Weekly Highlights: July 6 - 12

July 13, 2015

Summer is now in full swing, both outside and within gallery walls. It’s really hard to choose which summer show to see, so I think you should just go and see them all. To name a few, there’s one at Lisson Gallery in London, one at Susanne Vielmetter Projects in Los Angeles, one at Krause Gallery and Joshua Liner in New York City, another at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco… And when you do, make sure you leave some space in your schedule for summer festivals as well, for example the one in Malta or the one in Croatia, or maybe the one in Portugal. It’s overwhelming! But that’s summer for you, it’s never boring.

With summer comes heat, and with heat comes little or no clothing. It seems that nudity has taken over last week’s highlights here at Widewalls. Our top article was dedicated to the retrospective book featuring fifty years of the legendary Pirelli calendar through iconic photographs of Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Richard Alvedon or Nick Knight, all celebrating the female beauty. Speaking of female beauty, the work of a talented photographer from France was our latest discovery in Provoke! (NSFW) section, with her vintage and highly sensual erotic photography. When it comes to street art, what caught your attention was the abstract summer show (surprise, surprise) at 886 Geary, Shepard Fairey’s arrest in Los Angeles, as well as our selection of 10 Graffiti Calligraphers (that one was really hard to make - how do you choose only 10 of them?!).

Without further ado, scroll down and enjoy the best of last week all over again. Get some ice tea to cool down, it’s gonna get even hotter!..

50 Years of Pirelli Calendar

Pirelli Calendar is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Well, the actual anniversary was celebrated last year; however, Pirelli is releasing a retrospective book that explores its fifty years rich history. That is how Pirelli decided to marks its anniversary with its readers. And Pirelli lovers will be thrilled – some of most popular images ever made for the Calendar will be published. Truly beautiful photographs, with beautiful models – amazing photographs made in the last 50 years. And what is also important to mention – the book is entitled Pirelli – The Calendar, 50 Years and More, and it includes some pictures that had never been published, as well as the unpublished calendar from 1963.

Continue reading in Classy Nudity? Pirelli Calendar and Retrospective Coming Up!

Vintage Erotica of Anne Constance Frenoy

The works of Anne Constance Frenoy ooze with a certain sensibility that evokes the vintage shots from the 1970s, with its soft colors, the love of freedom and nature, but also a certain fascination with the nude female body. While it’s indisputable that these photos are charged with erotic energy, it is expressed through romance and dream-like scenarios, where Anne Constance Frenoy’s models enjoy their carefree state of mind truly comfortably, creating their own poetry, reality, identity and freedom. By comparing a female beauty with the one of surrounding nature, Anne Constance Frenoy merges the two in perfect harmony, capturing the very essence of the innocence of their existence.

See the images in Summer’s Here! Anne Constance Frenoy Carefree Erotica

Best Graffiti Calligraphers

From a marker made scribble to a decent throw-up, the road is short. Working towards a more elaborate wild style, and especially searching for a unique expression in the process, is somewhat trickier. We all know graffiti art emerged from the letter, from its form and its meaning. It took the letter to another plane, toying with it, developing it, working with its limbs and bumps, until a completely new art form came to existence. Not unlike calligraphy. But, calligraphy is older, different, traditional and philosophical. The abstract qualities lie in it, while it unites the visually perceptible and conceptually defined. The art of letter writing is more than a style. It’s about movement, meditation, lasting impact. Calligraphy is a power in its own right. So, when graffiti and calligraphy inevitably meet, what is to expect?

See the answer in 10 Contemporary Graffiti Calligraphers

Shepard Fairey Arrested in Los Angeles

Charged with a felony (for “vandalizing” Detroit properties), one of the most renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey was arrested in Los Angeles. Last month, Fairey was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property. Few days after, an arrest warrant was filed in Detroit. Wayne County prosecutors charged him for malicious destruction of property over $1,000 and less than $20,000, after he allegedly vandalized 14 different buildings and walls, including two city-owned properties. Fairey was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport as he returned from Europe. What is Shepard Fairey actually charged for?

Read the rest in After Detroit, Shepard Fairey Arrested in LA!

Shapeshifters and Sharpshooters at 886 Geary

886 Geary Gallery in San Francisco will be the proud host of the upcoming summer exhibition dedicated to the exploration of contemporary artistic practices in the field of abstract painting. The collective exhibition titled Shapeshifters and Sharpshooters will gather fifteen artists, American and international and each of them will present four of his new works. These artists are taking us back to the essence of the modernist movement, and discovering new ways of implementing traditional styles of painting into contemporary art. Exhibition will be guest-curated by Sven Davis, independent curator and art critic from the UK.

See more details in 886 Geary Summer Exhibition: Shapeshifters and Sharpshooters

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