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...
Isaac Julien's Pas de Deux No. 2 (Looking for Langston Vintage Series) (1989/2016), on Victoria Miro's stand (Photo: © Casey Fatchett).
When Isaac Julien made the film Looking for Langston in 1989, the Aids crisis was at its nadir. By the end of that year, 27,408 people had died from Aids-related illnesses, including several of the film's actors. Julien's large-scale photograph on Victoria Miro's stand is part of a series derived from the film, which is a tribute to Langston Hughes, one of the writers at the centre of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. 'Isaac demonstrated a level of radicalism in making a work about gay black men in the late 1980s'" says a spokesman for the gallery. Prices for the prints, which are due to go on show at Photo London (18-21 May), range from £20,000 to £55,000.
Isaac Julien is a multi-award winning British artist and filmmaker based in London. Julien graduated with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Fine Arts in film from Saint Martin’s School of Art, London in 1984. He shot to prominence with his 1989 drama-documentary Looking for Langston. In 1991 his film Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize for best film at the Cannes Film Festival, and he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his films The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999) and Vagabondia (2000). In 2003 he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunst Film Biennale in Cologne for his single screen version of Baltimore, and in 2008, he received a special Teddy for a film on Derek Jarman that he collaborated on with Tilda Swinton, called Derek, at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Julien has had multiple solo and group exhibitions around Europe, the United States and Asia. Solo shows at the Pompidou Centre in Paris (2005), MOCA Miami (2005), Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2006), the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (2009), Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2011), SESC Pompeia in Brazil (2012).
His film Ten Thousand Waves (2010) went on world tour, and has been on display in over 15 countries, concluding at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013/14. Informed by his film background, Julien’s gallery and exhibition installations incorporate film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture to break down barriers between different artistic disciplines and form fractured narratives about race, globalization, and representation.
Julien is represented in both public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern; Centre Pompidou; Guggenheim Collection; Hirshhorn Collection, Albright-Knox; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Norway; Brandhorst Collection; Fundación Helga de Alvear, Madrid; Goetz Collection; the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation; LUMA Foundation; and the Zeitz Foundation.
There was a point where Lucia Koch was disturbed by the fact that most approaches to her works took them only as expressions of atmospheric changes on spaces and the alterations that light, modulated by filters, produced on human perception.
Hélio Oiticica (1937 – 1980) is a now integral part of the New York art scene, in large measure thanks to his 2017 retrospective at the Whitney, To Organize Delirium, which provided New Yorkers with an opportunity to experience him in full.
On 1 August, Brazilian artist Antonio Dias lost a long battle to cancer at the age of 74. Beginning in the 1960s, the artist produced a vast body of work that, in formal and conceptual terms, stood in stark contrast to the sunny output of the previous decade.
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