'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
DE SARTHE is pleased to announce our participation in The Armory Show. In the special "Insights" section of the fair our booth showcases important artwork by 20th Century Masters and in the "Platform" section our represented contemporary artist Wang Xin will present her experimental, social art project The Gallery.
The Gallery is a multi-media, experimental project initiated in 2014 by the Shanghai based artist Wang Xin. It presents an alternative framework to the art world and it is not a "gallery" in the formal or traditional sense. As an alternative exhibition space, The Gallery provides a platform that allows anyone who is interested in participating to exhibit their artwork. In The Gallery artists are not screened based on factors such as their professional background, market value, or recommendations from art world insiders.
The Gallery is not a site-specific artwork. Its placement is variable and includes art galleries, museums, art fairs and other social venues. Wherever and whenever it is presented the artwork develops an immediate, contingent relationship with the exhibiting space and audiences in a specific given time. The participants include artists, curators, volunteers and the audience (online or physically attending the exhibition), all of whom become apart of the artwork and are involved in the resultant happening.
By providing an exhibition site with basic equipment, individual artists and/or artist groups are invited to take up The Gallery's space and conduct immediate DIY art projects in a specific and limited period of time. The making of each exhibition, including its set-up, display, PR operation and dismantling, is open for audiences to view.
For The Armory Show in 2018, The Gallery hosts a new exhibition every hour.
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