Learning from Contemporary Artists

Are your students learning about artists working in the 21st century? Art 21 highlights the importance of introducing students to contemporary artists saying, “Bringing contemporary art into schools and communities enables educators to promote curiosity, encourage dialogue, and initiate debate about the world and the issues that affect our lives.” By setting aside time in your curriculum to view contemporary artworks and respond through artmaking will give students the chance to see the dynamic nature of contemporary art practices. Introducing students to artists working in the 21st century will cultivate a diverse creative community and challenge their thinking around their own artistic processes. Each year, established and emerging contemporary artists are showcased at an extraordinary art fair, Art Basel Miami, where “…leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new g..

How a painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas went 19th-century viral

When the painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” was first revealed to the public in the early 1850s, it was a smash hit. It toured major cities, drawing crowds and gold medals. A poet wrote an ode to it. The artist quickly painted a second version, to be shipped off and exhibited abroad. It isn’t hard to see why art historian Barbara Groseclose calls it “the very emblem of patriotism for Americans.” The enormous canvas depicts perhaps the most crucial moment in the War of Independence, Gen. George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776. After months of embarrassing failures, Washington ordered thousands of troops to stealthily cross the icy waters under cover of darkness. The next morning, in Trenton, N.J., their surprise attack on the Hessians (German mercenaries fighting for the British) provided a much-needed morale boost. In the painting, Washington stands proudly in a boat, seemingly certain of America’s destiny. [The fake news that haunted Ge..

Art Redo

Sometimes Andy thinks a piece is done, but after a few months he changes his mind. This was the case with Sound of the Sea. Time for an art redo! As you can see, he added a lot of color and a few mixed media elements. This piece is 25 inches wide and 54 inches tall, and available for $1500. Related PostsLet's block ads! (Why?)

Alexandra Bircken at Le Crédac

Artist: Alexandra Bircken Venue: Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine Exhibition Title: STRETCH Date: September 8 – December 17, 2017 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine. Photos by André Morin. Press Release: The skin is our largest organ and at the same time it’s what we see when we look at ourselves. Michel Serres says the deepest thing we have is our skin. Our vulnerability becomes visible in it. Pain. Our skin moves with every one of our movements. S-T-R-E-T-C-H. For our entire life. That’s something we should think about. Our lips stretch to utter every word we speak. We’re used to seeing our bodies and objects as things that are whole and wrapped in a covering. And if we ever lose this thing that protects, clothes, covers and represents us, or if something is ever cut in two and we get to glimpse inside, then we get a big shock. That’s odd, don’t you think? I’m interested ..

First Night planners crossing fingers for large turnout to keep Spokane event going

Making First Night in Spokane warmer, more fun and festive for all ages isn’t an option: It’s a must. If the New Year’s Eve event doesn’t attract close to 10,000 people downtown, said executive director Nanette Miller, this year’s First Night could be its last night. “The goal is to make this event amazing,” Miller said. “Otherwise, it cannot sustain itself, how it’s been.” One change is bringing First Night in from the cold and making it an indoor event. First Night costs about $200,000 to put on, with event planners needing 6,000 attendees to break even. Miller has been the event’s only paid employee for two years, and though there’s a committee of volunteers, she said her job is simply too big for one person. First Night was greeted with relative success in its inaugural year in Spokane in 2001 by the Arts Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. About 15,000 people attended. The idea originated in Boston in 1975, and First Night celebrations have since done well in cities across the U..

'Once-in-a-lifetime' exhibition now at Joslyn Art Museum

At some point in our lives, we’ve all made a mark on a piece of paper. Whether using a pencil, crayon or pen, we all can relate to drawing or, at the very least, doodling. That’s why the works in “Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art” at the Joslyn Art Museum are so relatable — even when those geniuses are artists like Picasso, Van Gogh, Klimt and Degas. That’s because drawing is how all artists — irrespective of medium — start, said Joslyn’s associate curator of European Art Dana Cowen. “Drawing is a skill artists have to have before they can do anything else. There is such a sense of immediacy and intimacy with drawings. You can imagine the artist making the lines. You can see how it’s pure creation.” Works range from the mid-15th century to the present day, and mediums include pencil, pen-and-ink, charcoal and paint. “Anything done on paper is considered a drawing,” Cowen said. “It can be preparatory — a study for something else. It can b..

Hoffmans Fine Art returns to Main Street

After 20 years, Hoffman Fine Art is back on Main Street. The gallery, owned by Don Hoffman and Ioni Hoffman, set up shop at 605 Main St., the former space occupied by Farasha Boutique, a couple of weeks ago. For Don, the move back is a welcome one. "We feel like gypsies because we have moved around so much," he said. "But we'll see how this goes." Back in the 1980s, Hoffmans Fine Art, then known as the Lido Gallery, was located at 268 Main St., in what was the Mrs. Fields Cookie College building. "The floors weren't level at that space," Hoffman said, laughing. "They were so sloped that if I sat in my office chair, I would literally slide out of it. So, I had to turn my chair around and face a wall so I could just sit there." Recommended Stories For YouFrom that location, Hoffman moved Lido Gallery to the top of Main for a couple of years and down to lower Main. Hoffman also ran Lido galleries in Carmel, California, and Sedona and Scottsdale in Arizona. "We had five galleries..

ALEXIA WALKER: Record sales and major events make for a sterling art year

Sibande was honoured in November with the 2017 African Arts Award from the Smithsonian in Washington. The global interest in African art received a further boost with Sotheby’s first standalone sale of modern and contemporary African art taking place in London in May. Also in London, Bonhams held two sales of modern and contemporary African art and two sales of South African art, bringing to four the total number of auctions dedicated to art from the continent. On the local auction circuit, the main auction houses set several new artist records. The top lot by value on Aspire’s November sale was the drawing Soho with Coffee Plunger and Cup by Kentridge from his film Mine, which sold for just under R5.5m with premium. This is a record price for a drawing by Kentridge in SA, nearly doubling the work’s high estimate of R2.5m. Sydney Kumalo’s Mythological Rider from 1970 sold for R1.9m, far exceeding its top estimate of R1m. This is a significant world record and an exciting development in..

“To A Body” at Shoot the Lobster

Artists: Julia Heyward & Ericka Beckman, Mary Beth Edelson, Bill Hayden & Heji Shin, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Beatrice Loft Schulz, Kandis Williams Venue: Shoot the Lobster, New York Exhibition Title: To A Body Curated by: Elisa R. Linn, Lennart Wolff Date: November 11 – December 22, 2017 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of the curators and Shoot the Lobster, New York Press Release: The curls of a man; the brow that they hide, A living soul inside; the tender skin; And the folds of his suit at his lap, All things that I saw as a child — A un cuarp, Pier Paolo Pasolini The poem A un cuarp [To A Body] first appears to be an intimate document of the author’s sexual desire. However, originally written in Friulian – a marginal language within the hegemonic territory of Italian linguistic culture, which prior to Pasolini’s engagement had not existed in modern literature – it posses a hidden quality as..

Goshka Macuga, Ahmet Öğüt at Witte de With

Artist: Goshka Macuga, Ahmet Öğüt Venue: Witte de With, Rotterdam Exhibition Title: Episode 2: The Show is Over Date: September 8 – December 31, 2017 Note: An exhibition guide is available here. Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Goshka Macuga Goshka Macuga Goshka Macuga, Ahmet Öğüt Goshka Macuga, Ahmet Öğüt Goshka Macuga Goshka Macuga Goshka Macuga, with contributions by: Bik Van der Pol, Ian Dawson, John Isaacs, Michael Klega, Charlie Koolhaas, Matthew Leahy, Erik van Lieshout, Joep van Lieshout, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Michael Raedecker Subodh Patil (Assistant professor Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen) Ahmet Öğüt and Goshka Macuga Images courtesy of Witte de With, Rotterdam. Photos by Kristien Daem, Fred Ernst. Press Release: “Life knows what it is doing, and if it is striving to..

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