Neshat shares why she moved away from still photography to video, and why she thinks her work feels “very relevant” today.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Broad has organized The Logic of Poetry and Dreams, a series of talks and readings with poets, scholars, and artists who will reflect upon Neshat’s work.
Surprises and puzzles in Venice and Vienna, from Sean Scully to Tintoretto.
2019 brings a plethora of new art to the Los Angeles area, and here are some exhibitions not to miss out on.
BAMcinématek presents Women at Work: Radical Creativity, a series of historical narratives and experimental video works by women filmmakers.
Contemporary films by women filmmakers go on view at the MoMA, with must-see screenings and discussions all week long in this new seasonal series.
Childhood is the kingdom of magic. In this world, the child invents new secret languages, speaks with people and creatures visible only to her eyes. She is happy.
Some unique artist books are currently on view at Christie’s in New York.
Shirin Neshat’s new “Summer” film in her Seasons series, entitled “Before My Eyes” was posted on the New York Times website earlier this week. The intentions of the film are political, as is the nature of Neshat’s work. Neshat asks us to reflect on “[measuring] the rise and fall of our hopes in the Middle East and … the catastrophic earthquake in Japan.” The video shows a woman in a solitary landscape experiencing fire and disaster, and the reflection of the event in someone’s eye.
Today’s rain may have put a damper on the unveiling of Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” (2009) at the Pulitzer Fountain, located at Central Park South and Fifth Avenue, but what certainly cast a pall over the event was the artist’s own absence. After over a month since his arrest by the Chinese government, we still haven’t heard from the dissident artist. The opening of “Zodiac Heads” was met with widespread support for Ai’s plight and for his politically contentious work, both from Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s influential arts community.
In reaction to exploitative conditions for construction laborers at the site of the upcoming Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, an international group of artists and art world figures are boycotting the Guggenheim, refusing to “participate in museum events or sell work to the museum,” reports the New York Times and today, Human Rights Watch endorsed the artist protest.
In the West, culture is at risk of being a form of entertainment — exiled Iranian artist Shirin Neshat #TEDWomen
Part of me thinks this has already happened. I asked An Xiao for a context for this quote at the TEDWomen conference and she provided the following:
Neshat spoke today about her experience as an artist exiled from Iran. She explained that art and culture are a form of resistance, and that she envied Western artists for not having to think about resistance in their work. The only challenge, though, is that art here in the West can quickly become entertainment instead.