SINGAPORE Singapore Art Museum For Lee, abstract painting has long been more than a means to experiment with form and color on a flat surface. Rather than creating images or pictures, she stages her works as sensuous, spatial objects that bring surrounding architecture to life.
From ink drawings and photomontages born of inventive frustration to multidisciplinary installations that bring his private stories into the lived world—most dramatically in The Teaching Tree (Saudi pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2022)—he has devoted himself to reclaiming the line and the word, transforming them from tools of censorship and authority into expressions of free will.
PHILADELPHIA Barnes Foundation Brendan Fernandes’s Returning to Before, commissioned by the Barnes Foundation in response to the exhibition “William Edmondson: A Monumental Vision,” proposes that gesture can reach back through time and connect us with the past.
NEW YORK New Museum Lee’s interest in carnage, eroticism, the abject, and intuitive creative interventions is in line with Surrealist practice; while her biomorphic forms, sinuous lines, and painterliness constitute a response to Abstract Expressionism.
HOUSTON Museum of Fine Arts Unlike much video art, which (for me, anyway) remains prohibitively esoteric, Rist’s work keeps accruing mainstream accessibility; in 2016, Beyoncé famously channeled the whimsical, eight-minute Ever is Over All (1997) in her music video Hold Up.
Seattle-based Emily Counts takes a personal approach to sculpture, creating ceramic and mixed-media works based on memories that also leave ample space for interpretation. Sea of Vapors, her immersive installation at the Museum of Museums in Seattle (on view through September 1, 2023), leans into the narrative potential of ceramics.
Dueña de una mirada estética que hace foco en la naturaleza, la rosarina Fabiana Imola desarrolla una obra con una fuerte impronta abstracta pero que pone al espectador dentro de un universo vegetal inconfundible.
Keg de Souza’s multidisciplinary practice gravitates around issues of place, community, and spatial politics. Drawing on her architectural training and experience as a squatter and organizer, she uses installation, temporary architecture, performance, workshops, and food to create informal, imaginative platforms for learning, participation, and exchange.