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,...
About the Artists
Su Xiaobai, one of China's most distinctive painters, was born in 1949 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Su Xiaobai has developed a sensuous yet rigorous art that defies classification, and yet whose own chosen medium, lacquer, is steeped in Chinese history. Su's works are both hedonistic and mystical, defiantly sculptural while exquisitely painted. Ranging from shell-like finishes to sensuous, curved profiles and abraded textures, they exist entirely on their own terms, possessing their own history, character and independent existence. Rather than depicting other objects, his art engages with the idea of being itself. At its centre, Su's work uses the visual language and context of art to embody issues which are both philosophical and, at an everyday human level, universal.
Solo exhibitions include Su Xiaobai: Painting and Being (2014), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China; Grand Immensity: The Art of Su Xiaobai (2013), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; Su Xiaobai (2013), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China; The Dynasty of Colours (2009), Langen Art Gallery, Neuss, Germany; Kao Gong Ji—Su Xiaobai Solo Exhibition (2008), Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; and Great Form is Shapeless, Su Xiaobai Solo Exhibition (2007), Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China. Group exhibitions include Jing Shen: The Act of Painting in Contemporary China (2015), PAC Milan Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy; Where Does It All Begin? Contemporary Abstract Art in Asia and the West (2014), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Chinese Contemporary Abstract: 1980s until Present: MINDMAP (2012), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China; and Yi Pai: Thirty Years of Chinese Abstraction (2008), Beijing, China and Madrid, Spain.
Born in 1954, Zhu Jinshi is a pioneer of Chinese abstract art and installation art. He began to create abstract paintings in the early 1980s and moved to Berlin in 1986. Since then, he has been experimenting with performance, installation, and conceptual art. In 1994, Zhu returned to China, dividing his time between Berlin and Beijing until 2010. At present, he lives and works in Beijing. Zhu's solo exhibitions include Ganjiakou 303 (2018), Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China; Presence of Whiteness (2017), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Detached from Colour (2016) Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China; Zhu Jinshi (2016), Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China; Performance in Paint: Zhu Jinshi (2015–16), Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China; Zhu Jinshi: Simplicity (2014), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; and Zhu Jinshi: The Reality of Paint (2013), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong. Group shows include Black (2016), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, California, USA; Perfection by Chance—A Yi Pai Series Exhibition (2015), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China; Thick Paint: Jean Fautrier, Franz West, Zhu Jinshi (2014), Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, New York, USA; Orient/Ation, 4th International Istanbul Biennial in Turkey __(1995), Istanbul, Turkey; and Fang (1990), DAAD gallery, Berlin, Germany. Zhu Jinshi's works have been collected internationally by notable public and private collections.
David LaChapelle was born in Connecticut and attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts. He embarked on a career in photography, and by the late 1980s began showing his work in New York City galleries. LaChapelle's work caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview Magazine, in which his photographs of celebrities garnered positive attention. Before long, LaChapelle was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications and creating some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of his generation.
LaChapelle's works have been exhibited in numerous museums and institutions worldwide including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National Museum, Krakow; Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany; Lu.C.C.A. Center of Contemporary Art Museum, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; KunstHausWien, Vienna; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lima, Peru; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile; Barbican Centre, London; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City; Musée de la Monnaie de Paris; National Portrait Gallery, London; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan. Most recently, LaChapelle's solo exhibitions have been held at the DSC Gallery, Prague; Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires; Ara Modern Art, Seoul, Korea; Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico; and Casa dei Tre Oce, Venice, Italy.
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