In the series Darkened Cities by French photographer Thierry Cohen, two impossibilities are presented to us: That we might see the night sky in such detail from our grand kingdoms of light is the initial response. In the lower half of the picture a ‘darker’ and equally improbable scenario: that entire cities might ever stand totally unilluminated at night, more soulless than lifeless. These are pictures of beauty and of… Read More >
Berlin, home of UPON PAPER, is no small place. For those prepared to criss-cross the sprawling city and visit each of its distinct and separate districts, they will find a quota of exhibitions that is hard to beat. As the saying goes – for the best information, ask a local – and so UPON PAPER’S Moritz Schreiber selects his home town top ten on show this December.
After almost 30 years of absence in galleries, following and long and successful career in cinema, Daoud Alouad-Syad returns home and to his first love, with Au pays de l’enfance (In the Land of Childhood), a beautiful exhibition of vintage photography at Galerie 127 in Marrakech. Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Franck and Richard Avedon, Marrakech-born Daoud Read More—
Yue Minjun’s first big solo show in Europe at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, is for all intents a Western debut, but goes far beyond an introduction to this accomplished Chinese artist. Instead, running for four months through fall 2012 to spring 2013, the show is a major retrospective. For the first time his main works are shown in one place, so the visual force – the evolution of his work since the 1990s, and the differentiated aesthetics – are presented in one single time and place. Read More—
For fifteen years, the subject matter of Don Brown’s drawings and sculptures has concentrated on the depiction of his wife and muse Yoko. In a new series based on the photographic documentation of his sculptures, Brown marks the inclusion of a new medium in the artist’s oeuvre. In Yoko, ten new large format inkjet prints materialise —just stone’s throw from the British Museum’s classical sculptures— in the hands of London’s most creative contemporary print edition gallery; Paul Stolper. More—
California is beaches, ocean, and orange juice. California is the sprawling giant Los Angeles; when it comes to culture, we might think of Hollywood—along with the surfers and the last hippie stoners. That is the stereotype, at least. Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, contradicts this stereotype when it comes to music—and not only acoustically, but optically as well. The Gehry building is like a UFO landed in the middle of the architectonic mediocrity that is downtown L.A.; it has a unique quality, a splendor—