“Thermodynamic Constellation.” All images © Tomás Saraceno, courtesy of Palazzo Strozzi by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio, shared with permission

Three reflective spheres hover above the courtyard of Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi in Tomás Saraceno’s immersive installation.  The metallic orbs mirror the historic Renaissance architecture in addition to visitors who pass by, while marking the entrance to the imagined space that explores life beyond anthropocentrism. As its name suggests, Aria is concerned with air, encompassing human travel, its ability to foster growth, and how it’s entwined with every living organism.

The Argentinian artist (previously) is known for his large-scale works that fall at the intersection of science and art and consider the human toll on the natural world. Throughout Aria are various experiences dealing with contemporary environmental issues: Glass forms hang from the ceiling and house Tillandsia plants, which need only air to survive, while “A Thermodynamic Imaginary” considers … Read the rest

Sara’s Parlour Face Painting is a contemporary face and body art company based in Birmingham. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 1928. Albrecht Dürer Ausstellung Germanischen Museum. Exh. cat. Nuremberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Incidentally, when trying to understand the history of art it’s important to recognize that art does not change overnight, but rather reflects wider (and slower) changes taking place in society. It also reflects the outlook of the artist. Thus, for example, a work of art produced as early as 1958 might be decidedly “postmodernist” (if the artist has a very avant-garde outlook – a good example is Yves Klein’s Nouveau Realisme); while another work, created by a conservative artist in 1980, might be seen as a throw-back to the time of “Modern Art” rather than an example of “Contemporary Art”. In fact, it’s probably true to say that several different strands of art – meaning several sets of aesthetics , some hypermodern, … Read the rest

American contemporary artist, Jasper Johns, Jr., was born on May 15, 1930, in Augusta, Georgia. 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 … Read the rest

The market for Chinese contemporary art has developed at a feverish pace, becoming the single fastest-growing segment of the international art market. EMPATHY is a fundamental feature of human interaction. It requires both cognitive (Dennett, 1989; Baron-Cohen, 1995) and affective (Davis, 1994) components that enable people to recognize the emotional and mental states of others, and to respond to these with appropriate emotions (Harris, Johnson, Hutton, Andrews, & Cooke, 1989; Baron-Cohen & Wheelwright, 2004). Empathy allows for the perception of another’s thoughts and feelings, and allows one to predict how they will behave (Whiten, 1991). Music listening and performance, which is a universal feature of human behavior (Blacking, 1995), also requires components of cognitive and affective processing. We listen and are exposed to music for hours each day (Motion Picture Association of America, Inc, 2007; Rentfrow, 2012), during which time we perceive the emotional and psychological content in music; interpret … Read the rest

Anna Chromy was born in Bohemia and read in Paris, France at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere under Maurice Mejaz, the former director of the Academie of Beaux-Arts in Caracas. Cooper, Harry. Hofmann’s Hints A Journey Through the Meyerhoff Collection.” Modernism from the National Gallery of Art – The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection. Exh. cat. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2014: 12-14, 19-22, 26, 124. Face Painting & More – Emily K. Chapa is a face painting business established by Emily Chapa. Providing professional face paint for both adults and children, they have reached a vast audience in Austin and Central Texas. A passionate individual when it comes to face painting, Emily can surely provide a wondrous experience on the event that you have. Shapiro, David, and Cecile Shapiro, eds. Abstract Expressionism: A Critical Record (includes artist’s statements). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Agnes Pelton, Untitled (1931). Courtesy … Read the rest