Posts in "contemporary"
A Review of 黄宇兴 Huang Yuxing: 物华 Essence of Landscape at König Galerie, London

The unassuming entrance to the König Galerie and series of corridors leading to the exhibition room create a sense of isolation, a clean slate from which to view the highly saturated works of Huang Yuxing. Having never visited the gallery before, it was a curious space with low ceilings and beams, between which individual works were nestled.

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An Interview with Carolina Mazzolari in her Studio in Clapton, London

Carolina Mazzolari is a Milanese artist known for her multidisciplinary practice involving textile manipulation, painting, photography, video and performance. I visited the studio she shares with her husband Conrad Shawcross in Clapton, London and left feeling both uplifted and inspired by her practice.

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A Review of Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

There is a lot to take in from Luchita Hurtado’s first public solo exhibition. Her lengthy career, still continuing today, is exhibited in a near 80-year chronology by the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The cyclical nature of the exhibition pays homage to the environmental themes and of course the exhibition’s very own title.

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A Review of Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection, New York

Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection sings beautifully. If you look closely enough you can feel the presence of both melody and counterpoint. In this exhibition, Edmund de Waal, a ceramist known for his porcelain vessels ˗ and the clean, minimalist structures in which he has arranged his pieces since 2005 ˗ engages in dialogue with the permanent holdings of The Frick Collection, addressing the weight of history, of art, of porcelain, and ever attentive to the cadences of life.

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A Review of Manolo Blahnik: An Enquiring Mind at The Wallace Collection, London

When I first heard about An Enquiring Mind, curated by The Wallace Collection's director, Dr Xavier Bray and legendary luxury shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, I was equal parts intrigued and apprehensive. Slyly written between the lines of the romantic promotional poster was the age-old question: What is Art? Art meaning the cerebral and moving rather than the merely ‘decorative’ or the distastefully frivolous?

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A Review of WORD PLAY: Language As Medium at The Bonnier Gallery, Miami

WORD PLAY: Language As Medium, is a tightly curated exhibition on view at The Bonnier Gallery in Miami, Florida through July 20, 2019.  It features works by artists Fiona Banner, Benjamin Bellas, Mel Bochner, David Moreno, Kay Rosen, and Damon Zucconi, and slyly explores the philosophical underpinnings of language. The exhibition's catalogue essay provides the viewer with an overview of the role of language as conceptual art within the context of Postwar Art. 

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A Review of Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London

By proposing a fresh and alternative definition – or lack thereof – of Chinese contemporary art, guest curator Victor Wang presents a symphony of dynamic, multi-disciplinary and insightful artworks by nine brilliant Chinese contemporary artists. The show unfolds to, and together with, the viewer as an open and unremittingly changing discourse, its currents imbued with a penetrating and movingly authentic echo of individual agency. 

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A Review of Oscar Murillo: Manifestation at David Zwirner, London

Upon entering David Zwirner, one is affronted by three large, deep-red canvases which occupy and overpower the primary wall of the main gallery with their assured presence. These new manifestation works at first push the audience away, asking the viewer to beguile in their pigmented facades from a distance, then following a pause, draws them in with textural details, liminal text and the jarring churnings of visceral brushstrokes.

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A Review of Lee Krasner: Living Colour at Barbican Art Gallery, London

The Barbican retrospective, the first in Europe for over fifty years, presents some one-hundred works, many of which are available to the UK public for the first time. Organised chronologically, and ranging from early monochromatic, cubist drawings to large scale, colourful abstract paintings, it finally debunks the myth of Krasner as merely the wife of Jackson Pollock.

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A Review of William Foyle: Landscapes at Asia House, London

Entering Asia House, I was immediately struck by the overflow of glittering figures adorned in all manner of extravagance; each in silent competition with the other. Air kisses were exchanged, delicately gloved hands waved at exquisitely tailored suits, crisp bubbling champagne was poured, and at the centre of this frenetic whirlpool was Scottish artist William Foyle and his eleven landscapes.

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A Review of Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern, London

It felt like Dorothea Tanning found me, rather than the other way around. I had heard of a friend’s suicide days before seeing the exhibition, and could see this tragedy’s tendrils creeping through too many lives. But the chain-reactions this set off were not clean or comprehensible – they had spikes. 

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A Review of Tristano di Robilant: Youth at Tristan Hoare, London

In an essay on the poet Enrique Lihn’s In the dark room, the writer Alejandro Zambra says: ‘childhood is, then, a time in the service of ghosts, a place to put images that, seen from the present, form a kind of foundation. A difficult foundation, of course, unsteady: the darkroom is where photographs are developed, where images appear, for the first time fixed on paper, that both authorise and destroy identity’.

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A Review of Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears at White Cube, London

White Cube is showing a ‘Fortnight of Tears’ by Tracey Emin – showing sculpture, neon, film, photography and drawings focusing on the artist’s trauma. A radical departure from previous shows, it deals with the artist’s womanhood, sex, loss, bereavement and renewal through a range of newly developed mediums.

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A Review of Diane Arbus: In the Beginning at Hayward Gallery, London

With some of the most recognisable photographs in existence, Diane Arbus (1923–1971), made her mark in New York and the art world forever with her singular method of portraiture. The latest show to honour her work was organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery.

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A Review of Anne Imhof: Sex at Tate Modern, London

Anne Imhof's third solo exhibition, Sex, a highly anticipated followup to both Angst (2016) and Faust (2017) was unsurprisingly in keeping with the artists known aesthetic and mimicked the uneasy atmosphere of both her previous endurance performances. Elevated platforms, serpentine movements, dead-eyed stares, smoke and the odd bit of fire connect all three of Imhofs performances to date.

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A Review of Geta Brătescu: The Power of the Line at Hauser & Wirth, London

Hauser & Wirth homages Geta Brătescu in its latest exhibition, The Power of the Line. It explores the constantly evolving use of the line in the artist’s most recent works. The show was organised in close collaboration with the artist and Marian Ivan and Diana Ursan of Ivan Gallery, resulting in a highly introspective display.

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A Review of Bill Viola at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Though the curators of the RA’s Michelangelo / Bill Viola exhibition, Live Death Rebirth, frame the show as a ‘conversation’, it unavoidably sets the two artists up for conflict – one that Viola seems fated to lose. Clearly aware of this temptation, the show’s Introduction over justifies; ‘it is [their] commonality, rather than a suggestion that Viola is a “modern Michelangelo” that the exhibition illuminates’.

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A Review of Walter de Maria: Idea to Action to Object at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London

An intriguing insight into the workings behind the subliminal sculptures of late artist Walter de Maria, Gagosian’s new exhibition ‘Idea to Action to Object’ presents over forty works on paper and several related sculptures, which are on view for the first time.

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A Review of Victor Vasarely: Sharing Forms at Centre Pompidou, Paris

Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely embodies much of Paris and its architecture at golden hour; the shapes, abstraction and energy. Sharing Forms is the first major retrospective devoted to Victor Vasarely. In true Parisian style, this elegantly curated exhibition continued to allure and deceive with its colourful inversions of the avant-garde.

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A Review of Henry Hudson at Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Gone are the days of Hudson’s ultra-bright psychotropic jungle scenes; instead we are treated to pastel-coloured ski slopes with a custom Scagliola floor to match. The exhibition is performative, energising and entirely aesthetic yet, despite all of the niceties, there is an underlying sense of foreboding.

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