Contemporary Art Week


Maison Margiela Couture Spring/Summer 2017

In creative director John Galliano’s latest Maison Margiela Couture collection, snpachat filters come to life and reality is beautifully altered. Maison Margiela is known for the deconstructionist and oft-surrealist principles of its founder. 

Taking something apart and rebuilding it with off-center skew is as much a part of the house’s DNA as those signature cloven-toe shoes. The controversial Galliano didn’t disappoint; taking that cloven-toe motif and amping up the bizarre factor for this instant-classic couture collection.

01.04.66 by Zao Wou-ki (赵无极). 1966. Oil on canvas.

French-Chinese painter Zao Wou-ki was at the forefront of contemporary Chinese art in the 20th century. Born in Beijing in 1920, Zao studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou before moving to Paris. There, he developped an abstract style using large-scale canvases, often assembled into diptychs and triptychs, that he titled using the date of completion. Zao’s given name, 无极, which means ‘without limits’, is fitting when one sees the energetic slashes of paint that sweep across his works. Zao passed away in Switzerland in 2013.

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a concept™ for your consideration: shitty and lardo have had arguments. it happens when you’ve been best friends for almost 4 years. people disagree. but after The Great Performance-Artist-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named Debacle of 2014, bitty has to enact a haus-wide ban on anyone uttering marina abramovic’s name, punishable by fine and loss of pie privileges (lardo thinks she’s a talentless hack and shitty credits her with reinventing the conception of postmodernism. it’s maybe the worst fight they’ve ever had)


Gazing on Identity / Menewarang Identitas by FX Harsono (胡丰文). 2016.

A founding member of of Indonesia’s Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Movement), Javanese-Chinese contemporary artist FX Harsono is widely recognized for his performance and installation art as a response to the former dictatorial Suharto regime and subsequent violence against Indonesia’s Chinese minority. Into the 21st century, Harsono’s primary focus has shifted from critique of politics to exploration of identity within the Chinese-Indonesian community.

Gazing on Identity is Harsono’s most recent solo exhibition that examines the controversy of Chinese identity documents and the suspicion that surrounds them. The exhibit’s components range from installations of wooden blocks, digital prints, and LED lights to traditional drawings and oil on canvas. These varying mediums are unified under the theme of juxtaposing documented identity with cultural identity.

“For the Chinese, although they were born in Indonesia, they are still considered as migrant. Apart from Indonesian Citizenship certificate, they must also have other documents, where this regulation is not applied to ‘real’ Indonesians. The dichotomy of real-migrant, free-bonded, is presented in this work.” -FX Harsono.

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FINAL WEEK! Flatlands brings together paintings by five emerging artists—Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin.

Orion Martin (b. 1988), Bakers Steak, 2015. Oil on canvas, 51 ½ in. × 35 ½ in. (130.8 × 90.17 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Object of the Week: Material Culture, Beth Lipman, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 2008. 2010.4.43.

Artists working with vessel forms have had difficulty in making work that is truly appreciated as sculptural. Blown glass vessels inevitably create associations with vases, drinking glasses, and containers, and it is difficult to deny the functionality of these forms. Lipman does not try to alter her traditional forms or to bypass their function. Instead, she creates new meanings and contexts for them. Material Culture is made up of a tower of different kinds of vessels, all blown by Lipman, which overwhelms a too-small table. The abundance of objects comments on present-day and historical cultures of excess. It also makes reference to the amassing of large collections of objects, such as the collections housed in this Museum. As in the Dutch paintings that have deeply influenced Lipman’s work, each element of this still life is carefully and individually rendered, and the whole is symbolic of the fragility and transience of earthly delights. Some of the vessels in this still life are intentionally broken. Lipman has also placed a few glass fragments on the sculpture’s display platform.

This week: go behind classic album covers with MoMA Film, Greater New York opens at MoMA PS1​, MoMA Art Lab for kids explores the creative process, and much more.  

[Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis. 2012. USA. Directed by Roddy Bogawa. Courtesy the artist]


Zhao Bandi (赵半狄), Panda Fashion Show. 2007/2009. Performance art. 

Best known for his works featuring a toy panda, Zhao Bandi is a Beijing-based contemporary artist whose take on the banality and humdrum of modern metropolitan life is both lighthearted and subversively critical. In Panda Fashion Show, Zhang designs 31 panda-themed outfits based off a diverse array of positions in society, from a primary school student, to prostitute, to stockholder. Through the fashion show, Zhang illuminates the way economic liberalization has impacted consumer ideology across every walk of Chinese society. 

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rice counting exercise - marina abramovic || pietro menditto
Participants will sit down at a table and count two different types of grain for six hours non-stop. The aim of performing this exercise is to develop endurance, concentration, perception, self-control and willpower. It will allow the public to stretch their physical and mental limits. Marina Abramovic Institute MAI, Milano Salone del Mobile 2014


Miami Art Week: Mana Urban Art Projects x Bushwick Collective Block Party

GIfs by @samcannon

Watch out Miami, Bushwick is coming to town. We had to show some pride and check out the artists preparing their new pieces in Wynwood for the Bushwick Collective block party. There are 55 artists. The paint sponsor: Kobra. This has Perrier written all over it.

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Co-organized by the Whitney and Centre Pompidou, Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner celebrates a promised gift of American and international work from the 1960s to the present day. See works by Diane Arbus, Christopher Wool, Laura Owens, and more through March 6. 

This week at MoMA: Björk opens, MoMA Film celebrates director Wim Wenders, an exhibition of new acquisitions from some 40 international artists goes on view, and much more. 

[Björk. Still from “All Is Full of Love.“ 1999. Directed by Chris Cunningham. Courtesy Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian]