Weekly Highlights: May 11 - 17
Last week, I had the pleasure of talking to Nychos, whom you may know as “that guy who paints giant dissected animals, and sometimes humans.” A fine character indeed – out of all the interesting people that I interviewed during my endeavor here at Widewalls, he is perhaps my favorite. It seems like our readers enjoyed it too, as this article was one of the most viewed in the past week. It is great to get to know what’s behind the great minds of street art today, see what inspires them, what drives them towards making the walls more beautiful. On a still relevant matter, we thank them for their efforts in presenting street art as something meaningful, significant and way beyond its wide perception as vandalism.
It also seems like nowadays, the eternal city of Rome is the place to be. Their first international biennale of art and culture was just held, presenting a variety of creatives and mediums. Aside from our advices on what to buy in Rome during that time, we also presented galleries in Rome you should definitely visit. Speaking of galleries, such selection was made for London as well, as many of our friends there are hosting the most amazing exhibitions worth taking a look at. Finally, the fifth Katowice Street Art Festival is being held in Poland, and it aims to be their best edition to date.
Read more on all these topics by scrolling down.
A Talk With Nychos
In street art, like in all art forms, there are many artists who have developed a unique artistic approach and became recognizable for a certain style that set the bar and made the movement even more versatile. It feels great to see a piece of work on the street and to know whose it is, because of the artist’s impeccable consistency in keeping up the good work, brilliant skills and inexhaustible ideas. That is the case with Nychos, a remarkable Austrian street artist whose dissected animals and human bodies truly ask for a standing ovation. In a beautiful blend of anatomy and painting, the work of Nychos goes beyond sheer representation of entrails, and invites us to scratch beneath the surface of things and to simply enjoy all the vivid colors and extraordinary details of these artworks.
Enjoy the whole talk in Interview with Nychos
Art Galleries of the Eternal City
Rome, as the capital city of Italy, is also a center (together with Milan) of Italian contemporary art. Many famous contemporary artists are from Italy, just to mention Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani or Nanda Vigo. We should also mention a vivid Italian street art scene, with some amazing urban artists coming and working in Italy. Therefore, a big number of contemporary art galleries in Rome is not just a reflection of Rome’s status as a global city, but also reflects the vivid Italian contemporary scene. And having in mind that Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, don’t be surprised when you see how many extraordinary art spaces there are in the eternal city. These spaces offer amazing exhibitions, and they are definitely art spaces that should be visited.
See our list in Galleries in Rome You Should Visit
Street Art Festival in Katowice
The Katowice Street Art Festival 2015 is about to kick off in Poland, which will see a number of street artists hitting the city to create some murals and installations for the public to enjoy. This year is the fifth edition of the Katowice Street Art Festival and happens to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the city receiving its urban charter, which will be celebrated with many events across the city. The festival aims to use its fifth edition to reflect upon Katowice, its past and future, by turning the streets into a space for experimentation for a short while. Along with the street art and mural painting there will be a host of other events including film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts and tours around the city by bike, highlighting some of the mural works from previous editions of the festival.
Read more in Katowice Street Art Festival 2015
The Italian capital of Rome will become the host of the first ever edition of ROMART, an International Biennale of Art and Culture. The fair will host the artworks from both emerging and established artists, covering the mediums of painting, sculpture, graphic design, photography, video and digital art, as well as many others. Three of the event’s professional juries will select the best pieces, exhibited on a 17,000 square meter wide space of Fiera di Roma, and give out a total of 25 prizes. More than 400 artists from 50 countries will present their works, which will be divided in 7 artistic sections. The four-day fair will offer a number of events, film projections, book presentations, concerts, conferences and talks.
Check out the highlights in ROMART Art Fair 2015
The Best Art Galleries in London
As one would expect, London is home to a large number of exhibition spaces, offering something for everyone and home to world famous institutions such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Barbican Centre and Whitechapel Gallery. One doesn’t have to travel very far though to come across a number of smaller and excellent art spaces spread out across the city, with many catering for modern art lovers. There are many areas, such as the once wonderful Cork Street, located near the Royal Academy of Arts and famous for being full of contemporary art galleries. Cork Street itself was the centre of a campaign in 2012 to save the famous arts district from development, gaining support from the likes of David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake.
See all the galleries in 10 Galleries in London You Have To Visit
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