“I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.” —Jean-Michel Basquiat
Detail of the Reliquary of the Virgin’s Veil, Southern Netherlands, early 15th century
Yinka Shonibare, MBE
How To Blow Up Two Heads At Once (Gentlemen) – image Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt
“I didn’t want a completely passive viewer. Art means too much to me. To be able to articulate something visually is really an important thing. I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would either giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful. I wanted to create something that looks like you. It looks like a cartoon character, it’s a shadow, it’s a piece of paper, but it’s out of scale. It refers to your shadow, to some extent to purity, to the mirror.” —Kara Walker
Thanks to Sikkema Jenkins for the mini retrospective of Kara’s career!
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Various works by Bas Jan Ader, including his final piece, In Search of the Miraculous, in which the 33 year-old artist attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a small sailing boat. A few weeks following his departure, contact with the artist was lost, and he was never heard from again.
I think it is safe to say [Ader] was a profoundly depressed man. It is in this light that we should see the films in which he falls from a roof, a tree or into a canal. In order to fall, you have to let go, to lose control - just as you must if you allow yourself to feel the full force of overwhelming grief. In a superb documentary film Rene Daalder has made about Ader’s life and work, it is suggested that the act of crossing the Atlantic in such a small boat was another way to lose control, to place himself at the mercy of a force greater than himself. Perhaps he let go of the steering wheel, surrendering himself to the ocean as he had surrendered to the force of gravity. We will never know. [via]
The cat is out of the bag! The New York Times previews Kara Walker’s upcoming exhibition, which opens May 10 at the Domino Sugar Factory.
“Rising to the rafters and stretching 75 feet from paws to rump is a great sphinx, demure as her Egyptian cousin but glowing from a recent sugar coating. It is a sight so unlikely it seems Photoshopped.”
We can’t wait to share it with all of you!