Theaster Gates (born August 28, 1973) is an American social practice installation artist. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he still lives and works. Gates’ work has been shown at major museums and galleries internationally and deals with issues of urban planning, religious space, and craft. He is committed to the revitalization of poor…
Tatiana Trouvé is a contemporary visual artist based in Paris. Born in Cosenza, Italy in 1968, she later spent her childhood living in Senegal, before continuing her studies in the Netherlands and at the Villa Arson in the South of France. Trouvé produces sculptures, drawings, and installations, many of which incorporate architectural interventions. One of…
Qiu Xiaofei’s (b. 1977, Harbin, China) artistic practice includes oil painting, watercolor, drawing, sculpture and installation. The concept of his work engages relationships between personal experience and history. Recently, his work focuses on the psychological state during the creative process. Qiu Xiaofei’s artworks evoke a dreamlike state. Many of his paintings are based on photos…
Liza Lou (b. 1969, New York) has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Lou’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway; Fundacio Joan Miró, Barcelona; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah; Aspen Art Museum; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York. Her work has also been featured internationally at the 5th Biennale de Lyon d’art Contemporain, France; Taipei Biennial; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; and ARS 01, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. The artist’s work is also in many prominent museum collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Brant Foundation, The Hammer Museum and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2005, Lou moved to South Africa, where she established a studio with Zulu bead workers. Lou is the recipient of a 2013 Anonymous Was A Woman Award and in 2002 she received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. The artist is based between Los Angeles and KwaZulu-Natal.
Lou’s work can be interpreted as a meditation on labor and process that welcomes variance and accident to illuminate repetition. For more than two decades, she has worked with glass beads as her primary medium. From working alone on large-scale sculptures to developing unique community strategies, she investigates the beauty of labor, challenges the accepted definitions of art and craft, and addresses the socio-political issues of gender, class, race, and community. For her best-known installation, Kitchen (1991-96), now in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, she worked alone over five years to create a life-sized replica of an American kitchen, complete with brand-name household products, in which every surface was meticulously overlaid with small glass beads. The monumental piece established Lou as a sculptor and solidified her commitment to highlighting the often-invisible labor of women.
Jens Fänge Born in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 1965, Jens Fänge lives and works in Stockholm. His works have been exhibited many times in Scandinavia, including at the National Gallery of Norway in Oslo, the Gothenburg Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art – Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Fänge’s paintings have been included in international exhibitions, such as at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson (USA). His works can be found in the collections of the Swedish Museum of Modern Art – Moderna Museet and the Magasin 3 in Stockholm or at the Gothenburg Museum of Art ; as well as in private collections such as a permanent installation at the headquarters of H&M in Stockholm, or in the collection of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. In 2014 and 2015, Jens Fänge also executed an original work for the Nobel Prize in Literature of Patrick Modiano and Svetlana Alexievich.
Michael Armitage (b. 1984) is a Kenyan born artist currently living between Nairobi and London. The artist’s predominant concerns are the social and political issues facing our contemporary global society. By weaving multiple narratives, drawn from the media and his native country’s mythologies, Armitage strives to emphasise the universal social problems that many choose to deny. He has a firm belief that art is an agent of social change and through his captivating figurative style, he compels the viewer to take a deeper look at the content his art addresses. Armitage questions the supposed passivity of watching news media: a spectator is already complicit and should ponder their own responsibility towards the reported events.
In his paintings, Armitage intertwines narratives drawn from his memories, and discourses from both Western and East African vantage points. Such approach allows him to raise the discussion of the impact of oppressive narratives from the perspective of either region.
Armitage combines his artistic training in London, (BA from Slade School of Art in 2007, MA Royal Academy, London 2010) with traditional East African hues, materials and techniques. He paints on lubugo bark cloth, a fabric resulting from a laborious process of beating the bark for several days, and eventually stretching it. The entire process leaves the material taut and often with holes and coarse depressions. The atypical surface of the cloth manipulates the manner in which the oil paint is applied and dries, ultimately adding to Armitage’s distinctive amorphous shapes. The Ugandan material is ridden with social and political meaning. It was traditionally used as a burial garment but has contemporarily been commoditised, being sold in East African markets as adapted placemats, baskets and other touristic knickknacks.
b. 1984 in Nairobi (Kenya); lives and works in London (United Kingdom)
Michael Armitage’s paintings draw on the subject matter of Kenya, his country of birth. Painting with oil paint onto lubugo, a traditional bark cloth from Uganda, Armitage applies the oil paint in layers, in a process of scraping back, revising and repainting. Producing a broad range of images inspired by news media, East African legends, internet gossip and his own memory. Recent exhibitions include White Cube Bermondsey, and The South London Gallery, both in London.
Michael Armitage paints lyrically figurative landscapes whose starting point is the often hard realities of his native Kenya – the political system, the social inequalities and the violence. He works with successive layers of oil paint on lubugo, a traditional Ugandan bark cloth, in a process of scraping back, revising and repainting that produces a broad range of images inspired by the media, East African legends, the Internet and his own memory. His choice of pastel colours and his dreamlike interpretation of photographic images, his conscious references to an art history with roots in the “Western” modernity of Gauguin, make his works seem like a reworking of great historical painting, but tinged with irony and fantasy.
In partnership with the British Council and the White Cube Gallery, London
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Mickalene Thomas (born Jersey January 28, 1971), is a contemporary African American artist best known for her complex paintings made of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. Her work draws from Western art history, pop art and visual culture to examine ideas around femininity, beauty, race, sexuality and gender. Mickalene Thomas has been awarded multiple prizes and…
Zhu Yiyong 朱毅勇 Zhu YiYong Born in Chongqing in 1957 and graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Academy of Arts.The multiple award-winning and internationally acclaimed artist has exhibited throughout the world and has shown his work at major art fairs including Art Basel Miami. 朱毅勇 1957生，四川重慶人。 1977年入四川美術學院繪畫系油畫專業，1982年畢業後留校任教，後在魯迅美術學院參加法國當代著名寫實主義畫家克勞德·依維爾油畫材料技法研究班學習。
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Andrew “Andy” Taylor (born January 1, 1967) is an Australian painter and printmaker.
Taylor was born in Melbourne, where he studied at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1985 to 1987, and graduated with a BFA. Some of his works belong to the collections of the Artbank, of the National Gallery of Victoria, of the Shepparton Art Gallery, and to “The Telstra Collection” of the Australian National University. Further works belong to private collections in Australia, in the United States and in France. Taylor has been married to Australian actress and director Rachel Griffiths since 2002, with three children.
G. Roland Biermann was born in Bonn, Germany. He lives and works in London. 1990 – 1991: studies at New York University. Photographic projects in Germany, the UK and the US since 1990. London-based photographic artist G. Roland Biermann has been showing new photographs on glass at the gallery of Bayerische Hofglasmalerei. These works from…