Highlight #28: Modern Art is crossing between East and West
Hong Kong, Australia and Poland in a flood of multimedia
Hong Kong, Hong Kong <THE WORLD IS OUR HOME. A POME ON ABSTRACTION>
12 December 2015 ~ 6 March 2016_Para Site
The World is Our Home at Para Site is a ground breaking exhibition series that uses a speculative approach to art histories. The works of Robert Motherwell, Bruce Nauman, Tomie Ohtake and Tang Chang are featured in this exhibition, which begins from a moment in the abstract movement of the post-war era when traditional Asian painting was mingled with dominant international art expressions in ink painting and calligraphy. The show also brings up how their contexts were incorporated in the aesthetic and political paradigms evoked by the Cold War.
Ohtake(1913–2015) is part of a key generation of Japanese-Brazilian artists who worked with Brazil’s abstract art while maintaining a unique usage of calligraphic gesture. Chang(1934–1990) is a renowned painter and poet from Thailand’s modern era best known for his poetry works. Motherwell(1915–1991) often employed forms and gestures found in Chinese and Japanese painting, related to the artist’s collection of traditional art and textbooks from East Asia. The video performances of Nauman(1941–) is also displayed in this show.
Robert Motherwell <Iberia No. 30> 1969
Arylic on canvas 20.3×25.4cm Courtesy of Private Collection
Bruce Nauman <Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance)> 1968
Tomie Ohtake <Untitled> 1963
Oil in canvas 106×76cm Courtesy of the Tomie Ohtake Estate and Nara Roesler, Sao Paulo
Tang Chang <Untitled No.1> 1960
Oil on canvas with impasto 80×92.5cm Courtesy of the Tang Chang Estate
Australia, Tasmania <GILBERT & GEORGE: THE ART EXHIBITION>
28 November 2015 ~ 28 March 2016_Mona(Museum of Old and New Art)
Gilbert & George’s major retrospective on view at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. This exhibition includes works ranging from 1970 to the most recent ones from 2014. And Works are installed across the entirety of Mona’s touring galleries. These are 14 meters underground and deal with universal subject matters: death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion. The duo met at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London in 1967 and has worked together as a collaborative unit entirely dedicated to the creation of art. Gilbert & George have been seeking a form entirely rooted in the real world—in the streets, traffic, buildings and hearts of strangers as encapsulated by their slogan, "Art for All."
They maintain allegiances to no trends, schools, movements, doctrines, theories or styles. They continue to create multi-allusive, contemporary and contentious art that is literal to their life and dense with the sedimentary tracings of social existence. This retrospective is curated by MONA’s co-directors of exhibitions and collections, Oliver Varenne and Nicole During, together with Gilbert & George.
<Red Morning Death> 1977
Mixed media 241×201cm Private collection
<One World> 1988
Mixed media 226×254cm Courtesy of the artists
<Dead Head> 1989
Picture courtesy of the artists and Mona(Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia)
Poland, Warszawa <ANNA KONIK: A GRAIN OF SAND IN THE PUPIL OF THE EYE. VIDEO WORKS 2000-2015>
4 December 2015 ~ 14 February 2016_Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle
The CCA Ujazdowski Castle presents Anna Konik in a large-scale exhibition, summarizing an important stage in her artistic practice. A focus will be given to video, as well as the pedagogical and scientific experiences she gained during residencies and through working with students in Germany. Konik combines the aesthetics of new technology with the spatial form of an installation, in which the dynamic presence of the viewer gives the works a transformational dimension and personalizes its reception. Mankind is at the center of her research.
Many her works are an "Investigation" into the other, which arises as a consequence of encountering people. Conveying the perspective of subjective experiences, the artist transfers them to a social dimension where the recipient is confronted not only with individuality, but also with the whole of the contemporary world. Konik has been looking for formal solutions for her work on the translation of complex mechanisms of working memory, retrospection and the disclosing of emotions. The exhibition is in cooperation with Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. ■ with ARTINPOST
<Strach i Zauroczenie(Willa Zauroczonych)>
Atlas Sztuki Lodz, Dominik Szwemberg
<Strach i Zauroczenie(Play back (of Ire`ne))>
Atlas Sztuki Lodz, Dominik Szwemberg
<Our Lady's Forever>
Widok instalacji, Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki
<In the same city, under the same sky...>
Paola Bernardelli, Void Gallery