Weekly Highlights: April 27 - May 3
Looking back at the week between the months of April and May, it was a busy, but an interesting one. The International Labour Day got us inspired to revisit all the respects the arts paid to it, as it often happens when it comes to all sorts of celebrations. It will forever be intriguing to discover all the ways that life speaks through artworks, touching our souls in the manner of such impact. When it comes to the month ahead of us, it will be full of incredible events, such as the Venice Biennale and a handful of not-to-be-missed exhibitions, but before we turn towards the future, let’s revisit what we left behind one more time.
During last week, we had the pleasure of talking to one of street art’s finest: MadC. Such an amazing opportunity and we thank her once again for brightening our days. The latest edition of our Provoke! (NSFW) section was a special one, as it celebrated the nude photography of a master that is Lee Friedlander. Staying on the topic of photography, we invited you to visit Paris Photo LA 2015, certainly one of those fairs that are a true landmark event of the medium. We marked the 1st of May by selecting 10 Propaganda Posters from the Soviet Union that are truly amazing, and finally, there is the exhibition of fun street art in Paris, France.
Scroll down and rejoice, as one more week of splendid art has come to an end…
MadC: The Widewalls Podcast
During the last year or so, we have been following MadC’s success on the streets as well as her achievements when it comes to studio work, namely the exciting exhibitions at Kolly Gallery as well as 44309 Street Art Gallery. Most recently, she was featured as our Artist of the Week, and it has been well deserved! Apart from everything she has achieved, we had a chance and an honor to talk about numerous exciting projects which lie on the path in front of her… 2015 will show a number of solo exhibitions, including the ongoing Bits and Pieces at gallery Wallworks in New York, there are so many walls which are waiting for the touch of MadC’s spraycan and paintbrush and, of course, the publishing of her latest book devoted to the culture of Street Art…
Listen to the interview in Widewalls Podcast #13: MadC
Lee Friedlander’s Nudes
You’ve probably heard of Lee Friedlander. Almost certainly, you’ve come across his black and white portraits of random people across New York City. Well, aside from being one of the most influential living photographers of our time, he is also known for his nude artistic photography developed throughout 1970s and 1980s. Known for being shy and private, Lee Friedlander translated these two characteristics into his images, and while those of social landscape lean on composition, his nudes focus solely on the allure of a body. Working with a Leica on black and white 35mm film, Lee Friedlander’s nude photography depicts the female body of the period in a romantic and erotic way, showing its sheer beauty rather than over-sexualizing and objectifying it.
See the images in The Allure of a Body: Lee Friedlander
Paris Photo in Los Angeles
One of the most renowned fairs in the world – Paris Photo LA 2015 is preparing for its third edition in Los Angeles. After very successful Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2015 art fair, this very unique and original art fair takes place in the biggest Californian city; an art fair that is now in its 18th year, and which takes place twice a year – at the Grand Palais in Paris in the fall and at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles in the spring. Paris Photo Los Angeles is the US edition of this famous art fair that is focusing on the photographic medium. But, it’s not only about photographs, fine art photography and evolution of contemporary photography, but also about moving images and other artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries that are using photography and moving image
See what the fair offered in Paris Photo LA 2015
How Soviet Union Celebrated May 1st
To celebrate International Workers’ Day, Widewalls decided to pick out 10 propaganda posters from the Soviet Union, created for the 1st of May. The former Soviet Union is of course famous for its striking and powerful propaganda artworks and there are plenty of examples for their Day of International Solidarity of the Working Class. In the Soviet Union, the 1st of May became a symbol of class struggle, with workers protesting for better wages and conditions annually between 1890 and 1917, finally becoming a public holiday in 1918 known as Day of International Solidarity of the Working Class. During this period every city, town and village had compulsory workers parades, complete with balloons, flowers, flags, banners and of course, some fine examples of Soviet Union propaganda, in the form of posters.
Check them out in 10 Propaganda Posters from Soviet Union for International Workers’ Day
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Bulbe and Oakoak in Paris
Remember all that fun art you would randomly see on the street? (Spoiler alert: it’s not Banksy.) Or maybe those colorful birds composed of little triangles? Now you can see the works of both these artists hanging on the walls of a gallery – an art space called Le Cabinet d’Amateur in Paris. The urban artists in question are Oakoak and Bulbe, both coming from Saint-Étienne, and the street is their playground, a place where their imagination meets the urban environment in a very entertaining way.
See what that’s about in Oakoak & Bulbe at Le Cabinet d’Amateur