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ROMANOVA SVETLANA-ART  
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3/31/20 Posted 3/5/09

         Hello frends! I am an artist. My roots take place in St.Petersburg, which has great architecture, culture and history that influenced me once and forever. Today, in the times of technical progress, mass production and new artificial materials I search for inspiration in the foundation of the Arts - old Russian Orthodox icons, Renaissance and folk cultures. I seek out look for new shapes and images within my themes using different materials, but my favorite is glass for its plasticity and abi... [more]

Bodies and Beings: What Place Can Ceramics Have In Contemporary Art Now?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/27/15

From the didactically ornate, magical sculptures of Adrian Arleo to the pensive and powerful busts of Jacob Foran, Abmeyer+Wood gallery’s current exhibition Bodies + Beings represents a range of aesthetics that reflect the potential of ceramics today. Bringing together some of the most established names in contemporary ceramic art—including Patti Warashina and Richard Notkin—it also introduces some emerging artists working in a medium many once thought of as limited to cups and... [more]

A Monumental Gesture of Intimacy   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Taturo Atzu at De Oude Kerk June 27th - September 6th
Posted 7/27/15

The number of tourists pouring into Amsterdam increases steadily every year. Obviously Madame Tussauds, the Anne Frank House and—of course—the red light district are popular destinations, but in the last decade or so museums have become a serious pull-factor. Number one on the list is the Rijksmuseum, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors in 2014 and on track to break that record this year. For the exhibition Late Rembrandt alone half a million tickets were sold. Besides happy faces... [more]

Art or Not?  
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7/24/15 Posted 7/24/15

Art or Not? You thought you had the art world sussed, but every once in a while it chucks you a curve ball. In short, sometimes art can seem like a joke. What if we strip away the nonsense jargon—is the artwork still an artwork? What if we attribute those words to a different image—does that make it more legit? Every week, we ask our readers to play a game of guess who, and enjoy moment of irreverance in an oh-so-serious art world... This week: which pile of goo was made by an art... [more]

Artists Join Hands for Social Causes  
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7/21/15 Posted 7/21/15

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Turning the Tables on Global Self-Evidence   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Georges Adéagbo, Brook Andrew, Raqs Media Collective, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark Dion, Meschac Gaba, Simryn Gill, Mona Hatoum, Romuald Hazoumè, Femke Herregraven, Tsang Kin-Wah, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Batoul S'himi, Taryn Simon, Andrea Stultiens, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ghana ThinkTank, Tintin Wulia, Chen Zhen at Museum De Lakenhal June 27th - October 4th
Posted 7/20/15

Empty prisons, abandoned shipyards, derelict factories—in the past couple of decades these raw and unpolished places have become very popular as locations for art fairs, biennials, and temporary exhibitions. Often it’s simply because of their atmospheric quality. Or to stress the fact that the art on show really is connected to the outside world and not only functions within the artificial ecosystem of the museum. But it works best if the location’s identity and the exhibition... [more]

Comicon North by Vanguard Culture/Rebecca Romani  
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Gary Aagaard, Lauren Berley, Thayer Bray, Maclovio Cantu IV, Brittany Ellis, eric garcia, Wes Hardesty, Khryztof, Michael Koerner, Alberto Lopez, Kathleen McLaughlin, Chris Smith, Richard Smolinksi, Sallie Whistler Marcucci at The Studio Door July 3rd - July 26th
Posted 7/16/15

Comicon North Article by Rebecca Romani It’s late on a Friday and the Studio Door Gallery on 30th is still going strong for the opening of its national Comicon-inspired show, “Strip: Caricature, Satire and the Funnies.” The caricature artist is working on a couple who looks thrilled to be getting mildly caricaturized and someone is busily adding lines to the communal canvas off in the corner. She is concentrating so hard she barely notices people looking over her shoulder. ... [more]

Reed V. Horth on Why He Became an Art Dealer  
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7/16/15 Posted 7/16/15

artnet News, Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Reed V. Horth, owner and founder of Robin Rile Fine Art. Reed V. Horth, owner and founder of Robin Rile Fine Art, has found many avenues to channel his passion for modern, postwar, and contemporary art. As an art dealer, he is responsible for placing countless priceless works by modern masters, such as Salvador Dalí and Richard MacDonald, into museums and private collections around the world. His accomplishments extend into other areas of th... [more]

We Contain Multitudes: the Hybrid Identities of Andrea Crespo   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Andrea Crespo at Hester July 12th - August 9th
Posted 7/15/15

Within the first few minutes of David Cronenberg’s 1999 movie eXistenZ, video game designer Allegra Geller is referred to as both “goddess” and “demoness.” The polarizing reaction to Geller’s games sets the stakes for the ensuing narrative—one in which “realists” fight against gamers, who, according to the realists, “deform” reality. Indeed, in immersive games like eXistenZ, players are never sure if they are themselves or their c... [more]

Athar Jaber's Defaced Sculptures Speak to Violence, Entropy, and Human Nature   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/13/15

Where Pain Becomes Beauty is an exhibition at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in Florence, presenting 19 works by the young Iraqi-Italian sculptor Athar Jaber. Several members of the international art community opened the exhibition with a series of talks and discussions on "Poly-cultural Identities," examining topics related to the blurring of national narratives and cultural boundaries. Both the exhibition and the debates spoke to the ideological nature national identity, opening onto themes that coinci... [more]

Claire Falkenberg  
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7/13/15 Posted 7/13/15

Claire Falkenberg works with....read more: http://doseprojects.com/claire-falkenberg/ [more]

Preview: FUNCTION, an Exhibit  
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7/11/15 Posted 7/11/15

By Melissa Starker From the January 3, 2013 edition Cultural Arts Center Jan. 5-Feb. 8; opening reception 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 139 W. Main St., Downtown culturalartscenteronline.org In a couple of months, customers at J.C. Penney will be able to peruse functional wares by the likes of Bodum Design, Jonathan Adler and Terence Conran. With similar partnerships already in place at Target and many other retailers, it seems these days as if Walmart is the only thing separating our society... [more]

Plastic Paralysis at Studio Bongiorno  
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7/10/15 Posted 7/10/15

I had a rude awakening this last April when Robin Lysne asked me to participate in the June/July exhibit "Plastic Paralysis" at Studio Bongiorno in Santa Clara, CA. I had no idea that plastic was and is creating a huge environmental disaster: huge funnel like gyres larger than the state of Texas made of floating plastic debris in all of the world's major oceans. As a result, plastic has invaded the food chain in both minute and/or large form in most all fish and sea mammals. To me what hit home was se... [more]

Carsten Höller: Like a Fun Fair, Without the Fun   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Carsten Höller at Hayward Gallery June 10th - September 6th
Posted 7/6/15

“Like a fun fair, but without the fun” was the quote from one of my companions at the Carsten Höller exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London. And it’s a fair enough point: the slide is a bit wobbly and not very fast. The upside down goggles didn’t fit me properly and so primarily showed a slice of uncharacteristically blue London sky, that no matter how many times I reminded myself to look up to look down, it still didn’t fully challenge normative expectations o... [more]

London Turns Tropical: Radamés "Juni" Figueroa at Edel Assanti   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Radamés “Juni” Figueroa at Edel Assanti June 12th - July 31st
Posted 7/5/15

With record high temperatures in London at present, the city is suddenly awash with the tropical: denim hot pants, turquoise, fluorescent pink, bright yellow. Even the conservative dresser is using this rare heatwave as an occassion to adorn brightly colored prints. The aesthetic of the tropics seems to seep out of Topshop into virtually every café and bar with an outdoor suntrap. Yet little thought is given to where this trend originates from—the formal, social, communal, and ever... [more]

Wonder and Connection: On Fabricating Nature in Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/1/15

One issue that weighs on my psyche as an artist working in the realm of realism is that of understanding the attraction to and value of created nature in art. In my own work, I create and preserve moments from nature as a statement on the transience of life. But, during my wanderings through picturesque parks and other abundantly verdant spaces in Seattle, my current city of residence, I began to question why we seek to recreate imagery from the organic world when it already appears perfectly in na... [more]


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