Highlights from Blouin Modern Painters February 2019

Highlights from Blouin Modern Painters February 2019

Modern Painters has had a mission to include art from every corner of the world. This month the focus is Africa. It is often wrongly assumed that “African art” is restricted to only primitive tribal works — this is changing with artists from the continent being increasingly recognized and represented in galleries, museums and private collections everywhere.

Most are aware of Marlene Dumas, who moved from South Africa to Amsterdam in the 1970s, though what about El Anatsui or even Julie Mehretu?

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is a good way to get introduced to the subject, and in this issue its founder Touria El Glaoui talks with Sarah Moroz about the fair’s background. 

She says that many observers need correcting for their tendency to categorize artists simply as “African,” rather than just being recognized as a painter, sculptor or whatever. Taking on board this universal spirit of all artists being “citizens of the world,” this issue manages to be our best traveled yet.

From Naples, we hear from Jerome Neutres about the Cai Guo-Qiang show he’s curated along with Pompeii and how Italian volcanic destruction resulted in creation.

Anya Harrison reports on the ways the Colombian capital has used its major art fair to energize the arts community from Bogota.

And from New Delhi, Archana Khare-Ghose describes high-profile cultural openings around India leading up to the latest — the Kolkata Centre for Creativity.

The issue also talks about the Belgian gallerist Tim Van Laere about his new architect designed gallery from Antwerp.

From London, curator Matthew Gale speaks of a Tate Modern exhibition devoted to Pierre Bonnard; while Julia Peyton Jones explains her move from the Serpentine Gallery to the British branch of Galerie Thaddeus Ropac.

From Paris, Modern Painters tours another Ropac show, this one being monumentally minimalist.

In Shanghai, the curator Weiwei Wang talks about letting the fair’s art reflect a troubled world at the city’s Biennale.

In New York, the curator Iria Candela discusses the Metropolitan Museum exhibition of Lucio Fontana’s career.

Some other discoveries in the issue are Charlie Brown works at London’s Somerset House; Kevin Beasley’s first solo show at a New York museum; learn how the Netherlands embraced Bauhaus; and we redefine Abstract Art at the Met.

Louisa Elderton speaks with the Berlin gallerist Aeneas Bastian about his opening of a new outpost in London, defying fears about Brexit. 

Touria El Glaoui is quite right: we need to forget small definitions and think big and globally, in art and life.

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Founder: Louise Blouin  


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