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[April 28 2017] : Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat “New York City” exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante, Rome
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Jean-Michel Basquiat “New York City” exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante, Rome

On view until July 2nd at Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace, 5, Rome

Photo Gabriele Malaguti

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— S/S 2017 issue 27

To paint is to love again

All artworks copyright John Currin, courtesy of Gagosian

More than 20 years ago, at a time when art critics were proclaiming the death of painting, John Currin’s technically astounding, exaggeratedly realistic figurative oil paintings rattled the cage of the contemporary art world. Coming out of the blue, this young painter brought to mind the way Francis Picabia pivoted from Cubism and Surrealism to painting pinups, which garishly transgressed any resemblance to the academic nude. He not only changed minds about painting, but also unabashedly brought it back.

John Currin paints women — sexy, confident, often saucy, slightly distorted women, who displayed themselves without flirting for approval. Robert Crumb meets Jacopo Pontormo. They are as voluptuous as a Fragonard, as detailed as a Hans Memling, and as airy and in-your-face as a photo-portrait by Thomas Ruff. Currin paints the kind of hyper-effusive breasts seen only on a radical porn site, but whose possessors display them the way a hot-rodder might show off his customized car.

You can’t say his work is feminist, yet he honors his subjects with the delicate care of a master painter gifted with the kind of chops people hadn’t seen from any contemporary artist.

Currin portrays the irony of situation comedy, while never positioning himself above his subjects — who aren’t so much surreal as elegantly, humorously mannered characters from our own wacky world.

— Jeff Rian

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[April 27 2017] : News

Join Olivier Zahm at the presentation of his new book “Une avant-garde sans avant-garde” hosted by Emanuele Coccia on May 5th, 2017 at EHESS, Paris

Join Olivier Zahm at the presentation of his new book “Une avant-garde sans avant-garde” hosted by Emanuele Coccia on May 5th, 2017 at EHESS, Paris

Our very own Purple Editor-in-Chief  Olivier Zahm presents his new book “Une avant-garde sans avant-garde” co-edited with critic and scholar Donatien Grau.
Published by Les presses du réel, this book is a collection of OLIVIER ZAHM‘s most significant articles about art through the last thirty years, appearing as a crucial key to understand the schizophrenic evolution of the art world and creative scene from the 1990s to present day.

Hosted by Emanuele CocciaOlivier Zahm will be in conversation with Nicolas Bourriaud, curator, art critic and director of the MoCo (Montpellier Contemporain), Bernard Blistène, director of the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris and Jean-Marie Durand, co-editor in chief at Les Inrockuptibles.

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[April 27 2017] : Love

The young actress Guama in Tokyo

The young actress Guama in Tokyo.

Photo Chikashi Suzuki

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[April 26 2017] : Art

Karen Kilimnik solo exhibition at Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Zürich
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Karen Kilimnik solo exhibition at Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Zürich

On view until May 27th at Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Löwenbräu Areal, Limmatstr. 270, Zürich.

Photo Sonja Berta

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