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Artist Trevor Yeung’s ode to plant life and cruising culture

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Trevor Yeung’s work has always been about control, he says – and plants. The artist, who describes himself as a horticulturalist, links these concerns to a secret fish tank he kept as a child, and later to the carnivorous plants he grew at university because pets were forbidden in his student accommodation. ‘I learned how important it was to provide the right conditions to sustain life,’ Yeung recalls in his Hong Kong studio, which is filled with palms, small trees, and shrubs. ‘Being aware of this power started to shape me.’

Yeung made his first plant work in 2011, just after graduation: an installation designed to grow a Venus flytrap, which requires a lot of attention, he’s quick to mention, since they’re picky about water and deplete their finite energy reserves whenever their jaws open and snap shut. Cutely titled I could be a good boyfriend, the plant was housed in a bell jar, which encased the microcosm Yeung produced for life to grow while highlighting his containment of that life as a result. Care thus transforms into authority or guardianship, depending on your perspective. That tension charges Yeung’s work, which isn’t about plants so much as it is about living within relational systems – something the artist will explicitly explore in his first institutional show in the UK, slated to open at London’s Gasworks on September 28, 2023.

Read more: https://www.artbasel.com/stories/trevor-yeung-ode-plant-life-crusing-culture

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Urban Aboriginal art takes centre stage at the 2024 Sydney Biennale

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Search for the origins of contemporary Indigenous art in Australia and the answer is surprisingly specific: the Northern Territory town of Papunya, c1971, with a depiction of the Honey Ant Dreaming ancestral tale in a large-scale mural. This was the birth of “dot painting”, the reproduction on paper or canvas of traditional styles of sand and body ceremonial art, and it brought global fame to artists such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Kaapa Tjampitjinpa.

In the minds of many outside Australia, Aboriginal art, both old and new, is linked to remote areas of the country. Yet contemporary Indigenous art has always had an urban side, most notably in Queensland art schools in the 1980s, where students included Tracey Moffatt, who became the first Indigenous artist to represent Australia in a solo show at the Venice Biennale, and the brilliant Gordon Bennett, who skewered colonial history by appropriating large chunks of western art.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/d819b351-4e98-4ee8-978e-3916bcf2baf8#comments-anchor

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Study for portrait Winston Churchill disliked goes on show at his old home

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An intimate study of Winston Churchill that has been in private hands for seven decades has gone on show in the room at Blenheim Palace in which Britain’s most famous prime minister was born, before being auctioned in June.

It was the work of Graham Sutherland, one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. Sutherland was commissioned to paint Churchill by the Houses of Parliament to mark the wartime leader’s 80th birthday in November 1954.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/apr/16/study-winston-churchill-portrait-disliked-auction-graham-sutherland

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Art Paris leans into its Frenchness for 2024 edition, with rising talents in the spotlight

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For its 26th edition, Art Paris is leaning into its Frenchness and putting a spotlight on the diversity of the French art scene. The contemporary and modern art fair continues to give a platform to rising talents.

As Paris settles into its role at the centre of Europe’s art market, ‘Art Paris’ is trying to build on the momentum the French capital has enjoyed in recent years.

After welcoming a record 81,857 visitors in 2023, this year the contemporary and modern art fair features more stands than ever before – with 136 galleries representing 25 countries.

Close advertisingBut the fair has maintained its identity as a “local” art fair, with 60% of exhibiting galleries remaining French.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/04/05/art-paris-leans-into-its-frenchness-for-2024-edition-with-rising-talents-in-the-spotlight

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