Chen Qiulin – Memory and Social Changes

In late June, Chen Qiulin (b. 1975) flew to New York to prepare for her second solo show in one of the most important galleries in New York, Max Protetch Gallery. On view for the first time was a series of new photographs and videos document rituals being carried out by two couples, and more importantly, is a series of new figurative papier-mache sculptures

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Leanne Sacramone on Art Born in the Street

The Fondation Cartier in Paris is presenting the exhibition Born in the Street – Graffiti (July 7 – November 29) which brings to light the extraordinary development of an artistic movement that was born in the streets of New York in the early 1970s to rapidly become a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, despite its immense popularity, this essentially…

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Andrei Molodkin – Blood For Oil

Selina Ting Oct 2009 In the Russian Pavilion, Andrei Molodkin (b. 1966) is showing alongside 6 compatriots, Pavel Pepperstein, Alexey Kallima, Irina Korina, Gosha Ostretsov, Anatoly Shuravlev and Sergei Shekhovtsov. Entitled “The Victory over the Future”, a name borrowed from a futurist opera “Victory over the Sun” in 1913 which was an omen of impending…

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Zilvinas Kempinas – Sculpture, Sensation Space and Time

In Venice, the young artist from Lithuania is conquering the senses of visitors by offering an ultimate sensual experience to them. The New York-based artist Zilvinas Kempinas (b. 1969) present his new installation Tube (2008) in the Lithuania Pavilion at the renaissance building Scuole Grande della Misericordia. Tube, made of videotape, looks more like a translucent tunnel of parallel lines, invites visitors to walk through it, to experience “a new sense of space and one’s body in a moment of time.”

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Mario Garcia Torres

Mario García Torres has double personality, but he never suffers from schizophrenia. On the other hand, he integrates well the dual self and finds its exorcism in art. His work bears a weighty historical allusion but executed in a playful manner not without wit and humour.

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Mario Garcia Torres and the Forgotten Myths of Conceptual Art

The Brussels gallery Jan Mot says he is “as mischievous as he is thoughtful”. Some magazines described him as a “branchitude” (trend-itude) artist from L.A. But today he is neither trendy nor mischievous… jetlag kills his charm and my questions on “history” makes him a serious school boy. Sitting in the café on the 6/F of Pompidou Centre, with a light yellow pullover around his neck and a white T-shirt that goes only with a pair of worn-out blue jeans, Mario García Torres enjoys the best view of Paris and the gentle sunshine of the early Parisian summer.

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