Surprises and puzzles in Venice and Vienna, from Sean Scully to Tintoretto.
We at Hyperallergic pride ourselves as the best possible source for all allergy-related matters in the art world, so you could imagine that we became very concerned when we heard Wolfgang Laib’s “Pollen from Hazelnut” installation will be coming to the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art.
BERKELEY, California — At Haines Gallery in San Francisco’s Financial District, I finally got to see Ai Weiwei’s notorious “Kui Hua Zi” (Sunflower Seeds). There has been much hype around Ai Weiwei and this particular installation, and seeing it caught me by surprise. The Haines Gallery installation was smaller than I expected and much calmer than the media surrounding it. Yet as I looked on, the piece and its maker’s history withdrew into the background, while its powerful implications and art historical relevance grew. It is a truly remarkable piece.