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ANICKA YI IN NEW YORK

Anicka Yi, The Flavor Genome, 2017 Whitney Biennial Image credit: Whitney Museum of American Art

Anicka Yi, The Flavor Genome, 2017 Whitney Biennial
Image credit: Whitney Museum of American Art

The facts are encouraging. Instead of going to art school, Anicka Yi became her own apprentice, working through her 20s in the fashion–media complex (ad agencies, photo shoots as a stylist, a project for The Face). Moving from London to downtown Manhattan in the mid-nineties, the Bernadette Corporation rubbed off, and Yi, in her 30s, started making art.

Yi has called her viewpoint “techno-sensual”—a perfect description for an artist whose work engages the sense of smell as much as sight. She works out of science labs in the city as well as her studio in Bushwick. (In fact, she may prefer the labs.) Her materials have included kombucha, dead mammals and shellfish, fake fur, paper, dough, soap, flowers, and the bacterial samples of 100 women fashioned into paint.

Yi’s 3-D video THE FLAVOR GENOME is now on view as part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, and her Hugo Boss Prize-winning show LIFE IS CHEAP will be at the Guggenheim until July 5.

 

ANICKA YI—LIFE IS CHEAP, through July 5

SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, 1071 Fifth Avenue at East 88th Street, New York City

guggenheim.org/exhibition/the-hugo-boss-prize-2016

 

ANICKA YI—THE FLAVOR GENOME, through June 11

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York City

whitney.org/Exhibitions/2017Biennial

 

See: Alice Gregory, “Burn After Reading [Anicka Yi],” T, February 19, 2017, 163–166.

nytimes.com/2017/02/14/t-magazine/art/anicka-yi.html

Credit for all images below: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Installation view of The Hugo Boss Prize 2016: Anicka Yi, Life Is Cheap at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Artwork on view: Force Majeure.Installation view of The Hugo Boss Prize 2016: Anicka Yi, Life Is Cheap at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Artwork on view: Lifestyle Wars.

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