Tags archives: contemporary-art

#VanityIsUnfair because the only pain is champagne...

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Spanish-born artist Eugenio Merino's deals with matters such as politics, religion or society with the purpose of making us doubt of all supposed truths. For this he may use irony, humor, metaphor or oxymorons. Anything to make art a space for thoughts and finding the beauty in the idea. These ideas found space in his latest exhibition Election Time on view [...]

Darling Niki Sabet

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As a woman who grew up in an artistic household, Niki Sabet's medium has organically evolved throughout the years. Growing up, Niki’s mother was also an artist, who shed light into the world of different types of creativity for Niki. As an artist, she is hypersensitive and in-tune with her emotions, which illuminates into her work. Sabet’s artistic process, [...]

Ras Terms, a self thought artist

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A self taught Artist. A self thought Artist A self thoth Artist A self Tehuti Artist. A SELF ORUNMILA ARTIST Meet Ras Terms aka TEROCKATRON, a visual artist that reaches ancestrial realms with work that exhibits a deep understanding of the power of symbols. The Miami born artist's work can be found way up in Ethipoian churches and The Simthsoninan a[...]

Clara Désiré wants to remind us of our humanity–or lack thereof

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Several years back, while abroad in Tokyo, French artist Clara Désiré was approached on the street by a man who was donning Mickey Mouse ears and a t-shirt that read, Lucha libre (“free fight”). This stranger then scribbled the word “tar” on a cigarette and handed it to her. Almost immediately the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat flashed through the artist’s min[...]

Hide your dictators, kill your idols...

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Pete Kirill's North Korea oil series investigates the relationship between communism and capitalism by representing both ideologies on canvas. The Miami based neo-pop artist highlights the parallels between dictator worship and celebrity idolization, anchored by the physical gestures of the enigmatic, iron-fisted North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Kirill's w[...]

A look at Dimitris Polychroniadis' "Home Sweet Home" installation in Greece

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Home is where the art is. Greek artist Dimitris Polychroniadis' latest installation "Home Sweet Home" is an ode to his birthplace of Thessaloniki, Greece. The installation is comprised of two parts: Mixed media diorama sculpture 50cm X 50cm X 65cm (h) and a life-size sign comprized of a steel and timber structure, plywood, acrylic colour and spotlights with [...]

"Lionel on Vinyl" and other works from Kristin Farr

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Instagram has replaced Tumblr as my favorite social network to find new artists. Take for instance my latest find, Kristin Farr. I instantly became enamored with the San Francisco based artist and Juxtapoz Magazine writer's geometric inspired mixed media paintings. Take a closer look at some of my favorite pieces from Kristin below. "Lionel on Vin[...]

Ghetto Frida by El Rio

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El Rio Presents an Interview With Ghetto Frida.   Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, Frida Kahlo has gone through a transformation recently. Now known as Ghetto Frida, she digs in the scene with a gangsta lean. El Rio caught up with Ghetto Frida to get the scoop. El Rio: What’s up Ghetto Frida? The most important q[...]

Two Is Deemed The Perfect Team, Mario Wagner Collaborates With Absolut Vodka--Again

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Following the recent ABSOLUT BLANK campaign, ABSOLUT announces the ABSOLUT VODKA BLANK EDITION, designed by German artist Mario Wagner. The limited edition bottle features Mario's distinct graphic expression, and draws strongly from the artwork he did for the ABSOLUT BLANK initiative a few months ago. The space-inspired BLANK EDITION will be available in sev[...]

My Love for the Modern Masters

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As a professional writer and avid traveler of North America, I often take advantage of the cheap deals existing for the most-traversed of all American flight routes: ATL to New York City, which could be to any of that area's three major international airports. The World's Busiest Airport saw over ninety-four million visitors pass through her gates and co[...]

Why New Blood, Why Now?

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As a bit of a Pop fiend, it was a pleasure to discuss New Blood with Morgan Spurlock; as a bit of a Pop theorist, it's something of a marvel to ponder the nine-minute manifesto...  Why New Blood, why now? "I don't know if it was a question of now, or if I just felt like there was a need to show - I feel like there's still this shifty new movement in the [...]

There's Always A Need For New, Weird and Better and TokyoThirteen Arts Plans To Supply

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Painter Darryl “13” Bennett of TokyoThirteen Arts was born on Friday the 13th, and sure enough, luck has nothing to do with his success as an artist in his native Washington D.C. Taking the number and its negative connotations, and using it as a symbol for something positive and uplifting is what Bennett is all about. He says he paints from a surreal wor[...]

Tolstoy Aside, Where Do We Draw the Line Between What Is and Isn't Art?

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In 2012 the question of what is art remains as relevant as it was in 1896 when Leo Tolstoy published his seminal 132 page essay “What is Art?” on the aesthetics of art in which he wrote: “Art consists in one human consciously conveying to others, by certain external signs, the feelings he has experienced, and in others being affected by those feelings and [...]

Strange Fruit: Interview with Hank Willis Thomas

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Hank Willis Thomas latest body of work Strange Fruit expresses the historical truths blacks had to endure throughout their journey here in the United States. Hank created vivid comparisons of black perception between the pre-slavery era and post-Civil Rights Movement. The irony that drips and oozes from his canvas, visually gives a voice to those in hist[...]

#KeithHaringTaughtMe Street Art is the New Fine Art

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It's been more than 30 years since then unknown artist Keith Haring traded his humble beginnings in a small town for the big city dreams of a city like New York and entered school at The School of Visual Arts. That was 1978. It's 2012, and Street Art is a now global phenomenon. The new generation of artists taking a cue from Haring and others of that mov[...]