What is Art? GET INSPIRED.

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Often people ask me, WHAT IS ART? How do I explain? Art is art if the artist says so. Art is what you make of it. Art has to be given a chance. Art is a freedom of expression. Art is LIFE. And according to the theorist Hegel, “the fact that this is meaningless DOESN’T mean that it can’t be art.” So peeps – get with the program. Art is everywhere.

Here is an slide show I came across  with quotes from famous artists from different periods of art declaring what art is, to them. Art is…

Get inspired. Follow your HeART.

XX, DP

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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!

RAE BK – The Interview

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I first came across this piece in London (above – left), and I thought to myself, “HOLY **** THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.” Exciting, fresh, different, intriguing… the list goes on and on. And that is when I decided to try and find out who this artist is. Turns out he is not London based, rather he is is based in Brooklyn. I was on a mission to find out more… His name is RAE BK. Read the interview below to see what I learned (and you will too)! VERY COOL.

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1. Where are you based? While I found your work in London I see that a lof of your work is in NYC… are you an NYC native? Is this your home? I’m based in Brooklyn, NY.  Born and raised.  I have recently been out to London and will be back soon.

2. Your style is not typical street style – then again, what does typical street style mean? Your work exudes difference through its almost Picasso meets Basquiat figures… How would you describe your style? Do you prefer to work with spray paint, wheat pastes, or a brush (and wall or canvas)? I guess my work could be considered ‘Urban Folk Art’.  But in the end it’s simply about making what I like.  Sometimes it involves pounding metal other times it’s pasting up paper.  I tend to go off of the materials I’m presented.  Found paint or objects dictate what the next piece will be like.  I’m influenced by things that are made crudely and for practical use.

3. Which piece of yours is your favourite? Where was it done? Is it still around? A piece I call “Subway Skaters” might be my favorite.  Maybe because it was the most tricky to get up.  It’s still running in a NYC subway station.

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4. Were you trained in the arts or did you feel you had something to bring to the people and this was your means of communication – or both? When I was about 6 my mom’s record player broke.  Rather than throw it out she handed me a screw driver and said “go play”.  I spent hours taking everything apart creating mini-sculptures and developing a love for discarded things. As far as putting art outside on the streets— It’s one part about trying to get away with it and another part about getting a reaction from people noticing it. 

5. If you could collaborate with any other artist – of any form – who would it be and why?! Collaborations are tricky.  It’s like trying to get two pizza makers to make one pie.  One likes sweeter sauce the other salty.  One likes thin crust the other doughy. The end result might taste funny.  With that said, most of my art comes from unintended collaborations. Things I find made by others often get incorporated into my work. 

WELL FOLKS, THERE YA HAVE IT. If you are in Brooklyn, NYC, or even London, keep those eyes open. I PROMISE you will NOT be disappointed.

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

The 5 Year Old Art Critic: Sunday Funday Verdicts on Art – It’s Weird

To sum up what a five year old sees in art: William de Kooning’s work looks like a man with boobs. Picasso’s Dora Maar looks like HE’s wearing a mask. Pollock’s work looks like graphic drawing. Munch’s The Scream head looks weird. Chagall’s work is too complex for this five year old. And Mona Lisa – well this munchkin is really searching deep. At least her parents are having her learn how to look at art from an early age! You go girl!!!!

XX, DP (@dpayt – Instagram and twitter)

CBS 60 Minutes: A Serious Go At ART – BANTER/RUBBISH

Dear 60 Minutes Man (RIP) – but you need(ed) to go to a museum. You have enjoyed liberties of creative freedom. You had freedom to say what you want on air, artists have liberties, sometimes even SPONSORED by the GOVERNMENT – to create a piece of work in a PUBLIC space – whether you like it or not. You’ve had your 15 minutes of fame – rather 60 minutes… Why not let others enjoy theirs?

P.S. Being a prick does not make you stand out in the art world, it just makes you sound unintelligible and uneducated. How did you get that job at 60 Minutes? CBS please! This is banter. And rubbish. I’m sorry to hear you passed but let this help educate the public.

XX, DP (follow me on TWITTER @DPAYT and Follow @CultureHeARTs)

P.S. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIKE EVERYTHING, AND NOT EVERYONE WILL LIKE YOU – BUT WHY BOTHER PUTTING OTHER PEOPLE DOWN? YOU JUST GAVE THEM AIRTIME AS YOU TRASHED THEM. I’D SAY ANY PUBLICITY IS GREAT PUBLICITY. TAKE THAT – AND GO TO A MUSEUM.

Sotheby’s Evening Impressionist and Modern Art Auction Results: May 5 2013

Last night Sotheby’s in London had an evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art (click on the link for all the results). One of the sale highlight’s was Picasso’s “FEMME ASSISE PRÈS D’UNE FENÊTRE” (painting above and to the left). The painting is that of Picasso’s muse Marie Therese-Walter, who representes sex and desire in 20th Century Art. Picasso creates her using curvilinear lines, unlike that of another one of his lovers, Dora Maar (above and to the right), whom he portrays in more geometric and linear terms – remember Picasso was a massive womanizer and had many lovers. “FEMME ASSISE PRÈS D’UNE FENÊTRE” piece sold for $41 million – not breaking the high estimate but still not too shabby.

An artist who did break almost all of his high estimates is Egon Schiele. Apparently his work is a hot commodity in today’s art world. His Self-Portrait (pictured above) “Green Shirt with Eyes Closed” (1914) sold for almost $8 Million, almost double that of his high estimate. Way to go Egon!

The next sale we are uber-excited for is the Evening Contemporary Sale on February 12, 2013! Can’t see what prices Basquiat, Bacon, and Richter reach!

XX, DP