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世上奖金最高摄影比赛评选出炉  
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3/25/15 Posted 3/25/15

世上奖金最高摄影比赛评选出炉 本由迪拜王子Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum 推动的摄影大赛“哈姆丹国际摄影大赛”(HIPA),早前公布了第四届比赛结果,大会主题为"Life in Color“,今年共收到60,162幅参赛作品,来自166个国家,共30,878为参赛者,总冠军由来自印度的Anurag Kumar夺得,奖金多达USD 120,000。组别︰Life in Colour总冠军摄影师︰Anurag Kumar (印度)介绍︰摄于印度节庆Holi 第一名摄影师︰Aruna Bhat (印度)介绍︰摄于印度喜马拉雅山脉一座佛寺 第二名摄影师︰Zhang Xiangli (中国)介绍︰摄于中国江西省亚洲绶带 第三名摄影师︰Zeki Yavuzak (土耳其)介绍︰图为土耳其高中女生,她在帮忙晒干红辣椒、茄子等,以赚取外快 第四名摄影师︰Mujeeb Kizhakkechalil (印度)介绍︰尝试在触摸经幡的小和尚 第五名摄影师︰Fabrizio Moglia (意大利)... [more]

18岁少年之视觉革命  
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3/25/15 Posted 3/25/15

18岁少年之视觉革命Kent MacDonald来自加拿大,今年18岁,还是一名学生,而他在摄影上所散发出来的锋芒直逼专业摄影师。Kent MacDonald目前正在拍摄365天摄影项目,虽然项目仍在进行中,但在网络中已受到很多关注。Kent的作品充满未来感与科技感,他擅长用星空作为元素创作一些天马行空的故事,梦幻的背景又为作品增添了一份浪漫。很难想象这些老练的作品出自一名18岁少年之手,也许在未来这位初生不怕虎的牛犊会为我们带来一场视觉革命。 [more]

当代艺术界鲜为人知的做局和潜规则  
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3/24/15 Posted 3/24/15

当代艺术界不为人知的做局和潜规则 近年来,随着当代艺术市场的火热,考验也接踵而至。然而让人没想到的是,在拍卖市场泡沫破裂、尤伦斯抛售作品之后依然坚挺存在的当代艺术圈,承受的最大重拳竟然来自——海关。“当代艺术为了几个臭钱谄媚西方、愤世嫉俗!”“书画收藏圈的人被洗脑很深!”……这些激烈的、具有攻击性的言语竟然是在微博上公开发表出来的,这场由中国书画收藏圈和当代艺术圈的微博“掐架”成为这个夏天最热闹的艺术事件,并在近日达到高潮,共有近百位艺术家、艺术媒体、艺术批评家卷入了此次骂战中。虽然目前,这场对战随着微博上的热点向奥运转移而偃旗息鼓,但它所提出的问题却依然产生余韵,比如艺术市场“阴谋论”、对艺术价值的判断等,对观客认识当下中国艺术圈不失为一次生动的教材。 多家艺术品运输公司的负责人被海关“约谈”。这并非是孤立事件,因为艺术品运输公司是艺术家-艺术品经纪人-拍卖行-藏家链条之中的一环,势必牵一发而动全身。果然,很快媒体上便爆出消息,至少有五六个艺术品经纪人和藏家在境外购买的高价艺术品被海关查扣,有艺术品经纪人因艺术品逃税金额巨大被拘留,上海一大收藏家在接受海关调查后表示悉数补交税款……由于此次查税涉案作品多为当代艺术作品,使得中国当代艺术圈迅速成为网络热议的话题。5月中旬,微博主“独眼偷袭手的眼睛”发布的一条微博彻底将中国当代艺术圈推到了舆论的“风口浪尖”:“香港佳士得开始造势,把曾梵志当招牌,佳士得大概还不知道,自从海关约谈曾梵志之后,这个做局托市的行家再也不敢像往年那样到境外拍卖场上把自己的画直接运返来了……”这条微博将当代艺术界不为人知的“做局”、“潜规则”揭露了出来,引发了书画圈人士对当代艺术圈的大加讨伐。 为什么当代艺术会成为众矢之的?其实从当代艺术2006年开始火爆起来,便有不少人站出来揭当代艺术的老底。学者河清曾出版《艺术的阴谋》,指出“中国当代艺术”是为西方“当代艺术国际”而制造的专门出口产品。而评论家朱其也撰文揭示:中国当代艺术的火爆存在着艺术炒作集团的“天价做局”,艺术品价格被人为操纵,大部分天价作品的成交实际上是“虚假”交易。而海关事件,无疑成为这些论点的有力佐证。一时间书画收藏圈人士纷纷响应,他们口气一致,猛烈批判当代艺术圈“丑陋”、“谄媚”、“做局”等行为。版画家刘波说:“我看到中国当代艺术红火的都是大致同一类型——不是画呆逼的,就是画傻逼的,也有的画有病的,或者画二百五的。或者它真的画准了中国的一个时代?”随后书画收藏圈抛出的名堂越来越多,包括称当代艺术是苍蝇的“苍蝇论”,称当代艺术受外来资本操纵的“汉奸论”,用华人油画全盘取代当代艺术概念的“抢注域名论”等,从意识形态上来全部否定中国当代艺术,由此这场争论也进入混战状态。 而后当代艺术圈子也不甘示弱,对书画收藏界进行了强力反攻,直指传统书画界对当代生活的麻木。艺术投资者“kitty爱投资”讽刺书画界:“自己书画一堆假货,不管好自己,却来管我们当代艺术。就像年纪大的人,整天啰啰嗦嗦地管小年轻。有代沟有代沟,懂不懂?”而艺术家崔岫闻则表示:“鸡同鸭讲。既是鸡和鸭的关系,通道不同,语言也不同,讲得越多废话越多,问题也越多。” 在混乱的骂战中,一些带着冷静思考的声音显得尤为珍贵。网友“若—浮云”表示:隔行如隔山,对于非自己专业的领域,谦卑一些比妄下判断好,当下和传统,各自有各自的精彩,没必要互相排斥。收藏家“郑好HOW”则表示:“传统书画为老太太,当代艺术为妙女郎……女郎中是有过度隆胸整容的,但老太中也有大小便失禁的。” 到底两者的隔阂源于何处?记者就此事咨询了国家当代艺术研究中心专家委员会委员、深圳雕塑院院长孙振华。他认为双方的分歧一直存在,主要是因... [more]

After Dresden  
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3/24/15 Posted 3/24/15

Your Baselitz heads of xanthous and brick, Glare lightly like sneezes on snow. Your courtyards and battlefields, Grey, paint walls of debris, of strangeness, lingering woe. A face wrung; water drops. Wool wraps womanly breasts. Cold trembles in pieces and barren blades crash down your walls. Oh disfigured city of black and green, Your houses all in a row. Hunched above rubble, Your tears swallowed by a forgiving earth. Skies widen, smoke settles. Ashen faces turn upwards. Your cloak dus... [more]

She pictures him - He texts her back  
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3/23/15 Posted 3/23/15

The partnership between me and photographer Thaís Medina provides an exchange worthy of appreciation. Our long distance professional relationship gives us the opportunity to assemble each other's skills in order to create a vast production of cultural grounding since it brings different talents together in hard work and discipline. After creating "The Buea Chronicles", we decided to carry on and developed the project "She pictures him - He texts her back", a multi-platform proposal with the... [more]

The Buea Chronicles  
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3/22/15 Posted 3/22/15

This is a material written in collaboration with Thaís Medina, a professional photographer who invited me to be her partner in storytelling. This way, we created an imaginary journal that Thaís inherited from her grandmother, Nelly Costa, whose love for adventure led her to Africa many decades ago. Her writings were full of notes and records about her experience, leading its readers towards a fascinating and curious ending. However, there is none, for the journal was left unfinished... [more]

Funny Thing  
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3/22/15 Posted 3/22/15

A funny thing happened as I was about to use this blog page to add about 2 -3 pages of resume - several new shows this art has been in, is now in, and is scheduled for. I was going to post all these pictures. But the art's all in the portfolio, and the whole idea of resume... well for now I'm not applying to any art jobs. So... I decided instead to take down all the blogs, left one up (edited) about the Palermo Biennale in which my art was admttedly less than a war hero that the othe... [more]

世界近代艺术史84 陈源初著  
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3/22/15 Posted 3/22/15

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空旷苍穹无尽思  
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3/22/15 Posted 3/22/15

空旷苍穹无尽思 孤绝的玄云深锁重重, 墨染的苍穹空旷、静谧、荒芜。 这样清心朗月的夜晚, 终究会有藤蔓爬上梦的窗台, 一叶叶馨绿染一袭清芬, 转辗撑开几重山水, 烟雨空濛饮醉几许寥寂夜 抵达命定的梦的幽远而深邃入口。 绿透几多新草, 凝眸几枝桃花, 放飞兄弟姊妹们几多梦想, 忖量今后再无贫穷和屈辱。 灯火衰退月色依旧处, 阳光敛尽黄昏拾取清辉一片, 隔窗送来熟悉的笛音吹落几多忖量? 用一朵兰花的香气吸引翩飞的蝶儿, 飞在平静染红的花间, 谁在挽袖放情撫琴? 这月色撩拨的琴弦里, 素雅缚住跃动的情丝, 隔着几重烟雨不再红尘辗转, 让我们人类的仁爱协调同情同等, 徜徉在金色铺满的斜阳里, 降临在所有的人世土地上 让我们的所有的父老乡亲们 偎着夕阳的余晖, 信步穿过黄昏的平静, 让如水的夜色徐徐湮没闲庭。 呵护着人们的疲劳的心。 阴雨霏霏的梅子时节, 握一卷心爱的书籍, 泡一壶飘香的春茗, 听着抒情浪漫的谐音。 [more]

A little bit more about me  
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3/22/15 Posted 3/22/15

I consider myself as a full-time student of the human condition. I'm very interested in other's people's lives, their anxieties, sufferings, relationships, doubts, past life, family... This way, I try to understand more about life and its meaning. However, the more I get to know, the more I feel ignorant. It's an endless cycle. I keep a personal diary but instead of writing on it everyday, I rather focus on days I'm actually inspired. This is me being strictly true to my nature rather than professiona... [more]

中国学者对当代艺术的学术探索  
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3/22/15 Posted 3/22/15

中国学者对当代艺术的学术探索 中国学者对当代艺术的学术探索,有两个突出的特点。首先,每个学者都是从自己的知识结构和研究领域出发进行学术理论高谈阔论,结合自己的专业旨趣进行契入和表达,本身没有问题,但大都戛然而止,不知终始,总归给人偏颇的和票友谈感想的印象;其次,大量集中的围绕社会学、政治学、文化学和哲学等角度进行谈论,鲜有对美学和艺术本体的分析,以及整体的审慎严谨的归纳。这些理论是高屋建瓴的,是不可小觑的,但问题是,我们谈的太多了!每个人讲的都很有道理,但太有社会学、政治学、文化学和哲学等道理就是没有美学和艺术学道理,没有实际解决问题。当前中国的现实情境,需要宏观理论的点拨,更需要具体的对艺术本体的学术理论研讨以及对艺术落地具备真实和积极指导作用的论述。在资本尚未介入艺术领域的上世纪90年代之前,入选参加某个展览或者举办个展是对一个艺术家创作能力和创作水平的一种认可和肯定。换句话说,当年展览在学术上和艺术质量上,对参展作品是有要求和门槛的。即便当时对于展览整体上没有更多学术指向上的思考,基本都是好作品放在一起的展览,也至少保证了展览作品是可看的和耐看的。资本介入之后,... [more]

My Oil Painting - Intense "Mackerel"  
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3/21/15 Posted 3/21/15

I am very proud of my 2007 oil painting "Mackerel", in which I managed to capture both beautiful and sinister elements of a daily object, fulfilling a most tantalizing pursuit of mine. With its intense colors and bold strokes, this painting economically presents a sleekly fish, intently staring upwards, as if ready to confront its captor; at the meanwhile, its eye also betrayed the fish's sad resignation to its imminent demise. The background of the painting was plain drop cloth, hatched lightl... [more]

Barbara T. Smith: The Smell of Almonds: Resin Works at Andrew Kreps  
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3/21/15 Posted 3/21/15

Yet another criminally underappreciated pioneering female artist receives an overdue solo exhibition decades into her career. A decade and a half of works by Barbara T. Smith, a major figure in the West Coast performance art movement from the late 1960s onward, are currently on show at Andrew Kreps. This show demands and repays attention in equal measure. The focus is specifically on resin works by Smith, notably a glade of tree-sized resin grass. The phrase "blade of grass" has never seemed s... [more]

Subodh Gupta "Seven Billion Light Years" Hauser and Wirth, NYC  
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3/21/15 Posted 3/21/15

Scale suits some artists as much as it defeats others. This sense of risk is pervasively present in Subodh Gupta's frequently enthralling exhibition at Hauser and Wirth's 18th Street space. Spaces as huge as Hauser and Wirth's can often bring out the worst in artists, a profession not uncongenial to those with a streak of grandiosity. Happily, Gupta understands the nature of scale and spectacle better than most artists of his stature, and, in works like the sculpture, "This is Not a Fountain", th... [more]

The Radiants at Bortolami X w/Green Tea Gallery  
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3/21/15 Posted 3/21/15

Four years on from the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor in Japan, radioactive water is still pouring into the sea. In spite of this, life goes on, politicians eat potentially radioactive strawberries for the cameras and something called "art" attempts to process a world as resistant to comprehensibility as the one we call, more or less, home. Into this strange reactor pool comes the show The Radiants bringing together work by Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Sigmar Poke, UNITED BROTHERS and ma... [more]

Tamar Halpern "My Voice at the Pace of Drifting Clouds" at On Stellar Rays  
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3/21/15 Posted 3/21/15

Painting is perpetually in crisis; rarely does the urgency of the crisis feel as palpable as in Tamar Halpern's show at On Stellar Rays. In an increasingly digital visual eco-system, painters are not forgiven easily if they don't reckon with the changes. Halpern's works-- paintings, in a sense; prints in a sense; even sculptures if looked at in another way--are determined not to be overwritten by the coders. The works, generally a combination of UltraChrome ink on linen and paper with some o... [more]


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