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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Echoes of Fado in the Portuguese Art, XIX-XXI Centuries

In the context of the Application of Fado to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO) the Lisbon City Hall through EGEAC / Museu do Fado, promotes the exhibition Echoes of Fado in the Portuguese Art, XIX-XXI Centuries (Ecos do Fado na Arte Portuguesa Séculos XIX-XXI).

Devoted to the long time relation of fado with other forms of artistic expression, the exhibition suggests a structured and multidisciplinary reading of the distinct representations of Fado in the Portuguese Art between the XIX and XXI centuries.

The exhibition shows famous works from rewnoned artists, including Roque Gameiro, Columbano, José Malhoa, Constantino Fernandes, Almada Negreiros, Amadeo Souza-Cardoso, Eduardo Viana, Domingos Alvarez, Bernardo Marques, Stuart Carvalhais, João Abel Manta, Carlos Botelho, Cândido da Costa Pinto, Júlio Pomar, Leonel Moura, Graça Morais, António Carmo, Paula Rego, João Vieira, Arman, Adriana Molder, João Pedro Vale, Miguel Palma and Joana Vasconcelos.

"Echoes of Fado in the Portuguese Art, XIX-XXI Centuries" can be visited in the Sala do Risco, Pátio da Galé, located at Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço) near Lisbon's downtown, until 17th of September 2011, daily from 10am to 7pm.
Free Entrance.

Call for Entries: “To Go” Ceramic Exhibition at Mendocino Art Center

“To Go” is a ceramic exhibition that will display clay vessels and sculptures inspired by this theme. The theme “To Go” is opened to interpretations, it can be a flask, a lunch box, a car cup or something a lot more unpredictable, tubes with food used on spaceships perhaps? Mixed media is accepted as well, but majority of the material in the piece must be clay. Submitted work may not exceed 50 lbs or 40 inches in any direction.

All work has to be submitted by October 15 2011, with a non-refundable entry fee of $15 per piece or $40 for 3 pieces. All submissions have to be made my mail. Artists will be notified about results on November 1st. The show will open on December 1st and end on December 31, perfect time for Christmas shopping.

Mendocino Art Center invites artists from nearby areas as well as those from a far. All art that is shipped to the exhibition, in case it doesn't sell can be shipped back.

For more information please see the submission and guideline form.

This article was written by the artist and guest writer Armada Volya

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Portuguese Judiciary Police arrests art counterfeiter

A 64 year old man was arrested this week by the Portuguese Judiciary Police due to highly suspicion of art counterfeiting.

Caught in the very act during a house search, the counterfeiter is acused of art faking and counterfeiting of famous national and international painters, as well as document falsifying. Among the 62 apreended paintings, there are names such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Malhoa, Paula Rego, Vieira da Silva, Cargaleiro, Maluda.
He had predilection for counterfeiting works by Paula Rego.

The counterfeits, that were being sold through the internet between 100 and 1000 Euro, are oils on canvas exhibiting a high quality and resemblance to the works by the artists, leading to eventual mislead by the buyers.

The investigations continue with the purpose of dermining if any other fake paintings by the same author have entered the art market.

Last year, near 130 fake paintings were apreended by the Portuguese Judiciary Police.

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Postgraduate Program at European School of Visual Arts (EESI)‏

Since Documenta X (1997), under the direction of Catherine David, that documentary has conquered its place in the field of contemporary art.
This is put in evidence by the inclusion of documentaries at contemporary art festivals and how they can complement each other, offering a more comprising perception.

This postgraduate program is conceived for students in art or cinema, young exhibition curators or art critics who wish to extend their training through a year of experimentation around the interplay of issues between document and contemporary art, without being confined to a single technique or material.

Its diversity allows it to cover areas such as: promoting a collective dimension to work, following through production, producing materials (films, texts, exhibitions, performances), carrying out work on theory and art history, calling for modes of exhibiting, encouraging experimentation, analizing documentary protocol and the issue of archiving, blending knowhow and practice, and drawing on the European dimension by looking at the problems of translation.

The year will conclude with an event: a cycle of projections, exhibition, publication, seminar, conference and meetings whose form will be decided on by each group. An annual publication will expose the activities of the postgraduate program, gathering the artits' works and the contributions of the guest artists.

With the aim of establishing the work of the postgraduates in the fields of art and research, and supporting their work in terms of production, the postgraduate Program "Document and contemporary art" is associated with Le Confort Moderne,concert hall and exhibition center, based in Poitiers. It benefits from the dynamic of exchanges between an art center and an art school. A partnership between CalArts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (California) has also been renewed. This postgraduate program is also associated with l'École nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges (France).

The postgraduate students will have use of the school’s technical facilities and a grant of 4000 Euros. The group will be composed of four young artists.
The artists, critics, exhibition curators, and producers linked to the postgraduate diploma projects or artistic affairs, will be present throughout the year.
Two artists will regularly attend and meet the postgraduate students to support their work. Staff from the European School for Visual Arts will also assist the postgraduates in their studies. A seminar will be organized at the end of the year to review the methods applied in the course of the diploma and in artistic research.

Candidates to the Postgraduate Program must hold a recognized diploma, equivalent to level 1 (High School graduation certificates + 5 years of study in higher education) from a national or international institution. After a preliminary selection from the candidate’s artistic dossier, application letter and curriculum vitae, the candidate will be invited to be interviewed by a panel of experts.
The artistic dossier/portfolio should include documentation of the work produced by the candidate (texts, photographs, films, catalogues and articles). For cinematic or audio works, the candidate should select extracts with a maximum of 12 minutes.
The application letter (maximum length 2 pages) must outline the candidate’s career, previous experience and fields of interest for the postgraduate diploma program.

Submission deadline for artistic dossier and application letter is 10th September 2011. The interview will be held on 23th September.

The application must be sent to:

European School of Visual Arts
134 rue de Bordeaux 16000 Angoulême

E-mail :

European School of Visual Arts, or École européenne supérieure de l’image (EESI) is an art school born from the will of the cities of Angoulême and Poitiers to gather resources and create an artistic institute at a regional scale with international exposure.

World Press Cartoon 2011 winners exhibition at Casino Lisboa

Between August 12 and September 1, Lisbon Casino (Casino Lisboa) art gallery shows the works by the winners of the World Press Cartoon 2011.

The public will have the chance to appreciate some of the best cartoons published worldwide in newspapers and magazines on caricature, editorial cartoon and gag categories.

Australian cartoonist David Rowe was the overall winner of the 7th edition of the World Press Cartoon, with the work "Wikileaks and Uncle Sam", published last December in "The Sun-Herald".

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Depois dos Quatro Vintes: Percursos Individuais

In 1968, Ângelo de Sousa, Armando Alves, Jorge Pinheiro and José Rodrigues, formed the “Grupo dos Quatro Vintes” (Group of the Four Twenties), which lasted until 1972.
The name arised from the fact that all of them had graduated from the Oporto School of Fine Arts with an average of 20, the top grade.

Today July 28th, a colective exhibition will be inaugurated at 18h30 in the Palácio das Belas Artes - Fábrica de Talentos, Oporto.
From the Millenium BCP collection, “Depois dos Quatro Vintes: Percursos Individuais” shows the works of the four artists.

Commissioned by Lúcia Almeida Matos e Rui Paiva, the exhibition includes screen printings by Ângelo de Sousa, landscape paintings by Armando Alves, works on canvas by Jorge Pinheiro and pieces focusing on the image of Christ, created by José Rodrigues.

“Depois dos Quatro Vintes: Percursos Individuais” can be visited until 17th September 2011 (9h30-19h00 Mon-Fri and 10h00-19h00 Sat).
Admitance is free.

The portuguese artist Ângelo de Sousa passed away on March 29, 2011.

Gallery owner Jaime Isidoro accompanied by Armando Alves, José Rodrigues, Jorge Pinheiro e Ângelo de Sousa, when of the “4+1 Artistas no Teatro Experimental do Porto” exhibition inaugurated on June 18, 2008.
Image from A Voz de Gaia.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Artist Portfolio Magazine "Cover Art IV" Competition

A perfect opportunity for artists to get their work featured on the cover of Artist Portfolio Magazine and seen by over 50,000 unique readers and over 7 million unique online readers from all over the world.

This cover art competition is following the theme “Open,” and this “open” is opened to artist's interpretation. All art will be placed on the site for the duration of the contest, so artists are guaranteed to have exposure even if they do not win this competition.

The winner will be placed on the cover of Issue #4 of Artist Portfolio Magazine. Top three artists will receive cash prices ($250, $100 and $50) and will be featured in the magazine. Places 4-13 will receive half a page feature in the magazine. 20 Honorable Mentions will be featured in Artist Portfolio Magazine.

Entree fee for the "Cover Art IV" contest is $45 for up to two images or $35 entry fee for early birds who register by August 1, 2011.

This article was written by the artist and guest writer Armada Volya

Australian painter Margaret Olley dies at 88.

The 88-year-old Australian artist Margaret Olley was found dead at her Paddington home, in Sydney's inner east.

In the words of Professor Colin Rhodes, dean of the Sydney College of Arts at the University of Sydney, Olley was the last of a generation of empowering figures in Australian art.

She began painting as a young girl at Somerville House boarding school in Brisbane, developing a long artistic career as one of Australia's most respected still-life and interior artists.

In 1991, Olley was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service as an artist and to the promotion of art, in 2000 she was awarded an honorary degree at the Sydney College of Arts, and in 2006 she was awarded Australia's highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order, for service as one of Australia's most distinguished artists, for philanthropy to the arts, and for encouragement of young and emerging artists.

She was the subject of this year's winning Archibald Prize portrait by Ben Quilty and in 1948 sat for William Dobell's prize-winner.
Margaret Olley was born in Lismore on June 24, 1923.

Picture: Alan Pryke. Source: The Daily Telegraph
This article contains excerpts from The Australian newspaper.

13th annual Pastel 100 competition

Organized by The Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, the 13th annual Pastel 100 competition is open to all artists worldwide aged 16 or older (employees or associates of F+W Media, Inc., Jack Richeson & Co. Inc., or their immediate families may not enter).

Entrants can compete in 5 categories: Landscape & Interior, juried by Richard McKinley; Portrait/Figure, juried by Margaret Dyer; Still Life/Floral, juried by Peter Seltzer; Animal/Wildlife, juried by Dawn Emerson; Abstract/Non-objective, juried by Cecily Kahn.

The competition material can be submited online or sent through regular mail on CD accompanied by an official entry form.
Artists can enter all categories and there are no limits for the number of sent images; this doesn't mean of course that you can send several images of each work.
There's an entry fee of $20 per image, payable by credit card, check or money order.
All entries must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2011.

The Pastel 100 competition offers several prizes to its winners:

The pastel Journal Grand Prize Award: $5,000 Cash
The Pastel Journal Gold Medal Award: $2,500 Cash
The Pastel Journal Silver Medal Award: $1,500 Cash
The Pastel Journal Bronze Medal Award: $1,000 Cash

Several prizes in the form of pastel sets and pastel surfaces will be attributed by the Jack Richeson/Unison Pastels Category Awards, as well as a Special Award by the Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels Award consisted of a set of Unison pastels (324 pieces, value $1,800) + $750 worth of Richeson Co. products.

All top prize winners and place winners will receive features in The Pastel Journal (April 2012 issue).

There will be 70 Honourable Mentions, with image and information about each painting published in the Pastel Journal magazine.

Carefully read the rules and the submission guidelines before entering the competition.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cerveira Biennial 2011

The 16th edition of the Cerveira Biennial (Bienal de Cerveira) takes place between July 16 and September 17, 2011 in the North of Portugal, more precisely in Vila Nova de Cerveira.
Established in 1978, it's one of the most important artistic events in Portugal.

The programme includes selected works by artists who entered the Cerveira Biennial's International Contest, guest artists, a tribute to the portuguese sculptor José Rodrigues and an exhibit of his work, 6 curatorial projects, performances, artistic residencies in the form of ateliers/workshops, and debates with the intervention of artists, curators and directors of other international biennials.
Included in the agenda are also guided visits to the exhibitions, creative industries, films, documentaries, concerts and other activities.

With the objective of bringing art to a larger public, the 16th edition expands to the city of Oporto and to Vigo in the Galiza region, Northwest of Spain, near the Portuguese border.

This year's edition of the Cerveira Biennial (Bienal de Cerveira) happens under the theme "Redes 2011" (Networks 2011) and seeks to promote the establishement of dialogues with other international biennials, with the purpose of providing means that will allow worldwide artists and other creative people to develope their work, be it in their country or in a foreign one.

Artists will be offered working conditions, investigation opportunities and facilities for the presentation of their works.
They will also be able to attend panel discussions and debates with artists from several countries on different areas of artistic expression.

For contact information and directions click here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Artist Lucian Freud dies at 88 years of age

Born in Berlin on 8 December 1922, the British painter Lucian Freud passed away at the age of 88 this Wednesday night, July 20, due to unspecified illness at his home in London.

The artist, known chiefly for his painstakingly created and stylized impasted portrait and figure paintings, was the son of Austrian Jewish father, Ernst Ludwig Freud, an architect, and a German Jewish mother, Lucie née Brasch.
He was a grandson of Sigmund Freud.

To escape the rize of Nazism, Lucian fled with his family to London in 1933 and became a British citizen in 1939.
During his early artistic studies, he briefly fequented the Central School of Art in London. Then, with greater success, he studied at the Cedric Morris' East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham, relocated in 1940 at Benton End near Hadleigh.
In the years of 1942-43, Lucian attended Goldsmiths, University of London.
Commissioned by the Ceylonese editor Tambimuttu, he illustrated a book of poems by Nicholas Moore entitled "The Glass Tower" in 1943.

Lucian Freud had his first solo exhibition in 1944 at the Alex Reid & Lefevre Gallery, entitled "The Painter's Room", where two of his drawings, a stuffed zebra (-cum-unicorn) and a palm tree, used to illustrate Moore's book, reappear.

In his 20's he would apply thin layers of paint to depict people, plants and animals in unusual juxtapositions.
But in the mid-1950's he began to work in portraiture, where nudes would become an almost exclusive subject. It's in this phase that he starts using coarse hog hair and applying looser strokes within an impasto technique that would make his paintings doubtless recognizable.
His first nude was painted in 1966.

Freud's subjects were often the people in his life; friends, family, fellow painters (these included Francis Bacon and David Hockney), lovers, children.
In the 1970s Freud spent 4,000 hours on a series of paintings of his mother.
The artist would often take hundreds of hours to complete his paintings and since he preferred to paint from life, sittings would generally last quite long.

One of the foremost figurative artists of his generation and widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time, his art gained a well deserved recognition.
Some of his most well-known paintings include: Interior in Paddington (1951), Girl With a White Dog (1951–52), Naked Girl Asleep II (1968), Naked Man With Rat (1977–78), Reflection (self-portrait) (1985).

In May 2008, his 1995 portrait "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping", depicting a naked portrait of Sue Tilley lying on a sofa, was sold at auction by Christie's in New York City for $33.6 million, setting a world record for sale value of a painting by a living artist.

A retrospective of his work was recently exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris under the title "L'Atelier."

His work is represented by Acquavella Galleries.

"I want paint to work as flesh," he told his biographer, Lawrence Gowing, in 1982. "As far as I am concerned the paint is the person. I want it to work for me as flesh does."

Lucian Michael Freud, OM, CH (8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Association des Pastellistes Belges

A new association dedicated to the promotion of pastel has been recently inaugurated in Belgium, following a successful pastel exhibition in the Floreffe Abbey where the public demonstrated great enthusiasm concerning the medium.

With the aim of creating bridges between pastelists and their public, as well as connecting with other associations and promoting artistic initiatives, the Association des Pastellistes Belges counts already with near 50 enthusiasts, including from the North of France.

On August 6 (10h00 - 16h30) it will take place in the pedestrian streets of Namur, an initiative to make the public familiar with the medium and learn about its possibilities.

An exhibition is already anticipated for April 2012.
It will be called "1er Salon du Pastel" and will occupy six halls of the Floreffe Abbey (Abbaye de Floreffe).

The association was founded by Claudine Boignet and is located at:
12, rue de Libérateurs
5100 Jambes, Belgique.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Photography: "Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945"

Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 from ICP on Vimeo.

The International Center of Photography, NY, is showing a series of once classified and circulation restricted photos that witness the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first "Ground Zero." Approximately 60 contact prints drawn from a unique archive of more than 700 photographs in its collection depict the devastation caused by the atomic bomb "Little Boy" in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

Organized by Erin Barnett, Assistant Curator of Collections, the photography exhibition "Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945" can be seen until August 28, 2011 at the International Center of Photography. Writer and film-maker Adam Harrison Levy wrote and in-depth article about the exhibition and the story behind it.

A catalogue with 248 pages and containing more than 300 illustrations is available.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Artists and the Portalegre Tapestry

Under the title "Homenagem" (Homage), the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes (National Society of Fine Arts) in Lisbon, in colaboration with the Manufactura de Tapeçarias de Portalegre (Portalegre Tapestries Manufacture), are displaying a series of handmade tapestries that reproduce original works by renowned Portuguese artists.

Visitors have the chance to see at close range the level of detail and match the colour with some of the originals, only possible with the high skill of the womenweaver of Portalegre.

Cruzeiro Seixas, Fernando Lanhas, Nadir Afonso and Júlio Resende are the artists who's works are reproduced in the exhibition.

"Homenagem - Os Artistas e a Tapeçaria de Portalegre" can be visited at the SNBA, R. Barata Salgueiro, 36, Lisbon, until July 30, 2011 (Mon-Sat 14h00 - 20h00). Closed on holidays.

Learn more about the Portalegre Tapestries.

Phaidon Press presents "Carl Andre: Things in Their Elements" by Alistair Rider

Phaidon Press has launched an enlightening monograph offering a comprehensive and insightful look at the career of groundbreaking American minimalist sculptor Carl Andre.

With unique access to Andre’s studio and personal archives, its author, academic and Carl Andre expert Alistair Rider, examines Andre’s role as a sculptor and installation artist.
The book "Carl Andre: Things in Their Elements" includes never before published sketches and writings, many contemporary installation photographs, and works in private collections and those in major international museums.

Rider also presents the artist's rarely seen poetry and photography that form an integral part of his oeuvre.
Andre's concrete poetry has exhibited in the United States and Europe, part of which is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Born in Quincy, MA, on September 16, 1935, Carl Andre studied art at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. There he became friends with Hollis Frampton who later introduced him to Constantin Brâncuşi.
From 1958 to 1960, Andre shared a studio with former classmate from Phillips Academy, Frank Stella.
Although his early work in wood may have been inspired by Brâncuşi, his conversations with Stella about space and form led him in a different direction.

Recognized both for his ordered linear format and floor-based grid-like formations of breeze blocks, Carl Andre makes his first public debut in 1965, in ‘Shape and Structure’ curated by Henry Geldzahler at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
The following year, New York’s Jewish Museum included his controversial LEVER in its important exhibition ‘Primary Structures’.

In 1969 Andre helped organize the Art Workers Coalition.
His first solo show takes place at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1970.
Carl Andre lives and works in New York, and his work features in leading collections worldwide.

Alistair Rider is a Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews. He teaches classes on modern sculpture, critical theory, New York modernism and experimental art of the 1960s.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

CERCI Exhibition at Groupama.ARTE

Several works of art, including paintings, sculptures collages and craftwork made by CERCI's users, can be seen until 15th of July 2011 (Mo-Fri 8H45-12H45; 13H45-16H45) at the Groupama.ARTE space in Lisbon.

Founded on 16th of July 1975 by a group of mentally challenged children parents, relatives, experts and supporters, CERCI (Cooperativa de Educação e Reabilitação de Cidadãos Inadaptados, CRL) is a non-profit social solidarity cooperative, recognized as public utility, with the aim of contributing to the life quality and development of mentally challenged citizens.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

BP Portrait Award 2011 Exhibition

Regarded as one of the most prestigious portrait painting competitions in the world, the BP Portrait Award gathers some of the best contemporary portrait and figure painters.

The prize winners for the BP Portrait Award 2011 were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 14 June 2011, with the First Prize being awarded to self-taught artist Wim Heldens for "Distracted."
"Holly" by Louis Smith with help from Carmel Said, won the Second Prize; "Just To Feel Normal" by Ian Cumberland won the Third Prize; Sertan Saltan was awarded the Young Artist Prize with his work "Mrs Cerna"; and the Travel Award 2011 was attributed to Jo Fraser for her painting "Flora MacGregor."

Fifty-five works (including the prize winners) selected from a record 2,372 international entries can be seen seen at the National Portrait Gallery, London until the 18th of September 2011.

Visitors to the BP Portrait Award 2011 Exhibition can vote for their favourite portrait until the 4th of September 2011.
The three most popular portraits of the Visitor's Choice will be displayed on the website from September 12th 2011.

The National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with Cass Art, will offer a Mabef wooden box containing a comprehensive range of oil paints and brushes, all worth over £300, to one of the voters.
Check here to see how you can enter this competition.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pig Parade Auction Totalized Over €5000

The auction of 37 fiberglass-made pigs that took place in the evening of the 29th of June 2011 at the Feira de S. João (St. John's fair) precinct totalized €5410.
The highest value achieved was €310, with a starting bid of €100.
Most part of the pigs was acquired by privates.

The money will go in total to the APPACDM (Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Hadicapped Citizen) of Évora.
According to the president of the association, Silvino Costa, the money will be applied in the construction of new head-quarters, with the objective of providing better conditions to the users of the association.

Decorated mostly by students from the city of Évora, these fiberglass-made pigs were part of the "Pig Parade" exhibition, an event that experienced a few incidents.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey" by George Stubbs sold for £22,441,250 at Christie's

During the Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale, today July 5, at Christie's in London, the painting "Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey" by the British artist George Stubbs, was sold for £22,441,250 (includes buyer's premium), which sets the price near the lower margin of the previous estimate value (£20,000,000 - £30,000,000).

More information about this painting and George Stubbs can be found in this article.

Curatorial Studies Residency at Node Center Berlin

The Node Center Berlin, has announced The Curatorial Studies Residency Program for 2011, designed for emerging curators who may wish to expand their professional practice in Berlin.

Under the theme “The logic of the limit: transversal curatorial processes”, residents will develop specific theoretical-practical research, exploring curatorial practices that expand their own mechanisms beyond the normal “taxonomic” processes of the art exhibition (i.e., classification, study, and exhibition), generating new discursive possibilities.
Students are expected to take an active role in organizing the program (i.e., managing seminars, workshops, guest lectures, exhibitions, etc.).

Perceiving curatorship as exhibition praxis, this intensive twelve weeklong program will offer direct experimentation with the exhibition methods and processes, and will be complemented with activities such as workshops, seminars, meetings with cultural agents, art shows, and visits to exhibition spaces.

Applicants must hold an academic background in any of the following areas of contemporary art: curatorial studies, theory and philosophy of art, art history, art management, and/or art production; visual arts, fine arts, arts and new media; or equivalent work experience within an Institution, or with projects developed as an independent curator.

The application form must be submited by July 20th 2011, after which an online interview will take place with each applicant.
Tuition fees are as follow: one deposit of €670 by August 16th, and three monthly payments of €750.

English will be used as the working language in The Curatorial Studies Residency at Node Center Berlin, taking place from September 20th to December 16th, 2011.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rembrandt and his Circle. Master drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection

The Dutch cultural centre Institut Néerlandais, Paris, has put together nearly one hundred of the finest drawings by Rembrandt and his circle from the famous Frits Lugt Collection.

"Rembrandt and his circle" exhibition shows twenty drawings by Rembrandt and a selection of the best work from his pupils and contemporaries, including Ferdinand Bol, Govert Flinck, Lambert Doomer and Nicolaes Maes.

The drawings are shown in frames which range from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century from the Netherlands but, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, which have been recently restored especially for this occasion. Oak, walnut, poplar, ebony, pear, tortoise-shell and gold leaves are among the used framing materials.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 -1669) produced a considerable number of drawings with a great variety of subjects and techniques.
He would lodge his apprentices in his studio, where he taught numerous students.
These students had usually began their studies under the instruction of other artists before they came to Rembrandt, namely Carel Fabritius, Ferdinand Bol, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Samuel van Hoogstraten and Willem Drost.

Managed by the Fondation Custodia, a partner of the Institut Néerlandais in Paris, the private collection of Frederik (Frits) Johannes Lugt (1884-1970) is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest private collections of Rembrandt drawings and etchings, together with a coherent collection of works by artists in Rembrandt’s circle, including pupils and followers.

Lugt's collection includes finished works as well as sketches in black chalk and sanguine, some of them connected to paintings, many of them produced as exercises or for personal pleasure, and others likely to have been used as models for Rembrandt’s pupils. Pen and ink, washes, brown ink, sanguine, black chalk and gouache were some of the mediums used by Rembrandt.

Peter Schatborn, former head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, the national print room
at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and expert on 17th century drawings, in particular by Rembrandt, spent these last ten years studying the Frits Lugt’s collection of drawings by Rembrandt and his circle.
This exaustive research led to new attributions; thus twenty-five of
the drawings changed authors, some of whom had not yet been represented in the collection.

Schatborn's annotations have been recently published in the catalogue raisonné of the Frits Lugt Collection and this exhibition acknowledges his work by presenting and explaining them to the public in an exhibition room focused on this thorough research.
A free of charge lecture by Peter Schatborn will take place Tuesday 13 September 2011 at 7 pm (reservation is required).

The "Rembrandt and his Circle" exhibition (Rembrandt et son Cercle) can be visited until the 2nd of October 2011 at the Institute Néerlandais, 121 rue de Lille, Paris.

The 49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition

The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center invites artists to enter The 49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition. One or two works of any media can be entered. Artwork will be displayed on the ground and second floors of The von Liebig Art Center in 6 galleries from October 15 through December 3, 2011.

This Exhibition is opened to the Naples Art Association Members for a $40.00 fee. For those who wish to enter their work, but do not have membership, an additional $55 membership fee applies. Membership will open an opportunity to enter other exhibitions in The von Liebig Art Center, such as "the Non-juried Show of Shows Exhibition," Sep 12 - Oct 1, 2011; "Under an Open Sky," Dec 17, 2011 - Feb 27, 2012; and an Art in the Park outdoor art festival as well as discounted entry for “Camera USA:National Photography Award 2012,” Jun 4-Aug 10, 2012.

Application deadline is August 17, midnight (EDT) and the artists will be notified by September 1. There is an option for those who wish to apply off-line.

Selected artwork can be shipped to arrive no later than Wednesday, September 28, 2011 (please refer to shipping details) or delivered by hand on Sunday, October 2nd from 2 - 5 PM or on Tuesday, October 4th from 10 AM - 2 PM (click here for location).

There is a total of $2500 to be awarded during this exhibit including $1,000 Best of Show, $700 First Place, $400 Juror's Choice Award, $200 Award of Merit and 2 $100 Honorable Mention awards.

Juror and awards judge for this exhibition will be Diane Camber who has more than thirty years of experience as educator, fine arts administrator and a curator.

For more information about this exhibition please visit The 49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition official page on the Naples Art Association website where you'll have access to the complete details.

This article was written by the artist and guest writer Armada Volya

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Who was Raymond Savignac ?

Born in Paris, on the 6th of November 1907, Raymond Savignac was a French graphic artist famous for his commercial posters.

His work was distinguished by its efficient simplicity combined with a touch of humour.

Self-taught, Savignac starts his illustrating career in 1935 at L'Alliance Graphique under the instruction of Cassandre. However it's only in the year of 1949 that his work starts gaining recognition thanks to a successful commercial campaign for the "Monsavon au lait."
His posters featured world-known brands such as Air France, Air-Wick, Aspro, Bic, Cinzano, Gitanes, Hennessy, Maggi, Perrier, Renault and Yoplait.

Savignac also design the posters for Yves Robert's film "La guerre des boutons" from 1962 (filmed in 1961), based on a 1912 French novel by Louis Pergaud (an irish version was brought to screen in 1994, directed by John Roberts), "Bébert et l'omnibus" by Yves Robert, and "Lancelot du lac" by Robert Bresson.

He retired to Trouville-sur-Mer (Calvados) in 1979, where he would stay for the rest of his life until October 31, 2002.

The works of Raymond Sauvignac can be found in a dedicated room at the Musée de Trouville - Villa Montebello, where one can also watch a 24mm film where the artist describes the creation process of a poster.