Weekly Highlights: June 15 - 21
Almost 100,000 people visited Art Basel in Basel over the course of six days. As expected, the biggest happening of the month of June was quite a success, and in the week behind us, we introduced you to the 10 booths at Art Basel you absolutely have to visit. If you took our advice, we’re sure you weren’t disappointed by our selection. With this year’s edition already behind us, we can now go back to waiting for Art Basel Miami Beach, coming up in December. Kinda shadowed by it was VOLTA 11, another big event in the Swiss city, which is becoming quite a force to be reckon with. Let’s not forget the rest of the world though; the 2015 Venice Biennale will be underway until November 22nd, not to mention all the exciting festivals, events, exhibitions and other art fairs coming our way.
For example, Jonathan LeVine in New York continues its great exhibition streak with a group exhibition dedicated to the female figure – but from a point of view of three extraordinary female artists; Italian street artist Diamond is having a solo show in his hometown Rome, at White Noise Gallery, showcasing a wide range of his works. Finally, a rather unusual article from our Provoke! (NSFW) section caught most of your attention: the history of erotica in Japanese art. I cannot blame you: it’s a really interesting story, especially for the Western cultures, whose take on erotic art is very different from what the Japanese masters had to offer.
Scroll down and enjoy last week’s best all over again.
Japanese Erotic Art and its Masters
For almost three full decades of the Edo period, between the 17th and the 19th century, when the economy grew and the people enjoyed arts and culture to the fullest, the Japanese culture has seen the bloom of Shunga. A form of the traditional erotic art, it is a type of ukiyo-e, a genre of woodblock prints and paintings, with a literal meaning of “picture of spring”, introducing the name of the season as a euphemism for sex. Highly explicit, shunga celebrated all facets of human sexuality and desire: heterosexual, homosexual, transsexual, and depicted a dazzling spectrum of practices and expressions such as voyeurism in the most raw and exaggerated way. In these artworks, the subjects are seen luring in ecstasy and sexual excitement, in a scenery that leaves nothing to imagination.
Read more in Erotica in Japanese Art: A Taboo Filled History
10 Best Booths at Art Basel 2015
To be a part of Art Basel means to find yourself among the very elite of the art world. Perhaps the most important art fair out there, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, draws only the best galleries, curators and artists for all the dealers, collectors and art lovers to enjoy for three days. As a participant, once you’re through the rigorous selection, there really isn’t anything more to wish for. The 2015 Art Basel in Basel will see 284 leading art spaces who made it from 33 countries, showing more than a hundred years of art. With such an incredible content the world’s most renowned galleries will fight for visitors’ attention with, the whole fair is a battleground. Yet, there will be some booths at Art Basel 2015 that you should certainly not miss, and we want to point you to them.
See them all in 10 Art Basel Booths You Have To Visit
Trifecta at Jonathan LeVine
Female figures have always been part of modern and contemporary artworks. And, representing female figures has been always perceived without any prejudices, no matter what art medium is been used. However, when we talk about female artists, the situation is quite different. During the 20th century, it wasn’t easy for female artists to make a breakthrough in the mainstream contemporary art, due to many reasons – one of them being patriarchal societies. Even in the 21st century, when the position of women has been significantly improved, we may often witness female artists being marginalized. Recognizing the need to promote some amazing female artists, Jonathan LeVine Gallery presents Trifecta, a group exhibition curated by Yasha Young featuring works by Handiedan, Mimi Scholz and Sandra Chevrier.
Continue reading in Jonathan LeVine Presents: Trifecta
Art Basel 2015 is certainly central event of the art week; however, other important satellite events put Switzerland in the very center of the global contemporary art scene in June. Apart from Art Basel 2015, there will be several smaller art fairs as well, such as RHY Art Fair and Volta 11 in Basel. Volta is Basel’s renowned art fair for new and emerging art. This year, VOLTA 11 welcomes 69 international positions by galleries from 19 countries and 36 cities. More than half of exhibiting galleries this year elect to present solo or dual-artist booths, echoing the fair’s solo-only New York sibling as well as VOLTA’s overarching mandate as a boutique and focused platform for discovery. VOLTA has already created a brand known and respected for its strict selection of exhibiting galleries and artists, including a growing list of alumni who have graduated to the main fairs.
See what was on view in Volta 11 in Basel
Diamond in Rome
Diamond is well-known as one of the first famous Italian street artists. Born in Rome, in 1977, he showed a natural flair to the design during his childhood. Back in the 1990s, Diamond came to the street art, becoming one of the leaders of the eternal city. The techniques he uses are unusual and different, a bit strange for the usual methods of making street art. As a street artist, Diamond turns his art into a sort of post-modern Art Nouveau capable of transforming the commonplace into highly prized objects. The artist goes in search of everyday objects which he then transforms into unique instruments adhering to the Klimtian ideal of life whereby the boundary between art and functionality disappears. Windows, doors, screens and other objects destined for the rubbish dump, become works of art, but without losing their original functionality.
Read about the exhibition in White Noise Gallery Presents: Diamond Werkstaette
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