PopMuse: Conceptual http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Three lions on a beach: a sculpture for the age of Brexit https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/17/three-lions-pride-of-brexit-sculptor-jason-decaires-taylor-protest https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/17/three-lions-pride-of-brexit-sculptor-jason-decaires-taylor-protest Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:00:08 UTC Stuart Jeffries at Installation | The Guardian What are three decrepit beasts doing washed up on Dover sands? Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor reveals why The Pride of Brexit protests the ‘most unpatriotic events’ Britain has ever seenBritish lions aren’t supposed to look like this. They’re meant to be fierce, mighty and indomitable, lords of all they survey. But the three creatures here on Dover Beach look sick, emaciated and exhausted. They seem to be crawling to their deaths.These sculptures were recently installed beneath the White Cliffs by Jason deCaires Taylor, who calls them The Pride of Brexit. “They convey,” says the British artist, “the sense of profound loss many of us remainers feel.” His installation is meant to be “a monument to one of the most unpatriotic events Britain has ever seen”.These public works help draw the power struggle out into the open and reframe the debate Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Anselm Kiefer review – terrifying odyssey through a cursed world https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/anselm-kiefer-review-white-cube-bermondsey-london https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/anselm-kiefer-review-white-cube-bermondsey-london Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:21:21 UTC Jonathan Jones at Installation | The Guardian White Cube Bermondsey, LondonIn monumental, vertiginous landscapes encrusted with mud and twigs and bloody axes, Kiefer confronts the mystery of existence and the enduring horror of the HolocaustWhat’s bugging Anselm Kiefer? At 74, he is not only acclaimed and successful, but bubbling over with a creative energy. It flows with the unceasing power of the Rhine through his latest outpouring of 46 monumental new artworks – it’s easy to picture a few Rhinemaidens swimming about. But, at the end, you feel bereft and devastated. Kiefer comes on like a Wagnerian showman only to collapse in unshakeable, incurable melancholy. His horror vacui is real and he knows it: all this art is just a way of putting off that final confrontation with the void.Kiefer has found a new way to represent nature for our age of climate crisis. His new paintings are startling apocalyptic visions of a death-infected earth. They make landscape so immediate, you almost feel twigs crunch underfoot and catch your breath turning to steam in a snowy wood. Then you see an axe in the undergrowth, its rusty blade the colour of blood. The boundless tangle of nature has no chance against the iron edge of human violence. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Steamrollers, explosions, and 'cartoon violence': the artistic eruptions of Cornelia Parker https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/13/steamrollers-explosions-and-cartoon-violence-the-artistic-eruptions-of-cornelia-parker https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/13/steamrollers-explosions-and-cartoon-violence-the-artistic-eruptions-of-cornelia-parker Wed, 13 Nov 2019 01:09:04 UTC Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore at Installation | The Guardian The launch of her first major show in the southern hemisphere sees the UK artist trying to disrupt the cosy and suburbanCornelia Parker is softly spoken and bird-like; an artist who peppers her conversation with nervous little laughs. Yet her work is all about blowing things up.Over her career, the Turner prize-shortlisted English artist, who was appointed an Order of the British Empire in 2010, has made a name treating objects with what she terms “cartoon violence”. Silver cutlery has been crushed with a steamroller. A garden shed has been blown to smithereens. Wedding rings have been stretched. And stretched. And stretched.Art is just political. Full stop. Whether it's party-political is another matter Related: Takashi Murakami, Japan's rock star artist, unveils 10-metre 'stupid cat painting' Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Wakey wakey! The artists healing our sleep-deprived world https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/28/how-to-cure-insomnia-the-artists-providing-respite-from-an-always-on-world https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/28/how-to-cure-insomnia-the-artists-providing-respite-from-an-always-on-world Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:56:45 UTC Stuart Jeffries at Installation | The Guardian From experiments in light deprivation to ‘unfitness monitors’, works by Douglas Coupland and others in this urgent exhibition resist the 24/7 demands of late capitalismThirty-thousand feet over the Pacific, the author and artist Douglas Coupland asked a flight attendant why the airline’s wi-fi was so impressively fast. She replied that it needed to be: being online made time pass more quickly for passengers, and is preferable to sleeping.Why? Coupland suggests we’ve undergone a neural reconfiguration in the 21st century. In 1019, he claims, humans received three-and-a-half dopamine hits a day. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter nicknamed the Kim Kardashian of molecules by British clinical psychologist Vaughan Bell. It creates feelings of pleasure that motivate a person to repeat a specific behaviour. Related: The machine always wins: what drives our addiction to social media Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Budge up, great white males! MoMA goes global with an explosive $450m rehang https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/16/moma-goes-global-with-an-explosive-450m-rehang https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/16/moma-goes-global-with-an-explosive-450m-rehang Wed, 16 Oct 2019 05:00:14 UTC Charlotte Higgins in New York at Installation | The Guardian It has the world’s finest modern art collection. But now the revered museum is rebalancing its walls – massively boosting work by women and artists of colour• MoMA unveils $450m expansionIn his Poetics, Aristotle argued that poetry was a more scientific and serious genre than history. This was because, he said, history is concerned only with individual and particular events. Poetry, on the other hand, is concerned with what might happen: that is, deep and general truths. In the newly revamped Museum of Modern Art in New York, which reopens on 21 October, the march of history, at least as it has been understood by MoMA in recent decades, is out and poetry is in.Inside the refreshed museum – its gallery space enlarged by 30% thanks to architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro – a radical rehang reverses the museum’s old “Book of Genesis” approach, as MoMA director Glenn D Lowry characterised it. Recent decades have seen the museum organised by way of a stately procession, in which art movements and -isms were shown to have begotten other movements and -isms.The Museum of Modern Art, New York, reopens on 21 October. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Gavin Turk: art's king of trash on plastic, protest, prison and canning his pee https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/15/gavin-turk-interview-art-king-of-trash-on-plastic-protest-prison-and-canning-his-pee https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/15/gavin-turk-interview-art-king-of-trash-on-plastic-protest-prison-and-canning-his-pee Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:00:56 UTC Stuart Jeffries at Installation | The Guardian The former YBA once put a plaque up to himself – but these days he’s more likely to be getting locked up with Extinction Rebellion. He’s even recycling his urine‘I have a lot of piss,” says Gavin Turk. He’s going to need it. He shows me a drink can he’s made from silver bearing the label “artist’s piss” in several languages as we stand in his studio, fittingly located in Canning Town, London.Turk is planning to fill as many cans like this with his own urine as necessary – in order to buy, well, a can of excrement made by his hero, the late Piero Manzoni. Before his untimely death aged 29 in 1961, Manzoni – or so art world orthodoxy has it – filled 90 tin cans with his own ordure, sealing and labelling it “Merda d’Artista”.I have a method. I might drink some water before I go out, and when I get there, I might drink some moreThe private me who got involved in Extinction Rebellion and doesn't fly and doesn't feel he ought to have a car is putting a lot of pressure on Gavin Turk the artist Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Silence or death: Turner finalist Lawrence Abu Hamdan on recreating a horrific Syrian jail https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/01/silence-or-death-turner-finalist-lawrence-abu-hamdan-on-recreating-a-horrific-syrian-jail https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/01/silence-or-death-turner-finalist-lawrence-abu-hamdan-on-recreating-a-horrific-syrian-jail Tue, 01 Oct 2019 05:00:39 UTC Charlotte Higgins at Installation | The Guardian Saydnaya prison is a black hole of abuse where inmates are forced into silence on pain of death. The artist reveals how his library of sound effects helped survivors recount their shocking storiesThree years ago, Lawrence Abu Hamdan spent a week in a room in Istanbul that would transform the way he understood the world. “The things I thought going in and coming out were completely different,” he says. “There was a radical shift. That’s why I made the works I have made.”Abu Hamdan – 34, neatly bearded, fashionably bespectacled – tells me this in Beirut, where he lives with his wife and daughter. It is a few days before he travels to the UK to install his entry in the Turner prize show in Margate, which will feature the work of three other finalists. We are in an office in the echoing, post-industrial Sfeir-Semler gallery, where many of his works, recent and not-so-recent, are on view until January. Related: Turner prize 2019 review: Outrages of our age, in sound, vision and papiermache Inmates hearing became so acute they could pick out the softest noises: the minute crack of lice being killedWhat we were measuring … was about the condition of extreme hunger and what it does to the senses. The distortion spoke lucidly about the experience Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Utopian dreams and death sentences: Turner prize 2019 – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/sep/26/turner-prize-shortlist-2019-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/sep/26/turner-prize-shortlist-2019-in-pictures Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:56:54 UTC David Levene at Installation | The Guardian Travel, time and political tumult mark the work of this year’s four shortlisted artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani. Their work features in this galleryAdrian Searle’s review of the Turner prize showContinue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Damien Hirst flutters round the cosmos on butterfly wings – Mandalas review https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/19/damien-hirst-review-white-cube-masons-yard-london https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/19/damien-hirst-review-white-cube-masons-yard-london Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:01:38 UTC Jonathan Jones at Installation | The Guardian White Cube, Mason’s Yard, LondonIn this mystical, hypnotic show, the artist challenges us to look afresh at the beauty of the universe – through the mind-bending iridescence of butterfly wingsCountless butterfly wings spin around Damien Hirst’s new paintings, in expanding circles of iridescence. These wheels of brightness seem to have a light inside them, a neon heart, but it’s just how the light in the gallery reflects off the wings. Ultramarine blue, fire orange, ebony black – the fabulous paint chest of nature is raided to hypnotic and alluring effect.Is this extravagant use of bits of animals unethical? If so, the Natural History Museum is a far worse sinner, with its millions of animal specimens. Ever since he started making art in the late 1980s, Hirst has claimed the same privilege for art that science has taken for granted since the 17th century – to pin the natural world to a table, to dissect and examine it. Except that his specimens are not explained or analysed. At his most imaginative, as he is in this show, Hirst metamorphoses science into sheer wonder. He wants you to feel the awe-inspiring miracles of life. What if you were in the sea with a shark swimming towards you, mouth open? Or a forest full of multicoloured butterflies? Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The maddest house party ever – Ragnar Kjartansson on making The Visitors https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/17/ragnar-kjartansson-the-visitors-best-art-work-21st-century https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/17/ragnar-kjartansson-the-visitors-best-art-work-21st-century Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:00:38 UTC Alex Needham at Installation | The Guardian Set in the home of eccentric Americans, The Visitors is 64 hard-partying minutes of songs, cigars and sorrow. As it’s named the best artwork of the century, the artist relives its creationThe 25 best art works of the 21st centuryRokeby is a crumbling 43-room mansion in upstate New York, where the descendants of the grand American families the Astors and the Livingstons – as well as their bohemian friends – participate in everything from puppetry to organic farming. On one gorgeous summer evening, they gathered on the terrace while nine Icelandic musicians, including members of M�m and Sigur Ros, each took over one of the house’s rooms, from the ballroom to the bathroom. Together, they played a song that went “Once again, I fall into my feminine ways” – over and over.The result was The Visitors by artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Named after Abba’s final album and presented as a nine-screen video installation in galleries from London’s Barbican to the Broad in LA, The Visitors mesmerised viewers, most of whom stayed for its entire 64 minutes, moved to tears of euphoria and sorrow. As the New York Times put it, the effect is “alternately tragic and joyful, meditative and clamorous, and that swells in feeling from melancholic fugue to redemptive gospel choir”. A memorial to the end of Kjartansson’s marriage, a paean to the twilight of youth, a celebration of friendship, music and America itself, The Visitors is sumptuous and profound. 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