Theatre, cinema, painting and photography coalesce in French photographer Nicolas Dhervillers’ (b. 1981) Hommages series. These renditions of monumental landscapes allude to the grandes machines of genre and history painting. Dhervillers pays homage to the greats, spanning Baroque, Realist and late Pre-Raphaelite painting from Nicolas Poussin and Gustave Courbet to Frank Cowper. Many of the characters appear to have been plucked from their parent painting – a monk in a cassock mirrors Cowper’s St. Francis of Assisi and The Heavenly Melody, deposited in unfamiliar surroundings. Dhervillers depicts the pervasive historical fabric of present-day landscapes, through which our collective memory summons anachronistic figures. The impression of these photographs existing outside of time is intensified by digital processing that lends a theatrical, stage-lit quality. Dhervillers has participated in Paris Photo Fair and documenta 13. www.nicolasdhervillers.com.
Araki by Araki, Taschen
Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940) has spent the entirety of his life capturing the female form. With his wife as his central muse, the artist has shot over 250 books of women, flowers and city landscapes.
Apocalypse Postponed: Nadim Abbas at Art Basel Hong Kong
The opening of Art Basel Hong Kong on 15 May sees the return of the popular Absolut Art Bar, a collateral project that for the 4 days of the fair turns a cocktail bar into an art installation and vice versa.