The messy but magical nature of early photography fascinates the French artist Dove Allouche, whose first American solo has been beautifully installed in this gently renovated former factory, on Grand – By Karen Rosenberg
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Tohaku Hasegawa is one of most important Japanese painters ever, and the most important painter of the country during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, along with Kanō Eitoku, with whom he developed an important artistic rivalry. He was the founder of the so-called Hasegawa School of painting, which kept its importance for over two centuries.
The “Pine Trees” screen (Shorin-zu-byobu) is Tohaku’s most important work, and one of the most famous Japanese paintings inside and outside Japan, where it has been declared a National Treasure. The influence of Sesshu Toyo and his “splashed ink” technique is obvious in this screen, considered one of the first paintings of the history to depict only trees as subject matter – only a small part of the top of a mountain is slightly visible at the far right of the left screen.
Although the work is already beautiful at first glance, to appreciate it in its entirety we should understand the Japanese concept of Ma, a word that has no equivalent in Western languages. It refers to a negative space, a space that is substance. In the words of the Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu, “Walls and doors form the house, but the empty space within them is the essence of the house”. In the Shorin-zu-byobu, the pine trees form the landscape. The empty space is the landscape.
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The large canvases by Ethiopian-born American artist, Julie Mehretu, for example, reveal a mesmerizing play of grey and black with a similar economy of means, smeared into a frenzied cursive of mark-making that refuses to congeal into sense or sign. – Laura Hoptman
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Hay un poema del escritor nigeriano Ben Okri, titulado La entrada, que la artista holandesa Elly Strik (La Haya, 1961) pone como ejemplo para hablar del significado de su obra. En esos versos se habla de los objetos siniestros que germinan en nuestros sueños, del laberinto de la vida en el que ninguna decisión te lleva a un lugar seguro y que todos los caminos te conducen a la tumba de la mariposa en la que descansa un cadáver sin rostro. Las obras de Strik, de apariencia festiva al primer golpe de vista, son, sin embargo, una intensa y desesperada búsqueda de identidad en la que transita por los maestros del pasado junto a las obsesiones del presente. Los personajes y las escenas que crea, casi siempre inacabados, forman un extraño paisaje en el que la desesperación alcanza un protagonismo absoluto. Ángeles Garcia
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