SFMOMA has a new international exhibition called Six Lines of Flight. It is thoughtful and full of good stuff like this. We had the privilege to attend the media preview this morning, and though many things caught our eye, this one had a special kind of resonance that we thought you would like too.
By French Moroccan artist Yto Barrada.
On view at the Asian Art Museum in the Phantoms of Asia exhibition, CLOSING SOON.
New Delhi-based artist Jagannath Panda lives in the burgeoning city of Gurgaon, which is one of India’s major outsourcing hubs and bases of operation for global corporations. His works illustrate the city’s tensions, as overdevelopment threatens natural habitats and infrastructures collapse before they are completed. Panda’s mix of mythology and realism points to the evolving nature of Indian identity and experience today. His snake sculpture, The Cult of Survival, is an expression of the danger in becoming addicted to the cycle of production and consumption in a rapidly changing world.
Can you guess what this sculpture is made out of?
This could be you tonight, peering into different seascapes in Hiroshi Sugimoto’s crystal pagodas, in Phantoms of Asia.
We’re open til 9pm on Thursdays. Admission just $5.
Beautiful soy sauce dog paintings. Brainy mischievous artists. Low rider pigs feet. Custom made cigarette packs. Printed tortillas. Karaoke. Portraits on the spot. And breaking news: an upside down A sculpture by Imin Yeh because she wouldn’t take no for an answer.
SpaceBi has cooked up quite a feast for tomorrow night’s MATCHA event. Have you RSVP’d yet? http://on.fb.me/MqRVvo
This is a series of interactive postcards at the museum to go hand-in-hand with Phantoms of Asia. We ask you a question, and you write/draw a response. You also get to take home the other half of the piece, a postcard featuring gorgeous artwork.
We will be posting more responses, as well as posting new questions/artwork as well. There are four questions, total, each paired with beautiful art from Phantoms.
As always, we’d love for you to chime in with your own responses. Just click here and submit your own response to this question. Pretty please? And if you haven’t seen Phantoms of Asia, maybe you can just answer the question with “Phantoms” being whatever it is that haunts you (just explain what it is for context).
You really need to see this in person in our Phantoms of Asia exhibition to fully appreciate and get the full effect. Here is a detail from a large, textured, and intense work by Raqib Shaw; it’s as beautiful as it is horrific, depicting what I can only quickly sum up personally as an orgy of mutilation and pleasure. This painting is called Absence of God VII, made in 2008 with acrylic, glitter, enamel and rhinestones on board.
The London Telegraph calls Raqib Shaw “a vibrant artist destined for greatness.” Born in Calcutta, Shaw grew up in Kashmir, where he was influenced by the distinctive amalgamation of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian cultures. Since 1998, Shaw has lived and worked in London, where his profound love for the visual and poetic cultures of East and West continues to influence his art. Taking themes from Milton’s Paradise Lost, Shaw summons a world of cultural contradictions, and draws from personal experience, self-knowledge, and dream psychology. Of his own process, he says it is “suggestive of shamanic practices where people dance wildly or use channeling to establish contact with the other side.” Dense in information and heavily populated with fantastical creatures, his work, with its intricate detail, rich color, and jewel-like surfaces, provides contrast to the intensely violent and sexual nature of its imagery.
Absence of God VII (detail), 2008, by Raqib Shaw (India). Acrylic, glitter, enamel and rhinestones on board. © Raqib Shaw. Courtesy of White Cube, London. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.
A scene from our Phantoms exhibition. Love this room, and love the way people interact with it.
Heman Chong imagines a future of dystopian stillness with Calendars (2020–2096), an installation of 1001 photos, each a calendar page capturing a moment of complete emptiness in today’s bustling areas of Singapore. “These spaces intrigue me on a structural and emotional level,” he says. “I know they are so susceptible to change, to every sway of policy, to every new wave.” In other works for Phantoms of Asia, Chong’s site-specific installations are a meditative interaction with the gallery space, applying thousands of original stickers into geometric shapes that may be found in nature, atomic structures, or cosmic symbols.
Photo by Jay Jao.
#PHANTOMS party tonight is gonna swallow us up in fun. Amazing art, artists in attendance, free sips and nibbles, cash bars, cafe open late, sexy times.
Wanna see and celebrate some incredible contemporary Asian art, like this stunner by Jagannath Panda?
Super duper discounted tix for JUST $10 are here. Just use “phantoms” promo code.
Wow. That was definitely a workday pick-me-up!
Choi Jeong Hwa’s “Breathing Flower” was erected/inflated just now outside our doors in Civic Center Plaza, SF, as part of PHANTOMS OF ASIA. Some staff members gathered around with bated breath, excited to see this huge artwork come into its full twenty-four-foot kinetic state.
Like much of his work, this installation in synthetic materials and Pop Art colors forms a larger-than-life mimicry of the beauty of the natural world. In this case, Choi’s red lotus is a symbol of enlightenment and renewal.
If you take any photos with it, please share, and enjoy.
Fungal problems? This is a tiny detail from a large, colorful, whimsical and grotesque scroll by young artist Howie Tsui. He has two beautiful pieces in PHANTOMS OF ASIA, our contemporary art exhibition exploring spirituality, the cosmos, and the afterlife. See this and a ton more cool stuff at our party on May 17.
Some of Howie’s work alludes to the horrifying fables, morality tales, etc that were told to children to discourage undesirable behavior. Which ones do you remember from your childhood?