Posts tagged Art Two
A Review of Desert X in the Coachella Valley, California

“The cliche of the journey being the destination is partly true in this case,” opened Neville Wakefield at the inauguration of the Desert X biennial in Palm Springs. Lasting until April 30, Desert X brings together 14 artists investigating the broad cultural, social, and ecological impacts of the desert. Set across 40 square miles of the Coachella Valley, the works take viewers to nature preserves, A-frame motels, and underground survival shelters. 

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A Review of Quiet Neighbours by Renata De Bonis at Lamb Arts, London

Across the board, there seems to be a pull towards painting as a medium both in artistic practice and art institutions. Abstract contemporary painting in particular is at the fore, promising material realness and meaning in today’s digital vacuity. London is currently scattered with painting exhibitions and Lamb Arts, a gallery which applies itself between London and Sao Paulo, appears to have followed within this trend. 

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A Review of Touch Sensitive at Guest Projects, London

The female body is a delicate, reactive and complex entity, there is no one way to approach or describe it. Touch Sensitive saw curator Cairo Clarke invite six women artists to explore the representation of the feminine exterior through a week of six individual exhibitions of performance art. Focusing on the sense of touch, Clarke created a discourse on the digitisation, politicisation and sexualisation of the body.

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A Review of Exterior. (Morning.) by Christopher Page at UNIT9, London

Christopher Page’s site-specific art work Exterior. (Morning.) currently occupies the East London exhibition space UNIT9 Gallery. Founded by Alex Flick, an artist in his own right, the space aims to provide an exhibition platform for emerging artists who demonstrate a sense of ambition, promise and talent. Focusing on the mediums of installation, video, performance as well as conceptual works with a distinctive voice

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A Review of the 78th Whitney Biennial, New York

The 78th Whitney Biennial is a potluck of strangers.  Their connections are about place rather than relationships.  They all know the hosts, but not each other. The Whitney Museum’s wall texts and publicity - the potluck’s menu - suggest that this year’s “artists test the limits of time worn structures and protocols, claim space for direct experience and personal agency, and create alternate zones or worlds. Some spotlight particular social issues, such as financial debt, violence, or access to equal opportunities

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A Review of Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair in the Netherlands

Over the years, Art Rotterdam has gained a reputation among European contemporary art fairs for being one of the major art events for galleries, dealers, artists and collectors. Earlier this year, the 18th edition gathered more than 100 galleries in 4 curated sections including the Prospect and Concept sections, all hosted under the roof of the Van Nelle Factory. Inevitably, Art Rotterdam is also an opportunity for the city as a whole to become a temporary cluster for the arts.

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A Review of David Hockney at Tate Britain, London

David Hockney: 60 years of work at London’s Tate Britain is a beautifully-curated retrospective of the artist’s multi-faceted, multi-dimensional oeuvre. Populated with some of Hockney’s most iconic paintings from across the decades, this chronological overview pinpoints the defining moments in his prolific career. His use of colour, his play with artifice and his experimental use of mediums are explored in great depth by the exhibition's team of curators Chris Stephens, Andrew Wilson and Helen Little.

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A Review of the Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Moscow

Russia, newly fearsome and obscure, is very much in the news, but not for reasons that invite open cultural exchange. America’s Cold War adversary for four frosty decades, Russia—then called the Soviet Union—underwent a brief glasnost, or period of transparency during the late 1980s and early 1990s. What followed afterwards was its polar opposite. To borrow a phrase from William Styron, today the largest country on earth exemplifies the idea of darkness visible.

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A Review of Black Hole Generation: The Kings are Back at The Dot Project

The Kings are Back at Chelsea space The Dot Project is a bold and evocative showcase of contemporary European painting from a Hungary-based collective that appears to defy convention. David Krňanský, Martin Lukáč and Julius Reichel - collectively known as Black Hole Generation - met whilst studying together at the Academy of Architecture and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague. 

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A Review of Yin Xiunzhen Slow Release in Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

The futuristic box of a building placed in a heart of the Gorky park in Moscow, Gaeage was reopened in its third building last summer. The renovated building of the Soviet-era ‘Vremena goda’ restaurant was partly preserved on the inside, while on the outside Rem Koolhaas has put into the the polycarbonate making a step away from the typical white cube of a contemporary museum.

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A Review of Julio Le Parc: Form into Action at Perez Art Museum, Miami

Celebrated for his boundless energy, the 88-year old Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc is currently exhibiting at both Galerie Perrotin, New York and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. Internationally-known for his perceptually illusory paintings, sculptures, and immersive installations, the artist’s innovative artwork continues to capture the imagination of a cutting-edge, contemporary audience. 

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A Review of Juan Antonio Olivares: Moleculas at Off Vendome, New York

Traditional art media do not ask much of one’s time. Two- and three-dimensional works occupy space: on a wall, on a floor, or even suspended from a ceiling. To borrow from Robert Mangold, these works say, “Here I am. Plonk.” You see it. You might walk around it. You either get it or not. Job done.  Video—time-based media—demands more of the viewer, especially when the work is flat screen and full frontal as opposed to immersive or interactive.

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A Review of teamLab: Transcending Boundaries at Pace Gallery, London

Established in 2001, the ‘Ultra Technologists’, TeamLab, are a Japanese tech-art collective working within the digital realm seeking to ‘transcend physical and conceptual boundaries.’ The interdisciplinary group includes professional animators, graphic designers and artists as well as mathematicians. It was established by Toshiyuki Inoko. By using the digital domain as a key element of their practice, TeamLab produce works of art that connect and flow from one to the other. 

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Fabienne Verdier: Rhythms and Reflections at Waddington Custot, London

Twelve large-scale paintings, and one video - all produced in the last year - adorn the walls of Waddington’s Cork Street space in the artist's breathtaking new exhibition Rhythms and Reflections. The paintings are a result of a phase of multimedia experimentation which began during Verdier’s time as the first visual artist-in-residence at the acclaimed The Juilliard School in New York in 2014. 

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Highlights of CONDO17 across East, West and South London

Conceived by Vanessa Carlos, co-founder of Carlos/Ishikawa in Stepney Green, which represents the likes of Oscar Murillo and Ed Fornieles, this annual event allows galleries from around the world to transcend geographical boundaries and collaborate. What’s more, the whole scheme is based on generosity and mutual respect: participant galleries only have to pay their host a fee of £600 to cover expenses.

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A Review of the Kader Attia exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, New York

According to the dictionary an oxymoron is a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory terms are syntactically conjoined, like the words “alternative” and “facts,” often to ridiculous effect. The French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, has explored similarly strange juxtapositions in his latest multimedia exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, a gallery on the Lower East Side. In a video installation titled Reason’s Oxymorons,

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A Review of Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

“Philip Guston makes an Agnes Martin,” is a phrase that Dan Walsh has often used in interviews to describe his work.  Initially this is a rather weird analogy, thinking of an aesthetic marriage of a politicized figurative painter (following on Guston’s reformation from Abstract-Expressionism) and a transcendent abstract painter, whose work is often confused with Minimalism.  You really have to scratch your head about “Guston x Martin,” borrowing the botanical “x” to symbolize the intergradient of two species. 

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A Review of Yun Hyong-keun at David Zwirner, New York

In a brief word piece titled, “The Eccentricities of an Artist,” published in 1977, Yun Hyong-keun described his life as one without any clear distinction between living and playing. When it occurs to me, I secure my canvas and paint.  At other times, I just sit absentmindedly. . . . Painting is thus enjoyable work.  But when paintings do not work out, it feels like death. . . . In any case, just as I continue to eat and live, I continue to paint. 

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A Review of Maya Rochat: Give Me Space at Seen Fifteen Gallery, Peckham

Rochat’s cutting-edge work has completely overtaken the gallery. Transparencies hang from the ceiling and the windows have been pasted over with digital prints on transparent vinyl, which gives a slightly psychedelic, stained-glass effect. Although Rochat trained in photography her textured work could easily be mis-interpreted as a completely different medium such as painting. She explains that, "there are no rules in my process," and her work could definitely be described as experimental.

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