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Boomerang — Pascale Marthine Tayou’s vibrant, difficult world at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

[Our U.K. correspondent Katie brings us a review of a thought-provoking show that at first glance might seem cheerful and colorful, but which addresses complicated topics without casting final judgment. — the artblog editors] Pascale Martine Tayou’s first solo London show, Boomerang, is utterly compelling: a global-minded and generous show that takes on some of humanity’s biggest difficulties, both among ourselves, and in our relationship with nature and the environment. The self-taught artist has filled Serpentine Sackler Gallery to its brim with strong colours, visceral textures, and broad-visioned comments on our international community. Born in Cameroon, Tayou works between Yaoundé, Cameroon ... More » »


The artblog Reader Advisor

[This month’s Reader Advisor posts are brought to you by our guest editors, the Nicola Midnight St. Claire, or Nicola, as she sometimes likes to be called. Today: Underbellies of the beasts, or, what lies beneath. — the artblog editors] ‘Fatberg’ is an iceberg made of fat, via the Guardian. ‘Rootsberg’ is an iceberg made of that time when Batman tried to conceal his family roots’ as slave owners, via Variety. ‘Fucksberg’ is an iceberg made out of a SEPTA bus mysteriously exploding into flames, via Philly.com. ‘Tearsberg’ is an iceberg made out of the tears you will cry when your ... More » »

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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: London is mad, and not in the British way; a new app promises to increase reading speed; and one woman turns her identity-theft case into an art show. — the artblog editors] Spray Day, Spray Day! New Street-Art Reality TV Show Premieres, via Variety Station Desecration: London Mad About Mosaic Mistreatment, via the Guardian College Art Project Shuts Down Atlanta Highway; Students At Fault Clearly Aren’t Urban Planning Majors, via ABC News Enjoy This Retrospective of the Berkeley Art Museum Before It Moves, via DailyCal To Preface a Mockingbird: Harper Lee’s New Novel ... More » »


Grayson Perry asks, “Who are you?” at the National Portrait Gallery in London

[Our U.K. correspondent, Katie, considers how a show by Grayson Perry uses news and entertainment media–and how it uses him. — the artblog editors] Since declaring that “it’s about time a transvestite potter won the Turner Prize” back in 2003, Grayson Perry has become a sort of television ambassador for contemporary fine art, tackling juicy topics like the deeply taboo subject of the British class system. Often appearing as his alter ego, the colourfully-dressed Claire, he became famous for using pottery to explore the depths of his own psyche, enjoying the surprising marriage of a traditional craft with explicit and ... More » »


Alex Chinneck’s A Pound of Flesh for 50p –- Planning permission for the unexpected

[Our U.K. correspondent Katie keeps an eye out for Alex Chinneck’s latest architectural art pieces, and reviews one piece that is taking longer than expected to resolve itself. — the artblog editors] If you notice a building doing something strange in the streets of the U.K., there’s a good chance that Alex Chinneck is somehow involved. Twitter is full of exclamations from Londoners who had walked past “Under the Weather But Over the Moon” a thousand times before noticing that the building was upside-down; his other architectural creations slide off the face of houses and hover in mid-air. These large-scale ... More » »

Alex Chinneck, Melting House, in London.  Katie McCallum will explain all.

Posts in the Pipeline – Stories you won’t want to miss on artblog

[artblog guides you through the great Philly art scene.  Our Picks, available by newsletter (subscribe here) curates a trustworthy list of shows and events each month.  But there’s so much more! Posts in the Pipeline tells you what we’ve selected to feature this month. — the artblog editor] Reviews and features this week Evan Laudenslager tells us about two things —a New Yorker Festival show featuring Laurie Anderson, real and live. —the Paul Strand exhibition that just opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michael Carroll explores aspects of portraiture at the Main Line Art Center’s Face Value show. Coming Soon Elizabeth Johnson goes to ... More » »

The Treachery of Sanctuary, Chris Milk.

Shaping the Digital Revolution at the Barbican, London

[Our London correspondent, Katie, takes us through a group exhibition focusing on the progression of digital art since its inception; she also offers thoughts about where the medium will take us next. – the artblog editors] Any exciting new trend or tendency in the art world will find itself, sooner or later, the subject of a large, high-profile show hoping to act as the herald for the next big thing. Such shows often become the focal point around which lively debates and controversies play themselves out. The Digital Revolution show at the Barbican Centre, London, is just such an exhibition. ... More » »

Giulio Paolini ESSERE O NO ESSERE Macro - Roma a cura di Bartolo

Slipping out of the picture –- Giulio Paolini’s To Be Or Not To Be at the Whitechapel Gallery, London

[Katie delves into the magic and mathematical inspiration behind Giulio Paolini’s work, which tackles the role of the viewer, tongue firmly in cheek. — the artblog editors] Giulio Paolini’s retrospective show at the Whitechapel Gallery reads like a playful pursuit in a hall of mirrors; the viewer may hunt the artist all they like, but all they will find is their own gaze, reflected and deflected through a teasingly self-referential maze. Paolini’s work is a witty exploration of the encounter between the work and the viewer, his own role constantly questioned, upturned and visibly sliced out of the picture. Capturing ... More » »

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Dead space in a crowded city — Turning London’s empty warehouses into creative communities

[Katie takes an in-depth look at how rising housing costs are pushing some London artists to get creative, and live communally. — the artblog editors] London is an expensive city. Reports abound of broom-closets with toilets next to the bed going for exorbitant rates of rent, in a city plagued by homelessness and poverty. It is also home to a vibrant arts scene, with four major universities churning out batches of exciting young artists with wild ideas and a lot more drive than money. The rise of a new community center It’s no surprise, then, to find a thriving scene ... More » »


United in light — Darren Almond’s To Leave a Light Impression and Dale Chihuly’s Beyond the Object in London

[Katie explores two London shows that treat light in very different ways, from moonlit nature photographs to abstract, colorful glass sculptures — the artblog editors] Light does much to connect us with the world. Its ricocheting rays tell volumes about what’s around us, from the expression on the face of a friend to the condition of a distant star. It’s little wonder, then, that light is an object of fascination and exploration for artists, who play with perceptions that most of us take for granted. Darren Almond‘s long-exposure moonlight photos, now showing at White Cube, play explicitly with the idea ... More » »

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