Reviews In the wake of the Second World War, the body was subjected to new forms of violence and control. Joachim Bandau confronted this biopolitical reality in his group of contemporaneous sculptures, which he called “Die Nichtschönen” (the Nonbeauties), currently on view at Kunsthalle Basel. At once human and machine, figurative and abstract, Bandau’s sculptures […]

At Kunsthalle Basel, the artist’s peculiar designs and polished surfaces speak to the violence against bodies  BY KITO NEDO IN REVIEWS | 28 APR 21   In the short period between 1967 and 1974, German artist Joachim Bandau produced more than 100 sculptures and accompanying drawings. Kunsthalle Basel currently presents key works from this phase, which the artist abruptly cut […]

Couzens is keenly sensitive to the layered meanings inherent in the original adverts, which even today, look like overproduced exercises in a bygone nostalgia.

Broxton often titles his pieces with phrases from hip-hop or rap lyrics. For example, Worth the Weight is also the title to the first track in Nigerian-American musician Jidenna’s 2019 album 85 to Africa,[10] an album described as “a trip through the African diaspora that verges on sonic cinema.”[11] Broxton beads the text onto the boxing gloves using Czech or Japanese glass beads. Czech glass beads were introduced as trade goods to the indigenous people of North America and Africa by European colonialists and slave traders, respectively. The new material was quickly absorbed into traditional methods of making in both cases, taking on new meanings within different cultures.

Joachim Bandau was just over thirty years old when he began to forge the body of sculptures and drawings that marks a distinctive phase in his early practice. In 1967, he had begun the creation of his amorphous, vaguely humanoid sculptures built up from mannequin segments in combination with then-new industrial materials, and already by 1974, he announced the abrupt end of this production in order to move into a different direction.

we experience works by artists examining the mechanisms of gadgets, scientific instruments, and computer technologies to reveal the internal and external systems that help shape society

  by Julia Couzens Conceivably, the preeminent sense of Joachim Bandau’s deeply affecting watercolor paintings is blunt force silence.  Their grave and resonant quiet embraces stillness.  Water, paper, a single pigment and Japanese brush are the components Bandau uses to construct his work.  Without texture, visible brushwork, or compositional fillips and inventions, his paintings are […]

In this time of Zoom and Instagram, it’s as if we are flying above our own lives, bodiless viewers scanning bodiless things. Photogenic as their work is, seen in real life, Amos’s dazzling textile fabrications and Marsh’s mesmerizing vessels are primal entities — embodiments of energy, cracking live and urgent – formed by the internal relationships of their innovative processes and the imperiled region of material awe.

In the middle of the main hall, a bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger sits on his nose in a sandbox. This work by Hank Willis Thomas, founder of For Freedoms, is a life-size copy of car ‘General Lee’, the protagonist of the popular 1970s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard .