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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Fresh in a Classic Institution – Jan Fabre @ The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels

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Museums usually tend to be places of deep contemplation. Rarely does humour and comedy come to mind when referring to such an institution. However, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of BRUSSELS has invited contemporary artist Jan Fabre to display 36 bronze and wax busts in his exhibition called Chapters I-XVIII Waxes & BronzeAmongst the FAMOUS Flemish OLD MASTERS, such as Rubens and Breugel, one can fund these chucklesome busts (with faces that mirror those similar to Damien Hirst’s outlandish poses – or so some of them appear to be). These 36 busts are all self-portraits of the artist, mimicking art historical references, yet bringing them into the contemporary in a comical way. Fabre’s self-portraits are made of clean shiny bronze diverging from the usual dark dreary bronze that were used during the 19th century – very Koons-esque. The seriousness of these sculptures are also obliterated by poses of the artist laughing, smiling, and sticking out his tongue with sunglasses, unicorn horns, deer horns, and various other mythical creature features.

For me at least, these busts bring a light humour to a very stern environment. It relaxes us from the strict setting of the Museum and allows us (or for me at least) to not be as serious and remind us to enjoy the beauty of the art surrounding us.  Fabre describes that he, through making these portraits “…laugh[s] with myself. You see the obstinate Jan Fabre, the coarse Jan Fabre, the diabolic Jan Fabre, and the foolish Jan Fabre. There is a kind of irony in it, of course.” This of course is not to discredit his work altogether as foolishness. Fabre is also cleverly studying and contemplating the medium of historical self-portraiture, the human body, and more importantly how we situate and are aware of our own existence within the world we live in. However, he does this in a playful way, which is refreshing.

If you have a chance to come visit Brussels, then I highly recommend you come visit The Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels. Kill two birds with one stone – get your fix of the Old Masters with a Contemporary TWIST.

PEACE OUT, K

What’s NEW at TATE MODERN: LONDON

So I don’t know if it’s me or all us ART fans out there love going to the same museum 1000x just to see their favourite works… but this last time I went to visit the Tate this past weekend, I got a MASSIVE SURPRISE. While much of the Tate is under construction, that did not stop them from bringing out their A Game. See for yourself:

To begin Gerhard Richter’s 11 Glass Panes is now on display. Put 11 planes of glass together and what do you get? A FABULOUS mirror (obvi take a SELFIE in it when you’re there – it is the cool thing to do)!

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Ellsworth Kelly has a WHOLE room – while I am only showing one piece it is because I am encouraging you to go and see the rest! They are LARGER THAN LIFE and truly BRILLIANT minimal pieces of art.

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Lastly, another new piece I came across was Tracey Emin’s Hate and Power Can be a Terrible Thing. What a tragic past she had, but what a GENIUS way to express her emotions.

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Get inspired. Express yourself. Love He(ART).

XX,

DP

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: FREAKING OUT over an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture

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I honest to G-d have no words to describe what I am witnessing. After working in an Egyptian Archaeology museum here in London I have NEVER EVER, NEVER EVER EVER EVER seen ANYTHING like this. Watch this video… you will be spooked. It’s as if an ancient Egyptian’s ka (soul) is coming back to say something?! I’m FREAKING out!!! This is just CRAZY I tell ya.

I would embed the video but every time I tried for some MYSTERIOUS reason it would not publish!!!! (click on VIDEO to watch). I promise this is not a joke.

For more information on what is going on check out the article from The Independent.

XX, DP

Some Highlights from Venice: Ze Peggy Guggenheim Collection… aka AMAZINGGGGGG

Breath taking. Fantastic. Phenomenal. Incredible. Mind-blowing. MODERN ART… There are no other better words to describe some of the highlights I saw at the Peggy Guggenheim this week in Venice – ITALY, duh (p.s don’t forget she slept with a lot of these artists hence her nickname “THE MISTRESS OF MODERN ART”)…

Let the works speak for themselves:

ROTHKO

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PICASSO

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LEGER

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STELLA

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AND… last but NOT least… the most awe-inspiring combination of works that I saw – a Barnett NEWMAN ZIP hung above a Carl ANDRE sculpture. WOW. LOVE. OBSESSED.

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Enjoy. Take it all in. I am still working on it. But actually.

GET INSPIRED. GET CULTURED. He(ART) the ART.

XX, DP

Dots on Dots on Dots on Dots – Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective at Tate Modern

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Expect to be blown away. WHAAAM. BAAAM. Not by one painting. But by 125 of his creations. From Lichtenstein’s earliest works, with his experimentation with Abstraction to his picturesque, larger than life benday-dot paintings – be prepared to be amazed. The show is breathtaking. Captivating.

It seems like it never ends, and you never want it to end. There are his nude females and beach scenes, his Chinese landscapes, his mirrors, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and MORE – like his infamous comic book scenes. KAPOW. The paintings (and sculptures too) vary in size from A4 dimensions to paintings (and sculptures) that are over 6 feet tall and 10 feet long – if not bigger. OMG I just can’t get enough. And you wont be able to either.

I want YOU to GO and experience the magical-ness of his dots on dots on dots on dots. Oh, and primary colours. They just POP.

I seriously he(ART) this retrospective and am so lucky to have been in London to witness it. The show is on until 27 May 2013. For more information regarding tickets and such click here. (WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO BOOK IN ADVANCE.)

XX, DP

Invading Luxury

Invading Fashion

You’ve seen him on the streets of Paris, Miami, London, and more. And now, you can have your very own INVADER. While the thrill of seeing one on the streets is tres “cooler,” why not pick one up online at the MOCA online store or if you’re in London… Pick one up at Tate Modern. What a great way to bring street style to luxury.

xx, DP