ROTTERDAM Kunstinstituut Melly Kapwani Kiwanga’s recent exhibition featured three installations and a hanging cloth work—all addressing strategies of resistance, from historical slavery to the American civil rights era, to today’s anti-racist movements and demonstrations. Botany played an unexpected, and key, role in all but one of these new works, as Kiwanga drew out the histories of various plants smuggled into America by enslaved Africans.
Sanford Biggers’s recent directions balance code-switching and syncretism. As he explains, code-switching derives from “the sonic backbone of hip-hop,” a “visual journey through collage, patchwork, mashup, chop and screw, and sampling.” Three-dimensional, quilt-based forms continue his earlier explorations into the layering and fusion of symbols and patterns, while marble “Chimera” sculptures reconfigure the history of
Natalie Frank is a multidimensional artist who plays in the arena of the figure. After first garnering attention with ribald oil paintings, she expanded into drawing, illustrating such books as the unexpurgated Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA Desert X 2021, on view through May 16, 2021, is the third edition of a biennial site-specific sculpture exhibition “explore[ing] the desert as both a place and idea.” The arid Coachella Valley in Riverside County, southern California, includes the winter resort city of Palm Springs and several other, smaller communities.
Habiendo transitado distintas disciplinas dentro de las artes plásticas, la obra de Elia Gasparolo, artista argentina oriunda de la provincia de Mendoza, se enmarca actualmente dentro de lo multidisciplinario, sumando a sus pinturas, objetos de estructura blanda, indumentaria y accesorios que conforman biotextiles cuyo protagonista es la materialidad orgánica per se.
Though Nancy Davidson has worked in multiple mediums over the course of her prolific career, she is best known for her enormous, flamboyant sculptures made of latex balloons and vinyl-coated nylon. These quirky, vibrantly colored inflatables lightheartedly blend absurdity and humor, but they also raise social and political issues in an upbeat, playful manner.
Sabine Senft, Texas Sculpture Group President and Wells Mason, Texas Sculpture Group Board Member discuss art with María Carolina Baulo, art historian, curator and arts writer-critic (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Daniel Kunitz, Editor-in-Chief of Sculpture.
Young Joon Kwak, a Los Angeles-based artist working in sculpture, performance, and video, reimagines the form, function, and materiality of objects in order to propose alternative ways of seeing and understanding bodies, as well as physical and social spaces.