WHAT TO COLLECT # 127. KAWS

Born in 1974 in Jersey City, NJ, USA Lives and works in New York, USA Considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation, KAWS engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, and graphic and product design. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. He often…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 125. SOFIA BONATI

Sofia Bonati What I enjoy most is playing with textures and color combinations. Sofia Bonati is an Argentinian artist currently living in Surrey, United Kingdom. She was born in Buenos Aires in 1982 into a family of artists, and started her artistic career when she moved to the UK in 2013. In addition to her studio practice, she has also developed a career as an illustrator, with clients such as Iberia (Spain), Vanity Fair (France) and Mondadori (Italy). Working mostly in pencil and wet media on paper, Bonati imbues her female gures and portraits with surrealistic elements, seemingly granting them…

WHAT TO COLLECT #123. ALEX GARANT

Internationally renown as the Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada. She decided to indeed commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world. As a pioneer of Contemporary Figurative Op Art, her oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant establishes herself as one of the leaders of analog Glitch Art by using patterns, duplication of elements,  symmetry and image superposition as crucial elements of her imagery.  Alex Garant’s paintings…

WHAT TO COLLECT #122. JOAN JONAS

Born in 1936 in New York, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video art, and a titan of the American avant-garde. She is known for blending performance and film in exciting and challenging ways. She rose to artistic fame in the late 1960s for her compelling Mirror Pieces, which featured performers carrying mirrors on stage and slowly, deliberately rotating them, transforming the audience into an image on glass. Please, watch YouTube movie: https://youtu.be/rzp6Ehnxq34 #art #installation #exhibition #animals #artcollecting #artcollector #artcurator #artadvisor #collection #artcollection #artmuseum #artgallery #contrmporaryart #contemporary #modernart #design #artlovers #inspiration #artcollecting #artsignificator #melnikblog

WHAT TO COLLECT # 121. ANDY WARHOL

Andy Warhol American, 1928–1987 Inspired by the portraits that Man Ray photographed of Marcel Duchamp’s alter ego, Rrose Sélavy, Andy Warhol created a series of drag self-portraits. Always questioning the conventions of constructed identity, Warhol donned a wig and bold makeup, subverting traditional gender expectations and paying homage to the artists before him. Self-Portrait in Drag, 1981 Gelatin silver print Image: 3.5 x 2.25 in. (8.89 x 5.72 cm.) Sheet: 4.25 x 3.4 in. (10.8 x 8.64 cm.) American Pop Art icon Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was known for taking photographic portraits of his many friends in and outside of the…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 120. LIZA RAYN

LIza RAYN born in 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia. Ryan earned a BFA at Dartmouth College, (New Hampshire) in 1987 and an MFA from California State University, Fullerton in 1994. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Liza works in photography, video and mixed media. Her interest in the use of visual metaphor remains constant throughout her bodies of work.The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, California) are among the public collections holding works by Ryan. Copyright @ Liza Ryan http://www.lizaryan.com #lizarayn #auction #artcollecting #artdealer #artcollectors #art…

Why art exhibitions are returning to domestic settings

A show in the new Kettle’s Yard space highlights why the traditional gallery aesthetic is falling out of favour Jul 12th 2018 by A.C. CAMBRIDGE In dining room at Kettle’s Yard, a lemon sits on a pewter dish. Replaced every week, it directs viewers’ eyes to the adjacent wall, where the yellow spot in a painting by Joan Miró gleams a little brighter. Illuminated by an everyday object, “Tic Tic” is one of the many artworks in Kettle’s Yard which proves that intimate and domestic spaces are the best places to appreciate art. The Cambridge home of the late Jim…

Christie’s Elliot Safra speaks on the Artelligence Podcast ahead of next week’s Art + Tech Summit.

Christie’s Elliot Safra speaks on the Artelligence Podcast ahead of next week’s Art + Tech Summit. soundcloud.com/artelligence/christies-art-tech-conference

ART OBSERVATION. PHOTO BASEL & SCOOP. BASEL. 2018

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ART OBSERVATION. SWITZERLAND ART AWARD.

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How Not to Be Seen by Hito Steyerl

The German artist Hito Steyerl addresses the way digital images are created, shared and archived. Her film How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational (2013) takes the form of an instructional video which flips playfully between ‘real world’ footage and digital recreations. Inspired by Monty Python, the work balances critique and humor, showing how ‘not being seen’ has both oppressive and liberating possibilities. Steyerl works across video and installation as well as delivering performative lectures. She appears in this work as a performer, making herself visible to us, in contrast to the conventional invisibility of the artist, seen…

WHAT TO COLLECT #114 . GUDA KOSTER

Guda Koster is a Dutch artist who creates living sculptures and performances, which the photographs are the results of. Koster’s works are created in parallels of time, space, and textile. In her works, Koster uses fabrics, colors, and patterns that underline the codes and meanings our clothing conveys How would you describe your works? I make installations, sculptures, and photographs in which clothing plays an important part. Clothing doesn’t just have a function but also conveys a message. In our everyday lives, we communicate identity and social position primarily by means of our clothing. Clothing can be seen as a…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 107. Gianluca Traina

Gianluca Traina was born in 1984 in Palermo, where he currently lives and works. He attended the art school of his hometown, where he graduated in 2002. In the same year, he moved to Florence to study Fashion Design at Polimoda. In2004 he won a scholarship of the Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana in Milano attends a specialization course in Fashion Home Design. This course enabled him to acquire the necessary knowledge that will open the doors of the fashion Empire. His work until 2008 for the most important companies in the industry, boasting important partnerships and experiences. The failure…