'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
The moon as photographed by NASA'a Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter Camera. Courtesy NASA. Image via The New York Times.
COPENHAGEN — Outside Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on a recent late-summer morning, a few sunstruck visitors were sprawling on the turf of the sculpture garden, between monumental outdoor works by Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.
Since its foundation in 2001 by Park Kyung-mee, the former commissioner of the Korean pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale, PKM Gallery has established itself as one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the world, representing prominent Korean and international artists through its creative programs in the context of global contemporary art.
PKM Gallery began with a renovated three-story residential building, providing 3,500 square feet of exhibition space in Hwa-dong, Central Seoul. The gallery successfully grew in stature with its various exhibition programs while actively promoting Korean emerging artists on the international stage. In the spring of 2008, PKM Trinity Gallery, located in Cheongdam-dong, opened as the second venue of PKM Gallery which had its focus on representing world-renowned artists in its impeccable exhibition space measuring more than 6,000 square feet. The gallery contributed greatly to making Cheongdam-dong as a cultural hub of Seoul, not a mere fashion and upscale commerce area but also a new destination for art lovers. In the spring of 2015, PKM Gallery will relocate to Samcheong-dong in the heart of the capital with its renaissance as the hub of art and culture. Its spectacular architecture of 6,200 square feet will become the landmark of this ancient quarter of the city where tradition and cutting-edge innovation coexist.
As one of the leading galleries in the global art world, PKM Gallery is committed to promoting contemporary art in the international artistic context and to providing sophisticated aesthetic experience to a wide audience worldwide.
SCAI THE BATHHOUSE is a contemporary art gallery known for introducing Japan's avant-garde artists to the world as well as for helping exceptional artists from abroad to establish a presence in Japan. SCAI has a strong track-record of large-scale exhibitions presenting artists such as Lee Ufan and Tadanori Yokoo who led the genesis of Japanese contemporary art, and Toshikatsu Endo, Tatsuo Miyajima, and Mariko Mori who brought Japanese contemporary art to the world's attention in the latter half of the '80s and the '90s by showing their works in international exhibitions. Through their association with SCAI, international artists such as Anish Kapoor and Julian Opie have produced new series of works inspired by Japanese traditional culture and crafts.
SCAI also works to discover and promote young artists. Recent successes include stars of international biennales and of well-acclaimed exhibitions at major art museums, such as Kohei Nawa, Nobuko Tsuchiya, Toru Kamiya, Katsuhiro Saiki, Jeppe Hein, Dzine, and Brian Alfred.
In addition to gallery exhibitions, SCAI has also been responsible for numerous site-specific projects, including public art by Tatsuo Miyajima and Louise Bourgeois at Roppongi Hills, and Julian Opie's commissioned work at Omotesando Hills.
SCAI THE BATHHOUSE opened in 1993 with the completion of the renovation of Kashiwayu, a venerable public bath with a 200-year history. The outside of the bathhouse possesses an elegant atmosphere, with its tiled roof and towering chimney. Take one step inside and you find yourself in a very unique exhibition area, a neutral space with white walls, a concrete floor and natural light descending from the high ceiling. Located in the traditional shitamachi (downtown) Yanaka district, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE lies in middle of an art zone, conveniently close to Ueno where many museums and art universities can be found. The gallery is a six-minute walk from the South Exit of JR Yamanote Nippori Station, and a seven-minute walk from Nezu Station on the Chiyoda Line.
CAPE TOWN — Late last year, the artist Alfredo Jaar displayed a series of photographs and piercing neon works addressing the shared trauma and healing of Robben Island's political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, after Apartheid. It was in the midst of this exhibition, titled Men Who Cannot Cry, at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town, that I sat...
LOS ANGELES — Fairs are notorious as places where art goes to die, but while Frieze Los Angeles lives up to this cliché, its scale is not so leviathan as to choke all the life out of the work on display.
Brendan Huntley emerges from a spring-green coastal backyard, dressed in an orange puffer jacket. The garden goes down towards a large, tidy shed at the back where the artist has set up an enviable studio.In one room there is an industrial gas-fired kiln, complete with a set of tracks for a trolley.
Who was here first—Nancy Spero, or Hernán Cortés? It may be too much to call Spero (or anyone) a 'universal' artist but her work certainly speaks to the weird postcolonial hybrids that survive as culture in the twenty-first century.
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