Posts Tagged ‘modern art’
October 28th 2013 – Nobuyoshi Araki has been widely labeled as one of Japan’s most provocative artists. His works demonstrate features of post-modern Japan such as: richness of figurality, Evanescence and lyricism of life, as he has captivates audiences by portraying a variety of shifting values in Japan. For these reasons, Araki was chosen to take part in this year’s Setouchi Triennale, an annual collective of art installations constructed in various cities throughout China. Superimposed to the outside of a train that runs between Takamatsu and Kanonji, connecting Takamatsu to sites west of the city, is the photography of Araki. The imagery illustrates the idea of traveling art, with bold and vibrant flower arrangements that are meticulously juxtaposed with bright blue dinosaur toys and the naked bodies of retro baby dolls. The cars of this train have been wrapped in Araki’s work to create art in motion. Granting a wonderful way to travel to ports linking the Triennale islands west of Takamatsu.
Photography Courtesy of Setouchi Triennale
October 15th, 2013 – When juicing goes desert. In celebration of Britain’s best-selling contemporary artist, Damien Hirst, a retrospective of his life’s work will be on display from October 10 till January 22, 2014, at ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space. Relics will present the largest collection of Hirst’s work ever assembled. Spanning over twenty-five years of Hirst’s artistic career, the exhibition includes both iconic and previously unseen works. The artist, who has explored the complex relationship between art, love, life and death, explained “I’ve got an obsession with death, but I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid”.
In respects to the Relics installation, Hirst teamed up with the fashion aficionados over at Prada to create Pharmacy Juice Bar, installed in the uninhabited Doha desert, like a mirage of sorts. A juice bar is exactly what you want in the Arabian desert after all. Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), is the third hand in this collaboration. It was launched in respects to “Relics”.
His work bears testimony to his enduring fascination with the daily intrusion of death into life, and the inevitable decay of our bodies despite an increasingly unquestioning faith in pharmaceuticals. Often framing scenes within boxes, tanks or vitrines, he stages startling and thought-provoking situations in which life cycles play out, life wrestles with death, and cures become confused with illnesses.
Emerging from the Young British Artist (YBA) movement that originated in London in the late 1980s, he was part of a group which became renowned for their audacious and often shocking works, receiving international acclaim and succeeding in revitalizing the British art scene. As Jean Paul Engelen, Director of Public Art at the Qatar Museum Authority comments: “With his own artistic language Damien Hirst changed our perception of London and the UK. There are very few artists in history that have had such a profound impact on high and popular culture. QMA is extremely proud to make this exhibition with Damien.”
The exhibition will be curated by high-profile writer, critic, and internationally renowned curator Francesco Bonami, currently Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and who has previously occupied a number of prestigious posts, including Artistic Director of the Venice Biennale in 2003.
Relics is part of a series of cultural projects initiated by QMA to promote and support local and international art production, foster appreciation and understanding of artistic practices, and create opportunities for cultural dialogue. It also aims to encourage local audiences, to take part in debates and discussions about the arts that can challenge our understanding and unveil new perspectives.
The restrospective is part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. Inspired by the Qatar National Vision for 2030, Qatar UK 2013 celebrates and showcases the deep-rooted bilateral relations between Qatar and the UK. It aims not only to showcase each other’s culture and forge new partnerships in culture, education, research, but also to provide a platform on which to build new long-term relationships between institutions and local communities.
Photography Courtesy of Qatar Museums Authority
August 23nd, 2013 – There’s much more to Miami than sunshine and sparkly beaches. In recent years, Miami has grown to be one of the top destinations for creating and showcasing electrifying art & design. Annual events such as Art Basel Miami and Design Miami continually put the festive equatorial town on the global map. But underneath the posh crowds and high profile curators is a crew of artist who are captivating the masses with their vibrant and powerful street art in Miami’s Wynnwood Art District. ”You can’t sell these murals, they’re on the walls, and they’re not forever,” Said one of Wynnwood’s finest muralist Kenny Scharf. “It’s a way of reaching people in a big way, I mean, if you do a painting in a gallery, how many people are going to see it? If you put a painting on Houston and Bowery I think 20,000 people an hour will see it. This is an alternative to the obsession with why art is better if it’s worth more money.”
A sea of objects is how Artist b. describes his colorful and detailed murals. From far away you may not be able to make out the individual forms and how they interplay with each other, but as you get closer you can see Christmas trees, stuffed animal characters, military tank, birthday cakes, hamburgers—anything and everything that people consume or throw away.
“I’m influenced a lot by supermarkets, TV advertisements, all these huge toy stores, all that architecture of shopping, which is everywhere.” b. believes that we make a pattern of random things in the choices we make, and he wants to show that this is the world that we create.
How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn such famed city walls as New York’s Bowery and San Franscisco’s Hyde Street. Their Wynwood wall, completed in just four days, was built around the theme of homing pigeons–on the left a pigeon head rises out of the water; a dead pigeon lies on its back in the center, and the character on the right, a human-bird hybrid, symbolizes the viewer watching the scene unfold.
TMNK (aka Nobody) is a, New York Street Artist, a contemporary American artist who works explore and offer critical discourse on socio-political issues such as racism, classism, sexism, third-world plight, first-world arrogance, war and peace. The artist took a minimalistic and straight forward approach in Wynnwood by painting the entire wall magenta with scribbles reading “I am not defined by your ignorance. I am beauty. I am love.”
Artist Liqen created a powerful black and white mural of a maze in Wynnwood titled ‘Wall Street Labyrinth’. Liqen grew up in the industrial city of Vigo, Spain. He was inspired by the comics that he read, and from a young age graffiti also fascinated him. What influences his work most today is the animal kingdom, nature, and creatures from the earth’s depths. His pseudonym Liqen, which is a mix between an algae and a fungus, reflects his socio-biological interest in species that on first view might seem strange but that contain unique characteristics that allow them to be reborn after lying dormant for centuries.
“I don’t put eyes because I believe that we are all blind,” said Mexican artist Saner. “When we look through the heart’s eyes, we will feel the world and see what it really is.” To create this Wynnwood mural, Saner teamed up with follow Mexican artist Sego, an artist known for painting dreamy otherworldly creatures. “Our work now is not only for us,” said Sego. “The problems in trafficking, the violence, and other bad things do exist. But those aren’t the only things that exist in Mexico.”
Painting the Wynnwood Walls was street artist Nunca’s first mural in the United States. when he arrived in Miami for the Wynwood Walls in 2009. The artist, who lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil, has been painting in that city’s streets since the 1990s, and he is known for confronting modern Brazil with its native past by depicting indigenous people on countless walls.
All Photographs were captured by KNSTRCT using the new HTC One
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Generally when we think of the street art that decorates the facades of cityscapes we envision hoody-clad, rattle can-toting taggers traipsing through the night under the guise of anonymity, never recognized for their work. Invisible patrons of the arts, so to speak. Well, thanks to ABSOLUT, the playing field, or canvas, is wide open. As the name suggests, Open Canvas provides a platform for creative expression, bringing emerging contemporary artists into the light – not only showcasing, but celebrating their work. It’s not outcome-driven, but a mindset rather. A radical mindset celebrated by a collective of artists who have defied convention, blurred genre boundaries, and turned expectation on its head.
Earlier this month, the Open Canvas art experience kicked off in Brooklyn, NY. Artists unleashed their creativity on the hipster-filled streets of Brooklyn, as ABSOLUT painted the facades and walls of an entire city block white. Artists then splashed the otherwise drab and snooze-worthy city block with color, vibrancy and life, and the stark, white canvases were transformed with a mélange of inspirational call-to-creative-arms, like “The Future is yours to create.” Art enthusiasts and locals lined up to witness artist OLEK create an 80-foot long crocheted yarn fence (one that would make Grams and her knitting needles ridiculously envious, if we do say so ourselves), the humanoid mural size photographs of Asger Carlsen, and the work of nearly 20 other emerging artists.
After the success of Open Canvas NY, ABSOLUT is venturing to the West Coast to team up with a new crew of emerging artist at Open Canvas San Francisco. However, this time ABSOLUT wants you to get involved. If you join like-minded creative folk with a passion for risk-taking to enlist in their Transform Today initiative now, you just may see your own creative vision brought to life on the streets of San Francisco. Artists are invited to submit artwork that represents their vision of artistic transformation. This is your chance to be featured as an artist in Open Canvas SF with a dedicated area on the neighborhood block. So go ahead, ditch the hoody and spray paint and make your mark on the side of a building. Enter here.
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We continue to be absolutely amazed with the savagely surreal and adventurous work of Tokyo based artist Ryohei Hase. His latest creation comes in the form of an album cover, for the Japanese band L’Arc-en-Ciel. Hase created an intricate and finely detailed illustration to represent the hit song on the album titled Chase, where he shows a half-man-half-wolf desperately embracing an ethereal woman. Hase is a multidisciplinary artist, his work has been featured globally in magazines, websites, advertisements, CD covers, and video games – he says that these paintings are what he does in his “spare time.” (Prints range from $200 – $600)
(Photographs Copyright @ Ryohei Hase)