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Weekly Highlights: April 6 - 12

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April 13, 2015
Studied Photography at IED in Milan, Italy. Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

Certain things never go out of fashion. Take nudity, for example – whether it’s painting, sculpture, photography or any form of art whatsoever, it is always going to draw much attention. I mean, it’s nakedness, but it’s art as well, so it’s even better. And a great excuse not to feel ashamed. Not everyone, however, can produce quality works, both aesthetically and meaning-wise. Like for everything, it takes a little bit of talent and another bit of luck, until it all fits perfectly together. We have had the pleasure to come across many artists who have managed it successfully, where the female body is being celebrated in the purest, godly form. And you, dear readers, have appreciated it as well. Week after week.

That being said, this week’s two of the most viewed articles were taken from our Provoke! (NSFW) section, yet again. A female and a male photographer, both giving an exciting look at sensuality and lust, each in their own creative way. You were also excited about the upcoming Ryan Hewett exhibition, and no one could possibly blame you. The past week was an exciting one when it comes to street art as well, with new murals and projects from the best street art can offer. And speaking of the best, our 10 picks of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s most amazing art pieces are only the beginning of our Street Art Legends cycle, to stay tuned for more!

Scroll down and live the past week’s very best…

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The Art of Erotica

The erotic photography of Mairi-Luise Tabbakh seemed to explode in 2013, the stylish photos gaining much attention, with a good amount of press saying the photographer was a name to invest in for the future. Certainly artist Damien Hirst and boxer Dereck Chisora thought so, as they purchased works. While the focus is on her erotic photography, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh has also published candid Polaroid photos and produced shoots for Fault Magazine and NY Inked, capturing models and actors for which her style is very well suited. Her personal life seems to reflect the young glamorous people portrayed in her erotic photography, with David Bailey being a family friend and the eccentric Lord Bath, politician, author, artist and avid collector of art, is a big fan apparently. Whether such high profile supporters is a help or a hindrance when trying to launch a career in photography remains to be seen, but for now enjoy the stylish erotic photography of Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, while we wait to see what emerges in the future.

See more in Erotic Photography; Mairi-Luise Tabbakh.

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The Amazing Basquiat

While it is common in the contemporary art scene for street artists to successfully combine street art and studio based work, Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the most spectacular examples of the crossover from street art into the world of fine art. Since his tragic death at the age of 27 in 1988 from a heroin overdose, which you can read more about in Loving Basquiat, the desire for Basquiat art has never diminished, if anything his work is ever more collectable, regularly fetching high prices at auction. Evidence of this can be seen in our 10 Highest Sales at Major Auction Houses for the period January to April 2015, which includes two pieces of Basquiat art. When looking at Basquiat art it is clear that Jean-Michel Basquiat had a true and unique talent, beginning life as a street artist and then taking that energy and spirit into his studio work while addressing many social issues.

Read more in Street Art Legends: Best of Basquiat Art.

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The Shape and Form of a Female Body

Russian photographer Igor Amelkovich dedicated his whole opus entirely to specifics of shape and form of female body. Drawing inspiration from works of celebrated photographers like Helmut Newton or Howard Schatz, he is primarily concentrated on representation of naked woman. By combining digital and analogue techniques he is producing array body of work based primarily on nudes, but also incorporating landscapes. Although it may appear so, those are not just bare nude images. They are, obviously, a product of Amelkovich’s obsession with naked female body, yet they express refined eroticism as well as supreme sensuality. Most of his erotic photographic series can be considered as dignifying towards female bodies, but some can be potentially misogynistic. While positioning bodies in natural environment, making them pose in dreamy and sensual manner, Amelkovich is producing compositions suggesting potential godliness of shown woman.

Check it out in Igor Amelkovich – Language of a Body.

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The Untitled Exhibition

South African born and based, Ryan Hewett is a self-taught artist whose body of work is mainly consisted of contemporary portraits. His work is semi-abstract and contrary to the portrait tradition Hewett has no desire to capture external likeness of his subjects but rather use them as means to inner exploration. Despite the use of photographs in process of painting they are only a starting point from which he builds up freely following imagination and memory. He does not use sitters or models in his work. There is impression of something incomplete that is indicative of Hewett’s skillful painterly method. Faces emerging from canvas in his portraits tempt viewers with their rawness and tension between subject and his technique.

Head over to Ryan Hewett at The UNIT London

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The week on the streets

Onto the matter of street art and murals, with the most popular image on the Widewalls Facebook page this past week being the amazing new mural that NemO’s created in Madrid, Spain while visiting the city for his solo exhibition. Adnate was in Australia creating another stunning portrait mural as part of the Wall to Wall Street Art Festival while WESR hit Berlin with a breath-taking mural featuring two ghostly faces. Belgian street artist Derm was out creating a new slick mural in his signature style and Penang in Malaysia found itself home to some beautiful new mural work from the hand and mind of Alex Face. Read full update in Street Update #70.

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