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A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.
Kimono for a Modern Age features more than thirty captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time.
The Pavilion for Japanese Art
July 5, 2014 to October 19, 2014
June 27–October 12, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 11am
Bruno Munari (October 24, 1907, Milan – September 30, 1998, Milan) was an Italian artist, designer, and inventor who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphic design) in modernism, futurism, and concrete art, and in non visual arts (literature, poetry) with his research on games, didactic method, movement, tactile learning, kinesthetic learning, and creativity.
Two new Banksy works purchased during his 2013 ‘residency’ in New York – for just apiece – will feature in Bonhams next sale of Contemporary Art on July 2nd in London for a price which reflects their true value.
Hassan Rahim, born 1987 in Los Angeles, is a mixed media artist and art director living in Philadelphia. Distillations is Rahim's second solo exhibition at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery; Rahim has previously exhibited in Milan and Amsterdam.
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Qompendium has been awing Hassan Rahim, Jack-of-all-trades, for quite a while and now more than enthusiastic about Rahim’s latest minimalist “anti-collage” work which is an exhibition about the 90s West Coast nostalgia and Los Angeles street culture revisited by the Internet hiphop ephemera anticipants of today.
Hassan Rahim was born in L.A. but is currently living in Philidelphia. He is an art director, designer, and publisher. Besides Los Angeles, he has exhibited in Milan and Amsterdam.
Distillations is a refusal. Collage overlays images to connect disparate contexts and temporal zones. People and objects are layered, decontextualized, cut, and pasted into oblivion. At some point, a lack of restraint only leaves heaps of forced narratives, absurdity, and theoretical hash.
Hassan Rahim, Distillations
May 29th – June 22nd, 2014
HVW8 Art & Design Gallery
Re:Collection is a personal and thoughtful project by the design bureau Hofstede, Australia.
Here is what Dominic Hofsede the designer of the project thinks about it: "Re:collection is an online inventory of Australian graphic design, focussed primarily on the period between 1960–1980. Launched in 2009, the site was never intended to be comprehensive, representative or exhaustive. The selection of content is purely subjective; fundamentally it relates to work and individuals I find inspiring, intriguing or influential.
The project was borne out of frustration at the lack of Australian graphic design reference material available, specifically from the decades mentioned above. There is a paucity of books on the subject, a quandary noted by esteemed design commentator Rick Poynor in his excellent article ‘Look inward: graphic design in Australia’ (Eye Magazine 46, 2001). Poynor attributes the deficiency to ‘a tendency for Australian design to underplay itself,’ a modesty that would be understandable if there was, in fact, nothing worthy of acknowledgment. It is my hope and aim that visitors to this site will appreciate that this is not the case."
Everything in the universe, and everything of man, would be registered at a distance as it was produced. In this way a moving image of the world will be established, a true mirror of his memory. From a distance, everyone will be able to read text, enlarged and limited to the desired subject, projected on an individual screen. In this way, everyone from his armchair will be able to contemplate creation in its entirety or in certain of its parts.
Trevor Jackson has been working at the forefront of audio and visual culture for over 20 years. The London based Art Director, Designer, Moving-Image maker and Producer’s work has been exhibited at the ICA, BALTIC, GUGGENHEIM and BARBICAN, as well as on countless, seminal record covers. With its emphasis on visual as much as musical artistry and innovation, Jackson’s iconic OUTPUT RECORDINGS label set a new aesthetic standard that prompted critics to declare it this decade’s equivalent to Factory.
Jackon has just updated his website.
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How do Dubai, Istanbul, or Hong Kong differ from the “traditional” hubs of London and New York? How can artistic activity and its economic corollaries be encouraged?
Art Dubai director Savita Apte, art critic Louisa Buck, artist Michael Craig-Martin, and Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff discussed the “ingredients” necessary to turn a city into a global art center—one which nurtures and serves a homegrown scene as well as attracting the nomad flock of contemporary art professional aficionados.
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Alberto Baraya’s staunchly critical body of work examines the way that nature has been historically represented. His art exposes the subjective, destructive, and oppressive realities of the European expeditions of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries that purported to scientifically collect and quantify the indigenous plants and peoples of the Americas. Appropriating the processes of these colonial missions, Baraya ventures into the wild terrains of outhouses, doctors’ offices, and other unlikely public and private venues to generate a personal agglomeration of scavenged plastic (and otherwise fake) plants. He then documents and displays them according to his set of artistic criteria, creating a parallel yet distinctly fictional taxonomy of flora. He was selected to represent Columbia at the 2009 Venice Biennale and has exhibited internationally at a number of renowned institutions.
Beau Dick (born November 23, 1955) is a Canadian Northwest Coast Native artist of Kwakwaka'wakw descent, and is noted as one of the Northwest Coast's most multifaceted, talented carvers. From a young age he was heavily influenced by the traditional carving work of both his grandfather and father, with whom he assisted in carving one of the world’s tallest totem poles in Alert Bay, BC.
Now, after more than three decades of carving, Beau Dick continues to explore realms beyond that of his own Kwakwaka'wakw culture, mastering the styles of other tribal traditions. Another one of the distinguishing characteristics of his work is the embracing of contemporary, European & Asian influences. In the last decade, his work has been featured in a number of international exhibitions, helping introduce his pieces to a more contemporary audience. Beau's work was featured alongside that of artist Neil Campbell in the 2004 exhibition "Supernatural - Beau Dick and Neil Campbell" at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, followed by the 2005 "Totems to Turquoise" exhibit in both New York and Vancouver. In 2009, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection showcased Beau's work in their exhibit entitled "Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast".
Most recently, the story of Beau’s life and art is being developed into a feature-length documentary entitled Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters to be tentatively released in 2014. He is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia for 2013 – 2014.
Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
Creative head of Deutsche & Japaner, design studio in Mannheim (Germany), Moritz Firchow brings yet another breathtaking venture into car photography alongside Amos Fricke. Can the BMWi8 be any sleeker? No.
In "The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists", the MMK will serve as a stage for Dante’s Divine Commedy on 4,500 square metres of exhibition space. In this early fourteenth-century epic, which combines central notions of Christianity with religious concepts of antiquity, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) explores theological, philosophical and moral issues which have lost nothing of their social and political topicality to this day. His work forms the foundation for the exhibition developed by curator Simon Njami in cooperation with the MMK and to be presented subsequently at four further venues worldwide.
On three floors, one each devoted to heaven, hell and purgatory, works in a variety of media will be presented: paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, installations and performances. A large number of the works will be conceived specifically for the MMK interior and premiered by the show. Taking their own widely differing cultural and religious backgrounds as a point of departure, the artists will examine individual thematic sequences of the Divine Comedy. In some cases the otherworldly realms will be visualized as godless places brought to life by the power of imagination; in other works they will be associated with ideas of divinity, hope or loss.
Against the background of the many Africa-related exhibitions of the past years, the MMK perceives the need to investigate the significance of African art not only in the post-colonial context but also with regard to aesthetics. The exhibition will accordingly not be limited to historical or political depictions; on the contrary, it will set its sights on poetry and art as expresive means of conveying and communicating the unspoken. The exhibition concept transports the universal issues of the Divine Comedy, an incunable of European literature, into the present and places them in a transnational contemporary context.
You're the one I'm dreaming of
Your heart fits me like a glove
And I'm gonna be true blue baby I love you
I've heard all the lines
I've cried oh so many times
Those tear drops they won't fall again
I'm so excited 'cause you're my best friend
So if you should ever doubt
Wonder what love is all about
Just think back and remember dear
Those words whispered in your ear, I said.
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The next ecsastic aution will be held on 8th May 2014 incluing works by Ansel Adams, Guy Bourdin, Man Ray, David Lachapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Erwin Blumenfeld, William Eggleston, Ahmet Ertrug, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Michel Comte, Herb Ritts, René Burri, Josef Koudelka, Ruud Van Empel and many others.
Phillips is pleased to announce highlights from the forthcoming May Photographs auction, featuring 142 lots with a combined pre-sale estimate of £1,214,800 to £1,722,200
Born in 1966 in Dalian, China, sculptural artist Yang Maoyuan alters classical sculpture by a painstaking process of grinding and smoothing to reduce them down to their simplest elements. In Indian thought, the sphere- a three-dimensional embodiment of harmony-was the preferred symbol for the perfect expression of reality. Connected to these Indian thoughts, in Chinese culture, the round is the perfect and not the edge. Yang explores the contrast between Chinese and western classical sculpture; the smoothness and simplicity of polished marble that ultimately becomes reflective, giving a sense of introspection to the viewer vs. the idealized, highly detailed portraiture of Western classical works.
Yang Maoyuan graduated from the Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China in 1989. Yang lives and works in Beijing, China.
Between 1945 and 1950, Stanley Kubrick produced a series of essay-type photographic reports for the American magazine Look, allowing him to perfect his skills in composition, atmosphere and timing, and thus to develop his own narrative technique and imagery.
Covering more than fifteen of the Look photo reports, Eyes Wide Open explores this lesser-known chapter in the career of the legendary director and testifies to his great narrative potential and keen psychological insight. As in his later films, one sees Kubrick opting for out-of-the-ordinary, often lonely human stories, all set in New York during those years when the city became “the new capital of the world”.
BANK AUSTRIA KUNSTFORUM
8 MAY – 13 JULY 2014
In January 2012, Jessica exhibited The MeMo Organization Cabinet an installation at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago as part of the exhibition Morbid Curiosity : The Richard Harris Collection. The installation consists of a cabinet of curious objects and stories that explores a range of poetic practices and attitudes towards death and mourning in relation to developments in science, philosophy and technology. The MeMo Organization is a research-based initiative that recognizes the way cultural shifts have created new relations toward death and experiences. Such change opens the door to more personal, relevant and contemporary experiences of death.
Jessica is a speculative designer with experience working for both public and private sector organisations to explore the future implications of their field. She explores ways of using design to unravel and provoke rich interactions between people, technology, products and services. Whether critiquing science-related themes or exploring how science and technology development affect our attitudes towards death and mortality, Charlesworth’s work addresses fundamental questions about society’s institutions, ambitions and behaviors.
Jordan Kasey, a Baltimore-based painter and illustrator, captivates us with her stunning and surreal oil paintings. The Maryland Institute College of Art graduate uses voluptious form and vibrant palettes, she welcomes to unusual, yet somehow familiar dreamscapes where the lines between human identity and organic amorphous matter blur.
Prestigious Lalique collections are on display all around the world, particularly at the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris and the Lalique Museum in Hakone, Japan, whose collections are principally of jewellery by René Lalique. The Musée Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder has resolved to feature the artist's entire creative output, putting the accent mainly on what is produced by Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder: glass and crystal.
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Manuals for N55 things are published at www.N55.dk and in the N55 periodical. Furthermore, N55 things are implemented in various situations around the world, initiated by N55 or in collaboration with different persons and institutions.
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Based in Copenhagen, N55 is an art collective that uses art as their platform to explore reforms in social design through engineering. The "No Borders" campaign, one of their many initiatives, aims to eliminate all borders around the world and to declare the earth a currently threatened resource that is the the common inheritance of all people.
Known as the “the father of modern sculpture”, Constantin Brâncuși was a painter, architect and a master of “abstract art”. Through his original work he became one of the most well-known sculptors of the 20th century and Romania’s most famous international artist.
Brancusi’s Prométhée sculpture, a gilded bronze head, was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for some 12.6 million USD on May 2nd, 2012. The work of art was conceived and cast in an edition of four in 1911.
British Knights is a shoe company founded in 1983 by Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc, based in New York City. In the 1980s, British Knights distinguished themselves as an inner-city and music driven brand, appealing to the predominantly male youth in urban communities.
Biographer Jad Adams sheds light on the controversial, provocative and often odd sexual practices of the "Father of the Nation" in his new book.