Luca Resta, une méditation sur le presque-plus-rien

Galerie Italienne, Septembre 2019 La Galerie Italienne présente, avec Azad Asifovich pour commissaire, les derniers travaux d’un jeune artiste italien né en 1982, Luca Resta, qui commente et transfigure ce qu’on est tenté de qualifier de « presque plus rien ». Interrogé par Michel Serres en 1971, à une époque où la télévision osait encore échapper au…

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Piero Manzoni : exploring the economics of artistic aura

As anyone who has an interest in post-war art will probably know, Piero Manzoni (1933 – 1963) is mostly known for one of the most provocative gestures in the history of art, the famed Merda d’Artista (1961), or “artist’s shit”.  It consists of ninety cans of – supposedly – his own faeces, tinned in small…

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Luc Tuymans, portraits of the Plague

Palazzo Grassi, Venice, May 2019 Palazzo Grassi holds a major solo exhibition of the work of Luc Tuymans, a Belgian artist born in 1958, who currently lives and works in Antwerp. He studied fine arts at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels, (1979–1980) and at the Koninklijke Academie voor…

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Garry Fabian Miller

Photo London – 2019 If I were to be asked which artists triggered my interest the most at the Photo London art fair this year, I would certainly include Garry Fabian Miller. He is certainly not a discovery, considering that Garry Fabian Miller was born in Bristol in 1957, and that his work is present…

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“Wedding” by Vlada Ralko

Voloshyn Gallery – Kyiv, 16 May 2019 – 30 June 2019 The Voloshyn Gallery in Kyiv presents a solo exhibition by Vlada Ralko, an artist who is progressively building a rich and coherent oeuvre which clearly deserves attention. Vlada Ralko is already a well-established artist. Born in 1969 in Kyiv, she graduated from the T.H.…

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Kaari Upson and the tragedy of the self

There is no such thing as outside, Arsenale, Venice Biennale, 2019 “There is no such thing as outside” is an installation by Kaari Upson, an American artist born in 1972 who lives and works in Los Angeles. An important part of Kaari Upson’s earlier career relates to The Larry Project, a series which includes installations,…

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The crime of Mr Adolf Loos…

…and the rebellion against the straight line Exhibition curated by Alistair Hicks, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, 16 March – 25 May 2019 The idea of the exhibition is particularly interesting, and to some degree provocative as the title suggests. The well-know 1908 essay of Adolf Loos, “Ornament and crime”, identified simplicity, “purity”, as the key…

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