Friday, March 5, 2021
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Zhang Huan, With the Art in the Flesh

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Zhang Huan is a Chinese performance artist, photographer, and sculptor born in 1965 in Anyang City, Henan Province, China. He has positioned himself as one of China's best known conceptual and performance artists.
The Sun, 2000. An Acrylic work on canvas. Photo: nytimes

Yue Minjun – Obsession or self-obsession?

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Yue Minjun has a funny way of expressing himself. Best known as a self-portrait artist, taken to posing in various settings but with only one face, a grimace. Is this Cynical Realism or just...
Damián Ortega. Photo: art21.org

Damián Ortega, Using Everyday Things to Create Timeless Works

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Damián Ortega is a Mexican artist born in Mexico City in 1967. He has lived between Berlin and Mexico since 2006 and currently presents his installations internationally. He is known for the quality and originality of his installations, such as Cosmic Thing presented for the first time at the 50th Venice Biennial in 2002.
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Mariko Mori, Between Art and Science

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Mariko Mori is known for her sculptures, videos, photographs, installations, digital images, and performance pieces. Her works usually include surrealistic and sci-fi pictures and gadgets. In her videos and performances, Mori appears disguised as a sexy cyborg, pop star, mermaid, or a futuristic goddess.
Artwork in the GAWU series. Photo: WikiCommons

El Anatsui – The Godfather of Recycled Art

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El Anatsui is a very clever and gifted artist. No one else can do what he does and make it look that easy. Born in 1944 in Ghana the youngest of 32 children, El Anatsui is the godfather of recycled art.
Omar Victor Diop - LIBERTY - SELMA, 2016. Photo: omarviktor.com

Omar Victor Diop, The Power of Contemporary Photography

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Omar Victor Diop was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1980. Since he was a child, he had a great interest in photography and design, using this interest as a means to achieve to capture the diversity within modern societies and lifestyles in his native Africa.
Kehinde Wiley at Seattle Art Museum

Kehinde Wiley: Without Saying a Word He Says So Much

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Born in 1977, the decade of great creativity, to a Nigerian father and African American mother Wiley is a product of his environment. Growing up in Los Angeles, California in the 1980s had its own challenges. Art and art school presented a way out of the hood for Wiley and his twin brother.
The Hikers, 2019. Photo: Hauser & Wirth

Rashid Johnson – The Escape Artist

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Johnson is well known for incorporating a wide range of everyday objects and materials into his work, often reflecting back to his childhood and referencing aspects of his African American heritage; the cultural identity mixed with symbolism he calls appropriated history.
MAQUEII 2002. Photo: Courtesy Goodman Gallery

Tracey Rose – Contributing to History

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It’s not every artist who is brave and committed enough to shave her entire body and make an art piece with the hair while filming using surveillance cameras, Introducing Tracey Rose.
Janine Antoni - Slumber, 1993. Image courtesy of janineantoni.net

Janine Antoni, on the Edge of Artistic Expression and Provocation

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Janine Antoni develops her artistic activity through installations and performances. She has a personal, unique and radical style, which differs significantly from the other usual proposals of the artistic scene. Born in the Bahamas on January 19, 1964, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989.