Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...
In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...
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...
The Third Line is pleased to present Anuar Khalifi's first solo exhibition at the gallery, with works on canvas exploring the exchange between tradition and the contemporary world.
Embodying both the stylistic elements and socio-political spirit of neo-impressionism, Khalifi equips his paintings with metaphors and symbols which bridge visuals of the past with that of a globalised contemporary culture.
Often inspired by the lyrical writings of iconic musicians, Forever Is A Current Event, derives its title from a verse by the acclaimed rapper yasiin bey:
'Save the date.
Forever is a current event.
We will not pass this way again,
No time to pretend'
Khalifi's emotive works are layered with complexity and saturated with colors that act as a visual confrontation of dysfunctional systems, misrepresentations of media, and corporate agendas. Although his work may first present itself as naïve and playful, Khalifi leaves a trail of subtle hints reminding the viewer that each painting is loaded with topical social discourse. He often achieves this by altering small details that reward the keen eye with an unexpected play on brand iconography or iconic imagery from current events.
The figures in the artist's paintings are typically autobiographical in nature; they have grown from adolescents to young adults, to the occasional older male. These works offer glimpses into the lives of male characters that are placed in absurd settings, either caught red-handed in a playful act or captured in the fleeting stillness prior to some mischief. In an open invitation for the viewer to engage and complete the narrative, Khalifi's works depict brief moments in a story left incomplete.
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