Step inside Magdalena Abakanowicz's forest of woven sculptures
In the 1960s, Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz began making large-scale woven sculptures that defied all categorisation. They seemed like coats or cocoons that tempted you to crawl inside, or hairy living creatures suspended from the gallery ceiling. The critics did not know what to make of them and called them 'Abakans' - perhaps the only example of an art form named after their artist.
In this film, curator Ann Coxon leads us through a 'forest' of these towering Abakans, exploring how Abakanowicz pioneered a whole new form of installation art.
YOSHITOMO NARA // Retrospective Highlights
Yoshitomo Nara is among the most beloved and globally recognized Japanese artists of his generation. Spanning 36 years of his practice from 1984 to the present, this international retrospective gathers over 100 major paintings, sculptures, and installations as well as 700 works on paper.
In this short video curator Mika Yoshitake shares a few highlights of the exhibition as well as excerpts from her July 2020 conversation with the artist. Nara shares the story of his working process, his inspirations, his work as a catalyst for communication and shared interests, and the unanticipated inclusion of a new painting created during the pandemic that reflects a new artistic direction.
Wim Botha’s art is a study in contrasts: his pieces are simultaneously sacred yet profane, heavy yet light, and stable yet unsettled. Through his varying materials and subject matter, this South African artist explores weighty issues of history, status, power, and religion, referencing a range of art historical influences while resisting fixed interpretation.
Kutluğ Ataman's Mesopotamian Dramaturgies
In this video we have a look at the exhibition “Kutlug Ataman: Mesopotamian Dramaturgies” at Niru Ratnam Gallery in London. The show is part of an ongoing series that reflects on the history and present of the region centered on Eastern Turkey where Ataman is now based, as well as the cultural and geopolitical forces at play there. The central work is a twenty-screen television installation called 'The Stream' (2022) which is the first major new work shown by Ataman since 'The Portrait of Sakip Sabanci' (exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and The Royal Academy, London in 2016). The exhibition runs until May 21, 2022.
Using nature as metaphor, The Stream is a video installation made of televisions and found wood that is concerned with rebirth, renewal and the constant effort to construct meaning.
Sculpture by Constantin Brancusi displayed in his former studio, left to the state in 1957.
Mariko Mori | Invisible Dimension
Paa Joe Famous Fantasy Coffin Maker From Ghana
In Ghana you can be buried in a conventional coffin or you have one made to your personal likings. We visited Paa Joe north of Accra, he's famous for his creative coffin creatons around the world. When we visited, my favorite coffin was the one of a running shoe and I also liked the chameleon coffin.
Theresah Ankomah - Look at We
Theresah Ankomah is an artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Fine Art Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana. In 2017, she won the first runner up prize of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art.
Her artistic practice is expressed through performative installation.
Ankomah has been working with kenaf woven baskets, strings, ropes, raffia and royal palm leaves as her principal material to explore the intricacies of ‘weaving’ through complexities of art historical ‘craft’ as well as trade, geopolitics, gender and capitalism.
Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined
Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined is a Collateral Event of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Supported by the Boghossian Foundation, the exhibition Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined presents the aesthetics of the Korean artist at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac during the 59th Biennale of Venice. The exhibition is curated by Yongwoo Lee, and includes 40 large-scale mulberry-paper reliefs, sculptures, and installations by Chun. Chun Kwang Young is known for his work with Hanji, Korean mulberry paper.
Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined / Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice. Venice (Italy), April 24, 2022.
Beauty and Horror | Lee Bul
Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin.
Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’.
Yunchul Kim is an artist, an electroacoustic music composer, and the founder of Studio Locus Solus in Seoul. His latest works focus on the artistic potential of fluid dynamics, metamaterials (photonic crystals) and on the context of magnetohydrodynamics. Chroma III (2020) a sculpture looped in a special knot consists of fish-like scales that behave like living and breathing cells. The installation's internal kinetic device causes the polymer layers to change their brightness and colour.