The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...
When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...
To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...
Jenny Watson’s recent paintings are of girls: different girls in different situations. These girls are partly Watson’s alter ego, her childhood self, and partly about people in general.
In this exhibition we see Watson’s signature large-scale paintings on Belgian linen. Each, features a solitary figure and a high key palette, made using an assortment of haberdashery diamantes and cardboard cut-outs providing a counter to exquisite Japanese pigments, acrylic and rabbit skin glue.
Watson describes the three paintings as taking place in ‘non-specific spaces’ or fantasy worlds. Girl in a blindfold, is, as the name suggests, a child in a blindfold.Sleeping beauty, is a girl asleep on a fantasy bed, and Solar Treasure, a girl depicted from behind staring out at the universe. The expanse of green we see inGirl in a blindfold, suggests the countryside but beyond that we cannot be sure what is going on. Sleeping beauty is a pink fantasy interior of a sleeping chamber; it could be from a fairy-tale inside a castle with its ornate hot pink wallpaper and adorned bed linen. Likewise Solar Treasure with its dark purple sky, the stars, planets and moon invites the viewer to question the infinite expanse of the cosmos or as Watson calls it, “the whole other thing out there”.
Like Freud and Jung, Watson believes the child exists in all of us. For a long time her work has contained elements of this idea. It is evident in the unpretentious manner with which she paints and is reflected in her childlike, almost innocent palette and unmediated mark. Watson seems to look at the world through the eyes of a child, albeit a knowing or precocious child, and perhaps this is the quality we, as viewers, identify with because somehow her works make you feel you can smell the rain and feel the wind.
- Kate Alstergren
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