A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!
Japan’s stormy seas swallow Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin
A sculpture by celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama — a giant black and yellow polka-dotted pumpkin —stood at the end of a pier on the “art island” of Naoshima in the Seto inland sea since 1994. One of Japan’s most recognisable works of modern art, it was badly damaged during a recent tropical storm. The tourist attraction and Instagram staple was no match for a downgraded typhoon that struck the region, more than 400 miles south-west of Tokyo, just this Monday. But now, experts are determining whether it is possible to reconstruct the installation. The Guardian dives right in to the details.
Move over Van Gogh ‘immersives’ — is it Monet’s turn?
Works from the world’s most famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet, are coming to life inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at the ‘Beyond Monet’ exhibit. The century-old art has been animated, moving across massive screens, filling the walls and ceiling as music plays — from Impression, Sunrise to his series of water lilies. But while art aficionados have noticed some striking similarities between this exhibit, and other immersive art exhibits (like one dedicated to Vincent van Gogh), they also said there are differences that go beyond just the artist. CTV News Toronto tells you more.
Banksy’s East Anglian seaside ‘spraycation’
While anonymous artist Banksy is yet to claim them, eight pieces of street art made in his style are causing quite a stir on the east coast of England. From a cocktail-drinking rat to a hungry gull, and from a crowbar-wielding child to an arcade grabber crane, or a group of hermit crabs offering subtle ironic commentary on homelessness, the graffiti art is attracting flocks of residents and tourists — in fact, over at Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth, the model has already been segregated and put on show for visitors only during limited hours. BBC News sketches out the developments.
Hung Liu, artist who documented the immigrant experience, has died at 73
Artist Hung Liu, whose striking portraits depicted life in Maoist China and the American immigrant experience, has died at. Liu’s death on Saturday followed a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, where she was due to open a major exhibition later this month. Liu’s forthcoming exhibition, the first solo show by an Asian American at the National Portrait Gallery, will still go ahead, the museum confirmed. Although she primarily exhibited in the US, Liu’s work intermittently showed in China, until it eventually fell foul of Beijing officials. Tributes have been flooding in from across the art world since her death. CNN Style condoles.