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September 2, 2016
Web journalist, coffee junkie and art fanatic. Cares about the environment, writes for Widewalls. Alias of Milica Jovic

It’s time to say goodbye to August and embrace the upcoming fall, but before we do that let’s take another look at the intricate art events that took place in the final summer month. Once again the world was captivated by Olympic games, but JR, TARM and an array of Brazilian artists proved that art can be just as mesmerizing as the biggest sports event in the world. This August, we pondered about the relevance of Italian and Pablo Picasso’s sculptures, the meaning of interactive art and how did the unlikely art form like mail art managed to turn itself into a respectable art movement. On a more practical note, we introduced automatically drawing, repetition, and Grisaille Painting as effective ways of creating art. Additionally, nature in full bloom made us particularly environmentally conscious so we examined alternative ways of saving the planet. Many people would disregard Junk art, Recycled art or even Environmental art as meaningful ways of restoring balance in ecosystems but an array of artists that make art from trash and explore humans’ relationship with nature are definitely doing their bit to preserve planet Earth.

Knowing that taking a good selfie has become a crucial part of every summer holiday, we presented true masters of the trade. Maybe they didn’t have a smartphone and a selfie stick, but these self portrait photographers compensated that by experimenting with objects, shadows and light to create truly thought-provoking and magnetic self-imagery. And if anythings hotter then these summer temperatures its definitely our provoke section that featured erotic videos, Pirelli photographs and a twisted world of Japanese illustrations that will undoubtedly make your blood boil.

Scroll down and check out the hottest stories from the hottest month of the year.

Featured images : Guy Bourdin for Vogue 1972, via louise-alexander com ; Kehinde Wiley – Femme Piquée Par Un Serpent II ; Marina Abramovic – The artist is present ; Installation view of “Ray and Bob Box” at Esopus Space, 2011. Copyright Esopus Foundation Ltd, Artworks copyright Estate of Ray Johnson ; Ellsworth Kelly – Automatic Drawing, Pine Branches VI, 1950, detail

Contemporary Revival of Brazil

While sports fans all over the globe were busy following the Olympic games in Brazil, we took the opportunity to draw the attention of our readers to the finest artists from this South American country. Brazilian painters, sculptors, architects and, of course, street artists can stand shoulder to shoulder with all of their colleagues from abroad. Though often troubled with the lack of financial support, in the last decade Brazilian artists created some spectacularly rich art. Recently, the interest in Brazilian art rose significantly which is why the country is slowly becoming one of the most interesting art scenes in the world.

Read more about the artist responsible for Brazil’s artistic revival by clicking here

Featured image : Beatriz Milhazes – Dalia Purpura, 2016 – Image courtesy of Beatriz Milhazes

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Art Made from Trash

Lead by the recognizable mantra “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” junk artists use a variety of materials most of us consider to be garbage, to prove the fact that art can be made from anything. And by anything, they really mean anything. From discarded papers, cardboard and a variety of household objects to a cow’s head. Yes, Junk art is as versatile as its creators and never ceases to shock and amaze us.

To find out how to turn trash into art click here

Featured image : Damien Hirst – A Thousand Years, detail. Image via pictify.saatchigallery.com

Unveiling the Subconscious

What better way to express the subconscious than by randomly drawing circles and lines across blank, white paper. By completely excluding rational thinking the goal of automatic drawing is to channel the spirit and explore the psyche of its creator. Widely used by the Surrealist movement in the past, automatic drawing still remains an important method of creating wild and unrestricted Contemporary art. The method was quickly transferred to painting and today, it’s used by computer artists, typewriter art creators, and many others.

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Featured image : Jean Arp – Automatic Drawing

The art of Being Screwed

It’s not easy being a female artist in a male-dominated world. Artist Judith Berstein has experienced that first-hand, which is why she began to create erotically charged sex graffiti that confront sexual aggression and gender inequality. The artist, who has been a member of antiwar movement during Vietnam war, often used the images of genitalia to portray horrors of warfare. Her world famous “screw penises” have been placed in various locations from battlefields and graveyards to the American flag itself, but Judith Berstein only recently received the acclamation and the respect she deserves.

For more on the intricate art of Judith Bernstein click here

Featured image : Judith Bernstein – FUCKED BY NUMBERS, 2013

Creating movement and Rhythm

Artists use repetition in their work from a variety of reasons. Repetition creates a sensation of rhythm and movement, but it can also represent a unique rebellion against art tradition and an attempt to redefine meaning of the original artworks. Additionally, repetition can be used to highlight a certain idea or even a part of the artwork. The method that’s used in genres as various as Suprematism, Conceptual art, Pop art, Minimalism and Performance brought a new meaning and a fresh aesthetics to every art genre that embraced it.

Learn all about repetition in art and famous artist who used it in their work

Featured image : Gordon Parks – Ethel Shariff in Chicago, 1963

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Strike a Pose

During its over a century long existence one of the oldest fashion magazines in the world Vogue had produced some of the most iconic portraiture, fine art and fashion photographs. The magazine has collaborated with some of the finest art photographers in the world such as Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, and Mario Testino to create a series of daring, thought provoking and above all beautiful images that captivated the world and captured the essence of both fashion and human beings.

Click here to check out some of the finest photographs featured in Vogue.

Featured images : Left : Richard Avedon for Vogue 1998, via condenast com / Right : Twiggy by Richard Avedon for Vogue, de.pinterest com

Street art Gallerist - An interview with Magda Danysz

In the early 1990s when many people believed that urban art belongs to the streets and not gallery spaces, art student Magda Danysz opened up her first experimental art space. Eight years later Magda Danysz gallery was established in Paris and quickly became a safe haven for all artists who decided to take alternative paths. One of the most influential figures in street art, gallerist Magda Danysz talked about her beginnings, biggest obstacles and achievements, and her future plans in an exclusive interview for WideWalls.

Click here to read the interview with the women who helped shape the carriers of some of the most prominent street artists of today.

Featured image : Magda Danysz – Work of Nicolas Ledoux, Photo by Celine Barrere, detail

Black Artists' Cultural Legacy

Even in the twenty-first century the legacy of black artists and their contribution to global art scene is often overlooked. And though some artists prefer to be seen simply as art-makers without any reference to their cultural identity, there are many black artists who use their works to confront important social issues such as race and inequality or completely reinvent history trough the examination of black culture. Most influential artists from both groups are featured in our selection of best black artist of today.

To check out the list of most important black artist of today click here

Featured image : Kehinde Wiley, via wsj com

The Influence of Photomontage

Though sometimes misused and often disputed, the technique of photomontage has had a profound and, in many ways, a revolutionary influence on photography that we know today. The method that implies merging various combinations of several shots into one, allowed photographers to surpass realism and to show more of the subject than it could be shown in a single artwork. The history of photomontage dates back to mid-victorian era and its been widely used by Berlin Dada movement, the Surrealists, and the anti-war movement.

To find out all you need to know about photomontage click here

Left : El Lissitzky’s double exposure photograph from 1924 via pinterest com Right Man Ray Gjon Mili, via theredlist.com

Involving the Spectator

Art form that transforms the viewers from passive onlookers to participants with an active role in the creative process, is referred to as Interactive art. One of the most demanding art genres doesn’t belong to any particular historical period, nor does it involve a clear selection of tools and media. As many other art forms, Interactive art also suffered changes evoked by the development of technology that further influenced and transformed this art genre.

To learn more about Interactive art and its role in the art world click here.

Featured image : Tomas Saraceno installation