Saturday, February 27, 2010
Between February 24 and April 25, 2010, a comprehensive exhibition about an important period of Pablo Picasso's life and Western Art will be hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The exhibition named "Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris" comprehends the artistic period between 1905 and 1945, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and printings from the museum's collection of Picasso, as well as works loaned by private american collections, totalizing two hundred and fourteen objects.
One of the highlights is the painting "Three Musicians" from 1921, in which the artist appears to depict himself and his poet friends Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob as players in a Cubist concert and is considered to be the result of Picasso's journey exploring the Synthetic Cubism.
Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris traces the trajectory of the artist's career from his initial experiments with abstractionism to his pioneering role in the development of Cubism and his relation with Surrealism and other art movements.
The significant role that the city of Paris played during the first half of the twentieth century is evidenced through the exhibition of works by expatriate artists like Jacques Lipchitz, Man Ray, Marc Chagall and Patrick Henry Bruce, who collectively formed the avant-garde group that would become known as the School of Paris.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
In December 2009, the ukrainian billionaire, philanthropist and art collector Viktor Pinchuk announced at the Gramercy Park hotel the establishement of two art prizes, one for top artists from his homeland and the Future Generation Art Prize for artists worldwide between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusive.
This biennial art award will provide the top winner with a prize of $100,000 ($60,000 in cash), of wich $40,000 must be used by the winning artist for the creation of new works.
Artists from anywhere in the world and without any restrictions to artistic medium may apply through an open call via the Internet.
Apart from former Prize winners, artists are eligible to apply multiple times, as long as they continue to meet the participation requirements.
The select first selection will be made by 100 correspondent art experts who will nominate between two and five participants each, then a Selection Committee consisted by of 7 experts on contemporary art chosen by the jury will review the applications and select up to twenty participants for the exhibition of shortlisted entries.
Winners will be mentored by the worldwide known and famous artists Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami.
Established by the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation with the intent of supporting emerging artists by offering sustainable means to create new works, the $100,000 prize will be overseen by a distinguished board consisted by: Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Glenn D. Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Alfred Pacquement of the Pompidou Center in Paris; Nicholas Serota of the Tate in London and Elton John.
An additional $20,000 will fund artist-in-residency programs for up to five other special prize winners.
Participants must submit their online entries between the dates of January 18th and April 18th, 2010, not forgetting to carefully read the participation terms and conditions.
A short list of 20 artists will be announced on the 20th of June 2010 and their works will be posted online and exhibited at the Pinchuk Art Center (Kiev, Ukraine) in October 2010.
The winner of the Future Generation Art Prize and up to five finalists will be announced in December 2010.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
In this year's Panorama programme Los Angeles is the invited city, due to its recognised activity in the world of art.
Represented by seventeen galleries, the "Panorama: Los Angeles" is curated by Kris Kuramitsu and Christopher Miles, showcasing some of the best artists and offering visitors a general overview of what is happening in terms of art in this city.
During the weekend, the public will have the chance to view works from famous artists such as the pop artists Ed Ruscha (Omaha, Nebraska, 1935) and Wayne Thiebaud (Mesa, Arizona, 1920).
The paintings of Francis Bacon, who's art has achieved values that surpassed masters like Renoir and Van Gogh, can be appreciated in the galleries Marlborouh and Faggionato Fine Arts (Faggionato represents the heirs of Francis Bacon in UK and Europe).
Seen as one of the most proeminent contemporary art fairs, ARCO_madrid 2010 includes some of the most recognised art galleries in the world,namely: Margo Leavin Gallery, with works by John Baldessari (National City, California, 1931); L.A. Louver, with paintings by David Hockney (Bradford/U.K. 1937), living in L.A. since the 60's; Marlborough, showing the art of Francis Bacon.
One of the showcases is the art of the german painter Georg Baselitz, who's works have been exhibited in the Royal Academy of London and in the Gugghenheim, N.Y.
The artist is represented by the galleries Heinrich Ehrhardt (Spain); Sabine Knust (Germany); Catherine Putman (France); Thaddaeus Ropac (France) and by the specialist in high quality prints The Paragon Press ( U.K.)
Brazil and Latin America are also well represented with artists such as Lygia Clark (Belo Horizonte, 1920-Rio de Janeiro, 1988) and Mira Schendel (Zurich/Switzerland, 1919- São Paulo/Brazil, 1988), both represented by Dan Gallery (S. Paulo, Brazil) and Joaquín Torres-García (Montevideo/Uruguay, 1874-1949), establisher of the Constructive Universalism, represented by three galleries: Oriol Galeria D’Art, Guillermo de Osma and Leandro Navarro.
Most of the works of Joaquín Torres-García were destroyed in a fire that caught the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, while a large exhibition of the artist was being held.
As the hosting country, Spain is also represented with due merit by the artist Dora García (Valladolid, 1965), who's work is exhibited at the stands of Juana de Aizpuru S.L. and ProjectesD, as well as by the artist Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona/ESPAÑA, 1942), who's works of art have been shown in famous places like MOMA, MNCARS and MACBA.
Antoni Muntadas is considered the father of the spanish Net.Art.
From painting to performance, passing through sculpture, digital art, installation and emerging creative expressions, ARCOmadrid_ 2010 includes 221 galleries from 25 countries representing near 3000 artists.
Included are also curated projects from near thirty countries, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art: Expanded-Box, CinemaLoop, Performing ARCO and Solo Projects.
There will also be a section called ARCO Instituciones, with the objective of making the public familiarized with the work of private and public organizations that actively support art through collecting.
Now in its eight year, the annual Experts Forum is a parallel event that brings together artists, collectors, curators, critics and other art enthusiasts to discuss relevant issues, this year with the noticeable participation of the city of Los Angeles.
Coordinated by the writer George Stolz together with the ARCOmadrid team, and curated by Kris Kuramitsu and Christopher Miles, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Instituto Cervantes, Las Arquerías de Nuevos Ministerios and Matadero Madrid, are some of the cultural centres and museums that will be hosting various shows and other art events from Los Angeles.
The general programme, together with other events, makes the ARCOmadrid_2010 International Contemporary Art Fair a must for the art appreciator.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Continuing the series of videos dedicated to the life and art of famous artists, The Art Inquirer presents the fifth episode of seven dedicated to Caravaggio.
You can watch the fourth episode, from which you will be able to access the previous ones by following the links, or go directly to the first episode.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Article based upon news found by Mario Vukelic from Pastel News
Friday, February 5, 2010
L’homme qui marche I (Walking Man I), a life-size bronze sculpture with 183 cm height from 1960, set a world record for a piece of sculpture sold at auction, previously held by the 5000 year-old mesopotamian statue Guennol Lioness (Sotheby's 2007).
The sculpture was sold by the Commerzbank which took possession of it when acquired the Dresdner Bank in 2009.