I saw this sometime ago, but I decided to post it because I rather like the combination of man and machine. It seems Kafkaesque and reminds me of metropolis and the art of Europe around the beginning of the 20th Century.

Ai Weiwei has made an installation work that depicts his time in captivity under the Chinese authorities during 2011. There are six fiberglass dioramas within 2.5-ton iron boxes that are on display at a church-turned-art gallery for the Zuecca Project Space, during the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Ai Weiwei installation

Ai Weiwei installation


Ai Weiwei installation

Ai Weiwei installation


Ai Weiwei installation

Ai Weiwei installation


Ai Weiwei installation

Ai Weiwei installation

Took a look at some of the galleries outside of Art Basel. Takashi Murakami at the Galerie Perrotin, Jean-Michel Basquiat at Gagosian Gallery, and Jake&Dinos Chapman at the White Cube. I really enjoyed Basquiat’s work, but sadly was not allowed to take photos.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Respect to Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, detail

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, detail

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

A selection of some of the works on display here at Art Basel in Hong Kong.
(details to be updated later).

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Kohei Nawa PixCell-Deer#32

Kohei Nawa PixCell-Deer#32

Elias Crespin

Elias Crespin

Elias Crespin

Elias Crespin

Really enjoyed these beautiful kinetic works by Elias Crespin.

James Rosenquist

Super Mega Universe

Fantastic work, and what a title; “Super Mega Universe”!

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A large number of works by Yayoi Kusama are on display. It was nice to see such variety, and nicely exhibited.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, detail

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, detail

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, detail of skulls.

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, detail of skulls

Tony Oursler

Tony Oursler, video projected onto an object

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor, photo taken up close to a concave fragmented mirror

Damien Hurst

Damien Hurst, detail. Real insects are embedded into the work.

Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George, detail

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford

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Mariko Mori

Mariko Mori

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Peter Zimmermann

Peter Zimmermann

Carsten Nicolai

Carsten Nicolai

Liu Xinyi

Liu Xinyi

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter

I was messing about with Mrdoob’s Delaunay Painter that lets you upload an image and “triangulate” it. I tried it on some of my own works with mixed results. Seems to work best with images that have larger areas of colour and less detail. This is the cover of a hairstyle magazine that I picked up some time ago. I absolutely love the image of the cover as it is, but I quite like the triangulated look on the right.

request Qj triangualted

request Qj triangualted

I rather like this work by Jonathan Gillie. The Kandinsky like composition just seems to work really nicely. It reminds me of a series of works by Brandon Blommaert of geometric shapes changing colour and form to sound.

Francis Bacon

Study for Crouching Nude

Francis Bacon

Part of a Triptych – Three Studies of the Human Body

Francis Bacon

Head in Grey

Recently visited the Francis Bacon retrospective at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The paintings have a raw, visceral, appearance, we are faced with the skeleton, the flesh and blood the grotesqueness and the pain. I was interested to see how little paint Bacon used. In Andrew Durham’s essay “Note on Technique” he quotes Bacon’s own words that the image is realised through ‘the transforming effect of cultivated accidents of paint’. They are produced from ‘a kind of pool of consciousness’ that becomes manifest in a plastic image. Bacon must have thought hard and struggled to control or subvert the subconscious marks into an image that was in some way correlated to what he was trying to achieve, otherwise surely the colours and marks would have become more numerous and polluted. I was also interested in the lines that Francis Bacon made to map out space. It is unusual to find an artist using flat areas of colour and yet at the same time considering the forms as contained, existing within a space. It is almost as if that for Bacon the forms and the space are one, they cannot exist without each other. The body occupies a space and the space needs the body to bring it into existence.

This is a stunning installation work called Oscillating Continuum, by Ryoichi Kurokawa, a Japanese sound and visual artist working in Berlin, Germany. The sound and the digital visuals combine beautifully and seamlessly with the sculpture. Really impressive work.