Archive for January 2019

‘Candy Nations’ series sparks controversy in NYC

A sculptural installation in New York City is causing controversy due to its content and proximity to Ground Zero. Candy Nations, created by French artist Laurence Jenkell in 2011 for the G20 Summit in Cannes, features 20 nine-foot tall sculptures of wrapped candy weighing in around 1,450 pounds each. The wrapper for each showcases a […]

Singapore exhibition features an unexpected star

What do a series of books featuring cut outs and found objects, the National Museum of Singapore’s exhibition ‘Unhomed Belongings’, and Kill Bill have in common? Well-known Hollywood actress and TV start, Lucy Liu, that’s what. The Charlie’s Angels star isn’t new to the art scene, either, but we’ll get to that. First, let’s talk […]

Make it new! Jan Dibbets and medieval art at the French national library

On a lovely spring afternoon in April 2014, Charlotte Denoël, chief curator of medieval manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the French national library in Paris, invited the Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets to consult some documents she felt might be of interest to him. The two had met previously and she had already […]

Art Stage Singapore cancelled only days before it’s meant to open

Just a week before it was set to open on January 24th, Art Stage Singapore, a major contemporary art fair, was abruptly cancelled leaving artists and gallerists in the dark. This came a shock to the 45 or so exhibitors that were already in the processes of sending artworks to the fair’s Marina Bay Sands […]

Art Stage Singapore cancelled only days before it’s meant to open

Just a week before it was set to open on January 24th, Art Stage Singapore, a major contemporary art fair, was abruptly cancelled leaving artists and gallerists in the dark. This came a shock to the 45 or so exhibitors that were already in the processes of sending artworks to the fair’s Marina Bay Sands […]

Final days: Gustave Moreau, towards dream and abstraction

Was Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), a Symbolist painter known for his poetic, intensely personal, often fantastic depictions of mythological and biblical subjects, also a pioneer of abstraction? This question is explored in the surprising exhibition “Gustave Moreau: Vers le Songe et l’Abstrait” (Towards Dream and Abstraction). Although the exhibition is in its last days at the  […]

New study sheds light on Rembrandt’s impasto technique

Works by Rembrandt (1606-1669) are often easy to spot. Trained completely in the North – unusual for the time, artists often worked towards studying in Italy – Rembrandt built a career and name for himself. As one of the most well-known Dutch artists, he is often thought of as a painter of light and shade […]