Nam June Paik – Retrospective SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – May 08 to October 03, 2021 San Francisco (United States)
A fascinating riot of sights and sounds. Nam June Paik brings together more than 200 works by the visionary experimental artist who made the connection between art. The music. Performance and technology in a revolutionary way. This influence is still felt in art, pop culture and music.
One of the first truly global and transnational artists. Paik foresaw the importance of mass media and new technologies. He coined the term “electronic highway” in 1974 to predict the future of communication in the Internet age. This exhibition, the artist’s first-ever retrospective on the West Coast, celebrates Paik’s collaborative approach that transcends genres and traditions. While highlighting the innovative, playful and deeply radical work of the artist.
Alexander Calder – Great Yellow Sun Tel Aviv Museum of Art – Until August 15, 2021 Tel Aviv (Israel)
American-born artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976). One of the most fascinating figures of modern art of the twentieth century, developed her artistic language in New York and Paris in the interwar period. His work emerged alongside avant-garde notions of surrealism. Dada and abstraction. Yet he has developed a unique style of his own.
The exhibition offers a glimpse into Calder’s world through works he has created in various media. Spanning more than five decades of his career. The first pencil drawings, made in 1925. One of his very last mobiles, created in 1976, the year of his death. The title of the exhibition, Great Yellow Sun (taken from one of his gouaches), reflects three significant elements of his abstractions. Scale, color and shape. The reference to the sun also suggests another stimulating reading of the artist’s production. Calder’s work can be seen as an exploration of energetic forces. It combines aesthetics and the fourth dimension with scientific knowledge of physics. Mathematics and mechanics. Asked about the way art is made, Calder replied: “Outside of volumes, of movement, of spaces delimited by large space, the universe”.
The exhibition focuses on a lesser-known part of Calder’s production. His gouache paintings. Gouaches, a medium he began to explore in the 1940s. It has become one of his most prolific works. They were rarely a complement to his sculptural works, and were not preparatory drawings or exercises in color or iconography. Rather, it was an independent practice within Calder’s work. Throughout his career, has been marked by constant transitions from two-dimensional forms to three-dimensional forms and vice versa. The wide range of gouaches presented in the exhibition express two contrasting aspects of his work. The creation of multiplicity and variability, while maintaining stylistic consistency and consistency.
The qualities of gouache paint as a quick-drying medium with high opacity allowed Calder a great deal of freedom to experiment. Immediacy and impulsiveness. The paintings represent basic shapes (circles, triangles, spirals). Alongside primitive symbols (sun, moon, stars). Elements of ancient civilizations (masks, pyramids, boomerangs) and motifs from nature (flowers, butterflies, sea creatures). Using minimalist means, this vocabulary of simple images and a palette of bright colors and black and white. Calder returned to the simplicity of the fundamentals, both current and metaphysical. This can be seen as an expression of his desire to find a place of innocence and primitive existence that is not yet shaped by knowledge. Culture and self-awareness.
Jackson Pollock: Experimental Work on Paper Barbara Mathes Gallery – April 29 to August 13, 2021 New-York (US)
The Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce Jackson Pollock: The Experimental Works on Paper. An exhibition of little-known prints and silkscreens by Pollock. Jackson Pollock has experienced a variety of different media throughout his career. Thus, his works on paper frame the development of his style. They highlight the changes in his work in the early 1950s and attest to his reach as an artist.
Jackson Pollock had been exposed to printmaking in the 1930s while working at the Works Progress Administration (WPA). His first intensive exploration of printmaking took place in the mid-1940s. When he produced a remarkable series of works at Atelier 17 by S. W. Hayter. A famous studio and printing school that had moved to New York from Paris during WWII. This set of prints from Atelier 17 shows the role surrealism played in the development of Pollock’s style. Testifies to his interest in automatic drawing and testifies to the attraction of abstraction which will lead to his “ drip paintings ” of the end of the 1940s. In their tension between abstraction and figuration, control and “accident” . Pollock’s prints show the foundations of his style and anticipate the trajectories of his later paintings.
Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging. 16 Women Artists from around the World Mori Art Museum – April 22 to September 26, 2021 Tokyo (Japan)
The last few years have seen growing movements around the world to correct inequalities around aspects of identity such as gender. The race. Ethnicity and beliefs, and attach greater value to diversity. Always in contemporary art for ten years. Attention has increasingly turned to women artists. Who began their careers in contemporary art between the 1950s and 1970s. They continue to remain active as artists today.
Another Energy focuses on 16 of these female artists aged 70 or older. Coming from all over the world, who continue to take on new challenges. Aged 71 to 105 with a career spanning over 50 years. Hailing from 14 different countries and equally diverse in their current situation. Nonetheless, what these women share. Regardless of recognition or evaluation by art museums and the art market. It is a determination to pursue their own path of creation. Distinctive with an unwavering conviction in different environments. And this at changing times.
Showcasing their wide array of powerful works ranging from paintings. Videos. Sculptures, to large-scale installations and performances. This exhibit contemplates the nature of particular force. “Another Energy” – from those women who have all continued to challenge throughout their long careers. As we try to recover from an unprecedented situation. Perhaps the sight of those women who have spent their lives walking their own path with such unwavering conviction will give us new energy to meet the challenges of today.
Etel Adnan. Phyllida Barlow. Anna Bogigian. Miriam Cahn. Lili du Julie. Anna Bella Geiger . Beatriz Gonzalez. Carmen Herrera. Kim Seung-gi. Suzanne Lacy. Kimiyo Mishima. Kazuko Miyamoto. Sengah Nengdi. Nunun WS. Alpita Singh. Robin White.
Olafur Eliasson “Your ocular relief” Tanya Bonakdar Gallery – Until April 24, 2021 New-York (US)
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to announce Your ocular relief. Olafur Eliasson’s eleventh solo show with the gallery, on display until April 24, 2021 in New York City.
Your Eye Relief.
Since the early 1990s, Eliasson’s practice has focused on the investigation of perception. Often using natural phenomena to improve our understanding of each other and our environment. Your Eye Relief continues Eliasson’s long-standing research on cognitive and cultural conditions of perception. Seeking to offer an alternative to the current pressures that shape our existence.
Eliasson’s own collection.
In the dark space of the main gallery. Your Eye Relief, 2021, the eponymous work of the series. It unfolds in front of the viewer in the form of a light show evocative of shapes. Colors and shadows. The ever-changing sequence expands. Disappears on a large curved screen, behind which the viewer can see the devices responsible for it. An orchestra of lentils. Risms. Mirrors and colored filters slowly spinning in the beams of five projectors. The spotlight is broken down. Transformed by reflection and refraction into sequences visible on the screen. As each device spins at a different rate. The relationship between the different sequences is constantly evolving, always new. These lenses are at the same time the material of the exhibition. His conceptual inspiration. Most of the lenses shown here are from Eliasson’s own collection. They are recycled from works of art. From previous experiences that took place in the artist’s Berlin studio.
The absence of Mark Manders Museum of Contemporary Art – Until June 20, 2021 Tokyo (Japan)
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in a museum of Japanese art by Mark Manders. A Dutch artist who occupies a unique position on the contemporary art scene.
The history of art.
For this solo exhibition, Manders designed the entire exhibition as the installation of a single work. Building. The individual works are assembled from images based on the history of art. Personal memories. of statues and words. Also, various furniture and other objects. For the viewer, they invoke complex emotions. Distort the sense of time and encourage reflection and introspection. Each independent work is fascinating in isolation. However, being part of a larger picture reveals even more captivating new aspects. Each work manifests itself as a part of this imaginary building. The real Manders who produce the works and the self-portrait of the imaginary Manders mingle. Disappear and reappear as they draw the viewer into a fictional space. At the same time, the individual works are interchangeable. Like the words in a sentence, they can be interchanged depending on the room and the setting.
For this reason, the imaginary building as a whole looks like an automatic mechanism in constant modification and updating. Absence in the title is one of the keywords behind all of Manders’s work. It has multiple meanings, including the reference to stillness. To the feeling that what can be seen in an installation is a moment frozen in time. Traces of missing occupants. The way the agency oscillates between the real artist and the imaginary artist.
It can also be taken to mean that the work is autonomous. Able to maintain an independent existence even if the artist is absent. The world of Manders continues to captivate those who enter it. It encourages them to reconsider their thoughts about the meaning of art. Their thoughts about time and experiences of human life and the imagination. This solo exhibition is a very valuable opportunity to appreciate in depth the work of Manders. To observe its unique structure. Viewers are recommended to sharpen their senses and take their time to fully experience this world.
The National 2021: New Australian Art Art Gallery of New South Wales Until Sep 5, 2021 Carriageworks – Until June 20, 2021 Contemporary Art Museum – Until August 22, 2021
The National 2021: New Australian Art is a celebration of contemporary Australian art. Third in a series of biennial exhibitions, it presents works produced across the country by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. Through ambitious projects. New and ordered. The 39 artists, collectives and collaborators present in three places respond to the times in which they live. They present observations that are both provocative. Political and poetic. The National is a partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). Carriageworks. And also, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). This year it was hosted by Matt Cox and Erin Vink (AGNSW). Abigail Moncrieff (Carriageworks) and Rachel Kent (MCA). Working closely together, they have developed three distinct presentations of New Australian Art. Together they highlight many of the ideas and concerns that motivate artists in Australia today.
Richard Jackson “works with books” Hauser & Wirth Gallery – Until 06 June 2021 Los Angeles (United States)
From the early 1970s, the murals. Batteries and installations. On the theme of the room of Californian Richard Jackson gave rise to a series of major innovations in painting. The sculpture. Performance. The installation and the relationships between them.
Jackson’s interest in the wider possibilities of artistic creation. The way in which this can be done also extends to books. Organized by Dagny Corcoran, a longtime friend of Jackson and author of Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ expansive 2020 monograph timeline on the artist. This Book & Printed Matter Lab presentation highlights Jackson’s artist books. As well as, supporting archival documents. This shows the artist’s concern for the ambiguous demands of the codex. The content, format and purpose of a publication.
You will find a playlist created by Chris Kidd, author and dear friend of Jackson, as the audio backdrop for the presentation. An eclectic selection of the dark and the eternal. Interspersed with nods to Richard’s long-standing love of opera. This playlist sums up the life and career of an artist who has never been bound by easy categorization.
Cao Fei “Staging the Era” UCCA – Until June 6, 2021 – Beijing (China)
Cao Fei’s first major solo exhibition in China. And the largest and most comprehensive career retrospective to date. Brings together the works of the artist’s two-decade career. Situating the threads present in his diverse practice amid the rapid development of contemporary society.
As one of China’s most prominent contemporary artists. Cao Fei (born 1978 in Guangzhou) uses multimedia formats. Movie. Video. Virtual reality and installation. It surrealistically describes the dramatic social changes in a globalizing China and its conditions. “Staging the Era” brings together the vast array of works from Cao Fei’s two-decade career to date. The Experimental Theater has been working since its early years as a student at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Until his last large-scale interdisciplinary research project on history. The echoes of the district of Beijing that she calls home today.
Cao Fei constantly focused on the complex social pressures emerging from the tangle of popular culture. Technological development and urban change. Moving smoothly between documenting reality and creating fantasy in his art. Structured into four sections that reflect the flow of themes and places in her work. The South, The City, The Workshop and The Simulation. The exhibition places his practice in the context of his own artistic development. Often in symbiosis with its environment. The profound social upheavals in the country since the opening and reform four decades ago. Raised in a family of artists in Guangzhou. His early performances and Cao Fei’s experimental video works reflect his creative attitude. Bold and the new aesthetic and cultural sensibilities affected by the economic development of the city. The influence of Hong Kong mass culture during this period. Cao Fei was recognized early on for Imbalance 257 (1999). A short video shot while she was still at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Considered the starting point of his career.
Yayoi Kusama: The vision of fantasy we have never seen in this splendor Yayoi Kusama Museum – Until March 29, 2021 Tokyo (Japan)
Artist Yayoi Kusama began her creative career as an artist by portraying the hallucinations she experienced as a child. A way to overcome your fears. Since then, Kusama has continued to produce works. Using these visions of his hallucinations and his inner world. On this occasion, the Yayoi Kusama museum presents recent and new works by Yayoi Kusama. Works created over the past ten years. With the theme of his various visions, consisting only of works presented for the first time in Japan or elsewhere in the world.
My Eternal Soul.
From his latest series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. Into which she pours visions overflowing from her inner world. The exhibition features the most recent of his completed one-square-meter paintings. It also includes his latest participatory project, FLOWER OBSESSION. His hallucinatory vision is realized through the surface of an entire room covered with flowers. As well as an immersive installation created for this exhibition, Infinity Mirrored Room. A Wish for Human Happiness Calling from Beyond the Universe, which is being seen for the very first time. This exhibition invites you to see the current state of Kusama’s visions. Which portray his desire for the universe and the unknown. Transforming his hallucinations that bring fear into visions that bring ecstasy. As if she were immersing herself in the stardust of the infinite universe.