As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
Innovation has been a hallmark of the Whitney since its beginnings. It was the first museum dedicated to the work of living American artists and the first New York museum to present a major exhibition of a video artist (Nam June Paik in 1982). Such figures as Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and Cindy Sherman were given their first museum retrospectives by the Whitney. The Museum has consistently purchased works within the year they were created, often well before the artists became broadly recognized. The Whitney was the first museum to take its exhibitions and programming beyond its walls by establishing corporate-funded branch facilities, and the first museum to undertake a program of collection-sharing (with the San Jose Museum of Art) in order to increase access to its renowned collection.
SITGES (3-12 October) – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world and represents, at the same time, the cultural expression with the most media impact in Catalonia. With a solid experience, the Sitges Festival is a stimulating universe of encounters, exhibitions, presentations and screenings of fantasy films from all over the world. Born in 1968 as the 1st International Week of Fantasy and Horror Movies, today the Festival is an essential rendezvous for movie lovers and audiences eager to come into contact with new tendencies and technologies applied to film and the audiovisual world. Sitges’ status as the number one fantasy film festival in the world allows it to receive visits from top-level movie stars, directors and producers like Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoeven, Ralph Fiennes, George A. Romero, Cameron Diaz, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Gilliam, Rutger Hauer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Landis, Joe Dante, Zoë Bell, Dino de Laurentii, Takashi Miike, Wim Wenders, Tony Curtis, David Cronenberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Darren Aronofsky, Brad Dourif, John McNaughton, Peter Greenaway, John Woo, Park Chan-Wook, Johnnie To, Paul Naschy, Ray Liotta, Jon Voight, Sam Raimi, Robert Englund, Tarsem Singh, Roger Corman, Mira Sorvino, Santiago Segura, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Guillermo del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Álex de la Iglesia, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, among others from the long list of people who, year after year, are a media attraction. The Festival is governed by a Foundation, made up of representatives from the Sitges Town Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia’s autonomous government) and other institutions, associations and public and private companies.
Chris Weston is a hard-working professional illustrator who has enjoyed a twenty-three-year long career working in both the US and UK comics strip industries. He has worked on Batman, Fantastic four, Judge Dredd and The Invisibles; but he is probably best known for two creator-owned series, “The Filth” and “Ministry of Space”. His most recent work has been the Eisner-nominated series called “The Twelve” for Marvel comics. Chris Weston also wrote a prequel to “The Twelve” subtitled “Spearhead” which won an AICN Comics award for “best one-shot”.
More recently, he has branched out successfully into Film Concept Art and Storyboarding, having worked with the director Albert Hughes on “The Book of Eli” and the live action adaptation of “Akira”. Aside from all that, he has also dabbled in toy design and doing illustrations for CD cases.
He is currently based in England, UK, but enjoys the opportunity to travel when his job allows.
MOMOT’ is an acronym for ‘Nemo Nemo Robot’. (Nemo means rectangular in Korean.) Momot, the culture brand, was created in the purpose of distributing ‘Paper Toy Culture’ in Korea and to show how these toys can be an entertaining element to all ages. MOMOT is not only having its collaboration projects with international brands and artists but also maintaining the product development along the promotions and technical supports.
Judy Miller is a fine art photographer, living in Tucson, is a collector of photographic information. She is attracted to a wide range of subject matter including landscapes, architecture, textures, wax figures and statues. Judy studies her vast library of images to find or discover image relationships. The resulting dioramas and still life images represented in her portfolios represent imaginary realities created through the combination of two or more photographic elements.
Judy Miller’s Imaginary Dioramas series is the kind of work that makes you think, “Wait, what?” The famous faces in the photos are recognizable, but off in some subtle way. The backgrounds are ambiguous, and the combinations of celebrities and scenes, “Outakes” as they’re titled, create curious narratives.
Inkie began working as part of Crime Incorporated Crew (CIC)or the Crime inc.crew in 1983, along with Felix and Joe Braun.
He was the head of the many artists arrested in 1989 during "Operation Anderson", the UK's largest ever graffiti bust.
He arranged 1998's Walls on Fire event with Banksy, on the site of the future At-Bristol centre.
He has subsequently worked in the video game industry, including some time as head of creative design at Sega, where his work featured in Jet Set Radio.
Inkie was one artist present to do live painting at the launch of Banksy's book Bristol: Home Sweet Home.
Inkie has likened the time spent training as a graffiti artist to that of classical musicians.
He now teaches art and graphic design to young children and college students. Regarded as a modern day father of street art, his rise to fame has been by producing iconic collaborations with various modern days super stars. Having chosen to only outsource his work via established members of the Fine Art Guild (Established 1847), the restricted work have seen demand increase in some cases by 10 times in value as his art demand has spread across all shores including Japan, China, America to name a few. Inkie is now a brand, a name, an artist and a phenomenon with auctions sales set to break records in 2013.
Between 30 January – 29 February 2013. Inkie's work was featured at Art Below's first "pop up" billboard show in America in New Orleans Billboard space used normally for advertising featured a mix of urban and contemporary art. A curated selection of 20 billboards flanking the major Mardi Gras parade routes. Running alongside the billboard show was an exhibition of the artists original works at Gallery Orange based in the French Quarter.
Amateur photographer Troy Holden uses a snapshot approach throughout San Francisco to capture images that are filled with life and personality. While wandering the streets, the skilled photographer imagines the world through his camera lens and knows just when to click to record the perfectly rare and candid moments.
As most street photographers do, Holden leaves his work up to chance and documents the people whom he comes across through unplanned interactions. He finds expressive ways to narrow in on one subject at a time, singling them out from their surroundings and quickly drawing the viewer in to the unposed, black and white narratives. Holden's work is a gritty representation of urban life filled with powerful emotions that emanate from each photograph.
Iakovos "Jake" (born 1966) and Konstantinos "Dinos" (born 1962) are English visual artists, often known as the Chapman Brothers, who work together. Their subject matter tries to be deliberately shocking, including, in 2008, a series of works that appropriated original watercolours by Adolf Hitler. In the mid-1990s, their sculptures were included in the YBA showcase exhibitions Brilliant! and Sensation. In 2003, the two were nominated for the annual Turner Prize but lost out to Grayson Perry. In 2013, their painting One Day You Will No Longer Be Loved III was the subject of Derren Brown's Channel 4 special, The Great Art Robbery.
Jake Chapman was born in Cheltenham and Dinos Chapman in London. Their father was a British art teacher and their mother an orthodox Greek Cypriot (hence "Jake" an anglicized diminutive of the orthodox Iakovos, and "Dinos", a typical diminutive of the orthodox Konstantinos). They were brought up in Cheltenham but moved to Hastings where they attended a local comprehensive (William Parker School). Dinos studied at the Ravensbourne College of Art (1979–81), Jake at the North East London Polytechnic (1985–88) before both together enrolled at The Royal College of Art (1988–90), when they also worked as assistants to the artists Gilbert and George.
The photo from most of the movies of Coen Brothers: Fargo, No Country For Old Man, via True Grit, Barton Fink and The Barber...
It is him, Roger Deakins, director of photography from more than 30 years.
But the Englishman also worked with others prestigious film-makers: Andrew Dominik, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Ron Howard, Edward Zwick, Norman Jewison, M.Night Shyamalan, Paul Haggis, John Sayles and David Mamet are a member of his impressive list, which was nevertheless worth to him no Oscar.
An elegant editing pays tribute in its silversmith's talent of the light, recently used in movies as Prisoners and Skyfall.
Covered skies and colour sepia drawings, magnetic roads and geometrical crossroads, gaping doors and blinding surcadrages, fights between the warmth and the cold, the water and the fire, sometimes solved in a smoke screen: so many motives expensive to Deakins and to the film-makers with whom he collaborated.
Stohead’s artistic passion is to depict the art of writing, which is displayed throughout his oeuvre. Scripture transports information, provokes thoughts and emotions, which coalesce and are then permanently preserved on paper. However, scripture can turn into an aesthetic masterpiece when using the skill of calligraphy. It is this very process combined with the code of the streets that characterize Stohead’s creative work. These codes are composed of lyrics from songs, texts, and or keywords of relevant social issues decoded and organized by the artist. With repetition of the extracted phrases they are then turned into a design and or a three-dimensional sculpture.The arrangement diverts readability and leaves the beholder with the impact of colour figure, and shape. With fierce determination and intense physical labour, Stohead puts his raw emotions and feelings into the sculptures primer. When the viewer starts to decipher the codes they will be confronted with subtitle references to socio-critical themes and poetical discourse in daily world affairs. The quite aggressive diction in Stohead’s calligraphies evolves from his disillusions, anger, and feelings toward a generation that is overburdened with technology. Stohead represents his cultural identity by seeking inspiration from the Hip-Hop and Punk music scene. He uses their urban vocabulary as a main source of inspiration for his work. Therefore preserving the scripture of the street beyond the digital realm and viewing himself as a modern day historian.
The Norwegian artist developed the completely bizarre mode of transportation to travel across the bible belt of Norway as a form of protest. Moestue explains, "It is a protest against the dogmatic religious education of children, and the idea originated from the theme-parks of creationists that teach children that humans and dinosaurs used to live together."
To create the project, the artist welded together three different bicycle frames to produce a unique vehicle that would support his intended concept. He used a basic kitchen knife to hand-carve the dinosaur shape out of styrofoam, producing the head and the tail of the animal separately. The material was coated with epoxy glue and a glass fiber coating and then painted reds and oranges to mimic the rough, scaly coat of a velociraptor.
Moestue attached the head and tail of the dinosaur to the bicycle and left space for himself in the middle. From a distance, the visual of the artist riding through town on the back of a dinosaur is quite unexpected and certainly makes a statement!
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