Painting

Li Songsong: We Have Betrayed the Revolution at Pace London

Li Songsong. Guests Are All Welcome, 2013; Oil on canvas, 120cm x 120cm. Li Songsong: We Have Betrayed the Revolution, 2013; Courtesy Pace Gallery.

It would be easy to come to Li Songsong’s show at Pace London with certain assumptions, projections, and ideas about the last ten years of contemporary painting from China. Assumptions informed by how galleries have vulgarly packaged Chinese contemporary art as a struggle for freer (market) expression. Projections on what it means for an artist to make a painting in post-Deng Xiaoping‘s China. Ideas built[.....]

Trapped in the Wunderkammer at Kadist Art Foundation

What inspires artists? How do they create their work? Today we bring you a video from Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco, documentation of one of seven recent presentations in which artists discuss inspirational objects and ephemera in their private collections. The basis for this project was artist Linda Geary‘s book Studio Visit, which, according to Kadist, “collects impressions from 100 in-studio conversations about art and life. An unexpected[.....]

Taner Ceylan at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Taner Ceylan’s Lost Paintings series, marking the Turkish artist’s first New York solo exhibition since joining the roster of Paul Kasmin Gallery, makes for a suitably impressive debut. Begun in 2010, it consists of ten stunningly detailed hyperrealist paintings, each of which alludes to a particular figure from Turkish history or the canonical Western depictions thereof. Ceylan here aims to upset the attendant nationalist/Orientalist narratives[.....]

Valediction at Electric Works

Hughen/Starkweather. Valediction 3 from the Bay Bridge Series, 2013. Gouache, pencil, and ink on paper.

Today we bring you an article from our San Francisco/Bay Area sister publication Art Practical: a review of the Hughen/Starkweather exhibition at Electric Works. The works in this show use the architecture of the now-closed span of the Bay Bridge as their point of departure. Author Mary Anne Kluth notes, “[they] build a nuanced, haunting portrait of a Bay Area icon.” The article was originally published[.....]

Tsherin Sherpa’s Contemporary Twist On Tibetan Thangka Paintings

Tsherin Sherpa. UNTITLED, 2010; gouache, acrylic and gold leaf on paper; 30 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist

From our friends at Beautiful/Decay, today we bring you paintings by Tsherin Sherpa, who states: “if we [...] analyze these Buddhist images, one will find that they are a means to develop a practitioner’s (Buddhist) goal towards enlightenment, which means that the images are not the ultimate goal but rather a vehicle.” This article was written by Russ Crest and originally published on October 2, 2013. Tsherin[.....]

The Fun of the Fair: Sydney Contemporary

Kim Joon, Bird Land - Chrysler, 2008, digital print, 47 x 83 inches, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, New York, Singapore

Depending on who you ask, anywhere between eight thousand and thirteen thousand people attended the vernissage of the world’s newest art fair, Sydney Contemporary. By the end of three and a half days, the fair had attracted almost twenty-nine thousand visitors eager to see the offerings from eighty-three Australian and international galleries, presenting the work of more than three hundred artists. The physical scale was[.....]

Feodor Voronov at Mark Moore Gallery

I walked into Culver City’s Mark Moore Gallery last Saturday a little road weary, which is quite standard here in L.A. I deliberately marched past the front desk and into the spacious main gallery to investigate a giant double canvas that was prominently featured.  What I saw was a candy-colored jungle of organized visual chaos: crisp geometric shapes that seem to be made of pulled[.....]