We understand that last week was for most of you was just about preparing turkey, eating it and burning calories afterwards. To get you back on the art world track, here our four highlights of what happened:
1. First’s Pickled Animals Arrive in Hong Kong
Damien Hirst’s pickled animals are on show at the Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong, with his exhibition “Visual Candy and Natural History”. Also, the much-acclaimed shark preserved in formaldehyde is on display. Other works include a sheep, a turkey and two calves named Cain and Abel, plus a cow’s head lying in a puddle of blood. Some of his vibrant spot colour oil paintings collectively called Visual Candy are also shown and offer some piece for your soul after seeing his “zoo”.
2. Qatar to Open Major Show at Berlin Techno Club
Qatar manages to surprise us by closing the Qatar-Germany Year of Culture to a close with a grand finale, setting up a major contemporary art exhibition – in a venue best known for techno parties.
Yep, the 294 works from 73 artists will be on display in the old East German electrical power plant “Kraftwerk”, that now also houses one of Berlin’s most famous techno clubs, Tresor. A pretty surprising location for the Middle Eastern nation. However, party on – time to nourish young talents.
3. Hugo Boss Announces Winner of 2017 Award
Li Ming is the winner of the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Awards – The multimedia artist has been awarded the prestigious prize for emerging artist just last Thursday. The Hangzhou-based artist’s work investigates social content through video installations and is displayed at Shanghai-based Rockbund art museum until February.
4. Murakami’s IG Discovery Opens Solo Show at Perrotin
After having been discovered by Takashi Murakami through Instagram, Madsaki made himself a name in the art world. Shortly after a collaborative mural in Vancouver, Madsaki attracted fashion, art and pop culture influencers like Virgil Abloh and Dr. Romanelli and managed to become one of the most sought-after street artists. His debut solo show just opened at Perrotin Tokyo – titled “Bada Bing, Bada Boom”.
5. KAWS IG Confirms “Black” Air Jordan Release Date
Same as for the art world, there are also lots sneaker related rumours on social media spreading constantly, but master KAWS himself has just confirmed that the “Black” Air Jordan IV” will drop next week. Exclusive to the United States, the KAWS x Nike Air Jordan IV will be available through KAWSONE.com
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