The latest art news, exhibitions and reviews from around the world.
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces at the NGV International continues with ‘The Transient Landscape’, a new body of work from multidisciplinary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. The show is presented in conjunction with ‘Terracota Warriors: Guardians of Immortality’, a historical exhibition of artefacts from the reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (221-207BC). He uses the Qin dynasty as a source of inspiration and ‘The Transient Landscape’ explores ancient Chinese history, culture and design. Perhaps one of the most awesome pieces in the show is Transience II (Peony), a gigantic 31-metre drawing of the life cycle of a peony made with gunpowder on silk. “Cai Guo-Qiang is one of the most exciting contemporary artists working today,” says Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria. “Cai’s practice draws parallels between ancient and contemporary Chinese culture, through the use of Chinese inventions like gunpowder, porcelain, silk and paper, exploring the notion that tradition and history can inform contemporary art.”
- When: Until 11 October
- Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
A Bug’s Life
It’s your last chance to catch internationally acclaimed Khmer-American artist Anida Yoeu Ali’s show ‘The Buddhist Bug: A Creation Mythology’ at the Wei-Ling Contemporary in Kuala Lumpur.
The multidisciplinary exhibition combines live performance, photography, installations and video to explore her personal experience of spiritual and cultural displacement, being a Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia, which predominantly follows the Buddhist faith, and raised in the U.S. The series sees her perform as a bug on a journey through various landscapes, and as it travels, the viewer sees it adapt to its surroundings, attempting to connect with people it meets. “The project is a culmination of thematic interests in hybridity, transcendence, and otherness,” Ali explains, with the bug representing an in-between being that is constantly searching for home.
- When: Until 18 August
- Where: Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT01, Sixth Floor, The Gardens Mall, 59200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England presents ‘The Areodrome’, an exhibition dedicated to the late Michael Stanley, a former curator at the gallery and an influential person behind the scenes in British art. The show’s themes are inspired by Rex Warner’s dystopian war-time novel The Areodrome, which made a huge impression on a host of Warner’s peers, including Orwell and Burgess, as well as Stanley. Warner’s tale follows a young man who is faced with two bleak futures: an animalistic one at home with loved ones whom he has become uncertain of, and the other as an airman, completely detached from the world. An array of artists, many of whom worked with Stanley and knew him personally, explore themes presented in the novel in a modern context, presenting chilling and detached visions of modern life.
- When: Until 8 September
- Where: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS, United Kingdom
Brush Strokes Of A Genius
The Tate Britain presents a huge retrospective of painter Frank Bowling’s impressive 60-year career. Bowling, who was born in Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1934, moved to London in his late teens to study painting at the Royal College of Art, alongside the likes of David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj. After graduating from the RCA with a silver medal, Bowling’s career blossomed, and he became known for his experimental style, which saw him push the boundaries of what is possible with paint and a brush. Now, at the age of 85, Bowling continues to paint every day and experiment with materials and techniques. The Tate Britain offers the public a unique chance to view Bowling’s creative output from the 1960s right through to the present day. The show features many of his most iconic works, including his ‘map paintings’, ‘sculptural’ and ‘poured paintings’. It’s a breath-taking show that has got to be seen to be believed.
- When: Until 26 August
- Where: Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom
‘Silver Lake Drive’ is Alex Prager’s second solo exhibition at the prestigious photography museum, Foam, in Amsterdam. The award-winning American photographer and filmmaker came to photography later in life, after visiting a photography exhibition by William Eggleston: “I was looking for my outlet,” explains Prager. “When I saw the Eggleston show, I felt the physical and emotional reaction to his work.” Since that moment, Prager invested all her time in photography, and is now especially known for her large-scale, staged, street style photography of vibrant scenes featuring a host of characters. ‘Silver Lake Drive’ is exemplary of her arresting style, which is full of colour and vivid human emotion. It also features a series of behind-the-scenes images, in which the viewer gets to see Alex at work as she sets up various ‘staged scenes’.
- When: Until 4 September
- Where: Foam Fotografiemuseum, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam, Netherlands