Every year the Gladstone Hotel hosts Come Up To My Room, a design event where artists are invited to take over rooms and halls of the historic hotel with art installations. The Gladstone has a long history in supporting artists with this annual event, an artist in residency programs, and have unique rooms designed by artist. This year’s highlights I really enjoyed Patrick Li’s Fortune Room, where the artist saved discarded fortune cookie fortunes repurposed into wall art and a carpet of […]
Mitchell F. Chan‘s exhibition Art & Inactivism is a larger conversation about the voice in public political discourse, a very charged and timely topic in today’s political climate. Visually there is a ephemeral beauty of watching two vapour rings appear with dramatic accelerated force and then gently disappear in their collision. The visual speed, velocity and impact in the softness of colliding clouds.
Franz Erhard Walther’s sculptural work at The Powerplant explores the relationship of the viewer, their body, space, and the intimacy of interactions between. The room is piled with 58 precisely folded packages of cotton fabric. The sculptures only materialize once ‘activated’ by the viewers. There is a meditative quality to the unrolling / folding of the fabric. Once activated and inside the material you feel enveloped in a strange sense of quiet and focus of the intimate space you are occupying.
The permanent collection is home to a trove of powerful works of art that engage you physically within this massive space in the presence of encompassing works. Work by Louise Bourgeois, Sol Lewitt, Fred Sandback, On Kawara, Robert Smithson, John Chamberlain, Michael Heizer and more.
The Dia : Beacon is one of my favorite institutions because of their commitment to site-specific large scale installations, the spectacular gallery space, and the serene setting. Dan Flavin’s works are perfectly held in zig zag walls and enclaves that allow his work to glow with intensity and brightness. Famous Richard Serra Torqued Ellipses envelope you in a perfect balance of dark and light, warm and cold, silent and peaceful, calm and hopeful. This summer’s temporary exhibition is Robert Irwin’s […]
The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is a private, by appointment only, exhibition space located in Greenwich Connecticut on a gorgeous expansive property shared by the polo grounds. Upon arriving at the foundation, you are greeted by a massive Urs Fischer (Big Clay) sculpture and a few Richard Serra cubes. I had the misconception of expecting a Jeff Koons Balloon dog (which was sold a few years ago) and Puppy which actually located across the street at Brant’s private residence and is […]
The Design Museum of Holon is easily accessible and worth a visit, as it just a quick bus ride away from central Tel Aviv. Just the experience of entering the hollow central courtyard then flowing up the ramp, and feeling the gentle warmth radiating off the building as you enter the main exhibition hall is really special, and slightly reminiscent of being in a Richard Serra sculpture. Jamie Hayon’s work filled both gallery spaces, bringing forward an exhaustive collection of his glassware, […]
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an expansive compound comprised of three buildings. The Herta and Paul Amir building is a modern angular building designed by architect Preston Scott Cohen. Once inside the stairways and halls give way to multiple levels of light filled gallery spaces. The museum programming supports a perfect balance of Israeli artists as well as internationally renowned arts. The portrait show on view gave an interesting variety of traditional portraiture like Pinchas Litvinosky from early 1920s, to more […]
I have dreamed of visiting The Hirschorn for many many years, and when I finally arrived with great pleasure to see this work by Shana Lutker. At The Hub of Things brought together the best work from the Hirschorn permanent collection, marvellously curated the donut shaped building.
Wonder is a perfect titled for this stellar exhibition which brought together contemporary artists working in large scale installation with unique materials like reclaimed wood, glass marbles, and plastic bugs. Vibrant, colourful, and engaging. The Renwick is the contemporary arm of the Smithsonian.
MOVE! is a 3 day interactive art experience hosted at Brookfield Place – where fashion and fine art come together and put the viewer in the center of the work. I attended the previous MOVE! held at PS1 back in 2010 and was great to see this year’s iteration more family friendly with loads of children engaging with art and having a blast. My favorite collaboration from both years was Cynthia Rowley & Olaf Breuning. They designed an artwork and installed cups […]
Storm King is my favorite end of summer get away. Convenient 1.5 hour drive up the Hudson, the 500 acre property is filled with massive sculptures. This year’s featured artist is Linda Bengalis, who created a series of towering textured fountains. My favorite piece, Hills and Clouds, made of phosphorescent polyurethane that almost mirrored the iridescent glow of the setting sun against hills in the distance. Maya Lin’s Wavefield is not to be missed, 15 foot waves built and swell […]
Tree of Codes creative roots were inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s book by the same name, which is considered more a work of art in its own right than a work of pure literature. Music composition by Jamie XX, visual conception by Olafur Eliasson, and choreography by Wayne McGregor – every aspect of this performance was transporting and beautifully mesmerizing. Layering was the key transgressive feature of the performance – the layering of the sound, the layering in the depths of […]
Doel is a small village just outside of Antwerp – once a thriving town where the inhabitants serviced the local powerplant, now has become an massive graffiti haven. In 2008 Doel supposed to be demolished to make room for the expansion of the Port of Antwerp. With some 200 inhabitants refusing to leave, and the eventual economic crisis in 2008, the plans were stalled and Doel became an erie ghost town. The empty, boarded up houses became the perfect canvas […]
In recent years, museums have begun hosting fashion-centric exhibitions as hot ticket events to engage younger audience. Bozar Contemporary Museum in Brussels exhibition Unexpected Fashion Story, aka Belge et la Bête showcased the most talented fashion designers to come out of Belgium. Not only is the clothing elaborate works of fine art, design, and artisanal craftsmanship, but what I found the most captivating was the exhibition design. The placement of the wall text narratives on giant framed slabs of plywood, the shop […]
The Palazzo Grassi houses exhibitions of the personal collection of François Pinault. For this exhibition Rudolf Stingel carpeted the entire 5000 sq meter, multi level palace in this rich warm oriental rug textile. Hung on these carpeted walls were large scale black and white paintings, and massive oil paintings that almost look like burnished metal. This reflected painted technique we saw a few years ago at the Stingel exhibition at the Whitney.
Sounds, lights, noise and film, Philippe Parreno fills the Park Avenue Armory with a visceral experience. At different stages the lights would dim, certain sculptures would flash, others would chime. The piano keys would magically move and dance on their own with no music to accompany the phantom performer.
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a stunning art destination which I highly recommend, just a quick hour by train north of Copenhagen. Peter Doig is one of my favorite painters, so it was a great pleasure to see this encompassing exhibition featuring more than thirty of his large scale paintings. The show was hung beautifully, in a way that allowed each painting to stand alone. Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh, but spent some time in his teenage years […]
To mark the demolition of Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar factory, Kara Walker built a giant sphinx-like sculpture from sugar, surrounded by little childlike melting candied figures. The impact came from not only the sheer size of the sculpture, but how it filled the dark hollowed abandoned space with radiating glow. There is a very clear narrative of the labourers working the sugar cane fields, the factory workers that refined the sugar, and the irony of the grueling work to produce such a […]
While in Reykjavik I managed to visit the Listasafn art museum as well as the sister institute that houses the contemporary collection called Kjarvalsstadir. The main art museum is a small retro building, I especially liked the bronze writing on the wall by Hulda Hakon. At the contemporary gallery housing an interesting variety of very self referential pop infused art. Like this lego sculpture of Reykjavik’s famous Hallgrimskirkja church, with little icons of Lisa and Snowball from the Simpsons. The nightmarish […]
It’s always a good thing when your outfit matches the artwork. Not quite as chic as PariDust Fashion-Meets-Art Instagram, but diving on these acid washed denim cushions was as much fun as it looks. Korakrit Arunanondchai installation repurposes denim as a discourse between history, current times, appropriation of western culture and Thai youth culture.
Toronto’s Design Xchange is an institution dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence across all different art forms from furniture, architecture, fashion, industrial design. This Is Not A Toy was co-curated by Pharrell Williams, and brings to the forefront of popular culture design and art a collection of sculptures and figurines. With artists like Kaws, Huck Gee, the driving force of the Art Toy movement.
Revok, a Los Angeles native and renowned graffiti artist made a special presentation at the MOCA LA for the release of his book Made in Detroit. The artist spray painted and stickered the cover of these limited edition copies live in front of a huge crowd of fans.
Actual Size is a small space with a compelling program tucked away in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. The show Rogue Locomotives paired sculptor Benjamin Reiss with abstract paintings by Conor Thompson. An articulate maze of cartoon like elements at once imbedded while simultaneously moving through the sculpture’s cogs. A contemporary nod to the Futurists mechanics with vibrant colours.
Most impactful beautiful pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia was, for me, Vadim Zakharov’s Danae. Only women were allowed downstairs where gold coins rained down upon us. These coins were hoisted up through the levels of the pavilion with a crude bucket, into an intricate conveyor system to rain and repeat. Ai Weiwei’s installation of 886 handcrafted wooden stools stacked and suspended in the pavilion. British Pavilion showed works by Jeremy Deller, highlighting all good things British with a […]
The Rennie Collection, nestled in Vancouver’s Chinatown district, is one of Canada’s largest contemporary art collections. Admission is free, but visits are strictly by appointment only (book it online). The private collection shows emerging contemporary artists, both Canadian and international, and the visits are lead by their engaging, insightful and articulate staff. The space is beautiful, with high ceilings and intimate gallery space that encourages a more intimate connection with the work then what you usually experience in a museum or commercial […]
Six Things at the Jewish Museum brings together video and sculptural works by the design team Sagmeister and Walsh known for their identity branding work, and especially their unique and dynamic typography. The duo use everyday materials like cups of coffee, sugar cubes, and cream to create these engaging narratives of everyday mantras to increase daily happiness. The six things are : If I Don’t Ask I Won’t Get Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development Be More Flexible It Is Pretty Much […]
One of the greatest surrealists of all time, I was so excited to visit the Musée Magritte in Brussels. Not surprisingly most of Magritte’s iconic works are owned by international institutions, but it was worth the trip to learn about his early history and see his evolution through his early works on display. Keep your eyes open in the elevator… it’s a very cheeky ride. If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation […]
Ron Mueck makes hyperrealistic human figures in distorted and uncomfortable scale. From very small man on a tiny pool mat, to a larger than life couple under a beach umbrella. I wrote my graduating thesis on the exploration of Ron Mueck’s sculptures through Slavoj Žižek and Lacanian psychoanalysis… yes dark, deep, and very analytical. It was a great pleasure to visit his new works; seemingly relaxed vacation mis-en-scène intimate, serene, yet surreal and uneasy.
The entrance of the MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Rome is stunning angular interior designed by French architect Odile Decq. At once dark with strong metal surfaces balanced by glass and bright lights the space very much complemented to the expansive exhibition space within. Jimmie Durham’s exhibition titled Streets of Rome and Other Stories uses materials like Romanesque furniture, smashed glass, bring symbols of nature, civility and human presence. I especially liked the cast dog sculpture sat patiently watching a silver cast bone hung […]