for Ádám Kokesch’s exhibition titled Backup is by all means to be regarded as symbolic. The memorial museum of the first Hungarian apostle of avant-garde and constructivism serves as a hot venue for presenting a collection which ultimately builds on that tradition as well. Kokesch’s well-known “technical counterfeits or imitations” draw their [...]

An Inquiry About Fine Arts Events and Artists in Hungary 2015

|2017-10-18T08:38:47+02:002016. május 15.|Art Today|

As in previous years, we again asked our colleagues - art historians/theorists, curators, artists and writers - what they thought about the events of the past year: Which 2015 exhibition/festival/event/initiative did you find to be most the prominent and outstanding, and why? Which 2015 exhibition/festival/event/initiative did you find to be most problematic and lowest in quality, and why?   János [...]