Five Artists in the News: Yoko Ono Takes Over Tate Modern, Why Pipilotti Rist Went on a Rampage and Petrit Halilaj Joins the Jet Set

3 min read  ·  13 Feb 2024

On the wall … still from Fly. Photograph copyright Yoko Ono

On the wall … still from Fly. Photograph copyright Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono’s retrospective at Tate Modern in London is an interactive, crowd-pleasing affair. Visitors can get up close with the veteran artist. But “sometimes it is a bore, sometimes it is silent… and [there’s] a damn phone” that Ono answers in English or Japanese, writes the Guardian’s critic Adrian Searle.

Sarah Grilo, an historically underappreciated Argentine artist, is getting the spotlight she deserves with a show of her 1960s abstract paintings at Galerie Lelong & Co. in New York, Artsy reports.

Pipilotti Rist wanted to feature a picture of an old lady on the cover of an art magazine she was guest editing but the editor insisted she dropped the idea. The frustrated artist’s mental image of smashing his car provided the spark of inspiration for the video work that made her name. Widewalls tells the story of the revenge fantasy that won a prize in Venice.

Thomas J. Price tells the Guardian that fellow Black British artists can no longer be ignored. The rising star was speaking ahead of the opening of "The Time Is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure" at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Petrit Halilaj has painted a large-scale chicken—a bird famously known as one of the few unable to fly—onto a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Aeroméxico to coincide with his solo show at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Designboom reports.