a tale of a few cities

He Xiangyu, Der Tod des Marat

Posted in All is not as it seems., Art, artists, China, Exhibitions, Homage, paris, portraits, RIP, Sculpture, surrealism by petercombe on November 3, 2011

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In an edition of three, “Der Tod des Marat” (“The Death of Marat”) consists of a life-size version of ’s body laying face down on the floor, dressed in a suit. He Xiangyu, an artist represented by Beijing’s White Space Gallery and Galerie LOFT in Paris, reportedly hand-knotted actual human hair onto the plastic and fiberglass effigy to create a representation of the artist plausible enough to shock and offend unsuspecting locals. The sculpture was on view at the Künstlerhaus’s Laden No. 5 exhibition space until November 1. According to Xiangyu, the sculpture was the exhibit was intended to praise Ai’s defiant actions despite the Chinese government’s constant threats of imprisonment. Ai, who helped lead the design at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, remains one of Beijing’s most vocal and outspoken critics.

Passersby are mistaking it for a human corpse, and, not surprisingly, have already alerted local authorities. “Several people had already called within days of the exhibition going up,” said Peter Steger, a spokesman for the police in Bad Ems. A local resident also filed charges for disturbing the peace of the dead, thinking the corpse was real.

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Joyeux Quatorze Juillet

Peter Combe, A TRUE LOVE UNVEILED (AVENUE DE TOURVILLE), 2011

My toast to Bastille Day, a little Pariscentric anagram.

Anish Kapoor Blows Off UK Now

Posted in Art, artists, boycott, China, London, Photography, politics, protests by petercombe on June 16, 2011

(Photo: Johnny Shand-Kydd)


LONDON. Anish Kapoor has cancelled plans to present his sculptures at the National Museum of China in Beijing, in protest against the continuing detention of Ai Weiwei. He had been asked by the British Council to consider a show at the newly renovated museum in Tiananmen Square as part the “UK Now” festival in China late next year.

Kapoor’s spokeswoman confirmed to The Art Newspaper that he had been invited to China, but “he is not going to proceed in view of the detention of Ai Weiwei.” Ai, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, was arrested in Beijing in early April for alleged “economic crimes”.

Discussions began about a potential exhibition at the National Museum of China last October, when two directors of London’s Lisson Gallery (which represents Kapoor, stand 2.1/K12 at Art Basel) were in Beijing. Provisional plans were subsequently made for Kapoor to travel to Beijing this month to view the space and talk with the museum. The idea would have been to mount an exhibition with a major new work.

Kapoor has been outspoken in his criticism of the Chinese government’s treatment of Ai Weiwei, since his detention on 3 April. On 10 May, when he opened his Leviathan installation at the Grand Palais in Paris, he dedicated it to the Chinese artist, describing his detention as “barbaric”. Once Kapoor had spoken out, it was realised that his participation in the “UK Now” festival would be difficult. A British Council spokeswoman stressed that the exhibition proposal had been at “a very early stage, and until he had seen the space we could not have proceeded”.

British Council chief executive Martin Davidson believes in “freedom of cultural expression”, but is keen for the programme to go ahead. He commented: “It is through cultural exchange that we best demonstrate the benefits of free artistic expression and build supportive links between people in the UK and China.”

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Anish Kapoor, Leviathan

Posted in architecture, Art, Installation, Interiors, paris, Photography, Sculpture by petercombe on May 13, 2011

Each year the Ministère de la Culture et Communication invites a leading artist to create a work that responds to the exceptional architectural space of the Grand Palais in Paris. The sheer monumental scale of the building provided the inspiration for Monumenta.
This year, Indian-born, British-based artist Anish Kapoor has created a temporary, site-specific installation (much larger than his Marsyas, 2002, installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern) inside the nave of the glass-domed hall. The space was originally unveiled at the 1900 universal exhibition. For its fourth edition, after guest artists Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra and Christian Boltanski, it has been the turn of Anish Kapoor to meet the challenge with a brand new work for the 13,500 m2 space.

Visitors to the Grand Palais will first use a revolving door to enter inside ‘the belly of the beast’, a four-chamber balloon, bathed in red light, which the artist says he hopes has a cathedral-like quality. I am reminded of Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Hon, 1966, Moderna Museet, Stockholm which I compared to an earlier architectural collaboration between Kapoor and Amanda Levete Architects (the Monte St Angelo Subway station in Naples). It is as if the interior of Kappor’s Leviathan presents a womblike element or some sort anatomical organ system.

Once you enter the second part of the exhibition, the exterior of the sculpture appears to bear no relation to the interior. They co-exist simultaneously. That’s what the work is about,’ says Anish Kapoor.

‘I think there is no such thing as an innocent viewer. all viewing, all looking comes with complications, comes with previous histories, a more or less real past. abstract art and sculpture in particular, has to deal with this idea that the viewer comes with his body, and of course memory. memory and body come together in the act of looking. I’m really interested in what happens to meaning in that process: as memory and body walk through, take the passage through any given work, something happens, something changes.’
Anish Kapoor

The cost of this exhibition is estimated around 3 million euros. 

Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1954. He lives and works in London.

PETER COMBE, I DO / SVP

Peter CombeI DO / SVP, 2011

M/M (Paris) is approaching 9,000 Facebook fans…and who wants a free bottle of M/MINK?

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Isa Genzken, Mona Isa

Posted in Art, Mixed media, paris, Sculpture by petercombe on December 22, 2010

Kontrast, 2010, Mixed media, 249 x 122 x 62 cm

Holiday, 2010, Mixed media, 243,5 x 65,5 x 55,5 cm

Mona Isa IV (Dürer Selbsportrait), 2010 Mixed media, 172 x 114 x 56 cm

A crucial figure in Post-war contemporary art, Isa Genzken (born 1948), is a Berlin based sculptor whose work re-imagines architecture, assemblage, and installation, giving form to new plastic environments and precarious structures. The artist represented Germany at the 2007 Venice Biennale and has shown her work in leading museums across Europe. She was among a group of prominent international artists featured in the exhibition “Unmonumental,” the survey that inaugurated the New Museum’s SANAA building. On November 13, 2010 her sculpture “Rose II” was installed outside the New Museum, NYC as part of a year long rotating installation.

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C’était un rendez-vous

Posted in Cinéma, film, movies, paris by petercombe on September 7, 2010

Shot in a single take, C’était un Rendezvous (“It was a date”) is a short film (under 10 minutes) made in 1976 by Claude Lelouch, showing a high speed drive through Paris in the early hours of the morning (05:30hrs), accompanied by sounds of a high-reving engine, gear changes and squealing tires.. An example of cinéma-vérité, the length of the film was limited by the short capacity of the 1000 foot 35mm film reel, and filmed from a (supposedly) gyro-stabilised camera mounted on the car’s bumper.

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Christian Boltanski at Grand Palais Paris

Posted in Art, Collage, Installation, paris by petercombe on May 3, 2010
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Maraisland

Posted in paris, video by petercombe on April 30, 2010
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Linda Besemer

Posted in Art by petercombe on October 13, 2009

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Linda Besemer, White Slab, 2009

13.26 x 13.26 inches, 33.7 x 33.7 cm
acrylic paint

 

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