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Aperta la call for artists per la selezione dei minitessili

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 marzo 2022

Como. Dall’8 marzo al 31 maggio 2022 è aperta la call for artists per la selezione dei minitessili, le opere di piccole dimensioni che da tre decenni caratterizzano MINIARTEXTIL la mostra di arte tessile contemporanea che dal 15 ottobre 2022 all’8 gennaio 2023 sarà allestita a Como, nelle sale della settecentesca Villa Olmo, con il titolo Rosa Alchemico.La call – promossa dall’Associazione culturale ARTE&ARTE e dalla Fondazione Bortolaso-Totaro-Sponga – è aperta ad artisti, designer, docenti e studenti di discipline artistiche che propongano un’opera realizzata con tecniche e/o materiali tessili; scopo della mostra è promuovere e divulgare l’arte tessile come mezzo espressivo contemporaneo, evidenziandone tecniche e metodi di realizzazione.L’opera deve possedere le seguenti caratteristiche: deve essere una creazione originale, realizzata a mano o dove la tecnica è controllata dall’artista, eseguita con materiali o tecniche tessili; può essere bi o tridimensionale. Le dimensioni del lavoro devono categoricamente non superare i 20x20x20 centimetri.In considerazione della drammatica situazione che sta vivendo la vicina Ucraina, paese presente molte volte a Miniartextil con i suoi artisti, la fee di adesione richiesta a tutti coloro che intendono partecipare al bando è fissata per l’edizione 2022 a euro 35,00. Una parte del ricavato verrà infatti devoluto alla Caritas italiana che ha attivato una raccolta fondi per sostenere primari interventi di assistenza umanitaria ed emergenziale in Ucraina.

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‘Future’ exhibition, artists: Meeting with the artists

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 dicembre 2021

Rome Saturday 11 December hours 5-7 pm Via Raffaele Cadorna 28 Visitabile da lunedì a venerdì 11-17 Incontro con gli artisti sabato 11 dicembre ore 17-19. Curator Cristina Madini.For the ‘Future’ exhibition, artists from all countries have shared their reflections on how they imagine could transform the world. Nothing more than art can create enchantment, vision, dreams and utopia.It is well known that utopias nourished and continue to nourish artists today, but what exactly does it mean and because it is so important for each of us today to believe in vision and strive to achieve utopias.We are short-sighted, we are used to seeing too closely, we satisfy immediate desires, thus limiting that discussion around themes, concerning the great ambitions, visions, utopias that in the past have allowed human progress. In fact, however, it would be necessary to reflect deeply on the still open scourge of world hunger, on social disparities, on great migrations, on climate change and the consequent new geographies, on the pollution of the land and the sea, to reflect on the level of freedoms, that are taking different forms in our world.We have before our eyes enormous challenges that seem to remain out of the public discussion and too often from the daily discussion of each of us, while these challenges could be precisely to generate opportunities for a revolution of the gaze to propose new ideas, new companies, new visions in a planetary ever-changing geography.Certainly, that’s a generalization, but the artists, through sensitivity, create and communicate what is no longer traceable on the planet: ideas.The prerogative of art isn’t solving the problems, but the artists are capable of highlighting, interpreting and simplifying them to generate new visions, approaches and ideas. Artists can focus on the relationship between man and planet, show human or war tragedies, raise environmental issues through their works. The exhibition organized by Rossocinabro is sponsored by AMACI (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums) on the 2021 Day Contemporary which provides for the extraordinary opening of Museums and Galleries on Saturday 11 December.The exhibition will be open until December 30th without reservation, changes due to new government measures will be communicated in real time on our website

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Berlin through the Eyes of Modern Artists

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2020

Until to 12 November, showcases 27 works on paper and prints created by artists that spans from the early 1900s through to the 1960s. Featured artists include Otto Dix, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Jeanne Mammen, an artist who until recently, was largely unknown outside of Germany, and Heinrich Zille. The sale is highlighted by a group of eight watercolours by Mammen that range from £7,000-50,000 and Die guten Jahre (circa 1920, estimate: £160,000-210,000, illustrated above, left) by George Grosz.During the early 1920s George Grosz began to step away from the more provocative, politically charged subjects that had dominated his work in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, and instead trained his eye on the lives of ordinary people, capturing the banality, hypocrisies and darkness that often lay behind the facade of polite society. In Die guten Jahre the artist takes aim at the amorous liaisons of a middle-aged couple. Capturing the dynamic between the two characters, Grosz slyly emphasises that “The Good Years” suggested by the title have passed the couple by.Jeanne Mammen’s artistic intent was similarly to chronicle the febrile world of Weimar Germany with a vivid clarity. From 1919 until 1933, she documented the profound social changes brought about by the First World War in Berlin life. By the late 1920s, Mammen was gaining recognition for her watercolours reflecting the cold hedonism of the Weimar Republic from a female perspective. In Bierseidelbetrachtung II (1929, estimate: £50,000-70,000, illustrated above, right), two men leer at the bar as an overworked waitress in tight heels distains their predatory gaze, while girls gripped firm by drunken men gaze coldly out Kaschemme (1929, estimate: £50,000-70,000.

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100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 aprile 2020

London Online-only, 12-28 May 2020. 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery is Christie’s fourth in a series of collaborative auctions with the Saatchi Gallery. For the latest edition, the auction will move to an online-only platform, affording collectors globally with an opportunity to acquire works of art from their home. Each piece has been selected to reflect the Saatchi Gallery’s role in cultivating artists at the beginning of their career, providing insight into one of the most prestigious international collections. Estimates range from £1,000-15,000, attractive price points for seasoned and entry-level collectors alike. HANDPICKED: 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery will be open for bidding from 12 to 28 May 2020.Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe, Christie’s: “Christie’s and the Saatchi Gallery have enjoyed a close collaborative relationship for a number of years and our fourth dedicated HANDPICKED auction of 100 works from the collection will be offered online-only in May. This allows us to showcase these emerging artists to a global audience who can view and bid for works from the comfort of their home, something which resonates globally at present. Over several decades The Saatchi Gallery has played a key role in supporting new talent, inspiring collectors, curators and gallerists alike, and this is an opportunity to gain insight into their collecting strategy and acquire a piece of their unique art history. ‘HANDPICKED: 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery’ is an auction for the curious; for those who wish to build their own collection and for those keen to explore artists early in their career. We look forward to welcoming existing and new clients alike to our virtual platform.”
The Saatchi Gallery commented: “The Saatchi Gallery is delighted to be working with Christie’s to curate an inspiring selection from exciting talents, who have featured in Saatchi Gallery exhibitions in recent years. We love to showcase our artists and enjoy watching them grow to have successful international careers, and HANDPICKED is the perfect platform to present them.”

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The importance of the Venice Biennale

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 Maggio 2017

venice biennaleEVERY odd-numbered year, more than half a million culture-vultures descend on Venice to visit the Art Biennale, the art show on which all other biennales are based. Artists, curators, billionaire collectors and directors of faraway museums gather see new work by their chosen artists. Artists are honoured to be asked to show off their work, and visitors rich and poor don’t mind the queues, the crowds or the shortage of toilets. What makes the Venice Biennale the world’s pre-eminent stage for new contemporary art? The Venice Biennale was founded in 1895 to mark the silver anniversary of the accession of the bewhiskered King Umberto I of Italy and his consort, Margherita of Savoy. National pavilions made their debut appearance in 1907, the first being Belgium, giving rise to a veritable United Nations of art shows in purpose-built exhibition spaces. This year the Biennale is host to 83 national pavilions; 28 are in the Giardini and the rest are fielded in the Arsenale, the city’s former shipyard, and in rented spaces around the port. There is always also a main exhibition around a unifying theme, assembled by a specially selected curator. This year it is Christine Macel, of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, with an intimate exhibition of the everyday called “Viva Arte Viva”.
Though rarely mentioned, a fierce competitiveness pervades the Biennale. Architects vie to design the most interesting new national pavilions. Denton Corker Marshall built Australia’s black box of a space for the 2015 Biennale; this year the Canadian pavilion, closed for a much-needed refurbishment, has been drenched in water (to symbolise life, death and tragedy) by Geoffrey Farmer, an artist from Vancouver. Countries field their best artists. Crowds of art-world supporters—often a cynical lot—glow with pride when their country wins one of the grand prizes offered by the international five-person jury on the first day of the Biennale’s public opening, which this year is on May 13th. The prizes are democratic. Neither special pleading nor a vast budget can ensure a place on the podium, which is why artists like the awards. In 2015 the best pavilion was judged to be Armenia; in 2013 it was Angola.The key to the success and longevity of the Venice Biennale is its organic nature: there is no single source of state or private funding, which means no one entity has total control of the Biennale. Venice offers the setting, with its resplendent and ever-shifting sky, but no money—except for the main exhibition, which this year had a budget of only €13m ($14.1m) to cover expenses. Making, shipping and mounting the shows in the national pavilions is in principle funded by arts organisations such as the British Council. But the costs are high, and most need more help. So artists’ galleries and private donors all have to chip in. From its inception, the Venice Biennale has always been intimately linked with the art market. Even though, officially, selling art works has been banned by the Venice Biennale since 1968, no art buff can turn down the chance of buying the work of an artist who is about to be discovered, in the hope that he or she will turn out to be the next Damien Hirst. La Serenissima is a great showcase for art, but, true to its nature as a trading entrepot through the centuries, it also provides the meeting point for the the masses and the money that have always made up the DNA of the art world. (font. The Economist)

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Artists Donate Works to Raise Funds for Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 febbraio 2017

el-anatsuiLondon, 8 March 2017 Christie’s will present work by some of the world’s leading international contemporary artists, donated to benefit Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the first major contemporary art museum in Africa, which will open in Cape Town during September 2017. Fourteen artists including El Anatsui, Roger Ballen, Yto Barrada, Peter Beard, Eamonn Doyle & Niall Sweeney, Frances Goodman, Kendell Geers, Antony Gormley, Rashid Johnson, Isaac Julien, Harland Miller, Athi-Patra Ruga, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Pascale Marthine Tayou, will be offered in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction on the 8 March. The proceeds will be used towards Zeitz MOCAA’s endowment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the museum. The works will be exhibited in London from 3 to 7 March 2017 as part of 20th-Century at Christie’s, a series of auctions that take place in London from 28 February to 10 March 2017.
Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator: “Zeitz MOCAA is dedicated to creating a platform for artists from Africa and the world, and providing Access for all to our exhibitions and programming. The extraordinary generosity of artists from around the world in donating to this fundraising auction will guarantee that we fulfil our mission for years to come.” (photo: El Anatsui)

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Artists against MUOS, a Laveronica Arte Contemporanea una collettiva d’impegno civile

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 dicembre 2016

maddalena-miglioreModica (RG) Giovedì 29 dicembre alle ore 19.00 nei locali della Galleria Laveronica Arte Contemporanea in Via Grimaldi 93 sarà inaugurata la collettiva “Artists against MUOS”. Esporranno Antenne 46, Francesco D’Amore, Francesca Dimanuele, Giuseppe Firrincieli, Guglielmo Manenti, Maddalena Migliore, Matilde Politi, Irene Puglisi, Maria Domenica Rapicavoli. In mostra pezzi d’archivio – giornali, pizzini, volantini, comunicati – ma anche video, fotografie, incisioni, vignette e libri d’artista, tra reportage e denuncia, tra satira e impegno civile.Da anni a Niscemi la comunità locale e migliaia di attivisti da tutta Italia protestano contro il MUOS, Mobile User Objective System, una rete di comunicazioni satellitari in grado di pilotare i droni per la guerra a distanza, costruita dagli Stati Uniti d’America nel mezzo di una riserva naturale. C’è il timore che le emissioni ad alta frequenza delle sofisticate apparecchiature possano causare gravi danni alla salute degli abitanti e all’ambiente nel raggio di decine di chilometri. Senza contare gli scenari legati alla disponibilità di un’arma che dovrà ripagarsi con guerre future. In questa vicenda le istituzioni italiane hanno usato il guanto di velluto con il potente alleato e il pugno di ferro con i cittadini inermi. Il primo, dopo vari rinvii, ha acceso le antenne. Sugli altri, invece, sono piovute denunce e querele. I processi si celebreranno a gennaio.“Dall’incontro con gli uomini e le donne del movimento – spiegano Corrado Gugliotta e Sveva D’Antonio, titolari de Laveronica Arte Contemporanea – è nata l’esigenza di raccontare l’esperienza di vita e di lotta in una mostra. In primo luogo, per far conoscere la vicenda del MUOS a un pubblico più vasto e far sì che gli attivisti ricevano la solidarietà dell’opinione pubblica. Secondariamente, per promuovere un’arte politica, scomoda, capace di saltare fuori dagli schemi, di scegliere da che parte stare. Artists Against MUOS vuole rendere omaggio, alla vigilia di un momento non facile, a chi in questi anni ha lottato dal basso contro poteri invisibili e invincibili, usando talvolta la creatività per vincere il silenzio della stampa, per ribaltare un’argomentazione, per scuotere le coscienze sopite degli indifferenti, per smascherare la corruzione degli apparati di potere”. La mostra resterà aperta fino al 25 marzo. Visite: dal martedì al sabato, ore 10.00-13.00 e 16.00-20.00. (foto: Maddalena Migliore)

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Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 febbraio 2016

poeticaToronto Wednesday, February 17 6:30pm. Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 496 Huron St. Free entrance. The Italian Cultural Institute is delighted to invite:
Sonia Di Placido, Luciano Iacobelli, Corrado Paina and Gianna Patriarca to the first in a series of presentations which will feature local artists, writers, poets and who will share their latest works. (photo: poetica)

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AAR Introduces Spring 2016 Residents

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 febbraio 2016

roma_panorama_2012_febbraio_00001NEW YORK and ROME – The American Academy in Rome announced its slate of Residents for spring 2016. They join the distinguished list of artists and scholars who are invited each year to live and work within the Academy’s community in Rome. “This season reflects another exceptional range of Residents,” said Mark Robbins, president of the American Academy in Rome. “They are an important part of Academy life and reinforce the vibrant interdisciplinary and creative environment at AAR.”Joining the AAR community as Residents this season are:
David Adjayee, Principal, Adjaye Associates; architect of the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Michael Bierut, Partner, Pentagram Design; graphic designer/design critic
Adrian Forty, Professor of Architectural History, The Bartlett, University College London; design and architecture historian
Jeanne Gang, Principal, Studio Gang; MacArthur Fellow and architect of the American Museum of Natural History’s expansion in New York
Craig W. Hartman,Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; architect of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland and the new U.S. Embassy in Beijing
Anna Deveare Smith, Playwright/Actor; MacArthur Fellow and writer/performer of Obie Award-winning plays such as Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles
Bruce Smith, Professor of English, Syracuse University; poet and author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize
David M. Stone, Professor of Art History, University of Delaware; art historian and specialist in Italian Baroque art known for his expertise and writings on Caravaggio
Peter Struck, Professor, University of Pennsylvania; classicist who studies ancient sign systems, currently working on a study of Greek and Roman divination
Kara Walker, Artist; recent projects include “A Subtlety” at the Domino Sugar Factory in New York and solo exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago
In addition to the above Residents, AAR will host artist William Kentridge, whose time at the Academy is made possible by the Deenie Yudell Fund in the Visual Arts. Kentridge’s work was most recently seen in productions at the Metropolitan Opera (“Lulu”) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (“Refusal of Time”).
Residents will participate in various events this season as part of the series Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. These and other programs emphasize links between the disciplines represented by the AAR community and highlight the impact of Residents’ artistic and scholarly work.
Past Residents have included artists Cy Twombly, Isaac Julien, and Martin Puryear, artist and architect Maya Lin, architect Craig Dykers, writer Francine Prose, historians David Kertzer and Anthony Grafton, and many others who have made significant contributions to culture and scholarship.

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2 Weeks On BSA: What’s Up!

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

2 Weeks2 Weeks2This is the harvest season when all the fruits of Street Artists labor are on display for everyone to admire – and just before the frost transforms all the leaves and turns the grass brown and your cheeks red, it is time for you to go outside with your camera. There is a new talented […]
2 Weeks1Two new wheat-pasted and hand painted murals by Jetsonorama in New York State’s first capital call to memory the work of the abolitionist and former slave Sojourner Truth, who at one point called Kingston her home. Born as a slave she had a handful of white masters and endured untold sufferings for nearly three decades […]
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening :
1. 3 Minutes in Brooklyn 2. NUART at 15 on 2015 3. Vegan Flava: Arms 2 Weeks3Factory in Lisbon 4. FAILE: “Wishing On You” Times Square 2015 NYC 5. Sandra Chevrier. The Aftenblad Wall 6. Winter is […]

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Africa’s biggest contemporary artists and achievers will be gracing the red carpet for what is the biggest event of the African music

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 luglio 2015

RUw jpgSaturday 18 July 2015: ICC, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A decade after bursting onto the world stage, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) will be celebrating African music, creativity and achievement at the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).
Performers announced to date include NE-YO (USA), Jhené Aiko (USA), Young Thug (USA), AKA (South Africa), Bucie (South Africa), Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), 2FACE (Nigeria), Black Motion (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria) & Toofan (Togo).
The definitive annual celebration of African talent, MAMA 2015 takes “evolution” as its theme, recognising and rewarding musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African youth culture over the last 12 months, while celebrating the development of the continent’s talent and creativity over the last 10 years. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artists along with unique collaborations.
MAMA 2015 will celebrate African talent across 18 award categories such as Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best New Act Transformed by Absolut. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognised in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. This year’s show will also feature a special edition “Evolution” category to recognise artists whose careers have flourished throughout the last 10 years. Additional categories include the MAMA Leadership Award and Personality of the Year. Competing in the prestigious Best Male act category are AKA (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania), Sarkodie (Ghana) and Wizkid (Nigeria), while female artists making their mark in the Best Female category include Bucie (SA), Busiswa (SA), Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) and Yemi Alade (Nigeria). The inspiring cross-cultural creative exchange of African musicians is measured in the Best Collaboration category, where AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR compete against Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz (Nigeria/SA), Toofan & DJ Arafat (Togo/Ivory Coast), Diamond & Iyanya (Kenya/Nigeria), and Stanley Enow & Sarkodie (Cameroon/Ghana). The enduring popularity of Hip Hop on the continent is captured in the hotly contested Best Hip Hop category, where Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) is battling it out with K.O. (South Africa), Olamide (Nigeria), Phyno (Nigeria) and Youssoupha (DRC).Recognising the contribution of new talent on the continent, Best New Act: Transformed Today by Absolut gave nods to nominees from around the continent, including Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Anna Joyce (Angola), Duncan (South Africa), Patoranking (Nigeria) and Stonebwoy (Ghana). @MTVBaseAfrica revealed on Twitter prior to the event that stand-up comedian and new Daily Show host Trevor Noah (South Africa) was nominated for the second year running as Personality of the Year – where he goes up against fellow comic Basketmouth (Nigeria), TV personality and reality star Bonang Matheba (South Africa), actor O.C. Ukeje (Nigeria) and Manchester City/Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) – after losing out to Lupita Nyong’o in the same category last year. Last year’s Video of the Year winner Clarence Peters (Nigeria) is hoping to repeat his 2014 success with a second nomination in this category for Bebe Cool’s music video “Love You Everyday”, competing against fellow directors Sesan (“The Sound”: Davido Featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz), Adriaan Louw (“Nafukwa”: Riky Rick), Meji Alabi (“Crazy”: Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid) and Ryan Kruger (“Doors”: Prime Circle).First staged in 2008, the MTV Africa Music Awards has recognised the talent of musicians, achievers and personalities from across Africa, rewarding iconic artists and game-changers such as 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, Gangs of Ballet, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Liquideep, Mafikizolo, Lira, Nameless, Lupita Nyong’o, Clarence Peters, Diamond Platnumz, Anselmo Ralph, Sarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Cabo Snoop, Toofan, Zebra & Giraffe, Uhuru, Wahu, and many more.
The awards will broadcast live on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Saturday 18 July. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms from 18 July. Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa: “We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be returning to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal on 18 July, a date famous for being the birthday of Nelson Mandela – what better day could there be for staging this inspirational celebration of African achievement and creativity that showcases Africa’s best talent on the world stage.” The MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 is sponsored by KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut Vodka and The City of Durban. (photo: ruw)

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Ryan Hewett Untitled

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 febbraio 2015

Ryan Hewett2London 9 Earlham Street, Thursday 23rd April, 6-9pm Exhibitions runs: 24rd April – 24th May 2015. This April, London’s breakthrough artist-led gallery space, The Unit London, presents ‘Untitled’, an exhibition of contemporary portraiture by Ryan Hewett, one of South Africa’s leading artists. The exhibition focuses on the depiction of leading figures from the past and present who have somehow shaped the world in which we live. Alongside such revered icons as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln, Hewett also portrays such infamous persona as Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Osama bin Laden. Untitled presents these figures through a markedly honest, unbiased lens; any judgement on them is made by the viewer. Whilst the paintings are loaded and complex, Hewett does not prescribe his works with a political message, and this is reflected in the exhibition’s title.The theme was inspired by a recent quotation on gay marriage from Pope Francis I, “Who am I to judge?” “That statement got me thinking about where we are in Ryan Hewett1the world today,” says Hewett. “With the prolificacy of social media, everybody now offers their instant commentaries – judgments – on political and religious figures. People get carried away with judgements, yet I believe we should be standing back and giving more reflection to the effects, good and bad, that these figures – these people – have had, and are having on us as individuals and a society.” Hewett’s portraits are not life-like depictions, but rather contemporary semi-abstract representations. Starting from a familiar iconic image, he strips away the likeness of each subject through the use of richly hued textures, splashes of colour and broad brushstrokes. In deconstructing the likeness of his subjects, Hewett conjures a visceral, raw and uncompromising account of their legacies. According to esteemed writer and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, Hewett’s pictures “appear on the painted surface in the form of extraordinary apparitions, present yet not present. The vigorous marks of the brush reveal them, yet at the same time conceal them”.
The pictures are both brooding and evocative and mark a significant development in Hewett’s 12-year career as an artist. Self-taught, he began with realistic pencil drawings before evolving to a looser, more modern style in oil, with multi-layered surfaces and hard mark making. Edward Lucie-Smith sees echoes of a British painter.Ryan Hewett “Hewett’s work resembles the portraits made by Frank Auerbach, but the actual touch is much lighter and more fluent – there is a dance of recognition, rather than a laborious excavation.” Until now, Ryan Hewett’s subjects tended to be people with whom he was acquainted. Now, with famous figures within the public consciousness, he aims to stimulate discussion and dialogue. “It is not going too far,” says Edward Lucie-Smith, “to say that these are participatory pictures – we become part of them, engaged by the act of looking.”
The Unit London founded in September 2013 by Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt, The Unit London represents the next generation of contemporary and progressive fine art, showcasing both established and emerging contemporary artists from around the world. The gallery has garnered a strong audience of young professionals and collectors as well as a loyal celebrity following including the likes of David Bailey, Sir Bob Geldof, Jude Law, Jean Paul-Gaultier, Nick Grimshaw and Jesse Eisenberg. (Photos Ryan Hewett)

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The work of Sir Sidney Nolan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 agosto 2010

London W1S 4JD 35 on September 8 Albemarle Street, Agnew’s Gallery opens its new premises with an exhibition  dedicated to the work of Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-1992), the internationally acclaimed Australian artist who was hailed by the art historian, Kenneth Clark, as one of the leading artists of the twentieth century.
Born in Melbourne of Irish stock, Nolan was largely self-taught as an artist, having worked as a tram conductor, dish washer and display designer in a hat factory before turning to painting as a career. Aged 21, he attracted the notice of the arts patrons John and Sunday Reed, whose house, near the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg, was frequented by a group of young artists who have become known as ‘The Angry Penguins’ after a contemporary journal of that title. Nolan married in 1938 and later entered a ménage-a-trois with the Reeds. Having been conscripted into the army in 1942, he deserted a year later and had to live under an assumed name. In 1946 he began a series of paintings of the infamous outlaw and bush Ranger, Ned Kelly. The impact of the paintings, now considered icons of modern art, was to turn Nolan into the ‘enfant terrible’ of Australian art, setting him on a path to international recognition. (burke, liverbank)

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Christie’s Art Evening Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 Maggio 2010

London Tuesday 23 June 2010 8 King Street St. James’s Christie’s announce that they will offer one of the last of the great female portraits painted by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) at the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London on 23 June 2010. Executed in 1917-18, Frauenbildnis (Portrait of Ria Munk III) is the third and final painting in a series of three portraits commissioned by the Munk family of their daughter Ria. One of the last and most modern of Klimt’s full-length female portraits, the painting offers a glimpse into the working methods of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century and is expected to realise £14 million to £18 million.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) rose to prominence as the foremost avant-garde artist at the turn of the  20th century in the thriving, creative artistic centre of Vienna. Aranka Munk was the sister of Serena Lederer, Klimt’s most important patron. When Aranka’s daughter Ria committed suicide  with a shot to the chest in December 1911 having fallen out with her lover, the writer Hans Heinz  Ewers, Aranka Munk commissioned Klimt to paint a death-bed portrait of her daughter. The first two efforts were turned away by the Munks – the second version was subsequently altered and is now widely believed to be Die Tänzerin, the magnificent portrait of a dancer, now in the Neue Galerie in New York. (Klimt)

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Cul de Sac

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 aprile 2010

Bologna fino al 7/5/2010 via Zanardi, 2 neon>campo base Alexandros Papathanasiou, Emanuele Becheri, Giovanni Oberti, Ruth Scott a cura di Alessandro Sarri. Cul de sac, impedimento, strada senza sfondo o senza via d’uscita, divieto, pericolo, vulnus interdizione, rimozione, risacca, oscenità. Cul de sac indaga ciò che resta dell’opera che, una volta -realizzata’, tende inevitabilmente a celare e a dimenticare il suo impensabile processo di costruzione che si cancella proprio nell’istante in cui s’instaura esaurendosi nel segreto della propria iscrizione nella quale appunto la singolarità annienta l’universale. Cul de sac inteso come quella cosa che il processo stesso dimentica e rimuove in fieri proprio per rinascere escatologicamente.
artists:  Emanuele Becheri, Giovanni Oberti, Alexandros Papathanasiou, Ruth Scott  curated by Alessandro Sarri Cul de sac, hinderance, dead end, forbiddance, danger, vulnus, interdiction, removal, undertow, obscenity. Cul de sac tries to figure out what remains of something that, due to a finalization, tends to hide and forget its unthinkable process of construction that keeps on erasing just in the moment it comes about, exausting right in the secret of its own inscription in which singularity annihilates universality. Cul de sac intended here as the thing that even the process itself forgets and removes right away, in order to re-born as escatology. Cul de sac as something new stuck in the reiteration of a reproposition intended here as identical act, simultaneously what has arrived and what’s still here, present in what has already been ruined by its presence ce’libataire. (cul de sac)

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Women writers and artists

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 marzo 2010

Toronto Thursday, March 25, 2010 – 6:30 pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St.,  Free admission By Prof. Paola Sica. In her lecture Prof. Paola Sica endeavours to build upon that base by focusing on identity, aesthetics and  politics in the women writers and artists who were affiliated with the journal L’Italia Futurista during  World War I in Florence (1916-1918). Paola Sica is associate professor and former chair of the Italian department at Connecticut College. She is also an affiliated member in Gender and Women Studies and Film Studies. She has published the  book Modernist Forms of Rejuvenation: Eugenio Montale and T.S. Eliot with Olschki, and numerous  articles on modernism and the avant garde in such journals as Modern Language Notes, Italica, Yale  Italian Poetry, Rivista di Studi Italiani, Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, Italian Quarterly, Annali  d’Italianistica and Forum Italicum. She is currently writing a book on Futurist women in Florence.

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Alan Phelan. Fragile Absolutes

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 luglio 2009

alanDublin until 1/11/2009Irish Museum of Modern Art – IMMA  Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham 8 curated by Seán Kissane  Alan Phelan: Fragile Absolutes presents 16 works inspired by the artist’s ongoing engagement with political history, cultural theory, popular culture, masculinity and modified cars. A new IMMA-commissioned sculpture, created to coincide with the exhibition, is located in the Museum’s Formal Gardens. The exhibition continues a strand of programming at the Museum showcasing emerging Irish and international artists, which has already included Shahzia Sikander, Ulla von Brandenburg, Orla Barry and Paul Morrison. The titles, subtitles and structure of the exhibition are derived from a project Phelan completed during his time on IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme in 2008. Taking the italicised words from the Slavoj Žižek book The Fragile Absolute – or, why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for? and using them as random word associations towards 15 ideas for works, now realised in a variety of materials and processes, from hand-carved marble, through to video and papier-mâche’ sculptures. Born in Dublin in 1968, Alan Phelan studied at Dublin City University and Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. The exhibition is curated by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions at IMMA. (image alan)

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To a few aspects of the futurism

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 Maggio 2009

Toronto Thursday, May 28, 2009 – 6:30 pm  Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St.,  prof.  Renato Barilli: the two legacies of the futurist movement With an introduction by Prof. Luca Somigli (DepT. of Italian Studies –  U of T) Free admission  The lecture will be held in English  Born in 1935, Renato Barilli taught “Phenomenology of Styles” at length, specifically for the DAMS  course, at the University of Bologna where he now directs the School of specialization in historic-artistic  artefacts. His interests, motivated by aesthetics, have affected both literary and artistic criticism. He has  been an active organizer and curator of many important art exhibitions in Italy and abroad dedicated  to the most important artists of the 20th century.

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