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Berlinde De Bruyckere in Melbourne and Istanbul

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2012


019 by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2007, wax, epoxy, metal, glass, wood, blankets, 293.5 x 517 x 77.5 cm, Collection Claude Berri © Andri Stadler- click to enlarge

I've often raved about Berlinde's art on here - in fact, her work even invades my everyday life as arty backdrop - so I'll spare you the superlatives but instead just want to make you aware that if you're Melbourne-based, you now have less than a week left to catch her fascinating We Are All Flesh show at the ACCA.

In case you were wondering: Yes, Berlinde did have a show with the same title three years ago at Hauser & Wirth in London but it seems that different and lots of newly commissioned works are on display in Melbourne.

If you're not yet familiar with her work, the 15-minute interview below offers a great introduction into her vision, process and technique but of course will neither replace the olfactory, visceral and epidermic qualities of the wax, skin, hair and fabrics she uses for her sculptures, nor explain the necrophiliac alchemistic ways in which she can turn branches into limbs, tree trunks into fresh corpses by masterfully applying an organic colour palette (pinks for skin, off-white for adipose tissue, greys/greens/blues for the circulatory system) onto wax with which she can control, halt and synthesise transformation, decay, death.

If you're not in Australia but in.. who knows.. Turkey, you can also catch her Wound show at the ARTER Space for Art in Istanbul until August 26 where she has inspired Vincent Dunoyer to dance Bruyckeresque choreographies in the exhibition space surrounded by her sculptures.

Details for the Istanbul show can be found here. The information below is for the ACCA exhibition.

On show: Jun 2 - Jul 29, 2012

Address: ACCA, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia, tel: +61 3 9697 9999, email: info@accaonline.org.au | Map

Hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sat - Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM, Mon: By appointment

Admission: FREE

Press release

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20 Most Popular Posts on Wurzeltod in 2011

by Suzanne on December 26th, 2011

To wrap up 2k11 on the Wurzelblog, I decided to post the 20 articles you guys liked best - according to likes, shares and reactions - and I must say, you've got a rather amazing and futureproof taste in the arts, people.

Many thanks for taking the time to submit stories, comment and interact in the past year(s).

(In order of popularity and ordered into rather random categories. Click on images to read stories.)

JAPANOPHILIA

ART FEATURES & REVIEWS

HISTORY & SCIENCE

INTERNA

Matsui Fuyuko print editions and exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan

by Suzanne on December 6th, 2011


Keeping Up the Pureness by Matsui Fuyuko, 2005 (original) and 2010 (reproduction) - click to enlarge

Matsui Fuyuko. Insanely talented, bright, stunningly beautiful. And modest. There's more than enough reasons to worship this artist but for me personally, it's the fact that she wrote her doctoral dissertation on The Inescapable Awakening to Pain, through Visual Perception via the Sensory Nerves. *bites lips*

If you don't want to take my word for it but convince yourself of her many talents, please watch this footage of her working on Carved Limbs on an Altar over here on YouTube (sadly, embedding has been disabled).

I must say it's an absolute mystery to me why she's not as big in the occidental art world as back in Japan but it seems that enthusiasm for her work is slowly growing and as every so often, it's French galleries and publishing houses leading the way. And anyways, it's not like art appreciation in the West in this apathetic and ironic century still has ANYTHING whatsoever to do with technique, ingenuity, originality, imagination or vision. Sometimes it actually seems like it's the very opposite that's in demand.

Anyways, back to Matsui Fuyuko: First of all, Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo in conjunction with Galerie DA-END in Paris has released a beautiful signed and limited edition box sets of Matsui's oeuvre containing 20 of her artworks, including the very popular Nyctalopia and Keeping Up the Pureness (above). It can be pre-ordered from Naruyama for JPY 46,000. There's also a "KIRI" special deluxe set in an edition of 45 only which includes an engraving of the gorgeous Rough Draft for Virgin Specimen (2009, bottom) for JPY 480,000. More details on how to reserve and order here.

And before you go "Uh, that's very pricey. Bitch!" think about what sums the likes of Mark Ryden sell BOOKS full of repetitive iconography for these days. Also check the edition size on that. Exactly. I rest my case.

And in other brilliant news, Matsui Fuyuko will have an exhibition entitled Becoming Friends with All the Children in the World which opens later this month at Yokohama Museum of Art and will remain on view until March 2012. I know it sounds like a Michael Jackson manifesto, but I'm somehow sure that's not what it's about at all. More details about the show below.


Rough Draft for Virgin Specimen by Matsui Fuyuko, 2009 - click to enlarge

On show: Dec 17, 2011 - Mar 18, 2012

Address: Yokohama Museum of Art, 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan, tel: +81 (0)45 221 0300 | Map

Hours: Fri - Wed: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: ¥1,100

Preview & press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

"Surrealismus in Paris" at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Basel

by Suzanne on November 19th, 2011


La poupée by Hans Bellmer, painted wood, papier-mâché, mixed media, 1935/36, 61×170×51 cm, courtesy Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, photo © Collection Centre Pompidou/Vertrieb RMN/Georges Meguerditchian/ProLitteris - click to enlarge

I dislike the way big art metropoleis *cough* London *cough* always label their sell-out shows *cough* Leonardo da Vinci *cough* as "Shows of the Century" when - IF you can afford the outrageous admission prices at all - these shows are normally so totally overrun you really can't appreciate the art or are even given a specific time slot and need to get the hell out after 30 minutes. Trust me, I know. I actually went to the last "big da Vinci thing" in London a couple of years back but I can't even recall whether it was at the V&A, the Royal Academy or the British Museum. All I remember is that I COULDN'T SEE SHIT and people had the NERVE to bring their Dan Browns along. Jesus Christ.

Anyways, so thankfully, there's always the smaller, quieter places that put on masterpieces of curating in the middle of nowhere - pretty much overlooked by the international media.

Well, one such tremendous art historical chef-d'oeuvre of a show is currently taking place at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel.

It's devoted to Surrealism in Paris and features some of the most outstanding works of the one art movement that will never ever die.

Amongst the usual suspects that I won't even bother mentioning here because the Beyeler is pretty notorious for its huge collection of surrealist art, you will meet the conjoined limbs of Hans Bellmer, the giant eyes of Paul Delvaux, the apocalyptic dreamscapes of Max Ernst and the sculptural synaesthesia of Méret Oppenheim.

Yes, I know right?! o_O

The exhibition looks also very stunning from an interior design point of view and a lot of effort, time.. and obviously money.. has been spent to contextualise and document the pieces. Definitely one to check out if you're in Switzerland.

Surrealismus in Paris runs until the end of January 2012. Details below.


Der Gegenpapst by Max Ernst, oil on canvas, 1941/42, 161x127 cm, courtesy Peggy Guggenheim Collection, photo © David Heald/The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation/ProLitteris - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 2, 2011 - Jan 29, 2012

Address: Fondation Beyeler, Baselstrasse 101, CH-4125 Riehen, Basel, Switzerland, tel: +41 - (0)61 - 645 97 00, email: info@fondationbeyeler.ch | Map

Hours: Mon - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: CHF 25.– (but special deals with public transport!)

Introduction | Preview | Press images

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Richard Stipl at High Roller Society, London - Pictures

by Suzanne on November 18th, 2011


By Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

Earlier this month, after visiting Essence of Edo-Tokyo at ICN, I decided to take the little journey from my old London home in Bethnal Green down Roman Road to check out one of the most daring and fascinating group shows of the year: Savant - curated by Joe Becker at High Roller Society. I posted about it here.


By Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

I left deeply impressed by the oeuvres of Richard Stipl, Peggy Kouroumalos and particularly Rory Dean - whose paintings I expected to be much larger - and it became apparent that the one thing that all the featured artists had in common was a very obsessive-compulsive joyful drive to create. You could almost touch their collective exuberant imagination and the electric heat of their synapses during the creation of this show. And that's a very rare thing to feel at a group show - so chapeau to Joe for putting this show together and selecting such a great bunch of fellow artists.


By Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

Also massive thanks to Jennifer Moran who runs High Roller for taking the time - on Guy Fawkes Night, no less - to show me around the exhibition, dig out secret works from the High Roller treasure trove and for discussing techniques, misunderstood artists, monsters and... dentures.

More of this kind of stuff in London please!

Savant runs until November 27.


By Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

"Memories of the Future - The Olbricht Collection" at Maison Rouge, Paris

by Suzanne on November 4th, 2011


Sex I by Jake and Dinos Chapman, 2003, painted bronze, 246 x 244 x 125 cm, courtesy Olbricht Collection, see my detail of the sculpture here - click to enlarge

There's those types of collectors who simply got it all: The Dürer, Schongauer and Goya engravings, the Chapman Bros and Berlinde de Bruyckere sculptures, the cabinet de curiosités, basically, the most drool-worthy art from the 16th century to dato.

Such a person is Thomas Olbricht - a medical doctor and totally compulsive art collector from Essen.

His modern art segment alone includes artists such as Glenn Brown, Maurizio Cattelan, Mat Collishaw, John Currin, Nathalie Djurberg, Marlène Dumas, Katharina Fritsch, Julie Heffernan, Ron Mueck, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Patricia Piccinini, Pierre et Gilles, Floria Sigismondi, Kiki Smith and Sam Taylor-Wood.

But yeah, you guessed it, I could go on forever and ever. DAYUM.

Anyways, for the first time ever, a fantastic chunk of some 150 works of his collection is traveling to France to go on show at the phenomenal Maison Rouge in Paris that I reported about back in March when they had the tasty Tous Cannibales exhibition there.

Olbricht's Memories of the Future opened in late October and will remain on show until mid-January of 2012. All details below.


Elements from the Wunderkammer © me Collectors Room Berlin, Photo Bernd Borchardt, courtesy Olbricht Collection - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 22, 2011 - Jan 15, 2012

Address: La Maison Rouge, 10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France, tel: +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81 | Map

Hours: Wed - Sun: 11 AM - 7 PM, late-night Thu until 9 PM

Admission: €7

Press kit | Petit journal

Catalogue: Published in French and English with colour illustrations, €25.

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"Love & Cruelty" feat. Thom Puckey et al. at Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on November 3rd, 2011


Installation view of Love & Cruelty at Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, showing Beretta M92 by Thom Puckey - click to enlarge

If you're in Amsterdam and you fancy some cruel lovin', you should head down/up to Gerhard Hofland where martial marble sculptor Thom Puckey has brought together three artists - including himself - for an impressive group show.

It's particularly beautiful to see how the smooth skin textures of Thom's marble Amazons compliment Michael Kirkham's hypersexualised yet nonchalant characters (... and aphrodisiac rooms with strangely erect non-phallic furniture and objects).


Beretta M92 by Thom Puckey - click to enlarge

Love & Cruelty opened last Saturday and will remain on view until December 10.

Details below.


Beretta M92 (detail) by Thom Puckey - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 29 - Dec 10, 2011

Address: Gerhard Hofland, Bilderdijkstraat 165-c, 1053 kp Amsterdam, The Netherlands, email: mail@gerhardhofland.com, tel: +31(0) 20 4121772

Hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 6 PM

Press release

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Fu Lei print exhibition at ART Gallery, Beijing

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011


© Fu Lei - click to enlarge

I don't really have much on this exhibition other than that prints by Fu Lei will be on show and that it closes tomorrow, well today in Chinese terms, at 6 PM sharp at ART Gallery in Tongzhou District in Beijing, so if you're out there, do go check it out.

In the exhibited works, Fu Lei's (does anyone have a link with more works by him?!) Brancusiesque bunny character voyeuristically disrupts Rubenesque scenes of intercourse and autoerotic thrombosis taking place amongst silken pillows, nooses, pearls and rotting food... which is PRECISELY why I'm posting this here in the first place.

Google Translate spits out stuff like this when trying to translate the press release so go figure:

"Fu Lei, deconstruction is the period of history (the history of the digestion period of the structure) still adhere to the pure spirit of the legacy of ancient beads. He was forgotten in the old grid deepest material, as has been forgotten in the appendix in the digestive system of a hard rice."

Oh, and anyone who says "Oh cool, reminds me of Botero!" will have their fucking IP blocked for good.

Details below.


© Fu Lei - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 16 - Oct 30, 2011

Address: ART Gallery, East Region Songzhuang, Tongzhou District, Beijing, China, email: art@ccartd.com

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Chinese press release

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Laurie Lipton's "The Carnival Of Death" at Last Rites, New York

by Suzanne on September 30th, 2011


Sisters by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper - click to enlarge

Laurie Lipton. Featured here many times before and someone who really doesn't need an introduction anymore. I guess it's no coincidence that her upcoming solo show The Carnival Of Death at Last Rites opens on the day my granddad would have turned 101. But he's been dead for ages and undoubtedly a very handsome skeleton by now.

Knowing Laurie, I bet she also found it terribly funny to have the opening mark Children's Day in Singapore, World Vegetarian Day, the Independence Day of Tuvalu from the UK, International Day of Older Persons (cause Laurie's like TOTALLY ANCIENT - she was the first person ever to have a fine arts degree in drawing!) and of course, being a filthy commie, the National Day of the People's Republic of China. (Yo, thanks, Wiki!)

Put all of the above information together, add mind-boggling graphite details, cobwebbed Victoriana, anatomy lessons filled with the darkest of humour, lace and crochet that tells stories of homicide sweet homicide, ruffs made of spiderwebs and bone dust, tiaras and chandeliers made of spines, leg and pelvic bones like you're in fucking Sedlec, iconographic attributes so very batcave they'd make Dürer's Melencolia I hand over her goff laurels in despair.

Laurie Lipton really is dizzyingly joyful macabre decadence at its best: The dead bury the living.

Or as Laurie puts it:

"Skulls always look like they're laughing. Maybe the joke is on us?”

The Carnival Of Death opens this Saturday, October 1, and Laurie will be giving a talk and book signing with poisoned tea and anthrax cakes the day after.

Bring your children - it doesn't matter if they're half rotten. The deader the merrier.


Bone China by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Oct 1, 2011, 7 - 11 PM

On show: Oct 1 - 23, 2011

Address: Last Rites Gallery, 511 W 33rd Street, NYC, USA, tel: 212.529.0666, email: info@lastritesgallery.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 2 - 9 PM, Sun: 2 - 6 PM

Preview | Press release | Talk & book signing

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Hugo Arcier's "Woman With A Cube"

by Suzanne on September 29th, 2011

Degeneration - woman with a cube from Hugo Arcier on Vimeo.

Every now and again, you stumble upon a visual or musical description that perfectly sums up some very bad drug-induced trip you had in your past.

This post-cubist piece here by French digital artist Hugo Arcier would probably be K and should be accompanied by Nurse With Wound's Ketamineaphonia from their 2008 album Huffin' Rag Blues for an even more papery groovy feel.

The artist himself says about this piece:

"All my 3D objects are afflicted with a degenerative disease. Gripped by terror, they understand what fate awaits them. Gradually they disintegrate, face after face they lose their appearance, with a fatal outcome. In this way the 3D objects die.”

Don't do drugs, kids, do art.

And drugs. If you really cannot help it.