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Art & Culture 17 Mar 2019

tefaf 2019, overwhelms in every way (final blog 3)

 I finish my first TEFAF visit with some impressions of Tribal art and design. The Belgium gallery Didier Claes from Brussels’s has several interesting figurines and statues from African countries like Gongo and Gabon made from wood, metal, pigments, vegetal fibers, copper and brass. Kind of intimidating is a big mummy-like statute Vanuatu from the early 20th Century covered with attributes. The Tetela Mask from the 19th Century at stand 604 from Lucas Ratton is a rare beauty. The colored wood is covered with fur and feathers, and the motives and lines give the face a direct expression. Also impressing is the 250 cm high wooden Funeral Post Hempatong (stand 615). The Dayak people from Borneo, Indonesia probably used this 18th-19th Century statute. Moving on to the big embrace by NWC Force Arms. I wonder to who these big wooden arms, curved out of one piece in an over life size, belonged to. Was there more than these arms? What is the symbolism behind it? It was discovered in the Northwest Coast of British Colombia in the late 19th Century (Galerie Meyer- Oceanic & Eskimo Art, stand 605). There is also a great diversity on design at TEFAF. From a funny and stylish Bird Lamp (1952) by the French Roger Capron, to a sophisticated day sofa which seemed to be inspired by ancient Roman art to the famous Lounge chair from 1936 by Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), which is molded and cut from maple plywood with upholstery wool (Jackson Design AB, stand 617). Finally, I have a look at some ancient art from Asia and Iran. From big Buddha’s to a variety of attributes, such as little statues, tableware, trays, utensils and vases. Not to forget some of the antique music books and religious works, that have very detailed notched motives on the cover. In the press corridors I hear voices say that this is one of the best editions of the TEFAF history so far, with a steady high quality of art. So although, after thirty years, it is not too late to get introduced with this amazing art fair. Moreover, this might just be the right timing to discover all these pearls. More info: tefaf.com  TIP: This year TEFAF expands its program with side events in the vivid city center of Maastricht with TEFAF and the City. Read more about this in my other blogs and check tefafandthecity.com Text & photo's: Angelique van Os

Art & Culture 16 Mar 2019

tefaf and the city (blog 3 ronald kolk & tips )

I finish my museum day at the Museum aan het Vrijthof, at the vivid Vrijthof square. Till June 16th the museum shows a tribune to the craftsmanship of the Dutch houte couturier, Ronald Kolk (Amsterdam, 1960). The exhibition, the Girl, the Dress and the Pearl, shows his oeuvre with fifty selected dresses. Also, goldsmith, jewel designer and emailleur Margareth Stalman (Heerlen, 1959), shows a big collection of her work. Because of their mutial respect for each other’s work, they collaborated a number of times for the annual fashion shows that Kolk organized until 2018.The whole museum - ten rooms in total- is transformed into the rich, colorful and highly fashion world of the couturier. Every room has its own theme, and the visitor also gets a glance of Kolkman’s atelier and workshop and the different techniques he uses. His specific extravagant glitter and glamour dresses have been wore by artists and actresses such as Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Grace Jones, Dutch Prinses Laurentien and Liesbeth List. Kolk also designed costumes for the Trocadero Ballet in New York. This exhibition is also the closure of the ‘Kolk era’, because the designer has closed his Haute Couture salon in Amsterdam, and will focus on the support and inspering of young, new designers to adopt their love for craftsmanship. I going home with a lot of impressions. It was a divers day, and only a glance of the TEFAF and the City program. The following weeks there are more interesting concerts, theathre shows and exhibitions to come. Maastrichts also overwhelms with passion for art and great diversity. Looking forward to come back next year! Some other TIPS: (source TEFAF and the City) ·      Lumière Cinema Specials: the film house shows four films which are related to art. First there is Degas: Passion for Perfection; a documentary about the famous French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas. Followed by The Mill and the Cross. Lech Majewski translates Bruegel’s masterpiece The Procession To Calvary into cinema. Starring our own Dutch-American Rutger Hauer as Bruegel. Willem Dafoe shines in his wonderful role as Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, by director Julian Schnabel. And finally, there is The Art Life of David Lynch (see also blog 2). See the website for more info. ·       Official TEFAF Club in the basement bar of the trendy Commons Restaurant in Student Hotel Maastricht. An event with live DJs, cocktails, good company and happy hour from 22:00 to 23:00! ·       The Sphinxpassage is a free, permanent exhibition that embodies the history of the Sphinx factories and the Eiffel building. Approximately 30,000 tiles arranged into 26 chapters recounts the history of both the ceramics industry in Maastricht and the Regout family. This impressive storytelling exhibition was created by using a mix of tableware, designs, old adverts, family portraits, and old transfer prints (a method of decorating enamels or ceramics). And it is very near to the TEFAF Club and Lumiere. ·       Classical music: Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland with Dmitry Liss leads Brahms, Friday March 22nd - Dmitry Liss knows the vigour and venom of romantic, Russian music through and through, nor does the music by Johannes Brahms hold any secrets for him. Liss knows how to combine the poetic idylls of his Second Symphony with ‘sombre contemplation’. He makes Brahms into an experience, ‘an endearing man of flesh and blood’. And Liss also brings along violinist Sergey Krylov. ·      Tune In- Best of Jazz – March 24th. This is a free series of Jazz & Classical Concerts by Conservatorium Maastricht in the Sint Janskerk. On this Sunday afternoon, some of the leading new jazz talents present their own projects. Experience a surprising afternoon with that many facets that jazz has. From beautiful vocals to energetic drums, from small and fragile to large orchestral. See the WEBSITE for more info about the mentioned tips and other program during TEFAF and the city.    Text & images: Angelique van Os ·       

Art & Culture 16 Mar 2019

tefaf and the city (blog 2- microsculpture) 

After having experienced the intense and dark world of David Lynch at the Bonnefantenmuseum (see blog 1), I am cycling to the Natural History Museum of Maastricht. It is pretty crowded on Saturday, especially because families with children can do several activities in the museum today. On the ground floor there is an intimate room, which show a dozen amazing blow-ups of insects. The exhibit is called Microsculpture, and can be visited until the 21rd of April. This is a ground-breaking project by the British photographer Levon Biss. He presents different insects species which reveal breathtaking beauty, powerful colors and the intricate structure of the tiny animals. The insects really come to live on the black backgrounds, and the prinst have a very high quality. Also the images are incredible detailed. You can see the seams and lines of the transparent wings of the deep dark green Orchid cuckoo bee. You almost want to touch the furry skin of the Silver longhorn Beetle. And how about the magnificent patterns of the Jewel longhorned Beetle; it is almost hypnotizing. Biss has worked on macrophotography for the past five years. But actually he is more famous for his work on sports, reportage and portraiture. For Microsculpture he collaborated with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The reactions of the visiting children are interesting; on the one hand they are curious and impressed, but insects like the Marion Island Moth, the Flying Saucer Trench Beetle and especially the Tortoise Beetle and the Treehopper are also a bit scary. “They look like aliens”, I hear some kids say. And that is true, but also shows the power of macrophotography. Read in Blog 3 about my last visit to The Girl, the dress and the pearl.  Text & images: Angelique van Os | note: of course the credits of the origional images are of Levon Biss

Art & Culture 16 Mar 2019

tefaf and the city (blog 1 - david lynch expo)

During the ten days of one of the world’s most famous art fair, TEFAF, the city of Maastricht is also extra hip and happening. From 14 to 24 March The city center seems to get the elegance artistic spirit and host special party’s, dinners, music, film and theatre shows, and of course several contemporary exhibitions. Journalist Angelique van Os had a glimpse of the extensive program of this TEFAF and the City and visited three museums in one day. Text & photo’s: Angelique van Os | Portrait by Josh Tellers & archive of the artist After one or two days roam at TEFAF, there is much more to explore in Maastricht. It is the first time that the city presents an extensive international program that is inspired by the fair. It is a collaboration of several forces, like the township of Maastricht, the Provence of Limburg to Maastricht Marketing and Chapeau Magazine.In addition to the MECC Congres which host big events like TEFAF, the city has many other interesting museums with permanent collections and contemporary exhibitions. I started my day with a visit to Some one is in my House (till 28/04) at the Bonnefantenmuseum. This exhibition shows the fascinated, bizarre dark world of cult director David Lynch (1946, Montana). The mysterious filmmaker of surrealist and disturbing movies like Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and the famous Twin Peak series, actually started his career as an artist. This exhibition is therefore focusing on his art. Over the past four decades he has created a rich oeuvre of paintings, drawings, photography, multi-media collages and installations. Hereby he is always trying to capture, process and translate the images inside his head. This exhibition shows his complete works for the first time outside the USA.Already in the first two rooms, the well-known underbelly, gut feeling comes alive looking at Lynch’s first important academic work, Six Men Getting Sick (1967). Lynch was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and had a revelation in 1966. During this time he found out he wanted to create moving paintings. Six Men… is his first art-combined work of sculpture, installation and audio. Safe placeA red line within the exhibition seems to be the lack of a safe environment, a careful home. In his work, houses have formed a leitmotif for Lynch. Although the filmmaker and artist had a happy childhood and warm memories of it, he experienced several aggressive and violent experiences during his studies in Philadelphia. This is where his work got his dark character. His house in Philly was everything but a safe place; children were shot outside his front door, stones were throne through his windows and burglars were sneaking around. Still, Lynch calls the city his greatest inspiration: “This place had a great mood – factories, smoke, railroads, diners, the strangest characters and the darkest nights (….)”, Lynch explains in the liner notes of the exhibition. DarkThe works of Lynch are everything but beautiful. They are not intent to be. Like his films, the paintings are ominous and dark, full of cryptically notes, using strange materials. Lynch says: “I like to be able to get dirty. I would like to roll in the mud. I like flesh, earth, fire, and smoke. I like organic phenomenon. I would like to bite my paintings. I like meat. I like ointment. I like grease. I like childlike things. I like crude, bad painting in a sophisticated way.” This is exactly how his art looks like. Sometimes even hard aggressive in your face, like the works in room 8, where the atmosphere of violent is dominated in grotesque works like Change the Fucking Channel Fuckface and the man who was shot 0.9502. Violent comedyAnd sometimes one can also find violent comedy in the work; like his latest works from 2009-2010 (room 13) which consist aggressive doll-like figures on large sheets of brown cardboard, mixed with bright lights, real clothing (underpants) in three dimensional elements. Absurdism of David Lync’s view of the world takes over, and it is clear that his movies are not separate from his work. Finally, I walk into the famous setting of the Twin Peaks curtain room. Where everything starts, ends and vanishes. Hearing the famous music score, I can almost see ‘bad evil’ Bob, and feel the spirit of Laura Palmer. I am fully awake after this intense exhibition, ready to explore the world of big and colorful insects of photographer Levon Biss. Read more about the other exhibitions in Blog 2TIP: Lumière Cinema has special film screenings of the films of David Lynch, titled A Retrospective. This include all his classics, and the fascinating documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, about his intimate journey through the formative years of his life. Check the webiste for the dates and time schedules.  

Art & Culture 16 Mar 2019

tefaf 2019, overwhelms in every way (blog 2)

It is not only the variety of the art at TEFAF, what impresses; also the different stands are creating their own different and contrasting vibes. From modern marble objects presented in hard white light and ditto background, and dark mystic antique Asian and African figurines to colorful Classic settings which creates a museum-like atmosphere. Also in terms of food, everything has been thought of. There are several exclusive bars -from sushi to oysters- and during the day many culinary bites and snacks are offered. SoldierI am headed to some modern sections. A masterpiece is Poträt Hugo (Hugo Biallowons) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938; Galerie Henze & Ketter, stand 444). This striking oil on canvas from 1914 shows Hugo as a soldier. It is part of an intense series of paintings, images and litho’s, which show’s Hugo (who was a friend of Kirchner) during the First World War trenches. 3-dAlso interesting is the outstanding work of Barry X Ball (Fergus McCaffrey, stand 440), which catches my eye. The Sleeping Hemaphtodite (2008-2017) is inspired by the original Greek Thassos marble that is part of the Louvre. The artist used translucent pink Iranian onyx and created this work with the help of an out 3-d printer. Also his Purity bust is intriguing. The moving high-definition color video on plasma display titled Ancestors (2012) by Bill Viola, keeps pulling attention. Simply, because it keeps changing all the time, while the background stays the same.  At the same stand of the Tina Kim Gallery, there is another simple but fine work, which keeps changing: Mirror Gold (2018) by Anish Kapoor.I am continuing to Ben Brown Fine Arts, looking to a big colorful digital C-print, representing the Prado Museum by Vik Muniz. This is probably the most recent work, because it is produced this year.Going back in time again, the David Levy & Associës gallery shows a fine Asian inspired painting of Louis Anquetin (1881-1932) called Torse de Jeune fille, Juliette Vary (ca.1890). And just a bit further, the colorful motives of Robert Delaunay’s Les fenêtres sur la ville, première partie, deuxième motif 1912, is pulling me to the stand after I have finish my lunch at the salad & sandwich bar.Prints Upstairs, at the first floor, there are also several beautiful papers and prints. A good example is The Staircase at 54, rue de Seine, Paris. This is a pastel and gouache on board by Sam Szafran. In the same stand of Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, there is also a small showcase of some beautiful art nouveau and jugend still affiches from magazines like Vogue and Hazar’s Bazar. Finishing some of my modern impressions, I look at Andy Warhol’s Karen Kain, which is a screen print in colors with diamond dust, 1980. But the nice thing is that this print is next to several ancient and rare books from all different themes. That is also the nice thing about TEFAF, the galleries show their own little art worlds with sometimes different time frames, from old to modern.Read more about TEFAF at my final third Blog, Tribal and design. Angelique van Os  

Art & Culture 16 Mar 2019

tefaf 2019, overwhelms in every way (blog 1)

There is the first time for everything. Even for a visit at the widely regarded world’s pre-eminent of fine art, antiques and design: TEFAF Maastricht. Established in 1988, the art event has a rich history and the critical standards of the art are getting higher every year. And for this edition the 279 exhibiting dealers include 40 new galleries, as several new discoveries and unpublished work.  Text & pictures: Angelique van Os I have just passed the entrance and face several ten meter high objects of lush and colorful flowers. In the middle of the space, visitor, mostly looking extravagant and exuberant, can relax on design chairs and sofas, drinking tea and coffee. Doing business and catching up with acquaintances. It is pretty crowded for a preview day. Whereas on the side, the art galleries stands look sophisticated, perfectly highlighted and presenting their masterpieces. Every time it feels like entering a tiny museum. It is obvious: this is where the international art community and where world’s top art dealers and experts comes together.   TEFAF runs three Fairs internationally - TEFAF Maastricht, which covers 7,000 years of art history; TEFAF New York Spring, focused on modern and contemporary art & design; and TEFAF New York Fall, covering fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920. Also TEFAF represents different aspects of art movements from ancient paintings, antiques, La Haute Joailerie, Tribal, Modern, Design and work on paper. Some new names within the section Modern are Gallery Gmurzynska (USA), Simon Lee Gallery (UK), Pace Gallery (USA), Almine Rech (Belgium) and Sprüth Magers (UK).  Because I am a fan of ancient paintings and art that is where start. One of the first paintings which gets my attention is already a highlight: Femme nue couchée by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). The fine oil on canvas is presented by the New York gallery Dickinson (stand 402). Also a scene of women bathing in a Morrocan hamman – Les Baigneuses Du Harem, 1901- by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), shows beautiful colors and details. But there is no time to waste. I am a bit dazzled by tremendous offers of the fair. Some exhibitors have utilized every piece of the wall, creating a collage of paintings varying from landscapes, portraits, folk sceneries and still lives. Chasing treasuresAlso everywhere I look, there are religious scenes varying from the fourteenth till the nineteenth Century. A very ancient and special piece is a small panel on gold of The Virgin and Child by Paolo Veneziano (1200-Venice-1362, in the collection of Haboldt & Co). The expensive work is already sold. And that is no exception. Although the fair just started on Thursday the 14th, and will continue till March 24th, art collectors are chasing these treasures. So who is interesting to buy something in particular or special, has a lot of competition and cannot wait too long. That also counts for the amazing Two boys with a bladder by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), presented by Lowell Libson & Johnny Yarker LTD. The use of candlelight, surrounded by the dark background lifts the portrait of the boys.A newly discovered painting is Susanna and the Elders (1548) by the Flemish Renaissance Trailblazer Frans Floris de Vriendt (1519/20-1570). This large and early work is unveiled by Carlo Orsi-Trinity Fine Art. The painter was more renowned in his day than Bruegel the Elder. The work shows a careful study of Roman antiques and influences from painters like Raphael. According to the TEFAF curators, the artist displays sensitivity to the handling of flesh, which was exceptional in the Netherlandish art at the time.  TemperaThe Spanish gallery Caylus shows some beautiful panels on wood, like Thomàs Giner’s Saint Martin dividing his Cloak with a bagger (ca. 1460). The clay technique that is used is called Tempera. Because of this, the very detailed relief splashes of the cloth. This technique is only possible to use on wood, because canvas is not strong enough for the clay. Also interesting is a modern photographic transfer on high-fired ceramic by Robert Rauschenberg, called Gilt (1983).        Although there is so much more to see, I have to move on to see other parts of the fair. Read more about my report in the next blog.  TIP: Some highlights that you must not miss:·      Dans le pre en automne a Eragny by Camile Pissarro (1830-1903). Gallery Richard Green, stand 302·      Portrait of a young Lady holding a cat by Antonio d’Ubertino Verdi (Bacchiacca, 1499-1572). Gallery Nicholas Hall, stand 342·      Still life of an illuminated manuscript. Unknown painter. Gallery Salomon Lilian, stand 309see also: tefaf.com EXTRA TIP: This year TEFAF expands its program with side events in the vivid city centre of Maastricht with TEFAF and the City. Read more about this in up-coming blogs.   

Art & Culture 15 Mar 2019

tefaf maastricht weekend

Sometimes Pure Creatives works with guest writers. This weekend our Dutch collegue Angelique van Os (Pureoff theroad.com, Jazzism) is reporting from the divers and impressing international art fair TEFAF Maastricht, which just opened yesterday and continues till March 24th. Let’s see if she is able to spot some of the collectors highlights (see pics), and discover some interesting side events of TEFAFandthecity.com like #DavidLynch expo Someone is in my House. 

Art & Culture 05 Mar 2018

gems of historic photography in tours

Gems of historic photography in Tours (France)Always keen to discover hidden cultural hotspots we visited the city of Tours, in the middle of France, a few times because of the extraordinary photo exhibitions presented in the Château de Tours, the old castle of the city. Since 2010 the local government and the Jeu de Paume National Gallery are collaborating on exhibitions devoted to historic photography. Exquisitely presented shows with the work of Andre Kértész, Vivian Maier, Robert Capa, Sabine Weisz, and Willy Ronis, just to name a few, have attracted the photo connoisseurs to visit the university city along the river Loire.At the moment the French photographer Lucien Hervé (1910 - 2007) is honored with an exhibition under the title ‘Geometry of Light’ in the castle’s rooms, proving he was really a magician playing with shadow and light. This exhibition at the Château de Tours pays tribute to this photographer for architects, most famous for his work for Le Corbusier, by juxtaposing, as he did, the universal and the timeless, the ancient and the modern, the abstract and the human.“My conception of photography is, on the surface, very straightforward: it seeks traces of humanity everywhere. Which may seem strange to people who go to my exhibitions. Indeed, almost all my photos avoid including any human presence in the buildings. However, I try to express that presence through the work accomplished by man”, wrote Hervé in a letter in 1964. And it is true, although the abstract forms of architecture are dominating the first impression when looking ar his photos, the human presence is always near. That is one of the fascinating aspects of Hervé’s work.Two exhibitions a year at the Château de Tours are only a small part of the activities of Jeu de Paume, the organization that presents lens-based art from the 20th and 21st century in Paris. Lovers of historic photography must mark a date between 16 October and 27 January 2019 in their agendas because then a large retrospective of Dorothea Lange, photographer of iconic images of the Great depression, will be on Display at Concorde in Paris.Visitors of Tours and surroundings can visit the Geometry of Light exhibition till 27 May, 2018. The Château de Tours is open Tuesday till Sunday from 2 PM till 6 PM.

Art & Culture 17 Dec 2016

top 10 works sold at sotheby's in 2016

2016 has seen countless remarkable auction results, from a new artist record for Old Master painter Orazio Gentileschi to the highest price ever achieved for a Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond. But beyond the historic prices achieved, each of these objects tells a unique story. Though just a small sampling of what made 2016 such an impressive year in auction results, we looked back at the top ten prices achieved at Sotheby’s and the stories behind what made these objects so special.  1 Pablo Picasso " Femme Assise " 1909 Sold for  $ 63.631.3912 Amedeo Modigliani " Jeanne Hebuterne ( Au Foulard ) " 1919 Sold for  $ 56.631.7353 Edvard Munch " Girls on the Bridge " 1902 Sold for  $ 54.487.5004 Cy Twombly " Untitled ( New York ) " 1968 Sold for  $ 36.650.0005 Francis Bacon " Two Studies For a Self-Portrait " 1970 Sold for  $ 34.970.0006 Zhang Daqian" Peach Blossom Spring " 1982 Sold for  $ 34.702.564                                                     7 Gerhard Richter " A.B. Still " 1986 Sold for  $ 33.987.5008 The Beers Millenium Jewel 4 Sold for  $ 32.013.223                                                    9 The Unique Pink Superb Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Ring Sold for  $ 31.561.20010 Orazio Gentileschi " Danae " 1621 Sold for  $ 30.490.000

Art & Culture 14 Nov 2016

audemars piguet present sun xun at art basel

AUDEMARS PIGUET ART COMMISSION AT ART BASEL IN MIAMI BEACH 2016:SUN XUN TO PRESENT LARGE-SCALE IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION Le Brassus, 3 October 2016: Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce details of major new artwork by Chinese artist Sun Xun, for the second Audemars Piguet Art Commission. The installation will be unveiled at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016.Click here to view an exclusive video of Sun Xun’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3yZ8rpdLf0&feature=youtu.beThis will be one of Sun Xun’s most ambitious projects. The Chinese artist’s entire multidisciplinary arsenal will be mobilized in the large-scale immersive environment of the installation. In addition to 2D and 3D animation, the work will include traditional scroll paintings, ink drawings, various architectural and design elements, as well as sound. The installation will be presented to the public on the Miami Beach oceanfront, and will span a city block across from Collins Park.Since 2006, Sun Xun has overseen a large and growing animation studio to realize his increasingly complex productions. Time Spy, a film animation included in the installation, will be created using classic Chinese illustration methods, in which every frame is a fully executed woodcut. The work has required the assistance of hundreds of Chinese art students who have been supporting Sun Xun in the production of each individually crafted woodcut. The 3D animation will be projected onto a screen, which the audience will view through custom glasses designed by the artist. Artist Sun Xun said: “The Audemars Piguet Art Commission is one of my most ambitious projects to date, a complex production which has required a great deal of technical accuracy, a vast team of assistants and the latest technologies. The intricate craftsmanship at the heart of Audemars Piguet is similar to my own artistic practice, and being selected to produce this commission has allowed me to work with the highest quality resources, with support from an exceptional team.”In 2015, Sun Xun was invited to Audemars Piguet’s home in Le Brassus, to learn about the brand’s 141-year tradition of precision and expert craftsmanship. Considered one of China’s most talented young artists, Sun Xun was selected for his mastery of many interdisciplinary fields and highly experimental working methods, mirroring the forward thinking and technical excellence inherent to Audemars Piguet's watchmaking.The Audemars Piguet Art Commission supports artists in the creation of works of exceptional complexity and precision. A defining aspect of the Commission is that it not only provides the selected artists with resources, but also creates links to special expertise required to realize original artworks. For Sun Xun’s installation, Audemars Piguet is working closely with the artist to secure the highest quality of optical and projection devices necessary to construct the project.Growing up in a time immediately following the Chinese Cultural Revolution, themes of global history, culture, memory and politics have had a profound impact on Sun Xun’s work. For his installation in Miami Beach, Sun Xun will explore the Five Elements – metal, wood, fire, water, and earth – that structure the universe according to Chinese cultural tradition. Bridging classical and modern art and exploring the history and metaphysics of the world that surrounds us, the installation, among its many layers of meaning, amounts to a prolonged meditation on time, both in content and in form.Olivier Audemars, Vice Chairman of the Board of Audemars Piguet, said: “The Audemars Piguet Art Commission seeks to explore topics of complexity and precision, in projects that demand the highest level of execution and skill. Sun Xun’s practice, blending centuries-old artistic techniques with 21st century technology, is a perfect fit for the Commission. All of us at Audemars Piguet are delighted to be collaborating with one of the most original representatives of this generation of Chinese artists.”The development and presentation of the installation was undertaken in collaboration with the artist’s three galleries: Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, ShanghART Gallery in Shanghai and Singapore and Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong. 

Art & Culture 23 Jul 2016

bowie/collector london

Bowie/Collector Opens in London Ahead of World TourThe world's media descended on Sotheby's in London this week to take a look at highlights from the upcoming Bowie/Collector sales. The preview runs until 9 August before setting off on a world tour that takes in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong before culminating in a major London exhibition in November. Click ahead to see a selection of the works on display that showcase the legendary British musician's diverse tastes.Bowie/Collector10–11 November | LondonSotheby's34-35 New Bond StreetLondon W1S 2RT UK

Art & Culture 03 Jul 2016

francis bacon and the riviera

Francis Bacon was captivated by French culture from the moment he first visited Paris as a young man in the late 1920s. He returned to the capital many times, and lived and worked in Monaco in the late 1940s. This summer, the city hosts an exhibition exploring the artist’s relationship with France and the Riviera. Opening in July at the Grimaldi Forum and sponsored by Sotheby’s, the show will feature more than 60 Bacon paintings alongside works by artists who inspired him, including Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Giacometti. Click ahead for highlights. Francis Bacon: Monaco and French Culture2 July–4 September | Grimaldi Forum Monaco SOTHEBY'S AT LARGE

Art & Culture 30 Jun 2016

" how a street child became a leading artist "

BBC 21 june 2016By James Badcock Lita Cabellut is one of Spain's most successful artists, but she's barely known in her home country. What's more, the woman whose paintings now sell for six figure sums spent her early years living on the street. "My childhood was like that of thousands of street kids around the world," says Lita Cabellut. She used to roam the streets of Barcelona with other homeless children and slept in the open air. "We looked after one another - we did whatever we liked. We took coins out of the fountains, begged Zippo lighters from sailors and stole tourists' wallets. We used to go into restaurants and say our father was in the toilet when they served us, before wolfing down the food and running off."Cabellut was born in a village in Aragon, north-east Spain, in 1961. While she was a baby, she and her mother moved to Barcelona. Her mother ran a brothel in the city and Cabellut was left with her grandmother - but in reality she spent most of her time out on the streets. "I ran errands for the prostitutes. They gave me money to buy packs of cigarettes, sandwiches, condoms or jewellery, and I kept the change." Looking back, she says that "art, of course, was there because art is always around us", but she didn't think about it in a formal sense - she was preoccupied with survival. "A child never recognizes art as something separated. I sold imaginary stars on the streets. Is that not a true performance of art? But for me it was a way to survive.""My expectations were to be a dancer, to fly, to run, to be stronger than all children around me. The expectation of a child is always the same - poor or rich, we want to be superheroes," she says.According to the 2014-15 annual report compiled by Artprice, the only living Spaniard who sells more paintings than Cabellut is the Majorcan artist Miquel Barcelo. Now her vivid portraits can sell for $100,000 (£70,000) or more - actors Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, as well as chef, Gordon Ramsay, are each reported to own one.So what changed the course of Cabellut's life so dramatically? Cabellut's grandmother died when she was about 10 years old and she ended up in a Barcelona orphanage before being adopted by "a beautiful Catalan family" at the age of 12. She won't reveal much about them, except that they introduced her to art. They took her to Madrid's Prado museum, and introduced a 13-year-old Cabellut to Goya's dark and haunting Pilgrimage to San Isidro, which was painted between 1820 and 1823. "I recognised in this painting the expressions in the eyes of the people that I crossed in the streets when I was little," she says. "This painting describes the madness, the hope, the terrific moments that the human being can have when you lose your security. For me, when I saw this painting for the first time I felt the complicity of being a witness."It made such an impression on her that she tried to copy another Goya, one of his sweeter works depicting a country boy with a country girl and a little dog. The result was not spectacular but her adopted family encouraged the adolescent Cabellut to keep painting - they even paid for private tutors to make up for lost time. And for the first time in her life, she also started going to school. "It was very difficult for me at school as I was so far behind. It's hard to start learning to read and write when you are 13, and then there's the psychological difficulty of being put into a class where all the children are much younger. I had a lot of private classes at home. It was necessary because I had to learn everything." She slowly made progress at school, started to listen to the "voice of art" and decided to study art at Amsterdam's Gerrit Rietveld Academy."At that time it was hard to get into this school. They had a good reputation in the 80s and that was part of my giant ambitions. Again, I wanted to be a superhero. I had passion, dedication, you can call it delirium - a tremendous hunger."The "three big masters" who influenced her the most were Spain's Goya, the early Florentine Renaissance sculptor Donatello, and German composer Bach. After graduating, she stayed in the Netherlands and now she has a studio in The Hague, but success didn't come easily. "I did things like giving someone a painting so they would pay my electricity bill and painting a house to get three months' credit in a supermarket. "When you are in a growth period as an artist you have to defend it ferociously because you need that time to find your language and become a maestro. If you swap that time for money, you don't get that time back to develop yourself." At one point, having established a lucrative relationship with a reputable gallery, she decided to start all over again, and didn't sell anything for two years. "I had painted a shocking series on child prostitution and my gallerist said: 'No, Lita, you can't do this. People don't want this. Paint more angels, those angels that sell so well.' I said 'No' and I lost my gallery.  I paint people in whom you need to find the real beauty behind the skinLita Cabellut "An artist has to follow their trajectory. So today that might be angels, tomorrow demons and ghosts. If you don't follow your artistic development, it just becomes an economic development, and that is very dangerous." Today, Cabellut is best known for her portraits, which include paintings of famous people such as Coco Chanel and Charlie Chaplin, but also anonymous subjects who some might consider ugly. "I do not see ugly people," says Cabellut. "I paint different people. I paint people in whom you need to find the real beauty behind the skin. I have a weakness for underdogs, and one part of me will always stay with them. What drives me is the portrait of the human being, of you, of me, of us."She puts her canvases through a lengthy chemical process to give them a rough and edgy texture and uses techniques that range from "17th-Century studio painting to street art".Some of her larger portraits are two metres high - and for a couple of years she had to be suspended from ropes to reach the top of them. She couldn't stretch after she was involved in an accident in Paris - she was knocked over and injured by a police officer who was chasing a thief. Although Cabellut has held solo exhibitions in London, Dubai and Seoul, she has yet to gain public recognition in her native Spain. Two shows in 2017 are aimed at remedying this: a retrospective at Barcelona's Antonio Vila Casas foundation, and an exhibition at A Coruna's contemporary art museum where her studio will be recreated."Of course, my roots are Spanish and I will always be Spanish. It is beautiful that the people from your home count on you and kiss you." As for her birth mother, Cabellut says she has forgiven her for abandoning her. She recalls once visiting her when the painter was a student but found it impossible to tell her how she felt.And when she talks about her work, she refers back to her childhood on the streets of Barcelona. "I still feel like I am selling stars," she says." People are not buying just paint, canvas and resin - it's the magic and emotion that is the spirit of art."

Art & Culture 08 Jun 2016

art basel europe 2016

Basel, June 16 – 19, 2016Art Basel’s European edition brings the international artworld together, with more than 280 of the world’s leading galleries showing works from 4,000 artists, ranging from Modern great masters to current emerging stars.We present a full program of talks each day during the show, while cultural institutions from Basel and the region offer exhibitions and events, creating an exciting week of art.Venue :Messe BaselMesseplatz 104005 BaselSwitzerlandOur show takes place at Messe Basel, Switzerland’s largest and most important exhibition site, featuring a new hall designed by the leading international architects Herzog & de Meuron of Basel.Opening hoursPrivate days (by invitation only)Monday, June 13, 2016, 4pm to 7pm (Unlimited opening in Hall 1)Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 11am to 8pmWednesday, June 15, 2016, 11am to 3pmVernissage (by invitation only)Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 3pm to 8pmPublic daysThursday, June 16, 2016, 11am to 7pmFriday, June 17, 2016, 11am to 7pmSaturday, June 18, 2016, 11am to 7pmSunday, June 19, 2016, 11am to 7pm

Art & Culture 25 Mar 2016

2°c above accli-m8 x by konrad wyrebek

GALERIE RON MANDOSINVITATION | Opening Saturday April 9, 2016Konrad Wyrebek | 2°C above acCLI-M8 XAlso on show:Geert Mul | ChainOfEventsBoris Tellegen | new worksOpening April 9, 5-7 pmGalerie Ron Mandos proudly presents 2°C above acCLI-M8 X by Konrad Wyrebek, curated by Domenico de Chirico. Wyrebek addresses the issue of climate change in close interrelation with the noisy global information system, by aesthetically investigating its consequences, causes, influences and the changes it generates. He performs several digital transmissions and compression processes onto found media images. This results in Data Error — grainy color patches, which he carefully repaints onto the canvas.Simultaneously we will open the exhibition ChainOfEvents, lenticular prints by Geert Mul, and show new works by Boris Tellegen. We hereby invite you to the festive opening of these exhibitions on Saturday April 9, 2016, from 5 to 7 pm. All three artists will be present. We hope to welcome you at the opening.Galerie Ron Mandos Prinsengracht 282, 1016 HJ Amsterdam + 31 20 320 7036         http://ronmandos.nl

Art & Culture 11 Mar 2016

magical connection between today and the classical

Jean Auguste Domingue Ingres, the early 19th Century Master of Montauban, is regarded as one of the most gifted artists in history. He was inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman art but gave a remarkable interpretation of drawing and painting the human body. La Source (Musee d’Orsay, Paris) and The Turkish Bath (Musee du Louvre, Paris) are world famous iconic paintings of the neoclassical painter.In Montauban, in the South of France, the Ingres Museum host thousands of paintings, drawings and designs by Ingres. Especially the design have been a source of inspiration for artists in the 19th and 20th century. Matisse, Dufy, Dali, Picasso, to name just a few, all mentioned Ingres as the master in drawing the human body. A close look at Picasso’s work for example show that he returned to the roots of art history for inspiration and that he, who is considered prototypically avant-garde, found inspiration in the work of Ingres.Fabienne Stadnicka is a French artist that paints on corrugated iron from the 19th century. Her work is inspired by the classical masters too. This exceptional material on which  I am working makes it possible to present memories from the past, she says. For twenty years now Stadnicka has been exhibiting her ‘iron memories’. The unique working method, combined with the material used and the craftsmanship of Stadnicka painting the human body has already resulted in an unusual oeuvre. It inspired novelist and Prix Goncourt winner Didier Van Cauwelaert to write his novel Attirance in which an old painter is his memories from the past painting on rusted iron plates.And now Fabienne Stadnicka is presenting 40 oil paintings on her favorite material with fragments from Ingres paintings and drawings. It is the ultimate symbiosis of the mastership of both Ingres and Stadnicka. The initiative for this series came from the directors of the Ingres Museum. They asked Fabienne Stadnicka to create this new series to be exhibited in the museum by the end of 2017.Recently a part of this series was exhibited at the Galerie Rauchfeld in Paris, one of the galleries representing Stadnicka, and also the gallery that presented her work at Art Basel Miami. The paintings are already for sale but buyers have to sign an agreement that the painting sold must be kept available for the museum exhibition in 2017.With this series Fabienne Stadnicka has created a homage to Ingres, painted in a classical style, and on the reddish rusted iron, touched by time. It is a magical connection between today and the past.  

Art & Culture 01 Mar 2016

cabinet of material curiosities

Cabinet of Material Curiosities – by Cilia BatenburgMondrian once said that when you try to unveil a universal truth you have to go back to the essence. It’s that essence that Ge’staltung made physical in the form of  72 cubes of 12 x 12 x 12 cm put in a Cabinet inspired by the work of, how could it be different, Rietveld.Ge'staltung is always in search of new materials, new combinations and new techniques to shape their designs. Because ultimately that's the noble task designers fulfill in our society. We can even say designers are reshapers. After all, most materials already exist, waiting to be professionally chosen by the designer and put together, to be isolated, ranked in a new way or given a new cultural social meaning. With their Cabinet of Material Curiosities it's exactly that essence of designing Ge'staltung has tried to capture in an object.The Cabinet is both furniture and an autonomous work of art in which the search and autonomy of the materials play the leading role. From the 2000 years old origami folding technique to 3D prints and from Styrofoam to pure gold. Every Cabinet consists of a different formation of 72 cubes of 12 x 12 x 12 cm made by using the most diverse production techniques and materials. With a select edition of twenty pieces no Cabinet is alike and every Cabinet has a unique catalog in which all the used materials and techniques are described. The value of each cabinet is determined by the labor and the sum of the value of the used materials.The Cabinet of Material Curiosities is an object which reminds us of the often bizarre Cabinets of Curiosities used in the past for inspiration by many great masters. But whereas absurdity and excessiveness once had the overtone, in this case the cabinet really appeals to our sense of order and balance but at the same time doesn't ruin our universal curiosity and our ever present need to collect. By looking at this Cabinet, you can feel the endless possibilities of adding new materials neatly shaped in those equal cubes. “It’s solely possible to reach a relative balance by destroying the shape and replacing it by a new universal visual medium.”Piet Mondriaan in magazine De Stijl Synopsis:With their Cabinet of Material Curiosities designer duo Ge’staltung puts the spotlight on the materials, chosen carefully and with precision, arranged and made into one object. An object that responds to our timeless search for order and balance. The stereotypical thinking but in an aesthetically pleasing way. Because, in the end, as urban animals we really do like some order and balance within the chaos of endless possibilities. 

Art & Culture 26 Feb 2016

francis bacon

Source: The Gardian  Mark Brown Francis Bacon: Final painting found in 'very private' collectionStudy of a Bull, 1991, has never been publicly seen, reproduced, discussed or written It could be a bull backing in to a burning, black void or one escaping it, moving hopefully into the heavenly light. What seems certain is that this final, extraordinary painting by Francis Bacon, unseen and undocumented until now, is by an artist who knows he will soon dieThe art historian Martin Harrison on Tuesday revealed Bacon’s final completed painting – a work that has never been publicly seen, reproduced, discussed or written about. Residing in a “very private, private collection” in London, Study of a Bull. 1991, only came to light as Harrison worked on editing a catalogue of every work by Bacon, due to be published in April.Harrison said it was Bacon painting his own death, just as he was in his final Triptych 1991, which is in the collection of MoMA in New York. “Bacon is ready to sign off ... he was so ill,” he said. “He knew exactly what he was doing here. Is the bull making an entrance? Is he receding to somewhere else? To his cremation?”Most of the two-metre-high painting is deliberately raw canvas. Underneath the bull Bacon has used real dust from his famously shambolic studio in South Kensington. “To me that is terribly poignant,” said Harrison. “He often used to say: ‘Dust is eternal, after all we all return to dust.’”The bull also testifies to Bacon’s enduring fascination with bullfighting, a subject he first addressed in 1969 and returned to a handful of times until 1987 when he made his only triptych on the theme. Bacon’s introduction to bullfighting was probably through the writings of his great friend, the French surrealist Michel Leiris, and it is no coincidence that Leiris died a year before Bacon completed this final bull painting.The artist was 82 when he finished Study of a Bull and after a lifetime of, by any standards, extensive debauchery, things were catching up with him: he was dying and he knew it. “Everything was wrong with him, he was clapped out,” said Harrison. “The drinking, the lifelong asthma. He had a lot of operations but he never made a fuss, he never wanted sympathy, hated hospitals ... he knew his time was up. He always looked younger than he was except for that last year.”In 1992, against the advice of friends, he went on holiday to Madrid, where he died on 28 April.Harrison has spent the best part of a decade working on the catalogue and more than 100 Bacon paintings, out of the 584 total, will be seen for the first time. “One of the jobs preparing the catalogue raisonné is finding stuff. Art doesn’t come into it really, watching Sherlock Holmes is the only help ... you have to find the paintings.”Harrison has conducted successful and unsuccessful searches all over the world. He said: “These people who have them ... It is not their job to tell me about their paintings, they are very rich and have lives to lead and they don’t care. You need a slice of luck.”He first got on to Study of a Bull about two years ago discovering that it was only a mile and a half from where he lived in London. “It was the last painting he finished and there is no documentation for it and it is far too late for him to have spoken about it in interviews and it has never been shown before.”Harrison called it an “absolutely magnificent painting” and it will be a star of a Bacon exhibition he is curating for the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco exploring how important France and Monaco were to Bacon. He said: “His main cultural orientation was always to France. He deprecated almost all English artists and dismissed most English painting ... Paris and France-based artists were his key influences.”Bacon particularly loved Monaco, living there after the war as a slightly odd trio with his partner Eric Hall and childhood nanny Jessie Lightfoot, attracted by its fresh air, sunshine and plentiful gambling opportunities. It was where Bacon became Bacon, said Harrison.Also in the show will be Bacon’s first known work, a watercolour from 1929 – a period when the young Bacon was more occupied with working as a male prostitute, interior decorator and furniture designer.That work is owned by Francis Bacon Foundation in Monaco and the fact it exists is remarkable given Bacon got rid of so many of his works from that and other times. “He had this strange, staccato early career,” said Harrison. “Not many of his early works survive because he tried to destroy them. It’s really because they stayed in the collection of friends and relatives that we have any.”Harrison has managed to track down every Bacon work for the catalogue apart from – to his immense frustration – one, Head with Arm Raised, 1955. “We don’t know where it is on earth ... it is still missing.”The deadline for its inclusion in what will be a lavish, cloth-bound £1,000 publication has now passed. He warned the Guardian: “You better not bloody find it ... just to mock me!”• Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture is at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco 2 July-4 September. It will then travel to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao 30 September-8 January.  

Art & Culture 20 Jan 2016

help! this blogger is confused

In 2002 I was intrigued by a painting of a lady, watching tv, lying on her bed. Through a window at her back you could see the New York twin towers burning. The lady was watching 9/11 live on her TV while the disaster was happening in her backyard.  The painting was made in a naive style with tiny brush strokes and the perspective was weird. I wondered why and how this painting was made. I wanted to know the painter.My search easily led me to Luc Imsand, a Swiss artist that had travelled around the world, having studied in the USA, started his career as a photographer, worked for CNN as a graphical artist, crossed South America and holding residence for a while in Scotland. He presented a tiny oeuvre of naive paintings, all about the loneliness of today’s individual, eventually to be split in a. the lone traveler and b. man lost in the city. In 2003 I organized a show with his work in The Netherlands that was supported by the Swiss Embassy. The burning Twin Tower was in the show.This man cannot paint, was a reaction I heard often during the show. And even now I don’t know if Luc Imsand can really paint. I don’t know if his polychrome decorative style will ever be accepted by the art world. However, the former curator and chief of exhibitions of the Kunst Museum in Bonn, Germany, Dr. Volker Adolphs, in April 2007 wrote :  The town appears as a cosmos of places, spaces and relationships, which fire people with energy while in return assuming their dreams, actions and desires. Imsand represents what he sees around himself, he is a chronicler of and participant in urban life. He transforms his experiences into light, fluid paintings, which draw on stark colour contrasts and need no large formats for their effect.  The clearly delimited color surfaces separate people and things more than they connect them.Overlooking all paintings Luc Imsand is presenting on his website (www.imsand.ch) I conclude that he makes about 5 to 6 paintings a year. And added to what Volker Adolphs wrote Imsand seems to say: ‘Man is small, the world is big, so it’s easy to get lost.’ And indeed the woman in ‘ In The Bus’ (2008) is lost, and the man in ‘I’ll Be watching You (2014)is a weird loner too.I don’t know if Imsand is selling, I only know that sometimes he has a show in Europe (and once in Miami, USA). The last opportunity you could have seen a Luc Imsand painting was at the ArteViste group show in Basel Switzerland, from October 30 till November 15, 2015. Or you must visit the painter at home in Lausanne.If I look at his paintings from the content point of view I think Luc Imsand has created a perfectly to-the-point picturebook of modern society – he’s a genius. In colors that create a second layer to mask the alarming emptiness. Or, as Michel Aebischer in Paris Match Suise put it: Luc Imsand presents a shiny disillusion to us. Are Imsand’s paintings still undiscovered? Or are they meaningless? I am interested what you think because I am still confused.It is very hard to find work of Luc Imsand. There is only one amateur youtube video from a show in Bratislava on the internet and you can visit his own website. 

Art & Culture 18 Jan 2016

rotterdam haute photographie

BREAKING NEWSHaute Photographie 2016 RotterdamThe new photo manifestation Haute Photographie will host its first exhibition inRotterdam from 12 to 14 February in Las Palmas 2, richt next to the Nederlands Fotomuseum. Haute Photographie will give an overview of the many facets of the photographic medium, from abstraction to documentary, with the binding factor being the timeless and transcendent quality the works on show all have.The work of more than 30 national and international photographers can be seen – and bought – in this groundbreaking exhibition for Rotterdam.Besides pieces by well-know contemporary artists and the hottest young talent, there will also be extraordinary vintage works from the twentieth century featured.The works on show come from the collection of Kahmann Gallery. In the 10 years since its opening, Kahmann Gallery has become an authority on fine art photography. After first focusing on Dutch vintage photography by showcasing work by artists likeSanne Sannes, Gerard Fieret, Ed van der Elsken, Ata Kandó and Eva Besnyö, the gallery expanded its scope and started including work by contemporary and international photographers, with well-known examples being Antoine d’Agata, Albert Watson, Casper Faassen and Carla van de Puttelaar.As well as the photography exhibition, the prominent international photography magazine GUP will provide a presentation of more than 10 years of their magazine, along with other special publications.Haute Photographie has been initiated by Roy Kahmann of Kahmann Gallery and Henk Roskamp, entrepreneur and collector. For more info, go to: http://www.hautephotographie.nl

Art & Culture 12 Dec 2015

taking a look at one of the leading arts education

Richmond University, the American International University in London is fast becoming one of the most important places for Arts related study in the UK. The institution has been working hard to offer both undergraduate and postgraduate education of the highest quality across a broad spectrum of courses faculties.One particular area that the University has excelled in is its Postgraduate study in the Visual Arts. Under the keen supervision of Professor Alex Seago, Dean of Communications, Arts & Social Sciences, the faculty has gone from strength to strength. Professor Seago studied American studies both and the UK and the States, before completing a Ph.D. in Cultural History at the Royal college of art. With a wealth of knowledge in his specialist fields, including an unrivalled expertise in areas such as pop art, Professor Seago is widely considered as a leading lecturer, writer and speaker, with a standard of knowledge that he ensures is prevalent throughout his faculty.Richmond offers two postgraduate courses in the arts, both with different approaches to the Art World. An MA in Visual Arts Management & Curating is designed to equip students with the entrepreneurial knowledge and professional skills required to critically engage with global visual cultures of the twenty-first century; whilst at the same time teaching the students to become innovative, creative and resilient leaders in their fields. The programme is unique in that it works between both the not for profit and the commercial visual arts sectors providing students with a far more accomplished overview of the operations of the art world. They also impart a strong influence on education and curation. Students are taught how museums, galleries, auction houses, creative start-ups, collectors and funders all operate in todays increasingly global art world. Many classes are taught in museums or galleries, and students are encouraged to participate in a range of exhibition openings, networking events, artist talks, festivals and conferences. Learning in the professional environment is as important as learning in the classroom.  Richmond also offers another highly respected MA in Art History and Visual culture. The course has successfully established an international reputation for its innovative, intercultural curriculum and successful record of student placement in world-class museums, galleries and PhD programs. The course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to critically engage with global visual cultures of the twenty-first century and become leaders in their fields. With London at the centre of an ever increasing global art market, knowledge of art markets in all continents of the world is considered equally as important as European and American markets.  The University also put strong emphasis on the value of internships. They believe that the internship experience provides exposure to the demands of specific jobs and allows you to learn from professionals in your field. The practical skills and experience; greatly increase employability in competitive job markets. Richmond internships are both supervised and career-related experiences, and they combine well with reflective academic study that helps students apply theoretical knowledge in the workplace. http://www.richmond.ac.uk/postgraduate-programmes/ma-in-art-history-visual-culture/ http://www.richmond.ac.uk/postgraduate-programmes/ma-in-visual-arts-management-curating/ 

Art & Culture 07 Dec 2015

art basel miami 2015

The 14th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach closed amid reports of strong sales and an enthusiastic reception from collectors, institutions, gallerists and critics from across the Americas and the world Pairing curated installations of Modern and contemporary work with stimulating programming, Art Basel’s 2015 edition featured strong sales across all levels of the market. Presenting 267 leading international galleries from 32 countries, the show attracted an attendance of 77,000 over five days, including major private collectors as well as directors, curators, trustees and patrons of nearly 200 museum and institution groups. Collectors from over 110 countries attended the show, with first-time collectors coming from Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Romania, Togo and Zimbabwe. The show was spearheaded by Noah Horowitz, Art Basel’s newly appointed Director Americas.

Art & Culture 05 Dec 2015

audemars piguet art basel miami 2015

Swiss Haute Horology brand Audemars Piguet celebrated the extension of its partnership with Art Basel, the world’s premier art shows for modern and contemporary works, with a special cocktail reception on Thursday 3 December 2015.  The cocktail party was attended by a hundred guests and was held on the brand’s bespoke artist design stand in the Collectors Lounge of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015. Olivier Audemars, Audemars Piguet’s Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, welcomed guests to the event saying: “We are proud to be a global Associate Partner of Art Basel and very excited to be part of this genuine collaboration. Over the past three years we have been able to develop our artistic initiatives in the context of our partnership with Art Basel, and these projects have become a real source of inspiration for us.”  After the speeches, guests had the opportunity to tour Audemars Piguet’s 2015 lounge entitled Mineral Lab created by leading French designer Mathieu Lehanneur. The designs, shown for the last time at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015, incorporated an eco-wall of living mosses combined with a bespoke sound installation named Wild Constellations by the Geneva-based artist Alexandre Joly.  As global Associate Partner, Audemars Piguet will continue to support Art Basel across all three of its shows—in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. This multi-year partnership is a testament to both organisations' shared commitment to creativity and Audemars Piguet’s strong will to continue promoting artistry and innovation. Over the past three years, Art Basel has been the global platform for Audemars Piguet’s growing involvement in the world of contemporary art, building toward the launch of the brand’s annual Art Commission in June 2015.  

Art & Culture 21 Nov 2015

jackson pollock: blind spots dallas museum of art

Source: DMA Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is only the third major U.S. museum exhibition to focus solely on the artist hailed as “the greatest painter this country has ever produced.” On November 20, the Dallas Museum of Art will present what experts have deemed a “once in a lifetime” exhibition, organized by the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Gavin Delahunty: the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. This exceptional presentation, which critics hailed as “sensational," "exhilarating," "genius," “revelatory,” and “revolutionary” on its UK premier at Tate Liverpool, will receive its sole US presentation in Dallas and include many works that have not been exhibited for more than 50 years. Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots offers critical new scholarship on this understudied yet pivotal period in the artist’s career and provides radical new insights into Pollock’s practice. With more than 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, the exhibition will first introduce audiences to Pollock’s work via a selection of his classic drip paintings made between 1947 and 1950. These works will serve to contextualize the radical departure represented by the black paintings, a series of black enamel paintings that Pollock created between 1951 and 1953. An unprecedented 31 black paintings will be included in the DMA presentation. Exhibiting works from the height of the artist’s celebrity set against his lesser known paintings will offer the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist, and to better understand the importance of the “blind spots” in his practice. November 20, 2015 to March 20, 2016 | Chilton I Gallery Dallas Museum of Art 1717 North Harwood Dallas, Texas 75201 www.dma.org

Art & Culture 22 Oct 2015

ai weiwei

NOT TO BE MISSED: Ai Weiwei Royal Academy of Arts London 19 september-13 december 2015 " Momentous and Moving" Guardian " Immensely Impressive " Telegraph " A coherent and beautifully installed exhibition " The Independent

Art & Culture 18 Oct 2015

the political line - keith haring in rotterdam

The Rotterdam Art Foundation was the first organization that offered Keith Haring a solo exhibition outside New York. Even before he was famous Keith Haring had a show in Gallery ‘t Venster, owned by the city and erected to show new developments in art. And now, in 2015, Keith Haring is back in the Kunsthal (Art Hall), in the city where he worked when he was on the threshold of fame. A large excerpt of the complete The Political Line show, that was already on display in Paris, San Fransisco and Munich, is extended with work from local collectors and the re-issue of a booklet about the first Rotterdam show in 1982. The booklet, Keith Haring Was Hier (Keith Haring Was Here) gives an insight in how Haring was feeling, being out of the USA for the first time. It is fascinating because in literature about Keith Haring this first trip to Europe, and the exhibition in Rotterdam, have hardly received any attendance. In the authorized biography by John Gruen only a few lines are written about the trip and Keith Haring remembers that the last day of the trip was his 24th birthday. From the booklet we know that Keith wanted to visit the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and was very interested in the Cobra movement, especially in the work of Pierre Alechinsky and Lucebert. Bob Lens, the Dutch artist who was Keith Haring’s host during his stay in Holland, recalls that Haring was worrying about the quick rise of the prices of his work and the fear that he would lose contact with the people in the street. He didn’t mind people taking his drawings from the walls in the NY subways. Just as he didn’t mind that a painting he made on the gallery’s window in Rotterdam was washed away by the cleaners after the show. Now, the subway drawings are part of the exhibition in the Kunsthal. Some Dutch collectors have added their subway painting to the initial exhibition. Keith Haring’s fear has become reality. His paintings and drawings are not accessible for common people anymore. And maybe exhibitions like The Political Line also prove why, walking through the exhibition you realize how special and authentic Keith Haring was.

Art & Culture 14 Oct 2015

not to be missed: lita cabellut " impulse "

Yesterday evening Pure Creatives was invited for the new exhibition of Lita Cabellut : " Impulse" at Opera Gallery London. We were fortuned to get a preview of " Impulse" by Lita Cabellut at Opera Gallery. At the opening it was difficult to have a good view on the immensely impressive paintings of Lita. It was very crowded with a good vibe! OPERA GALLERY LONDON EXHIBITION FROM OCTOBER 13 TO OCTOBER 29 2015 "Impulse by Lita Cabellut" www.operagallery.com

Art & Culture 02 Oct 2015

anselm kiefer’s awesome “palaces”

“Anselm Kiefer: I Sette Palazzi Celesti 2004-2015” at the Fondazione HangarBicocca in Milan is an expansion of celebrated German artist Anselm Kiefer’s permanent installation “The Seven Heavenly Palaces” which was inaugurated for the opening of HangarBicocca in 2004. Curated by Vicente Todolí, the spectacular display combines the seven 90-tonne, 14-18 metre tall concrete “towers,” which are now open for the public to walk through, with five large-scale paintings to form a single installation entitled “The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015.” The “Seven Heavenly Palaces” installation takes its name from the palaces described in the Sefer Hechalot or “Book of Palaces, an ancient Hebrew text describing the symbolic path of spiritual initiation for those wishing to enter into the presence of God. The five paintings – “aipur” (2009); two works from the series “Cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles” (2011); “Alchemie” (2012); and “Die deutsche Heilslinie” (2012-2013) – were made between 2009 and 2013 but are being shown for the first time. According to the HangarBicocca, Keifer uses the language of painting in these works to reference some of the key themes already present in “The Seven Heavenly Palaces,” including man’s attempt to ascend to the divine through the great architectural constructions of the past. “They also add a number of considerations that are key to the artist’s poetic vision, including the relationship between man and nature, and references to the history of ideas and of Western philosophy,” the HangarBicocca states. “The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015” is a special project that launches the new three-year program of HangarBicocca, running till 2018 and curated by the Artistic Director Vicente Todolí. BY NICHOLAS FORREST Source: www.blouinartinfo.com Fondazione HangarBicocca Via Chiese 2 20126 Milano www.hangarbicocca.org

Art & Culture 18 Sep 2015

calder and dubuffet

Opera Gallery Geneva present a exceptional exhibition with over forty rare sculptures and paintings by Alexander Calder and Jean Dubuffet, from September 24-October 10, 2015 This exhibition, entitled: "Between Sky and Earth" explores the complementarity between the works of these two giants of the 20th century.

Art & Culture 30 Jun 2015

the discovery of a jazz photo archive

There are four big names in Jazz Photography that have reached the standing of internationally acclaimed artists in the museum world. William Gottlieb, Herman Leonard, Francis Wolff and William Claxton are the Big Four in Jazz photography. These are exact the same two lines we used in our blog about Jimmy Katz. But recently we discovered a fifth photographer that can meet with these four. And surprisingly it is not a ‘him’ and she is not from the USA. German female photographer Susanne Schapowalow created an incomparable oeuvre between 1948 and 1962 in post war Germany. Until 2011 this treasure was hidden in a room of the photographer’s house until her grandson replied to the question of a Berlin gallerist, looking for black and white jazz images from the fifties: “I think my grandma still has some nice pictures”. After nearly 50 years the vaults opened. Susanne Schapowalow had a clever trick to come close to the jazz heroes she wanted as her subjects. Just after World War II, when luxury goods were rare, she treated the doorman at the artist entrance of the jazz venues with a box of cigarettes, a method that literarily opened doors. It gave Schapowalow the opportunity to get backstage and meet with the musicians. With both her charm and her recognizable quality she created intimate portraits, her basic line of work, besides stages shots from unusual positions. From June 6 till July 19 a selection of her amazing photographs are on display in the temporary Jazz Museum Rotterdam in Fenixloods 1 in the former harbour red light districtof Rotterdam. For photo collectors this part of the exhibitions is a must-see. Star photographer commented: Schapowalow is the Vivian Maier of jazz photography. Together with the museum board Hasselblad Master Award winner Hans van Ommeren developed a website to honour the now 93 years old photographer. The museum also has limited editions and single prints on display by Francis Wolff, William Gottlieb, Jimmy Katz, Jim Marshall, Paul Bergen and Baron Wolman that are for sale through the organization. www.jazzmuseumrotterdam.com

Art & Culture 01 Apr 2015

mission: become a legend – jimmy katz

There are four big names in Jazz Photography that have reached the standing of internationally acclaimed artists in the museum world. William Gottlieb, Herman Leonard, Francis Wolff and William Claxton are the Big Four in Jazz photography. But there is one contemporary jazz photographer that wants to join that illustrious company: Jimmy Katz from New York. From 1991 on he developed his own methods to create a portfolio of portraits that can meet with the shots made by his heroes. A few years before he died, Herman Leonard said to Katz: You are the best working jazz photographer in the world. Leonard had retired and deliberately chose the word ‘working’ as to state that he himself still was the world’s best. Der Spiegel and The New York Times also praised the extraordinary quality of Katz’s work. And his fellow photo journalists of the Jazz Journalists Association rewarded him twice with the Jazz Photography Award. His passion and humanity, visible in his portraits, make him exceed the level of a journalist, Katz is a true artist. This becomes even more clear when you look at the other work Katz is producing. Without the burden of the classification ‘jazz photographer’ he also did a project on the salt lakes of Utah. In his series ‘Salt Dreams’ about the human obsessions and possessions he shows his artistic mastership. This surrealistic photo series is worth a museum show. When you’ve seen ‘Salt dreams’ first, and look at the jazz portraits after, you realize that you are obliged to look at them as perfect portraits by a master photographer rather than ‘ordinary’ beautiful music photos. This makes it even more interesting to investigate the secrets behind his jazz portraits. The combination of looking into the soul of the subject, and the technical perfection where Katz stands for, are the pillars of his superb portfolio. At least his jazz portraits meet the standards of his heroes Herman Leonard and Francis Wolff. Katz’s place in history is assured.

Art & Culture 17 Mar 2015

liu wei - king or servant?

He is the avocate of uncensored expression, not limited to any form or medium. Expressing that art serves no ideology. Liu Wei is one of the most outspoken contemporary artists. His Sandwich#8 was presented by White Cube on Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, after he had a presentation at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where he was invited to create the fourth Sensory Spaces installation, installations that respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasising notions of transformation and surprise. Nowadays Liu is embraced by the art establishment but who remembers the start of his career as a member of the subversive movement Post-Sense Sensibility. In 1999 the movement caught attention with the exhibition Post-sense, Sensibility, Alien Bodies and Declusion in Shaoyaoju, Bejing. The purpose of the exhibition was to create art that wouldn’t be collected by Western audiences, which reveals the extent of resentment against Western powers. The young generation of Chinese artists accused foreign collectors of “plotting to control Chinese art.” They showed severed human arms hanging from meat hooks, visceral sculptures of human and animal corpses while the sound of a goose starving to death, with its feed glued to the floor, filled the rooms. It was not Political Pop or Cynical Realism what was new in Chinese art, it was the new conceptual art the young Chinese artists were making. It worked out terrific for the young Liu Wei (1972) who uses all media to present his views on today’s world. Important Western galleries like White Cube embraced the work op Liu who is now the opposite of the young rebel. Is he encapsulated by the ruling art kingdom or one of the few important innovators in art in the 21st century? About Liu Wei Beijing-based artist Liu Wei (b. 1972) works across a range of media and techniques, including photography, painting, sculpture and installation. The ready made is a recurring element in his practice, and his work is often assembled out of everyday found objects, such as ceramics, books, television sets, fridges and fans. The artist re-works these discarded materials, transforming them into sculptural objects and installations of layered complexity. Liu Wei has frequently turned to architectural and urban themes in his work. While he presents the city as a dynamic and vital force, he often raises questions about contemporary urban life: the way we plan, build, consume and experience our cities.