Haegue Yang

Globetrotting artist of the everyday object

Yang’s near-ubiquitous presence at the world’s major institutions might get tiring if her art wasn’t so seductive. Given the job of filling the vast atrium of MoMA in New York for its reopening in October, she hung reflective mobiles from the ceiling and introduced performers who wheeled geometric copper sculptures around the gallery to a choreography inspired by the teaching of Armenian mystic George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. For some artists this might be enough, yet Yang also had a solo at the South London Gallery (she will return to the UK in 2020 for an exhibition at Tate St Ives), was included in numerous groups shows (including Homo Faber at the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, which emphasised the craft inherent to her practice) and kept up with her teaching responsibilities at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. All of which might help to explain the title of her installation at the Istanbul Biennial in September: Incubation and Exhaustion.