Two Warhol’s and three Roy Lichtenstein’s were stolen from the Abergs Museum. Carina Aberg, an official at the Abergs Museum, stated to Art Daily, “Early this morning, the 18th of July, burglars broke up a door in Abergs Museum, rushed in and quickly grabbed exactly what they wanted, they must have known where there were a couple of Warhol-pictures and three Lichtensteins. We send along pictures of the stolen artwork. Police have no trace of the burglars and the artwork could have already left the country.”
Tomoki Kurokawa is afresh talent doing big things in Japan, who recently compiled the quite formidable collection of works for an exhibition at Nanzuka Underground comprises of paintings and sculptures.
Despite showing a talent for painting as a child, Kurokawa has no formal education or training in fine art. He is a self-taught artist who has created his own visual languages by “studying on his own in libraries and museums”. When asked about his career, he commented, “I attended a high school where none of the student went on to higher education, so I felt art colleges were not for me.” It is for this lack of exposure to formal training and for the originality that came out of it that his work shows such unique aesthetic.
One aspect of the artist’s work is evident in his line drawings made without preliminary sketches, the conventional drawing technique used to make 3-dimensional objects. The drawings, reminiscent of industrial blueprints or computer generated vector graphics, are analytical but at the same time deeply subjective, and succeed in evoking a sense of distance between the subject and the viewer.
Although Kurokawa identifies himself as “an outsider” because he is self-taught, the ever-expanding definition of contemporary art has reached the point that allows him to be absorbed into its canon, which might be good for both sides. Regarding the theme of this exhibition and the necessity of art in contemporary society, Kurokawa comments:
“Art is no better than rubbish if there’s no recognition. On the other hand, even rubbish could turn into a treasure if it’s accepted as art. I gather together things that people would not bother to look at and then use them as a source of imagery. Things like discarded sweet wrappers, magazine cutouts or anonymous images “found” on the Internet. If you can imagine a hierarchy of images from rubbish to quality, my role may be compared to that of recycling.”
The San Diego Museum of Art presents Eleanor Antin: Historical Takes, on view through November 2, 2008. Organized by SDMA, this solo exhibition features the work of celebrated conceptual artist Eleanor Antin. The exhibition is the first to focus on Antin’s recent series of large-scale tableaux photographs based on Greek and Roman history and mythology, which are presented together for the first time.
American Andy Warhol (1928-1987), one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century, on view at Maryhill Museum of Art in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge for a four-month exhibit in the form of his famous prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. Opening on Saturday, July 19, the Andy Warhol & Other Famous Faces .
Scheduled to open on the 20th of July at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the ‘Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” Exhibition which showcases the architectural history, current creations and the future of prefabricated home.
The exhibition aims to display the process of architectural design and production in equal measure with the actual end result. Inside the gallery, eighty-four architectural projects spanning 180 years will be presented by means of film, architectural models, original drawings and blueprints, fragments, photographs, patents, games, sales materials and propaganda, toys, and partial reconstructions.
The exhibition will also see the actual prefabricated homes built on MoMA’s West lot and will run for a good three months until the 20th of October. For those interested in architecture this is definitely an exhibition not to be missed.
For more information and videos on the exhibition, visit the official website here.