Kurt Cobain, Berlin, 1991 by Juergen Teller
About the Work
Early in his photography career, Juergen Teller was given an opportunity to tag along with a then-little-known band, Nirvana, while they toured Germany. Disenchanted by the nagging presence of the journalist he was accompanying, Teller hung back and allowed himself to fade to the background and warm up to the musicians. Eventually, he captured this shot of Kurt Cobain, hunched over his guitar with his face hidden by his hair—a perfect reflection of the lead singer and guitarist’s introverted nature.
Tate Modern, The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds. October 12, 2010 – May 2, 2011
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei tops Art Review’s Power 100 list this year. The richest artist in China is also the most politically outspoken one — a lesson that might be learned by more artists around the world. Art Review’s top 25 power brokers include mega-dealer Larry Gagosian, Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, Pace Gallery second-in-command Marc Glimcher, PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, and Performa director and curator RoseLee Goldberg. Nine high-profile players working with Artspace round out the list: artists Liam Gillick, Anish Kapoor, Takashi Murakami, Gerhard Richter, and Cindy Sherman; gallerists Jay Jopling, Nicolai Wallner, and David Zwirner; and Creative Time director Anne Pasternak.
Commissioned by French Vogue to create a fashion editorial featuring clothes from the Spanish design house Balenciaga, artist Cindy Sherman discusses the first time she used a digital camera to make pictures, ultimately creating different versions of images for the magazine and for herself.
Into the New Sea (Nomad) by Xaviera Simmons
About the Work
Into the New Sea (Nomad) depicts an empty field of wheat punctured only by the sinuous curve of Xaviera Simmons‘ body, which is draped in a striking red shawl that recalls a traditional African outfit. In motion, the artist appears mid-glance, leaving the viewer to construct their own theories as to why she is there and what she may be looking at.
Playboy by Alix Smith
A Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Inspired by the popularity and quirkiness of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, the editors of Artspace composed one to reveal another side of their favorite artists. Shortened versions can be found on several of the Artspace artist pages, and from time to time we’ll run the complete interviews on A+. Our fourteenth artist is Alix Smith, who loves having people see the world through her eyes…