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Disciplined Insurgence: Beyond The Norm in Letters Form Wissam Shawkat

Disciplined Insurgence: Beyond The Norm in Letters Form Wissam Shawkatimage courtesy of Tashkeel Studio and Gallery

Disciplined Insurgence: Beyond The Norm in Letters Form Wissam Shawkat
Tashkeel Studio and Gallery, Dubai
January 23 – March 5, 2019

Disciplined Insurgence marks the second solo exhibition at Tashkeel by Wissam Shawkat, the Basra-born, Dubai-based, award-winning artist and designer. His craftsmanship and practice is testament to the innovations being made in Arabic calligraphy and typography in the 21st century. On one hand, it can be interpreted as rebellious and bold, and on the other it feels completely natural to an artist who has fostered a life-long relationship with the letters themselves. “Although my work can be described as a departure from the classic Islamic calligraphy, I have never lost sight of the many years of evolution that has shaped every Arabic letter into its remarkable beauty“.

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Artur Lescher – Asterismos

Artur Lescher - AsterismosImage courtesy of Artur Lescher, Asterismos, Paris.

Artur Lescher – Asterismos
Almine Rech, Paris

January 12 – February 23, 2019

Almine Rech is delighted to present “Asterismos“, Artur Lescher‘s first exhibition at the gallery in Paris. Over forty years or so, Artur Lescher has imposed a body of work easily identified by rigorous geometric forms and the extremely accurate dialogue he constructs between his sculptures and the space that displays them. Asterisms – the title of the exhibition – are noticeable patterns or figures composed by stars and visible from Earth. Unlike constellations, these geometrical figures are not recognized by science and often not clearly defined. The astronomical objects concerned are brought together arbitrarily by interpretations and narrations that have left humankind in awe since antiquity: Callisto, for instance, famously became Ursa Major, the Big Dipper. Their existence only comes together through the beholder’s ability to make up stories, observe and dream.

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The “Mondrian Revolution”

The "Mondrian Revolution"image courtesy of The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris

The “Mondrian Revolution”
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
February 12 – December 31, 2019

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris exhibits a unique selection of approximately fifty haute couture designs throughout its entire exhibition space. In addition to the main themes that shaped the couturier’s body of work the new display explores two of Yves Saint Laurent’s major creations: his well-known Mondrian dresses (autumn-winter 1965) and the gowns made in collaboration with the artist Claude Lalanne (autumn-winter 1969). For its new display, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will devote a considerable part of its exhibition space to the autumn-winter 1965 collection and examine its legacy beyond the history of fashion. “Revolutionary” was how the press described this collection, which drew attention for its modern, avant-garde style.

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Hide & Seek – Maarten Baas

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Hide & Seek – Maarten Baas
Design Museum Holon
November 27 – April 27, 2019

Maarten Baas (b. 1978, Holland) is one of the most outstanding designers of his generation. His diverse body of works consists of furniture, objects, installations, videos and performances. The series Smoke (2002), Baas’ graduation project at the Eindhoven Design Academy, involved burning furniture and subsequently restoring it by means of epoxy resin. This series earned international praise in the media, and established his name as a designer. Reflections on time, transience, memories and future expectations are woven throughout Baas’ work. His series Real Time (2009-2010), for instance, consists of video projections in which different people (the artist included) constantly wipe out the time. Design, for him, is more closely aligned with giving artistic expression to his imagination than with a quest for the best functional design.

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中国私语 CHINESE WHISPERS – Recent Art from the Sigg Collection

CHINESE WHISPERS - Recent Art from the Sigg CollectionImages courtesy of Ai Weiwei, Photo: Bruno Bühlmann, Foto Jung, Sursee/Switzerland

中国私语 CHINESE WHISPERS – Recent Art from the Sigg Collection
January 30 – May 26, 2019
MAK EXHIBITION HALL – Vienna

An exhibition by the MAK, Vienna in dialogue with the collector Uli Sigg and in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee. With CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection a comprehensive exhibition on Chinese contemporary art is coming to Vienna. Uli Sigg has been following the development of contemporary art in China since the late 1970s. In the mid-1990s, he started putting together the world’s most significant and representative collection of Chinese art.

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Printed Leather by Bill Amberg

Printed Leather by Bill AmbergImages courtesy of Bill Amberg Print, Photography by David Cleveland, Print by Tom Dixon

Printed Leather
by Bill Amberg

Leather is an extraordinary material. Durable, versatile and with a unique beauty and handle, its natural form has been decorated through gilding, painting and embossing for millennia. Bill Amberg Print is a modern take on leather decoration that employs specialist digital printing technology, whilst retaining the natural character and grain. Working with the finest European hides printed with graphics specially developed by some of the world’s most renowned creatives, the resulting product has utility that stretches beyond its traditional upholstery functions, to bespoke furniture and a wide range of interior architectural uses.

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Liu Xiaodong – Weight of Insomnia

Liu Xiaodong - Weight of InsomniaImage courtesy of Lisson Gallery 

Liu Xiaodong – Weight of Insomnia
Lisson Gallery – London
January 25 – March 2, 2019

Lisson Gallery is pleased to welcome Liu Xiaodong‘s second exhibition, which is the culmination of a number of years spent developing a technologically radical project to create 21st-century landscape paintings using robotic arms and surveillance cameras. Taking a live feed, streaming data and imagery from an iconic London location above Trafalgar Square, Liu has created a painting machine to process this rolling image feed and transcribe the ever-changing flow of people into a complex network of abstract marks on canvas – resulting in a machine-manufactured painting at the exhibition’s finissage.

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