Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York) presents “Almost Solid Light”, an exhibition of contemporary Mexican artists, celebrating the long history of cultural cross-pollination between neighboring nations. The exhibition brings together artists practicing in diverse media who are living and working in Mexico and further afield, several of whom have never before exhibited in the United States.
His pieces are denouncing methods and political questionings. Some of his most representative works make up “Inoculación”, the artist’s first exhibition in Chile, that will run until 9 September at Fundación CorpArtes’ venue Centro de las Artes 660 (CA660) in Santiago. On the opening day of the exhibition, Ai Weiwei talked to Artishock about the role poetry has in his work, freedom of speech and the state of the world today.
Self-portraits and records from the studios of those invisible female artists who never entered the canon of art history are subject of Cosima zu Knyphausen’s artistic investigations. Her ensuing series of work, often reduced to the essentials and multiply duplicated (and sampled), are reminiscent of exercises -sometimes very sketch-like, sometimes less so, sometimes with thoroughly painted areas or with unexpectedly interrupted lines.
While the recent works by Chilean artist Eugenio Dittborn retain many of the hallmark features of prior “Airmail Paintings”, the ones currently exhibited at Alexander and Bonin in New York are marked by multi-chromaticity and the incorporation of dynamic bars of color, which imbue the work with a strong aesthetic presence. Here we share an essay by Laura Braverman, published by Alexander and Bonin to accompany the exhibition. In it, she delves into the pre-writing strokes (“palotes”) that are a pervasive pictorial mark in this series, a key feature that also appears to echo many of the conceptual and poetical themes that have become central to Dittborn’s “Airmail Paintings”.
“SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas” is a biennial program organized by SITE Santa Fe (New Mexico, United States) for the years 2014, 2016 and 2018. In its third and last iteration, which opens on August 3 of this year, presents works by 23 artists -including ten new commissions-, under the curatorship of José Luis Blondet, Candice Hopkins and Ruba Katrib, with Naomi Beckwith as Curatorial Advisor. Among the participant artists from Latin America are Paz Errázuriz, Ángela Bonadies & Juan José Olavarría, NuMu, Fernanda Laguna, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Eduardo Navarro and Tania Pérez Córdova.
Fernando Bryce’s series of large drawings “Freedom First” captures the intricate events of the Cold War, the emblematic leaders of the time and the struggle to claim the most disputed word and ideal, freedom. Based on the covers of various magazines founded or supported by the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) from its foundation in 1950 in West Berlin until the end of the 1960s, Bryce’s iconic appropriation and re-inscription of historical materials creates a large-scale fragmented geopolitical tableau.