該為五斗米折腰嗎?| “A BOW TO REALITY?”: THE ILLUSION OF WEALTH

相信不少人都玩過經典棋盤遊戲《大富翁》,可你曾否留意匿藏在背後對於邪惡資本主義的諷刺?遊戲本意旨在突出收入不平等和壟斷者的貪婪,想出人頭地就要不斷地追逐財富,碾壓對手——無疑是當今資本主義社會的一個恰當比喻。紐約概念藝術家漢克∙威利斯∙托馬斯在最新個展「勿為五斗米折腰」中以奪目單色描繪了國際貨幣的圖像,配合《大富翁》元素,突顯社會對財富的癡迷。

The classic board game “Monopoly” may be a childhood favorite for many people, but have you ever noticed its hidden sarcastic criticism against capitalism? The game was designed to highlight problems of income inequality and hegemony of monopolists. One must chase after money and think of ways to vanquish rivals, an apt metaphor for today’s capitalist societies. To explore society’s obsession with wealth, New York-based conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas presents serial imagery of international currencies in bold monochromes along with elements derived from “Monopoly” in his latest exhibition “Don’t Let Money Change You”.

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透視回憶的列車| CINEMATIC MEMORIES OF THE MIND

試想像乘坐一班沒有終點,一直以緩慢速度行駛的列車。你獨自一人,看出唯一的窗口外,不斷重複的街景。香港藝術家吳子昆的作品《末境之路》譲觀衆踏上這段旅程,進入藝術家的心靈。

Imagine you’re taking a slow train where the scenery is a mixed jumble of images from someone else’s mind. Unable to change the speed or your area of view, you watch the city pass by your eyes. Ng Tsz-Kwan’s work, End of the Road, takes audience on a personal journey through the artist’s mind through cinematic images.

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亂世中的黑色幽默 | DARK HUMOUR IN TROUBLED TIMES

混亂總是一觸即發,每個人都在以自己的方式盡力渡過難關。一眾藝術家對這次新冠肺炎帶來的全球性影響都抱有不同情緒和體會,其中向來喜歡探索社會黑暗面的美國藝術家Ryan Travis Christian,最近於其亞洲首次個展「HERE COMES THE ROOSTER」中以黑色筆觸和幽默的視角回應現實的荒謬。

We are always on the verge of chaos, and everyone is trying his best to overcome challenges in his own way. Artists across the world react to the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts in different manners, including American artist Ryan Travis Christian, who has always been interested in exploring the sinister side of society. In his first solo exhibition in Asia, HERE COMES THE ROOSTER, he responds to the absurdity of reality with his monochromatic strokes and dark humor.

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徠卡奧斯卡·巴納克攝影獎入圍名單| LEICA OSKAR BARNACK AWARD 2020 FINALISTS

享譽國際的第40 屆徠卡奧斯卡·巴納克攝影獎(LOBA)舉辦在即,入圍名單現已出爐,共有12 名參賽者入圍主競賽單元,以及6 名參賽者入圍新人獎。所有入圍者的攝影作品系列均可在LOBA 網站在線查看:https://www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com/en/

The twelve finalists in the main category and six newcomers for the internationally renowned Leica Oskar Barnack Award photo competition, that will be granted this year for the 40th time, are set. All the shortlisted picture series are available to see online at: https://www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com/en/ .

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字裡行間收藏情感 | CACOPHONY OF EMOTIONS BETWEEN WORDS

在這段不安的時期,恐懼、焦慮與迷茫充斥著各人的生活。馬琼珠、何倩彤、文美桃三位香港藝術家把各自面對的情緒抽絲剝繭,將具體事件化作成抽象且具詩意,並更接近核心的碎片,呈現在觀眾面前。

Fear, anxiety, confusion – these everyday emotions stirred by the current circumstances have brought three Hong Kong artists, Ivy MA, HO Sin Tung, and MAN Mei To, together for their first joint exhibition.

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喚起觸摸的記憶| Remembrance through Touch

在現代社會,我們經常著重能看得見的事物。當眼花撩亂的圖像和資訊成爲我們生活的一部分時,我們難免會對事物和情況產生幻覺或誤解。傑若米諾沃提尼 (Jaromír Novotný) 在維伍德畫廊展示的作品此則邀請觀眾感受既寧靜又貌似單色的創作,透過顏色和物料的運用來展示的記憶和回憶的力量。

In the modern days, there’s a strong tendency to rely only on what is seen. In a world full of screens with oversaturated colours and overwhelming information, it is easy for us to rely on our sight, which may result in an illusion or misconception of things and situations. However, Jaromír Novotný’s work in Axel Vervoordt Gallery invites visitors to experience the silent and seemingly monochrome creations, which, through the use of colour and materiality, enable the power of memory and remembrance.

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為黑白藝術人生注入色彩 | AN ARTISTIC MOVE: FROM MONOCHROME TO COLOR

當提到日本著名藝術家五木田智央,總會令人聯想起他標誌性的黑白單色人像畫及超現實風格。但五木田這次在Taka Ishii Gallery從8 月28 日(二)至9 月26 日(六)期間舉行的個展「MOO」,是他首次於日本展示彩色繪畫作品, 象徵著其藝術路上一個重大的改變。是次展出的作品沒有灰沈的黑與白,破格採用了柔和的春天色彩,粉色調的插花和靜態人物均滲透著季節變化的氣息。

When we talk about the famous Japanese artist Tomoo Gokita, his signature monochrome figurative paintings and surrealistic style often come into mind. Yet in his latest solo exhibition “MOO”, which is being held at Taka Ishii Gallery from Aug 28 to Sep 26, Gokita presents exclusively, for the first time in Japan, new color paintings, indicating a significant artistic move in his career. Instead of black and white, the exhibited paintings are packed with spring and pastel colors, which includes a collection of floral arrangements and still-lives reminiscent of seasonal changes.

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張頌仁收藏重要中國當代藝術品上拍 | MASTERWORKS FROM THE JOHNSON CHANG COLLECTION

中國前衛藝術於1990年代出現,同步於世界藝術舞台崛起,代表著中國藝術創中國前衛藝術於1990年代出現,同步於世界藝術舞台崛起,代表著中國藝術創作和思想發展的重要時期;而張頌仁在開拓中國當代藝術的重大貢獻,更在藝術史寫下重要一章。

The advent of the 1990s Chinese avant-garde, and its simultaneous emergence onto the global art stage, marked a pivotal point in the evolution of artistic creation and thought in the nation.

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藝術小精靈|The Little Art Elves

這段日子我們待在家裡也夠悶了,不但不能去旅行,不少展覽更取消了,但這也不代表在家中沒有樂趣,因為Google 藝術與文化推岀了五個嶄新文化網上互動遊戲,讓大家能在家中陶冶性情,展開一趟藝術旅程。

Quarantine at home leaves us bored and unmotivated. Not only are we not allowed to travel, quite a number of exhibitions have also been cancelled. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. With so many artifacts and historic treasures from museums and cultural institutions around the world to explore on Google Arts & Culture.

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