I had both heard about and studied the famed White Cube Gallery but I had never been until last week. White Cube has multiple locations in London and a gallery in Hong Kong. I decided to visit the one closest to me, White Cube Mason’s Yard. Not knowing what works were on view, I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was contemporary Korean artist Park Seo-Bo. In an exhibition titled Ecriture 1967-1981 Park Seo-Bo’s monochromatic pieces were created by painting the canvas and drawing over the paint before it is completely dry.
Ecriture No. 8-69 // Park Seo-Bo // Pencil & oil on canvas // 1969 // 130 cm x 130 cm
Ecriture No. 42-74 // Park Seo-Bo // Pencil & oil on canvas // 1969 // 79.5 x 80 cm
Steps // Alfredi Pirri // 2011
As I entered the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome I was unsure if I should continue. The main entrance was covered with broken mirrors. There were statues on the glass but no one was walking near this cracked floor. Was this a work on display? I searched around trying to find a wall didactic and initially couldn’t find one. So, cautiously I decided to walk over the glass. As I made my journey over the fractured mirrors I looked down, watching myself walk over the work of art. I became part of the work.
The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Part I // Jimmy Cauty // 2013
I don’t know about you but I was pretty disappointed when I was unable to obtain a ticket for Banksy’s Dismaland in September. But I was more than ecstatic to learn that one of the works on display at Dismaland I could now see in London. Located in a warehouse by Hoxton Station is Jimmy Cauty’s New Bedford Rising Model Village Experience known as The Aftermath Dislocation Principal. This 448 square foot (1:87 scale) model shows the dystopian city of Bedford being run by the police force. You can see the Princess of Cambridge being taken out of the crumbling city and a “drive -through” McDonalds where a truck has actually driven through the building.
M50 is known throughout Shanghai as the city’s contemporary arts district. Home to over 100 art galleries, M50 has transformed itself from a former factory site to a bustling and inventive contemporary art scene. Leading up to the gallery center is the famed artists’ wall. The entire wall is decorated with graffiti works that are constantly changing, echoing the rapidly evolving world of contemporary art.
Los Angeles has a new contemporary art museum! The Broad Museum opened this past September in downtown LA and is free to all, just so long as you reserve a ticket online in advance. Seems simple enough. However, these tickets are a coveted item at the moment. People have to book months in advance due to the museum’s popularity. The 2,000 work collection includes a wide range of artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring and Yayoi Kusama. After months of anticipation I finally had the opportunity to visit the Broad. Here are a few of my favorite works.
Under the Table // Robert Therrien // 1994
Untitled // Jasper Johns // oil on encaustic on canvas (4 panels) // 1975
In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow // Takashi Murakami // Acrylic on canvas // 2014
Goldfish Bowl // Roy Lichtenstein // Painted & patinated bronze // 1977
Untitled // Jean-Michel Basquait // Acrylic & oilstick on canvas // 1981
Stop and Frieze. It’s time for Frieze Art Fair London! Located in Regent’s Park is a massive white pavilion housing over 160 contemporary art galleries. Artists and galleries from around the world come to London to showcase their newest pieces. Winding through the various galleries you are sure to discover pieces that will make you stop and frieze. Frieze Art Fair ends tomorrow so be sure to check it out. Here are a few of my favorites.
High at Windanesa // Mary Weatherford // 2015 // Flashe and neon on linen // 93 x 79 inches // David Kordansky Gallery
Hub, London Studio // Do Ho Suh // 2015 // polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes // 84.33 x 119.49 x 74.92 inches // Edition of 3 // Lehmann Maupin Gallery