Articles of ‘Taliesin Thomas’

Lin Tianmiao: Protruding Patterns

Lin Tianmiao: Protruding Patterns

Galerie Lelong - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
This fall New York City is host to several significant exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art, including Lin Tianmiao’s (b. 1961) solo show “Protruding Patterns” at Galerie Lelong. Lin is one of the distinguished stars of her generation and her art consistently invites a range of interpretations-from ‘handicraft-based’ [...]



Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ai Weiwei
Park Avenue Armory - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
In the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, the young male protagonist leaves a trail of bread crumbs in the forest as means for him and his sister to return home. This attempt to outwit their cruel stepmother-who convinced their [...]



Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Brooklyn Museum - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 - 1986) is widely recognized as the stoic ‘Mother of American modernism,’ the unabashed creator of sensual female genitalia-inspired paintings, the lover to her mentor and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz, and in her later years, a recluse cloistered in the Southwest. Despite all her [...]



In Conversation with Balint Zsako

In Conversation with Balint Zsako

Balint Zsako’s (b. 1979) artistic language is a curious blend of psychological, mythical, spiritual and sexual narratives that express his devoted exploration of emotional complexities and somatic configurations. Although Zsako creates in a range of media including watercolor, collage, painting, sculpture, drawing and photography, his ongoing series of works on paper demonstrate his [...]



Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

Brooklyn Museum - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
Women’s sexuality has been a fascination throughout the sweep of art history, and numerous examples from ancient to contemporary times express the allure of the female form and its power to convey, coerce and captivate. Where feminist-theorists such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jacqueline Rose have considered [...]



Ai Weiwei: Laundromat

Ai Weiwei: Laundromat

Jeffrey Deitch Gallery - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
Among socially conscious artists meshing the dialogue concerning aesthetics with the controversial realm of international politics, Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing) is among the leading figures in the fight for justice. Highlighting the most urgent problems of our global society, Ai’s dogged dedication to freedom of [...]



OSGEMEOS: Silence of the Music

OSGEMEOS: Silence of the Music

Lehmann Maupin - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
I first saw the art of OSGEMEOS (Portuguese for ‘the twins’) while riding a rambling tourist bus down a far-flung street in Lisbon-a mural in a quiet neighborhood outside the city center. It was an oversized, mischievous figure that stretched across the side of an old brick [...]



Mark Ryden: Dodecahedron

Mark Ryden: Dodecahedron

Paul Kasmin Gallery - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
The art of Los Angeles-based painter Mark Ryden (born 1963, Oregon) is redolent of an Aristotelian fairytale: themes such as sense and sensibilia, memory, dreams, divination, physics and physiognomy blend together to illustrate Ryden’s metaphysical musings and his aesthetic forays into the complex realms of fantastical [...]



Zeng Fanzhi: Paintings, Drawings, and Two Sculptures

Zeng Fanzhi: Paintings, Drawings, and Two Sculptures

Gagosian Gallery - New York
By Taliesin Thomas
The contemporary Chinese art world seems increasingly defined by two major themes: the potential of materiality and the seduction of capitalist motives. Among his peers, Zeng Fanzhi (曾梵志; born 1964 in Wuhan) commands both sides of the spectrum. While Zeng’s work demonstrates an authority over the medium [...]