The ART I Saw This Year That I Truly He(ART).

After traveling the world to get my MA in Contemporary Art, I had several opportunities to see shows that I would have not come across normally. In no specific order will I list some of my most incredible ART moments that I truly he(ART).

1. Venice Biennale:942345_10200407645409313_901043945_nDays spent in Venice during the Biennale were NOTHING compared to Art Basel (Miami). In B E A UTIFUL VENIZIA, the Netherlands’ Pavillion stood out with Mark Manders’ Room With Broken Sentence. The sculptural works, which covered 23 years of the artist’s activity, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, were simple, yet intricate. The works were simple in the sense that colour and subject matter were not shocking. Clay portrait busts and sculptural figures covered the pavilion, but were presented so you were not overwhelmed, and in an almost highly organised manner (image below). Although traditional materials were used such as wood and clay, what was truly fascinating was how the pieces were held together. For example, a clay sculpture of a female hanging off of a wooden table – almost looking like the front of a viking ship – was suspended by a wire string contraption (above). MIND BLOWING.Not only was the pavilion least anticipated by me, but several months later still leaves an impact on me today. 946683_10200407647089355_236647333_nThe Biennale was one of those events that was not about the PARTYING, like Art Basel, Miami Beach. Nor has it ever been thought of in that manner. It was about what each country could bring to the table. Walking for 12 hours a day, for five days straight was 100% worth me wearing crocs by the end of my time in Venice (I kid you not).

But there is one issue that is still on my mind. While some of you may know the main grounds for the Biennale are the Giardini and the Arsenale (where the Encyclopedic Palace was located), there are also some off-site pavilions – which I happened to miss out on. Why may you ask? Because although I was getting my MA in Contemporary Art, my PASSION for Modern Art will always remain. And so I took a trip to Peggy Guggenheim’s Museum. And boy, was that a worthwhile visit. Although Mrs. Guggenheim may have been the Mistress of Modern Art, who cares that she slept with half of the artists that are in her museum?! It is BREATHTAKING. Rothko. Warhol. Kelley. Ernst. Dali. Brancusi. Picasso. The list goes on and on. Need I say more? All I can say is if you ever are to visit the Biennale, make sure you take at least a few hours to visit the Guggenheim as well. Both represent history and culture that should not be missed.

2. Inside Out: The People’s Art Project:1385059_10201083899715248_288651712_nMy dissertation was about to be due, but I had the opportunity to take part in JR’s Inside Out Project in London. Was it worth the time? WITHOUT A DOUBT. Paranoid after hearing lines were hours long to get your portrait taken, to then be wheat-pasted in a designated location, of course was a constant concern. But I prioritised with my art partner in crime (image above), and together we successfully were not only the first in line, but had a great time meeting others alike. People whom too admire JR, and were there for the same reason: to be part of a Project that not only means something to you, as an individual interested in the arts, but to take part in a global movement. This is something I had never done before, and if I ever have the opportunity to do it again, I would not think twice. JR’s staff is incredibly friendly. They don’t make fun of you for practicing your poses, aka taking selfies of yourself on your i-Phones and such to see what pose would look best, because the reality is you only get ONE shot. Literally. And it turns out, after practicing all my poses I winged it while in the photo-booth (image below). But hey, at least I entertained myself for a good two hours practicing facial expressions.                                                                       935974_10201083898995230_1309614194_ntruck3-20131006_141951

3. James Turrell’s Aten Reign (2013):1003170_10200663410643284_1123671427_nLuckily, I was in NYC to see Turrell’s first SOLO show in a New York museum since 1980, at the Guggenheim (WHAT A YEAR FOR THIS ESTABLISHMENT). But actually. Turrell has always focused on light, perception, colour, and space. And what better a place to create a show than in the rotunda designed by renowned architect Frank LLoyd Wright. A few words to describe the experience I would say are: MESMERISING, CAPTIVATING, and SPIRITUAL.

Turrell plays with your senses, primarily sight, having colours fade between different hues and tones. From black, grey, blue, purple, pink, red, orange, colours come and go in a timely manner. Yet time is of no worry when laying below the rotunda absorbing this monumental exhibition.

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Well my dear followers, that is all for now. More coming to you very soon!

XX, CHC (follow us on Instagram @CultureHeARTs)

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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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XX, DP

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

MOMA: My Love for Modern Art is an Understatement

I was born into the Modern Art world. I was raised as a Modern Art enthusiast/fanatic. And going to the MOMA only made me love everything from 1900-1970 even more. And what was even better is that Claes Oldenburg’s The Store and (The Street) are on exhibition. Check out the pics below!

The Store:

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But Oldenburg is not my only true love at this museum. Everything from Warhol (Pop Art) to Judd (Minimalism) to Lewitt (Minimalism) to Kosuth (Conceptual Art)… and MORE was FASCINATING, BREATHTAKING, and BRILLIANT!

Warhol:

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Judd:

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Lewitt:

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Kosuth:

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And on top of all these MIND BLOWING iconic works, there is currently an Ellsworth Kelly exhibition of his Chatham series (below) to TOP IT OFF. WOWZAHS.

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MOMA you are totally ROCKING the Modern Art game. If you are a MODERNIST I heavily suggest to block out at least three hours to truly absorb everything this institution has to offer. Or more.

XX, DP

p.s. More art from my American excursions (NYC and Philly) to follow throughout the week! Boy, do I have a plethora of Art to show you dudes! Get excited! I am!

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

Highlights and Downfalls @ Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction Evening Results May 14, 2013

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Last night, some GREATNESS went down at Sotheby’s in NYC. For starters, Barnett Newman’s Onement VI (above) sold not only over the high estimate, but sold over the artists’s highest record at auction for his painting for 43,845,000 USD  (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium). 

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Gerhard Richter’s Domplatz (above) did not break the high estimate but still took in a hefty 37,125,000 USD. Not too shabby, Richter.

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Francis Bacon’s Study for a portrait of his lover did not sell. And I am not shocked – I even predicted this myself. Last time Bacon paintings were at auction with Sotheby’s (this year) they did not sell either. Perhaps this indicates people do not want to look at twisted psychological portraits of others… But I still respect Bacon. Maybe in a few years his work’s will pick back up in the auction world.

Well, while Sotheby’s was hoping to bring in close to 400 million with this auction, they barely made it to 300 million. But hey, that’s the art market. You never know what to expect. For the rest of the results check them out here. It is shocking to see Warhol, Basquiat, and even Rothko not selling. WHO DOESN’T WANT A WORK FROM ONE OF THESE FABULOUSSSSSS MEN? This is not to say the market is not in favour of them, for if anything, I believe these men, especially Basquiat currently is being highly sought after.

So right now all we have are these results. Until ze next auction!

And mazel to those who purchased some EXTRAORDINARY art.

Catch you later kids.

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