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Video art has never held much of an appeal to me. In part, this is because it seems to take so much time, and inevitably when you come across it in a gallery it’s always half way through, meaning you either miss some of it, watch the end before the start, or wait for the loop to complete before watching from the beginning. Frankly, I rarely have time for this. However, the problem of time was something I was determined to avoid at the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair in London and I fully intended to watch all of the video art on offer.
The Inaugural exhibition of the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair last October 13 to 16 featured a selection of single-channel videos, video sculptures and other larger video installations by 28 artists, represented by 28 galleries and non-profit institutions from across the globe. (more…)
Wellcome Trust's exhibit called Miracles and Charms is a respite from the Frieze-netic atmosphere of the past month and from the latest da Vinci saga of the National Gallery. I got tickets for Leonardo but will be postponing it until a time when I won't be kicked out after 30 minutes of viewing! In Wellcome Trust, I can take all my sweet time to peruse the artworks without having to worry about the Leonardo-hungry crowd who want to take a piece of the newly discovered Salvador Mundi painting. In contrast, Magic and Charms is a very small and intimate show which explores the relationship between art and religion.
Not a new concept indeed if one has just been in other museums on a medieval trip. Religion has had an awful long winding road from being a cult of praise to being a subject of irony and indifference. And now here comes this exhibit (more…)
Wouldn't you want to go back to the 20s and meet the greatest artists of all time? If you haven't seen the movie Midnight Paris yet, try to catch a glimpse of Woody Allen in one of his finest. The boy wonder is not running out of ideas! And that makes me want to shrivel in one corner and curl myself in shame. I must admit, after Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, I thought Woody's touch would start slipping away.
First, the movie has Paris as its backdrop and just by that, I've already fulfilled my silly obsession with the city of lights. Midnight in Paris is a light hearted take on time travel with a character named Gil, who is a Hollywood hack scriptwriter attempting to pen a novel in Paris. Although it is really a feel-good movie and so much easy to grasp than his older films, the concept of nostalgia has never had an auteur slash comic treatment this way. (more…)
Do you believe the world will end this December 2012? Well, apparently some artists think we are a time-bomb waiting to happen if we don't change our ways. These artists came together for a special exhibit called the Project 2012 at the Left Gallery in London first week of October. I missed this first series of the planned rolling exhibition but was in touch with Lucia Burbano, head of PR and media, to tell me more about the concept of the show.
Project 2012 aims to stimulate dialogue on the end of the world theories, focusing on our self-destructive patterns as the likely cause of our impending doom. The first exhibition held last October was a huge success and the next exhibit would be held in February as a countdown towards December 2012. Seeing what's happening in the news lately (more…)
There's something about artists that get discovered quite late in life - they are like wine, they get better with age - such as the late Louise Bourgeois who became a critically-acclaimed artist at the age of 70 and went on to change the face of modern and contemporary art.
Phyllida Barlow seems to be the next Bourgeois, in the same breadth of class and momentum. According to this article, Phyllida was an art teacher to the likes of Angela de la Cruz and Rachel Whiteread and only started to receive some acclaim well into her retirement age. But seeing her show at the Hauser and Wirth, there's no doubt we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg of Phyllida's art. (more…)
It is hard to imagine a world without Monet and his water lilies, and so much more without Edgar Degas and his ballerinas. Ever since I saw Degas' works at the Musee d' Orsay, I was introduced to a fascinating behind-the-scenes world of ballet dancers, which were more interesting than the actual spectacle.
Clearly, ballet was the domain of Edgar Degas, who was known to be a fixture of the Paris Opera in the late 19th century in his attempt to capture movement and beauty. But in this exhibit at the Royal Academy of Art, there was so much more about Degas that I didn't know. I expected only to be bombarded by images of ballerinas, but the exhibit also focused on his creative process and his experimentation with the technological advances of his time. (more…)
I can't help feeling pessimistic seeing the exhibit Shape of Things to Come at the Saatchi Gallery. In some way, I'm glad that it would soon be over and that contemporary art would hopefully come back to being glorious. With warped cars, ghost-like wax figures, unfired clay female nudes and orgies of faceless sculptures, there's nothing more depressing than having this exhibit tell me that contemporary sculpture has completely lost its faith in its own self and society.
But I have tenacious unbendable belief in the brighter side of things so I am always quick to circumvent these kinds of disastrous thoughts. The only way for me to appreciate The Shape of Things to Come is to look for my favorite pieces and not view the exhibit as one whole picture. So here are my favorites: (more…)