Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei? How do you even pronounce that? Well that is not the important part. The important part is to realize who the skillful and talented Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei is a contemporary Chinese artist. He is also considered a very notorious political activist. He as worked through all the fields in the media and arts such as: architecture, music, television, photography, sculpture, and curator. He has had many exhibitions all over the world including the Tate Modern in London, at the Circle of Animals at the Pulitzer Fountain in New York and many other places. He doesn’t focus on a specific theme in his art works he just does what ever comes to his mind. He is a true genius.

Example of Ai Weiwei’s art exhibits below: 

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The Mystery Behind Banksy

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Banksy is by far the most famous and creative street artist in the 21st century. His true identity has not been determined. There has only been one picture recorded of him. His name? no one knows. All that is known from the art “terrorist” is that he is from Great Britain, everything else is a mystery. All he has left to the public are his eccentric art graffitis. He has participated in some exhibitions but his main focus is his art on the streets. He likes portraying controversial themes in his art. He depicts themes such as politics, freedom, war, many topics. His art at times is considered illegal because he vandalizes. Some people complain about his vandalization but some people realize the greatness of Banksy. Banksy is a truly gifted, talented, and creative artist.

Example of Banksy’s art works below: 

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Kumi Yamashita: Most Famous 21st century Contemporary Artist

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The Japanese native is considered one of the best contemporary artists and by far the most famous Japanese one. She uses a simple yet extremely creative technique for her art works. Her main focus in her pieces is working with shadows. She creates this shadow art using different items and then plays with different lighting to create a figure in the shadow. In some of her works she uses numbers and letters to create faces and body figures. She uses an exclamation point made out of steel and converts its shadow into a question mark with the light. What makes her stand out more than other artists is her unique method of creating art. She focuses on three things: light, shadow, and an the end result of a figure. She has won many prestigious awards throughout her life. For more on Kumi visit her official website: http://www.kumiyamashita.com

Kumi Yamashita’s Pieces: (Top, City View) (Middle, Question Mark) (Bottom, A to Z)

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Salvador Dali Museum

Image In the province of Girona, Spain, is a city of 45,262 people that goes by the name of Figueres. For some, it is a remote town that could easily be erased on a map, but for those that know better, Figueres is the birth place of one of the greatest artists of the Surrealist Movement: Salvador Dalí.

If you are ever in Barcelona, and have some extra days to visit the outskirts, we suggest you rent a car and head to Figueres.  It is only an hour and a half drive!

Figueres is not only the hometown of Dalí but is also home to the Dalí Theatre and Museum. Everything from the inside to the outside has Dali’s name written all over it. It houses extraordinary works that include: Port Alguer (1924), L’espectre del sex-appeal (1932), Autoretrat tou amb bacon fregit (1941), Poesia d’Amèrica-Els atletes còsmics (1943), Galarina (1944–45), La panera del pa (1945), Leda atòmica (1949), Galatea de les esferes (1952) and Crist de la Tramuntana (1968).

The room Mae West, the room Palau del Vent, the Monument to Francesc Pujols, and the Cadillac plujós were especially created for the Theater-Museum.

Here at the Dalí Theatre and Museum, guest are invited to connect with pieces from his largest collection as well as his personal collection that include El Greco and Marcel Duchamp.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the world of Dalí…

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MoMa: Museum of Modern Art

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If you’re in New York City you have to take some time to visit the incredible MoMa museum. It wont be a waste of time rather it would be an incredible experience. It’s considered one of the top museums of modern and contemporary art. MoMa has more than 70,000 files of different artists who have had or have their art pieces at the museum. It all started in the year 1929 when Abby Rockefeller came up with the idea of opening an art museum. Since then it has grown in great amounts. Its structurally grown with the additions of the new building and it has grown in the quantity of art they hold. The MoMa has some of the most famous art pieces of all times. Whether is modern art, contemporary art, tenebrism, or dadaism, the MoMa has the top paintings in any of those art styles. It ranges from Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Picassos’ Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Dali’s Persistence of Time, Warhol’s Campbells Soup Cans and many more famous pieces. They also have a huge section when it comes to film. They have around 22,000 films that are shown around the museum. If you’re into weird but extremely talented and interesting art, the MoMa museum is the place for you.

Paintings at the MoMa: (Top, Andy Warhols Campbells Soup Cans) (Bottom, Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Time)

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What truly is Modern Art?

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Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams was what boosted and introduced this new perspective of thinking that lead to the modern art world. Before the 19th century art was dedicated to only the rich merchants or wealthy class. All they would request for their art pieces were religious and mythological themes, but that all changed after the 19th century. The Interpretation of Dreams focused on our subconscious which led to many artists creating their new art pieces based on what was in their imagination. The MoMa museum described the new artists to “exploring dreams, symbolism, and personal iconography” into their new style of painting. At this time, artists would experiment in any possible way to come up with a new type of art. They experimented with the colors they woulduse, they experimented with new tools, they experimented new techniques, and new ways of presenting their art. They consider it “modern” art because of the new discoveries and inventions to this different world in art. The invention of photography, film, new tools, had a huge impact on this movement of modern art.

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Example of the beginning of modern art : Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night

 

Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

It would be a bummer if you guys couldn’t make it to Art Basel this year but if it’s thats case don’t worry about it. Here is a video of last years art festival in Miami Beach. You will at least be able to experience how the Art Basel works virtually. You will be able to visualize the different types of art, the different genres, the way the art is displayed, the amount of people that attend the event, how everything is set up, and how the people interact with the art at Art Basel. You will be impressed by the amazing art shown. If you ever have the time to attend Art Basel whether it be in Basel, Hong Kong, or Miami Beach (best one for sure), I suggest you do it because it’s incredible life-changing experience.

Art Basel Breakdown

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The Art Basel displays different fields in the art world so the viewers who come from all over the world can explore them. If you don’t like the typical art viewing in a gallery you have nothing to worry about, you should still go. The Art Basel committee focuses on the different categories of art to be able to separate for the viewers interest. The committee focused on separating it into 8 sectors: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Public, Film, and Magazines. All the sectors focus on different styles of art, different forms of art, and different audiences. It ranges from the Movie sector where you would be shown different films to the Positions sector where the artist has a platform for he or she and you see them  make and present one main project. It all depends on what you like and what you dislike, which will lead you to avoid some of these sector or be the first in line for one of these sectors because of your interest. 

Examples of sectors at Art Basel (Top, Film Sector) (Bottom, Position Sector)

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Art Basel: Miami Beach

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Being from the beautiful city of Miami, I have the privilege of explaining what the incredible experience of Art Basel is like. Art Basel is an art festival that originated in Basel, Switzerland and added two additional locations worldwide, Hong Kong and Miami Beach. The art festival deals with many famous world wide art galleries  that bring their most famous pieces to either sell them or showcase them. Art Basel attracts all kinds of people from all over the world. The festival focuses on displaying modern and contemporary art. It takes place throughout all of Miami Beach primarily focused at the Convention Center in Miami, Design District, and the new popular “arsty” neighborhood, Midtown. If you’re in Miami, December 5-8, I suggest you don’t even hesitate and take some time out of your day to attend the marvelous Art Basel. It will change your life. Even if you think you’re not into art, don’t over think it, the Art Basel will change your mind on art.