This summer, the Bahamas will celebrate its 40th year as an independent commonwealth while also presenting its first pavilion in the Venice Biennale. Tavares Strachan, who was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and lives in New York, will represent his homeland by way of the North Pole with an exhibition titled "Polar Eclipse" in the Arsenale.
While larger galleries boasted of seven-figure sales early on at the inaugural Art Basel in Hong Kong fair (May 23-26), a young Singapore gallery celebrated a quieter victory.
Chan Hampe Galleries sold the contents of its booth, a project by Singaporean artist Dawn Ng, before Tuesday evening's vernissage, according to director Benjamin Milton Hampe. He also pointed out that the gallery hosts the fair's only solo presentation of a Singaporean artist. Read More
Ecology, nomadic living and community participation are central to Mary Mattingly's collaborative projects. Triple Island,
her next collaborative work, will open July 20 on Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan. It follows the Flock House Project
(2012), which included a series of spherical living structures that migrated around New York, and the Waterpod
(2009), a barge-based ecosystem with five living quarters, a public dome, a farm, animals, water collection and an autonomous power system. Mattingly will participate in MoMA PS 1's "Expo 1" initiative in collaboration with Triple Canopy this summer, and she received a Knight Foundation Grant for her WetLand
project, opening next summer on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.
With an ever-growing number of galleries scattered around New York, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Where to begin? Here at A.i.A.
, we are always on the hunt for thought-provoking, clever and memorable shows that stand out in a crowded field. Below is a selection of current shows our team of editors can't stop talking about.
This week we check out Travess Smalley's complex abstract photo-collages at Higher Pictures, Arthur Ou's shimmering, tactile paintings at Brennan & Griffin, and Wolfgang Tillmans's expansive show featuring photographs from the past five years at Andrea Rosen. Read More
Takashi Murakami's work makes breaking down the divide between art and commerce look like child's play. His paintings of busty maids and rascally avatars (cartoonish, often with sharp teeth and dozens of eyes) are pleasing to the eye, and play to a global consumer culture, while maintaining a distinctly Japanese identity. Read More