Category: The Museum World

  • Walid Raad | Conceptual artist from Lebanon

    Walid Raad Better be watching the clouds May 18 – June 30, 2017 Paula Cooper Gallery 521 W 21st Street, NYC NEW YORK CITY | Paula Cooper Gallery has installed a new series of work by the Lebanon-born Conceptual artist Walid Raad entitled “Better be watching the clouds (2000/2017).” The presentation includes a selection of 15 plates from the series, on view from May 18 through June 30 at 521 West 21st Street. The plates in “Better be watching the clouds” show pages from a book of flora native to the Middle East where the heads of political leaders involved in, or contemporary with, the Lebanese Civil War appear as efflorescences. Its brightly colored blossoms budding with black and white photos of politicians recall the history of political critique and photomontage by artists such as Hannah Höch and John Heartfield. Raad’s index catalogs an extensive collection of players including Muammar Gaddafi (Libya) Margaret Thatcher (UK), Anwar Sadat (Egypt), Hosni Mubarak (Egypt), Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Jimmy Carter (USA), Ronald Reagan (USA), François Mitterrand (France), Mikhail Gorbachev (Soviet Union), Yasser Arafat (Palestine), King Hussein of Jordan, Ayatollah Khomeini (Iran), Ali Khamenei (Iran), Menachem Begin (Israel), Yitzhak Shamir (Israel), Shafik Wazzan (Lebanon), Sheikh Zayed …

  • Prague goes wild for Jake and Dinos Chapman

    Jake and Dinos Chapman The Blind Leading the Blind / Slepý vede slepého Galerie Rudolfinum Alšovo nábřeží 12 CZ 110 01 Praha 1 T +420 227 059 205 galerie@rudolfinum.org www.galerierudolfinum.cz PRAGUE |  Galerie Rudolfinum is pleased to present an solo exhibition by leading British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman entitled “The Blind Leading the Blind.” The exhibition, which presents an overview of works created from the 1990s to the present day, is the largest-ever exhibition by these two artists in Central Europe. “The Prague exhibition of the Chapman brothers is unique in that it presents older works in a new context, meaning that their new installation offers the possibility of creating a new point of view and the opportunity for new interpretations,” says curator Otto M. Urban. In five thematic units divided up into the various exhibition rooms, the exhibition presents sculptures, objects, paintings, drawings, and etchings. In these installations, sculptures, paintings, and drawings, the Chapman brothers use cynical and sarcastic humor to call attention to today’s depraved political, social, religious, and moral state of affairs. War In terms of subject matter, the various cycles touch on themes that the Chapman brothers have been working with since the beginning of their artistic …