National Academy: Beyond the Classical

The National Academy Museum & School has put on a rather EXCEPTIONAL show: Beyond the Classical. What I was thinking what the should would be composed of … well let’s just say I was ABSOLUTELY wrong. I was thinking I would be looking at Ancient Greek Sculptures contrasted with contemporary versions. That was not the case. AT ALL.

What I saw before me was INCREDIBLE. A FASCINATING mix of MODERN and CONTEMPORARY works that draw on classical works and themes. This show is a MUST SEE. From Rauschenberg to Duchamp, to Kiki Smith, Mickalene Thomas and more… the list goes on and on. And the works you are presented works are not necessarily typical for what you would normally associate with each artist (especially Mickalene Thomas).

Check out a few snaps of works below that are in the show… but we did not include them all because we ENCOURAGE you all to go and check it out! (Images from Top to Bottom: Yinka Shonibare, “Fake Death Picture,” 2011 – Susan Solano, “Memoria,” 1992-93 – Marcel Duchamp, “L.H.O.O.Q.,” 1964 – Mickalene Thomas, “Carmen: Standing Reaching, Standing Twisting, Standing with Back to Artist,” 2011.)

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XX,

CHC

@CultureHeARTs

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What Philadelphia Has to Offer – AMAZING ART, DUH

A couple weeks ago, upon my return to my native land, AMURICA, I went to Philadelphia to visit my grandmother for her birthday (shout out to PHYLLIS) who too is an art historian. She took me on several art adventures that made me realise the world of art in Philadelphia is rivalling that of which NYC has to offer. For example, the plethora of GREATNESS Philadelphia Museum of Art has to on view is INCREDIBLE. They have an amazing collection of Jasper JOHNS, Cy TWOMBLY, BRANCUSI, PICASSO and more! While some of you are thinking, NYC is just WAY BETTER, I dare you to go to Philly, check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and be BLOWN AWAY.

PICASSO:

Absinthe Glass

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Self Portrait

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JASPER JOHNS:

Flashlight and Lightbulb

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Single Flag

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CY TWOMBLY:

Fifty Days at Illiam

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DUCHAMP:

Bottle Rack

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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

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BRANCUSI:

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IS THIS NOT AMAZING?! WHAT A COLLECTION?! And it keeps on going:

MOTHERWELL:

Elegy to the Spanish Republic

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NAUMAN:

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Ellsworth Kelly:

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I think you get it by now… PHILLY’s art is SPECTACULAR… and this was just one museum. They have the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, and many more! Check it out peeps! Get Cultured!!!!

XX, DP

P.S. Did I mention the steps leading up to this museum are the steps ROCKY trained on?! Does the view look familiar? The only thing that irritates me about this, even though it is incredibly riveting, is that tourists come just for the steps, and not the art – what a shame!

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P. P. S…. Street Art originated between NYC and PHILLY. So keep your eyes open!

Navid Nuur @ Parasol Unit : Another View

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Sometimes living in REALITY can be quite difficult? Growing up can be such a pain. But that does not mean our FUN and IMAGINATON has to go with our youth?? I think the newest exhibition at Parasol Unit, is an escape from capitalist reality we live in today and allows our inner curious child to come out. Navid Nuur’s Phantom Fuel (13 March-19 May 2013), is an EXPLORATION of the MIND and provides the viewer with world of DISCOVERY. It is a lighthearted exhibition (which seems to diverge from my past reviews on exhibitions – I usually like the grotesque and heavily conceptual works) that plays with the phenomenological experience. Some of his works, can be slightly paralleled to the famous Duchamp – what a guy! Nuur takes found objects (like Duchamp) but rather reconstitutes its function thus creating a new object for experience and us the viewers can explore. I felt like a little child peeping through the holes of the reconstituted flash lights, that hold small collages of people and areas, or calling the cell phone that was plastered to wall with red and blue plasticine to hear Nuur himself screaming “RED BLUE.” Nuur I believe has a great sense of BEAUTY in the smallest things, which is what utterly EXCITES. An installation displaying a popsicle that drips and a projection that captures and displays the dripping is something beautiful that is often overlooked. Children find great satisfaction in the smallest things, and I believe that Nuur holds this childlike view of the world and creates works to let us see. If you’re in a mood to discover and find the inner child in you, go see this latest exhibition. It’s fun, exciting and imaginative, and that is what art should be.

Peace Out, K

P.S. YOU HAVE 3 DAYS LEFT TO GO GO GO!!!!

P.P.S. DON’T FORGET TO BRING A POUND AND A PENCE TO GET A METAL FINGERPRINT FROM THE ARTIST HIMSELF BY SPINNING ONE OF THOSE MACHINES THAT YOU FIND AT A THEME PARK! ONE OF THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PIECES OF ART YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION!

Dada – The Real Dada, NOT ze Dada Life

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Dada, an “art” movement that was “anti-art.” In terms of Duchamp, (who are friend below will go into detail) a 20th century French artist, had a disdain for the convention of tradition – hence why he turned a urinal into what he titled “Fountain.” Duchamp became associated with the movement in Paris during the WWI, when many Europeans realized that their society was breaking down. So, with a breakdown in society brought about a breakaway from tradition.

Duchamp’s readymades (i.e. “Fountain” and his “Bicycle Wheel”) were in a sense a conscious effort to break every rule of traditional art, in order to create a new type of art – a type of art that engages the mind and provokes the viewer to participate and think. Duchamp came up with the idea to discard art’s most fundamental values of artisanship and beauty. The readymades were the final solution of how Duchamp created a work of art that is not “art.”

Duchamp’s readymades were composed of assemblages, altered images, and prefabricated objects. The manufactured items were normally brought right off a shelf or salvaged, and often unaltered. Duchamp then would put all the pieces he wished together, and gave them abstruse titles, or even inscribed them with a phrase that was absolutely utter non-sense. It was the idea of putting all these random objects together that later artists were inspired from. Duchamp’s use of everyday objects, to create “art” in a sense gave influence to later artists such as Rauschenberg, Johns, and even Warhol. It was Duchamp’s idea that the artist declares what the art is that can be seen throughout all three of the artist’s works mentioned above.

ART IS ART BECAUSE THE ARTIST SAID SO. GENIUS.

XX, DP

Life is Beautiful; May The Art Be With You – Mr. Brainwash

Mr. Brainwash – a self declared artist. But is his art, art? In Duchampian terms, the answer would be yes. Art is what you make of it. And art is art if an artist says so. Yet, what MBW has created, some would say is too commercialized, almost like Hirst, but not to that extreme level. Brainwash takes cultural icons and images and puts a spin on them, making them his own. Some people claim his art is not art and it is just a bunch of mashed potatoes of images that we recognize. Think Picasso mixed with Basquiat, Haring, and Warhol all on the same painting with splashes of bright colours – pinks, blues, yellows, greens – dripping down the canvas. But did you think of this? No. Sorry.

Life is BEAUTIFUL and so is art. And on that note, I will admit I am a massive fan of his work. He has brought life back to artists and works that are no longer contemporary and has made them fittingly appropriate in our generation. So what’s the big deal? If you don’t like it, maybe you should EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. MAY THE ART BE WITH YOU.

xx, DP