Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...
In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...
'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...
Published in collaboration with Almine Rech Gallery (Brussels), 8 Gods is a poetry book conceived as an evocation. It unveils a series of eight hitherto unseen sculptures, each corresponding to a female or male divinity inspired by classical Antiquity–an era whose presence has always been felt in the work of Johan Creten. The artist creates his own mythology, opening up the great doors to an immemorial pantheon that houses eight figures he has brought into existence over the past two years.
Art historian, independent curator and director of sculpture at the Musée Bourdelle, Colin Lemoine has written eight poems, each a tribute to one of Creten’s works. In lines of verse or in prose, whether stirring or disconcerting, these texts do not serve to illustrate the artist’s work, but rather to ornament it with a sovereign logic, indifferent to orthodoxy and beauty. In this sense, the poems are forms akin to Johan Creten’s sculptures–only they are built from words rather than clay.
In 2015, the artist began the series Wargames which is shown in its entirety here: these pieces vacillate between abstraction and figuration, conjuring up images of hybrid insects, perhaps a crossbreed of fly and bee. Some might see battle plans, geopolitical maps or even harrowing swarms, all of which question and destabilise our relationship with the world.
Whether looked upon as a theatrical staging or a contemporary temple, 8 Gods acts as a space wherein Johan Creten merges individual memories and History with a capital H in his own syncretic and lyrical universe.
Poems by Colin Lemoine.
29 x 32 cm, 11 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches
English / French
Edition of 1500
Almine Rech Gallery Publications
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