Gilbert & George
We sat down with the iconic British artist duo, Gilbert & George. The pair has described themselves as “living sculptures,” and they consider all aspects of everyday life to be opportunities for artistic expression. Enjoy the interview!
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Raoul and Jean Dufy
The Musée Marmottan Monet, which used to be a hunting lodge for the Duke of Valmy, is widely known today for housing the largest Claude Monet collection in the world. One of the more recent highlights of the museum was a beautiful exhibition about the brothers Raoul and Jean Dufy. Starting in 1920, the two brothers maintained a close artistic relationship, sharing their cultural explorations while pursuing parallel careers with little in common. Raoul and Jean Dufy, Accord and Discord illustrated the similarities and differences between the two painters.
Although this stunning exhibition has already ended, we’ve discovered that a virtual tour of the show is now possible!
Cat Street Gallery
Here is an unmissable event to add to your Hong Kong Art Week circuit!
The famous Cat Street Gallery is opening their Wonderworks show at The Space on Friday, May 24. Wonderworks brings together a beautiful and intriguing combination of young and established artists from Asia, America, Africa, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Those of you looking for some post-work culture, look no farther. One of the must-see exhibitions this spring is Masters & Pelavin’s new group show, Legend Tripping. Expect a thrilling variety of media—installation, mixed media, painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, collage—and a number of international artists.
Legend Tripping, also known as ostension, is actually an adolescent practice (containing elements of a rite of passage) in which a usually furtive nocturnal pilgrimage is made to a site that is alleged to have been the scene of some tragic, horrific, and possibly supernatural event or haunting. The legend trippers violate the tabooed site for the specific purpose of flirting with that danger.
Legend Tripping is on view from April 18 through June 1, 2013.
Turner Prize 2013
The nominees for the Turner Prize 2013 were announced this morning!
The artists nominated for the £40,000 prize are:
1. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her paintings of imaginary people, which use invented pre-histories.
2. Tino Sehgal for his performance work in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and his project at documenta (XIII).
3. Laure Prouvost for her surprising and unpredictable films-cum-installations.
4. David Shrigley for his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery, David Shrigley: Brain Activity, which revealed his black humor, macabre intelligence, and infinite jest.
The Turner Prize exhibition will be in Derry-Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013, opening on October 23, 2013. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on December 2, 2013.
Willem de Kooning
“I don’t paint to live, I live to paint.” - Willem de Kooning
A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, famed artist Willem de Kooning was born on this day in 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
PooL Art Fair
Inspired by the French tradition of Artists Fairs, starting from the famous 1863 Courbet’s Salon des Independents, (AKA Salon des Refusés) PooL Art Fair is dedicated to the many fantastic but unrepresented artists.
PooL’s main purpose is to create a meeting ground for outstanding unrepresented artists—and for gallery owners, curators, and other art enthusiasts to discover them.
Mark your calendars: Debuting May 10, 2013, this three-day show includes lectures addressing the challenges of the art world, along with special projects and events.
Colette & Tilda
It is difficult to trace the roots of an idea to its source, and, as the pundits say, everything has been done before. Therefore, it is with an equivocal eye that one might gaze upon the sleeping actress, Tilda Swinton, in a glass box at The Museum of Modern Art.
The artist Colette Lumiere slept in a glass case on public display for her Liberte to Olympia exhibition, at the Rempire Gallery in Soho, in September, 1991. As this performance piece predates Swinton’s by four years, it might be speculated that the androgynous actress was inspired by this exhibit.
Art Plural Gallery
Indian artists Thukral and Tagra, also known as T&T, have been collaborating since 2004, creating fascinating paintings, sculptures, and installations. Their art has appealed to a global audience; they address universal important themes such as identity, consumerism, and change. In a humorous yet provocative manner, T&T address the harsh realities of Indian society today, while mirroring its fantasies and aspirations.
“We grew up with the general acknowledgement that most Indians dream of leaving India and moving abroad,” said Thukral and Tagra, “albeit a dream that is laced with anxiety and insecurity.”
If you’re in Singapore next week, don’t miss their latest show, Windows of Opportunity, which opens April 22 at Art Plural Gallery.
For those of you gallery hopping in London today, don’t miss Blain|Southern’s new show, Tell Me Whom You Haunt: Marcel Duchamp and the Contemporary Readymade. The show explores the alternative meaning(s) bestowed upon objects through their placement in the gallery space, within which seemingly ordinary objects can be redefined as art!
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Venske & Spänle
Artists Venske & Spänle are interested in the power of art to alter an environment or affect the people who experience it. Using brilliantly pure white marble, the artists transform the material from hard blocks into sensuous shapes. In the sense of Surrealism, the (Abstract) sculptures still evoke living forms and are, in fact, strongly inspired by cartoons that the artists grew up with, the Smurfs!
If you’re in Sydney, don’t miss the opening of their latest show, which takes place this Tuesday, April 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Conny Dietzschold Gallery.
Damien Hirst’s work has generated enormous controversy for its morbidity and fascination with medicine, which is evident in several of his series: the encased dead animals in various states of preservation, cabinets filled with pharmaceuticals, and various skulls.
Pictured is one of his skulls, Till Death Do Us Part - Milk - Chocolate Brown True Blue Bubblegum Pink Skull (2012).
The Madness of Art
A look behind the scenes of a Chelsea art gallery:
In Jim Kempner’s The Madness of Art, the art dealer exposes the everyday happenings at his gallery.
In Season 1, Episode 3, one of the prominent members of the Pop Art movement, Robert Indiana, surprises Jim at the gallery.