Arts ~ Festival of Life and Infinity Nets.

The famed Japanese avant-garde sculptor and painter, Yayoi Kusama is coming back around again to debut new infinity rooms next month in New York.

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The show will open on 02 November and take place at three separate David Zwirner locations: downtown, Chelsea and the Upper East Side. There will be two new Infinity Mirror Rooms and of course the artist’s signature polka dots. Expect lots of colourful  lights downtown, cool stainless steel orbs in Chelsea and a lovely painting series uptown. Get ready to queue up and enjoy the art and Instagram mania.

Festival of Life and Infinity Nets are on view at David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street and 34 East 69th Street, November 2–December 16, 2017.

Arts ~ 村上 隆

Contemporary Tokyo-born artist, Takashi Murakami unveiled a new exhibition, “Learning the Magic of Painting” this week in Paris.

The mixed media works feature pop art blended with Japanese culture from A to Z: anime, Buddha, cartoon characters and dragons to traditional Zen. The bright and cute items span three spaces with colourful psychedelic themes.

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The first floor pays homage to the British painter, Francis Bacon with a series of sensational sculptures. Then there’s a room filled with textured tiles of the artist’s signature skulls. The other space shows over 15 painted handbags accompanied by paintings. For viewers, this will be art on a different level.

Explore the exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin which is on display until 23 December.

 

 

Art ~ Philip Guston at Hauser & Wirth

Sometimes I visit art galleries in the evening after work. Something always stands out. Today it was the painting seen below. Canadian painter and printmaker, Philip Guston uses abstract expressionism with cartoon vibes to create vibrant works. Most of the pieces highlight social realism. The exhibition, Philip Guston: Painter, 1957 – 1967 is on until 29 July 2016 at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea, New York.

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This is during Philip Guston’s transition period. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Art ~ Alibis: Sigmar Polke

Former German painter and photographer, Sigmar Polke is bringing his foundation of capitalist realism to New York.

Sigmar Polke was a highly influential postwar generation artist who highlighted art, history, social, political and traditional aspects of German culture in his works.

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From using unconventional materials, numerous mediums are explored which blur the boundaries in art.There are 250 powerful works which include drawings, films, installations, paintings and prints. Imagery features art history, cartoons, current affairs and scenes from Polke’s private life.

At an early age, Polke was fond of consumer goods during a time of deprivation.Thus, he experimented with raw materials such as fabric, detergent, paint, coal, tape and bubble wrap to find his own artistic style as a way to defy authority. The composition resulted in figurative abstraction and mocking minimalism and conceptualism.

Polke’s pieces depict valued ideas and meanings from the past. In all, the works make viewers question what is/was as they are amused. The MoMA is presenting the exhibition to convey a retrospective variety of Polke’s subject matter. Get ready for confusion and amazement while trying to discover alibis in contemporary art.