“Intimate Immensity” (2016). Photograph by Trevor Good. All images © Clare Börsch, shared with permission
Sprawling across paint-chipped walls and tiny alcoves, the collaged installations of artist Clare Börsch mimic overgrown jungles and whimsical forest scenes. Layers of flora, fauna, and the occasional gemstone or human figure comprise the amorphous paper artworks as they transform spaces into fantastical ecosystems.
In a note to Colossal, Börsch shares that she began her artistic practice as a way to translate her dreams, which are often lucid and informed by memories and a strong tie to nature, into physical objects that others could immerse themselves in. “Growing up in Brazil, I had the ocean, rivers, and jungles that always existed in stark contrast to the industrial cities (I lived in Sao Paulo). So my earliest and most formative memories are of lush, humming tropical ecosystems —and the encroaching industrial landscapes of Brazil’s cities,” she … Read the rest
Jacob Lawrence, who is known for his vibrant figurative paintings focused on Black Americans’ experiences, daily life in Harlem, and events from U.S. history, is one of the most celebrated painters of the 20th century. He once said that his works “express my life and experience. I paint the things I know about and the things I have experienced.” With Lawrence’s series “Struggle: From the History of the American People” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until November 1 (a missing painting from the series was just found by the museum), ARTnews looked back on the artist’s pioneering career and some of his most acclaimed artworks. The guide below traces key milestones in Lawrence’s life.
Lawrence nurtured his interest in drawing and painting in his school days.
Born in 1917, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Lawrence moved to Harlem at age 12 with … Read the rest
Urry means plenty of different things – but above all else, it indicates an affinity for cartoon creatures and other anthropomorphic animals. Kunz grew up in rural Switzerland. She claimed to have discovered her gifts for healing and telepathy at a young age and practised as a naturopath, researching the restorative energies of minerals and plants. She didn’t study art and it wasn’t until her 40s that she began to draw using a technique called radiesthesia. She would consult a divining pendulum, posing a question – from the personal to the political – and finding the answer within the lines that materialised in stops and starts on the page. The sittings could stretch over 24 hours and the drawings, of which there are more than 400 in total and some 65 at the Serpentine, guided her diagnosis of patients. That brings to to the point of this article. There are … Read the rest
Nigerian Afrobeats star, Burna Boy has expressed that the ongoing #EndSARS campaign is beyond stopping police brutality but about creating a new Nigeria.
Burna Boy was spotted in an interview with Tiffany Calver on BBC radio’s “The 1xtra Rap Show” expressing why he believes the #EndSARS campaign is now a revolution. In his words:
This is just the beginning man, it’s not about End SARS at this point, it’s become a revolution. It’s become we want the new Nigeria and soon it will become we want the new Africa.
The Grammy Award nominee and self-acclaimed African giant was earlier asked what the global #EndSARS campaign meant to him and young Nigerians.
In his words:
I mean you have to understand that this is even bigger than Nigeria. You have to understand that Nigeria is the biggest black nation on the face of the earth. I believe
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To get the backstory of auction newcomers like Salman Toor and Portia Zvavhera, two of the evening’s best performers, as well as the sellers of the Baselitz, Warhol, Hirst and Tillmans, read Colin Gleadell’s detailed Art Market Monitor report on buyers and sellers available to AMMpro subscribers.
On Tuesday, coinciding with London’s Frieze week, Phillips held its contemporary art evening sale event at its U.K. headquarters. The sale realized a total of £26.3 million ($34.1 million) with buyer’s premium across 36 lots, seeing a 95% sell-through rate. Without premium, the sale hammered at £21.5 million ($27.8 million), putting it just below the low end of the £21.6 million–£30.1 million pre-sale estimate range. Two lots by Jason Rhoades and Wolfgang Tilmans were withdrawn before the sale’s start.
10 of the sale’s lot were guaranteed, with a combined low estimate of £8.9 million ($11.5 million).
The result beat last year’s equivalent sale … Read the rest
There is very good media coverage of all the various visual arts. Motivation Visuals PR 16, PR 17, PR 18, PR 19, PR 20. After studying each slide individually, compare them in terms of colour and shape. Experimentation To learn about arranging shape and colour in stencil printing, try the following: a) Make interesting prints by using a single found stencil and printing it in various positions and colours. b) Make a simple stencil using bold shapes and then printing both the positive and negative images as in part a). Alderson, P., & Morrow, V. (2011). The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People: A Practical Handbook. London: Sage. Brannon’s large-scale works include a number of vinyl wall murals. Last to Know, from the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Embrace! features the seemingly straightforward, yet disconcerting, motif of plunging kitchen knives, cleavers and a single pair of tweezers on the … Read the rest
Art buyers and collectors have many ways to acquire contemporary works of art, especially by living artists. Hathorn Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. The Drawings of Arshile Gorky. 21 October – 9 November 1969. Catalogue. The artist selected a specific site to install the paper, arranged it carefully, then photographed the scene. Daur, Jörg. Symbol, Panel, and Object.” Ellsworth Kelly Black & White. Exh. cat. Munich: Haus der Kunst; Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2011: 22-27. The text is also published in a German edition of this catalogue. We like to make our living spaces personal and lively by decorating. This includes outside spaces. When we look at outside space at home or school, we rearrange or ornament the features that we find ordinarily in these spaces. This is done with colour alone or with scenes of our small or wider community painted or carved on them. Graffiti is a … Read the rest
Ghanaian Gospel music minister, Morris Makafui outshines once again with a wonderful tune titled ‘Blewu Blewu’ which means ‘Gradually’.
Art Banner for “Blewu Blewu”
What more could a world drowned in these discouraging waters of our day ask for?
What more could a season toss with so many boisterous storms, filling minds with, so strong the urge to quit?
What more could hearts and relationships wrecked with setbacks and oppositions; and the multitude of visions and hopes sunken in tears, ask … than something uplifting, elevating, even levitating for their broken spirits?
Something that defies the urge to quit!
Something both the young and the old, in pursuit of their purpose, can identify with.
A balm that soothes our pains, strengthens our knees, and reverbs our minds with positivity as we press on for the goal set before us.
From the depths of his creative reserves, God’s … Read the rest
Last week, it was announced that Simone Leigh would make history at the Venice Biennale by representing the United States in 2022, making her the first Black woman ever to do the country’s pavilion at the world’s top art festival. “There’s no better artist for our time,” said Jill Medvedow, the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the museum commissioning the pavilion. What makes Leigh so important right now, and why has she risen to the status of the one of the top artists working today? Below is a guide to Leigh’s art, her career, and the ideas that guide her work.
Simone Leigh, Las Meninas, 2019.
Black female subjectivity forms the core of Leigh’s art.
Leigh has been upfront about her work’s target audience: Black women, whose traditions, she once told the New York Times, “have been left out of the archive or left out … Read the rest