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World Art Center Booth No. 700

Show Time:23-26 April 2015

Address: Pier 94, 711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway) New York, NY 10019-5399

Exhibiting Artists: Barack Wang(China)

Ken Ho(New York)

Chengju Li(New York)

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Time: 06/30-07/30/2015



Adress: Florence, Italy

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被“军火” 引爆的艺术圈



撰文:谢筱鄄 2017/03/04



一年一度的纽约军械艺术博览会终于又在今年的三月一号拉开了序幕,整个纽约艺术圈包括藏家,艺术经纪人,批评家,画廊主等,以及艺术爱好者全都倾巢出动,往来穿梭于此次艺博会之中。笔者快速的逛了美国艺术经销商协会举办的艺术展(The ADAA Art Show)之后,立马赶往于哈德逊河的中城码头,只为一睹刚开幕的军械库艺博会VIP 预展。 这次军械库艺博会的VIP预展,嘉宾比笔者预想的要多,更甚于去年12月迈阿密的Art Basel,也体现了纽约这个大都会在艺术圈的核心地位。

军械库艺术博览会是纽约最重要的年度艺术盛宴之一,在美国的艺术史上有着崇高的地位。它由纽约的四位画廊主Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks and Paul Morris创立于1994年。最初的目的是寻求一个平台来展示和推动视觉艺术的新声音。于1994年在纽约格拉梅西公园酒店(Gramercy Park Hotel)举办,起初名为“格拉梅西国际艺术博览会”(Gramercy International Art Fair)。 它让美国观众和艺评界首次较全面地观看了来自欧洲的前卫绘画及雕塑艺术作品,其中包括塞尚、杜尚、毕加索、马蒂斯、康定斯基和布朗库西等欧洲艺术家。这些作品风格各异,有印象派、野兽派、立体主义和未来主义等流派,对于当时仍然惯于写实主义的美国是一次巨大的文化冲击。后因1999年举办地改为莱克星顿大街的第69兵团军械库而更名为“军械库艺术博览会”。2001年,虽然组织者又将其移到哈德逊河码头举办,军械库艺术博览会之后每年会在纽约曼哈顿92号和94号码头举办,23年来,它一直致力于展示世界上最重要的现当代艺术具有创新性的艺术作品,挖掘和扶持艺术家,支持艺术展览馆活动,推动视觉艺术的交流和对话, 成为了国际艺术界的纽带。它也成为了纽约市的心脏地带不可错过的艺术活动,并且每年接待超过65,000位的观众,是美国艺术史的里程碑,展出中令人惊叹的艺术作品层出不穷。

今年的军械库艺术博览会总监换成了前Artnet 新闻主编本杰明·吉诺齐奥(Benjamin Genocchio), 他改善了艺博会的布局以及改革了策展单元,在“Insights”, “Presents” 和“Focus”基础上,将原本的”Galleries” 与” Modern”合为“Galleries”单元,以及增加了“Platform” 单元,为了更好地利用了码头两处举办独特的工业型空间,呈现装置,行为等大型艺术创作。因此,相比较去年来说,今年的军械库艺术博览会不管是从展览布置,还是整个艺博会的总体感觉都好了很多。这次共有来自30个国家和地区的207家画廊参展,包括71家新参展商,阵容被评为“历年最强”。一入展区立马就能感受到本次展览的人气,展品也目不暇接。那么在这次军械库上各家画廊展出了这么多精心收藏的“军火”,到底有哪些值得一看呢?

No.1 “Platform”单元这次在策展人Eric Shiner的策划之下引起了巨大的反响。特别是这次在94号码头的展区中心的陈列,由Victoria Miro呈现的日本裔“怪奶奶”草间弥生的作品“新世界指南”,创作于2016年的装置作品。代表性的波点风格,加上大红配大绿的布置,非常吸引人眼球。据了解,此作品的第一版已成功售出,有专家估计第二版售价可能也会达到100万美金。这件作品非常适合放置在公共空间,非常有张力。

NO.2 由Axel Vervoordt画廊带来的艺术家Sadaharu Horio的作品“1美元画-艺术自动贩卖机”让人拍案叫绝。这位日本艺术家的想法很出人意料,但又让人眼前一亮,借用最高档次的艺博会平台,以这种观众互动式的投入一块钱美金,点选不同菜单的作品风格,从而“贩卖机”出口将得到对应风格的作品。独具匠心地在最高的艺术展览殿堂以这种贱卖和大众消费的方式来”戏谑”了一把当代艺术。跟周边的几个展区也形成鲜明的对比,毫无疑问的也招揽了大批的观众围观,俨然成为了这次艺博会上最活跃的展位。

NO.3 在佩斯(Pace)画廊展位,展示的由阿姆斯特丹的Studio Drift带来的概念性作品”漂浮者(Drifter)”无疑成为了全场最抢眼的亮点之一。 一眼看过去就是个看似极其笨重,悬在空中的庞然大物,近了看原来是会飞的大块水泥方块装置,在空中慢慢地旋转而没有坠落。该作品由混凝土,自动操作以及各种各样的混合材料组成,并非大家想象的实心混凝土块,表面是由海绵假扮成的薄板,内部则充满了氦气,其实就是个大气球。一旁配有排列成网格状的迷你风扇,透过隐秘的缝隙吹出气流,使得作品可以自身旋转。另外,画廊展位的墙面上方周围都安装着红外线摄影机,为了可以更好的控制作品的运动轨迹。氦气加红外线的组合,使得这件作品极具高科技感。

NO.4 来自芝加哥的Kavi Gupta画廊这次带来了美国概念艺术家Glenn Kaino的作品“In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni”。这句拉丁回文的谜语翻译成英文为“we go wandering at night and are consumed by fire”,意思是“我们在晚上游荡,然后被火消耗掉”,也就是我们常说的飞蛾扑火 。从作品名字,概念以及形式表达上来说,这件作品一开始给笔者一种神秘,压抑而紧张的感觉。这件装置的上部是两个靠着的金属质感的头颅,像被架在十字架上,佯装被火烧死的形象。下部由焦炭棍堆砌而成的火刑用的柴堆,而焦炭棍上写着如“法西斯之死”以及“死于安乐”等这类的不同标语,给人一种局促不安的感觉。然而,这件装置的材质运用又让人哑然一笑,顿觉放松。它的底部看似真实的火焰其实是由橘黄色的灯和雾化器营造出来的效果,之前让人担心危险易燃的柴堆原来是假的,让观众松了一口气,但是这个概念想法着实别出心裁,售价为15万美金。

NO.5 纽约James Cohan画廊此次带来的艺术家Bill Viola的作品“成为光(Becoming light)”,一个等离子显示器上的彩色动态视频垂直安装在墙上。一帧一帧被放慢的视频,每一帧定格下来的时候都像一幅水底拍摄的摄影作品,而连起来的时候又给人一种水底可以呼吸,画面干净纯净的舒服感。再加上人体的线条轮廓,整个作品很容易就给观众带来一种形式上的艺术美感,因此也很受欢迎。

N0.6 纽约的Paul Kasmin画廊呈现了智利光雕塑艺术家Ivan Navarro的作品“WEBEATME”。依旧使用白色荧光灯管构建成英文大写字母组合成的栅栏,营造出了单面镜的无限空间,作品现代感很强,很有标示性。这次艺博会画廊很快的售出了三件他的作品,可见这位艺术家作品的市场行情非常不错。

之前大家还在猜测这次军械库艺博会是否会受到美国国内紧张的不确定气氛的影响,但观展之后笔者发现 跟当前政治相关的作品很少。而这次艺博会最具话题性且受大众关注的作品大部分以概念和装置为主(当然传统的绘画仍占销售市场的主体),极具艺术形式感和概念。

最后,笔者深有感悟的一点是国外的艺博会价格普遍都非常合理(虽有不同的档次)。西方的艺术收藏已经走入大众化,笔者不禁感叹与中国艺术市场的“虚高价”形成鲜明的对比。总之,这次军械库艺术博览会真的还是有很多值得收藏的好东西,收藏门槛并没有那么高,当然关键还是要找到自己喜欢的以及有好的眼光。 (原创文章,版权归原作者所有)

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Author/Xiaojuan Xie

The Sun Series of “Nirvana Re-birth” was Sun Liangang’s solo exhibition in the 57th Venice Biennale. Hosted by Sun Gallery of New York and co-organized by Italian curator Umberto Putzu, Rosanna Ossola, and New York curator Xiaojuan Xie, this exhibition includes the works of arts created by Sun Liangang in 2015 and 2016.
Mr. Sun is a well-known artist and founder of Caochangdi Art District. Amongst the insiders in New York, he is best known as the initiator of contemporary Ideographism. “He hopes to use his position to change the way people think through art.”— Artnet once has commented regarding him. Mr. Sun has made his life an eternal quest in creating arts with great ideas; and in turn, he receives satisfaction especially from those artworks that shed strong spiritual giving.

Mr. Sun’s solo exhibition was inspired by his thoughts and experience derived from the physical world. For the artist, the present society is on the verge of major upheaval; it is a society full of recessions, decadences, and conflicts, yet mankind is helplessly heading towards oblivion. The existing philosophy, laws, and structures, would not be able to resolve the current problems of this society or indeed any problems for generations to come. In addition, these “illnesses” are so grave that it prevents any father social prosperity. It is therefore that we will need something new!
A new way of thinking, perhaps; a new school of philosophy! Or even a new form of art! Whichever is capable of curing the all present and future “illnesses” plaguing the world for these “illnesses” cannot be cured by the existing law, structure, science and technology, or society itself. The greatest problem facing mankind is perhaps the destruction of the global ecosystem in and as a result of the process of industrialization; and not surprisingly, along with the destruction of physical environment emerged the corruption of the minds and the fall of morality. It is not difficult to envisage that a combination of destruction of the environment and corruption of the mind would inevitably led to the world to collapse, with no civilization, institutions, and education can solve the problem of down fall in the offing. Again, it is at this point, people need a re-birth of power - Nirvana. Just as modern civilization emerged from the renaissance, if people want to solve the problem of social development, they will need to start from an idea or a new Renaissance. The problem lay before us is that human being are unable to resolve the grave issue the byproducts and side-effects of industrialization, and while enjoying the benefits of the industrialization; deep-down, we have seen no hope. As such, the artist wishes to show a re-birth of power through his works. The society at large should revisit the notion of simplicity over complexity, or perhaps even more focus on thinking; think about how the future should have been for what you choose do today may become an “illness” for generations to come.

This exhibition is centered on theme the sun for Mr. Sun believes that the sun is eternal. Regardless how chaotic the world is and will ever become, the sun will continue to rise and shine every day. On the other hand, “Nirvana" denotes the power of re-birth. As childbirth requires a placenta, “Nirvana” re-birth also needs to be on a “placenta”. On a different level, “Nirvana" also refers to the whole world crumbles and re-combines into a new life. That would be considered the emergence of a new world by some philosophers, thinkers, and artists. The people in the Oriental have long had a concept called "Dao” which emphasized harmony with nature as everything are come from the nature and goes back into the nature; The concept of “Dao” came along with concept of cyclicity. Such philosophy has profoundly influenced many easterners, and as such this is also a form of sustainable development.

Through symbolic expression, Sun injected a new creative and vital force in his artwork, which help him to be released from the traditional image language, and then formed a free expression and a new artistic concept in his artworks. Although at first glance, his work may be considered to be a Western abstract expressionist style that began in 1950s, but his work was in fact a different form. As he stated, “I'm just doing the Chinese abstractionism experiments that have nothing to do with Pollock.”
Sun believes that the contemporary art of China must get rid of the shackles of Chinese and Western traditions and start from the expression of an idea. In the west, a work of art is traditionally perceived through "look" and "listen” in a rather direct way. Although the Western abstraction has already stepped away from the realistic portrait, it is still using colors, composition and shapes to directly express emotions. However, artist Sun perception is based on taste and on olfaction. He prefers the taste and pondering, which is the sublimation of freehand brushwork in traditional Chinese painting. This is the key to distinction between his contemporary Ideographism and the Chinese traditions and Western traditions, as well as expressionism.

The abstract art of the East and the West is the product of modern industrial civilization. The content of the expression of abstract art is the material world, which including the microscopic and macroscopic parts, and a more important content of abstract art is to express of the inner law of the world. It formalizes the invisible law, turns it into the image and shows the invisible thing. Sun Liangang's contemporary abstract ideographism pays attention to the essence of freehand art, and also has western rational thinking. Sun’s works pay more attention to spiritual, philosophical, aesthetic, rather than formal.

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