WASHINGTON — A year ago, Tracey Jones, a Baltimore teacher leading a field trip to the National Museum of African Art, might have lingered at the large quilt showing images of Bill Cosby, holding him up to her mostly African-American students as a role model. Growing up, she says, she "wanted the Cosby family." Now she's…
CHICAGO — The artist William Wegman is probably best known for his photographs of Weimaraners. For decades now he has been able to coax his pet dogs to pose stoically before his lens, offering a steady, curious, tolerant gaze to the camera despite the oddball scenarios in which they are placed. Less common are Wegman's early…
Micky Jones photographed scores of celebrities during the 1940's and 1950's in Vancouver, BC. Armed with his Speed-Graphic, a large format yet somewhat portable bellows camera, he and writer would set out to find stars of stage and screen. He carried a flash battery the size of a motorcycle battery which had enough juice for seven pops.
Many of the celebs came up from LA on Sunday to get ready for a weeklong stint at one of the local Vancouver nightclubs. Blue laws prevented liquor sales on Sunday so, when Jones met them for press shoots they were often stone-cold sober and earnest. With a few exceptions.
Art Basel returns to Hong Kong a bit earlier this year, from March 15 through 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and various satellite venus. The show, which is an established hit in Miami Beach and, of course Basel, is hoping to increase it's presence in Asia to match.
is an exhibition at the Hall Bromm Gallery in Manhattan featuring the work of seven artist/designers working in the fields of textile, furniture, object and carpet design. Material experimentation is the norm for many of these artists, who were chosen by the design team of Bennett Bean and Elizabeth Rand. Other artists in the show include Vivian Beer, David Ellsworth, Donna Gorman, Peter Harrison and Andrea Mihalik.
In a Socratic dialogue written by Plato, Meno a representation of the unconnected consciousness as “I”, an individual, is reduced to aporia, or confusion. Within this analogue to chaos theory, the opening of transmutation allows for the genesis of ordered consciousness through the recollection of primordial existence, and all its eras thereafter, allowing the uninhibited consciousness to roam freely between parallels. In this state, “I” as self, becomes a spectator, witnessing the unfolding of all cosmic alchemy. Unplugged from the greaterconsciousness, the “I” as self, encounters its own demons in its journey to understand divinity.
The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is currently presenting No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,from October 30, 2013, to February 16, 2014. This is an outstanding touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, featuring recent work by 13 artists from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. No Country presents some of the most interesting artists in South and Southeast Asia today. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.
Banksy hits the nail on the head with this piece. There is graffiti all over New York but you generally don't see crowds gathered around it snapping photos, or building owners slapping plexiglas over top to protect it from other taggers. When Banksy's name is attached, it becomes profound. Not because of his fame, or because of his Bruce Wayne style anonymity… but because it actually is profound.
During the month of October, the undercover artist is attempting to mount a city-wide New York show called "Better Out Than In", complete with museum style audio tours of the work, facilitated through toll-free phone numbers next to the pieces. The profundity comes from shifting the point of view folks have about stuff they normally ignore. And not getting caught.
The focus of Noboo Kawaguchi's art is human beings. She takes people as her subject and delves deep into their emotions and state of mind. Noboo uses the full spectrum of human emotion to show the complexity and beauty of all. She combines notions of 'normal' versus 'strange' to bring forth a distinctive, expressive image. Loving New York focuses on the uniqueness of New York City. Although a native of Osaka, Noboo is fascinated with New York City's ability to not only tolerate many nationalities, but to use it's diversity as an asset in creating a culture where everyone is very different, yet all still consider themselves to be New Yorkers.
Beethoven, Nam Jun Paik, Claus Nomi, and the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade walk into a bar...
Traditionalists may be aghast but they won't stop the current wave of operatic reinvention. A month after Lincoln Center got it's socks rocked by a Chinese opera with live-action stunts and Pink Floyd style projections (Monkey: Journey To The West), the Edinburgh Festival filled every seat to Opera de Lyon's extreme production of Fidelio.
Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Zack DeZon is a fashion and portrait photographer with a background and education in theatre performance. This mixture of disciplines imbues his shoots with a sensitivity and openness that helps make his portraits stand out not only for their style, but their honesty.
"I graduated from theatre school in 2009—with a nascent career in photography. The reasons I stopped pursuing acting are uninteresting, but in starting to shoot I discovered what had attracted me to the field in the first place: the actors.
"To me, actors are an incredible breed—expressive, empathetic, quick to say 'yes' to any new life experience, and, for reasons that vary from person to person, driven to compete in one of the most legendarily ruthless industries in the world.
With the generous support of the Human Rights Campaign, I was able to shoot almost three hundred faces in New York City. We put out the call to any and everyone that felt like LGBTQ applied to them in any way, or ever had, and I didn’t ask them to define that. I shot everyone on film, in black and white, for a few minutes, getting a simple portrait of them, slice of life out of their regular day. The portraits you see here are from those sessions.
iO Tillet Wright
Art Basel Miami Beach has evolved over the past nine years into the art world's not-to-be-missed extravaganza and can now claim its rightful title of most prestigious art show in the Americas. This is thanks to the presence of hundreds of notable galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa that work diligently to showcase the work of more than 2,000 artists from the previous and current centuries.
This year's Art Basel festivities will take place December 1-4, 2011. The central informational and gathering spot is the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), but a variety of events such as artist receptions, panel discussions, off-site installations, performances and special parties will extend beyond the MBCC into Miami, Coral Gables, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale; all extensions of Art Basel that are within close geographic proximity to the convention center and easy to access thanks to the area's convenient transportation options.
Laurence Gartel was commissioned by Tesla Motors to pimp their ride at Art Basel in Miami Beach. “No major artist ever received a commission to produce art for an Electric Car. I’ve trumped them all by doing so. Electric Art for an Electric Car. Makes sense.” A creative process and exuberant moment of digital art display-using a commercial vehicle wrapping process on printed vinyl. “It is so detailed and something that could never have been painted or conceived by traditional media.”
Just Missed the Past
Michel Delgado is a self-taught Senegalese artist now living in Key West. Delgado paints emotionally and expressively, conjuring other-worldly narratives of memory and spirituality. His direct vision reveals an understanding of the pain and solitude of immobility and silence, as well as joy, learning and love. Like other Outsider artists, Delgado’s approach can best be described as honest, refreshingly straightforward and visionary, ever powerful.
By Eric Jones
I can see my mother. She’s in her twenties standing in our kitchen in Oakville, Ontario, mixing yellow food coloring into white margarine in a Pyrex bowl. She’s telling me that some day she’ll go back to university to get the degree she gave up when she had me. I was four.
Cheyne Gallarde is too young to know that housewives used to hand-tint their margarine, but it’s the kind of detail that he would probably get right. This young Honolulu photographer has an art director’s right-brain and a cinematographer’s left.
A Fine Art & Photography Essay of Survivors
Text by Lauren Britz
Photos by Michael Colanero
"It is only in our grief where we find our true strength, find the courage to let go and to create beautiful possibilities for a fulfilling life. Art and photography is our way of letting go through acknowledgment."
Photography isn't just about pictures of luscious landscapes, sensuous sunsets, bouncy babies and beautiful blushing brides. Photography, like all art, has the power to empower. To encourage. To create possibilities. To heal wounds. This is the vision of one spectacular artist photographer, Michael Colanero.
2. Post-Impressionism to World War II
3. Creative Composition
4. The Artist's Way
5. A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art
6. The Confident Creative
7. A Real Van Gogh
8. Hollywood Cartoons
9. The Visual Story
10. The Metamorphosis
11. The Cave and the Cathedral
12. The Artist's Guide
13. Encyclopedia of the Exquisite
14. Memoirs of Journeys to Venice and the Low Countries
15. The Business of Being an Artist, Fourth Edition