Art in Print

Robert Rauschenberg: It Takes a Village to Raise a Genius



The retrospective entitled Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Sunday 27th of May 2017. It sheds light on the influence of the artist’s inner circle of friends, family, and lovers. As highlighted throughout the show, sources of inspiration emanated from other artists such as Joseph Albers, who brought Bauhaus concepts from Germany, and avant-garde artists John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Rauschenberg also collaborated with most of his surroundings, including artists Cy Twombly and Willem de Kooning, and produced work that experimented with different materials. These are on view along with some other mixed media works comprised of newspapers and posters, but also less conventional materials such as neckties and doilies. Importantly the outbreak of the Vietnam War and the racial and sexual tensions at the time had an enormous impact on his work in the 1960s. Featured examples include Combines and Glut. Other works on display, and which reflect his interest in electronic media, include Oracle, Mud Muse, 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering.


Via: The New York Times


Hokusai – Beyond the Great Wave, exhibition review: Turning the tide



The new exhibition at the British Museum looks at the evolution of Katsushika Hokusai’s work and how he made a mark in the canons of art history. Entitled Beyond the Great Wave, the show pays homage to one of the greatest figures of Japanese art. Known primarily for his minimal woodblock prints and his inviting sceneries, such as a red Mount Fuji against a pale blue sky and sea waves against the backdrop of a stormy night, the show offers an overview of the last thirty years of the artist’s life when he underwent various name changes and produced his most prominent works. A primary example would be his famous Under a Wave off Kanagawa, known simply as The Great Wave. The show initially begins when he adopted the name Litsu and showcases his talent in taking familiar settings and repurposes them in his work so that they are seen in a new light. This ability to replicate his surrounding in a simple yet distinctive manner is likely the reason behind his immediate and life-long success.


Via: Evening Standard


Venice Biennale 2017: 10 Best Fringe Events



While the Venice Biennale is principally associated with its national pavilions in the Giardini or the Arsenale, there are many other works that are being showcased across the city during the whole period of the festival. Artists from around the world have produced and placed their works in unusual places. Free shows include a reading by Japanese artist On Kawara at the Oratorio di San Ludovico in Dorsoduro; a screening of Spite Your Face by the Glasgow artist Rachel Mclean at the Chiesa di Santa Caterina in Cannaregio; and a display of glass birds by Belgian artist Jan Fabre at the Abbazia di San Gregorio in Dorsoduro. Payable shows include a film installation by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon at the Palazzo Ducale in San Marco; works out of Murano glass by Ai Weiwei and Dino Chapman at the Palazzo Franchetti in San Marco ; and a series of paintings by Jerusalem-based artist Beverly Barkat in the Palazzo Grimani in San Marco.


Via: The Independent