Around the World: Salman Toor's 'How Will I Know' Exhibition at the Whitney, Huma Bhabha Explores the 'Grotesque Combined with the Humorous,' and More
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Asia Society at Home
Each week, we'll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, and more from around the web — all curated by the Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. In this digest, connect with art online and get a closer look at the exhibitions at Asia Society and elsewhere.
"Brilliant New York Institutional Debut" by Salman Toor
Salman Toor's exhibition of paintings How Will I Know garners a rave review from New York Times co-chief art critic Roberta Smith: "the carefully modulated light and color — a wonderful, murky nearly monochromatic green prevails throughout several of the best — cast their own spell. All this exerts an emotional pull that is rare." Toor (b. 1983, Lahore) is based in New York City and the exhibition will be on view at the Whitney through April 4.
For a deeper dive, check out an essay by Ambika Trasi.
Artist Huma Bhabha Shares Her Approach to Sculpture
If you had the good fortune to see either of Huma Bhabha's recent exhibitions at the Met Roof Garden or at The Contemporary Austin, you know the transporting impacts her large-scaled sculptures can create in museum spaces. The artist reveals new insights about her practice in this ArtAsiaPacific interview: "This idea of the grotesque combined with the humorous is ancient. I have equal respect for Japanese anime and the drawings of Michelangelo. Extreme horror and humor are the most successful when they create images or a language that express the most unacceptable."
Visit the Studio of Sajeev Visweswaran
Detroit Institute of Arts visits the studio of visual artist and printmaker Sajeev Visweswaran in this short interview and demonstration. Now based in Ann Arbor, Visweswaran works in a range of scales. He describes scouring flea markets in Delhi and Gujarat for the small aluminum boxes that house his "fragmented memories," miniature drawings captured directly from his life experiences.
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