Over three hundred works from the collection of the Center Pompidou in Paris and created from 1895 to today, highlight the many facets of the art of portraiture. Before portraits revealed the names of the artists who created them, they primarily served to identify the person they represented. Since 19th century, however, the artistic value of the portrait has not been judged on the basis of likeness or technical skill. In the photographic portraits of the German photographer August Sander, only the artists, opinion leaders and prominent personalities have kept their names. But everyone, unknown or celebrity, could be entitled to a portrait. Photography has provided the masses with what had previously been the privilege of a few. And more than ever, all the portraits were portraits of the society. The exhibition at West Bund Museum Mirrors of the Portrait unfolds in a thematic path divided into three sections: In color, Disfigure, Hats Off!.
Part manga, part traditional Japanese art, over the years Takashi Murakami has built a universe of stories and mythologies through his super-flat aesthetic. A new monographic exhibition at Perrotin tells the story of his journey.
The American artist will present a series works from his Flatware series. Produced with reference to the iconic Adidas imagery – the three stripes –, the works further expands the Cory Arcangel’s archive of leisurewear motif and explores the cultural permeability caused by the global consumption.
At the center of the exhibition is the sculpture Lovers (2016), which is a work composed of two openings that create a play of internal and external surfaces, light and shadow. The artist encourages visitors to freely enter and inhabit the space in and around the work.