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Small Child Confused, Delighted by Kusama Dot Room

Small Child Confused, Delighted by Kusama Dot Room | images in context | Scoop.it
A small child is entranced by an infinity room dot installation by Yayoi Kusama.

Clearly this child is experiencing some of the more hallucinatory side effects of Kusama’s work. His dazed confusion is slowly overcome with excitement and joy, which is hopefully how we all feel when seeing great works of art.

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The trend is no trends, contemporary art experts say

The trend is no trends, contemporary art experts say | images in context | Scoop.it
Looking for orientation as the vast aesthetic whirlwind of Art Basel descends on Miami, we asked a half-dozen art world players what they consider the most compelling trends today.

 

Shamim M. Momin, director/curator at LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a nonprofit public art initiative, Los Angeles: “There is an odd stasis. Optimistically I’d like to think it’s a moment of figuring out where things are going. … People are still really trying to work out where you go from here. It’s been a very drastic few years in a lot of ways. Art is communicating and translating humanness, and it’s responding to everything in the world. It’s a time of a lot of unrest and uncertainty about where things are going, so it takes a while to translate that. “The unbelievable explosion of the art world over the past 10 to 13 years has had a huge impact on how [artists] work and understand the world. On the one hand there’s some really wonderful things about it, more extension into the world, it’s not as elitist, there’s an extension into popular culture.“Unfortunately we live in a consumerist, multinational world, and those kinds of things get co-opted, too. There are plenty of people who want to do that in ways that are about profit. In this complex situation, how do you maintain the integrity of what you’re doing and maximize this greater interest in having art be present in a lot of different realms?”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/27/2518188/the-trend-is-no-trends-contemporary.html#storylink=cpy

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This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids | Colossal

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids | Colossal | images in context | Scoop.it

This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. How great is this? Given the opportunity my son could probably cover the entire piano alone in about fifteen minutes. The installation, entitled The Obliteration Room, is part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever exhibition that runs through March 12. (via stuart addelsee, sccart, and heybubbles)

 

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Philippe Lejeune's comment, January 2, 2012 10:18 AM
I love art that can't be framed, that can't be bought , that can't be collected.... but that can be only experienced or archived.
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Scene from The Little Prince

It's only with the heart that one can see clearly. What's essential is invisible to the eye.
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What if We Occupied Language?

What if We Occupied Language? | images in context | Scoop.it

It is now nearly impossible to hear the word and not think of the Occupy movement.

Even as distinguished an expert as the lexicographer and columnist Ben Zimmer admitted as much this week: “occupy,” he said, is the odds-on favorite to be chosen as the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year.

Yet in a very short time, this movement has dramatically changed how we think about occupation. In early September, “occupy” signaled on-going military incursions. Now it signifies progressive political protest. It’s no longer primarily about force of military power; instead it signifies standing up to injustice, inequality and abuse of power. It’s no longer about simply occupying a space; it’s about transforming that space.

 

A movement that challenges the power structure of language could help foster the sort of equality the protests aim to achieve.

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Dessin sculpture virtuelle - Les Abattoirs, Toulouse

Dessin sculpture virtuelle - Les Abattoirs, Toulouse | images in context | Scoop.it

Emmanuelle Mason (Plasticienne) et ekito (cabinet d'Architectes en nouvelles technologies) ont eu l'idée créer un dispositif qui permet de dessiner dans l'espace : par le truchement de la machine, le geste de l'artiste est interprété en temps réel et transformé en tracé perceptible par des lunettes de réalité augmentée.

Le spectateur peut ainsi déambuler dans cet espace, et se trouver "dedans" le dessin et non plus "devant".

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Emma Mason (visual artist) and ekito (architects in new technologies) had the idea to create a device that allows you to draw in space through the machine, the artist's gesture is interpreted in a timely transformed into real and perceptible trace of augmented reality glasses.

The viewer can walk through this space, and be "inside" the design rather than "in front".


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MOCA Gala 2011: An Artist's Life Manifesto


Marina says: "I see the function of the artist as a servant, Art has to be shared, Art has to be disturbing, Art has to ask questions, Art has to predict future, and it must have many layers of meanings... ..."

It's interesting to see now-a-days how some people occupy their time or their space!
I see more a feeling of "decadence" in the art world... and elsewhere!

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Banksy wades into Catholic church sex abuse scandal with new sculpture

Banksy wades into Catholic church sex abuse scandal with new sculpture | images in context | Scoop.it

Banksy has waded into the child sex abuse scandal of the Catholic church with a sculpture of a priest with his face obscured called Cardinal Sin.

The graffiti artist's piece is a replica of an 18th-century stone bust, which has had its face sawn off and replaced with a mosaic of bathroom tiles to replicate the pixellation effect used on TV to prevent identification of victims of sex crimes.

Announcing his indefinite loan of the piece to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Banksy strongly implied that Cardinal Sin is a comment on the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. 


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How Do Performance Artists Make Any Money? A Market Inquiry | Artinfo

How Do Performance Artists Make Any Money? A Market Inquiry | Artinfo | images in context | Scoop.it

The art market is generally agreed to be illiquid, finicky, and a slave to the flavor of the moment. Nonetheless, the price of an artist's work is one of the prevailing manners in which success is measured. The principle is the same for most types of art from painting to sculpture to video — but what if there is nothing to buy? As the performance art biennial Performa 11 wrapped up, ARTINFO delved into the market for performance artists and asked the question: how do artists with ephemeral work get paid?

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Painting Reality Video

http://painting.iepe.net/ 500 liters of waterbased environmentally-friendly paint on asphalt spread by 2000 cars. 25/04/2010 · Rosenthaler Platz, Berlin By I...

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Saatchi's scathing portrait of the art world: 'Vulgar, Eurotrashy, masturbatory'

Saatchi's scathing portrait of the art world: 'Vulgar, Eurotrashy, masturbatory' | images in context | Scoop.it

Charles Saatchi, the most important British art collector of his generation, has launched an incendiary attack on the buyers, dealers and curators who populate the contemporary art world and concluded that many of them have little feeling for art and cannot tell a good artist from a bad one.

Writing in today's Guardian, Saatchi paints a scathing picture of the contemporary art world and says that being a buyer these days "is comprehensively and indisputably vulgar".

He says: "It is the sport of the Eurotrashy, hedgefundy, Hamptonites; of trendy oligarchs and oiligarchs; and of art dealers with masturbatory levels of self-regard." Saatchi described the Venice Biennale, scene of the world's biggest contemporary art jamboree, as a place where these people circulate "in a giddy round of glamour-filled socialising, from one swanky party to another".

"Do any of these people actually enjoy looking at art?" asks Saatchi. "Do they simply enjoy having easily recognised big-brand-name pictures, bought ostentatiously in auction rooms at eye-catching prices, to decorate their several homes, floating and otherwise, in an instant demonstration of drop-dead coolth and wealth? Their pleasure is to be found in having their lovely friends measuring the weight of their baubles, and being awestruck."

His comments will unquestionably cause waves in a world in which Saatchi has taken a pivotal role.

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Philippe Lejeune's comment, December 5, 2011 7:54 AM
The problem is in the fact that the "contemporary scene" is functioning like an "exchange commodity" for the 1% elite of the population. They make it look like the Art world is a market where you can shop if you have some cash to spend...When the 99% of the artists and people are struggling to find the means and support (form public/local institutions) to exchange and communicate in the real sense through Art. To consider Art as a commodity will only attract people that are more interested in money ( physical possession) before anything else...
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The Kamel Mennour gallery

The Kamel Mennour gallery | images in context | Scoop.it
On Culture today, our guest Kamel Mennour is the self made man who’s become a trend setter for contemporary art, representing greats such as Daniel Buren and Larry Clark with always an eye to making their work more approachable.
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Philippe Lejeune's comment, November 21, 2011 7:51 PM
The contemporary scene is still too Elitist
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U.S. Approves Christo’s ‘Over the River’ Project in Colorado

U.S. Approves Christo’s ‘Over the River’ Project in Colorado | images in context | Scoop.it

DENVER — Federal regulators on Monday approved a $50 million installation of anchored fabric over the Arkansas River in southern Colorado by the artist Christo, whose larger-than-life vision has divided environmentalists, residents and politicians for years over questions of aesthetics, nature and economic impact.

The project, “Over the River,” will include eight suspended panel segments totaling 5.9 miles along a 42-mile stretch of the river, about three hours southwest of Denver. Construction could begin next year, pending final local approvals, with the goal being a two-week display of the work as early as August 2014.

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My New Year's Resolutions

My New Year's Resolutions | images in context | Scoop.it

To be less self-reflective in order to shift the reflection toward the audience.

To do more outdoor activities... away from the art world !

To impose more of my ideas ... become a leading figure in my field.

To build bigger things. larger than life!

To bring more playfulness, confusion, and more beautiful hats!

To stay occupied, keep fighting the 1%.

Always remind myself to stay positive, to grow; but not a moustache!

To become a better blogger & a more serious curator involved in the Contemporary Art Scene!

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Maurizio Cattelan: All

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Hailed simultaneously as a provocateur, prankster, and tragic poet of our times, Maurizio Cattelan has created some of the most unforgettable images in recent contemporary art. His source materials range widely, from popular culture, history, and organized religion to a meditation on the self that is at once humorous and profound. Working in a vein that can be described as hyperrealist, Cattelan creates unsettlingly veristic sculptures that reveal contradictions at the core of today’s society. While bold and irreverent, the work is also deadly serious in its scathing critique of authority and the abuse of power.

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Cattelan’s disruptive and disrespectful gestures have at times taken the form of creative theft and even overtly criminal activity. For an exhibition at the de Appel arts center in Amsterdam, he stole the entire contents of another artist’s show from a nearby gallery with the idea of passing it off as his own work (Another Fucking Readymade, 1996), until the police insisted he return the loot on threat of arrest.

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Unfolded Architecture - today and tomorrow

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Unfolded Architecture by Pablo Rasgado....
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Whitney Museum of American Art: Annette Lemieux: Left Right Left Right

Whitney Museum of American Art: Annette Lemieux: Left Right Left Right | images in context | Scoop.it
The Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore works, exhibitions, and events online. Located in New York City.
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Patti Smith's Letter to Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith performed at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of the opening of her exhibit "Camera Solo". For more info: http://www.thewadsworth.org...

The pioneering artist, musician, and poet, Patti Smith has made her mark on the American cultural landscape throughout her 40-year career, from her earliest explorations of artistic expression with friend and vanguard photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1960s and 70s to her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s.

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The Creators Project | Choi Jeong-Hwa

The Creators Project | Choi Jeong-Hwa | images in context | Scoop.it

Choi Jeong-Hwa - Elevating dumpster diving to high art.  I believe that everything is art. Every material found in the kitchen, your room, the streets — everything in everyday life can be art. So I can’t say for sure what kind of an artist I am.

In 1989. I couldn’t really draw so I didn’t think I could become a painter, but I really liked walking. So I used to walk between streets and narrow alleys and discover garbage piles and construction sites. I realized that “normal” people built and created things better than artists or professionals. Plus, what they were making was more natural. I decided against becoming an artist and decided instead to be an ordinary person who thinks like an artist.

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Extreme Futurist Fest

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Picture an event where the bridge between the counterculture and academia is finally crossed. From live tech demonstrations to futuristic presentations to provocative performance art to live music we will take you off the grid as we explore a new kaleidoscopic wonderland. If the original Burning Man was to meet the Singularity Summit, you would have Extreme Futurist Fest 2011.

The dance for the realization of the future begins in the corridors of art, literature, and culture. Only by connecting together the greatest visionary minds with the most innovative and rule-breaking forms of artistic expression and cultural mind-melding can we unlock the full potential of the Future and bring it into the Present. We offer you the bold new interdisciplinary movement of the 21st Century. A place where the right brain and left brain merge into a new "Undivided Mind".

The future is all around us today. The explosion of the Internet and powerful mobile devices have transformed life in fundamental ways for billions of people. We need to increase our efforts to open source technology so that it becomes available to the billions who lack it. We must push the envelope of the latest p2p technology to enable new applications which bring us closer together as a society. We want a future-friendly culture that embraces technology and understands that technological innovation plays a central role in solving the world's most persistent problems.

We encourage a new generation of thinkers who understand that fun and learning are not mutually exclusive and that the most complex topics can be grasped if there is enough curiosity, wonder, and enthusiasm for learning. Labs, companies, and startups around the world are making startling steps forward in the fields of nanotechnology, robotics, brain-computer interfacing, 3D printing, materials science, wearable computing, life extension, social networking, and more. We must understand these advances so that we can ensure that they benefit as many people as possible.

Join us for a profound exploration of what it means to be human. A first-hand look into the genesis of a powerful new intellectual and expressive culture.

http://extremefuturistfest.info/index.html

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Paul Klee, peintre et musicien

Paul Klee, peintre et musicien | images in context | Scoop.it
Avec 130 œuvres et plus de 70 documents, «Paul Klee Polyphonies» à la Cité de la musique à Paris, apporte un éclairage inédit sur la culture musicale de l’artiste suisse. Jusqu'au 15 janvier.
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James Turrell · The Wolfsburg Project (English subtitles)

The primary medium of Californian artist James Turrell is light. Probably the best-known artist in his field, Turrell's entire oeuvre since the 1960s has been devoted to exploring the diverse manifestations of this immaterial medium and working towards a new, space-defining form of light art. While light here refers to nothing beyond itself, it causes surface, colour and space to interact and allows viewers to immerse themselves in a mysterious, painterly world. Occupying a central place in James Turrell's oeuvre is the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in the Arizona desert which the artist has been transforming into an observatory since 1974. Building upon the cosmic aspects of this quiet, meditative place, Turrell is creating the worldwide largest museum installation he has made to date at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, producing a light-filled space of experience in the tradition of his Ganzfeld Pieces. Making full use of the adaptable architecture system of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg - unique within the German museum landscape - his installation will be an exploration of space and light: immaterial and material at once. The timelessness and fascination of James Turrell's works derives from his incredible skill at capturing fleeting light and giving it the visual presence and tactile density of a physical body.

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Balavoine Olivier's comment, January 18, 2012 3:52 PM
Thanks for sharing your curation my seesmic if friend.
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Anselm Kiefer: 'Art is difficult, it's not entertainment'

Anselm Kiefer: 'Art is difficult, it's not entertainment' | images in context | Scoop.it
Celebrated German artist reflects on his work before opening of his biggest UK show, at White Cube gallery in London...

Art is difficult," says the 66-year-old firmly. "It's not entertainment. There are only a few people who can say something about art – it's very restricted. When I see a new artist I give myself a lot of time to reflect and decide whether it's art or not. Buying art is not understanding art."

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images uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period

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This installation by Erik Kessels is on show as part of an exhibition at Foam in Amsterdam that looks at the future of photography. It features print-outs of all the images uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period...

As you might imagine, this results in a lot of images, that fill the gallery space in an avalanche of photos. "We're exposed to an overload of images nowadays," says Kessels. "This glut is in large part the result of image-sharing sites like Flickr, networking sites like Facebook, and picture-based search engines. Their content mingles public and private, with the very personal being openly and un-selfconsciously displayed. By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences."

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Animation: Word as Image

Challenge! Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself. Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.


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