French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...
There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...
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...
Every article about Andy Goldsworthy tells you he's an artist who works with nature. Very early on in director Thomas Riedelsheimer's new film Leaning into the Wind, his second about the artist (after Rivers and Tides, 2001), Goldsworthy says, 'Why even mention it? Nature is everywhere.' For him, the boundaries between nature and self are disappearing fast and that is the basic philosophy behind every piece of art he creates. His artistic journey is an exploration of the inherent connectedness binding people, places, and the environment.
Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist and environmentalist who is best known for creating site-specific works in natural settings. In 1974, Goldsworthy began studying fine art at the Bradford College of Art (West Yorkshire, England), and later received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Preston Polytechnic (Lancashire, England).
Goldsworthy spent much of his youth as a labourer in the farming industry, which not only influenced his choice in materials, but also created the foundation of an environmental focus in his artistic practice. His sculptures are largely informed by the context in which he creates his work, using an array of natural and impermanent materials from the immediate environment such as wood, stones, leaves and twigs. The often fleeting quality of his work and their outdoor locations are also inspired from his rural background, where he witnessed an ever-changing landscape. Balanced ice column (1985), which was created in Cumbria, England, documents both a use of materials relevant to the site, as well as the transient nature of his sculptures by depicting slabs of ice intricately stacked in eight tiers.
Goldsworthy’s ephemeral sculptural works are usually created in isolation using his own hands; however, he also creates more permanent sculptures which sometimes involve the use of machinery and often the assistance of skilled tradespeople. Storm King Wall (1997–1998) at Storm King Art Centre in New York State—Goldsworthy’s first museum commission for a permanent work in the US—exemplifies his use of the traditional dry stone walls as a motif in his work, drawing on British agricultural tradition and connecting the present to the past. Inspired by a historic wall on the site, the work is a 2,278 foot-long dry stone wall which snakes its way through woods, eventually disappearing into a pond, from which it emerges on the other side before continuing uphill to Storm King’s western boundary. Under Goldsworthy’s supervision, the work was built by a team of British wallers who stacked a variety of specific stones to create the roughhewn structure.
Goldsworthy also uses photography as a medium, including as a means to document his sculptural works. As such, his practice demonstrates a dynamic relationship between the two mediums. Photography plays an integral part in giving his ephemeral works a sense of permanence, whilst equally recording deterioration. Photographs such as Sticks spire (1983) show stages of the works’ making and eventual deterioration. Goldsworthy will often photograph a sculptural work immediately after it is complete, and then return some time later to photograph it again.
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a major survey of the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013). 'A Fragile Beauty' explores the work of a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.
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