Banksy returned recently with an unlicensed street stall in Italy, offering a tableau of oil painting to unsuspecting passers-by near the ongoing Venice Art Biennale. A video of “Venice in Oil” was posted on the mysterious artist’s Instagram recently, showing an unidentified figure setting up and manning the stall as pedestrians comment on the work. The artist’s installation was accompanied by another work, a stenciled mural of a migrant child, a likely continuation of his work surrounding refugees in Europe.
With “Louise Bourgeois in the Rijksmuseum Gardens,” the Amsterdam museum offers the first major exhibition to focus solely on the beloved artist’s outdoor sculptures. More than half a century is represented in these works, which include her famed, enormous spiders and other unsettling metal forms. Works include “The Blind Leading the Blind” and “Crouching Spider,” both existing on opposite ends of her career.
Kati Heck’s wild paintings, sculptures, textile work, and photographs are featured in a new show at Tim Van Laere Gallery. “All my friends are wild” takes influence from philosopher Donna Haraway, who often explores concepts at the intersection of science and feminism. The show, running through July 6 in the massive space in Antwerp, collects both small and enormous works. Heck was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Oliver Vernon just finished his largest mural ever, a massive project organized by Kirk Gallery in Denmark. Working 12-hour days over two weeks, he created a piece that reflects his dynamic, abstract style. Vernon was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
“The most Colombian of Colombian artists” is a descriptor self-bestowed by Fernando Botero, a figure whose legacy is a voluminous as the people, objects, and animals the 87-year-old has painted and sculpted for decades. The singular nature of that phrase is juxtaposed with the artist’s close-knit family life in the documentary “Botero.” The film, which has its European premiere at DocsBarcelona today, tracks the artist’s aim to “be a chapter in art history,” as one interviewee states, as he looms larger and larger in the art world—and at home.
In his current show at Taglialatella Galleries, Logan Hicks reimagines moments from art history through his contemporary, stencil-and-aerosol techniques. “In Full Bloom” shows a collection of paintings, handsprayed duplicates, and prints from the artist, who was previously featured on HiFructose.com here. The show runs through June 10 at the space.