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,...
Lisson Gallery is pleased to be participating in the first edition of Taipei Dangdai. For the fair (booth C09), the gallery will debut new work by Marina Abramovic, Daniel Buren, Ryan Gander, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Jason Martin, Tatsuo Miyajima, Julian Opie and Laure Prouvost, alongside presenting work by Christopher Le Brun, Richard Long, Ai Weiwei and Stanley Whitney.
For over 50 years Lisson Gallery has established an influential and international reach, promoting innovative artists and developing the best talent from around the world. The gallery has had a strong presence in Asia since 2009, when it participated in the first Art Basel in Hong Kong with a solo presentation by Julian Opie. Most recently it supported major exhibitions including the first public exhibitions in China by artists including Dan Graham, Ryan Gander and Julian Opie; Tatsuo Miyajima’s off-site presentation at Columbia Circle in Shanghai; and the National Gallery of Singapore exhibition, Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., featuring the work of eight Lisson artists: Anish Kapoor, Lee Ufan, Carmen Herrera, Gerard Byrne, Santiago Sierra, Richard Long, Tatsuo Miyajima and Ai Weiwei.
Jason Martin will be at the fair to present a selection of new and recent paintings. Oscillating between sculpture and painting, his bases–from canvas to stainless steel and Plexiglass–see layers of oil or acrylic gel dragged across the surfaces to create rhythmic textures. Martin will present four works for the fair, ranging from 2013–2018. Martin will also participate in a talk with the JUT Museum on 17 January, and will be ‘In Conversation’ with Dr Peini Beatrice Hsieh, President of the AICA-UNESCO Taiwan and former director of the Kaohsiung Art Museum, at the CTBC Foundation Art & Culture Lounge on 18 January.
Lisson Gallery’s Taipei Dangdai booth will also feature never before-seen works, including a new alabaster work by Marina Abramovic; vibrant crayon drawings by Stanley Whitney, following his dual-exhibition across both of Lisson Gallery’s New York spaces this Winter; a new large-scale tapestry by Laure Prouvost, as well as a delicate, wall-based ceramic ensemble, Hybrid Tea Branch (2018), by the artist. Tatsuo Miyajima will also present a new white Time Waterfall, ahead of his exhibition opening the new Shanghai Minsheng Museum of Modern Art in May 2019.
The presentation includes a River Avon mud work by Richard Long; a glowing red oil-on-canvas painting by the President of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun; and a series of works by Ryan Gander, including a life-size robotic figure from his armature series. Daniel Buren will also present a bright pink and striped wall-based structure, alongside work by Shirazeh Houshiary and Anish Kapoor. New acrylic panels by Julian Opie, including Earphones, Rucksack and Daisy Print (all 2018) will also be on display, alongside his mesmerising computer animation, Night Motorway (2017), premiering works that will feature in his upcoming exhibition at Lisson Gallery New York in March.
Ai Weiwei will also exhibit work at the fair, premiering Vases with Refugee Motif as a Pillar (2017) in Taipei. A series of stacked vases, this work is organised as a vertical column, with each vase representing one of six themes: War, Ruins, Journey, Crossing the Sea, Refugee Camps, and Demonstrations. Paying homage to Modernism while also employing traditional Chinese craftsmanship, Ai Weiwei fuses two contradictory veins in art history–the avant-garde’s search for the radical alongside the narrative possibilities found in the Chinese form.
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