Upcoming Exhibitions at the KIA
|Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line
September 15 - January 6, 2019
Essenhigh is known for her experiments with enamel paint, traditional oils, and printmaking in her fantastical images of the everyday, both urban and rural. Essenhigh s large-format paintings are filled with otherworldly expression; ghosts and gods, monsters and maenads carry Essenhigh's portrayal of the 21st-century human from her brush into the viewer's imagination.
October 27 - March 3, 2019
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation about how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. This discussion led to the question of whether written instructions by artists, as a point of departure, could be interpreted anew every time they were enacted. Nearly 20 years later, do it has been featured in at least 50 different locations worldwide. Each do it exhibition is uniquely site-specific because it engages the local community in a dialogue that responds to and adds a new set of instructions, while it remains global in the scope of its ever-expanding repertoire. This open exhibition model has become the longest-running and most far-reaching exhibition to ever take place, giving new meaning to the concept of the "Exhibition in Progress."
|Watanabe: Japanese Print Envoy
December 15, 2018-March 10, 2019
Japanese publisher Shozaburo Watanabe started his business in the early 20th century, studying the traditions of Japanese woodcuts by artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige and hiring printers who could master the old techniques. To distinguish his prints, Watanabe coined the term "shin hanga" or new prints, and hired designers capable of combining traditional subjects with the new style. Like the prints of the previous century, his were colorful images of Japan's people and natural beauty. However, Watanabe actively courted the international market with a fresh, western-influenced style so that the prints he published appealed to European and American art-lovers. Combining Japanese techniques with subjects with Western sensibilities, they established a new aesthetic in the print market.