Maurizio Cattelan at Boijmans.
This blew me away. Lynne Brouwer's installation at GEM Now or Never #3.
This morning I walked into the large exhibition space downstairs at GEM, ambling around the room when my attention was drawn by a set of pretty color swatches on small shelves mounted on the wall. 15 seconds into looking at the swatches something starts to dawn on me; “longstay prisoncell”? “wall of cremation area”? A rather large stone drops in the pond of my stomach. I suddenly understand what is happening here; a representation of the finest details of lifes' most miserable moments.
There was of course more to the installation, which I won't get into because this site shows it well.
The point I'm trying to make is how a work of art can punch you in the stomach and make you feel so much the better for it. Very well done.
More death and despair at Skelet;
I had seen this work by Alessandro Brighetti before at museum BAZ but it was equally impressive the second time around at the Skelet exhibition. The work is called Schizophrenia. I can only guess
what it must be like to be diagnosed with it, but the work seems aptly titled. Try and find a video of the work because the photo doesn't do it any justice.
(A note from my neuropsychological background; schizophrenia should NOT be confused with multiple personality disorder, which has a discutable reputation ).
Very much drawn to the work of Willem van Genk at the Outsider art exhibition in Gemeentemuseum The Hague.
Somehow made me think of the theme of my piece " Mr Wallace". Van Genk was diagnosed
with schizophrenia, which he may have tried to exorcise by creating his detailed and ordered renderings of a chaotic world.
At MNAC I saw this installation of Magali Reus. Guest appearance by my shadow.
I saw this work by Hans Hartung in the Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris last month. He painted it in 1946, a few years after he joined the Foreign Legion to fight against the Germans during WWII, and in which he was severely wounded and as a result lost his leg.
I saw this fascinating sculpture by Berlinde de Bruyckere at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. "Into one-another II to P.P.P." .
The details contrast with the overall shape. Wonderful.
Great work by Aernout Mik, at the Centraal Museum Utrecht in the show Surreele werelden (Sureal Worlds).
Happy to inform that The Walkaway will be shown at the Zomerexpo 2014 at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. The theme of this year is Light, and although The Walkaway has ledlights inside it has next to nothing to do with light. The judges didn't seem to mind though.
Zomerexpo will run for three months, opening May 29th to August 31st. Go see!
Jade Uno (Jonatan Rivera) is a painter who also makes miniature murals. I find them hearttouching, imagine discovering these on your morning walk (You'd have to walk to Peru though);
Curiot (Favio Martinez) is a painter / street artist, based in / from Mexico city. Below a photo I lifted from his instagram account (curiotli). It's a detail of a new piece, but I am transfixed with this bit already. World within worlds. I'd live there. Wonderful.
Ryan Heshka, makes nice things, sometimes on squared paper. Which I like. his portfolio here.
Check this man's work; Souther Salazar, it's beautiful. I have no other adjectives. Wow.
A name to put to the ubercool yarn drawings I keep seeing around (and posted about some time ago). It's Femoesa and he makes very very nice things, such as these;
Go see Bertozzi and Casoni at museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen. This piece will hit home if you are currently enjoying your midlife crisis;
Gemeentemuseum will be staging a retrospective of Gustave Caillebotte in februari 2013.
Let's hope Les raboteurs de parquet will be on show.