Contemporary Art Week

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Contemporary Art Week!

Leo and Diane Dillon

Various Illustrations

Leo and Diane Dillon were one of the greatest illustration teams in the history of Fantasy Art. Books that have used their illustrations for cover or inside art include an edition of the Narnia books, Garth Nix’s Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, Her Stories and The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton, The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin, Aida by Leontyne Price, The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard A. Norman, and many, many more.

There is a blog dedicated to archiving their work here.

This week at MoMA: Björk opens, MoMA Film celebrates director Wim Wenders, an exhibition of new acquisitions from some 40 international artists goes on view, and much more. 

[Björk. Still from “All Is Full of Love.” 1999. Directed by Chris Cunningham. Courtesy Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian]

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Best of 2014: Contemporary Art Week!

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Contemporary Art Week!

S. Ross Browne

Series: Self-Evident Truths

from the artist’s statement:

These paintings represent a modern study in dichotomy and perception from a historical context using portraiture as the interpretive engine.

I often use the image of the black woman in unaccustomed/atypical context; derived to create a visual tension between historical fact, misinformation and myth. The viewer is lured into the possible narrative of the depicted figure by her beauty, strength and grace; however immediately enters an intellectual menagerie where they are confounded by the disconnected visual clues. Is she slave or slaveholder? Is she captive or free, is she servant or served? Is she factual or fictional in a historical context? All of these questions and more provide basis for the individual viewers journey of allegorical interpretation.

The images are imbued with cultural and ethnic symbolism that provides insight into the historical context of the painting. Yet, the icons, combined with my personal visual vocabulary, may remain unseen or misread by the “unknowing” eye; the eye that never learned the historic bases for all the possibilities in the lives of these women. In a society that often make instant cultural judgements based on visual cues that are often stereotypical, but not always, I feel offering ethnic imagery that defies common visual library of the modern citizen may challenge each individuals biases and foregone conclusions of their own notions of what race represents in history and therefore in humanity.

The images beg the question: Is “Truth” self-evident? Who’s “Truth”? How does knowledge, experience and perception of one’s “self” determine what is evident? If the view of oneself is skewed is it possible to see another clearly?

Every Week is Art Week : October 9-12

It’s Frieze week in London! Naturally, the city is popping off with art to-do’s and here are a few of our picks:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

OPENING: Walead Beshty ‘A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench’

Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

The London-born, Los Angeles-based artist will cover the wall of the gallery from floor to ceiling with more than 12,000 cyanotype prints. Each print was produced using an object from the artist’s studio, and is presented in chronological order from Los Angeles in 2013 through the end of his month-long residency at the Barbican this past September.

OPENING: Tracey Emin ‘The Last Great Adventure is You’

White Cube
144-152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

Open as of last night, Tracey Emin’s latest at White Cube promises a ton of neon emotion in addition to some beautiful bronze sculptures and works on paper. Keep it all coming.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

OPENING: Matthew Barney ‘Crown Zinc

Sadie Coles HQ
62 Kingly Street, London W1

For his third exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, Matthew Barney presents a series of new sculptures originating from his 2014 film, River of Fundament that made its debut at BAM in Brooklyn last winter.

OPENING: 'ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s'

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

The first survey of the massively influential German artist’s group and their contemporaries—including Lucio Fontana, Yayoi Kusama and Jesús Rafael Soto—that shared their aspiration to redefine art after World War II.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 

OPENING: Richard Serra ‘Backdoor Pipeline, Ramble, Dead Load, London Cross’

Gagosian Britannia Street
6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD

The Gagosian Gallery on Britannia Street will exhibit four large-scale steel sculptures.They are sure to be as breathtaking as we’ve come to expect from Mr. Serra.

OPENING: Ida Ekblad ‘A day of toil among its ruins’ & ‘A gentle looking little alien of sorts’

Herald Street
2 Herald St, E2 6JT & 37 Golden Square, London W1F 9LB

In this double header at the galleries two locations, the Norwegian artist presents two shows of large scale, abstract expressionist work. This follow up to her May show at Greene Naftali in New York certainly won’t disappoint.

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CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK AT MEDIEVALPOC

You asked for it, you got it! Starting this Monday (4/14/14), Medievalpoc will be featuring Contemporary Art and Artists of color influenced by European Art History. Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Mannerist, Classical, Ancient, Fantasy, Early Modern, you name it, it’ll be here! Everything from oil on canvas to performance art.

Also featured will be topical essays exploring our ideas about anachronisms, cultural exchange and appropriation, the use of particular palettes to invoke associations with historical works, Fantasy and Fan Art, character design, RPGs, Art and Identity, and the policing of self-expression in popular culture.

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Artists featured in this post*: Yin Xin, Leo and Diane Dillon, Terrance Houle, charcoalfeather, Toyin Odutola, Kehinde Wiley, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, hauntedmomsanon, Ikenaga Yasenuri, and S. Ross Browne.


*If you see your art here and would like it removed for any reason, message me and I will remove it ASAP.

Ivana Helsinki designs animated. I was really scared to try something like this for the first time. It’s still not up to the level that I want to be in but I’ll try to get better with practice.

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Comme des Garçons Fall 2014 Ready to Wear - ‘Monster’

“It’s not about the typical monster you find in sci-fi and video games. It’s more about the craziness of humanity, the fear we all have, the feeling of going beyond common sense, the absence of ordinariness, expressed by something extremely big, by something that could be ugly or beautiful.” - Rei Kawakubo

photos:yannis vlamos/gianni pucci/indigital