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Art News “Street Art Gets Hot” Issue

artnewsThe issue of Art News November issue provoked some debate on the internet not so long ago with the cover story reading “Street Art Gets Hot”. Here is more info on the magazine which features the article from Carolina Miranda which covers some of our favourites with Barry McGee, Swoon and Blue which you can read the whole story here.

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November 24, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Art Fairs, Artists, Auction, Books and Magazines, Graffiti, News, photography, raw art gallery, Tel Aviv - Israel, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

2008 Release Unlock SIM

iphone22It will never cease to amaze us how quickly the iPhone Dev Team can bust open a new version of the iPhone Firmware. This time, around 48 hours after iPhone Firmware 2.2 hit, we already have a new version of QuickPwn and PwnageTool.

Before you go ahead and jailbreak your iPhone 3G, please make sure you fully understand the following caveat: If you use QuickPwn instead of PwnageTool, you may not be able to unlock your iPhone 3G once an unlocking tool is made available.

Second generation iPod Touch users are still playing the waiting game while the team concentrates on the all-important iPhone 3G unlock.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | electronics, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Layoffs At Damien Hirst Inc.

111“Even Damien Hirst may not be immune to the economic climate – many of the workers who produce his works found themselves out of a job this week, the Guardian has learned. On Thursday, up to 17 of the 22 people who make the pills for Hirst’s drug cabinet series were told their contracts were not being renewed.”

Via: The Guardian

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Artists, News, raw art gallery, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Christian Dior & Chinese Artists Exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

huan_jardin_giant_3Christian Dior, in partnership with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, brought glamour’s and celebrities from across the world to the red carpet gala dinner to mark the opening of the “Christian Dior and Chinese Artists” exhibition. Christian Dior SA has tapped China’s top contemporary artists such as Zhang Xiaogang for its Beijing exhibition, the latest European luxury-goods maker to blend fashion and culture to promote their brand in the nation. The exhibition will be held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts until January 15th, 2009.

20 Chinese commissioned artists were presented at this important event, which symbolized the opening of a dialogue between two different means of expression, contemporary art and fashion. They were Wang Du, Zhang Huan, Huang Rui, Li Songsong, Zhang Dali, Xu Zhongmin, Liu Jianhua, Lu Hao, Wang Qingsong, Yan Lei, Zhang Xiaogang, Wen Fang, Shi Jingsong, Wang Gongxin, Shi Xiaofan, Liu Wei, Rong Rong & Inri, Tim Yip, Qiu Zhijie and Ma Yangsong.

Over one hundred Dior Couture pieces were sent directly from Paris to exhibit at the UCCA, among which includes the “New Look” which is one of the most influential Couture piece in the history of fashion, designed by Mr. Christian Dior (1095 – 1957) in 1947. After years of variations, the exhibition combines contemporary Chinese art pieces inspired by Dior’s most prominent codes, such as Tailleur bar, Façade avenue Montaigne, Dior perfume, Lady Dior, and portrait of Mr. Christian Dior etc., with Couture pieces designed by Dior Couture ingenious Artistic Director, Mr. John Galliano.

380 honorable guests and top notch society luminaries attended the gala evening which marked the opening of the exhibition starting November 15th, 2008 in Beijing. Lead by Mr. Bernard Arnault, (Chairman and CEO of LVMH and Christian Dior), Guy and Myram Ullens, Mr. Sidney Toledano, (President and CEO Christian Dior Couture), Mr. Claude Martinez, (President and CEO Christian Dior Parfumes) and Mr. John Galliano (Artistic Director of Dior Couture), the exhibition opening was celebrated and witnessed with some of the most important guests and celebrities from across 18 countries.

Zhang Huan used incense ash from temples in China to invoke memories of Dior and convey the designer’s early hope of expanding his fashion house into an empire. The most astounding of Zhang’s works is “Giant No. 3,” a 10-meter long sculpture of a behemoth slouching on the floor, cobbled together with wood, cowhide and steel rivets. “Some say it’s a pregnant woman, some say it’s a slouching Buddha, a very tired person or a giant saint,” he said.

Another homage to the theme of Dior’s revival is Xu Zhongmin’s “Dior Revolution.” The installation has 60 male, female and skeletal figures on a fast-turning conveyor belt. The figures morph from skeletons into fully clothed humans before transforming back into their original form, an allusion to the samsara cycle of life, death and rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism that Xu practices. Next to the artist’s work are mannequins that trace the cycle of creation and rebirth of the Dior look: from the 1947 “flower woman” design to John Galliano’s Winter 2008 revival of the 1930’s bias-cut dress.

The world of Christian Dior Couture and Chinese Contemporary Art stepped hands in hands at this night of celebration, fashion and Chinese Contemporary Art to mark the beginning of The “Christian Dior and Chinese Artists” exhibition.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, Fashion, News, photography, raw art gallery | | 1 Comment

Cindy Sherman: Transformer, playing dress-up is actually a profession

cindy-sherman-untitled-2008Currently on display at Metro Pictures is Cindy Sherman’s first exhibition since 2004.  Like practically all of Sherman’s work, the photos have the artist acting as her own model.  The pieces are not traditional self-portraits however, as Sherman dons makeup, hairstyles, and wardrobe all conceived and executed by the artist herself.  The exhibition which, is untitled, has Sherman dressing as affluent women in elaborate gowns and jewelry, set against backgrounds of lavish homes and gardens.  To create the work the artist first photographed herself against a green screen and then then digitally merges the image with background photos shot separately.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, News, photography, raw art gallery | | Leave a comment

Eli Broad Offers Bailout for MoCA

moca1While the economic turmoil in the U.S. have taken a major hit on the automotive and retail industry, it seems that the art world has inevitably been affected too, as news last week reported the financial crisis of Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) as they progress into the year 2009, having spent $20 million in unrestricted funds and borrowed $7.5 million from other accounts just to stay afloat. Museum Director Jeremy Strick stated that MoCA is seeking large cash infusions from donors, and is contemplating the possibility of merging with another institution or sharing its collection of almost 6,000 artworks. Well, luckily for MoCA, Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist who is also one of this city’s biggest arts patrons, has offered $30 million to help rescue the financially beleaguered Museum of Contemporary Art on the condition that the museum’s trustees and other patrons will also step up their donations.

 ”The offer, made in an op-ed article published Saturday in The Los Angeles Times, is the first concrete proposal to be made public since the museum disclosed this week that it was facing a financial crisis. The museum’s endowment has fallen as much as 75 percent from its high several years ago, to less than $10 million, as the museum has repeatedly dipped into its permanent funds to pay for operations, said people who had been briefed on the museum’s finances but who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the situation.” – New York Times.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, News, photography, raw art gallery, Tel Aviv - Israel, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Google Celebrates 110th Birthday of Rene Magritte with a Magritte Doodle

magritte_google_doodleGoogle is celebrating the 110th birthday of Rene Magritte by incorporating some of Magritte’s masterpieces with the Google logo. Ever so often, Google does a “doodle”, or a “decoration” they make to their logo. Over the years doodles have become one of the most beloved parts of Google. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries around the world that reflect Google’s personality and love of innovation.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Artists, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Museu Picasso in Barcelona presents ‘Living Things: Picasso Figure – Still Life’

bodegones_still_life_picassoMuseu Picasso presents today ‘Living Things: Picasso Figure – Still Life’, on view through March 1, 2009. From 1907, Picasso opened his work to metamorphosis. He increasingly made one thing into another. In particular, he turned figures into things and things into figures, or even created things that were also figures. This exhibition brings together sketches, studies, prints and paintings to show some of the ways in which this happened in Picasso’s work through the Cubist period and then between 1924 and the early 1930s as he engaged with and responded to the Surrealists.

It is called ‘Living Things’ because Picasso’s exchanges between figures and objects animate the inanimate. Heads are also guitars, still-lives become automata, and finally, in the later rooms, objects perform like actors on stage or are pulled apart as if the defenseless victims of attack.

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the permanent collection. Furthermore, the Museu Picasso, opened in 1963, also reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.

The history of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is the chronicle of the artist’s firm wish to leave the imprint of his art in our city. Thanks to the wishes of Picasso and his friend and personal secretary, Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona now has the youthful work of one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists.

With a rigorous and selective loan policy, albeit conscious that one of the missions of a museum is to make the works of art it holds known and accessible, the Museu Picasso is keen to be present in major exhibition projects on Picasso or related to the artist held around the world.

The Museum is very rich in regard to work from the training periods in the life of the artist; we could say that it is practically exhaustive up to the Blue Period, of which the Museum has a priceless group of works. Furthermore, the Museum houses an important representation of works from 1917, and the series, Las Meninas (1957) and a very large Picasso’s prints collection, now displayed in the rooms opened in the beginning of 2008.

Visit : www.museupicasso.bcn.es/

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, Books and Magazines, News, raw art gallery | , , | Leave a comment

Kunstmuseum Basel to feature Vincent van Gogh Landscapes

kunstmuseum_daubignyIn a spectacular, comprehensive exhibition taking place from April to September 2009, the Kunstmuseum Basel is staging the first showing worldwide of the landscape paintings by the legendary artist Vincent van Gogh. Seventy paintings – both world-famous key works as well as paintings barely seen previously by the general public – will give a completely new insight into van Gogh’s body of work. Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. His paintings and drawings include some of the world’s best known, most popular and most expensive pieces.

In addition, forty masterpieces by contemporaries, from Kunsmuseum Basel’s world-famous collection, will place van Gogh’s groundbreaking approach to nature in a broader context. A multimedia introduction to the life and work of van Gogh will open up the exhibition to the general public. This makes the exhibition the most important European art event in 2009.

Van Gogh spent his early adult life working for a firm of art dealers. After a brief spell as a teacher, he became a missionary worker in a very poor mining region. He did not embark upon a career as an artist until 1880. Initially, Van Gogh worked only with sombre colours, until he encountered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris. He incorporated their brighter colours and style of painting into a uniquely recognizable style, which was fully developed during the time he spent at Arles, France. He produced more than 2,000 works, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches, during the last ten years of his life.

The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the worlds largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by such masters as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Mathias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the worlds first public municipal museum.

Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art). 

Visit : www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, Books and Magazines, News, photography, raw art gallery | , | Leave a comment