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Editors' Pick for July - The Return to the Classic

July 31, 2016
Alias of Ksenija Pantelić

Yet again, it is that time of the month, when we as the editorial team here at Widewalls go back into the past and dig for the written gems of our amazing team. The July has ended and regardless of the summer heat and the fact that holidays have struck all of us, as the famous song says, “ The show must go on”. Pushing onward are our features, blogs, top lists, and particularly long features, as one of the new elements we have decided to work with. Knowing that it is only the classics that last a lifetime, our pick for the today’s list of articles of the summer month July, showcase the growing interest towards the Art History topics along with the continuation of interest towards the traditional art disciplines, such as sculpture and photography and their place in the ever-growing and constantly changing face of the contemporary art.

With the desire to remind you yet again with the articles we consider worth a second look and an extra share please continue reading bellow and let us see if we thought the same as you may have.

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Left: Hyperbolic tessellation, via plus.google com / Right: Hyperbolic tessellation, via cgl.uwaterloo.ca

The Screaming Art Rebels of The Past

Exploring the past and the major shifts that not only shook the ground of art but also helped to shape the art today, the feature of our editorial pick titled Understanding Avant-garde explored the innovations and the rebellious spirits of famous authors in the past. The article not only focused on the definition of the avant-garde, but it went a step further to introduce some of its major movements and authors. As always, our team researched and brought to you some of the best images out there, helping to illustrate the innovative ideas and this article is no exception, providing you not only with pictures but videos featuring the famous Dada artist Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Focusing on all genres of creativity, for anyone that missed the opportunity to learn more or to remind oneself of the most experimental and shocking art concepts before, the full article is here.

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Left: Duchamp – Fountain / Right: Duchamp – Bicycle Wheel. Images via cultured.com

The Celebration of the Strange Marriage

Let’s face it, the computers, machines, and various mathematical formulas have both made our lives easier and more confusing at the same time. Today, with the click of a button and just a few changes in the settings of different digital programs, separate us from some of the most amazing examples of Tessellation art. Tessellation what, we hear some say. As we also wanted to know more about the production that celebrates mathematics, symmetry, and repetition, our editorial team, yet again joined forces to investigate what is Tessellation art. If this is the first time you have come across this word, or if you want to test your knowledge about the production that inspired the famous Op Art movement, the article in question awaits you here.

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MC Escher

Is the Balance Lost?

Investigating the symmetry in art, its history, and relevance it holds in today’s contemporary art, the article focuses on past examples across the painting and architecture production. Providing us with major issues, such as the questions concerning compositional tools and investigating minds of artists in the past, the article explores the relevance symmetry has or has lost today. If you wonder about the importance balance and scientific approach to art have today, please explore more here.

Rose glass paintings. Image via pinterest.com
Rose glass paintings. Image via pinterest.com

The Performing Sculpture

Bringing to you the world of abstract structures, normally found hanging above the infant’s crib, this feature, explored the world of kinetic sculpture and mobile art. Focusing on the amazing production of Alexander Cader, that even left the famous Albert Einstein wishing he thought about it first, the text is an investigating piece that goes far back to the origins of this production and links it back to the modern and contemporary times. Exploring the link towards design and 3D printed pieces, the article showcases the wide range of application and existence of these structures, poetically described as performing sculpture.

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Alexander Calder – Quatre systèmes rouges (mobile), 1960

Are You That One Percent?

So far, on the list of our July production, we brought to you examples of our larger pieces. Do not be fooled into thinking that the smaller pieces, in the shape of our blogs are not as interesting or do not touch upon controversial topics. Such is the case with the blog concerning the nature and importance of public sculpture of Manhattan streets. Examining the notion put forward by the sculptor Richard Serra that the marriage of architecture and sculpture is an awkward and non-functioning one, the text follows and explores the news in New York that this form of creativity and in these streets is in the service of the one percent most of us are not lucky / unlucky to be a part of. Have we tickled your interests enough to visit the article again?

Left: Jeff-Koons - Public Sculpture, Astror Place, New York / Right:Jeff Koons - Balloon Bunny, detail. Images via blogs.artinfo.com
Left: Jeff-Koons – Public Sculpture, Astror Place, New York / Right:Jeff Koons – Balloon Bunny, detail. Images via blogs.artinfo.com

The Stories of the Cameraless Photography and its Black and White Cousin

As we mentioned in the introduction of this list, Widewalls has always aimed to promote and explore the transitions and developments within the traditional art disciplines. Such is the case with two articles we will briefly mention here, calling you to visit and explore them more in depth later.

The first article, available to be read fully here, explores the history of cameraless photography. The coined term, photogram, as this photographic technology is called, is investigated and the text follows its birth and methods of working along with some of the most celebrated examples and artists’ names. If the idea of playing in the darkroom fascinates you, and if you are on the edge of starting the similar kind of game yourself, we are sure that this article will provide you with some of the essential information that will help you start your journey. On the other hand, if you are in need of inspiration for your next project, or pet, we believe that the text also has that covered as well.

The second feature of July that helped us to bring the world and magic of the photography world to you, our dear readers, is another joined effort of our amazing writers. The feature, The Nature of Black and White Photography, will provide you with useful tips, the things you need to know about this photography genre and help you to understand what place it holds in today’s global art scene.

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Detail of Anna Atkins’ Photograms

The Provoke Section Will Leave You Wanting More

For sure The Provoke section is for many considered as the most interesting part of our magazine. Exploring the more racy topics, and displaying without any censorship some of the more provocative art production, the article published in July, that we feel needs more attention, is the story of the sexual liberation in the films of the famous Tinto Brass. Bordering with pornography, the production of this Italian director was considered as avant-garde in the 1960’s and 70’s. This article explores his stories, and focuses on some of his major films, that has left us all breathless and slightly red in the cheek. If you wish to read the entire article we invite you to click here.

Monella, 1998, via youtube com
Monella, 1998, via youtube com

Miniature Diorama Murder Scenes

Returning us back to our blogs section is the invitation to the art exhibition of the miniature diorama works of Abigail Goldman at the Hashimoto Contemporary. Introducing the diorama as unjustly considered as a lesser side of sculpture art, bordering on kitschy and considered slightly dated, the text confronts us with some of the most amazing miniature scenes that use crime as the source of inspiration for the artist’s work. Please read the entire text here and note the date of the opening, since this exhibition comes with high recommendation from us here at Widewalls.

Abigail Goldman - Problem Solver, detail
Abigail Goldman – Problem Solver, detail

The Guerrilla Girls And the Question – Where Are We Now?

Always an interesting section of the magazine is our Widewalls Artist of the Week Choice. In July, the famous group of activists The Guerrilla Girls inspired us to dedicate this article and to yet again shine the light on the burning questions concerning the role of women artists in the art world. The fact that Guerrilla Girls are still strong in 2016 and with the equal force, as they used in 1985, the year the group formed itself, explore the sexism in art, provided us with materials and questions that we feel needs to be re-think over and over again, and that is why we have added it to the list today.

To continue reading the full article click here.

All images used for illustrative purposes only. Featured image: Guerrilla Girls. Image via Guardian.