Vandy Rattana Shortlisted for Art Award
No Country artist Vandy Rattana is one of six finalists for the 2015 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. The winner, selected by an international jury that includes Guggenheim curator Alexandra Munroe and NTU CCA Singapore director Ute Meta Bauer, will be announced in November. In this video, Rattana describes the genesis of his Bomb Ponds series.
Spotlight on Chile
See Chilean artist Ivan Navarro’s work Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker (2004–05) in Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, on view through September 9. For more from Chile, pay a virtual visit to the country’s museums and cultural sites via Pablo Leon de la Barra’s Dispatch, learn about the brief life of experimental institution Museo de Solidaridad, and hear Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar speak on the political context of works by On Kawara.
Watch: Raúl Recio on His Paintings
In this video created for our Perspectives blog series, writer, composer, and artist Rita Indiana explores the work of Dominican artist Raúl Recio, who discusses his journey to the island of La Hispaniola, where he built a rural house and made paintings that challenge notions of the figurative and the abstract, science and art.
Sara Raza Curates Azerbaijan Art Festival
Running through October 5 at Baku’s YARAT Contemporary Art Space, A Drop of Sky offers artistic perspectives on the city’s history as a center of trade and its recent gentrification. The festival is curated by Sara Raza, MAP curator for the Middle East and North Africa, who also serves as YARAT’s Head of Education.
Dominique González-Foerster in Rio
See works by Under the Same Sun artist Dominique González-Foerster in an exhibition curated by MAP’s Pablo León de la Barra at MAM Rio de Janeiro. On view through August 9, Temporama includes a new work made specifically for MAM Rio, in which the artist appears as Marilyn Monroe, drawing connections between “the early modern days of the museum and the mid-sixties when González-Foerster was born.”
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative fosters cross-cultural interaction between artists, curators, and audiences via educational programs, online activities, and collection building. It focuses on three regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Initially presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Feb 22–May 22, 2013), MAP’s inaugural exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia traveled to two international venues: the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (Oct 30, 2013–Feb 16, 2014) and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (May 10–July 20, 2014). Curated by June Yap, the exhibition and its accompanying programs explored universal themes of national identity, power, and faith.
Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today examines Latin America’s past, present and future through creative responses to the region’s complex political, economic, and social issues. The second of three MAP exhibitions, Under the Same Sun debuted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (June 13–Oct 1, 2014) and will travel to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City in fall 2015.
June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, describes the program’s goal of establishing a dialogue between regions through exhibitions, educational programs, and additions to the museum’s collection.
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is supported by a variety of far-reaching educational and contextual activities, including lectures, panels, performances, films, gallery tours, multimedia mobile tours, and artist-led workshops. These programs and accompanying resource materials will evolve from a dynamic process of exchange among the Guggenheim’s curatorial and education staff, the project curators, the artists, and colleagues from participating institutions. Check this section, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail for further details and news.