Art Digest: May 11—17

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: May 11—17

The situation is evolving: while some countries try opening museums and let people visit public places, others don’t rush to cancel the security measures. The only thing that seems to unite us is the awesome spring, no matter what… But wait, we still have online activities — though recently having become commonplace, digital events keep on surprising us by their even more complex and engaging content. And there is something that can be done right away — e.g. enjoying brand new gorgeous artworks by famous artists, listening to podcasts with their participation, getting back in time, exploring fashion collections, and other things. Learn more about the news, events & opportunities of the week below.

Olafur Eliasson launches a new AR project

During COVID-19 quarantine artist Olafur Eliasson has released two digital projects: the first one, “Earth Perspectives” series of artworks was introduced in April as a means of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The recent work Wunderkammer has been launched in conjunction with digital art app Acute Art. The augmented reality project features a collection of 10 sculptures including a sun, a raincloud, and the Northern Lights that can be virtually placed around users’ homes — all of them available for free through the Acute Art app. 

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is world famous for using natural elements in his works, integrating them as an immersive installation into some public spaces and galleries. Probably, the most well-known work by EliassonThe Weather Project was first released at the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in 2003. The visitors of the exhibition could see a huge sun rising, transforming the entire space of the Turbine Hall. However, apart from the mesmerizing light installation, it was the audience who contributed to the process of making art — by contemplating the sun and experiencing the environment. 

Olafur Eliasson: “I always try to make work that activates the viewer to be a co-producer of our shared reality”.

The weather project, 2003

The weather project, 2003

The weather project, 2003

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair available online

The 1-54 New York 2020 edition of the Contemporary African Art Fair has been postponed, however, thanks to Artsy, visitors can get acquainted with the artworks presented digitally. Until May 31 you are welcome to access the page of the Fair on artsy.net. 180 paintings, 192 fine-art photographs as well as the “Works on Paper” and “Cultural Commentary” categories are waiting for your exploration.

The leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art was founded by the Moroccan entrepreneur Touria El Glaoui in 2013. Ever since the fair has been held annually in London, while New York edition appeared in 2015 and Marrakech in 2018. Why 1-54? Simple, there are 54 countries constituting the African continent — whose brightest representatives from the field of art are on display within the innovative platform. The soonest offline edition will take place in the British capital, from October 8—11 with a VIP Preview on October 7. See you at Somerset House at the 1-54 London very soon (meanwhile enjoying the option provided by Artsy).

Contemporary African Art Fair

Contemporary African Art Fair

Contemporary African Art Fair

Yohji Yamamoto remembers his past

The new capsule series by Yohji YamamotoReplica SS96 is meant to revive the brand men’s spring-summer 1996 collection. The Replica line includes four models of jackets with lapels, four pairs of trousers and three shirts that resemble their counterparts from 1996 a lot. “Replica SS96” will be available in Aoyama shop in Tokyo from May 30. The estimated price for one item is between $400 USD and $2,500 USD.

The Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto gained much fame in the 1980s as an advocate for deconstructivism from the world of haute couture, an avant-garde artist and a rule-breaker. Yohji Yamamoto caught the vibe of the upcoming social and cultural changes, suggesting that women could dress the way men do — relaxed, simple, and yet elegant. His favorite colour has always been black and generally it’s dark basic tones that constitute the brand’s palette. The designer says, he doesn’t really believe in future, but he enjoys retrospecting. That might be a good explanation for his recent decision to create “Replica SS96” series. 

Yohji Yamamoto: “Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.

“Replica SS96” Line by Yohji Yamamoto

“Replica SS96” Line by Yohji Yamamoto

“Replica SS96” Line by Yohji Yamamoto

“En Route to New Orleans” by William Eggleston sold for €38,000

The dreamy photo work depicting someone sitting on the plane by the window with a drink, shining under sun was made by the American photographer William Eggleston in 1971. Recently “En Route to New Orleans” has been sold at the auction by OstLicht Gallery (Vienna) at a price of €38,000. It’s a much higher rate than estimated, however, it’s not the limit. Christie’s reports that Los Alamos portfolio by Eggleston (1965-74) was sold for $1,022,500 USD at the auction on October 13, 2008 in New York. 

William Eggleston is famous for having legitimized color photography as a fine art form. Maintaining his curiosity for reality fixing, he implemented the dry language of documentary photography into the genre of the future. Photographs by William Eggleston didn’t win recognition at once, so ridiculously mundane they would appear to the artist’s contemporaries. However, looking at the price of his works today, one might guess that Eggleston managed to leave a mark in the history of photography.  

Untitled (1970). From Dust Bells, Volume II (1965-1974)

Los Alamos portfolio by William Eggleston (1965—1974)

Untitled by William Eggleston (1983-1986)

Listening to Marina Abramovic in the podcast by the Art Newspaper 

The Week in Art podcast brought by the Art Newspaper in association with Christie’s comes out each Friday and tackles the most recent issues of the field. Last time there was a really special release featuring the interview with Marina Abramovic. The topic sounded like: what’s the future of performance in the post-pandemic art world? Considering the general situation with epidemic and specificity of this kind of art (which frequently rests on experiencing the context) it feels so true to listen to the grandmother of performance art, learning about her perspectives on the future.

COVID-19 resources for photographers by LensCulture

And now bonus for photography-lovers! LensCulture editors curated a “list of initiatives, ideas and resources” for all those who can’t imagine their lives without photography — both professionals and amateurs. You can choose from competitions, festivals, educational opportunities, grants, inspirational podcasts and blogs and many other things. The list will be updated weekly. By the way, suggestions and additions from the readers are widely welcomed. Just get your camera ready 🙂

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