Yesterday there was a very interesting and insightful talk by George Vasey who was initially taught to be an artists, but eventually found himself at the best as a curator. Referring to the earliest (late 14c.) etymology of the word ‘curate’ as ‘to take care of’, with each exhibition Vasey creatively changes the traditional hierarchy and curatorial approach, constantly […]
Today we had a fantastic seminar with the artist and an educator Elly Thomas. Based on work of Eduardo Paolozzi and Philip Guston, Elly encourages artists to be more playful and include some game tactics into practise in order to unleash the creativity. Bellow are some quick notes from the seminar. on P. Guston: […]
Strong and deliberate presentation of the #performance #artist Yingmei Duan by Hanmi Gallery. This very poetic booth arrangement, in which leaves and twigs that the artist was sweeping in the video then seamlessly transferred into the exhibition space, gave us a sense of the artist’s presence. Later in the day we were lucky to meet […]
Today we had a fantastic Photography tour led by a wonderful art historian, critic and curator, professor Jean Wainwright. It’s been a fascinating eye-opening one hour experience that proved once more the endless possibilities of this medium, despite its accessibility. Full of energy and enthusiasm Jean Wainwright unveiled the secrets of what seemed conventional at first glans […]
Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future is the couple’s first major exhibition in UK. Although now Americans, Kabakovs’ art is based on reminiscence of their Soviet Union past. Not coincidentally it is held in the year that is marking 100 years since Russian October Revolution that dramatically changed the course of human history. […]
I’ve been looking forward to this exhibition since I met Dina Akhmadeeva, a contributing editor, on the airplane coming back to London from Venice Biennale in August. Being born and growing up during Soviet Union time I still well remember Soviet propaganda posters that were among the most powerful tools to influence masses. It’s been […]
Gentle activism. Belonging to Kurdish minority in Turkey Bucak speaks out in a very subtle and poetic way about issues of borders, displacement and identity . Since activist art is mostly represented by men we used to the straight forward bold and often bloody placard style art. However I find Bucak’s approach very moving. Being […]
Sheila Hicks is now one of my favourite artists I discovered earlier this year at 57th Venice Biennale is now exhibiting in London. Her impressive colourful textile art awakens the tactile childhood memories of home. Besides the wall art, she challenges the medium to create bold sculptural and sometimes architectural objects. Born in USA in 1934, […]
Jake & Dinos Chapman are known for iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that engage with violence and politics with quite provocative and sarcastic humour. The brothers often use the distance of history to depict the horrifying effects they can have on society, like The Distasters of War in which they disturbingly collage and glitter over famous Fransisco Goya’s etchings that convey […]
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