The Inspiring Story of Tammam Azzam

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Tammam Azzam was a young artist in the devastated city of Damascus, Syria. Sadly war and violence has taken over Syria in recent times. The war in syria was a huge obstacle that came in Tammam’s way but that wouldn’t stop his dream of becoming a successful artist. His studio was shutdown because of the syrian government so he was forced to continue his dreams in some place else, Dubai. Azzam focuses on working with digital art. The main theme he focuses on in his art works is too depict the political problems going on back home for him in Damascus. He depicts the tough times going on in his country by incorporating broken pieces of items such as maps in his art. Through symbolism in pieces he adds to his pieces he shows the misery that the Syrian people are going through. Keep your eye out in this inspiring artist from the devastated country of Syria.

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The Future Awaits Jimo Junk

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If you’re looking for an up and coming artist, look no further than Jimo Junk. Her real name is Jimena Montemayor, born in Mexico City and raised in Europe and the United States. She currently resides in Brooklyn where she dedicates herself to producing street art as well as digital sketches.Her works of art reflect the moving and continuos forms of lines and the way they connect to one another. Her use of color is vibrant and alive. She will soon be showcasing her work in her first solo show in Mexico City as well as participating in a collaboration in New York with other fellow artists called Momentun for Tormentum in which part of the proceeds will benefit victims of the hurricanes in Mexico. You can also catch her during Art Basel Miami next month when she will be participating in Create Collect’s launch exhibition.

Examples of Jimena Montemayor’s art pieces below:

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Pop Art: Andy Warhol

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If there could be a legitimate king of the Pop Art movement it would definitely be the famous Andy Warhol. He started and led this extremely popular art movement during the late 1950’s in the U.S. Pop arts main concept was incorporating traditions of antique fine arts with modern topics in culture. Pop art deals with the question of, why was the art piece was created? What was the main motive? Many examples of pop art deal with advertisements such as Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can and his Coca Cola ad. The other main topic that appears in pop art is comics.  Warhol used a blotted-ink style in many of his pieces. He started succeeding in the early 1960s having many art exhibits through the U.S. In the 1960s his main focus was depicting “iconic American objects”, which made him excel over any artist at the time. It was either a piece of an American product or a famous American whether an athlete, actors, actress, musician, etc. Andy Warhol influenced the world with his pop art pieces.

Examples of Warhol’s art pieces below:

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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