We all know that global is up there with curated and branding when it comes to overused words. Nonetheless, there is no denying that art is a global language. Since we collectistas embrace what is, let’s talk about art with globes. There is a lot of it! Would love to hear about your favorites, but here are the standouts in my world.
Yinka Shonibare is a London-based Nigerian artist who is most well known for incorporating globes into his sculpture. Through his sculptures, paintings, photography, films, and performances, he explores cultural identity, race, and class. For lack of a better way to say it, he places all his historical and political examinations into a “global” context.
Yinka Shonibare: Rage of the Ballet Gods
On View Until June 20
James Cohan Gallery
533 West 26th Street
New York City
Liz Glynn is a young, contemporary artist who has been in the spotlight the past few years. She got on many collectors’ radars at Frieze New York two years ago when creating an interesting performance component for Frieze Projects. She began creating globes while participating in Doug Aitken’s Station to Station. Like all of her work, these globes are about process, and seek to encourage future action.
Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street
New York City
When I viewed Paula Hayes’s Gazing Globes, I felt like I had entered a fairy tale where I was enveloped in the center of 18 polycarbonate “crystal balls” in Madison Square Park. Paula has spent numerous years creating terrariums containing living botanical environments, and she designed varying-sized globes encompassing everyday, vintage materials and “fairy dust” glitter that illuminated the West Gravel into a magical, winter wonderland.
Multiple locations in New York City
Several years ago, Mona Hatoum’s Hot Spot was on display at White Cube in Mason’s Yard. In this sculpture, a red-neon-outlined globe, Mona presented her continuing theme of boundaries, entanglement, and global unrest. Born in Lebanon, she now works in London and Berlin. Her work has been in numerous group and solo shows around the world.
144-152 Bermondsey Street
+44 (0) 207 930 5373
Locations in Mason’s Yard, Hong Kong, and São Paulo