Is Australia becoming Asian? Is it Asian already? The world’s most popular biennial opens this month down under, and plots a new network of Pacific exchanges.
Plus: The biggest Delacroix exhibition in 50 years, and exhibitions in Basel, Buenos Aires, London, New York, Tokyo, Vancouver, and Washington.
Film Picks for February
Tate St. Ives
“With a sudden intensity, as if she saw it clear for a second, she drew a line there, in the center. It was done; it was finished. Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.”
Outliers and American Vanguard Art
National Gallery of Art, Washington
The avant-gardes have shuffled off to the retirement home, pluralism is the art world’s only watchword, but let’s be serious: when form no longer speaks for itself, social distinction has to pick up the difference.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo
A retrospective of one of Brazil’s steamiest artists comes as local politicians have waged war against the freedom of artists, notably women and queers. Beyond the erotics, though, Tunga was among the most erudite of sculptors.