Archives for the Month of June, 2013

Francis Upritchard

Francis Upritchard Work from her oeuvre. “Francis Upritchard’s psychedelically coloured human figures ‘live’ on islands of ornate furniture. There is a festival feeling to their gatherings, emphasised by Upritchard’s acid-bright colours, hand-woven blankets and tie-dyed silks. Upritchard has said ‘all the things that hippies hoped would happen, or felt might happen, didn’t.’ In one sense […]

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter Work from Tapestries at Gagosian Gallery. “Gagosian Gallery presents a group of four tapestries entitledAbdu, Iblan, Musa, and Yusuf (all 2009) by Gerhard Richter. These works are based on Abstract Painting (724-4) (1990), a key example of Richter’s distinctive approach to non-representational painting. The visual effect of the tapestries is a Rorschach-like multiplying of the forms and colors of […]

Faiza Butt

Faiza Butt Work from her oeuvre. “Butt’s work travels through global visual culture—drawing influence through time and space. She deftly implements the aesthetic signifiers of media, advertising and fine art to create an aesthetic that is uniquely her own, yet utterly familiar.  Known for her technique of repetitive mark-making, reminiscent of both pointillism and the […]

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Abraham Cruzvillegas Work from his oeuvre. “Abraham Cruzvillegas was born in Mexico City in 1968, where he lives and works. Cruzvillegas’ practice deals with history and the construction of the self in reference to economic, social, political, and historical conditions. Employing various means to create open-ended strategies of production and reception, Cruzvillegas gives objects a new life and context, generating […]

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Pascale Marthine Tayou Work from his oeuvre. “Jean Apollinaire Tayou was born in Cameroon. In the middle of the 1990s he changed name, declining it in the feminine form to become Pascal(e) Marthin(e) Tayou. This marked the beginning of an unceasing artistic, geographic and cultural nomadism that has brought Tayou to prominence on the contemporary […]

Raffi Kalenderian

Raffi Kalenderian Work from his oeuvre. “Working both from life and from photographs, Kalenderian features his friends in a series of intricate portraits. His paintings and drawings convey both an intimate moment between artist and sitter and a dreamlike detachment that places his subjects in a peculiar equilibrium between reality and illusion. Sometimes, the same […]

Kader Attia

Kader Attia Works from REPAIR. 5 ACTS and dOCUMENTA (13). “REPAIR. 5 ACTS at KW Institute for Contemporary Art is French-Algerian artist Kader Attia’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. For KW, Attia develops a site-specific installation in five acts, which applies his concept of “repair” as reconstruction in a wider sense to political, cultural and scientific […]

Adrián Villar Rojas

Adrián Villar Rojas Work from Expo 1: New York. “Adrián Villar Rojas’s La inocencia de los animales (The innocence of animals) is an immersive installation that resembles both an amphitheater of antiquity and a postapocalyptic cavern. Consisting of cracked, crumbling clay and concrete, the work points forward and backwards—seemingly to the very beginnings of civilization and its […]

Anri Sala

Anri Sala Work from Ravel Ravel Unravel. “Anri Sala’s project for the French Pavilion has been conceived for the space of the German Pavilion where it is exceptionally being exhibited, and is entitled Ravel Ravel Unravel (2013). The title of the piece is a subtle play on words based on the verb to ravel and […]

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva Work from their oeuvre. “Since 2001, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva have collaborated on the creation of enigmatic, lyrical photographs and sculptures, but most prominently they work in 16mm silent film. Through their investigations into the limits of scientific rationalism, they unfold what they have called ‘poetic philosophical fiction,’ […]