Friday, August 28, 2015

TASCHEN - Mick Rock - the Rise of David Bowie

I wish I could go to that... Los Angeles friends, don't miss it!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lee Ufan and Young Sook Park ceramics

The Gallery Art Zone at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul offers a beautiful collection of Korean ceramics designed by renowned contemporary artists and ceramicists such as the legendary Lee Ufan and Young Sook Park who started collaborating in the early 1980s. 

Lee Ufan (b. 1936, Haman-gun, Kyongsangnamdo, Korea) is the 2014 recipient of the Kanagawa Prefecture Cultural Prize and the 2001 Praemium Imperiale, awarded by the Japan Art Association. Lee’s work has been celebrated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions including the Gwangju Biennale (2000, 2006), São Paulo Biennial (1969, 1973) and Documenta (1977). His work is currently featured at the Palazzo Contarini-Polignac that is a collateral event of the Venice Biennale.

In April, the Busan Metropolitan Art Museum opened a permanent installation of Lee’s work in its new building and on its grounds. Spanning approximately 15,000 square feet of gallery space on two levels, the Lee Ufan Gallery includes painting and sculpture from different decades of his career. It is the museum’s only gallery dedicated to a single artist.

Lee has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide at institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2001). His exhibition Resonance was part of the 2007 Venice Biennale.

In 2010, the Tadao Ando-designed Lee Ufan Museum opened in Naoshima, Japan. 

Pace London presents Kohei Nawa

Next September, the Japanese contemporary artist Kohei Nawa will take over London. He will be the subject of an exhibition of new work at Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens. The artist comes to London as part of She Inspires Art, an exclusive evening of installation, performance and fundraising on 16 September in support of Women for Women International’s work with women in Nigeria and Syrian refugees in Iraq, for which he will be creating a major installation at Bonhams, New Bond St, open to the public on 15 and 16 September.

Moving fluidly between media, Nawa’s work explores issues of science and digital culture while challenging viewers’ sensory experiences. Interested in industrial mass-production, Nawa often works with synthetic compounds, using them to mediate between ideas of the real and the virtual, perception and illusion. He's a really cool artist and has collaborated with Comme des Garçons and Rei Kawakubo in 2012.

His exhibition at Pace will explore the idea of force, which he conceives as a set of invisible operations dictating the behaviour of materials. “Force in this sense refers to the gravity that exerts an influence on all things that exist in a space, the force that allows vegetation to grow up from the ground, and the force that enables slime mould to creep along a wall,” Nawa writes. Presented on the first floor gallery, the exhibition will include drawings, sculptures and site-specific installations from four of Nawa’s Direction, Ether, Catalyst and Moment series. Look forward to it! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

FUTURS, Matisse, Miró, Calder presented in Marseille

How have artists represented the future and the emergence of technological developments from the beginning of the 20th Century up to modern times? From the very first representations of new industrial cities to the fascination with space exploration, the invention of cinema, FUTURS, Matisse, Calder, Miró, an exhibition presented at La Vieille Charité in Marseille until 27 September, showcases the representation by artists of “ the future”. And it's one of the strongest exhibitions I've ever seen! 
From the first envisions of the new industrial cities to the fascination with the space conquest, the exhibition explores the interest artists took in innovations in architecture, robotics, cinema and space imagery. And they certainly pushed boundaries with their medium. From the utopian city of Metropolis, through the robotic fighting machines of The War of the Worlds to the great fear expressed in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The new cities grappling with industrial and technological revolutions provide the context for futuristic scenes (as seen in works by Giacomo Balla, Speeding Car). Artists and architects turn them into mega-cities, with soaring skyscrapers or invent functional, open-ended, fictional structures, freed from spatial constraints. Here the exhibition continues to impress and features masterpieces by Fernand Léger or Kazimir Malevich.

Fritz Lang predicted the disenchantment of the interwar period. Labyrinthine cities (Paul Citroën, Metropolis) or anthropomorphic representations of industrial machinery (Carl Grossberg, The Machine Room) reveal the alienating power of modern cities. A feeling of disturbing weirdness spreads through the works of American precisionist artists (Charles Demuth, After All...) and into imaginary cities in which fiction makes sense of reality (Cédric Delsaux, Dark Vador. Dubai).

Industrial mechanisation, later explored in the exhibition, had a serious impact on research in robotics, reducing man to a machine (Victor Brauner, Prestige of the Air; Konrad Klapheck, Male World); it was also explored by science-fiction writers and filmmakers. Here Yves Klein, Pneumatic Rocket and Erró, Science-Fiction Scape perfectly illustrate the frustrations of the Cold War.

Space exploration offered opportunities for artistic explorations (Enrico Prampolini, Diver of the Clouds). Pop artists continued to push the boundaries of their medium to further explore the notion of "frontier" (with works by Martial Raysse, Portrait of Gordon Cooper; Bernard Rancillac, The Fiancée of Space).

Copyrights Calder Foundation, New York, Artists Rights Society (New York)

Although astronomy has always inspired artists in their quest for visual invention, the development of spatial imagery became one of the favourite artistic topics in the 20th and 21st centuries. The radical modernity of the Bauhaus (František Kupka, Blue and Green; László Moholy-Nagy, Light-Space Modulator), and the Surrealist found new sources of inspiration (Max Ernst, The World of the Naïve; Oscar Dominguez, Cosmic Landscape). Their works ventured into imaginary territories where the microcosm merges with the cosmos, and constellations become poems (Joan Miró, Dance of Figures and Birds in a Blue Sky, Sparks; Alexandre Calder, Mobile).

Experiments with space proper to modern art are the milestones along an artistic path which leads to minimalism (Josef Albers, Silent Hall), the contemporary deviations of NASA photographs (Alain Jacquet, Jumping Rope) and fairy-tale installations opening the way to a new visual language (Bruno Peinado, Silence is Sexy).

From paintings, sculptures, photographs to installations, this fantastic exhibition fluidly explores mutual relationships and influences between art and science, literature and film, reality and fiction! It's a must-see. 

Dismaland: inside Banksy’s dystopian playground

RIP temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra

Islamic State militants on Sunday blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, an official said, the latest in a series of cultural relics to be destroyed by the jihadist group.

The Van Gogh Foundation in Arles presents Van Gogh Drawings, Roni Horn and Tabaimo

I had never been to the Van Gogh Foundation despite growing up in this culturally-rich city, so I took the opportunity to be holidaying in the South of France to go. I was really happy to have the chance to visit three strong exhibitions presented until 20 September 2015: Van Gogh Drawings: Influences and Innovations, Roni Horn: Butterfly to Oblivion and Tabaimo: Aitaisei-Josei

Van Gogh Drawings: Influences and Innovations brings together around fifty drawings by the Dutch artist, in dialogue with rare works by masters such as Rembrandt and Dürer. Van Gogh admired these artists and this inspiration is deeply reflected through the selection of works on view. He always felt that drawing was the essential start before applying paint on a canvas. 

Butterfly to Oblivion featured new works by the American artist Roni Horn who recently had a comparable exhibition at Hauser&Wirth in London. A few of the artist's landmark glass sculptures were on display and it's always amazing to spend time "diving" into them. Large-scale drawings and photographs were also on display. The process to make these works is interesting: Horn cuts and reassembles the pieces to design images infused with both tension and unity. The exhibition also features works from her most recent Hack Wit series, in which idiomatic phrases are deconstructed and rearranged to form new poetic and graphic patterns. In a way, she takes inspiration from the "cadavre exquis" method to come up with new meanings. This series cleverly dialogues with Van Gogh's painting Piles de Romans français, from 1887, the only oil on canvas showcased in one of the most beautiful rooms of the foundations, covered with wood and which contrasts with the concrete of the building.

A bit of history on the building tells us that the work on the Hôtel Léautaud de Donines was initiated with the idea of achieving an architecturally sensitive but potent intervention in a sector classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. Originally constructed in the 15th century as a fortified private residence in 1924 the mansion was turned into the offices of the Banque de France. It is now a whole new space! The Arles' light that captivated Van Gogh provides the narrative thread running through the design concept by architects Guillaume Avenard and Hervé Schneider of the local architectural agency FLUOR.

Lastly, on view are works by the Japanese artist Tabaimo who takes inspiration from the linear beauty of Japanese prints recalling Hiroshige's print, earlier on view in Van Gogh Drawings
When Van Gogh moved to Paris in 1886 he was introduced to impressionism and also explored Japonism so it made sense to establish a dialogue with a contemporary Japanese artist.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Yoko Ono: Mended Cups

Yoko Ono's Mended Cups bring poetry and soulful optimism to the daily ritual of drinking coffee. By linking broken objects to physical wounds and emotional loss, Ono celebrates the process of healing and starting over. The seven-cup collection features six cups with a painted pattern of delicate cracks. They are inspired by the Japanese Kintsugi technique of repairing broken pottery with lacquer that is dusted or mixed with powdered gold. Each cup has its own saucer, which features a handwritten inscription of the date and location of six tragic events in modern history. The seventh cup, however, is whole, and its saucer bears Ono's inscription "This cup will never be broken as it will be under your protection." Hand wash only.

This collection is exclusively released on the occasion of the artist's exhibit Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 at MoMA.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Moroso launches Glider, a sofa designed by Ron Arad

Moroso launches Glider, a sofa designed by Ron Arad

Fondation Miró in Barcelona presents Alfons Borrell

It's always a pleasure to go to the Miró Foundation in Barcelona to see the art of Miró and Calder obviously, but also for the architecture by Sert and the exceptional views over the hot Mediterranean city. 

This summer, the foundation presents Alfons Borrell. Works and Days an exhibition that brings together over one hundred paintings spanning sixty years of intense, constant work, in a non-chronological presentation adopting the form and methodology of an essay. The exhibition is divided into seven study sections offering new readings and confrontations that reveal some of the attitudes and positions of the author toward art as a life experience.

Belgians: an unexpected fashion story

Martin Margiela

Belgium is one of the most respected nations when it comes to fashion. This exhibition, presented at the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels and curated by Didier Vervaeren, gives insights into the DNA of Belgian fashion designers, starting with the legendary Antwerp Six (including Dries van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck and Ann Demeulemeester) and culminating with the stunning careers of Martin Margiela, A.F. Vandevorst and Raf Simons.

The exhibition also highlights the work of several influential players in various fashion and art disciplines and showcasing the importance of the fashion academies such as the Antwerp Academy and La Cambre in Brussels.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I love Fornasetti

From Chagall to Malevitch presented at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco

Forty artists are featured in this stunning exhibition which captures twenty-five years of creativity in Russia around central themes: the square, the circle and the cross. From 1905, year of the first revolution to 1930, year of Maïakovski's suicide, various movements are displayed on the walls of the Grimaldi Forum gallery. Modernity blows a wind of changes through literature, music, dance and visual art. Pioneered by Malevitch, one of the first absract artists of the 20th century, this exhibition showcases works by Kandinsky, Gontcharova, Rodtchenko and Tatline. The exhibition runs until 12th September. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Philippe Hiquily

Philippe Hiquily, A gilt copper and glass dining table, 2009. 

Kurt and Courtney kiss

I love that pic!

Francesco Vezzoli, Rufus Wainwright and Cindy Sherman inspired by Maria Callas in new film

Next month in Greece, pianist and singer Rufus Wainwright will introduce a film by Francesco Vezzoli starring contemporary artist Cindy Sherman. Inspired and featuring Maria Callas' orginal costumes, the video will accompany Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna presented at the Odeon of Herode Atticus in Athens (opening on 15 September). Costumes were borrowed from the Tirelli costume archives in Rome. 

“The video was shot last May in Paris at Théâtre des Variétés, featuring Cindy as the quintessential opera diva. The film depicts fictional, pivotal chapters of the singer's life and career, in her full glory and darker situations, showing her fading away,” Vezzoli says to The Art Newspaper. 

Hopefully, it will come to London or Paris!

Exclusive interview with Portuguese artist Teresa Freitas

Portuguese artist Teresa Freitas has become an Instagam sensation. Her well-crafted pictures mix photography, poetry, pastel colours and visual illusions. Sometimes mysterious, sometimes relaxing, her art draws from Magritte's world. 

I had the chance to catch up with her on her upcoming projects, favourite artists, and native Portugal.

Tell us about yourself as an introduction?
I'm from Cascais, a village by the sea in Lisbon, Portugal. I'm an art and design student, finishing my master thesis on Design and New media, while working on audiovisuals and content management. I love the sea. I love seafood.

How did it all start?
When I discovered instagram I was immediately hooked. I started taking pictures of my walks through Lisbon and other places. I felt something was missing, because those images didn't seem very unique to me. I wanted to give more of myself, so I started to create pictures for instagram, instead of "just" photographing.

What's the main theme in your work?
There's not really a theme as there is a surreal feel to my pictures. I take different types of photos and use different types of editing, although I've done short series that have a common theme, my gallery is constantly changing.

Are you preparing an exhibition of your photos?
No, but I am planning a digital series in the field of conceptual photography that make up for a possible exhibition.

Are you represented by a gallery?
No, for now Instagram and taking pictures has been more of a hobby than anything else.

Is Lisbon and Portugal an inspiration?
Lisbon is a huge inspiration, thanks to its bright light and its proximity to the sea. The colours of the buildings and the architecture of some neighbourhoods make me dream about colour and give me a huge sense of nostalgia. The ever-changing horizon and clouds have a huge influence on my images.

If you could work with another artist, who would it be?
Willy Wonka.

What's your next project?
A series of photographs about our relationship with screens (that's all I can say for now!).

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Loewe opens a pop up Summer store at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MACE) in Ibiza

Ibiza is all about contemporary art this summer! Following the Douglas Gordon show, LOEWE opens a pop up store at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Ibiza. The space which opened on  July, features British artist John Allen's collection for the brand. John Allen's work is characterized by an extraordinary sense of colour and abstracted scenes inspired by the British landscape.  Don't miss it! 

Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Eivissa, 
Ronda Narcís Puget, s/n 07800 Ciudad de Ibiza runs until until September 6th 2015. 
 Tuesday to Sunday. 
Closed on Mondays. 


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