Venice Biennale 2019: Darkness + Light

From doppelgängers to robots and holograms, some of the shadowy works on show

This year’s theme for the 58th International Art Exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale, “May you live in interesting times,” is oftentimes purported to be translated from a traditional Chinese curse—wherein a phrase that sounds like a blessing is actually said ironically. It makes sense that many artists involved in the show (curated by Ralph Rugoff) offered dark, bleak and downright strange works. Many pieces (films …

Twelve Spectacular New Wristwatches

Complex, eye-catching and cutting-edge timepieces

Be they circles, rectangles or squares, the cases for the 12 watches below contain extraordinary advancements in watchmaking. Each of these selections made their debut during this year’s luxury trade show Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH) and they barely scrape the surface of innovation in an industry often thought of as antiquated in comparison to an ever-expanding smartwatch market. This year, the 18 historic …

Interview: Artist Quayola on Synthesizing Reality

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Switzerland's Vallée de Joux came life to life through digital manipulation

For anyone who shudders at the thought of video art, London-based Quayola might offer reason to revisit the medium. Video is one of several ways the artist explores his relationship with the world—and he has a mesmerizing way of undercutting reality while celebrating it. During Miami Art Week, Quayola premiered “Promenade,” a 4K drone-shot film of impeccable beauty. Commissioned by Audemars Piguet, the work winds through and above …