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The Loss Of Human Face?

The Loss Of Human Face?

The Loss Of Human Face?
Gallery Villepin – Until Nov 30, 2022 Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the history of art, works from Rembrandt to Modigliani, Van Gogh and Freud. The human face has long been both a source of attraction and repulsion. An expression of humanity and brotherhood but also portrayed with primitive violence and savagery. Through all of its figurative and abstract representations, the portrait has been used as a mirror of the world.

Five artists.

Starting a conversation between past and present, The Loss of Human Face? explores the meaning of human faces through these five Francis Bacon artists. Adrian Ghenie. Zeng Fanzi. George Condo and Yukimasa Ida. Presenting twenty major works in a transformed gallery space. Visitors will be confronted with the audacious canvases of these artists placed in dialogue with each other. As one of the most influential portrait painters of the early 20th century, Francis Bacon sets the scene for the exhibition. As his raw and disturbing canvases distort the faces of his subjects while exposing their inner psyches.

Collective memories.

Ghenie’s portraits are also distorted into gestural brushstrokes to re-examine our collective history and memory, while works in Zeng’s “Mask” series depict the social tensions and anxieties the artist has observed in modern China. . Conversely, Condo’s figures are rendered flat on the picture plane in grotesque and fanciful configurations, and Ida’s thickly painted canvases continue the historical backing with a futuristic perspective. This exhibition will also be the first presentation of Ida’s work in Hong Kong. All of these artists contribute to the global understanding of what humanity means. Through their diversity and varied backgrounds, they reveal intense rage. The anxiety, passion and ambition of our present time through their own unique visions.

 

The Loss Of Human Face?Zeng Fanzhi, Mask Series No. 26

Gallery Villepin →  53-55 Hollywood Road Central – Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Trum: Loops

Thomas Trum: Loops

Thomas Trum: Loops
The Hole – Until Jul 10, 2022 New York (US)

 

 

 

 

 

The Hole is proud to present the first solo exhibition in America of Dutch artist Thomas Trum. After debuting his fascinating mechanized paintings in group shows, we can finally bring the artist here to New York so he can present a mural installation as well.

Giant arch.

Captivated by a video of the artist at work, using a custom designed tool to spray a giant arch of color gradient across the wall, I was determined to expose the audience here to Trum’s unique work. Updating Sol Lewitt’s stereotypical murals, clashing with Cubism and Orphic design, while bringing his experience of street culture into play, Trum innovates in abstraction. By researching the material qualities of painting and creating new ways to deploy them. He appropriates street painting devices. Oversized markers from graffiti and graphic design, often fitted with drills or bicycle chains in his experiments on how to make a line.

The machine.

The murals feature a spray swing arm that he spins as he pushes the machine through the gallery. Drops and rapids, they are intended to be expressive and influenced by fortuitous imperfections. The paintings on canvas are made with a giant squeegee and a special ink controlled very precisely by the hand of the artist. Here imperfections are not welcome and the geometry must be precise.

 

 

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The Hole →  312 Bowery Soho – New York, NY, USA 10012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ron Mueck: mass

Ron Mueck: mass

Ron Mueck: mass

NGV Australia & The Ian Potter Center – Until Jan 15, 2023 Melbourne (Australia)

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Australia, Ron Mueck has been creating hyper-realistic figurative sculptures since his debut as an artist in 1997. His work is known for his attention to detail, choice of subjects and use of scale.

Human skull.

Originally commissioned for the 2017 NGV Triennial, Mass, which includes 100 large-scale resin sculptures of the human skull, is a momentous and confronting work.

Throughout history, the skull has been a powerful symbol in the aesthetic lexicon of almost every culture. It features prominently in Renaissance art. Particularly in the Dutch still life and vanitas tradition of the 16th and 17th centuries, where the skull represents the ephemeral. The skull has also been used in other ways. In the skull and crossbones of the pirate Jolly Roger, and as a sign of Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Contemporary.

In a contemporary context, the Mass has a particular resonance. As the world grapples with enormous and increasingly intense challenges. The atrocity of war, pestilence, climate change, floods, fires and famine. It is a poignant monument for our times.

 

 

Ron Mueck: mass

NGV Australia→  Federation Square Melbourne, Australia 8004

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cezanne

Cezanne

Cezanne
The Art Institute of Chicago – Until Sep 05, 2022 Chicago (US)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This groundbreaking retrospective sheds new light not only on how this pivotal artist created his works, but also on why his art remains so vital today.

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906) pursued a pair of questions throughout his life: Could a painter create works of art one sensation at a time? And, if so, would images made this way be somehow more true to life than those made by other means?

Impressionist.

This approach to artistic creation was complex and set Cézanne apart from the Impressionist circle and modern art as a whole. It is perhaps unsurprising that his fellow artists were among the first to recognize the value of his singular and, at the time, seemingly unsophisticated approaches to color, technique and materiality. As such, he came to be considered an “artist’s artist”. Indeed many of his supporters and admirers. Whom Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro in the 19th century and Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in the 20th century, called Cézanne “the greatest of us all. Today, more than a hundred years after the completion of Cézanne’s last works, artists always revere his commitment to upholding personal truth in the act of artistic creation.

Retrospective.

This exhibition is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States for more than 25 years and the first exhibition on Cézanne organized by The Art Institute of Chicago for more than 70 years. Planned in coordination with Tate Modern. This ambitious project explores Cézanne’s work across media and genres with 80 oil paintings. 40 watercolors and drawings and two complete sketchbooks. This exceptional range encompasses the range of Cézanne’s emblematic subjects and series. Little known early allegorical paintings. Impressionist landscapes, paintings of the Montagne Sainte Victoire. Portraits and Scenes of Bathers and includes both well-known works and rarely seen compositions from the public and private. collections in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The artist’s palette.

This extraordinary breadth of works is accompanied by a cutting-edge technical analysis of the artist’s palette. From the construction of composition and the creation of marks, deepening our understanding of how Cézanne conceived and developed his famous deliberate, non-linear process. The exhibition also sheds light on the pioneering path that Cézanne traced for successive generations of artists. Through these complementary perspectives. Art historians, practicing artists and curators. This unique exhibition in a generation reframes Cézanne, a giant in the history of art, for our own time.

 

 

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The Art Institute of Chicago  111 South Michigan Avenue Loop – Chicago, IL, USA 60603

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anthony Gormley: Asian Field

Anthony Gormley: Asian Field

Anthony Gormley: Asian Field
M+ Gallery  – Until Jul 03, 2022 Hong Kong (China)

 

 

 

 

 

In 2003, British artist Antony Gormley invited around 300 people of all ages from Xiangshan Village (now Huadong Town in Guangzhou City) to make around 200,000 clay figurines in five days. There were three simple instructions: each figure had to be hand-sized, able to stand, and have two eyes. Otherwise, each manufacturer was free to improvise. As an installation, Asian Field is meant to be experienced from one point of view. When you gaze upon a sea of ​​figures, they seem to be looking back.

1989.

This installation belongs to Field, a series that Gormley started in 1989. Other versions of Field have been produced in Australia, North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe. In each location, the artist uses locally sourced clay and engages local communities to mold the figures by hand. By far the largest and most ambitious work in the series, Asian Field reflects the vast territory and large population of China.

Zhang Hai’er.

This presentation also features the work of photographer Zhang Hai’er, who captured and documented the making of Asian Field. Zhang paired each creator and one of their works in a series of photographic portraits. The subjects of the portrait stared intently into the camera, allowing us to imagine how their character and attitude might be transferred into the characters they created.

 

 

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M+→  West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

 

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Calder: Gouache

Calder: Gouache

Calder: Gouache
Opera Gallery – May 13 to June 04, 2022 Geneva (Switzerland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opera is delighted to present an exhibition of gouaches on paper by Alexander Calder. The artist developed a passion for gouaches and works on paper very early on. Appreciating how easily he can manipulate the surface. He experiments on a smaller scale than his mobiles and sculptures. The nine works exhibited in an immersive scenography demonstrate the mastery of the line. Calder’s strong compositional balance and sense of color.

 

 

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Opera Gallery→  https://www.operagallery.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tyler Shields: Decadent

Tyler Shields: Decadent

Tyler Shields: Decadent
Sotheby’s Los Angeles – May 05 to May 20, 2022 Los Angeles (US)

 

 

 

 

 

Sotheby’s is delighted to present Tyler Shields: Decadent, a selling exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based provocateur Tyler Shields. Shields, a photographer, screenwriter, and director, incorporates themes of consumerism. Fantasy, excess, and eroticism in his work, weaving in references to Old Hollywood. Glamour photography, pulp fiction, advertising campaigns, and other visual media that have soaked into American culture. This exhibition celebrates a decade of controversial work by one of today’s most daring photographers.

 

 

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Sotheby’s Los Angeles→  350 North Camden Drive Los Angeles, CA, USA 90210

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cindy Sherman: 1977–1982

Cindy Sherman: 1977–1982

Cindy Sherman: 1977–1982
Hauser & Wirth N.Y – from May 04 to July 29, 2022 New York, (US)

 

 

 

 

 

With her early works, Cindy Sherman revolutionized the role of the camera in artistic practice. She opened the door for generations of artists and critics to rethink photography as a medium. On May 4, 2022, Hauser & Wirth New York will present over one hundred works from Sherman’s most groundbreaking and influential early series. Including the Untitled Film Stills. Rear Screen Projections and Centerfolds – in his first major solo exhibition with the gallery. Preferring to work alone, Sherman was not just the photographer. However, she has also taken on the role of makeup artist, hairstylist, stylist and director. Posing as the star of heavily staged fictional tableaux. Inspired by the depictions of women in television, film and advertising.

Female stereotypes.

Her characters explored a range of female stereotypes. Femme fatale, career girl, housewife, etc. – to confront the nature of identity and representation in media in a way that still feels fresh and relevant today. Created over forty years ago, these powerful and enigmatic bodies are cornerstones of contemporary art that continue to inspire and influence the course of art and image-making.

 

 

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León Ferrari : Amiable Cruelty

León Ferrari : Amiable Cruelty

León Ferrari “Amiable Cruelty”
Center Pompidou – Until Aug 29, 2022 Paris (France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

León Ferrari (1920-2013) is the author of a protean body of work. Alternately mysterious and literal, whose formal rigor is matched only by its subversive power.

Struck by the violence of his time. In particular that of the Vietnam War, Ferrari devotes his work to demonstrating the barbarity of the liberal Western world. He never ceases to alert us to the process by which art embellishes and trivializes violence. a mechanism he called “amicable cruelty”.

 

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Center Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou 4e – Paris, France 75004

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drawings by Mel Bochner- a retrospective

Drawings by Mel Bochner- a retrospective

Drawings by Mel Bochner – a retrospective
The Art Institute of Chicago – April 23 to August 22, 2022 Chicago (US)

 

 

 

 

 

In a career that spanned almost six decades. Mel Bochner was at the forefront of conceptual art. Producing thought-provoking works in almost every field. Drawing, painting, prints, photography, sculpture, books and installations.

This exhibition is the first to use drawing as the main axis of organization. Highlighting the importance of this body of work in the practice of the artist from his beginnings in the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition demonstrates Bochner’s pioneering role in redefining the traditional boundaries of drawing. And illuminates the artist’s evolving ideas about seriality, temporality and the shift between word and image.

90 works.

The exhibition includes nearly 90 works from all phases of his career. Including several from the museum’s extensive collection of early Bochner drawings and exploring the artist’s central themes of language. Numbers, measurements, shape and visual perception. Traditional drawing techniques (ink, pencil, pastel, chalk and charcoal on paper) join media as diverse as burnt matches on paper. The oil paint on newspaper, the wall drawings in powdered pigments and, in a provocative way, the stones laid out on the ground.

Bochner remarked, “The materiality of a design is central to its meaning. Each medium reveals something but hides something else. A change of medium can reveal what was hidden, allowing new thoughts to emerge. He always defied any rigid definition of drawing, and his work constantly broadened the field with the insistent question, “What is not drawing?”

This exhibition celebrates this question.

 

 

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The Art Institute of Chicago   111 South Michigan Avenue Loop – Chicago, IL, USA 60603

 

 

 

 

 

 

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