I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Karl-Heinz Adler, Birgit Brenner, Martin Eder, Tim Eitel, Stella Hamberg, Uwe Kowski, Ryan Mosley, Olaf Nicolai, Ricarda Roggan, Bosco Sodi
Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin are participating at Frieze 2018 with a presentation focusing on the idea of Tactility and Touch in sculpture, painting and photography. Highly defined photographic representations of objects are contrasted with meticulously detailed painting and with rich material surfaces. Centre of the presentation will be recent works by Martin Eder, Stella Hamberg, Ricarda Roggan and Bosco Sodi.
Martin Eder’s historised women in armour as well as his recent male nudes are simultaneously hyperreal and artificial. Body, theatrical props and cloud-covered skies balance his paintings to the same extend beautiful as repulsively cheesy. Martin Eder’s solo exhibition at London’s Newport Street Gallery is opening in October 2018.
Stella Hamberg's bronze sculptures combine durability with metamorphosis and wholly abstract elements with anthropomorphic to vegetal shapes. Her work goes beyond the traces of expressively gestural modelling: The seething dynamism of the material causes permanent metamorphosis to become the figures’ vital essence.
Ricarda Roggan shoots her conceptual series with a large format camera, making the smallest detail visible, though this extreme accuracy doesn’t yield any more information about her subjects themselves. In their restrained subject matter, her images remain hermetic and impenetrable.
Bosco Sodi's richly textured, vividly coloured paintings are made using a combination of chance elements and are the result of science-like experiments with various materials. Material exploration, creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work transcend conceptual barriers.
This presentation is complemented with corresponding works by Karl-Heinz Adler, Birgit Brenner, Tim Eitel, Uwe Kowski, Ryan Mosley, Olaf Nicolai, Ricarda Roggan and Bosco Sodi.
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