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The best 2017 Hong Kong contemporary art exhibitions, from the old school to the...

Artists’ responses to the 20th handover anniversary; previews of future programmes of the M+ museum of visual culture; long-awaited solo exhibitions; and two quirky shows about collective dancing and beauty pageants. These were among the most memorable contemporary art happenings in Hong Kong in 2017. The handover exhibitions The 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule saw curators and artists take stock of the city’s metamorphosis. The resulting works were by and large subtle, personal, and open to interpretation, a welcome respite from the polarising political narrative that dominates public and private discourse. Tsang Tak-ping’s Six Scenarios of Mindful Practice: Ego-centric Suffering, Severe Attachment (2017) at the “Talkover/Handover 2.0” exhibition in 1a Space was particularly affecting. The artist made the installation using seemingly random items to plot his own transformation into a Buddhist and a farmer since the handover to China in 1997, which in turn pulls ..

Old Kmart turned into state of the art school for suburban students

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoWAUKEGAN, Ill. -- From the Blue Light special to a Blue Ribbon School. An old Kmart in north suburban Waukegan is being re-born as the home of an innovative Catholic prep school. About 400 Cristo Rey College Prep students will start a new chapter in their educational stories inside of an old store. The school was doing remarkable things; giving opportunities to low income families and sending 100 percent of students to college, but the building itself was crumbling. “(It had) leaky pipes, ceilings that fall down overflowing sewers, power outages, the boiler going out,” Preston Kendall, school president said . “And yet in that environment our kids have found a way to excel.” Kendal led a $17 million fundraising campaign to find a new home. Some “out of the box” thinking brought them to the abandoned Kmart on Belvidere Road. Tuesday, students will move in to the state of the art facility for the first time. “It’s really an amazing space and tom..

Young artists now have a new base

ISTANBULWhen two young curators embarked on a journey to bring young art school graduates’ works to Istanbul, they did not have a clue about the flood of art that would end up on their doorstep. But lo and behold, some 1000 artworks arrived at BASE, the youngest platform for contemporary art. Ali Kerem Bilge, the founding partner of BASE, and Derya Yücel, the curator of the first exhibition, are excited about the first gathering that will start on Dec. 21 at the Galata Greek School in the Karaköy neighborhood. “We wanted this to be almost like a graduation gathering for fine arts students. We did not know it would be such a success,” Bilge told Hürriyet Daily News just before the opening of the exhibit. “Literally, art from all corners of Turkey poured in; from Batman [southeastern province] to Edirne [northwestern province], amazing works from sculpture to video art, from traditional to modern. Anything you can imagine,” he said. BASE became one of the newest art platforms for a vi..

Quad City Arts offers Arts Dollar$ Grants

Quad City Arts is pleased to announce Arts Dollar$ grants for the 2018 cycle. Applications are welcome from individual artists, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations partnering with artists. All art forms are eligible. In 2018, Quad City Arts will grant more than $90,000 to local artists and organizations. The application process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline. The 2018 cycle features a new category: Capacity-Building Grants. These grants are designed to assist nonprofits with the growth of their operating capacity and overall impact, without the need to create a specific project or program. Project Grants support arts projects or programming that emphasize community engagement. Individual artists may apply for up to $1,500. Non-profit organizations and schools may apply for up to $5,000. Education Grants support projects or programming that provide opportunities in arts education for K-12 students. Individual artists may apply for up to..

Young artists invited to enter exhibition at Cornerstone

Buy PhotoCornerstone Center for the Arts(Photo: The Star Press)Buy Photo MUNCIE, Ind. — Cornerstone Center for the Arts, in partnership with PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union, will host the Young Artist Exhibition on March 1 for school-age children in Delaware County. The show is free to enter for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in or attend school in Delaware County. The public reception will be 5:30-8 p.m. March 1, in conjunction with First Thursday and is free and open to the public. This is the second year for the show which will feature 2D and 3D artwork submitted by local students, according to a release. Entries will be placed into four grade categories: kindergarten-second grade, third-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grade. Submissions will be accepted at Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ second-floor information desk Feb. 14-23. Teachers may submit up to 10 pieces of work or students may submit up to three of their own pieces with assistance ..

Anna Uddenberg at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

Artist: Anna Uddenberg Venue: Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin Exhibition Title: Sante Par Aqua Date: November 4, 2017 – January 13, 2018 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin Press Release: Hijacking tropes of femininity prevalent in consumer culture, Anna Uddenberg’s sculptures exaggerate expectations of fitness, flexibility and sexuality to the degree that the absurdity of collective fantasies and the unfeasible demands they place on the body become apparent. Uddenberg’s subjects, contorted into improbable poses, seem to bend under pressure to conform to hyper-gendered, heavily reinforced representations of female identity. The artist’s new non-figurative work signals a shift in interest towards architectural space that also presents unrealistic ideals. Examples that speak with covert insincerity of “luxury,” “safety,” “wellbeing,” or “comfort” abound in the first..

The photography project that connects senior citizens with students through stories

Share This StoryIt's About LoveThe story behind a photography project bridging the gap between young and young-at-heart.Ann Scholburg just so happens to have a claim to fame. Her photo was in a 1958 issue of Life magazine. It was taken while she did her job as a physical therapist, working on Roy Campanella, the second African American to play Major League Baseball—right behind Jackie Robinson. For decades, Scholburg has kept her copy of Life Magazine. And, now, the photograph of her in it has new life. "That's me in the photograph on the left," she writes. "The patient's name is Roy Campanella, and he played baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers." Scholburg holds the magazine in a portrait she took for a book created by University of Denver Associate Professor Roddy MacInnes. He teaches in the university’s School of Art and Art History. A series of portraits tell the story behind a group of senior citizen's most treasured memories and moments. (Photo: DU Students/Cler..

Winter “break”? Not for these budding artists at BMoA

While many children spend the last days of holiday vacation glued to electronic devices, the creative kids headed to the Bakersfield Museum of Art had a different pastime in mind. Those attending Wednesday's session of the Kids Winter Art Workshop explored the theme of "Nature and the Self," using pastels, watercolors and other mediums to find a connection between nature and art. The R Street museum offers children's workshops twice a year during school-year holidays, giving students an opportunity to create works of art during their school break. The workshop continues Thursday starting at 9 a.m. Admission is $35 or $30 for children of museum members. Call 323-7219 or visit for more information. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Rediscover Mexican colonial art at a huge exhibit at LACMA

KPCC Cultural Correspondent Marc Haefele reviews “Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici,” at LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion through March 18, 2018. The exhibit is co-organized by LACMA and Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C. in Mexico City. Attributed to José de Ibarra, From Spaniard and Mulatta, Morisca (De español y mulata, morisca), c. 1730. The painting is part of “Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici,” at LACMA through March 18, 2018. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA/Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C., by Joaquín Cortés and Rosa FernándezAround 50 years ago in New York, I saw the most beautiful and the most literally racist exhibition I had ever seen. It was 18th Century casta art, from what was then called New Spain. Family pictures, along with carefully illustrated charts, tried to show more than forty different racial categories in Mexico in their social priority, from the white Espanoles on top to the Negros on the bottom and all the mixes between. The skill of the work was so s..

What do 50 birds hide in a new era?

Yannis Gounas and Konstantinos Sidiropoulos combine their two different worlds, one of which expresses the beginning and the other the evolution and continuity, at the exhibition "50 Haiku and New Age" to be hosted by the Cacoyannis Foundation since 23 February. Two faces of the same coin. On the one hand, with the excuse of childhood memories, a world is innocent, free and harmonious through the color palette of Yannis Gounas, while on the other, Konstantinos Sidiropoulos presents the impasse of a world that is hard and rough, fraud, lack of freedom and inhumanity.

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