The space under this giant spider-like sculpture at the the massive Roppongi Hills mega-shopping-dining-hotel-condo-museum-whatever building complex is popular meeting point in the heart of Tokyo.
“F— You Sunset” is a crotcheted art work by Turkish artist Servet Kocyigit – Artist Bio and was recently on show by Rampa Gallery of Istanbul at the 2013 Frieze Art Fair NY.
We’re at the second annual Frieze Art Fair in New York City today, an ambitious event started by influential U.K. art magazine Frieze. Below are some pictures of the venue, including pix of the dramatic entrance to the long, snaking tenets that house the event, which we got to via a ferry up the East River, and our Fair Map.
Massively influential Chinese artist Zao Wou Ki died in Switzerland earlier this month at the age of 92, though we just found out about his passing now. Born and raised in China, Zao later studied and launched his career in Paris and became one of the important voices in establishing Europe’s avant-garde. He was also the biggest-selling living Chinese artist, and in recent years one of the biggest-selling artists in the world, as the New York Times obituary points out:
Mr. Zao’s paintings, which are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern, among others, have sold at auction in recent years for between $1 million and $2 million each. Since 2011, when sales of his paintings totaled $90 million, art journals and art dealers have frequently referred to him as the top-selling living Chinese artist.
Below is the Getty photo the New York Times photo published with the obituary. (Thanks, Ryan, for the tip!)
We’ve been seeing a resurgence the past couple of weeks of fresh street art work from the artist Dain in SoHo, in downtown New York City. This new series of wheat-pastes are smaller in dimensions than the pieces pasted up in recent years and are slightly more complex collages than the previous work. We can really see Dain’s work evolving and growing, though we like the larger scale of the older series.
Photos of “Untitled” red amaca by influential German artist Rosemarie Trockel at the Sprueth Magers gallery space at the recent 2013 Armory Show in New York City. We’re a fan of her work in general, though we’re not so enthralled by this artwork as much as we are by its color. But we do like it more than an a close art critic friend of ours who quipped apathetically that the piece “it would look cool as rug in our living room.”
Another mesmerizing low-res LED video panel by artist Jim Campbell. We’re fans of his work in general.
Below are still images from “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” a 2012 documentary about legendary performance-art star Marina Abramovic. We stumbled upon a re-broadcast of the film doc on HBO a couple of weeks ago and watched it again for a second time. As an artist, Marina is controversial, and critics and the public had mixed feelings about the sensational, provocative 2010 MoMA retrospective of her work. The documentary is about her career and the months of preparation for the MoMA exhibition, as well as the days throughout the run of the show itself.
This iconic photograph of late Apple Computer founder and CEO Steve Jobs was shot by New York-based Scottish photographer Albert Watson. The image was used in the book cover design of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling 2011 biography of Jobs. The photo was part of a recent retrospective exhibition of Watson’s photography career at the Deichtorhallen museum’s Haus Der Photographie in Hamburg, Germany.
These fur-covered hand grenades by Hungarian artist Kata Legrady are part of a series of works where ordnance and weapons are covered with the materials of luxury. The grenades were recently on show in New York by the Pekin Fine Arts gallery at the Armory Show. The artist is based in Hannover, Germany.
“Play Dead; Real Time” by Scottish artist Douglas Gordon is a massive video installation currently at MoMA in New York. The artwork is made of two huge projection screens and a small TV monitor that show video (see below at bottom of post) of a single circus elephant that had been transported to the Gagosian gallery in New York City. The trained pachyderm was filmed at the gallery obeying a series of commands. The footage was made from multiple cameras as tracking shots. The work is fascinating, mesmerizing, and sublime if not a wee bit unsettling.
We love this photo by influential British photographer Martin Parr. The image is part of a series of photos shot in China. It shows a Chinese military officer taking a photo of a car and model at the Beijing Motor Show. Parr has recently had an exhibition of his recent work at Pekin Fine Arts, a major gallery in Beijing. We caught some of this work at the gallery’s booth at the recent Armory Show in New York City.