Friday, March 5, 2021
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-1881). Photo: Courtesy of the Phillips Collection, DC.

3 Things You Might Not Know About Renoir and Art News of the Week...

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This week the German government took a surprising measure related to the federal budget for art acquisitions. Researchers from the University of Rome have used a plaster cast of the skull of the Italian Renaissance master, Raphael, to make a 3D reconstruction of his face.
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Searching for Balance In Hong Kong

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Many Hong Kong artists are looking to balance both social activism and politics: refusing to make explicitly political art, but striving, however, to create art that says something and is notable in years to come.
Tehching Hsieh – 'All Art Comes From Life'. Photo: TateShots

The Art of Waiting of Tehching Hsieh and Art News of the Week 14...

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Photographer Mohamed Bourouissa wins the German Börse 2020 award of $39,000 for his Free Trade 2019 installation. A politically-charged work that was first exhibited in a Monoprix supermarket in Arles, France.
Betty Woodman. Photo: WideWalls

Betty Woodman – Contemporary American Artist

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Betty Woodman, the 86-year-old ceramicist who overcame art world prejudice just to brighten the world. The doyenne of the domestic aesthetic leading the way for over 60 years.
Atelier des Lumières Exhibit. Photo: Culturespaces

Toronto’s Immersive Van Gogh exhibition and Art News of the Week 29 June –...

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Last Thursday Phillips organized his evening sale of contemporary art and achieved a night of significant results. The Alison Jacques Gallery presents—in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation—a two-part exhibition of works by Gordon Parks. Fred Wilson explains why we can’t take our eyes off the horrible parts of history. In an effort to safely reopen the Immersive Van Gogh exhibition in Toronto, circles have been added on the floor to help visitors walking to keep their distance.
Omar Victor Diop - LIBERTY - SELMA, 2016. Photo: omarviktor.com

Omar Victor Diop, The Power of Contemporary Photography

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Omar Victor Diop was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1980. Since he was a child, he had a great interest in photography and design, using this interest as a means to achieve to capture the diversity within modern societies and lifestyles in his native Africa.
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Contemporary photography

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Contemporary photography is a difficult term to define. It does not permanently stick fast as a label on anyone particular image. It is a concept that changes as time periods change and move forward.
Tan Tan Bo a.k.a Gerotan: Scorched by The Blaze in the Purgatory of Knowledge. Photo: theboard

Takashi Murakami – Mr Super Flat Strikes Again

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Murakami is a geek in his own words; influenced by Japanese animation and American Sci-fi, in particular, Star Wars, manga, anime and a nod to the Edo period and painter Jyakucyu Ito creating the term ‘Super Flat”. 1962 was a great year for art: several artists were born that year, including Murakami, who was born in Tokyo, Japan on the 1st February. He works in fine art but also in commercial art, fashion and merchandise and, of course, animation.
School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012. Photo: npr.org

Kerry James Marshall is En Vogue

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Kerry James Marshall takes his rightful place in the spotlight of American contemporary artists; his work is about challenging institutions that black artists can access. He is continually asking “what will it take to featured in museums and art history books”?
Forbidden Fruit Picker (2015) - Collage painting. Photo: I am Africa

Wangechi Mutu – Hybrid Art

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Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-American visual artist widely known for her collages, films, sculptures and installations. Her art reflects on sexuality, femininity, ecology, politics, the world and the futile but often damaging efforts of humans to control it.