“Clio’s Dream” (2020), bronze and blue patina. All images © Coderch & Malavia, shared with permission

At the center of Coderch & Malavia’s artistic practice is the beauty of the human figure and its various expressions. The Valencia-based duo works collaboratively to cast bronze sculptures that explore the nuances of the body through dance-like movements and distinct gestures. Natural details like golden branches and feathered wings embellish many of the heavily patinaed works, Coderch & Malavia share, to evoke themes from classic literature, theater, photography, cinema, and ballet. “The human being is three-dimensional,” they say. “Probably that is the main reason why we are attracted to sculpture. It is the closest artistic representation of ourselves.”

After a discussion on intentions for a new project, the pair generally works with a live model to help the sculpture take shape. “The complicated part is organizing and sharing the physical creation of … Read the rest

Interest in the Old Masters category of collecting has seen a resurgence in the past few years as auction houses have learned that there are indeed people willing to pay prices for vintage masterpieces akin to dollar amounts going to contemporary art—the more-expensive collecting category over the past two decades or so.

But who exactly are the buyers of some of these historically important artworks? That’s the premise of My Rembrandt, a new documentary directed by Oeke Hoogendijk that aims to tell the stories of some of some of the people who own work by the ultimate 17th-century Dutch Golden Age master.

Oeke Hoogendijk.

The film begins inside a Scottish castle, later revealed to be that of the Duke of Buccleuch, one of Europe’s largest landowners. We slowly watch the camera pan over Rembrandt’s Old Woman Reading, which is hung high above a fireplace in a reading room. … Read the rest

When conversations about the greatests of all time– GOATs in the Nigerian music industry come up, Olamide Adedeji, popularly known by his first name which is his professional name, is always included. Also referred to as ‘Baddoo’, Olamide has stayed relevant in the competitive and ever-evolving industry for 10 years by regaling music lovers with his hard-hitting bars mostly done in Yoruba language and energetic afrobeats-infused choruses to serve a rich flavour of what we have come to know as street-hop. 

ALSO READ: The creation of Olamide’s legend

This is a feat lauded by most Nigerians as he opened up a pathway to commercialise and dominate the airways with the street-hop genre. However, in typical human nature, not everyone seems to be impressed by his achievements and his GOAT status has now been questioned by a user of the notorious bird app who claims that Olamide is not a Read the rest

All images © Shota Suzuki, shared with permission

Staining friend’s hands with dandelion heads and blowing their wispy seeds are a common childhood pastime and a simple joy that Shota Suzuki channels in his delicately constructed sculptures. The Kyoto-based artist painstakingly carves copper, brass, and silver into barbed leaves and feathery seeds to recreate the ubiquitous herbs in each state of bloom and decay.

To tarnish the textured metals and alter their colors, Suzuki uses combinations of vinegar, copper sulfate, and acetic acid to create purples and blues. For the black components, he oxidizes pieces in dissolved sulfur. Suzuki’s coloring techniques are rooted in traditional Japanese patina methods including niiro, which historically used daikon juices to alter the metal, and are the most demanding part of his process. “The chemical modification is very sensitive and is affected by everything from the weather conditions to the dirt on my hands. … Read the rest

Kim Tschang-Yeul, the influential postwar artist whose groundbreaking water drop paintings heralded new frontiers for abstraction, died on Tuesday at the age of 91. A cause of death was not given. The news of his passing was announced in emails by his two galleries, Tina Kim Gallery and Almine Rech.

Kim’s most well-known paintings, in which droplets of water appear to protrude from monochromatic canvases but are in fact optical illusions, toe a very fine line between abstraction and figuration. These works, begun in the early 1970s, depict various volumes of droplets, ranging from single drops to dozens upon dozens of them. In Kim’s hands, water droplets became entrancing, enlivened elements.

“The act of painting water drops is to dissolve all things within [these], to return to a transparent state of ‘nothingness,’” Kim once said, according to a press release for a 2019 exhibition at Tina Kim Gallery that … Read the rest

Multi Award winning Singer/Producer, Florocka has released a beautiful performance from his several Ghanaian Collaborations. This time, Florocka teams up with JP Music Vocalist, Harmony in “More Than Enough”.
With subtle RnB tones mixed with African rhythms, Florocka doesn’t dissapoint!

Art banner for “More Than Enough”

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The song was Recorded Live at Jerbette Production Studios, Accra, Ghana.
Video Director: Nana Beyin (Jnr)

SONG/VIDEO CREDITS
1st Video Edit: Natasha Djokoto
2nd Video Edit: Nathan ‘Florocka’ Akiremi
Color Grading: DD Rhodes
Mix & Mastering: Nathan ‘Florocka’ Akiremi for Rockanation

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LYRICS FOR “MORE THAN ENOUGH”

Verse 1

You’re my healer, my Father, you’re my maker,
You’re my lifter, my comforter, you’re a wonder,
You’re my fire, redeemer, you’re my lover,
You’re my shelter, my shepherd, you’re my answer,… Read the rest

“Clearing Fog.” All images © Rachael Talibart, shared with permission

To introduce her new body of work, Rachael Talibart writes that “the rhythm of the tides, tethered to the waxing and waning of the moon, shapes our very sense of time.” The U.K.-based photographer captures the ebb and flow of the English coastline through photographs that frame both erupting waves and the days surrounding violent storms. An extension of her previous collection that framed what appears to be otherworldly creatures jumping from the water, Talibart’s recent work has culminated in a book titled Tides and Tempests.

While her subject matter is similar, she shares with Colossal that limiting herself to southern coastlines has been fruitful. “I think that what at first may seem like a restriction has actually made me more creative—it has forced me to dig deeper and look for images where I might perhaps not have found … Read the rest

Marshall McKay, the first Indigenous board chair of the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, has died at age 68. The Los Angeles Times reported that the cause of death was complications from Covid-19.

A former chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, McKay, who was of Pomo-Wintun heritage, is known for his role growing the tribe’s land holdings in Yolo County, California, and his work establishing its economic autonomy. He was also a founding member of the nonprofit Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, a board member of the UC Davis Foundation, and a board member of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. McKay also served on the California Native American Heritage Commission.

McKay joined the Autry’s board in 2007 and became chair in 2010, finishing his term in 2016. He … Read the rest

The year 2019 and recently crossed 2020 blessed the music industry with a lot of fresh new talents and Oxlade is one of such. Born Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan, the Afropop sensation shared his background story via a BBC interview, granting fans an opportunity to know him better. 

Here are some facts we got from the Oxlade interview with BBC:

1. He lost his mom at the age of three and was raised by his grandmother alongside his brother. According to him, his grandmother’s love for him is one of his biggest motivations. 

2. He dropped out of the university in his final year due to a life-threatening8 circumstance but stated that it worked as a blessing in disguise for him due to the fact that it gave him time to focus on his music. 

3. He admitted that he felt doomed when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020 as this Read the rest

Monday, January 4

Six Philadelphia Cultural Institutions Announce 2021 Reopening Dates
Following temporary closures that have been in effect just before the Thanksgiving holiday, six institutions in Philadelphia have made plans to reopen in 2021. The Franklin Institute will reopen to the public January 6, and the Barnes FoundationPhiladelphia Museum of Art, and Academy of Natural Sciences will reopen January 8. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will reopen January 21, while the historic Eastern State Penitentiary will reopen in March.

Amanda Coulson Departs National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
Amanda Coulson, who has served as executive director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas for nine years, will leave her post in May to join Nassau’s new TERN Gallery as founding director. The recently opened enterprise will foreground Bahamian and Caribbean art, and its first exhibition, titled “Inherited Values,” will feature work by … Read the rest