Liberatum Hong Kong International Festival of Culture opens today and runs through the weekedend. Participants include Khalil Fong, Daniel Wu, Rossy de Palma, Wing Shya, Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Paul Schrader, Rosey Chan, Terence Koh, Pharrell Williams, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Mike Figgis, OMA Partner – Architect, David Gianotten and many others.
Mexicana Flight 127 – Unknown Destination. Photograph by Klaus Miller.
A piece by artist Marlo Pascual who “resurrects pictures, and fragments of pictures, from long forgotten archives – graduation photos or portraits tossed out by celebrity publicists.” On view as part of the Out Of Focus: Photography group exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery on view until July 22.
The immensely talented Nicolas Jaar and his own record label Clown & Sunset label have released a compilation of music, entitled Don’t Break My Love, in the form of an aluminum cube called The Prism. With music by Jaar himself, Nikita Quasim, Vtgnike, Valentin Stip and much more. Designed by Jaar, the Prism format is meant to retain a physicality in music and promote connectivity, with two headphone jacks on either side of the rechargeable cube. Four buttons allow listeners to start, pause, and skip through tracks.
Team Gallery in New York presents Ryan McGinley’s Animals which consists of the artist’s color studio portraits of live animals with nude models. The exhibition is his first made up exclusively of selections from this growing, and ambitious, body of work. The artist visited various sanctuaries, zoos, and rescue establishments across the United States, erecting a mobile studio wherever possible and working with a number of pre-eminent animal trainers. The animals are not mere props in photographs of people; on the contrary, McGinley considers them the subjects of these images. There exists both tension and tenderness between the models and wild animals, as they claw, clutch, nibble, and hug one another. These photographs are studies in animal bodies, their strangeness and seductivity. Animals will be on view concurrently with McGinley’s Grid show both Team Gallery locations in NYC from May 2 to June 2, 2012.
Detail of a Wes Lang painting. Lang’s solo show – Here Comes The Sunshine – at Half Gallery opens on May 17.
Ben Jones’ moving 8 bit installation on view now at Transmission LA at the MOCA Los Angeles.
American photographer William John Kennedy’s exhibition of newly published prints of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana is believed to be the only such images in existence capturing the artists with their works, among them Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe and Indiana’s LOVE. After almost half a century in storage, a select number of the nearly forgotten images were carefully chosen, and are now being published for the first time as a collection. On view now until May 29 at Site 109 Gallery in NYC.