U29 John Baldessari
Marian Goodman Gallery and Sprüth Magers
U6 Otto Piene
U36 Bethan Huws
U67 Nick Cave
Jack Shainman Gallery
U10 Mac Adams
U65 Julio LeParc
Perrotin in collaboration with nara roesler
This time not only in Kassel but also in Athens. 47 locations and with about 200 artists. This edition is led by artistic director Adam Szymczyk and a team of about 18 curators. Other members of the extensive team of curators are Paul B. Preciado and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. Learning from Athens is the motto of this edition. Athens long considered as the font of all knowledge, is in recent history more associated with austerity and refugees.
Gray marble refugee tent by Rebecca Belmore.
The disasters of War, Daniel Garcia Andujar, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens.
Daniel Knorr squeezes found items from Athens streets into an artist’s book. On the opening day of the Documenta 2017 in that city.
At the same time his work Expiration Movement started exhaling smoke from the Zwehrenturn in Kassel.
The Parthenon of Books, Marta Minujín.
A replica Parthenon made out of metal scaffolding and thousands of banned books. Visitors can contribute to its construction by donating books that are now or at any time in the past have been forbidden.
The Mill of Blood, Antonio Vega Macotela.
A reconstructed a slave powered minting machine built by the Spanish colonizers in latin America.
The Living Pyramid, Agnes Denes.
The flowers and plants form a monument to geological time and the natural world.
Check Point Sekondi Loco, Ibrahim Mahama.
Ghanaian Jute bags where sawn together by visitors to the in Athens to cover the Torwache building in Kassel.
Being Safe is Scary, Banu Cennetoğlu, Fridericianum, Kassel
When We Were Exhaling Images, Hiwa K.
Installation of refugee boats, Guillermo Galindi.
Wrecks of refugee boats found at Greek coasts are turned into musical instruments.
A new generation of feminist artists have found expression on social media. Censorship and a different approach to the female body in the media is their theme, but they are fighting back. They often get blocked but keep pushing the boundaries of art and what is allowed on the various platforms.
The Cover Girl of the New Feminism Wave. She founded ‘The Ardurous’, an online platform for female artists showcasing projects. Everything is kinda cute and dreamy with teen girl aesthetics.
Fooling a large number of people with phony selfies made her a hit in the art world. She mindlessly boasted about her apparently fortunate lifestyle in LA. Attending pole-dancing classes and undergoing breast-enlargement surgery.
Has a fondness for pink and glitter, and often uses herself as a subject. Byström’s art has a subversive, couldn’t-care-less attitude. It combines her ’90s aesthetic with a very modern take on femininity, sex, gender and identity.
Struggle for a different deal with the female body in the media. She looks for the boundaries between commerce and art. She works with different personas and alter egos. She studied the aesthetics of porn sites and staged herself as the prototype of the sexy woman. She offers her body as a commodity to the male gaze.
Jessica So Ren Tang
Explores her identity and cultural heritage through intricate embroidery. She recreates familiar Asian American objects and pinup girls but changes the the meaning by the use of material.
Shares photos and videos of fruits, which she touches with her fingers. She personifies humorously the origin of the world, as Courbet had formulated it. It is about the acceptance of female sexuality. Her goal is, as she says, “Empowering vaginas”.
Pink hair, tattooed skin and joint in hand. Alexis Felten developed ‘Teen slut’ on Instagram for her graphic design degree. She and her gang stand out with their 90s-aesthetics.
The carcters in her drawings have nothing to laugh about. They crouch on the ground, sit there crying, or lie thoughtfully with their arms up. Her work is a celebration of sexuality and femininity.
Me and You
Founded by Mayan Toledano and Julia Baylis, two of the members of The Ardurous. The movement has its own fashion label. Inscriptions on sweaters make it clear that they do not want to touched without consent.
Ex Miss FEBEM
Shows menstrual blood in panties hanging between her legs while she sits on the toilet. Her work deals with gender and classism, pushing the limits of what is acceptable for a female to do and so forth
The third edition of the Amsterdam Art Fair not to be confused with Art Amsterdam. The name given to Hollands longest running art fair KunstRAI. However recently Art Rotterdam has taken over as the leading art fair. Amsterdam Art Fair aims to make to the Dutch capital the place to go for the collectors again.
Galery Frank Taal
Representing Bram Braam
Works by Esther Tielemans and Sarah-Jane Hoffmann
Juliette Jongma / Kunstverein
Work by Bert Scholten, Nicolaas Riis, Florian and Michael Quistrebert
Siberian BAM exhibition
Jelle Brandtcorstius, Aldo Van Den Broek and Fabian Hahne
Also for the third time, Antwerp Art Weekend.
Gallery Sofie Vande Velde
Works of Philippe Vandenberg and Bruce Nauman
Work by Susanna Inglada
Galerie De Zwarte Panter
Work by Fred Bervoets, Frieda Van Dun and Wim De Schamphelaere
Many contemporary artists are blurring the boundaries between art and craft. reclaiming techniques and materials that traditionally where not considered for art.
Ida Ivanka Kubler
Ahmed creates or rips apart existing rugs. The works look like they are melting, pixelated or flawed. He throws existing designs into disarray. His work explores how two different ideas live together.
So it is that time again every two years the art world descents on Venice to take stock of what is happening. Often political or controversial. It is together with the Documenta (also happening this year) arguably the most important art event of all. In the Giardini park 85 countries are represented. In national pavilions, the Arsenale and the central Pavilion. There are also many other locations to see great art. Too much to see it all, but here is a selection.
U.S. pavilion: Mark Bradford
With the choice of Mark Bradford the curators confront the viewer. With the role of black, gay, and other minority groups. The discrimination, violence and hate people face back in the USA and beyond.
Korean Pavilion: Cody Choi, Lee Wan
The facade of the building is covered in neon signs made by Cocy Choi inside Lee Wan shows video’s. Both explore the relationship between the east and the western world in their work.
Austrian Pavilion: Brigitte Kowanz, Erwin Wurm
From the top of Erwin Worm’s truck the viewer has a nice vantage point over the Giardini gardens. Inside you can become part of the work yourself in his ‘One Minute Sculptures’. Brigitte Kowanz shows works with mirrors and light.
German Pavilion: Anne Imhof
Artist and choreographer Anne Imhof’s new piece ‘Faust’ has the performers sing, dance and maneuver. They stand on plinths above and crawl in the small space beneath the glass floor.
Nigerian Pavillion: Victor Ehikhamenor, Peju Alatise, Qudus Onikeku
In their first-ever pavilion, Nigeria’s show ‘How About Now?’ The show is positioned on several floors. The three artists get the chance to show their work looking at the history of the country and where it is going.
Icelandic Pavilion: Egill Sæbjörnsson
The show concisest of huge multi-media morphing art installations, sculptures, and music. Man-eating trolls seize the building in a catastrophic way.
Finnish Pavilion: Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors
Political satire and absurd humor are key in this collaboration. A talking egg, videos and sculptures tell unreliable narratives.
British Pavilion: Phyllida Barlow
The British pavilion is bursting out of its seems with the work of Phyllida Barlow. A larger than live installation of abstract sculptures combined with recognizable forms.
St. Caterina Church: Rachel Maclean
Even though still part of the U.K. Rachel Maclean represents Scotland. With her new film, ‘Spite Your Face’. The church is dominated by the massive video work.
Abbazia di San Gregorio: Jan Fabre
Belgian artist Jan Fabre shows glass and bone sculptures, honoring Venetian glassblowers and Flemish masters.
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa: Lucy McKenzie
Lucy McKenzie’s installation consisting of painted furniture, trinkets, sculptures and paintings. It deals with race and gender. She remarks on the original function of the venue; a domestic house.
Dorsoduro, Campo San Vio: James Lee Byars
This phallic ‘the golden tower’ is one of the works you literately can’t miss at 66 feet it stands on the grand canal.
Mondrian Fan Club: Central Pavilion
As part of ‘Viva Arte Viva’ Christine Macel curated David Medalla in collaboration with Adam Nankervis. They create embroideries, drawings, installations and photographs in tribute to Piet Mondrian.