即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai，联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市，如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城，为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥，《景观/对象WA》（2016）。橡木上固化油墨打印，左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm，中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm，右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm，图片提供：马凌画廊，上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...
There is something irrepressibly compelling about the lewd animated videos of Wong Ping. Is it their flat surfaces rendered in popping colours? Or their dark narratives that resonate with the deepest recesses of the human psyche? They have been included in an impressive repertoire of group exhibitions in recent years, including One Hand Clapping at...
Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...
From Versailles to the East River: Kapoor's whirlpool installation, Descension (2014). Public Art Fund, photo Fabrice Seixas.
To celebrate the non-profit public art organisation's 40th anniversary, the Indian-born British artist has brought a work from his 2015 solo show at the Palace of Versailles to New York: a 26-ft- diameter pool of spiralling dark liquid that will be installed next to the East River. The 'continuously swirling mass converges in a central vortex, as if being sucked endlessly into the earth's depths, generating physical, cultural and even political resonances', says Nicholas Baume, the director of the Public Art Fund. 'The work grows out of Kapoor's longstanding interest in the potential of water as a sculptural medium.'
Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of often imaginative organisms and objects, but do so with the unforgiving causality found in nature itself. What results is a cascade of emergent behaviors that the artist can manage but never truly control. Cheng describes his simulations as akin to a “neurological gym”: a format for viewers to deliberately exercise feelings of confusion, anxiety, and cognitive dissonance that accompany the experience of unrelenting change. Through simulations, Cheng wonders if it’s possible to love these difficult feelings and refactor our relationship to indeterminacy as a feature of being alive today, not a bug.
Ian Cheng (b.1984 Los Angeles, USA) lives and works in New York. Current and recent solo exhibitions include: EMISSARY FORKS featuring THOUSAND ISLANDS, Espace Louis Vuitton München, 2017; EMISSARIES, MoMA PS1, New York, 2017; Forking at Perfection, Migros Museum, Zurich, 2016); Emissary Forks At Perfection, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 2015; Emissary in the Squat of Gods, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2015; Real Humans, with Wu Tsang, Jordan Wolfson, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 2015; Ian Cheng, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, 2014; Baby feat. Bali, Standard (Oslo), Oslo, 2013.
Ian Cheng (b.1984 Los Angeles, USA) lives and works in New York. Current and recent solo exhibitions include: EMISSARY FORKS featuring THOUSAND ISLANDS, Espace Louis Vuitton München, 2017; EMISSARIES, MoMA PS1, New York, 2017; Forking at Perfection, Migros Museum, Zurich, 2016; Emissary Forks At Perfection, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 2015; Emissary in the Squat of Gods, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2015; Real Humans, with Wu Tsang, Jordan Wolfson, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 2015; Ian Cheng, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, 2014; Baby feat. Bali, Standard, Oslo, Oslo, 2013. Recent group exhibitions include: Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (2017); Suspended Animation: Headlong into digital space, Les Abattoirs, Musée FRAC Occitanie, Toulouse, 2017; Generation Loss: 10 Years Julia Stoschek Collection, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, 2017; Shanghai Project Chapter 2 Exhibition: Seeds of Time, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, 2017; BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights, Tate Modern, London, 2017; Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905–2016, Whitney Museum, New York, 2016; Take Me (I’m Yours), Jewish Museum, New York, 2016; Overpop, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, 2016; Liverpool Biennial (2016); WELT AM DRAHT, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, 2016; Stranger, MOCA, Cleveland, 2016; Suspended Animation, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, 2016; Co-Workers, Musee d’Moderne Paris, 2015; Taipei Biennial – The Great Acceleration, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2014; Phantom Limbs, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 2014.
One of the most influential sculptors of his generation, Anish Kapoor is widely recognised for his monumental public works and installations that often incorporate reflective surfaces and curvature as well as unconventional sculptural mediums like water. A preoccupation with voids, the body and the relationship between man and his surrounding environment further characterise his works.
Emerging as a sculptor in the 1980s, Kapoor's use of pure pigment and traditional materials such as limestone and wood aligned him with a group of young artists—among them Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley and Shirazeh Houshiary—known as the New British Sculptors. Kapoor gained recognition for his biomorphic works, notably As if to celebrate, I discovered a mountain blooming with red flowers (1981). Created for the exhibition British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century. Part 2: Symbol and Imagination 1951–1980 (1981–2) at London's Whitechapel Gallery, the sculpture consists of three groups of geometric forms made from wood, cement and polystyrene, and covered in pure pigment that spills over the floor. Each shape references the human physique: the three-peaked mountain in red as the body; the pair of red ellipsoids as breasts; while the boat-like form, the only yellow object of the group, suggests movement. Kapoor derived the first part of the title, 'As if to celebrate', from a Haiku poem, and the rest came from a Hindu myth in which a goddess is born out of a mountain of male gods' bodies. Several of his early sculptures, seemingly rising out of the floor or wall and coated with saturated pigments, underscore his preoccupation with blood and female anatomy.
In the following decade, Kapoor's sculptures progressively grew as he began to explore the idea of the void by constructing forms that contain cavities or disappear into the floor or wall. In the sculpture Void Field (1989)—presented at the 44th Venice Biennale and for which he was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize—the top surfaces of sandstone blocks are pierced with a hole and filled with black pigment. Contrasting the mass of the blocks with the voids within them, Kapoor explored the tensions between presence and absence, being and non-being, and internal space and darkness. Kapoor later multiplied the scale of the void with Marsyas (2002)—commissioned for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern—by creating a hollow, trumpet-like structure out of red plastic membrane that extended over the monumental gallery space.
From the mid-1990s onwards, Kapoor increasingly used mirrored surfaces in his works, as in the three concave, stainless steel discs of Her Blood (1998), which are presented on the floor or on the wall and reflect their environment from different angles. A later work such as Blood Mirror (2000) similarly consists of a stainless disc, featuring red in its lacquered and highly polished surface. The simple concave shape in both works appears to be a void from a distance and becomes activated when the spectator steps closer to it, contorting reality to subvert his or her sense of perception.
Throughout Kapoor's works, there exists a sense of theatricality—one that requires audience participation to complete its experience. In conversation with Ocula Magazine in 2016, Kapoor said, 'There is something about the performative in a work, where the work almost switches itself on as you enter its space. I think it's terribly important because that's a conversation between a viewer and an object.' Enacting this performativity is his 'Non-Object' series of 'twisted' stainless steel sculptures that invite the spectator to walk around them and study the constantly morphing reflections. Similarly, Ishi's Light (2003)—an ovoid shell with a fibreglass exterior and a lacquered red interior—opens partially to allow the spectator into its space. The concave forms in both 'Non-Objects' and Ishi's Light seek to engage the participant's senses both optically by projecting distorted reflections and aurally by amplifying sound within their parameters.
Kapoor's public sculptures are celebrated for their monumental sizes and spectacular feats of design and engineering. In 2014, he created Descension, commissioned by the Public Art Fund for the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, an unconventional sculpture made of infinitely swirling water. Like many of his other works, Descension provides an aural experience as the water spiralled in and out of the ground. ArcelorMittal Orbit—completed in 2012 for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park—has become one of London's most popular attractions for its view of the city from the 115-metre-tall tower made of red tubular steel. Cloud Gate (2004)—dedicated to Chicago's Millennium Park in 2006—exemplifies Kapoor's brand of spectacle through simple forms. The 110-ton stainless steel sculpture, nicknamed 'the Bean' for its resemblance to an upturned bean, enchants the public with its seamless surface that draws both the spectator and the environment in to become a part of its perpetually shifting reflections.
Born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, Kapoor has been living and working in London since the early 1970s, where he studied at Hornsey College of Art (1973–77) and Chelsea College of Arts (1977–78). A Turner Prize winner (1991), Kapoor has recently exhibited at Lisson Gallery, London (2017); Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2016); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2016); Château de Versailles (2015); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2010); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2008). Selected international group exhibitions include Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014); 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009); Gwangju Biennale (2004); Shanghai Biennale (2001); Biennale de Lyon (2000); and Venice Biennale (1993, 1990, 1982). In 2009 he was the first living artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Elected a Royal Academician in 1999, Kapoor was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2003 and knighted in 2013 for his services to visual arts.
Louise Lawler completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cornell University in 1969 before establishing a practice which led her to become part of the group of artists known as The Pictures Generation. This also included artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Sherrie Levine. Lawler continues to live and work in New York.
Lawler photographs other works of art, concentrating on their setting, the way in which they are presented, and their methods of creation. The resultant works are often considered to be conceptual and address the art world and its establishments by questioning what factors constitute and define a piece of art. Her oeuvre offers a behind the scenes look at the happenings of the art world through her photographs at art fairs, galleries, collectors homes, and auction houses such as Christie’s.
The artist uses her method of photography to comment on the status of material goods as measures of financial and cultural wealth and employs the work of other artists as her subject matter to bring to attention the difficulty of originality in contemporary society. Lawler’s works challenge the notions of authenticity and authorship.Solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have included Adjusted at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2013); No Drones at Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2015); Fitting at Metro Pictures at Metro Pictures, New York (2011); and Later at Yvon Lambert, Paris (2010). Lawler has exhibited at major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Museum of Art, Oslo; and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Lawler has presented work at two Whitney Biennials.
Anish Kapoor’s large-scale artworks are among the most recognisable on the planet. A tenacious affinity for drama, form and curvature characterise his sculptures, which hold court in public spaces, collections and public art institutions around the globe. Born in Mumbai in 1954, the artist is best known for his works which use curved metal,...
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