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3.26.2013

Tilda Swinton's art performance "The Maybe" at MoMA NYC 2013

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
One remembers Marina Abramovic's performance at the MoMa a few years ago... Well it's Tilda Swinton's turn now! The Academy Award-winning actress and recent Davide Bowie music video star is performing art on an unexpected display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.Tilda's live performance was unexpected for the visitors but the museum has actually been working on staging "The Maybe" for seven years. "The Maybe" was originally staged by Swinton in London at the Serpentine Gallery in 1995.

She here personifies the contemporary "Sleeping beauty", dressed in jeans and a button-down shirt: she's lying in a coffin, sleeping while visitors are watching her through the sides of a glass box. The curator of this incredible show is Large Klaus Bisenbach, the same man who was behind the blockbuster Abramovic's retrospective. Everybody around the world seems to be super excited by this exhibition and one can't count anymore all the tweets about it: comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted on Saturday: "Tilda Swinton is sleeping in a glass box on random days at MoMA in New York all year. And I just thought of a brilliant heist movie..."

"The Maybe" will appear randomly in different locations this year. There is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist's statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. The luckiest have been able to seen her yesterday! ;)

3.23.2013

My New Favorite: Tasya Van Ree!!!

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Definitely my favorite photographer right now! She is an amazing artist and a wonderful photographer. Halfway between art and fashion, her pictures - mostly black-and-white photographies - are inspiring, intense, and some of them kinda remind us the convulsive beauty dear to the Surrealists: she sublimes the feminine body by staging it in sensual, lascivious, erotic, and suggestive poses. "Tasya van Ree has always been intrigued by the everyday wonders of the visual world.

"She  has always been intrigued by the everyday wonders of the visual world. The sense of expansive awareness that for van Ree is a prerequisite to photography enables her to capture the small everyday flashes of insight that come when we are open to them and often go before we can fully grasp or appreciate them. Her extraordinarily vivid images are also a testimony to her eye for form and composition. Her photographs are infused with romanticism, darkness, intimacy, and a certain lyrical quality. They also capture the essence of the people, the landscape, and the intricacies of both the animate and inanimate worlds, and are a sort of meditation in seeing the powerful testaments between the relationship of human presence and transitory nature."

READ MORE: http://tasyavanree.com
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3.20.2013

Alex Prager: Artist to watch!!

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
Alex Prager (1979) is an self-taught American photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.  

"Alex Prager (American, born 1979), a self-taught photographer, takes her cues from pulp fiction, the cinematic conventions of movie directors such as Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock, and fashion photography. Resembling movie stills, her unnerving photographs—crisp, boldly colored, shot from unexpected angles, and dramatically lit—feature women disguised in wigs, dramatic makeup, and retro attire. Crowd # 1 (Stan Douglas), one in a series of pictures shot for the November 2010 issue of W magazine, makes its debut here. It draws on Stan Douglas’s Hastings Park, 16 July 1955 (2008), among other sources, but Prager has enlisted a new cast of characters, dressed in 1970s outfits (which she selected), and shot the scene in her own signature style. The exhibition also presents the United States première of Despair (2010), Prager’s first film, starring actress Bryce Dallas Howard. According to the artist, it is a “full-sensory version” of her photographs, an attempt “to show the before, now and after of one of my images.” The four-minute film, with a score by composer Ali Helnwein, is set in Los Angeles. It was inspired by The Red Shoes, a 1948 film about a prima ballerina whose obsession with dance conflicts with her need for love, ultimately leading to her suicide. Focusing on the actress’s face to capture one intense emotion, Prager engages in the construction of images that are intentionally loaded, reflecting her fascination with and understanding of cinematic melodrama."


"Characterized by deeply saturated colors, heightened drama, and dark humor, Prager's film noir inspired photographs hint at narrative subtexts while maintaining a sense of ambiguity and self-contained emotional intensity. Her work draws from a diverse group of influences, including pulp fiction, the cinematic style of David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, and Luis Buñuel, as well as contemporary artists such as William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Enrique Metinides. Prager's work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, American Vogue, W Magazine, and Art in America. Additionally, her photographs are in the permanent collection of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthaus Zurich, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among others."



Hope you guys are gonna love her work! simply amazing and very promising!

3.17.2013

Happy St Patrick's day!

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
Irish Artists: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day With Our 5 Favorite Irish Aesthetes ...

"We hope you are wearing green, drinking appropriately colored beer and finding four-leaf-clovers aplenty as we speak. If the boozy holiday doesn't already have you seeing double, we invite you to celebrate with us by honoring some of our favorite Irish artists.
From a Marina Abramovic protégé to a cow udder installation artist, these Irish blooded artists channel their shared heritage into vastly different works. Enjoy our quick roundup of Irish artists you should know and have a happy St. Patrick's Day!
Let us know your favorite Irish artists in the comments."