Bringing together major works by some of the most influential European and American artists of the post-war and contemporary periods, Alchemy examines the enduring fascination with material transformation and alchemical thinking in artmaking.
On the eastern front in 1944, rear gunner Joseph Beuys (b1921-d1986) was—according to his own personal mythology— rescued from a burning Stuka by Tatar nomads and wrapped in fat and felt. These totemic materials predominate throughout the German artist’s work, with the myth as a resonating centre of meaning, both personal and historical, even if the story itself isn’t really true.
Leading artist Anish Kapoor has reworked Joseph Beuys’ seminal work, I Like America and America Likes Me by changing the title to I Like America and America Doesn’t Like Me as a protest against the horrors that are unfolding in Donald Trump’s America.
To inaugurate the opening of the gallery’s second space, Artists Anonymous or, AA will be presenting their new works and a site specific installation. Their unique process involves an unusual technique of painting photorealistic subjects with inverted color values (resembling a negative image), then photographing the painting and reproducing it in reverse—resulting in a positive. VCool…