Weekly Highlights: June 22 - 28
It’s true – street art has come a long way, and it seems that today it’s being recognized and appreciated as form of art, as it should be. However, the fact that it still gets mixed up with vandalism gets us worried, but also a little bit discouraged. And we’re talking big names, artists who have been around for decades and who have made their art famous outside the street art circles as well. We’re talking Shepard Fairey, who was accused of vandalism and would be arrested upon his return to Detroit because he “destroyed property”. Destroyed? Even if you’re not a fan of his, you can hardly not appreciate the aesthetics of his murals, and putting him in jail for five years won’t really resolve anything, let alone prevent other artists from creating their art in the future.
Take South America, for example. There, murals are the voice of the people, a form of protest and expression, and the uniqueness of every country and culture is reflected on the city’s walls in the most beautiful way. As part of our Art Travel Special, we took you to 10 cities in South America where street art is truly otherworldly. If you’re a bit more into art indoors, and a sea view, we made a list of 10 best art hotels overlooking the sea as well. The latest entry of our Provoke! (NSFW) section made a comeback after a short break, with the art of Alexandra Rubinstein, and a group exhibition at Ethan Cohen in New York dealing with the notions of “clouds” seems to have caught your attention as well.
While we’re saying goodbye to June, it’s time to take a look at its last week.
Cities of Street Art in South America
Ever since the revolutionary murals painted by artists like Diego Rivera and Jose Orozco, it has become clear that art on the street will be South America’s primary form of protest. Since then, however, street art has come a long way, and many of its forms are forbidden in many places. Yet the relationship between the people in need of a voice and the ability of the artists among them to make the walls speak broke many rules and in many cities of South America, street art is embraced, respected, even encouraged. Versatile in style and unique in content, it spreads throughout the whole continent, creating a united and deeply particular art scene so tightly bonded with its culture, tradition, history and people. In countries like Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, entire cities are urban artworks.
Check them out in 10 Street Art Destinations in South America
Vandalism Charges for Shepard Fairey
Before even coming to Detroit and beginning his work on a mural, which was commissioned by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services, Meridian Health and the Library Street Collective gallery, Shepard Fairey stated that he is still producing art on the street without a permission, and that he would do just that during his stay in Detroit. But that was a big no-no for the Detroit police. In a city devastated by the economic crisis and crime, Shepard Fairey was accused for creating a total of nine square-shaped posters with his well-known symbols (like Andre the Giant) between May 16 and 22. If convicted, Fairey would face a possible jail-time up to five years, and a fine over $10,000. It appears that Detroit officials and Detroit police, unable to tackle much bigger issues and problems, have picked on graffiti and street artists – Mayor Mike Duggan said that seven different felony charges were brought up in the last six months against graffiti artists, and that graffiti is being “dramatically reduced”. Well, bra-vo (the applauding sound should be inserted somewhere here).
Read more in Shepard Fairey Wanted For Vandalism in Detroit
Erotic Art of Alexandra Rubinstein
Cunnilingus is one of the most represented erotic scenes in the works by Alexandra Rubinstein. In her series of works entitled Celebrity Cunnilingus (2014- ), the artist depicts popular heartthrobs and other famous men performing cunnilingus (i.e. David Beckham or Bred Pitt). Similarly, Men Eating Pussy (2014- ) series is consisted of paintings of stills from vintage pornography of men orally satisfying women. These paintings are quite powerful and realistic, no matter how provocative they might be to some viewers. And in many of these paintings, female figures are passing through extraordinary and altered-state-of-consciousness moments – through ecstasy provoked by sexual excitement.
See the pictures in The Power of Carnal Ecstasy: Art of Alexandra Rubinstein
Art Hotels Overlooking the Sea
Summer is officially here! That being said, it is time to start planning vacations, and I think that most of you would agree that a seaside with a touch of art is sitting on top of the Dream Holiday list. And what could possibly be better than an art hotel with a sea view? We’ve already gone through our extensive art hotels database a few times, introducing you to the top 10 art hotels on the West Coast, as well as those located in the city of New York, and for those in love with Europe, there were the best art hotels on the Mediterranean Sea. This has inspired us to go further and take a trip around the globe in order to find only the dreamiest destinations along the many beautiful coasts.
Check them out in 10 Art Hotels with a Sea View
In the Cloud in New York
One of the most important parts of a successful exhibition is the curatorial phase – a phase when curators are conceptualizing the show’s theme, and when they select artists for the show. This phase is particularly important in shows featuring a higher number of artists. Such is the case with In the Cloud group exhibition at Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York that is about to open. With 22 amazing artists participating, this group exhibition explores a various set of themes, such as the role of social media in contemporary societies, individual and collective memory, and technology. One of the questions the exhibition addresses is: Where do we store all our memories, knowledge, emotions? Is it possible that Internet has become a place where all our memory-related thoughts are assembled? Maybe not, as the title of this group exhibition suggests – since these developments are inherent for all of us (all societies), what we already have in common is the sky above us – and clouds. For us, as humans, much of our spirituality is linked to the skies – specifically using clouds as guidance or representation of gods.
Read more about the show in In the Cloud at Ethan Cohen Gallery
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