Don't Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River is a large-scale project by the Belgian artist Francis Alÿs. Shot in the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Africa and Europe, the video installation shows on one screen a line of children carrying a toy boat made out of a shoe, walking from Europe to Morocco, while on a second screen a group of children leave Africa heading towards Spain. They would metaphorically meet at an imaginary line on the horizon. The project, created in 2008, will include documentary footage, paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs. It is now on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, as the second part of the Francis Alÿs exhibition there.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, until 8 September 2013.
Unmasking the Heroes of American Comic Art
The contemporary comic genre contains many novel and sophisticated artistic expressions. Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning MAUS and Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, winner of the 1991 World Fantasy Award for short fiction, could be called fine art storytelling.1 And the comics drawn by Chris Ware in his Acme Novelty Library would find a comfortable home among fine art books.
Down Among the Bowery Boys
It is now three months since the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NMCA) in Manhattan's Lower East Side slid open its doors on 1 December 2007. This event, of some considerable relevance for the vitality of modern art in New York City, arguably exceeds in terms of historical significance the not so recent renewal and reopening of the famed (maybe now infamous) Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Beijing's 798 Art District
A decade ago, setting up radical art studios in the workshops of a largely abandoned military electronics complex on the fringe of Beijing was considered to be intriguing and provocative. Today, Factory 798 is a warren of contemporary art galleries, studios and cafes, luring artists and visitors, students and collectors from across China and overseas.
Hiroshi Sugimoto: End of Time
The first comprehensive retrospective of Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto's work to take place in his homeland, Japan, opened in September 2005 at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Running until 9 January 2006, the Mori exhibit focuses on Sugimoto's photographic work from the 1970s to the present and includes the world premiere of his 'Colours of Shadow'; a new series of colour photographs highlighting the changing light in Sugimoto's studio.