Notes Around the World

/Notes Around the World

An Era of Anxiety at the 2015 Venice Biennale

by A.P. With the theme of “All the world’s futures”, the Nigerian Okwui Enwezor, the first African guest curator in the Venice Biennale’s 120 years of history, has got together 136 artists from 56 countries, of whom 89 artists are showing their work for the first time. Enwezor’s intention is to “build a new focus [...]

Voices For My Father

Ceiling high works that can measure as long as seven meters. All-over paint and collages of precious metals, bumper stickers, rubber tires, cracked eggs, a hundred dollar bills in Ziploc bags, trash. Overwhelming in scale, dynamic in sense of color and texture. For Michael Chow, better known as the celebrity co-founder and owner of the [...]

Subtle humor from Britain and South Africa in Colombia

Internationally renowned contemporary artists John Wood and Paul Harrison have brought a subtle British humor to the Colombian city of Medellin with a major exhibition at the Antioquia Museum, an anthology of drawings and videos they have made for the past 20 years. According to the curator Nydia Gomez, humor is the main resource of [...]

How much bigger and better is Art Basel Hong Kong?

By E. Leigh   I spent four days visiting Art Basel Hong Kong in an area that occupied almost 35,000 square meter (115,000 square feet) of the Convention Center by the waterfront. It was impossible, of course, to see all the exhibitions from 245 participating galleries from 39 countries and territories and go to over [...]


by AP Surprising is the recently born Cartagena de Indias International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Colombia, that opened within the framework of one the most beautiful cities in the world. Under the direction of the well-known curator Berta Sichel, and a team of curators such as the American Barbara S. Krulik, the Nigerian Bisi [...]

Theory of Comets

The room is spacious and empty, except for a projection of three gigantic screens on the wall. It shows a bright image of sand dunes, infinite and lonesome, with the wind whistling by. Then a loud cranking sound of mechanical wheels shatters the stillness and shutters slide down and immerse the room in total darkness. [...]