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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Basel-ed Out. Still.

For many, ART BASEL Miami is a massive PARTY. For some who are not buyers, yet MASSIVE fans of truly GREAT ART… this may have been the most exhausting but incredibly exciting week for you. And now that it’s over, we all still need a vacation.

But let’s not forget the art that we saw that came in from every corner of the earth. Here are some images we captured from galleries all across Basel…And we LOVED every minute of it!

Check it out!

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I mean, is this not spectacular??? AND this is only a few of the hundreds of thousands of artists shown. And not only that, this is like .000000001% of the art shown.

Spectacular is an understatement. Was it worth the exhaustion? ABSOLUTELY. I would do it all over again in a he(ART)beat.

Well kids,

Have a FAB Holiday and New Years!

XX,

CHC (follow us on Instagram @CultureHeARTs)

Weird, Strange, and Morbid: Charles Matton, the Unappreciated/Unrecognised Artist

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I think in my previous posts, that I’m sure all of you have read and become dedicated CultureHe(ART)s readers – its apparent of my style of art (aka K’s style) exemplifies the WEIRD, STRANGE, and the MORBID. This is why when I stumbled upon the French artist Charles Matton (1931 – 2008), I was overwhelmed with happiness and curiosity. I want to share that with you. I won’t bore you to death with a biography and list of works, but I will give you a little rant on why I think he’s so great. Maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t.

What strikes me about Matton and his work is he was an innovator, a REBELLIOUS artist. During the Modernist period when abstraction was a predominant mode of painting and sculpture, Matton diverged. I think this was brave. He believed that abstract reality when in front of you becomes beautiful. He would paint bouquets, heads, flowers – and painting was not his sole medium. Matton has done everything from sculpture to collage to films, you name it, he’s done it.

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What strikes me most about his work, is his undeniable love for reality and being able to find beauty in the strange, the foreign – whether it be morbid such as his masochistic photographs, his pregnant sculptures or attempting to infiltrate the minds of the great artists such as Bacon and Giacometti (he created some wonderful small collages of their studios that you can look at for hours).

Charles Matton died in 2008, and this is why I am writing about him now. I think he was very under appreciated and unrecognised due to the overshadowing of modernist art and his divergence from it. He’s a bit kooky and weird – but hey who isn’t? And as I always say, “if your not weird than you are not normal.”

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What does your He(ART) think? Strange? Morbid? Beautiful?

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

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!

Kick Ass 2 – The Hirst Shark Reference

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While I must admit I have not seen Kick Ass (the original), the second is HYSTERICAL. And the best part – the DAMIEN HIRST reference – to that, ya know, RIDICULOUS SHARK TANK entitled the even more RIDICULOUS, “The Physical Impossibilities of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.”

Ok so not only does the not so superhero “Mother F*cker,” apparently previously known as “Red Mist” obtain a shark tank (above – image released from the director’s Twitter account), but this tank is not full of formaldehyde, rather it is full of water and a LIVE shark, that doesn’t move… Eventful, eh?

In the movie it makes a statement about money, the shock factor, power, and life – sound familiar? WELL DUH – that just sums up our dearest (NOT) YBA in a nutshell. Hirst specifically commissioned a fisherman to fish for a shark large enough that it looked like it could eat you alive. Does this shark, aka Hirst’s work (below) scream all of the above? Keep in mind it sold for 8 MILLION DOLLARS in 2004. The 8 milli would have ate me alive had I ever bought such a grotesque work… but wait till you see the size of the shark in Kick Ass… It is just too good to be true.

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How many better ways can we find to spend our money? How many better ways are there to show off you know what is going on in the Contemporary Art world – MANY, I would say… so why would they pick HIRST? They might as well have covered a superhero in DOTS. But actually…

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