Frida Kahlo – Beyond the Myth

February 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018 at the new Museum of Cultures (MUDEC) in Milan, Italy  (www.mudec.it). 

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Photo credit: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera courtesy of Doppel Standard.

 I don’t profess to be an expert on Frida Kahlo, and I guess it took me a long time, many years in fact, to be persuaded towards her particularly raucous Latino-Mexican aesthetic. The exhibition ‘Frida Kahlo. Beyond the myth’ at MUDEC in Milan is bold in attempting to explode this artist’s very particular myth, provocative and enjoyable; read about it here.

 

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The art and science of small numbers

A brief insight into a particularly English cross-section includes many of Flowers’ more established artists, but is none the less interesting for that. Gavin Turk, Nicola Hicks, John Carter, Clyde Hopkins and Maggi Hambling are just few of those who have staked a claim in a very British version of recent art history. As we live out some kind of Groundhog Day re-acclaimation of the merits of the ‘new art’, there is an endearing sense of refuge to be found in the works inhabiting Flowers’ understated confines. Read all about it here.

Small numbersNatalie Arnoldi, Untitled, 2017, Oil on canvas Image credits: Images © the artist, courtesy of Flowers Gallery

 

In Absentia – Luciano Fabro at Simon Lee, London

Luciano-Fabro-Simon-Lee-Gallery-London-2017I remember being mesmerized on seeing Luciano Fabro’s L’Italia d’oro (1968) for the first time back in the early 1980’s. Fabro’s portrayal of Italy, hung inverted like some heretical carcass, ironically gilded and sacrificed, seemed to me at the time to be the epitome of a disrupted nationalism. Read about Fabro – and what we have all been missing – in this article about this incarnation at Simon Lee Gallery in London, here.

Image courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and the Estate of the Artist 2017.

 

sic transit… Sugimoto at Marian Goodman

Please see here a link to my brief November article for WSI, ‘sic transit gloria mundi’, which looks at the stilled collapse of the cinematic in the work of photographer, artist, pastoral fantasist, thinker and de facto architectural historian, Hiroshi Sugimoto. An array of works are currently on show at Marion Goodman in London and Paris.

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Image: Hiroshi Sugimoto: Paramount Theater, Newark, 2015 Gelatin silver print, Copyright the Artist, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery.

 

Una vista d’Inghilterra in Nero (‘avvitata’)

‘A View of England in Black’* (left) after Luciano Fabro’s L’Italia dell’oro (right) ready to start its tour before joining Benetton’s permanent art collection in Treviso, Italy. Read into the screws (that form the UK), what you will in terms of repression – literary or otherwise. More later as it starts its travels.

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Image credits: Left: © Neil Powell.  All rights reserved 2017. (Photo: the artist). Marine ply, woodscrews, paint. Right: © Luciano Fabro “L’Italia d’oro” (1971). Collezione ARTIS, Flash Art.

*with apologies to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but the titular artistic license/Fabro reference comes first here.

Always Look on the Dark Side of Life – words on Rachel Whiteread

Please see here a link to my October 2017 article for Wall Street International, ‘Always look on the Dark Side of Life’, which looks at some underlying themes in the work of sculptor Rachel Whiteread.

Her works are currently on show at Tate Britain.

With special thanks to Hans van Houwelingen, without whom the story would not have been possible.

Click here to read the article and best wishes as ever.

Photo credit: Rachel Whiteread ‘Untitled (Pink Torso)’, 1995, plaster

© Rachel Whiteread Photo: © Tate (Seraphina Neville and Mark Heathcote)

Source: Always Look on the Dark Side of Life – Wall Street International