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 »
Featuring bonafide and emerging artists from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi's exhibition Pangaea, which opened two months ago is a real attempt to consolidate eclectic art into one package and present it as ONE movement of sorts. The only drawback is that Africa and Latin America are just two super continents by themselves, both marred by different social and historical upheavals too complex and vast to summarise in one solid piece or international trend.
For me, having this kind of mini art-fairs, however, is a step in the right direction especially for those who are interested to see other than the usual fare of retrospectives and one-man exhibitions dominated by major artists. For one, it gives me a snack-able version of big art fairs with a million things to see to something more manageable. Read More »
My first indirect interaction with Martin Creed's work was two years ago when I boarded the HMS Belfast with my colleagues to join the Olympic bell-ringing across the UK. It was Martin's work, entitled Work No 1197 'All the Bells Rung in a Country as Quickly and Loudly as Possible for three minutes' which made the whole country resound bells of any shape and size to greet the Olympics. There I was at the top of the HMS Belfast, ringing my bell vigorously and proudly at 8.12am, joining the cacophony of sounds all around the city and the whole country.
Two years on, I still remember that event as one of the best highlights of London 2012. So when I came to visit Martin Creed's new exhibition at the Hayward gallery, I was expecting another round of bells resounding at the entrance. Instead of bell-ringing, what greeted me was this massive and 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 »
Frieze is here! But before you get into that Frieze pandemonium mode again, you have two days to visit the Bursary Awards 2013 exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Before Frieze, please do check out the works of some of the top emerging contemporary sculptors chosen by RBS. In a few year's time, some of the artists here will be massive and this is a great opportunity to view their works at the early stages of their art career. Next time, we'd need to pay a ticket to see them!
I was able to attend the Sculpture Slam event (back to back talks) and heard a sneak peak of what these sculptors have done. My favourite from this year's group is Shan Hur - a London-based artist who creates embedded sculptures Read More »
Hello, I'm back from a five month blogging hiatus. I've seen a lot of exhibits these past few months but never had a chance to write about them - like Anthony Caro's Park Avenue series at the Gagosian gallery and the amazing Souzou: Outside Art from Japan at the Wellcome Collection which would literally put anybody in shame for not attempting to create art. If you haven't seen it yet, click the link above to watch the video. (I guarantee you'll jump out of your seat to your nearest art shop to buy some paint.)
But now gearing up for my first blog post, (and yes I've had to clear the cobwebs in my mind after having not written anything in five months) my first venture was to see Sarah Morris' exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey. Read More »
If John Lennon's song Imagine can be transformed into a visual language, it would be something like this Disarm exhibition at the Lisson gallery. I think Pedro Reyes' weapons-cum-musical instruments really tune into what is probably the closest thing I've ever seen visual arts do to call for peace. In Disarm, Pedro fashions destroyed weapons into mechanical musical instruments and transforms them into objects with a positive message. And it's not bad too that these instruments are also functional and can be played live or automated by a computer.
There's probably too much to take in here - in fact, I had to deal with a spectrum of emotions when I saw Disarm - as if I was listening to some affecting music. First, as sculptural pieces, they all look beautiful - they are a re-imagining of how musical instruments Read More »