Editors’ Pick: Month of Love

Bojan Maric

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  • Editors' Pick February 2015

Yes, I know, it sounds cheesy – “month of love.” But love is, actually, a word most associated with the month of February. There have been studies to prove this and, yes, it is solely due to one day in February. The 14th, to be precise (be sure to check out our selection of 10 Photographs of Love on Valentine’s Day).

 
In the next couple of sentences, I am going suffocate the notion of romantic love for a brief moment, so please, bear with me a little while… Valentine’s Day was probably never a part of a myth concerning love and fertility. These two notions come from not completely recognized Greco-Roman rituals which are in correlation with the celebration of fertility sometime in February. On the other hand, these narratives have been shaped into something completely different when it comes to our Western societies in the present. Romantic love has become a vessel for meaning that only transpires the urge to procreate and which quite nicely serves the contemporary consumerism. Finally, let’s just point the obvious – it’s winter, we are bored, we have sex. Simple as that. All right, I admit, maybe I have gone too far. But, be sure to google the reason why there is such a high number of newborns during October and November in the northern hemisphere…

 
Let us return to a more serious tone. The why of our celebration of love is irrelevant. The thing that matters is that our societies have chosen to celebrate love during a certain period of the year. What is more important, contemporary Western societies are not the first and will not be the last to do so… I can spit out facts and hypothesis till kingdom come, but that will never negate the importance and complexity of notions such as love or beauty.

 
Those notions, finally, are what this is all about. There is an aspect of human existence which constantly celebrates those notions we cannot live without – the world of art. So, join us on celebrating and remembering February of 2015 as the month of love towards art. The next few pages are reminders of what our editorial team has found to be beauty hidden in the abundance of content…

 
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  • Editors' Pick February 2015

The Art of El Anatsui

El Anatsui doesn’t have one material that he exclusively uses, and he can’t be linked with a single material that would be central to his sculptors. However, his preferred media are wood and clay. But he also uses materials such as glass, liquor bottle caps, metal and even plants. Being deeply connected with his African roots, Anatsui is influenced by traditional Ghanaian beliefs and customs. In his works we often see different traditional designs originating from Ghana and Nigeria, as well as pieces of woven clothes and an ancient system of symbols used by the indigenous population of Western Africa. Yet, his works go far beyond the boundaries of the country where he was born. The exhibition will be on view until March 28th – you can check out the beautiful imagery here!
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  • Editors' Pick February 2015

Alain Godon’s Around the World in Eighty Works

We’ve all read the famous book of Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days, right? Brave Phileas Fogg accepts the challenge and needs to travel across the world in 80 days, in order to win a 20.000 British pounds bet. (If it looks like a small amount of money for such a big challenge, we’re talking of amount equal with today’s 1.6 million pounds; inflation, you know…) To cut the long story short, Phileas Fogg won the bet. He also inspired many artists in days to come; one of them is well-known French painter and sculptor Alain Godon. Although this exhibition has ended with the month of February, be sure to check out the imagery in our article and follow the artist’s work in the future…
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  • Editors' Pick February 2015

The Art of Penny Slinger

In the center of Penny Slinger’s interest and art is a woman. As she was the part of the big social and political changes in the late 60’s and 70’s, and that was the time she was maturing as an artist and a woman, it’s only natural that her work is highlighted by some of the key topics of that time: eroticism, mysticism, feminism and sexuality. Through a series of photo collages, she puts a woman figure into different positions and roles, thus making two purposes. The one is some kind of an exceptional auto psychoanalysis, where she experiences (or she already did experience!) the role of each specific woman. The other purpose is more general and universal. Through this aspect of her art, Penny Slinger deliberates women of the world, transforming the subconscious into the superconscious. This is also the point where she mixes and blends religions, and turns into mysticism, a very common phenomenon in the 60’s and the 70’s. The show will be open until March 21st – find out more in Penny Slinger at Blum & Poe.
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  • Editors' Pick February 2015

St+Art Delhi 2015

This third edition of the St+ART street art festival in Delhi hopes to build on the burgeoning interest in street art in India by creating bigger and more focused projects that will make public spaces more engaging. The welcome support of government departments and cultural institutes will see the street art festival Delhi focus on making murals and installations in neglected areas, busy transport regions, homeless shelters and government buildings with artworks that are closely linked to the essence of Delhi and address important Indian social issues such as female empowerment and Swachh Bharat Abbhiyan (clean India Project). The festival will last until the end of March – find out more in St+Art Delhi 2015
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  • Editors' Pick February 2015

To Understand Sculpture

Contemporary sculpture is a product of century’s long practice to create three-dimensional objects that can be measurable by their width, height and depth. These objects also occupy space, be that space the private or the public one. Since there are countless types of sculptures, the freestanding ones are probably those that provoke an extraordinary visual experience, putting additional value to these types of sculpture. Yet, the freestanding sculptures are not the only one that matter in the art market. The reliefs, a sculptural form attached to a flat surface are also inevitable part of contemporary sculpture. Would you like to know more? Check out our featured article Understanding and Collecting Sculpture!
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  • Editors' Pick February 2015

Works on Paper

As the title of the group exhibition implies, Works on Paper will see the various artists come together in one show with the medium of paper being the only constant between them which should bring about a diverse and interesting collection of works considering the range of artists exhibiting. The Works on Paper group exhibition features a number of the artists who have exhibited previously with Galerie Eva Presenhuber… The exhibition will last until the last week of April, so be sure to check it out. You can find out more in our article Works on Paper Group Exhibition!
 
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