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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Your Artwork Featured in a Subway Station

In partnership with Art Bellow and with Ben Moore's curatorship, Body Of Art is offering a unique opportunity to artists worldwide to have their artwork projected on a 3 metre screen in London's Liverpool Street station on the Central line platform (westbound).
Liverpool Street station is one of the three major tube stations in London with around 3 million visitors each week.

To enter this competition, after reading its terms, simply upload your work to by Friday 1st April (11.59pm GMT) for your chance to be selected and enjoy the benefits BOA's new Virtual Gallery. Upload at least 5 images to instantly create your very own virtual gallery.

Twenty artists will be selected and their art will be showcased on BOA's Virtual Gallery Digital Tour which will occupy the 3 metre screen from April 18th to April 25th with a 5 minute clip showing 1500 times.
Plus, each winning artist will be interviewed for the weekly feature The Canvas. Artists’ interviews will run for 20 weeks from 11th April onwards. Individual publication dates to be confirmed.

Art Below is celebrating their 5th anniversary next month with the Art In Motion initiative.

Portuguese Artist Ângelo de Sousa Dies at 73 Years of Age

Studious and introducer of Minimalism in Portugal during the 60's, Ângelo César Cardoso de Sousa was born in the former Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, Mozambique, on February 2, 1938.

In 1955 Ângelo the Sousa travels to Oporto where he enrolls in the School of Fine Arts and graduates with a 20, the maximum grade, leading him to make part of the group entitled «Os Quatro Vintes» (The Four Twenties), together with Armando Alves, Jorge Pinheiro and José Rodrigues.

He held a scholarship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and from the British Council in the Slate School of Art and in the Saint Martin's School of Art during the years of 1967 and 1968.

Having worked and lived in Oporto, he was a teacher in the former Escola Superior de Belas-Artes (Fine Arts School), now Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade do Porto, where he retired as Catedratic Professar in 2000.

Ângelo de Sousa had his first individual exhibition in 1959 in Oporto, in 1975 he was awarded the International Prize of the 13th International Arts Biennial of Sao Paulo and in 2007 he was attributed the Gulbenkian Award in Arts by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
His drawings illustrate the books of renowned authors like Eugénio de Andrade, Maria Alzira Seixo, Mário Cláudio and Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão.

Ângelo de Sousa passed away on March 29, 2011 at his home after a prolonged disease. Photo by Nelson Garrido, in Público newspaper.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Andy Monument by Rob Pruitt

Commissioned by Public Art Fund, NY, a nearly ten-foot-tall chrome finished sculpture of Andy Warhol created by Rob Pruitt, will be unveiled tomorow in the Union Square, Pedestrian Mall at 17th Street and Broadway, just outside the building that housed Warhol’s Factory for more than ten years in the 70s and early 80s, tomorow Wednesday March 30 at 11:00am.

Inspired by Warhol’s art and life and a tribute to the late artist, The Andy Monument will stand on the street corner, just as Warhol did when he signed and gave away copies of Interview magazine which he founded in 1969.

Based on a combination of digital scanning of a live model and hand sculpting, Rob's creation aims to represent Warhol as a ghostly, silver presence: a potent cultural force as both artist and self-created myth. The chrome figure wears his signature fright wig and carries a Polaroid camera around his neck. In his right hand he carries a medium brown bag, which Rob imagines to be filled with copies of Interview magazine.

In the likeness of what is becoming common these days, interaction through the use of technological devices and social media will be made possible.

The sculpture created by Rob Pruitt will stand in the Union Square, NY, until May 13, 2012 (updated).

Photo by James Ewing

The Institut Néerlandais presents Netherlandish Masters 1500-1700: the hundred most beautiful drawings of the Hamburger Kunsthalle

The Hamburger Kunsthalle conserves one of the most important and beautiful collections of Dutch and Flemish drawings from the 16th and 17th centuries. At the occasion of the publication of a fully descriptive catalogue of these drawings comprising circa 1337 plates , which took Annemarie Stefes near ten years to complete, the Fondation Custodia was invited to select one hundred of the most beautiful works, which is being exhibited at the Institut Néerlandais in Paris.

The exhibition is divided in halls.

The first hall is dedicated to the 16th century, showcasing the works of masters such as Gerard David, one of the last Flemish Primitives, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca. 1525/30 – 1569), Maerten van Heemskerck (1498 – 1574) , as well as by others turning the century like the lanscape painters Roelant Savery (1576/78 – 1639) et David Vinckboons (1576 – 1629).

The second one, dedicated to the 17th century and containing the higher number of works, features three drawings by Rembrandt (1606 – 1669), and works by Nicolaes Moeyaert (1592/1593 – 1655), Adriaen van Ostade (1610 – 1685) and Hendrik Avercamp (1585 – 1636). This hall also includes a section dedicated to landscapes, exhibiting drawings by renowned Dutch landscape painters Barent Fabritius (1624 – 1673), Ferdinand Bol (1616 – 1680), Govert Flinck (1615 – 1660), the last two distinguished Rembrandt's pupils, and another section containing Dutch scenes represented by Janvan Goyen (1596 – 1656), Anthonie Waterloo (1609 – 1690), Allart van Everdingen (1621 – 1675) and Aert van der Neer (1603/1604 – 1677).

In the third hall, dedicated to the 17th Flemish century, visitors can explore some major works of important Flemish masters such as d’Antony van Dyck (1599 – 1641), Jacob Jordaens (1593 – 1678), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568 – 1625) and Adrian Brouwer (1605/06 – 1638).

The fourth hall exhibits figure studies by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt's master Pieter Lastman (1583 – 1633) and works by followers of Italian compositions like Nicolaes Berchem (1621/22 – 1683). Also represented in this all are Paul Bril (1554 – 1626), Jan-Baptist Weenix (1621 – 1659/1661) and Jan Asselijn (1610 – 1652).

When visiting the fifth hall, one can explore three sections: portraits, villages and marine views. The Dutch portraiyed through drawings of Jan Lievens (1607 –1674) and Leendert van der Cooghen (1632 - 1681). Village views are represented in the works of Jan van der Heyden (1637 – 1712), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/29 – 1682) and Pieter Saenredam (1597 – 1665), regarded as the best artist of the century of this representative subject of the Dutch art. To represent a theme where Dutch artists have excelled, the marinescapes, Ludolf Bakhuyzen (1630 – 1708) and Willem van de Velde le Jeune (1633 – 1707) are the selected artists. The exhibition will be accompanied by a free leaflet (in French), which describes the drawings on display. Possibility to buy the catalogue written by Annemarie Stefes (3 volumes, in German). In collaboration with the Hamburger Kunsthalle.

"Netherlandish Masters 1500-1700: the hundred most beautiful drawings of the Hamburger Kunsthalle" (Maîtres des Pays-Bas 1500-1700: Les cent plus belles feuilles de la Kunsthalle de Hambourg) can be visited from March 24 through May 22, 2011 at the l’Institut Néerlandais, 121 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Put Your Art on the map with The Arts Map

Google permits publishers to add their business to their Google Maps and define search parameters such as keywords.

On a similar basis was created a service that intends to make easier to find arts sources and resources on a geographical basis, providing an interface which will benefit artists, galleries, collectors, museums, art schools and services, in short everyone related to art who wishes to connect. When joining the service, users can specify the search terms for their presence within the map, add an image, make the necessary changes in the future, etc.

Because many artists are not gallery represented and only show their work via a website or blog, this service is a tool that can bring more confidence to potential buyers buy stating that the artist has a physical adress; of course that misleading information can be provide by its users, but is up to artists, galleries and collectors to take the usual precautions when doing business.

Created a couple of years ago, The Arts Map is a free (exceptions may apply), straightforward and useful service.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nature et Idéal: le paysage à Rome, 1600 - 1650

From March 9 to June 6 2011, Les Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Clemenceau entrance), present the exhibition Nature and the ideal: landscape in Rome, 1600 - 1650 (Nature et idéal : le paysage à Rome, 1600 - 1650).

The exhibition focuses in the period of art history when landscape painting becames a theme on its own. Before a decorative element of Naturalism in Northern Europe, it's in the Rome of the first half of the 17th century that the theme assumes an important role, namely with the development of landscapes in the neo-Venitian style in Rome between 1620 and 1630; the popularity of the Bamboccianti's painted genre scenes; the success of topographic landscapes and architectural caprices; and finally the outstanding ability to capture light and atmospheric effects.
Renowned artists participate in cycles of paintings in the European courts while huge paintings commissioned for Buen Retiro palace in Madrid attest its prestige within the aristocratic collections.

More than eighty paintings and some thirty drawings from the Louvre and the Prado as well as many public and private collections, representative of the history of landscape painting in the first half of the 17th century, are shown in the "Nature and the ideal: landscape in Rome, 1600 - 1650" exhibition divided into five sections: I - Annibale Carracci, Paul Bril and Adam Elsheimer in Rome; II – Changes in Bolognese landscapes: the presence of classical culture; III – Changes in Northern landscapes: the diversification of Flemish culture and types of landscape; IV – The early years of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin; V – The great landscapes of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin.

Between the names present in the exhibition are those of Annibale Carracci, Adam Elsheimer, Pieter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, Paul Bril, Claude Lorrain, Domenico Zampieri, Jean Lemaire, Nicolas Poussin, Gaspard Dughet, Francesco Albani and Giovanni Lanfranco.

The exhibition is organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Musée du Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado (where it will be show from 28 June to 25 September 2011).
Stéphane Loire, chief curator of the Painting department of the Musée du Louvre is the responsible for the curatorship at Les Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, while the exhibition in Madrid will be curated by Andrés Ubeda de los Cobos, chief curator of Italian and French painting at the Museo Nacional del Prado.
Francesca Cappelletti, art historian professor in the Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Patrizia Cavazzini, Research fellow in The British School at Rome and Silvia Ginzburg, associated art historian professor in the Università di Roma Tre are the scientific curators.
Marc Vallet is responsible for the exhibition's design.

"Nature et idéal : le paysage à Rome, 1600 - 1650" can be visited every day, except Tuesdays, from 10a.m. to 8 p.m., late night on Wednesdays until 10 p.m. between March 9th and June 6th, 2011. It will be closed on May 1st.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

IX Antiques Biennial at the Cordoaria Nacional

Organized by the Associação Portuguesa dos Antiquários (Portuguese Antique Dealers' Association), the IX Antiques Biennial will take place in the Cordoaria Nacional building from April 8 through April 17, 2011 (mon-fri 18h-24h00, sat-sun 16h00-24h00, last day 16h00-21h00).

The Cordoaria Nacional is located at Avenida da Índia - Rua da Junqueira, 342 in Lisbon (N 38º 41' 51,52'' , W 9º 11' 24,58'').

Download the catalogue of the IX Antiques Biennial.
APA is a member of CINOA since 1996.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Art in Motion at the Liverpool Street Station

Artists who have video material displaying their creative process have the opportunity to have it showcased on 3 meter wide digital projection screens on the Liverpool Street tube station Central line (westbound platform) during 2 weeks from mid April.

Curated by Art Below, 'Art in Motion' will be a series of 1 minute clips featuring a scope of different artists actually in the process of creating their own work.
Although the versions that will be screened in the London Underground will be silent and no longer than one minute, these restriction do not apply in the online gallery.
The finished works will also be featured as a billboard poster in a major London station.

Artists can submit their videos to be considered for the 'Art in Motion' series to with a link to the video online (ie youtube, vimeo, facebook).

Deadline is 28th March 2011.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is seeking for a University Professor

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is currently accepting applications for the position of University Professor of of epistemology and methodology of artistic production at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies according to § 99 of the Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetz 2002), with a 5 years term, starting in October 2011.

Among several requests, candidates will hold a degree in the field from an Austrian university, equivalent foreign university or a qualification that may be considered equivalent, possess excellent academic qualification in the field of research and teaching of art as mode of knowledge-production and discursive practice, have coordination skills concerning the organisation of events and publications, be able to set up a long-term programme for innovative fundamental research within the field of epistemology and methodology of art (comprising the following fields of activity: artistic knowledge, artistic research, art/science-intersections amongst others).

The successful apllicant will hold the chair of the field of research "Kunst-Wissen", design, development and coordination of research projects within the field of epistemology and methodology of art, raise third-party funds for the field of research, teaching at least 6 units a week, among other activities.

Written applications, enclosing a full CV and the reference number 03/2011, should be sent to the stated address by March 31st, 2011 (date of postmark):
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Human Resource DepartmentSchillerplatz 3
A - 1010 Wien

You can also contact their recruiting department.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Applications are open for 3rd Edition of the INOV-ART internship programme

The 3rd edition of INOV-ART will award 150 scholarships for the completion of international professional internships in the following areas and respective number of vacancies: Architecture and Urbanism (17); Performing Arts (22); Visual Arts (17); Cinema and
Audiovisual (22); Design (17); Writing and Editing (8); Management, Creative Industries and
Marketing (15); New Media (12); Heritage (8); Educational Services (12);

INOV-ART is intended for young people between 18 and 30 years old who have been residing in Portugal for over 1 year by the time they apply, who are unemployed, looking for their first job or for a new job. The candidates must possess proven qualifications in the fields of the arts and culture that they are applying to, attested by a higher education diploma, or a specialised artistic education certificate and proven experience.
Joint applications resulting from a prior agreement established between candidates and placement organisations may be submited.

Internships are expected to last between three and six months, with abroad ones being carried out between July and December 2011. The selected candidates will receive financial support, health insurance during the period of internship abroad (when applicable) and personal accident insurance covering all seminar days, the internship abroad and days spent travelling.

The deadline for applying to the 3rd edition of INOV-ART is April 15, 2011 (at 16:59:59h local time in mainland Portugal).
Candidates should consult the rules and details of the programme and its calendar before submiting their applications.
Instructions to fill the form are available on this page.

INOV-ART is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture, fostered, managed and executed by DGArtes and funded by Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I.P. with the aim of professionalization and specialization of young people in the fields of the arts and culture through the completion of professional internships at renowned organisations (“professional internship” is understood to mean the development of activities supervised by and internship coordinator which do not focus primarily on academic research, teaching, studying, nor individual projects that are not part of the activity of the placement organisation).

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Dutch Golden Age Paintings in 2.5D

From a series of animations created by Alicia 7777777, The Art Inquirer has chosen this creative 2.5D animation of famous paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.

Click here to watch a 3D animation of Picasso's Guernica.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Art Auction to Help Victims in Japan

With the purpose of helping the victims of the earthquake and of the tsunami, I've placed an original still life oil painting for auction on Ebay, starting at a minimum bid of USD$30.
The proceeds will go in full to the Salvation Army's Japan Disaster Fund.
This auction will be active until April 5th, which I believe will be enough time for you to decide how much you want to help.

If you are an artist and are conducting an initiative to help the Japanese people in these troublesome times, you are welcome to leave a link in the comments.

The Art Inquirer and its author cannot be held responsible for other people's integrity regarding this subject.

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Olha Por Mim" a multisensory exhibition

The City Hall of Lisbon in partnership with its Social Services Department will present the exhibition "Olha Por Mim", featuring the artworkd of Tânia Bailão Lopes, a multisensory project born in the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria in 2009 with the collaboration of Josélia Neves, Clara Mineiro, expert of the Accrediting Department and Museums Qualification and twenty one experts from several museums.

After being exhibited from North to South of Portugal, the exhibition will include soundpainting for the first time, where music, poetry and sound effects will transmit subjective messages to the visitors. Walter Marcos, responsible for the sound area, has come up with specific sounds, while using an original theme by a former Sting's group keyboard player for one of the works.
In poetry, Josélia Neves used metafors such as "chocolate face" for describing a black character or "cherry face" to describe the countours of another character.

The soundpainting initiative was developed in collaboration with visual and hearing impaired people who guided the authors through its process by indicating what would work and what would not. It was noticed that even conditioning the perception through sounds, the interpretations of the artwork would differ.

"Olha Por Mim" is also a tactile experience with the objective of reaching all audiences, but especially catered for those with visual and hearing problems.

With the works of Mirtilo Gomes (Tânia's homonym), the "Olha Por Mim" exhibition will be inaugurated this March 15 (15h00) at the Social Services building of the City Hall of Lisbon (Edifício dos Serviços Sociais da CML), located in the Av. Afonso Costa, 41 - Olaias, and will include the lecture “Comunicar a arte trocando os sentidos: acessibilidade e inclusão”, presented by Josélia Neves and Walter Marcos. The artist will also be present, as well as Deodato Guerreiro PhD, a blindness and low vision specialist.
Watch the videos about the exhibition and visitors statements on this page .
The exhibition can be visited until April 15, 2011.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Interview With Bronze Sculptor Scott Nelles

Scott Nelles grew up in SE lower Michigan, where his father, a manufacturers representative in the steel business, would take him on tours to visit steel mills and foundries.
His mother was a bit of an artist and his great grandfather was a professional wood carver from Bern, Switzerland.
At an early age, he would build things out of clay and wood and whatever he could get his hands on.

In 1974 Scott began his career in the foundry at the Fraser bronze of Seattle, there he started making patterns for buckles influenced by his experience in the leather business where bought and sold a lot of belt buckles. The buckles were then cast by John Fraser who also helped him to improve his methods.

With some years of practice and observation Scott moved to Michigan and opened his own foundry where between the years of 1978 and 2000 he built and grew the business to the point of employing four full time people and selling his sculptures nationwide. In 2000 he placed a small classified add in a foundry trade magazine to sell the patterns and the rights to make his line of products. A large foundry owner purchased the line and began producing it under the name Nelles Bronze Sculpture, up to our days.

The Art Inquirer contacted Scott Nelles who promptly agreed to dedicate part of his valuable time to answer some questions about his art and provide this blog's readers with an insightful interview.

TAI What part of your historical background led you to pursue an artistic career ?

SN As a boy growing up in SE lower Michigan I was exposed to industry through my father, a manufacturers rep in the steel business. He would sometimes take me on tours of steel mills and foundries and I believe the heat and flame got into my blood. As a kid I was always making things out of clay and wood and whatever I could get my hands on. My mother was a bit of an artist and my great grandfather was a professional wood carver from Bern Switzerland. I ,in fact still use many of his hand tools when I am working with wood to make patterns for castings.

TAI When did you decided that bronze would be your medium of election for you to pass your message and demonstrate your creativity ?

SN Early on I realized that clay was just not rugged enough to do the things I wanted to do. So I knew that cast metal was the way to go. However it's no small thing to set up a bronze foundry and I had no training anyway. It has taken many years to develop my skills through observation, trial and error and working with other foundries.

TAI What are your favourite themes and subjects, and why ?

SN Currently I have been concentrating on a line of cast toys. I love the art deco period and I believe my toy cars and such reflect that love. Like most artists my interests change and evolve.

TAI Please resume to us the development of a sculpture, from its conception to its finish.

SN I generally develop my works with some rough paper sketches or create them directly in three dimensions. Though I have utilized different techniques of casting such as the ,“lost was method”, I generally work in the ,“sand casting method”, which I believe has advantages in some areas. It is the sand casting method which I will describe here. To be a sculptor and founder of bronze entails many skills and the use of many materials. Some people work only in wood, others, clay or glass. I work in a variety of materials to develop a pattern or model of my sculpture to be. I might make this model with water based or oil based clays, some very soft and some very hard. I work in a variety of waxes to sculpt and cast. Other materials important in, "the pattern making stage", are wood, plastics and resins of all kinds, sheet metal and fabrication, welding and forging all come into play. When a concept is created in one of my materials or combination of materials I then need to make a series of molds of the original model. These molds can be made in plaster, various poured resin materials, or sand. Eventually I will have a final pattern made in a rigid material like polyurethane plastic or cast aluminum. Using this pattern which represents my original form ,I can make rammed sand molds in the foundry. It is these sand molds into which I cast the bronze or other metal. When the metal cools I shake the sand away and a rough casting of my original sculpture emerges. Many types of finishing operations follow including, cutting, belt sanding, die grinding, sand blasting, tumbling, oxidizing, polishing and lacquering.

TAI Which are the most commmon technical pitfalls that a beginner working in the same art is more likely to commit ?

SN Where could I start to answer other than to say, do not enter into this craft lightly. The foundry process is without question the most technically demanding craft there is. This is not like throwing a pot and sticking it into a kiln while you drink cappuccino. It involve a multiplicity of disciplines and it could be a very long time before you succeed. Having said all this though I would never discourage a truly ambitious person from actually doing it. I have devoted my life to this thing and I have met and been mentored by many very interesting and talented people. Our community of foundry folk is very small and I would be glad to help anyone I could in there quest. I would say start small, visit some foundries read some books get some equipment together and give it a go.

TAI You accept custom orders. Which themes are most the requested ?

SN I will accept custom orders but usually when they hear the price for a one of a kind bronze the phone goes dead. Where my process shines is in making multiple pieces ,where the development costs can be amortized over the whole job. So if we can make you a hundred sculptures I might be your man.

TAI Can you be contacted to provide workshops or personal instruction ?

SN I would be happy to provide instruction but, I am a full time working artist trying to make a living at my craft. I have no interest in wasting my valuable time with dilettantes or prima donnas.

TAI What kind of major work would you like to embrace and what are your projects for the near future ?

SN I would love to do large wall installation of my cityscape work, either cast aluminum or resin. I will also continue to create my cast metal toys for the near future.

TAI Are you artworks available for personal viewing ?

SN My art works are available for personal viewing in my studio gallery, art shows, or by viewing my web-site.

TAI What advices can you give to owners of bronze objects to maintain them in good conditions ?
SN Dust them, wax them, enjoy them.

Scott Nelles keeps developing an entirely new line of pieces showcased by the toy cars, boats, candlesticks and small animals that he now makes in his studio. This line of works as well as those created over the years are available for purchase from him and in galleries nationwide, and can be viewed at the Nelles Studios website.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Sunday Telegraph Watercolour Competition

Coinciding with Tate Britain’s blockbuster show, Watercolour, The Sunday Telegraph launched a watercolour competition for non-professional artists residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over (carefuly read the terms and conditions).

The chosen theme is The Great British Landscape and the entrants are invited to submit jpegs of their works by e-mail (image files must be 300 dpi and be between 1MB and 2MB) or send photographs by post, in both cases accompanied by a brief description.
Only one photograph per entry and one entry per person will be accepted.
Paintings that have won any previous competitions are not eligible.

A selection of ten finalists will be contacted on April 6, 2011 and asked to submit their original work for the final round of judging.
The winner will be announced and their work published in The Sunday Telegraph on Sunday, April 24, 2011.
A beautifully crafted mahogany box of Winsor & Newton art materials worth £445, courtesy of Cass Art will be attributed to the winner and the other runners-up will receive each £10 Cass gift vouchers.

Deadline for entries to the Sunday Telegraph Watercolour Competition is midnight Wednesday March 23 2011.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Epson International Pano Awards 2011

Dedicated to the art of panoramic photography, the Epson International Pano Awards is the largest and most important competition of its kind showcasing the works of panoramic photographers worldwide.

The second edition of the Epson International Pano Awards is open to all professional and amateur photographers worldwide and will offer a total of US$25,000 in cash and prizes.
Each overall winner will receive $1000 in cash and other great prizes.
Category winners and runer-ups will also receive cash awards and other prizes.

Entrants can participate is three categories: Open Awards, Amateurs Awards and VR/360 awards, each being divided in specific sub-categories, with the exception of the VR/360 which free. Fees are applicable and there is no limit for the number of entries.

Regular entries are open until Friday 15th of April 2011, with a late entry period between the 16th of April and 30th of April. Late entry fees will apply. Before submiting their entries, participants are advised to read the competition rules.

The previous edition received 2740 images submitted from 945 photographers in 79 countries. View the galleries of the 2010 winners and the top 50 of each category.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" at the Tate Modern

The oil painting "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" (Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur), created by Pablo Picasso in 1932, is on display since this Monday in the new Pablo Picasso room at the Tate Modern, London.

Depicting a sideface of the artist on a pedestal observing the naked figure of Marie-Thérèse Walter, and previously acquired in 1951 by the millionaire constructor and modern art lover Sydney F. Brody and included in Mrs. Brody collection, the painting was sold at Christies New York on May 4, 2010 for $106,4 million ($95 million without commissions and taxes) to an anonymous buyer, setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction, a record still unsurpassed at this time.

This is the first time that "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" is presented to the British public, thanks to the generosity of the anonymous lender.

The top auction results for 2010 can be consulted here.
Photo: PA

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"French Window" at the Mori Art Museum - Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize

Established in established in 2000 by the ADIAF (Association pour la diffusion internationale de l'Art français) and organized in partnership with the Centre Pompidou and the FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain) the Marcel Duchamp Prize, held in honor of the noted 20th century French artist, known as the pioneer of comtemporary art, has in its objective to recognize, support and promote artists living in France working in the field of the plastic and visual arts.

ADIAF has hosted the Marcel Duchamp Prize (Prix Marcel Duchamp) since its foundation, but now to celebrate the first decade of existance, the exhibition will take place at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
The exhibition, entitled "French Window" will show a selection of paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and videos by 28 artists, including all of the winners of the prize, selected finalists, as well as relevant works by Duchamp.

The exhibition can be visited between March 18 and July 3, 2011.

Learn more about Marcel Duchamp's works, including "Fresh Widow"(pun) created in 1920.