Highlights: October 13 – 19
Talk on the Streets
Just like any other subculture, graffiti and street art has its own specific language, with hundreds of words and phrases used to describe different styles and aspects of graffiti. As it is the case with other jargons or colloquialisms, some phrases and words used in the world of graffiti are region specific and they vary in different cities and countries.Today we take a look at ten most commonly used graffiti slang words. We have described the origins of each term and its current application to graffiti culture. The way you talk…
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Berlin – Monterrey
After celebrating the decennial jubilee in Berlin earlier this year, Pictoplasma project moved to Mexican metropolis of Monterrey, presenting the known and the new representations of various characters. Currently on view, the vast exhibition showcases contemporary character design solutions by over 120 international artists, designers, filmmakers and illustrators, while their portraits enliven the exhibition space of MARCO, Monterrey Contemporary Art Museum. The innovative approach to character invention is related to current design practices, much referring to the post-digital era we dwell in, while media on show vary from paintings, drawings and animation, to sculpture, video and visually morphing animated installation, all created by a large group of creatives who influenced the project over the past decade. The Monterrey show differs from the one in Berlin by presenting several new artists and site-specific installations.
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In the past couple of weeks, Widewalls community has become accustomed to the different and edgy stories and imagery which come from the field of urban and contemporary art. Provoke! doesn’t stand only for those tongue-in-cheek and offbeat stories. It also stands for boldness and extraordinary individuals and their art. This week we bring you the story of one extraordinary individual who was persevered on the path of becoming an artist, who tackled important issues and didn’t leave any room for uncertainty when it comes to the construction of his aesthetics. While enjoying a selection of photographs from the Big Nudes series, read about the life and work of Helmut Newton, a person who, when it comes to the art of photography, marked the crucial decades of the 20th century.
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Originating in the 60s and strongly related to the hippie movement, psychedelic art is associated with the pictures seen or experienced while in the altered state of mind provoked by the use of various hallucinogens, such as LSD or mescaline. Hardly ever a separate style, psychedelic artistic expression was always overflowing with color, odd, organic or other repetitive shapes, image disintegration or hybridization, all together often related to kitsch. In a strict and uptight art world, the kaleidoscopic art was largely abandoned, but, according to the curator Phong Bui, it seems as if it’s making a comeback, started around 2010. (The claim supports the popularity of the Superflat inventor Takashi Murakami, while his psychedelic creations can be seen, among other places, at his Milan Palazzo Reale exhibition we covered). An ongoing show he authored at Red Bull Studios is entitled Spaced Out: Migration To the Interior, is entirely dedicated to artistic trips of a very wide selection of artists born between 1920s and 1980s. The work represented is just as mind-blowing as expected, while the exhibition space supports it perfectly with its rainbow floors and colorful interior. So, put on your kaleidoscope glasses and step into the interior of shifted awareness.
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Fake and Counterfeit
According to a report recently published by AFP, chances a collector was or will be conned are not so small as one might have hoped. Experts allegedly claim that 50% of artworks in circulation is not authentic, which is hard to verify. However, FAEI expert said that between 70% and 90% of pieces that go through their laboratory come out as fakes. The Fine Arts Expert Institute is situated inside the Geneva Freeports, a favorite tax-free art storage of many rich art collectors from all over the world. Storage units house works by Picasso, Paul Gauguin, even a work by Leonardo da Vinci. Artwork that comes into the Institute’s lab is usually signed by just as big names, but the skilled crew is there to prove the signature right or wrong.
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