Saatchi gallery scores again with last week's START Art Fair. For me, Pangaea was interesting but Start Art Fair was exciting, especially as its a product of the highly successful Global EYE Programme which produced Korean Eye and the Indonesian Art Fair - both of which exhibited at Saatchi. Since 2009, the Global EYE Programme has been organising exhibitions about Asian contemporary art so I only expect that Asian artists will be well-represented in this show. I am a big fan of Asian art, and personally I feel that it has reached its zenith as more and more Asian artists are breaking new grounds in international art in the truest sense of the word, without resorting to hype, shock appeal which some of their European counterparts often do.
Judging from the great turnout during the private view Read More »
I've been up to date with Ai Weiwei's career since the time of his arrest years ago and have also been following him in Instagram. The only artist of his calibre to harness the powers of social media, his ingenious selfies on Instagram and daily snapshots of the people around him - including pictures of his very own son - all seem jovial and humorous and do not reflect his current situation as a political dissident. Yes, he's been posting pictures of his bike with flowers as a protest against the travel restrictions imposed on him by his government, but his real political/social activism continues not through social media but through his art.
It is then a privilege for me to see his works at the Lisson gallery knowing that he is able to produce his art under these circumstances. And while it is easy to be mesmerised about the legend than his actual produce, this exhibition reminds me of Read More »
Phyllida Barlow's new commission at the Duveen galleries at Tate Britain is large, messy, unstable and chaotic. But despite the disarray and all the cardboard, timber and rope hanging about on top of me, it gives a sense that it's all contained chaos. The premise of it all is to address space and how I and the rest of the visitors - who are as perplexed as I am - would interact and get our heads around what's hanging about us.
Where does one start? There is no chronological narrative in this pandemonium and there is nothing beautiful about this monumental sculpture. It's a miss-mash of bricolage, a factory of unfinished or abandoned collage slapped all together in one set by pure chance and without actual intent Read More »
I was very excited to see Art 14 and had great expectations that this one will top last year's fair. I enjoyed last year's exhibition and with the number of international galleries exhibiting, it helped piqued my interest again in Asian art which I didn't have a lot of access to - living in London and Europe for almost 13 years. Thank God for this kind of art fair, I am able to see galleries that I normally won't be able to see here in London.
This year, Art14 seems to be going on the same momentum with a lot of varied art works from all over the world. There are some that I've recently seen at the London Art Fair a few weeks ago and a few other artists and artworks that were already featured last year. Kind of disappointed with that but I don't undermine that these are interesting artworks. Nonetheless, I'm glad I went because I have discovered artists that I haven't known before or haven't known as painters. Read More »
I've been told many times by friends that the Chapman brothers are overrated. Whatever.
I know for a fact that I am always entertained, provoked, perplexed every time I see an exhibition from this duo - with all the flurry of emotions when I see great art. Even in the face of apparent multimedia absurdity such as the Ku Klux Klans hanging about corridors and mini-Ronald Mcdonalds crucified like Jesus, a Jake and Dinos Chapman exhibition will shock your guts out to the point that you laugh like a madman, because somehow it connects with our psyche and voila, it all makes sense. (I see Antony Gormley laughing his heart out watching the masters of history film amongst seated Ku Klux sculptures, and that in itself is a distraction). Read More »
Castiliogne? Does the name ring a bell?
For the Blogger's Event held at the Queen's gallery, Buckingham Palace, Senior curator of Prints and Drawings Martin Clayton sat down and asked me whether I knew Castiliogne. I was in fact invited to this event, the first of its kind held in an institution like this, and here I was, sipping my coffee in this shiny beautiful teacup, with little knowledge about the artist. I was lost as this so-called Lost Genius.
But hang on, I am not pretending to be anything but a mere art blogger and just as I am experimenting and expanding my knowledge about art, the Queen's gallery had hosted a Blogger's event - something that in my past three years of art blogging has never happened before. Read More »
Li Songsong's exhibition at the Pace Gallery is just simply superb. I am actually campaigning to have this exhibition extended because it's that good. Even Ai Weiwei himself has given his stamp of approval by writing two essays about this artist in the show catalogue.
For this show, Li Songsong has taken his inspiration from historical figures and events from his native country China and yet, - and this is the impressive part - reconstructs them, almost sculpturally square by square in massive aluminum-panelled paintings, and abstractly with thick layers of paint. Read More »