Curating

There Not There

There Not There The Courtauld Gallery 14 June – 15 July 2018 www.therenotthere.co.uk  There Not There is an exhibition curated by the students of The Courtauld Institute’s MA Curating the Art Museum programme. Bringing together works from twelve contemporary artists, the exhibition explores the ambiguous line between the seemingly opposite notions of absence and presence. Featured artists: Michael Craig-Martin …

Art, Interviews, Writing

Pipilotti Rist Takes Risks for Art

The summer months, for most, tend to be when the burst of energy from spring is drained by warm sunshine. Not so for Pipilotti Rist, who is at work in her Zurich studio on a hot Tuesday morning midway through August. Rist is putting the final touches to two endeavours, one in Switzerland and the …

Art

Africa’s art scene is set to take Asia’s place in the spotlight

As we look at the art world, 2017 will undoubtedly belong to Africa. With a young and emerging scene waiting to blossom, it is set to take Asia’s coveted place in the spotlight, winning over the hearts of galleries, institutions and collectors the world over. In Paris, the region was celebrated as the guest of …

Art, Writing

Can Chinese artists lead luxury brands into new territory?

Back in September 2013, a giant Lady Dior bag popped up on Hong Kong’s harbourfront. It was the setting for the brand’s travelling exhibition “Lady Dior as Seen By”, for which 80 artists were tasked with revisiting the iconic purse. That’s the same year that Art Basel, armed with its global lead partner UBS, launched …

Film, Reviews

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang

Director: Kevin Macdonald Cast: Ian Buruma, Cai Guo Qiang, Cai Wen You, Cai Wen Hao, Ben Davis, Jeffrey Deitch, Phil Grucci, Thomas Krens, Tatsumi  Masatoshi, Orville Schell, Jennifer Wen Ma, Hong Hong Wu, Zhang Yimou US, 76 minutes Connecting the Earth to the rest of the universe was Cai Guo Qiang’s childhood dream. When he finally realised it …

Art

Why South Korea’s monochrome painting movement is the art world’s latest obsession

Think of South Korea today – K-pop, karaoke and plastic surgery will surely come to mind, followed by images of Seoul’s cutting-edge districts, where the latest trends in food, fashion and art are being cooked up and served to a public hungry for the new. It’s almost hard to imagine that 40 years earlier, the …

Art, Interviews

Ling Jian: Song of the Ancient Birds at Tang Contemporary

Ling Jian is one of those artists whose name you do not recognise yet whose paintings you are certain to have seen before. His signature style is unmistakable: he repeatedly paints Chinese-looking women, from the waist up, with translucent skin, enlarged eyes and red lips. His style is also memorable: he has mastered a seamless …

Art

Broken histories, bright futures: Ernest Chang and the Blue House.

Photographer Ernest Chang and the Blue House share more than addresses along Stone Nullah Lane in Wanchai: they both overcame troubled pasts that could have cost them their existence. The former has emerged stronger and ever more tenacious after recovering from drug addiction, but the latter is still in the process of making a full …

Art

Maria Taniguchi

Philippine artist Maria Taniguchi estimates that she has painted a few hundred thousand bricks since 2008, when she started her ongoing series of untitled brick paintings. Shown alongside a fountain installation at Galerie Perrotin this winter in the artist’s first solo show in Hong Kong, these minimal, solemn paintings have become Taniguchi’s signature pieces, through …