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Contemporary Photography: Phillips
Posted
Wednesday, 23.04.2014

Phillips has established a commanding position in the sale of Photographs, Contemporary Art, Design, Editions and Jewelry. Through the passionate dedication of its team of global specialists, Phillips has garnered an unparalleled wealth of knowledge of emerging market trends. Phillips conducts auctions in New York and London and has representative offices throughout Europe and in the United States.  For more information, please visit: phillips.com.

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


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Sculptures by Yang Maoyuan
Posted
Monday, 21.04.2014

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.

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Stanley Kubrick as Photographer
Posted
Sunday, 20.04.2014

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”.

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Remember You Will Die
Posted
Tuesday, 01.04.2014

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.

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Meet: Jordan Kasey
Posted
Tuesday, 01.04.2014

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.

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René Jules Lalique
Posted
Thursday, 20.03.2014

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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N55

 

N55 has its own means of production and distribution.
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.

All N55 works are Open Source provided under the rules of Creative Commons as specified here.

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N55
Posted
Monday, 17.03.2014

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.

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Prométhée
Posted
Monday, 17.03.2014

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.

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Britsh Knights

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.

Gandhi: Naked Ambition

 

Biographer Jad Adams sheds light on the controversial, provocative and often odd sexual practices of the "Father of the Nation" in his new book.

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Al-Shaheed Monument
Posted
Tuesday, 11.03.2014

The al-Shaheed Monument, also known as the Martyr's Memorial, is a monument in the Iraqi capital Baghdad dedicated to the Iraqi soldiers who died in the Iran-Iraq war. The Monument was opened in 1983, and was designed by the Iraqi architect Saman Kamal and the Iraqi sculptor and artist Ismail Fattah al-Turk. During the 1970s and 1980s, Saddam Hussein's government spent a lot of money on new monuments, which included the al-Shaheed Monument.

The monument rests on a site comprised of green areas, a children's playground, car parks, walkways and bridges, and a lake. Amid the lake is an island of two circular platforms - one above the other - on which the monument is set. The monument is a 40m shell split in two and slided to form an inverted and disjoined S in plan which resembles the domes of the Abbasid era. Inside one of the dome shells is a circular water pool that cascades its contents to the courtyard below. The structure built on two levels under the platform comprises: a museum, a library, a cafeteria, lecture hall, exhibition gallery and support facilities. The shells are constructed of a galvanised steel frame with glazed ceramic tile cladding pre-cast in carbon fiber reinforced concrete.

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Butoh

Every Butoh performance itself is an ultimate expression... If Butoh dancers were content with less than the ultimate, they would not be actually dancing Butoh, for real Butoh, like real life itself, cannot be given rankings. — Iwana Masaki

Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement inspired by Ankoku-Butoh (Dance of Utter Darkness) movement. It typically involves playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japanese dance legends Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.

Kazuo Ohno, dancer, japan

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Branden Collins
Posted
Monday, 10.02.2014

Kazuo Ohno (October 27, 1906 – June 1, 2010) was a Japanese dancer who, along with Tatsumi Hijikata, is attributed with the origins of the dance form known as Butoh.

Butoh – or Ankoku-Butoh (Dance of Utter Darkness), typically involves playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all.

Kazuo Ohno was born in Hakodate City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, on October 27 in 1906 to a Russian-speaking father who was the lead of a local fishermans cooperative and a mother who was an expert in European cuisine and played the zither and organ. Although a poor student, Ohno demonstrated an aptitude for atheletics in junior high school, ultimately graduating from an atheletic college in 1929. During his time at Japan Atheletic College, he was taken by an administrator to see a performance by renound Spanish dancer, modernist and femenist Antonia Merce. This performance would change his life and inspire a later work entitled, "Admiring La Argenitina", regarded as a classic Ohno piece. 

In 1938 Ohno was drafted into the Japanese army, another pivotal experience which seemed to have contributed greatly to his work and the development of the Butoh style. Initially drafted into the Japanese Army as a lieutenant, Ohno later rose to captain. He fought in China and New Guinea, where he was captured and interned by the Australians as a POW. The war and its horrors provided him with inspiration for some of his later works, such as Jellyfish Dance, thought to be a meditation on the burials at sea he had observed on board the ship transporting soldiers back to Japan.

Ohno started his career comparatively late, presenting his first recital, a joint performance with Mitsuko Ando, in 1949 in Tokyo, at the age of 43. Although not the ideal in many other dance disciplines, his wrinkled, worn body proved perfect for the Butoh expression. 

Mr. Ohno remained active virtually his entire life. His last performance outside Japan was in 1999 at the Japan Society, where he presented a retrospective called “Requiem for the 20th Century”. His last Japanese performances were in 2007. Past his 100th year, he began to push himself to the most extreme expressions of Butoh and at times “danced” with his hands alone or crawled on all fours to communicate with his audience. On June 1st, 2010, at age 103, Ohno, in death, was swept back into a darkness which he  express so elegantly and poetically thgroughout his life. It was written of him that his very presence was an "artistic fact".

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Étienne Saint-Denis for Qompendium

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The man who would be King
Posted
Monday, 20.01.2014

Étienne Saint-Denis for Qompendium
Canadian-born in 1991, Étienne Saint-Denis, graduated in Fines Art at College Edouard-Montpetit and then in Commercial Photography at College Marsan. Momentarily she is a freelance photographer and a curator at DATA Gallery.

Find more about the beautiful shoot she has accomplished for Qompendium here. Download the PDF here.


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Elizabeth Fritsch Potter
Posted
Friday, 17.01.2014

Elizabeth Fritsch Potter is born in Shropshire, England. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music prior to attending the Royal College of Art, Ceramics (1968-71). Later in 1985 she established a workshop in London.

Since the 1970s she has been one of the leading figures in British ceramics. She makes hand built vessel forms with strong architectonic qualities, which she prefers to show in subtly arranged groups designed to highlight the geometric shapes and decoration. She studied harp and piano at the Royal Academy of Music (1958-1964) but eventually took up ceramics working under Hans Coper at the Royal College of Art (1968-1971).

She was one of a group of outstanding women ceramicists who emerged from the RCA in that period. Her ceramic vessels are carefully coil-built stoneware smoothed and refined into sharply profiled shapes. They are decorated with dry matt slips, in colours unusual for ceramics; the early work uses pale colours, then for a number of years she used stronger blues and green and more recently she has turned to monochrome forms. Although not a prolific artist she has had a number of significant one-person shows over the years and in 1996 was a finalist for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics. Her work is represented in major collections in Britain and abroad and she is one of the most highly valued contemporary ceramic artists.

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Talents

Posted
Monday, 13.01.2014

French artist and printmaker Simon John Thompson gives us a glimpse into his disturbingly beautiful world with works full of surreal imagery and an uncompromising color palette.

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P A N D R O G E N Y : 0 3 Communication

The third installment in a series of ongoing "micro-films", presented by The Young Never Sleep studio.

Direction: Branden M. Collins
Costumes/Choreography: Branden Collins, Madeline Moore
Co-Direction/Colorist/DP: Brian Smith
Sound Design: NEVR (Omar Ferrer)
Special thanks: Cando Cal & Zaneta Hodari

More information on: www.theyoungneversleep.com

T.J.Wilcox, Wjhitney Museum

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In the Air
Posted
Saturday, 28.12.2013

For T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, the New York-based artist has created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which will fill up most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here Wilcox revisits the “cinema in-the-round” panoramic presentations that appeared at the dawn of film history in the late 19th century, bringing the concept up to date with state-of-the-art technology to create an immersive cinematic environment.

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Science

Posted
Saturday, 28.12.2013

The Universe is flat...maybe, is the more widely held theory among physical cosmologists based on recent Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) measurements. "We now know that the universe is flat with only a 0.4% margin of error", say NASA scientists.

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Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet)

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Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet)
Posted
Saturday, 28.12.2013

A ballet developed by German painter, sculptor, designer and coreographer, Oskar Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916, with the performers Elsa Hotzel and Albert Burger.

Franz Schömbs’ The Triadic Ballet (1970) is a reconstruction of the original ballet by Schlemmer, based on the idea of the magic figure three. Costumes, masks and form are modelled on originals but use of modern, almost weightless material that gives the strictly geometrical figures a floating grace. The recreation is accompanied by an introduction to the Bauhaus' aesthetic principles and the artistic work of Oskar Schlemmer.


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Das Triadische Ballet

Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet), is a ballet developed by German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer, Oskar Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916, with the performers Elsa Hotzel and Albert Burger. The ballet became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance and while Schlemmer was at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1929, the ballet toured, helping to spread the ethos of the Bauhaus.

In 1970, Margarete Hasting, Franz Schömbs and Georg Verden recreated the performance which is the film you see here.

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Jung tires me. He learned everything, he suspected it all, brought attention to the transpersonal, to the collective unconscious, to the ‘we’, but he remained locked in his elephantine ego.

 

Alejandro Jodorowsky, born 17 February 1929, is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation."

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Daisies (Sedmikrásky) 1966

Věra Chytilová (born 2 February 1929) is an avant garde Czech film director and pioneer of Czech cinema. Banned by the Czechoslovak government in the 1960s, she is best known for her controversial Czech New Wave film, Sedmikrásky (Daisies).

Daisies is known for its un-sympathetic characters, lack of a continuous narrative and abrupt visual style. Chytilová states that she structured Daisies to “restrict [the spectator’s] feeling of involvement and lead him to an understanding of the underlying idea or philosophy”. The film was banned within Czechoslovakia upon its initial release in 1966 until 1967 due to its depictions and imagery of wasting food, but in 1966 the film won the Grand Prix at the Bergamo Film Festival in Italy. Daisies cemented Chytilová’s career both nationally and internationally.

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Qompendium Work Shop x Museum Wiesbaden
Posted
Monday, 25.11.2013

Qompendium Work Shop is an art concept store and a consequent extension to Qompendium Print Publication.

It is created to nurture the readership with an open and ongoing space to encounter cutting-edge and historically relevant products, ideas and individual talents.

By opening this multibrand shopping experience the aim was to eliminate the existing hierarchy between global luxury brands and new emerging artists.

Qompendium Work Shop operates both offline and online, with worldwide shipping and satellite locations.

Qompendium Work Shop is now partnering with Museum Wiesbaden to showcase a replica of the store for two nights under the auspices of the museum.

Come and join us on the 12th December 2013 for drinks by Aqua Monaco and Balthasar Ress with great music by Trevor Jackson, Non Collective, Alex Murray-Leslie  of Chicks on Speed, Chris Kontos, Com Truise and Samba Utopia.

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Posted
Monday, 25.11.2013

Qompendium Work Shop is an art concept store and a consequent extension to Qompendium Print Publication.

It is created to nurture the readership with an open and ongoing space to encounter cutting-edge and historically relevant products, ideas and individual talents.

By opening this multibrand shopping experience the aim was to eliminate the existing hierarchy between global luxury brands and new emerging artists.

Qompendium Work Shop operates both offline and online, with worldwide shipping and satellite locations.

Qompendium Work Shop is now partnering with Museum Wiesbaden to showcase a replica of the store for two nights under the auspices of the museum.

Come and join us on the 12th December 2013 for drinks by Aqua Monaco and Balthasar Ress with great music by Trevor Jackson, Non Collective, Alex Murray-Leslie  of Chicks on Speed, Chris Kontos, Com Truise and Samba Utopia.


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