Elena Martinique

A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.
Marjorie Salvaterra - Letting Go of the Way You Think Things Ought to Be Courtesy Upstart Modern, Marjorie Salvaterra and Lisa Espenmiller Join Artistic Forces

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Using surreal interpretations and cinematic gestures, the photographer Marjorie Salvaterra reflects on the shared experiences of womanhood. Her pictures are loaded with reference, humor and struggle to make sense of this crazy world. A visual artist and...

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KAWS - Untitled (Kimpsons #1), 2014 Untitled (Kimpsons #1), 2004

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Among the largest works KAWS ever produced, Untitled (Kimpsons #1) belongs to the iconic KIMPSONS series that arose out of collaborative design projects between the artist and Japanese cultural entrepreneur and street fashion icon NIGO®. In this particular...

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KAWS - Nyt (Companion Close Up) Brown, 2013 Nyt (Companion Close Up) Brown, 2013

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An iconic, large-scale painting, Nyt (Companion Close Up) Brown from 2013 once again features KAWS’ signature character, COMPANION. In this iteration, COMPANION is depicted with his head in his white-gloved hands, reflecting a human sensibility. First...

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KAWS - Grrr!, 2008 GRRR!, 2008

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Featuring a close-up of SpongeBob SquarePants, GRRR! from 2008 is demonstrative of KAWS’s unique ability to communicate complex human emotion through appropriated cartoon imagery. Rendered with distinct X-crossed eyes, the iconic character is here...

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KAWS At This Time, 2013 At This Time, 2013

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A sculpture of massive scale, At This Time from 2013 presents KAWS’ signature COMPANION figure, standing alone with his head tilted backward and his eyes sunk in his hands. Crafted from afromosia wood and executed in a rich, natural color with exposed...

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magoi & higoi (detail), 2017, among hiro ando sculptures Collecting Hiro Ando, Icon of the Nippon Neo Pop Culture

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One of the most famous contemporary Japanese artists, Hiro Ando creates work that conflates traditional and present-day Japan. Drawing on ideas of collectability and fantasy, he combines tradition with contemporary culture in his sculpture...

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Hiro Ando - samuraicat diamondstrass, 2006, based on the lucky cat figure samuraicat diamondstrass, 2006

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Depicting the artist’s iconic character samuraicat, samuraicat diamondstrass references both Damien Hirst’s diamond-covered human skull and the Diamond Dust works of Andy Warhol. Samuraicat is based on the motif of maneki-neko, standing...

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saburo naotora, 2017, among hiro ando sculptures we love “saburo” naotora, 2017

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This work references “Saburo” Naotora, the youngest son of Hidetora Ichimonji, a powerful though now elderly warlord from Ran, Akira Kurosawa‘s action-drama. The warlord decided to divide his kingdom among his three sons – giving the...

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urbancat, 2008, among hiro ando sculptures we love urbancat, 2008

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Another rendition of the modern Japanese icon, maneki-neko, the work depicts another of Ando’s signature characters, the urbancat. The character is depicted dressed casually, with its hands in its pockets, clearly referencing Ando’s...

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magoi & higoi, 2017 magoi & higoi, 2017

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Created in 2017, magoi & higoi depicts the koi fish, associated in Japan with good luck, abundance, perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. In Buddhism, they represent courage and are a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. In Japan,...

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tanabata, 2017 tanabata, 2017

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Created in 2017, the work depicts Tanabata, meaning the Evening of the Seventh. This celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, lovers who according to the legend are separated by the Milky Way. They are allowed to meet only once a year...

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Robert Montgomery - Mine Love Distribute Hope by Justkids Robert Montgomery Sends a Message of Hope to Fort Smith

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The Scottish artist Robert Montgomery has been called a vandal, a street artist, a post-Situationist, a punk artist and the text-art Banksy. Following a tradition of conceptual art, his work straddles the boundary between art and poetry, bringing a poetic...

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Allison Zuckerman, Kwang Zuckerman, Jason Seife, Jason Simms, Les Rogers, Beyond Borders, 2019 Unit London Artists Go Beyond Borders in a New Group Show

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We live in turbulent times. An important part of the fabric of our society and culture, art has always been reflecting our times, having the ability to resonate with large audiences no matter the medium. Artists all around the world have been responding to...

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Banksy - Laugh Now On Palette, 2005 Laugh Now On Palette, 2005

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First appearing as a six-meter long spray painting in Brighton, Laugh Now on Palette portrays a forlorn monkey, wearing a sandwich board bearing the script “Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge”. Along with the rat, the monkey is one of...

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Banksy - Untitled (Fuck The Police), 2000 Untitled (Fuck The Police), 2000

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Throughout his career, Banksy’s relationship with law enforcement has been understandably difficult. A striking early example of what would become Banksy’s most iconic motifs, Untitled (Fuck The Police) from 2000 shows a tense police officer...

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Gustave Moreau - Oedipus and the Sphinx (detail), 1864 Listing The Most Interesting Greek Mythology Paintings

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From the Midas touch and a Sisyphean task, to Pandora’s box and Achilles’ heel, characters from classical Greek and Roman mythology have an inescapable presence in everyday life and culture. The stories of these gods, goddesses, heroes and...

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Raphael - The Triumph of Galatea, c. 1514, a story of gods and goddesses Raphael – The Triumph of Galatea

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A fresco completed in 1514 for the Villa Farnesina in Rome, Caravaggio‘s Triumph of Galatea depicts a mythological story of Galatea. One of the fifty Nereides and the goddess of calm seas, she has been wooed by one-eyed giant Polyphemus with tunes...

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Gustave Moreau - Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1864, on view at The Musée national Gustave Moreau in Paris Gustave Moreau – Oedipus and the Sphinx

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Painted in 1864, Gustave Moreau‘s oil on canvas painting Oedipus and the Sphinx is a fresh treatment of the mythological meeting between Oedipus and the Sphinx on the road to Delphi, notably portrayed at Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex. On his...

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