As we flock around her right after our final MA Visual Arts First Year Juries and I request some time for an interview as directed by my professor Sir Quddus Mirza (Editor of ArtNow), there is a yes and a no in the answer that I get. The word enigmatic is a constant in all the published material that I’ve read about Sumaya Durrani in my humble quest to know a bit about her and we, the visual arts Master's students frozen in the space of her eloquence, are proof that it’s true.
My 2007 oil painting One Fine Day soon will conclude its five-month long exhibition at at McGuire Real Estate Gallery in Elmwood District, Berkeley. This painting, in somewhat sickly moon light tone (pale Prussian blue), depicted a school of agitated and thrashing fish, tightly packed in confining space, bulging eyes telegraphing anguish, straining to escape of a deadly trap they had unfortunately fallen into. The ironic title I chose, perhaps ought to be ascribed to some lucky fishermen. And t... [more]
The famed Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty in China impressed not only with the sheer numbers of those soldiers, generals and horses, but upon close inspection, the endless variations of those individuals, each one of them seemed to have a distinct look and personalities, a far cry from cookie cutter mass production one might have suspected.
The most impressive was a Standing Archer - whose stylized yet naturalistic posture and his impassive face emitted an aura of... [more]
"Fernando Carpaneda was named as a Juror's Choice for Visual Art at the 2016 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. "The Rebirth of Punk" sculpture was one of three pieces of art to receive the award." https://www.seattleerotic.org/2016-visual-art-award-winners/ [more]
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September, cool breezes and a glut of exhibitions, it's our favorite time of year. Galleries set the tone for their exhibition schedule and we get to see a ton of new work.
To ease the visual overload, we're here to clarify your calendar. Check out the best openings from around the world below:
Get the most out of the ArtSlant Calendar! Plan gallery and museum trips, map venues and events, share exhibitions with... [more]
Xu Beihong (1895-1953) was a renown Chinese artist, who was uniquely accomplished in both western oil paintings and traditional Chinese paintings. The museum bears his name, Xu Beihong Museum in Beijing had many of fine representations of his works. One of his most famous oil painting was a portrait titled "Sound of Flute", which, though somewhat veered towards sentimentality, was redeemed by the heroine's shagginess, which transported her to the purer and more primitive and private world. Rather than... [more]
by Danny Castillones Sillada
“You can enjoy a grander sight, / By climbing to a greater height.”
~ Wang Zhihuan, On The Stork Tower
Merced, California — One does not only see the flowing or cascading waters but also imagine their origins, how they murmur, drift, and converge in a particular event in space and time, as if the artist had painted hundreds of miles of a meandering river, the waters explode with vivacity on the white plane, capturing their sensuous details in a single pictorial nar... [more]
Nurtured by many Russian novels while growing up, I developed a special feeling towards the omnipresent birches, which not only aptly set the scenes and evoke the particular melancholy especially associated with Russia and Russian people, and finally, I made effort in 2006 to try to capture such feelings with a painting titled Birches, which is currently showing at the McGuire Real Estate gallery in Berkeley as part of the “Crowded by Beauty” exhibit. I love the slender shapes of the... [more]
Transformation II by Chalchitra Academy
31 artists. 19 of them ‘contemporary’, 12 ‘traditional’.
This gathering of artmakers which include fine art degree holding artists, professional illustrators, a print collective, self-taught art object-makers, family-trained traditional art and ritual object makers, a 3D street artist, a performance artist and many more whose practice can’t be neatly categorised, is contrary to contemporary exhibition trends t... [more]
The main museum in my hometown, Manchurian city Shenyang, Liaoning Provincial Museum, boasted some magnificent artifacts and Chinese paintings, due to the fact that the last imperial dynasty was originated from Manchuria, and had kept a rich trove of art treasures in Shenyang, especially during and after World War II, when Manchu elites retreated back to northeastern China. Like many cities in China, Shenyang has experienced rapid expansion in the last decade or so, resulting in the move of it... [more]
Video Photo Credit: Faye Arranz. Artist, PD Packard (left), Video Director, Christine Puma (middle), and Artist + Akua Inks Inventor, Susan Rostow (left).
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Artist P D Packard takes you through the making of her Printed Decorative Papers using Akua Inks. Her "commitment to color", as she describes, inspires the layering of the decorative patterns she creates using dried leaves that she's collected. Packard emphasizes the importance of devising a "color story", selectin... [more]
Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Gallery) di Ferrara, also known as Palazzo dei Diamanti, named for its rusticated façade of diamond spikes, impressed with effortless elegance of the building and its collections.
The first striking piece greeted visitors was an "Assunzione di Santa Maria Maddalena" by Maestro della Maddalena Assunta.
The highly stylized landscape was an idealized world, where animals, plants, and humans mingled together in harmony. The low vantage point and the r... [more]
The formidable and somewhat gloomy fortress, Castello Estense in Ferrara, Italy was surprisingly airy and even cheesy inside. Such as this whimsical ceiling painting, one of many, depicting carousing nude men and cherubim, who, despite in the drunken stage, allowed their stances and gestures to be regulated by some tidy order. Their pale flash tone worked really well against the elegant background of blue and pink walls and windows of a building façade, thus introduced another dimension of ord... [more]
The Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale) in Bologna hosted a large museum with amazing art collections. Among numerous interesting works, I found two portraits most engaging. One was "Ritratto di vecchino (Portrait of an Old Man)" by Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto. This portrait presented a robust old man with a striking set of abundant white beard, contrasting and echoing the black cap atop his broad forehead. The unwavering, penetrating, yet not-unkind gaze of this old man told... [more]
Basilica Santuario Santo Stefano, the oldest church in Bologna, was very atmospherically evocative and romantic, and the many unique artefacts in its often darkish chambers added much allure. The artwork left the strongest impression on me was a small plate of relief on the exterior of its nave, featuring three primitive looking figures with haloed heads resembling astronauts' in headgear, and stiffly raised hands sending signals of warning or blessing. The central figure, the only seated on... [more]