Kristoffer Gansing traces eight years of change at Berlin's digital media and culture festival transmediale, as his final iteration as artistic director, End to End , opens 28 January.
As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.
Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.
Chen Wenbo, who received his training at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, is considered one of the preeminent figurative oil painters in contemporary Chinese art. Chen's detailed paintings place him in the Chinese contemporary realist movement, where he and his contemporaries study the quotidian object as centrepiece in their works. Chen's work is characterised by the use of vivid colours and minutely detailed photorealism on a massive scale. He uses depictions of everyday objects in isolation as an interpretation of contemporary urban life; his subjects have included toilet paper, keys, pills, and dice. For his Epidemiology series, he selected food items and rendered them thickly in bright palettes, highlighting the mirrored gloss of an egg yolk, for example. His recent practice sees a new direction in his observation of the everyday—in these new paintings, he attempts to interrupt natural environments, taking inspiration from Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin's term 'carnivalesque' where subversion of the dominant takes place. Chen's more recent pieces take up the same themes, but move away from his earlier academic style—for an exhibition in 2009 titled Abio-View, he painted scenes taken from quotidian photographs across multiple large, irregularly shaped canvases. Chen explains that the interest of his practice is always 'in the surface of things.'Read More
His work is in major public collections such as the Ullens Foundation, Belgium; Olenska Foundation, Switzerland; Guangdong Art Museum, China; Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland; He Xiangning Art Museum, China; the dslcollection, France; and White Rabbit Gallery, Australia.
Text courtesy Tang Contemporary Art.
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