Li Hongbo | Tools of Study

image

In order to achieve the accordion-like affect of the sculptures that stock Tools of Study, the Chinese-born artist, Li Hongbo, crafts his own paper and applies glue (that he has made) uniformly to one sheet after the next. The result is a large block, thousands of pages thick, that the artist then carves how one might carve stone. At first, each work appears to be a plaster cast, but upon further inspection—and help from the gallery assistants at Klein Sun—Hongbo’s works fan out for a surprising, but delicate, effect. 

Li Hongbo’s Tools of Study will show at the Klein Sun Gallery in Chelsea until March 2, 2014.

GALLERY CRAWL: NOV. 7-8

Yayoi Kusama: Through Infinity and Beyond

image

“I really have great respect and love for everyone,” cooed Yayoi Kusama at the press conference for her inaugural show at David Zwirner gallery, I Who Have Arrived In Heaven, which officially opens tonight in Chelsea. Dressed from head to toe in Louis Vuitton (for whom she designed a collection last year), the humble 84-year-old artist thanked the audience for its interest in her work and was quickly swarmed by a mob of fans.

Born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, Kusama came to prominence in the 1960s as a pop artist in New York City, working among artists such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Famed for her polka-dot “happenings” and critiques of the Vietnam War, Kusama returned to her native Japan in 1973 in a poor mental state. Four years later, she checked herself into a mental hospital where she has since continued to live and work.

Read more