Highlight #7: Exploring the issues of human, Female, and society
Encounter contemporary art exhibitions in Brussels, New York, and Beijing
BELGIUM, Brussels <BODY TALK>
14 February ~ 3 May 2015_WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
This exhibition illustrates issues of feminism, sexuality and the body, in the works of six African female artists. The represented generation spans figures from across the African continent, but all born in the 1960s to ‘70s and active from the late 1990s.
The artists use their own body and those of others as a tool, as in a form of representation or area of investigation. In their work, the body manifests itself either sequentially or simultaneously and plays the different roles of model, support, subject and object.
Zoulikha Bouabdellah focuses specific ally on the status of women. In Marcia Kure’s work, objects serve as a metaphor for the marked, vulnerable and resilient female body.
Miriam Syowia Kyambi uses the camera to document details of objects that disclose a personal symbolism. Valérie Oka uses the language of the black female body as a means of expression; when staged and barred in a cage, the stands as a denunciation of Western mechanisms for devaluing and dehumanizing its embodiment. Tracey Rose explores questions of gender and color through the visual motifs of her own body. Billie Zangewa’s tapestries attest to an autobiographical narrative, as well as the manifestation of a new African woman. More than 85 exceptional works will be on display in the Brussels institution.
Billie Zangewa <The Rebirth of the Black Venus>
2010 Silk tapestry 130×127cm Private collection, France
Zoulikha Bouabdellah <L’Araignee>
2013 Painted steel, 95×137×154cm Courtesy the artist and Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Valerie Oka <En sa presence>
2014 Performance Courtesy the artist
Netherlands, Roterdam <LA LA LA HUMAN STEPS>
7 February ~ 17 May 2015_Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
A hundred artworks selected from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection is on view in the Netherlands, following a tour in Istanbul. The featured works cover old masters and young talent, immense installations and small paintings. Thematically, the exhibition finds inspiration in Surrealist writer André Malraux’s 『La condition humaine』(1933), a book that demonstrated people’s constant state of confliction between intellect and passion
The 40 individuals and teams of artists in the exhibition are represented by some of their most personal images of the world. Mike Kelley, Yayoi Kusama, Édouard Manet, Bruce Nauman, Pipilotti Rist, Cindy Sherman, Paul Thek and Bill Viola are included. Though diverse in both age and preferred mediums, these renowned figures are united in this unique show.
A series of special dances have also been organized for the exhibition. Four choreographers were each asked to create a duet inspired by the show. After the live performances, recordings of the pieces will be stored in the museum’s film archive. Visitors will be able to experience how dance can alter and help define the environment of the works in the exhibition.
Cindy Sherman <Untitled(no 96-orange shirt, tile floor)>
1982 C-print 60.8×121.1cm
Andro Wekua <Wait to Wait>
2006 Wax, textiles, aluminium, glass, stone, motor 225×300×200cm Photo: Muhsin Akgun
Bruce Nauman <Pulling Mouth>
U.S.A., New York <Alice Neel_Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978>
19 February ~ 18 April 2015_David Zwirner Gallery
Alice Neel was born in 1900 in Pennsylvania, and died in 1984 in New York. This exhibition covers her drawings and watercolor paintings, providing viewers an overview of the various subjects and styles employed by the artist over the course of her career.
Though Neel was primarily known for painting, drawing was a fundamental component of her practice. Her drawings play with outlines, forms and delicately sketched backgrounds on the canvas. They also reveal a more intimate nature than her paintings, showing a deep sensitivity.
Neel chose her subjects from among her family, friends, and a broad variety of fellow New York artists, writers, poets, students, textile salesmen, cabaret singers, and homeless bohemians. From the 1940s on, she began painting her children more frequently in portraits. In addition, her work subtly engaged with the political and social issues of the time, encompassing gender, racial inequality and labor struggles. Discover a new side to Alice Neel through her drawings and watercolors at David Zwirner Gallery.
<Alice and Jose>
1938 Pastel on paper 29.8×22.9cm ⓒ The Estate of Alice Neel Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London
<Hartley and Ginny>
1970 Acrylic on cardboard 72.7×55.9cm ⓒ The Estate of Alice Neel Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London
1958 Ink on paper 35.6×27.9cm ⓒ The Estate of Alice Neel Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London
1950 Ink on paper 29.2×21.6cm ⓒ The Estate of Alice Neel Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London
China, Beijing <LIU WEI_COLORS>
7 February ~ 17 April 2015_Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
The artist Liu Wei, one of the most prominent figures of contemporary Chinese art, is holding a new solo exhibition. Wei was born and lives in Beijing, where he explores contemporary socio-political concepts, including the contradictions of modern society and the transformation of developing cities through urban planning, commodity culture, fashion, architecture, technology, and biology. He strips down these incongruous parts in abstract forms and methodologies.
In many of his sculptural and installation works, he adapts found materials. The ready-made objects that he uses are re-contextualized to draw new meaning from the materials from which they’re made.
He often uses geometric and architectural forms in his work as a reference to his urban surroundings.
In this show, he debuts an entirely new body of work that includes painting, sculpture and architectural installation. The artwork is organized spatially into an immersive environment that is physically structured by the diverse works. The exhibition is a great introduction to new wave contemporary Chinese art. ■ with ARTINPOST
<Purple Air 2014 No.3>
2014 Oil on Canvas Image courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Installaion view of <Crucifixion>
2014 Iron, steel, Dimensions variable Image courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Installaion view of <Enigma>
2014 Mixed media Dimensions variable Image courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Installaion view of <Puzzle>
2014 Class, aluminium alloy Dimensions variable Photo:Dora Tang Image courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art