Artist highlight: Charles White (1918-1979)

Working during a pivotal moment in US history, this American artist created powerful works as an artist of colour for people of colour. His life and works continue to influence artist and are the subject of a new retrospective.     Charles White (1918-1979) created powerful images of African Americans over the course of his […]

‘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 […]

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  […]

Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death at the Tate Liverpool

Arthur Jafa’s radical video work that has sparked debate about race relations in the US is coming to Tate Liverpool this year. Helen Legg, the gallery director, said that Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, The Message is Death (2016) “speaks of our current political moment with great urgency; we felt it important to bring […]

McJesus sculpture at Haifa Museum of Art sparks violent protests

An artwork depicting Ronald McDonald as a crucified Jesus has sparked violence in Haifa and ironically united the country’s Christian minority, its populist culture minister and the pro-Palestinian artist, Jani Leinonen, against the Haifa Museum of Art.   McJesus, the name of the life-sized sculpture had been at the center of an exhibition at the […]