The unique sense of depth and perspective achieved through the brilliant use of colour by Belgium-born artist Francis Alÿs is what we particularly love about this painting.
Representing Belgium at the 2022 Venice Biennale, Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs opened his first show in David Zwirner's Paris gallery on 27 May, presenting an intriguing and moving collection of observational works.
Based on his study of border regions experiencing socio-political conflict, his paintings take viewers to Jerusalem, the Turkish-Armenian border, and the Panama Canal Zone, to name but a few.
There's a lot to celebrate in London this month with the re-opening of the Royal Academy of Arts and a stream of other top art institutions post-lockdown.
The Royal Academy of Arts opens with Michael Armitage's ground-breaking exhibition, Paradise Edict, showcasing an extraordinary group of 15 Goya-esque works, which showed at Munich's Haus der Kunst last year.
Rendered on Ugandan lubugo cloth, The Chicken Thief draws on all corners of Armitage's life, from his upbringing in Nairobi and his education at London's Slade School of Art, to his return to the landscapes, politics, and visual narratives of Kenya, where he keeps a studio.
Alberto Biasi, Agli estremi (2010). Carving and acrylic on canvas. 147 x 83 x 5 cm. Exhibition view: The Visibility of the Invisible, M77, Milan (17 May–19 September 2021). Courtesy Alberto Biasi Archive and M77. Photo: Michael Haggerty.
We really enjoyed reading Ocula Magazine Associate Editor Tessa Moldan's Insight into Alberto Biasi's practice.
The artist's kinetic, illusory works placed him at the forefront of the post-war Italian art scene. The Visibility of the Invisible at M77 in Milan traces the artist's 60-year career, from his interest in art and science as a young boy in the 1940s growing up in Padua to spearheading Gruppo N in the 1960s.
Samson Young at Capitain Petzel Berlin, 22 May 2021
Samson Young, DAO35 (2021). 3D printed PLA, custom-software and electronics. 84 x 14 x 14 cm. Courtesy Capitain Petzel.
Traversing physical and digital realms, Samson Young's latest sculpture DAO35 is part of a larger exploration into Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching—a 6th century BC classical Taoist text.
Chapters from the text are run through the sculpture's algorithmic framework, in turn producing an output of text, or 'translation', which is both 3D-printed as well as sent in the form of call to Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne. Pretty cool!
The Hong Kong-based artist is the winner of both the prestigious 2015 BMW Art Journey Prize and the inaugural Sigg Prize in 2020, established in 2018 by Hong Kong's M+ museum.
Tomoo Gokita at Blum & Poe Los Angeles, 19 May 2021
Supernatural figures conjured from Tomoo Gokita's imagination form the subject of the Tokyo-based artist's solo exhibition Fresh at Blum & Poe's Los Angeles space, running until 26 June.
Greyscale works have formed the basis of Gokita's oeuvre over the last decade, however this new series of paintings sees a renewed exploration into sultry pastel colours portraying dreamlike figures with a similar contortion employed by that of the Surrealists.
After the historic inaugural NFT sales of works by the digital artists Beeple and Pak at Christie's and Sotheby's respectively, we are beginning to see auction houses adapting to the increased fervour surrounding cryptocurrency as a form of payment and digital arts appeal as the NFT market has emerged.
While cryptocurrency was accepted by Sotheby's for their NFT sale, Banksy's _Love is in the Air _is the first physical work to be offered at an auction house in exchange for cryptocurrency; specifically bitcoin and ethereum.
Read Sam Gaskin's recent coverage on the sale here.
Main image: Banksy, Love is in the Air (2005). Oil and spray paint on canvas. 90 x 90 cm. Courtesy Sotheby's.