Thursday, July 2, 2020

Zhang Huan, With the Art in the Flesh

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Zhang Huan is a Chinese performance artist, photographer, and sculptor born in 1965 in Anyang City, Henan Province, China. He has positioned himself as one of China's best known conceptual and performance artists.

The Louvre Reopens and the Art News of the Week 22 – 28 June

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The Louvre Museum in Paris, will open for the first time in almost four months. Christie’s will offer seminal paintings by Adrian Ghenie and Cecily Brown as part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century on 10th July 2020. Recently, the largest ceremonial site in the UK has been discovered buried right next to Stonehenge.
Conversation On A Pink Couch. Photo: playgrounddetroit.com

Gisela McDaniel – Art as Therapy

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Born in Cleveland and based in Detroit, McDaniel received her BFA from the University of Michigan. She describes herself as “a diasporic indigenous Chamorro feminist artist”.
Part of photo series "Faces and Phases". Photo: yonah.org

Zanele Muholi – Confronting stereotypes in South Africa

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South Africa is not an easy place to live of you’re a transgender or gay man and the series of photos called Beulahs 2006 shows the difficulties faced. The use of this name for the exhibition is interesting in itself - Beulah means married, a feminine given-name originated from a Hebrew word and used in the bible.
Henri Cartier-Bresson / Uncredited

Henri Cartier-Bresson Photography and the Art News of the Week 15 – 21 June

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An exhibition of Akos Ezer will be available until June 27th at Galerie Droste in Paris. Hans Hofmann, one more artist in the long line of those who have not received the deserved recognition in his time.
Kehinde Wiley at Seattle Art Museum

Kehinde Wiley: Without Saying a Word He Says So Much

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Born in 1977, the decade of great creativity, to a Nigerian father and African American mother Wiley is a product of his environment. Growing up in Los Angeles, California in the 1980s had its own challenges. Art and art school presented a way out of the hood for Wiley and his twin brother.
Bulgarian-born artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude stand in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany - Photo by Markus Waechter/AP

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the Art of Wrapping the World Together

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Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria on June 13, 1935, and died in New York on May 31, 2020. He had a long relationship with Jeanne-Claude who was born in Casablanca, Morocco on June 13, 1935, until his death on November 18, 2009.
Studio of the infamous Berlin forgers. Photo: Widewalls

Tips to Avoid Forgery When Buying Art

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Hundred billions of dollars are spent on art every year but a good chunk of that goes to illegal activity and fake art. Many international high-profile cases of art forgery have been reported for years which is why auction houses are taking additional steps to make sure artworks they are selling are genuine.
Utagawa Toyoharu

The Dichotomy of Eastern and Western Art

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It is in China that many artists feel, the real influence of Oriental art is exerting itself. But it creates an East and West division that is difficult to replicate. And that is most felt when it comes to calligraphy and word representation.
Hong Kong

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.