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Catch 22- A Personal Gaze at Art In the World

by Juan van Wassenhove For this special space of “Catch 22”, I have made a selection of the art that I have experienced in my travels this year covering China, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, North Korea, and Switzerland. The media of the art works range from ancient roman statues and architecture to visual and digital art. [...]

A “Studio Affair” to Remember

Historical photography shows more than reality; it depicts a moment in time when future is uncertain, and yet the moment portrayed may never know its participation in history. The Taikang Space gallery in Beijing opens an exhibition that reflects one such extraordinary moment in China’s recent history. “Home for Photography Learning: The Friday Salon, 1977-1980” [...]

A Monumental Immersive Art

The “Heroes Monument” in Bogota, Colombia, is a six-story rectangular stone tower dedicated to the warriors that had fought for the independence of six South and Central American countries from the reign of the colonial Spain in 19th Century. Forgotten and neglected, the door was always chain-locked. From afar, one could see the statue of [...]

Picasso and Nature

Many of us know Pablo Picasso mainly for the powerful statements he has made regarding war and violence, revolutionary plastic approaches of Cubism and Modernism, his interest in African art, his passionate and convoluted formal explorations of portraiture, of human figure and women, his rather intimate and tender erotic etchings…But his relationship with Nature has [...]

Catch 22

by Juan van Wassenhove “Catch 22” is a phrase used to express a contradiction or an impossible situation,  like a  “mission impossible". It actually describes what I often feel when I visit an art fair and its satellite events: so many things to see in such a short period of time! To share with you my experience [...]

In Praise of Voluminosity

Some artists are forgettable. Some of them shock you, sadden you, provoke you. Others simply move you beyond words. And then there is Fernando Botero. Love him, despise him or be indifferent, no matter what you feel, Botero continues chaffing at the church, the police, the society at large, anything he fancies, with what he [...]

In-to Africa

  It is not often to see good art by lesser known artists from far away continents. It is possible right now, this summer, in Paris, at The Louis Vuitton Foundation, which has dedicated its entire space to celebrate African art under the title of “Art/Afrique, Le Nouvel Atelier” (Art/Africa, the New Workshop). The event [...]

International Public Art Made Every Ten Years in Germany

The Skulptur Projekte Münster (SPM) has launched its fifth edition with 35 new productions of public art from 19 countries, ranging from sculptures to performances throughout the entire German city of Münster. The event will end on October 1st. Kultur Kunst Skulptur-Projekte Skulptur Projekte 2017Hier: unfertige Skulptur ( "Bratwurst auf Einmaulschl¸ssel" Schraubenschl¸sse)Nairy BaghramianBeliebte Stellen [...]