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The aquatic world of plankton in works of art

Plankton (from the word plankton, ie wandering) is all the organisms that exist in the seas and the fresh waters and are moved drifting with the streams of water. It consists of microscopic predominantly species (<1mm), with amazing shapes, but it also includes large-sized organisms, such as jellyfish.

Flipping, freeports and fakers: the commodification of fine art

Georgina Adams examines the art world's "1% of the 1% of the 1%" in her new book Dark Side of the Boomhxdbzxy / Shutterstock It is a coincidence—but serendipitous—that just as Christie’s hammered down at $400m for Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi (1490), the follow-up to Georgina Adam’s 2014 book, Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market, has been published. Big Bucks explained the extraordinary rise in prices for the most desirable works of art. Adam’s new book, the Dark Side of the Boom, peers into less edifying corners of the art trade. It opens, again coincidentally (the book went to press before the Leonardo sale), with a discussion of what Adam calls the ongoing “titanic battle” between “Freeport King” Yves Bouvier and the billionaire Russian owner of Monaco football club, Dmitry Rybolovlev. Rybolovlev was the consignor of the Salvator Mundi to auction on 15 November. As well as owning freeports—huge, tax-free storage units—in Luxembourg and Singapore, court papers have revealed ..

Brent's Picks: Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery offers 'Mash-up' exhibition through January

"The Lovely Hour" by Alexis Serio is among the works featured at an exhibition in Shelburne.(Photo: COURTESY) The current exhibition at the Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne offers a little bit for every fan of art. “Mash-up: Realism, Abstraction and Synthesis” covers a variety of artistic genres through the work of 16 artists, many of whom are from Vermont. Julie Y Baker Albright specializes in old-school still-life paintings with a modern touch. Garrett Sadler, who recently moved her studio to Charlotte from Massachusetts, makes intricate works of glass. Dianne Shullenberger creates art out of fabric, colored pencil and various sculptural materials. Through Jan. 31, "Mash-up: Realism, Abstraction and Synthesis," Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne. Free. 985-3848, www.fsgallery.com. DJ Fattie B. and DJ Rekkon contributed work for "On the Flipside" at Half Lounge in Burlington. (Photo: COURTESY) The days before Christmas tend to offer many holiday-themed events, but there al..

31 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend

31 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This WeekendImage“Thomas Bayrle: Playtime” is on view at the New Museum until Sept. 2.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York TimesAug. 16, 2018Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon. ‘THOMAS BAYRLE: PLAYTIME’ at the New Museum (through Sept. 2). In the digital fever dream of Mr. Bayrle’s work, pixelated pictures twist and bend and resolve into fuzzily warped images. Abstract films and videos pulse with psychedelic patterns. But if Mr. Bayrle’s art seems like the apex in early computer des..

Time for the Sublime

ANISH KAPOOR: The London-based artist’s concave sculpture, Untitled (2013), tests perception and fills the viewer with an equal dose of uncertainty and curiosity as one moves closer.PHOTOS COURTESY HEATHER JAMES FINE ART In a large gallery filled with rare and heroic paintings spanning more than half a century of art history, a relatively small, circular work attracts the eye like a neodymium magnet. Its iridescent green surface appears to float in front of, and then pierce, the wall on which it hangs, giving the illusion of an infinite void. The sculpture by Anish Kapoor seems to pulsate as it draws you closer; your movement activates the optical trickery, which triggers what can be described only as a metaphysical experience. That’s what Sublime Abstraction, the season-long exhibition at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, hopes to achieve. With works from postwar (Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, and Ad Reinhardt) to contemporary (Kapoor and Mary Corse) artists, this show conne..

Call to Artists for 2018 Mariposa Arts Council's Young Masters Youth Exhibition at the...

December 14, 2017 - The Mariposa County Arts Council is proud to present their annual Young Masters Youth Exhibition this February at the Treetop Gallery. This annual exhibition provides youth in Mariposa an opportunity to express their ideas, narratives, and inspirations with their community through their own piece of visual artwork. This year’s theme “Animals” invites Mariposa’s youth to explore their connection to animals, known or yet-to-be-discovered, spiritual or physical, friends or foes. Work in the following media will be accepted: photography, drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media, 3-dimensional work (wood, metal, cloth, jewelry, papier mache, and sculpture), and multimedia/digital work. Youth living in Mariposa County between the ages of 5-18 are encouraged to submit one piece of work to the Mariposa County Arts Council for consideration now until January 19, 2018. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 between 3:30 P.M. and 5:0..

Actress CCH Pounder's new art exhibit at Xavier explores black female beauty and power

Actress CCH Pounder stood half-hidden in a doorway at the Xavier University Art Gallery and watched as a student, backpack over one shoulder, hurried through the spacious hall, then abruptly stopped and turned on his heel, as if dragged by gravitational force. Shifting his body 90 degrees, the student tilted his head and studied a large painting on the wall. "The Birth of Oshun" by Harmonia Rosales. The painting is striking for many reasons. The scene is familiar, a play on Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," but Oshun is a black woman, beautiful with cropped hair, rising from a seashell, flanked by other African figures portraying deities and surrounded by tropical foliage in earthy colors. "She stops everyone," said Pounder, as the student stared at Rosales' tour de force. "I love watching people walk through here and see what catches them." "The Birth of Oshun" is among 42 paintings in "Queen: An Exhibition," which features works from Pounder's private collection now ..

How can Surprise be captured on the lens?

This is a Project of 8 photo expositions inspired by the Circle of Emotions, which includes the 8 basic feelings that determine the life and the course of the people. How do Hara, Tribulation, Love, Anime, Fear, Anger, Surprise and Shame of the Modern Greek depict? How can these feelings be inspired by an artist living in Greece? What we are happy with, what makes us sad, what we love, what saddens us, what scares us, what makes us angry, what else can surprise us and what are we embarrassed in our country today?

Queen: CCH Pounder Celebrates the Art of Black Womanhood With an Exhibition at Xavier...

If you watch television, chances are you’ve watched CCH Pounder. Over the past 38 years, the Emmy-winning Guyanese actress—who celebrated her 65th birthday on Christmas Day—has accumulated well over 100 acting credits, including recurring roles in the Avatar franchise, ER,The Shield,Law and Order: SVU,Sons of Anarchy and currently, NCIS: New Orleans. New Orleans is the location of not only Pounder’s latest television show but also her extensive art collection featuring exclusively African artists and artists from the African diaspora. An artist herself, her collection has been amassed through decades of patronage and her former roles as both gallery owner and co-founder of the Musée Boribana in her late husband’s native Senegal. Now, part of that assemblage has been curated into a 42-painting exhibition for Xavier University Art Gallery titled “Queen: An Exhibition.” It’s a celebration of black womanhood in varied mediums, centered around the painting The Birth of Oshun, pictured above..

Wilmington-area art to see in January

Art walk in Southport, Art and the Bloom, new at UNCW. By Justin Lacy StarNews correspondent First Friday Art Walk If your New Year's Resolution is to see more art, enjoy more hors d'oeuvres and sip more wine, then you’ve got some walking to do. Each month, Southport’s art galleries team up to coordinate the First Friday Art Walk, a self-guided tour throughout the picturesque downtown’s various art shops, including Franklin Square Gallery, Art @ 211, The Ricky Evans Gallery, Lantana’s Gallery, Anastasio’s Glass Studio, Darrel Edwards Gallery, Howe Outrageous Art Gallery & Southport’s Silver Coast Winery & Gallery. Details: 5-7 p.m. Jan. 5 in downtown Southport. Don’t know where to begin? A good starting point is Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St. in Southport. Art and the Bloom You’ve seen paintings depicting flowers, but have you ever seen flowers depicting paintings? “Art and the Bloom” returns to the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, gatheri..

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