For five years in a row, the open air exhibition “Sculpture in the City” has brought some of the best contemporary artists to the public in London. Opening this week on July 9th, this year’s installment will feature new works by Ekkehard Altenburger, Bruce Beasley, Adam Chodzko, Ceal Floyer, Laura Ford, Damien Hirst, Shan Hur, Folkert de Jong, Sigalit Landau, Kris Martin, Keita Miyazaki, Tomoaki Suzuki, Xavier Veilhan, and Ai Weiwei. The exhibit merges the new with the old as their works are set against the city’s most historic landmarks. Take a look at more photos of Sculpture in the City 2015 as it comes together, after the jump.
Last week the Gagosian Gallery on New York’s famed Madison Avenue opened Damien Hirst‘s “End of an Era” show. I am not sure if the title is a direct representation of Damien Hirst taking a new direction with his work, but this show was clearly filled with repeat, stunning performances by Mr. Hirst. Taking center stage was the title piece which depicting a bull’s head with golden horns, encased in formaldehyde representing the worship of false idols. This piece is based on his 2008 work, titled “The Golden Calf”. The backdrop to the main room was “Painful Memories/Forgotten Tears”, gold encased cabinets filled with man made diamonds, which were also based on former Hirst works.
In Peter Palfi‘s “Looney Tombs” series, the mythologies of Ancient Egyptian gods and 20th-century animation synthesize with artifacts faithful to both histories. The Hungarian artist uses bronze, wood, resin, actual mummified animals, and other materials to craft these sculptures—along with his own complete Book of the Dead. For some, it may recall Damien Hirst’s “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” though Palfi’s work, in concept, wholly embraces the absurd.
Eric Shiner, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum opened his latest venture last night at Royal/T in Culver City. Entitled “The Warholian” the show not only features a variety of Warhol’s more renowned pieces (Marilyn, Flowers, Dollar Sign and Electric Chair) but is also accompanied by contemporary Warhol-inspired works by such artists as Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst. Brandon Shigeta (Hypebeast) was on hand last night for the VIP opening and between sips of Dom Perignon’s 2002 A Tribute to Warhol vintage, managed to snap some pics for Hi-Fructose. Check out the opening festivities after the jump.
Back in 2004, a curated show, “One Hundred Artists See God” took to the road. With an all-star lineup including such notables as Damien Hirst, Andreas Gursky, Roy Lichtenstein, Leonard Nimoy, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, and Ed Ruscha, the show saw international recognition and museum appearances. When the show arrived at the Laguna Art Museum, the Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana opened their own exhibition on the same night, appropriately titled “One Hundred Artists See Satan”. The controversial show acquired great acclaim, and even a book release, for its controversial subject matter and roster of master “lowbrow” artists.
For their second installment of their highly successful show, the GCAC has put together a new body of work as a fund raising drive for future GCAC exhibitions and events. Hi-Fructose is proud to present a selection of the works for our readers, check out images from the show and a few select works after the jump.
Jason deCaires Taylor has spent more than a decade crafting underwater sculptures that create living reefs, improving the surrounding ecosystem at a time when 40 percent of coral reefs have disappeared over the past decades. His recent pieces including 48 life-sized figures in Indonesian waters and a recently installed an initial phase of his underwater art museum, The Coralarium. Taylor last appeared on HiFructose.com here.