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I Love You

2010年7月20日


I'm spending the summer months in Denmark, so there is not much to do for art except take in what is on at the local galleries. Aarhus’s AROS gallery is showing I Love You, a summer blockbuster show on the theme of love and sex in contemporary art. These big sampler shows are now becoming a staple fare of many museums in these hard times. Take a simple, titillating pop theme, with a sample of greatest hits works by big and obvious names; leave it on all summer for the crowds to come by. Contemporary art at its easiest, like a box of chocolates.

It is interesting as ever to see how Japanese art fits into the picture. The two choices are classic – and inevitable enough in this context of this theme, I suppose: Yoko Ono and Nobuyoshi Araki.

Ono's quiet and meditative A Key To Open A Faded Memory (1992) is a moving and timeless piece. An open white box with a glass key half submerged in a foam heart inside, number 26/40, the title hand written by her on the box lid. You can feel the emotion embodied in the work; the tears and fading heartbeats. Her style and themes very effectively predate the work of Sophie Calle, who is everywhere these days, and who here gets half a room to herself.

Araki, meanwhile, is counterpoised with Nan Goldin. Hot New Yorkers making out in colour versus elegiac black and white bondage photos from an underground Japan. These are mostly from the series Bondage (1997-2005), with one older work, a young girl, from the series Akt-Tokyo (1989). Araki crosses quite a few lines in these images, but the provocation is cleverly downplayed in this setting.

The Danish curators are looking for easy newspaper inches; this is not a country famous for its discretion about sex on display, and they are proud to be able to put on Jeff Koons sex sculptures, or the morose and perverse auto-analysis of Danish artist Michael Kvium, as good summer’s family entertainment. There are plenty of mildly interested Danish parents with young children wandering the curtained, shady rooms. AROS’s greatest moment historically in fact was its early solo patronage in the early 1990s of Koons’ scandalous Made in Heaven series.

Amidst all this gory sensation, the two chosen Japanese artists look almost restrained and elegantly dignified in comparison – the show also includes a variable set of works by Damien Hirst, Louis Bourgeois, Pipilotti Rist, Yue Minjun, even some Rodin and Picasso, as well as the exhibition’s brand image – Pierre et Gilles – and a coffin shaped pile of sweeties by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. On the whole, Just Love Me – the title of one of Tracey Emin’s famous neon works, also on show – might have been a more appropriate title. This is a show in the end more about gratification than empathy or sensitivity; but then one viewer’s kaerlighed (love) will always be another’s pornography.

ADRIAN FAVELL
http://www.adrianfavell.com

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