Weekly Highlights: January 19 – 25
It’s a good Monday! Please allow me to elaborate, with a personal note. There is a certain sense of fulfillment for an editor to see how the community of readers reacts to the reality which is presented by the editorial team. And, this sense is even a more potent one, should we look at a week such as the previous one. Why? Because last week, things you liked the most had been the exact topic we felt most passionate about. So, for all of those who have missed an exciting 7-day-Widewalls-conducted journey around the globe – here are the Weekly Highlights!
The Asian continent is such an extraordinary and vast cultural space do discover (be sure to revisit our selection of 10 Asian Artists). The seven days behind us have only proved this. We have explored the amazing world of collectors from various corners of Asia (for more similar topics, check out our Collectors Tip category) and tried to see where their artistic interests lie. We have gone to the Far East to enjoy the work of some of the most inspiring artists Japan has to offer. Finally, through the adventures of LOOK The Weird at Street Art Chennai, we are finding out all the exciting details from India. As for the situation back in Europe, Widewalls community was busy exploring the potential of various artists coming from the cultural space of the Netherlands and celebrated our new Artist of the Week – MadC.
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MadC is Artist of the Week
Starting in 1996, the then 16-year-old girl quickly worked through the large walls and besides the first period of accommodation, MadC seemed to have what it takes to make it in what was considered a boy’s world of street art. Her first big break came in 2000, when she became noticed for her burner walls, dynamic wild style-pieces placed in detailed sceneries, themes and motifs taken from fantasy and sci-fi and finally, after years of hard work she got her first recognition. Ever since, the artistic practice of MadC has been changing in innovative and exciting ways (read more in MadC: The Rebirth of Tradition). These, and for many more reasons, MadC was Widewalls’ Artist of the Week.
The Magic that is the Netherlands
Over the years The Netherlands has produced some of the world’s finest urban and street art names, and thanks to its liberal regulations pertaining to street art, soon enough Amsterdam became one of the most important and greatly influential graffiti scenes in the world. Walking through the city feels like a visit to a most amazing street art gallery, as its monumental walls are covered with numerous highly elaborate murals. There, one can also find an extraordinary Street Art Museum Amsterdam, filled with an unique and truly amazing collection of the Dutch street and urban art. Last week, we had decided to have a look at some of the artists coming from the cultural space of the Netherlands – check out our selection of 10 Urban Artists from the Netherlands.
Art from the Land of the Rising Sun
Japanese art has become one of the most sought after in the art market, finding strong roots in both Western culture and Eastern. Its edgy character has a unique sensibility to it, varying from daintily intricate and innocent, to the outrageously provocative and highly sexual, borrowing various influences from pop culture, commercialism and eroticism, as well as from Japanese traditional art and its iconography. In order to convey the inspiring potential of Japanese art, we have decided to have a look at the works of 10 Japanese Artists Under 50. If you have missed this last week, don’t forget to have a look!
Super-Collectors form Asia
At times, one might feel a bit light-headed when looking at the amounts of money that flows through the art market. Perhaps, this is even more the case when we talk about collectors from Asia. However, this is not the only instance which makes these super-collectors so interesting. All around the world a new generation of Asian entrepreneurs, especially those coming from China, is snapping up artworks created by the biggest names in the contemporary art. This comes as no surprise as there is now almost a million millionaires and more than a hundred billionaires in Asia, who are amassing the riches within major private and museum collections as we speak. Be sure to find out more, by having a look at our selection of 10 Super-Collectors from Asia.
LOOK The Weird’s Chronicles
“I am lying in my bed in the heart of the East Indian, 9 Million people filled, megacity that is Chennai, pretty much exhausted. India is such a blast, but let me begin a little earlier in the story. Last summer I was asked by Georg Zolchow, who curates exhibitions and cultural exchange projects, if I was interested in joining a bunch of other artists to go to India together for a project with the local Goethe-Institut Chennai. No question about it. The whole project should be in October 2014 he said. It was his first big project in India but it seems that India is a little complicated if you are arranging such a big project with at least 12 artists or artist groups. So the whole project was shifted to January 2015 because permission is hard to get in a country that actually has no idea what graffiti or street art is.” This is just a fragment of what you can expect form LOOK The Weird and his chronicles from India. In the following days, be sure to stay tuned and read more of LOOK’s adventures. In the meantime, check out Part One of the artists chronicles!
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