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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CHC

@CultureHeARTs

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Modernism in Madrid

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El Museo de arte Thyssen-Bornemisza  in Madrid has quite an incredible collection from MEDIEVAL to MODERN Art MASTERS – but it is their Modern section that BLEW ME AWAY. From Rothko to Lichtenstein, to Mondrian (pictured above, New York City, 3 (unfinished), 1941,) and more, their Modern collection, is IMPRESSIVE, to say the least. Below are some pictures of my favourite works from the collection… If you are ever in Madrid, get out your camera, iPhone, or whatever (because YES, you CAN take pictures – but NO FLASH please) and CAPTURE these paintings, after taking them in.

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Left to Right: Morris Louis, Pillars of Hercules, 1960. Rothko, Untitled, 1961. Clyfford Still, Untitled, 1965.

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Lichtenstein, Woman in Bath, 1963.

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Rauschenberg, Express, 1963.

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Rosenquist, Smoked Glass, 1962.

These LARGER than life canvases will leave a lasting impression on you – guarantee it.

XX, DP

OUT Professionals and OP.Prime PRESENT: ARTFUL MIXER on the BOWERY, NYC

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SAVE THE DATE! On Wednesday evening, October 2, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM Out Professionals and OP.PRIME invite you to network and socialize at SoHo Contemporary Art. A NEW GALLERY located on the fabled Bowery, where SoHo meets the Lower East Side for a PRIVATE VIEWING of contemporary works by such notables as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg.

For over 30 years SoHo Contemporary Art has been a source of investment-quality art for galleries and private collectors. Their new, 2900-square-foot gallery is just up the block from the buzzed-about New Museum.

The event is for members and friends of Out Professionals and OP.PRIME, the network for up-and-coming LGBT professionals. Complimentary SKYY cocktails and beverage alternatives will be provided.

ADMISSION:
Nonmember, $25, evening-long open bar included. Dues-paying Members of OP and OP.PRIME, just $15. Order here. Pre-sale ends at noon on day of event; cash only at the door.

For MORE INFORMATION click HERE.

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Where Do You Buy Your Prints? A Guide to Buying Great Work at FAB Prices. Cha-Ching $$

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Recently, I have become a fan of collecting prints. Since I am a student, this is my best way of collecting ART. And since we all He(ART) Art – I thought I would share my favourite places for ordering prints at REASONABLE PRICE$… now doesn’t that sound fun?! I think so!

Prescription Art has works from Street Artist’s RUN to DSCREET, to SHUBY and MIGHTY MO. The works range in price from a mere 60£ (sometimes less when they are on SALE – YES I SAID SALE) to works that range in the 1,000s. A fabulous collection of prints, especially urban art based can be found and purchased here. A website you MUST check out.

Buckshot Prints is another great website to find street art/urban art based prints are GREAT prices, although their collection is nothing compared to that of Prescription Art –  they still have SUPER works at INSANE prices – especially considering all works are signed and numbered! LOVE. (I just ordered my first RISK initial print from them – stoked for it’s arrival)

Or sometimes the best way to order prints is through artist’s run websites: such as Buff Monster’s newest site (All My Favorite Flavors Print above), as well as one of my FAVOURITE street artist Free Humanity’s website store as well – where you can find prints such Yoda Paint Saber (below) for a mere $50 dollars.

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According to the Street Art legend himself (follow him on instagram @FreeHumanity): “When you buy this print you are not just buying a piece of art work, you are supporting street art to thrive and sustain.
You are saying No to Social Manipulation and Yes to the Awaking of the Mind. You Can help plant positive seeds of your own by supporting The Free Humanity Campaign keep Conscience Art on the Streets.”

Lastly, If you’re out of school and looking for let’s say a more classic collection of prints of per say like Robert Indiana, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Matisse, and even Rembrandt, check out the fabulous website Printed-Editions. As a source for fine art prints, they have works from galleries all over the world at your finger tips ready for purchase.

Get Your Collection On Peeps, The Time is NOW. He(ART) the ART that you buy. Brighten up your homes. Brighten up your lives. Find an artist that makes you happy. Embrace it.

XX, DP

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