I am glad to say that the first exhibition that I have had the honour to step into has been Geumhyung Jeong’s Upgrade in Process at Fondazione Modena Arti Visive. Jeong boasts an impressive list of shows, having exhibited at Delfina Foundation London, Kunsthalle Basel and Tate Modern, and discovering her works so close to home has been such a pleasure. She is a South Korean choreographer and performer whose work is constantly… on the edge.
Mona Hatoum is a Palestinian artist, now based in London. The exile, the theme of belonging to different cultures and, at the same time, to none of them, are some of the ideas she explores: a contributing factor is, for sure, her life and her continuous movements around the world. At the same time, however, it is interesting noticing how not one of the works she creates is explicitly autobiographical.
Yesterday I had goosebumps. I was about to go to sleep, checking out for the last time my Facebook dashboard, when I read ‘… artisti, che ci fanno così divertire’ – ‘… artists, who entertain us’.
Said by the prime minister of probably the most artistically rich country in the world.
Is that really what they do? Entertain?
How have we come to this point? How did it happen that art is now in the background, that it is only followed by such a narrow niche of people generally considered as a bit crazy, who have their head in the clouds? How did it happen that now art is simply not necessary?
Metro and bus stops are located a few minutes away from Tate Britain in Millbank, London. For this reason, while walking towards the museum, the visitor unintentionally experiences the installation The Depth of Darkness, hearing its roaring sound effects without knowing where they come from. The nearer to the entrance, the more the visitor wonders what those blaring sounds can be, which evoke the roar of waves and cover the loud noises of the metropolis.
At present – not sure if you know – I am attending a curatorial course in Venice and I am constantly entering in contact with the process of organizing exhibitions that make sense. It may seem banal and obvious, but finding the right concept for an exhibition – a concept that works, that is not too straightforward but not even too inexplicable, that has (almost) never been explored before – is SO complicated.
If there is one exhibition you can’t miss this winter, that is the one we are going to talk about in this article. Cerith Wyn Evans’ show ‘…The Illuminatin Gas’ at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca is the biggest exhibition of the artists up to today – and this should be already enough to convince you that this show is unmissable.
November, 24: the closing day of the 58th edition of the Biennale of Venice. Organized by Ralph Rugoff, a world-wide known curator, director of the Hayward Gallery in Southbank Centre, London, it comprises the works of (only) 79 artists and 90 national participations in Giardini, Arsenale and all around the city of Venice.
I have had the pleasure to be invited to interview the Pakistani and British artist Nasser Azam, who currently has a solo-show at Saatchi Gallery, in London, called ‘Saiful Malook’. The show will be open until June, 10, and explores with large-size paintings a poem from the 19th century, written by the Sufi saint and poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh.
The more I go visit exhibitions, the less I feel excited about traditional, ‘ordinary’ art. I probably like 20% of the paintings I see, not to mention sculptures. On the other hand, the more and more I experience non-traditional art, the more I fall in love with it. Multimedia art is going to be more and more central in the art scene in the years to come and everyone should start approaching it and talking about it. Because contemporary art focuses not just on the contemporary, but also on the future: on what technology has been achieving in the past years and what innovations it will bring in the next decades.
The GHost Parlour, Sarah Sparkes’ solo exhibition at New Art Projects London, intimately explores the theme of ghosts and spirits, a subject which has fascinated Sparkes and been the centre of her artistic practice for many years. The exhibition comprises three sets of works: one film, numerous rounded collages and prints made on wallpaper and the GHost Tunnel, one of Sparkes’ most significant installations created for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and here exhibited for the first time in London.
Annka Kultys gallery is a compact and clean space, the whitewashed walls a perfect backdrop for her latest showing of Aaron Scheer’s colour-popping digital paintings. Based between Berlin, Germany and Gothenburg, Sweden, ‘FINAL_007 (02)’ marks Scheer’s first solo exhibition in the UK and is on view until March 2 2019.
We go back on track with this interview I made to Sarah Sparkes, an artist and curator based in London and now having an exhibition called ‘The GHost Parlour’ at New Art Projects until April 27. This interview follows the video interview that you can find on YouTube here, go check it out if you haven’t already!
Here we talk more in depth about her works that are now exhibited at New Art Projects in London.
Among the artists included in the list of the 100 most expensive artists at auctions, do you know how many of them are women?
Think about it.
Do you have a number in your mind? Keep it there.
The right answer is 2. Out of 100, only 2 of the most expensive artists at auctions are women.
‘Bill Viola / Michelangelo’ is an exhibition where video works from the visual artist Bill Viola are put in conversation with drawings made by Michelangelo. I must say I was quite sceptic, it’s not something common to see works by one of the most famous artists of the world exhibited together not only with contemporary artworks, but with videos! I wasn’t sure about this contrast, but at the same time it was made by such a famous institution that I had to see it, at least.
‘Ms. Emin's nihilism is so intensely passionate that it amounts to her life force. It is carried (…) primarily by language (…). In this day of multiple media and blurred boundaries between disciplines, it still seems that she might be less an artist than a writer,...