Third Year of Online Competition to Support Emerging Artists Yields Record Response.
The yearly competition to find the best original art for the U.S. label of Georges Duboeuf's world-famous Beaujolais Nouveau has ended with the highest levels of social media engagement to date, and an impressive number of submissions by talented artists from around the country.
Over 600 pieces were entered, with native Texan Laura Runge's Joyous Crush taking the top prize. Included is a cash grant and the honor of having her work debut on the label of over one million bottles of Duboeuf's 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau and Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé when the wines are released on the third Thursday of November (November 21, 2019).
When asked how she felt about winning the contest, Laura replied, "I am absolutely ecstatic! I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity, because it will afford my work a level of exposure I might not get otherwise. It's a once-in-a-lifetime honor and truly a dream come true!"
Her painting is a vivid interpretation of the celebratory feeling that Beaujolais Nouveau embodies. She chose to use colors with fruit names such as grape, tangerine, peach and cranberry, to demonstrate her interpretation of the harvest in France—with deep pinkish-red and purple tones to mimic the colors of the wine, and greens and blues to reflect the earth and sky. "I wanted to create a festive piece that would have the look and feel of celebration," commented Laura. "There is a depiction of the wine itself, surrounded by subtle bursts of confetti to evoke that joyous feel."
Now in its third year, the Georges Duboeuf Artist Label Competition was created to support the creativity of emerging artists all over the U.S. "Our family has long been avid supporters of the arts, having worked with many artists over the last 40+ years to create our iconic labels and limited-edition posters," comments Franck Duboeuf, CEO of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. "Hosting this program has been almost as exciting for us as it is for the artists – it's a great joy for us to see who the public selects each year as the winner."
Of the entries submitted online via the competition's website, 15 were selected as finalists by a combination of public vote and input from a panel of winery representatives and art experts. The finalists were announced on April 15, followed by a fifteen-day period of public voting. In a competition where public voting was the determining factor in the selection of the winner, social media played a very important role. Finalists were invited to share their submissions on their own accounts, finding support from local residents, fellow artists, friends and family. With over 6,000 total votes and thousands of likes and comments on social media, the 2019 competition saw the highest level of engagement yet from art and wine-loving fans and enthusiasts.
"We're extremely pleased that this competition has grown so much in popularity over the past three years, particularly with younger consumers who are a key component of Beaujolais Nouveau's continuing sales growth," explains Dennis Kreps, co-owner with his father, Stephen D. Kreps, of Quintessential, the exclusive importer of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf in the US. "Not only is the contest generating trade, media and consumer excitement and interest in Beaujolais Nouveau well before the wine's actual launch in November, but the high level of social media engagement we have seen demonstrates that it really resonates with the target audience's interests and passions."
The tradition of Nouveau began when the winemakers and growers of the Beaujolais region celebrated the end of harvest with a young wine that was initially only produced for local consumption. Georges Duboeuf was the first to bring that quaint local custom to wine-lovers outside of the region, creating a worldwide phenomenon. Bottled six-to-eight weeks after harvest, Beaujolais Nouveau is fresh, fruity and vibrant. It is often considered to be an indicator of the quality of the vintage and it is best served with a light chill. The wine's annual release the week before Thanksgiving has made Beaujolais Nouveau a harbinger of the holiday season in the U.S. for more than 35 years.
About Les Vins Georges Duboeuf:
Georges Duboeuf is a premium producer of award-winning French wines from the Beaujolais and Mâconnais regions of Burgundy and the South of France. His legendary palate, his ability to spot great wine and his enthusiasm made him a celebrated figure in the wine industry. The company that he founded, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, brings to market wines renowned for their quality and value. They work closely with hundreds of small family wine growers to procure the highest quality fruit throughout the region, as well as export many small Chateau and Estate-produced wines that would otherwise not be able to brings their wines to the US. Georges' son, CEO Franck Duboeuf, has taken on the tradition of leading the family winery and company, helping to navigate Les Vins Georges Duboeuf through the world's wine markets as they continue to thrive in the 21st Century. Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is imported by Quintessential Wines, based in Napa, California.
About Quintessential Wines:
Founded in 2002 by father and son, Stephen D. and Dennis Kreps, Quintessential is a family-owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, California. It is dedicated exclusively to representing other multi-generational, family-owned-and-operated producers who have the same passion for winemaking that Quintessential has for strategically marketing and selling those wines. These producers, from top wine regions around the world, create wines that offer the best, most authentic expression of the grapes from their respective vineyards.
For more information, please visit http://www.quintessentialwines.com.
The New York gallery, ARTIFACT, hosts an exhibition of 21st-century surrealist art with the Portuguese artist Santiago Ribeiro and the North American artist Shala Rosa.
The idea arose with an invitation from the ARTIFACT Gallery addressed to the artist of Coimbra Santiago Ribeiro who in turn decided to invite no more than one of the greatest surrealist feminine artists of the 21st-century of the present time, Shala Rosa.
Below Times Square Screens in New York city promoting the ARTIFACT art show:
Both artists are part of the largest world exhibition of surrealist art in our century, the International Surrealism Now to which Santiago is its creator and promoter. Based in Portugal, starting in 2010 organized by the Bissaya Barreto Foundation and has expanded internationally until today in 2019.
The Artifact gallery is an exhibition space and marketing company providing art related services for artists, collectors and corporations in New York City.
The exhibition Portuguese and North American Surrealism in New York will take place from July 31 to August 4 of 2019 at Artifact gallery in New York City.
illycaffè presents the new illy Art Collection designed by Olimpia Zagnoli, globally recognized Italian illustrator known for her colorful, minimalist and retro graphic art, an homage to futurism and the Beatles.
The iconic illy cups, designed by Matteo Thun in 1991, continue to be a canvas for artists to share their creativity to the world. In this newest iteration, the flair of Olimpia Zagnoli is expressed in this exciting new series dedicated to women, their uniqueness and ability to generate collaboration and a sense of togetherness . The 6 new cups portray the Sisters, eclectic female personas of different character, who meet in a coffee shop to talk about the future and share a laugh over an espresso and pastry, each one with a distinctive expression and original point of view.
The strong identities of these sisters are projected in six colors: yellow, pink, blue, green, red and brown, the whimsical designs including their glasses distinguish their character versus hide their personalities; their necklaces illustrated on the saucer are meant to be interchangeable accessories that symbolize the typical sharing that happens among good friends.
The cup set includes a small booklet which includes playful Zagnoli poems – six in total crafted for each individual cup and bringing to the forefront more insight into their character and "femoji" like social status.
"The collaboration with Olimpia Zagnoli for this new illy Art Collection is rooted in the art of sharing," explains Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of illycaffè. "The ritual of coffee is a tradition, a consolidated attitude and moment that symbolizes the excellence of socializing and relationship; one that is never lacking, particularly among "Sisters", as defined by the artist's feminine figures."
The Olimpia Zagnoli collection is available starting in May on www.illy.com
illy ART COLLECTION
The illy Art Collection began in 1992, an idea of Francesco Illy: as of today, they have been personalized, hand-numbered and signed by over 100 artists of international acclaim. Great names like Marina Abramovic, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Louis Bourgeois, Mark Quinn, as well as young creative talents. An everyday object, the cups designed by Matteo Thun are a blank slate to which protagonists of contemporary art take to with inspiration, rendering the joy of drinking an espresso an experience that involves both the senses and the mind.
ABOUT OLIMPIA ZAGNOLI
Olimpia Zagnoli was born in Reggio Emilia in 1984 to a family of artists – her father a photographer, her mother a painter – before transferring to Milan while still young. She graduated from the IED in illustration and animation. After graduation, she took her first steps in Italy with small, self-producing realities until venturing abroad in 2008. In New York, she encountered one of the art directors for the New York Times, and from that moment began various collaborations for important international publications including the Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Glamour. Olimpia became known around the world for her distinguishable style using essential lines and geometrics along with round, colorful, pop figures. Her illustrations have made the pages of several prime advertising campaigns for important companies and have been used by notable fashion brands along with splashing the pages of children's books.
illycaffè is an Italian family business, founded in Trieste in 1933 and committed to offering the greatest coffee to the world. illy is the world's most global coffee brand, producing the unique illy 100% Arabica blend made of 9 of the world ‘s best selections of Arabica; each day more than 7 million cups are served in over 140 countries in the finest cafés, restaurants, hotels and in offices and homes. illy has become the standard forerunner of espresso, and thanks to three critical innovations, is considered the leader in the science and technology of coffee. With the bestowing of the first “Ernesto Illy Award for quality espresso coffee” in 1991 in Brazil, illy also pioneered direct sourcing, sharing know-how and paying a premium price for the best quality, based on partnerships underwritten by the principles of sustainable development. The company also founded the University of Coffee with the aim of fostering and spreading its culture, providing comprehensive academic and hands-on training for coffee growers, baristas and coffee lovers in order to cover every aspect of the product. Everything ‘made in illy’ is enhanced by beauty & art, which represent founding values of the brand, starting from its logo – designed by an artist, James Rosenquist – and including the renowned illy Art Collection, comprised of over 100 cups designed by international artists. In 2018 the company was employing 1,294 people, and posted consolidated revenues of €483 million. There are approximately 259 stores and mono-brand illy shops in 43 countries.
MASH Gallery presents "LUSTER" by Haleh Mashian curated by Peter Frank, Los Angeles June 29 - August 10th
MASH Gallery presents LUSTER by Santa Monica artist Haleh Mashian, a new contemporary collection of contemporary work showcasing non-traditional impasto techniques.
Haleh Mashian follows up her 2019 figural collection, Figurine, with LUSTER, and shares, "LUSTER represents abundance, joy, and the poetry of nature. I added three-dimensional qualities where you might lose yourself in the composition. I wanted the viewer to have the opportunity to explore each piece, much like a Zen moment you may have experienced while taking a walk into the forest appreciating all of her gifts."
Guests of LUSTER at MASH Gallery, located in the heart of the Los Angeles arts district, will be immersed into an exhibition representing the varied moods of the forest. Haleh's new collection of work roams in complement with the bustle of the forest. Each canvas presents thick applications of color, pigment and jeweled surface materials.
LUSTER is an artistic journey spontaneously uncovering expressions of abstraction. Haleh Mashian composes her collection over a series of quick actions. Moving around each painting, she applies a variety of dimensional elements onto each surface. Her final compositions hold secrets embellished within thick applications of glitter, gold, and silver. Each painting contributes to Haleh's style of lyric poetry celebrating the mysteries of the forest.
Writer, poet and active contemporary art contributor Peter Frank is an art critic and curator born in New York and living in Los Angeles. Currently, he is the associate editor of Fabrik magazine and recently contributed, HALEH MASHIAN: SEEING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES, his new essay for LUSTER.
"These paintings are sly and alluring in their refusal to be simple or straightforward… They reaffirm the Impressionists' and abstractionists' claim — demonstration, really — that what you see is what you see, it just happens not to be what you're looking at." — Peter Frank, May 2019.
MASH Gallery presents LUSTER by Haleh Mashian and curated by Peter Frank on June 29th through August 10th.
Award-Winning Sculptor, Artist and Inventor Dr. Stanley Taub Displays Work in New York and Los Angeles
Clint Eastwood bust prompts appreciation and endorsement from the acclaimed actor/director himself.
Dr. Stanley Taub (www.stanleytaubartist.com/two) — the soon to be 88-year-old modern day "Renaissance Man" — is renowned in the field of plastic surgery for a variety of medical discoveries, including the Taub Oral Panendoscope. Dr. Taub is also highly regarded for his multimedia art: primarily glassworks and bronze sculptures. Many of his pieces, including a full-sized sculpture of his figure-skating wife, are on display at various prestigious locations throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Taub the Sculptor
Beginning in 1963, in addition to his plastic surgery practice, Dr. Taub began his career as a sculptural artist. From busts, models, and full figural sculptures, Dr. Taub's pieces have earned multiple prizes and accolades. Dr. Taub's work remains on display, and he continues to give private viewings and occasional gallery showings.
Some of Dr. Taub's most famous, specific sculptures include:
The Clint Eastwood Bust: A larger-than-life depiction of the iconic actor and director which prompted Eastwood to send a personal appreciation letter: "Many thanks for the outstanding bronze sculpture you have created for me" … "Your gift is very generous and I appreciate the time you have devoted to such a project" … "P.S. I appreciate the volume of hair!!"
Also on display:
Inventor of the Mini iRoller®
In addition to being a skilled artist and sculptor, Dr. Taub is also a prolific inventor. Applying the same principle behind the sticky materials used to help hold and secure surgical instruments during various procedures, Dr. Taub invented the iRoller and Mini iRoller®, portable and compact reusable touch-screen cleaners for digital displays. Small enough to travel anywhere, the Mini iRoller® fits easily into a purse or automotive glovebox.
Some Mini iRoller® features include:
The fluid-free mini iRoller® is suitable for touchscreens of all types — smart phones, e-readers, Kindles, iPads, iPods and GPS/car dashboard screens — and is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com
About SKT Productions
Makers of reusable and liquid-free cleaners for a world where visual clarity and sanitization counts, SKT Productions offers a wide range of rolling products for the cleaning and maintenance of smart phones, digital display screens, analogue vinyl records, eyeglasses and film negatives. All cleaners are sanitizing, reusable, eco-friendly and economical. In addition, SKT Productions produces antigravity non-slip mats for use in the home, car, surgical facilities and on boats or yachts.
Learn more at: www.SKTProductions.com
Americas Society Presents "Walls of Air: The Brazilian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale"
On view at Americas Society from June 12 through August 3, 2019.
Curated by Sol Camacho, Laura González Fierro, Marcelo Maia Rosa, and Gabriel Kozlowski with the assistance of Diana Flatto and Carolina Scarborough.
Americas Society will present Walls of Air, The Brazilian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Sol Camacho, Laura González Fierro, Marcelo Maia Rosa, and Gabriel Kozlowski with the assistance of Diana Flatto and Carolina Scarborough.
"Walls of Air is a research exhibition model that maps contemporary Brazil beyond its frontiers, asking questions about social inclusion, political transparency and environmental matters that have local, regional, as well as planetary impact in a short term," says Gabriela Rangel, director and chief curator of Visual Arts at Americas Society.
Organized by four architects with an interdisciplinary approach, the exhibition attempts to uncover the visible and invisible walls that have built —and divided— Brazil through the country's social and environmental fragmentation. Responding to the theme of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018—"Freespace,"— the team of curators of the Brazilian Pavilion posited questions about how spatial and social restrictions have prevented Brazil from establishing a more egalitarian and democratic public sphere after its project of modernization. The resulting exhibition suggests that, if a democratic Brazil is to be built, its current problems must be debated from all vantages and by all citizens.
"This exhibition is an inquiry into the causes of the spatial divides that fragment Brazilian society and the environment we live in, rather than unite us. From immigration issues to the formation of our national borders, each one of the ten maps brings to the foreground a specific theme that we believe is in urgent need of discussion, not only in Brazil but also in all Latin American countries," co-curator Gabriel Kozlowski said.
The curators developed ten large-format cartographies that promote critical awareness of the spatial and conceptual barriers that have resulted from Brazil's urbanization processes and make visible the effects these processes have had on the natural environment.
The research involved builds a common ground and allows for the development of a democratic fabric amongst different communities. The maps range in scale from a single city to the entire Brazilian territory and its relation not only to Latin America but to the world at large. This use of multiple scales suggested to the curators that the first wall to be torn down is the wall that separates architecture from other disciplines. Walls of Air is the result of collaborative research with more than two hundred professionals of social sciences, visual arts, geography, law, medicine, and politics, whose dialogue is aimed to build a common agency. Co-curator Marcelo Maia Rosa added, "A big part of our exhibition is an attempt to bring awareness to the interdependency between architecture and other disciplines outside the architectural realm."
From the way capital is distributed in the Brazilian territory to the way deforestation in the north of the country impacts life in the south, each map foregrounds a pressing theme while emphasizing the need to conceive of architecture as a means of rethinking the boundaries within our cities. The result of visualizing extended data sets from both national and international institutions, including the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, the Federal Police of Brazil, NASA, and the Global Forest Watch, Walls of Air proposes some first steps toward challenging—and transgressing—these boundaries.
"The exhibition at AS/COA is an opportunity to expand the dialogue we started in Brazil to other geographies in America. Moving this exhibition from Venice to the US means bringing it closer to home, where the issues we discuss are more pertinent and acute," stated co-curator Laura González Fierro.
"Americas Society has been a major force in defining the dialogues that help bring the different countries in the Americas closer together, and we are glad to have Walls of Air contributing to this mission," said co-curator Sol Camacho.
The presentation of Walls of Air at Americas Society is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the generous support from the Consulate General of Brazil in New York and the Garcia Family Foundation.
Americas Society gratefully acknowledges the support from the Arts of the Americas Circle members: Estrellita Brodsky; Galeria Almeida e Dale; Kaeli Deane; Diana Fane; Isabella Hutchinson; Carolina Jannicelli; Vivian Pfeiffer and Jeanette van Campenhout, Phillips; Luis Oganes; Roberto Redondo; Erica Roberts; Sharon Schultz; Herman Sifontes; and Edward J. Sullivan.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Opening Panel with curators Sol Camacho, Laura González Fierro, Gabriel Kozlowski, and Marcelo Maia Rosa, moderated by Martino Stierli (The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York).
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 6:30 – 8:30PM
Panel Discussion: Fluxes of Architectural Migrations with José Esparza Chong Cuy (Executive Director and Chief Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture), Julia Morris (postdoctoral fellow, The New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility), and Agustin Schang (Manager, Columbia University GSAPP Incubator), moderated by María del Carmen Carrión (Project Manager of the Cisneros Research Institute at the Museum of Modern Art, New York).
"There is no god. There is the Internet - The New Religion" Art Exhibition Banned by Russian Authorities Opens June 23rd in San Francisco
Installation art banned by Russian authorities opens June 23rd at 906 World Cultural Center in San Francisco. Artists Natalia Lvova and Misha Priem bring to light their vision on modern society's values and beliefs. "There is no god. There is the Internet." is the maxim conveyed by the two creators, a sentiment that in modern-day Russia is considered to be offensive to religious people. The artists, in fact, want to express something different.
The exhibition features Stained Glass and The Temple. For centuries, stained glass windows have been excellent biblical storytellers; many parishioners were illiterate, and liturgies were performed in obscure Latin, so the luminous pictures helped convey important messages. The "New Religion" of the present day replaces God with the Internet; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with Google, Apple, and Facebook; the scenes from the passion of Christ with images of modern consumerism.
The project was conceived in New York in January 2018, where Natalia had come for her solo exhibition at The Museum of Russian Art (MORA). Then she traveled to her hometown in Siberia to implement the idea. After four months of work, a representative of the town's Department of Culture told her that she could not bring her work of art to fruition in Russia, for it was against the law. On June 30th, 2013, Vladimir Putin had signed a bill imposing fines and jail terms for "insulting people's religious feelings," which some have seen as a response to the "Punk Prayer" performed by the protest group Pussy Riot in a Moscow cathedral.
"To answer the question, 'What is the meaning of life?' a modern person does not turn to God or the universe, but will search the all-knowing Internet," says artist Natalia Lvova. "Is this too much? Is it insulting the feelings of believers? In Russia, yes. In California, no."
"The New Religion" will run from June 23 – July 21 with a grand opening reception on June 23rd 1.00 - 2.00 pm.
906 World Cultural Center - 906 Broadway, San Francisco, CA
CaribbeanLens International Film & Arts Festival Honors Martinique Native and Famous Filmmaker Euzhan Palcy
- The first black female director produced by a major Hollywood studio (MGM).
- The first black director (male or female) to have won a César — French Oscar.
On June 15, 2019, at a gala event in Hollywood, California, the Caribbean Heritage Organization is paying special tribute to Martinican film director Euzhan Palcy with its Trailblazer Award. The celebration caps the June 10-14 CaribbeanLens International Film & Art Festival, which will also be the first Euzhan Palcy week. Of special note, a restored version of Palcy's award-winning film "Rue Cases-Nègres" ("Sugar Cane Alley") will make its American premier on the festival's opening night in Hollywood's historic Grauman's Egyptian Theater, followed by a Q&A with Palcy.
Born in Martinique and an avid student of literature, theater, art and film, Euzhan Palcy is a pioneering film director, writer and producer, and "Sugar Cane Alley" was her breakthrough feature film, a portrait of native life in Martinique under French colonial rule in the 1930s. Released to great acclaim in 1983, it won a 1984 César Award (the French equivalent of an Academy Award) for Best First Feature Film, a first for a woman and for a black director, and more than a dozen other international prizes, including the Silver Lion (Best First Film) and Best Lead Actress awards at the 1983 Venice Film Festival, more firsts for a black director.
In fact, Palcy has achieved a great many firsts in her storied career, perhaps most notably as the first black female director of a film produced by a major Hollywood studio (MGM). The film, "A Dry White Season," explores the injustice and exploitation of apartheid in South Africa. At great risk to Palcy's life, it was partially filmed undercover in apartheid Soweto. The cast includes Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon and even Marlon Brando, whom Palcy coaxed out of retirement and directed to a 1990 Best Supporting Actor nomination. This made Palcy the only woman filmmaker ever to direct Brando and the first black director (now joined by Spike Lee) to guide an actor to an Oscar nod.
Although "A Dry White Season" was banned in South Africa, it earned Palcy a devoted international following, and the 30th anniversary of the movie's release will be commemorated at CaribbeanLens with a showing on June 13, also at Grauman's Egyptian Theater and proceeded by a Q&A with Palcy.
Euzhan Palcy Week will close with the screening of her third feature film "Simeon" on June 14 at the Writer's Guild Theater. Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as "one of the sunniest and most charming ghost stories ever told" Palcy's lively and colorful Caribbean musical comedy fairytale literally had audiences dancing in the aisles.
Palcy has guided many other notable and lauded projects, most of which focus on history and social justice, and have earned her numerous peer and political tributes – not least the French Legion of Honor – as an iconic humanitarian and cinematographer.
"Euzhan Palcy is a shining example of the creative and dynamic spirit of Martinique and its people," states Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner. "We're thrilled to see her receive such well-deserved recognition. Congratulations as well to the Caribbean Heritage Organization for putting together this remarkable event where the Caribbean gets its due place."
For more information on Euzhan Palcy, visit her website at www.euzhanpalcy.net
To learn more about her native Martinique visit us.martinique.org.
Painter John Paul Fauves Stuns Hollywood With A Self-Funded Mansion Takeover, Proving What It Takes To Stand Out In The LA Art Market
The Costa Rican artist is breaking new ground and getting much deserved attention and support from the LA contemporary art community.
At the end of last month, collectors and in-the-know Angeleno's gathered to go down the Fauves rabbit hole in what he calls "a lens deep into my soul." The show curated by JM Art Management and hosted by Noctem Group, in partnership with Pierce Media & Associates, included fine art mix media paintings with roaming models in Fauves designed masks, transforming a mansion in the Hollywood Hills into the art event of the year. The event reached full capacity, and showcased 14 works in medium to large scale, and several Fauves masks and sculptures. The show closed with strong sales, exemplifying what it takes to go rogue in the Los Angeles Art Market.
Fauves is excited to announce the presentation of an exhibition experience taking place in New York this Fall, and plans to stun audience's once again, on the heels of his LA success.
Costa Rican abstract painter Jean Paul Fauves, most recognized for the dysmorphic take on icons of the American culture, distorting and merging characters both fictional and non fictional. "All is Lost," was Steve McQueen's first line on stage, and represents Fauves own struggle with losing it all while discovering his true self. "Alts iz Farloyrn" dives deep into the darkness that surrounded James Dean and Steve McQueen which lead to their demise. Fauves breaks away from traditional frame work of what we think is "pop culture", and echoes his visions highlighting the demons of troubled icons. Recognized internationally for his Neo-Pop Expressionism, Fauves paintings memorialize their cultural contributions and achievements.
American contemporary artist Brad Bealmear of Santa Fe, New Mexico will be donating 300 abstract expressionist works to public art museums in all 50 US states and in countries around the world during 2019/20. The works on paper are from Bealmear's series "New Atmosphere Y." The artist's recent works have been compared in feeling to paintings by J.M.W. Turner and Zao Wou-Ki, both historic atmospheric artists.
"'New Atmosphere Y' derives from Homo sapiens' effects on the environment; our planet and its life. Will the environment become toxic to us and all life, or will we suddenly metamorphose to slow and reverse the damage and horrific extinctions already underway? This should be the primary question as we realize our missteps as a species, but instead groups and individuals are involved in escalating parasitic self-serving battles worldwide - very much including the United States." the artist said recently in a studio interview.
A New Mexico native, Bealmear lived in New York City as an advertising photographer for two decades, his clients including Tiffany & Co. and other luxury firms. However, sensing rapidly-impending environmental problems and wishing to make a statement of some kind, he left NYC in 2006 to return to Santa Fe.
In 2014 Bealmear sold his photo gear to concentrate entirely on painting. "My message throughout has been largely environmental, but it took a few years of painting to discover that abstract expressionism allows me to throw my philosophic concerns passionately and directly into the work. I hope that humanity steps back, recognizes reality and sets to work detoxifying the planet, respecting and ending harms to all forms of life." he says. "But it's becoming very hard to imagine that happening."
Brad Bealmear is represented by Saatchi Art (http://Saatchiart.com/bradbealmear). His work has been included in US exhibitions and may be found in private collections internationally.
Leading Female Artist Unveils "Believe" Mural presented by Citi.
Unique design to adorn 300 Citi Bikes across New York City through October.
Goldman Properties and Goldman Global Arts announce Queen Andrea as the latest artist selected to take over the historic Houston Bowery Wall Mural. Queen Andrea (AKA Andrea von Bujdoss) is a New York City-based fine artist, muralist, graffiti artist, typographer and graphic designer. The new mural, titled Believe, will be on display through September 2019.
The latest installation at the Houston Bowery Wall will be presented by Citi as part of a continued partnership between Goldman Global Arts and the leading global bank. For five years, Citi has been the presenting sponsor of Wynwood Walls, the famed epicenter of Miami's Wynwood Arts District renowned for its continually evolving collection of curated street art. Similar to Miami, the Bowery Wall Mural partnership will include a design by Queen Andrea, curated by Goldman Global Arts, that will adorn 300 Citi Bikes and 25 Citi Bike kiosks across NYC from June to October.
Queen Andrea's Believe mural is a celebration of the diversity and vibrancy of urban life in New York City. The inspiration behind the mural is a combination of juxtaposing patterns, detailed color fields and dynamic geometric shapes that convey the excitement of city life. Queen Andrea's Believe typography messaging is a focal point painted in bright colors, along with "Love More" on the lower right corner at street level -- both encouraging messages to stay positive and believe in what inspires viewers the most.
"We are thrilled to help bring Queen Andrea's inspiring work to the streets of New York," said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Banking CMO at Citi. "As a brand committed to advancing gender equity and welcoming what's next, we are extremely proud to highlight such a talented female artist who is breaking new ground and showing that anything is possible."
The Houston Bowery Wall has been the canvas for the work of some of the world's most prominent artists, including Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Swoon, Aiko, Ron English and Lakwena, among others.
Leonardo da Vinci is, since the beginning, a source of inspiration for every Pininfarina Segno creation. The invention of Ethergraf, the metal alloy that allows writing without limits and which gave life to an innovative writing experience, found inspiration in the Leonardesque silver tip.
The 500th anniversary of Leonardo was therefore the creative inspiration for the realization of an entire collection dedicated to the genius, named Leonardo 500th, an exclusive line of products inspired by the intuitions and studies of the Tuscan artist.
A collection of writing products and desk accessories whose cutting edge is Codex, designed to retrace the steps of the "Cryptex", inspired by Dan Brown's bestseller. The structure of Codex, handmade, is a real design desk secretaire which combines the purity of aluminum with the essentiality of solid walnut wood to form a cylinder accessible only by composing the secret code that seals the content.
The Set Leonardo also stands out among the novelties, a kit that includes a booklet, a stone paper note and Piuma, an Ethergraf styled tip, inspired by the da Vinci studies on flight and equipped with a mirrored steel pedestal through which the mirror signature of Leonardo is reflected.
Instead, the precious Cambiano Box celebrates the Renaissance icon with a special edition composed of two bases in cedar wood, decorated with a pattern of Escherian inspiration. Approaching the bases, which hold within them a Pininfarina Cambiano stylus with Ethergraf tip and one with an ink ballpoint tip, the images printed on the boxes give rise to a palindrome composition, composing an infinite drawing.
The collection is completed by two exclusive Pininfarina Cambiano versions: Pininfarina Cambiano Silver Luxury Edition, a stylus entirely in 925 silver realized through Additive Manufacturing and enriched on the surface by geometries explored by Leonardo da Vinci in his studies on the quadrature of the circle; Pininfarina Cambiano Leonardo Drawing that reconstructs his famous Self-portrait according to the expanding pattern of a logarithmic spiral, universal symbol of perfection.
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Solo Exhibition: Mathew Nuqingaq - Masquerade. June 13 - July 13, 2019.
Feheley Fine Arts is pleased to present Masquerade: a solo exhibition of works by Iqaluit-based artist and jeweller Mathew Nuqingaq (b. 1964). The show will feature Nuqingaq's sculptural snow goggles which offer a contemporary twist on the eyewear traditionally worn by Inuit and Yupik to prevent snow blindness.
Select jewellery pieces by the artist that draw on Inuit stories and symbols will also be featured. Nuqingaq's wearable artworks are sculptural yet functional and combine diverse materials including muskox horn, antler, baleen, silver, copper, gold and wood.
Nuqingaq is a multifaceted artist who works in jewellery, sculpture, performance and photography. He is dedicated to supporting the Inuit artistic community and in 2007, founded the Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit, where emerging and established artists work primarily in jewellery design. In 2016, Nuqingaq was elected as a member to the Order of Canada and is currently the president of the Inuit Art Foundation. Nuqingaq lives and works in Iqaluit.
A renowned drum dancer, the artist will be performing at the opening reception.
Opening Reception: June 13, 2019, 5 – 8 p.m.
French Photographer Steve Fiehl To Present Resilient Souls, A Photo Exhibition Documenting The Daily Life of New Yorkers in Crisis
Today, June 10th, French photographer Steve Fiehl will present RESILIENT SOULS at a private reception hosted by Bill Ford, Marigay McKee, and Jeffrey and Marjorie Rosen at the International Center for Photography.
"Jeffrey and I are thrilled to further support such an important Lower East Side organization such as The Bowery Mission and this powerful project," Marjorie Rosen commented. "The International Center of Photography (ICP) has had a fruitful partnership with The Bowery Mission community, including presenting photographic and writing workshops that resulted in powerful self-portraits that were presented at ICP's exhibition space at 250 Bowery in 2016."
Steve Fiehl's exhibition was first shown during the 20th Valentine Gala of The Bowery Mission and will be presented throughout 2019 in different public places. It has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Richemont North America.
"Bill and I are pleased to support The Bowery Mission and all the great work they do for the thousands of homeless New Yorkers daily," Marigay McKee commented. "First, the humanity of the situation is essential to understand the scale of the problem we face and second, the talent of Steve Fiehl who took the portraits at The Bowery, gives unidentified guests an identity."
Steve Fiehl spent several months in the shelters and the programs of The Bowery Mission, one of the oldest and most dynamic nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of New Yorkers in crisis. He will present a large exhibition of 30 black and white photos by mixing a documentary approach and deep, personal portraits of men and women in life transformation programs, struggling to get back on their feet.
"We all see people experiencing homelessness and hunger everywhere in the streets of New York, and their number has never been so high since the Great Depression," Steve explains. "But we rarely know who they are, what their story is and how exactly they survive in such a harsh environment."
"These survivors of our contemporary world can teach us much more than we think about life, resilience and the importance of spirituality. They are wiser than many of us. I dedicate this work to those who have the courage to stand up and fight for their dignity as human beings," concludes Steve.
We all see people experiencing homelessness and hunger everywhere in the streets of New York; their number has never been so high since the Great Depression. But we rarely know who they are, what their story is and how exactly they survive in such a harsh environment.
I have spent several months behind the doors of the shelters and in the programs of the Bowery Mission, the largest and oldest NGO taking care of New Yorkers in need. I met New Yorkers who are not “just” without a home. They are disconnected from their family and any kind of social relationship; they have no more trust in others or themselves; they have lost their sense of identity. But they are still here, -struggling.
Those survivors of our contemporary world can teach us much more than we think about life, resilience and the importance of spirituality. They are wiser than many of us. I dedicate this work to those who have the courage to stand up and fight for their dignity as human beings.
Artist’s Large-Scale Digital Mural Capturing a Portrait of San Francisco Presented in the Museum’s Free Public Space.
TED Prize winner, Oscar nominee and one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2018, French artist JR began tagging buildings in Paris as a teenager. Eventually shifting from graffiti to photo-based work after finding a camera in the Paris Metro, JR is known for creating large-scale portraits that he pastes on buildings, streets, rooftops, trains and trucks, in projects that have taken him around the world. The artist’s first major digital installation in California, an animated mural entitled The Chronicles of San Francisco was opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on May 23, 2019 in the museum’s free-to-visit Roberts Family Gallery.
“For several years I have been contemplating how the work of a contemporary artist who started in the streets might be brought into our galleries,” said Neal Benezra, Helen and Charles Schwab Director of SFMOMA. “From 1930, when our founding director, Grace McCann Morley, persuaded Diego Rivera to come to San Francisco to complete a series of mural commissions, our city has been home to a rich and expressly democratic tradition of paintings made for the public. JR’s project, which captures a unique portrait of our extraordinary and idiosyncratic city, is the perfect opportunity to bring art from the street into our museum’s free art-filled ground floor.”
Inspired by the murals of Diego Rivera — who completed four murals in San Francisco beginning in 1931 — JR began to imagine how a whole city and its diverse range of citizens could be represented through his art. After his first mural portrait of the Paris suburb Les Bosquets, a neighborhood where he lived and worked for many years, JR chose San Francisco as the subject for his next urban mural portrait. With its vibrant muralist tradition and its remarkable innovation and technological advances alongside its growing homelessness, this city proved to be a complex and multifaceted location for the artist to explore.
“The mural aims to be a picture of society, not depicting good and bad, but rather showing that both sides are present in everyone,” said JR. “Every person is presented at the same size, captured with the same light. No one is more important than another.”
In January and February 2018, JR and his team transformed a 53-foot trailer truck into a photographic studio, and parked it in 22 pre-determined locations across the length and breadth of San Francisco, welcoming anyone who wished to participate. As a result, over 1,200 people — including well known public figures such as California Governor Gavin Newsom and Golden State Warriors basketball star Draymond Green, as well as members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, doctors, swimmers, homeless men and women, shop vendors, drag queens, protesters, children, and many other San Franciscans — have been filmed, photographed and interviewed.
The completed work, The Chronicles of San Francisco, is displayed as a digital photo-collage scrolling across a seamless span of screens stretching over 100 feet in SFMOMA’s Roberts Family Gallery. Adjacent to the mural will be iPad kiosks, on which visitors will be able to further explore the mural by listening to the audio interviews of each of its subjects. Following The Chronicles of San Francisco, in the fall of 2020, the museum will present Diego Rivera’s mural Pan American Unity in the same space in conjunction with a major exhibition of Rivera’s work.
Born in Paris in 1983, JR began his career as a teenage graffiti artist making his mark on public space in precarious locations such as rooftops and subway trains. After finding a camera in the Paris Metro in 2001, the artist began to document his peers in the act of graffiti painting and soon started pasting these photographs on outdoor walls throughout the city.
In a few short years, JR’s practice attracted international attention, and he launched projects throughout France and in countries around the world. In 2006, he created Portrait of a Generation — enormous-scale portraits of young people from the neighborhoods where the 2005 French riots took place — that he pasted throughout bourgeois districts of Paris.
This illegal project was eventually supported by the city, and the portrait series was wrapped around Paris City Hall. Ten years later, Portrait of a Generation was the inspiration for Les Bosquets, JR’s collaboration with the New York City Ballet. Together with his friend Marco, JR embarked on Face 2 Face in 2007. Through this project, JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities.
In 2008, the artist initiated a long international trip across Africa, Asia and South America, beginning in Rio de Janeiro for Women Are Heroes, in which he paid tribute to women in areas of conflict by photographing close-up portraits of their eyes and faces and pasting large-scale reproductions on homes and buildings throughout their cities. From this project, JR directed his first feature documentary, Women Are Heroes, which was presented at Cannes in 2010.
JR was awarded the TED Prize in 2011, which inspired the project Inside Out: The People’s Art Project — an international participatory art project that encourages people worldwide to have their picture taken and posted in public spaces in an effort to share stories, experiences and beliefs. In 2013, his film based on Inside Out premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. This project also inspired JR’s installation covering the dome, cupola and floor of the Pantheon in Paris in 2014. Inside Out has continued to grow with mobile photo studios operating in the streets of New York, Amsterdam, London and Paris. As of September 2018, over 350,000 people from more than 140 countries participated.
JR received his first museum retrospectives in 2013 at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, followed by presentations at Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden in 2014 and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation in Hong Kong in 2015.
Commissioned by the Louvre in 2016, JR created a photo-installation that camouflaged the museum’s famous I.M. Pei–designed pyramid with a precise scan of the Pavilion Sully located behind it. Also in 2016, the artist worked with the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to cover the streets with large-scale photo-installations of athletes in motion; the Centre Pompidou to create an exhibition and workshop to help children discover photography; and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris where he collaborated with Brazilian artist twins Os Gemeos on the Lasco Project, a permanent installation on display in the underground chambers of the museum. In 2018, JR received his first Oscar nomination after partnering with pioneering filmmaker Agnès Varda to create the documentary Faces Places.
JR’s first major museum exhibition, MOMENTUM, la mécanique de l’épreuve, also took place in 2018 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.
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Artist Story: Painter Melanie Authier
Melanie Authier's Paintings prove the ways that landscape is presented to use and the sometimes contradictory ways we experience it in the 21st century.
In Apocalyptic Picnic, small fragments of blue sky and green meadow – elements perfect for an outing – sit in a mass of abstract forms, explosions of physic and creative energy. What do we expect from lovely landscapes? What romantic feelings could we project onto them? How do we presume they might improve our lives?
Authier makes these questions of emotional desire, projection and difficulty visible within her landscapes. The result is messy, real-life feeling in a picture postcard-rack fantasy.
Authier is a graduate of the MFA program at Guelph University and has exhibited extensively across Canada. She is interested in the emotional exploration of landscape and nature as sites of longing, yearning and desire.
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Boasting His Own Unique and Memorable Style, New Orleans-Based, Multi-Talented Artist Joins Program.
This May, Casio America, Inc., spotlighted piano legend, Josh Paxton, as a part of its Artist Program. As a leading innovator of electronic musical instruments, Casio aims to highlight a variety of musicians whose styles reflect different backgrounds and skill levels. Casio's Artist Program drives artists through providing multiple levels of support including the best tools and technology. By providing artists with the proper gear, Casio enables them to create and perform while on the go or at home.
"We are thrilled that Josh Paxton is part of the Casio Artist family," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instrument division. "Josh's passion for music is infectious and we couldn't be happier that he prefers to use our Privia PX-S3000 for performing."
Paxton fell in love with the piano at a young age and pursued a jazz degree from the University of New Orleans. After earning his degree and studying with jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, Paxton found himself in demand as both a solo performer and sideman. His musical style is a combination of New Orleans' deep piano traditions with modern jazz twists, classical technique, and a funky rhythmic drive, which makes him stand out in New Orleans. Over the years, Paxton has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists including Wild Magnolias, Li'l Queenie, the Cosmic Krewe, Maria Muldaur, and Bruce Hornsby.
Currently, Paxton can regularly be heard accompanying jazz vocal great Debbie Davis; funk-rockers Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes; and bouzouki virtuoso Beth Patterson in ZoüKeys. Paxton is also working on his next project, an album of duets, which is slated for release later this year. Although Paxton has used a number of Casio's digital pianos and keyboards throughout his career, he is currently using the Privia PX-S3000 for performances and composition purposes.
"Casio's PX-S3000 is the most intuitive, road-friendly, and beautiful sounding keyboard I have experienced to date," said Paxton. "It features dynamics that are unlike any other digital pianos on the market. They are easy to control and simply blow me away. Casio is truly in a class of its own!"
For more information about Josh Paxton and his upcoming projects, please visit www.joshpaxtonpiano.com. Paxton joins Casio's remarkable roster of artists that includes Alicia Witt, The Killer Dueling Pianos, Kristian Terzic, Nick Smith, Darrell Lavigne, Steve Weingart and more.
For additional information about Casio's Artist Program or portfolio of electronic musical instruments including the Privia series, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com
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Laurel Holloman debuts a series of new work in "Memory and Movement" taking place on American Independence Day in the heart of Paris
When: Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 14, 2019, Gallery Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Galerie Joseph, 7 Rue Froissart 75003, Paris
Memory and Movement present stunning new works from Laurel Holloman as well as several paintings from her series Color Forest, which premiered during 2018 Milan Design Week.
For this exhibition, the theme of movement is beautifully expressed with swirling shapes flowing across each canvas and energetic brushstrokes whipping across rich shards of color.
Certain images are deliberately blurred so the viewer must sit with each piece a little longer to perceive its meaning. Many of the larger pieces are paintings within paintings where Holloman has left the first layer peeking through the next by either blurring the final layer or scraping back to the first layer underneath it all. Holloman purposely juxtaposes the technical memory of the paint with her own conscious and unconscious memory.
"I believe the task of preserving memory is difficult because the unconscious mind is constantly changing it. This is why it is so complicated, but yet so interesting to explore in paint. Memory is never finite. Never a complete truth. It can stay close but is never a twin," the artist muses.
"Memory is attached to an emotion, so I used a select life event when painting each work and I also wanted to technically see what the paint reveals in memory when it is layered a certain way."
Co-produced by Little Monkey Productions (USA) and Claudine Gil Galerie (France), Memory and Movement is Holloman's second solo exhibition at Galerie Joseph. Her first show at the gallery was in 2014 with The Fifth Element, a series that explored the elements of earth, air, fire, and water.
These forces still unite her recent works, which burst in hues ranging from fiery red and deep watery turquoise to lush greens and earthy tones. Whether blurred or sharp in focus, there is a constant theme of nature in Holloman's palette. Her paintings take the viewer elsewhere to another world of extreme color, spirituality, and meditation.
Before she decided in 2010 to become a full-time painter and make a mark in the art world, Holloman had a successful 20-year acting career. Her performances include the acclaimed 15-year-old Mick Kelly in the off-Broadway play The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, a breakthrough role as a gay teen in Two Girls in Love, which played at Sundance Film Festival, followed by several characters in independent films directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and Jean-Marc Vallée. Holloman then turned to television with a recurring role in Angel and the lead in The L Word for which she won The Golden Satellite for the Best Actress in a Drama Series.
For more information, visit www.laurelholloman.net
- New global brand campaign celebrates Sofitel's French roots, offering a modern spin on design, gastronomy, arts & culture, well-being and more.
As the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is a renowned global ambassador of French style and art de vivre. In celebration of the brand's birthplace and heritage, Sofitel is launching a new global brand campaign that reaches deeper into its French roots. Live The French Way, the campaign's brand promise, pays homage to Sofitel's French origin, demonstrates the eternal allure of French style, and reinforces the brand's time-honored position as an ambassador of French art de vivre around the world.
"The goal of Live the French Way is to reinforce Sofitel's position in the luxury segment and leverage its inherent strengths, while also differentiating the brand from its competitors and injecting a sense of modernity into the brand. We think guests will be delighted to experience authentic French touches through an immersive and luxurious journey into Sofitel's world, wherever they may travel," said Steven Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, Accor.
Celebrated photographer and director Charlotte Wales was engaged to design a film where worldly voyageurs dive into chic and whimsical experiences. Shot on location in France and China, the campaign invites Sofitel guests to experience the French way of living in an authentic and indulgent way. Charlotte's ethereal images make use of soft lighting and subtle composition, pushing her subjects to the forefront in the most sophisticated manner.
The voice of the Live the French Way campaign is none other than France's most au courant pop icon, Clara Luciani. Influenced as much by Françoise Hardy as by Nico or Patti Smith, Clara is a highly creative, prolific and endearing artist, and has written some of the most illuminating songs in recent French music. Clara's original track, "En Voyage" was written and recorded exclusively for Sofitel.
One of the most extraordinary elements of Live the French Way, will be the introduction of Les Dîners Extraordinaires, reinforcing Sofitel's French culinary heritage with a supremely luxurious touch. Celebrity Chef Yannick Alléno will create once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences, presenting the best of modern French cuisine in spectacular, culturally rich settings all over the world. Keeping with the brand's free-spirited persona, guests will not discover the exact dinner location until they arrive, providing a spontaneous, joyful and elegant experience of arts de la table.
The campaign will also come to life on social networks through the hashtag #LiveTheFrenchWay. Posts from the brand and its hotels will showcase the glamorous, chic and spontaneous nature of French style, with guests and travelers encouraged to share their best Sofitel experiences as well. A supporting media plan, which will be introduced in 2020, will complement the Live The French Way global roll out and activities.
"Sofitel is a global ambassador of French savoir-faire and art de vivre," said Joao Rocco, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management, Sofitel Brands. "Our 'Frenchness' is the attribute most frequently praised by our guests and most often mentioned within their feedback, so we know that our culture is important to them. Our unique sense of joie de vivre is felt at our hotels in more than 40 countries across five continents, and it's a defining element that has become the signature of our brand."
Modern luxury voyageurs are invited to eat, sleep, enjoy, travel, stay, celebrate and Live the French Way at Sofitel Hotels & Resorts through the brand passions of design, gastronomy, art & culture, and well-being. Upon arrival, guests are greeted in French by Sofitel staff wearing made-to-measure designs created by Parisian-based fashion designer Léa Peckre. Senses are awakened by the wafting scent of Essence de Sofitel, a gorgeous fragrance created by renowned perfumer Lucien Ferrero, which wafts through the hotel lobby and public spaces. Sofitel Sound Signature by DJ Mosey sets a sultry and insouciant atmosphere. In the late afternoon, guests indulge in Le Goûter or L'Apéritif in the hotel bars, followed by Gastronomie Française in the dining rooms.
With a characteristically light French touch, Sofitel will continue to offer a whirlwind of culturally fascinating events all year long, from photography exhibitions and fashion week events, to glittering, star-studded La Nuit by Sofitel parties, to Fête de la Musique celebrations around the summer solstice, and Sofitel Wine Days during the annual French wine harvest. A partnership with Dîner en Blanc in North America invites Sofitel guests to skip the wait lists and enjoy a VIP experience within one of the most sought-after French cultural events in the world.
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Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is an ambassador of modern French style, culture and art-de-vivre around the world. Established in 1964, Sofitel is the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France with over 120 chic and remarkable hotels in the world's most sought after destinations. Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, always blending a touch of French decadence with the very best of the locale. The Sofitel collection includes such notable hotels as Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Sofitel is part of Accor, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travelers to feel welcome in almost 4,800 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.
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Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally-rich destinations, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and captivating ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries.
Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden
2019-06-14 - 2019-10-20
The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of artworks - film and video, drawing and sculpture, installation and sound art - which invite museum visitors to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to animals and all other forms of life, and to the various complex ecologies that bond beings together.
A growing awareness of living on an environmentally fragile planet has led many artists to reconsider the role of art in responding to what is happening to our world. Many artists have been rethinking the relationship between humans and nature, the effects of changes to the earth's climate and the ways in which different species are interrelated within a complex causes-effects relationship.
Participating artists are Allora & Calzadilla (USA/Cuba), Pia Arke (Greenland), David Claerbout (Belgium), Marcus Coates (UK), Mary Beth Edelson (USA), Simone Forti (USA), Luca Frei (Switzerland/Sweden), Pierre Huyghe (France), Carsten Höller (Germany/Sweden), Joan Jonas (US), Annika Larsson (Sweden), Louise Lawler (USA), Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sweden), Amalia Pica (Argentina), Ho Tzu-Nyen (Singapore) and Paloma Varga Weisz (Germany).
In tandem with the exhibition there will be a programme of live events featuring talks with artists and experts, as well as film screenings and discussions that during autumn 2019 further will expand and develop the topics of the show.
Animalesque has been produced by Bildmuseet and is curated by London-based writer Filipa Ramos. A researcher who is interested in the intersection of art, cinema and animal studies, Filipa is the Editor-in-Chief of art-agenda and co-curator of Vdrome. She is a lecturer at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins in London, and at the Art Institute, Basel. Assisting Curator: Anders Jansson, Bildmuseet.
Curators statement by Filipa Ramos.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, located in the ancient Japanese capital, is an art museum possessing a broad array of works associated with Kyoto. In the leading cultural city in Japan, really diverse artworks have been nurtured during its long history.
The museum stores and exhibits a wide variety of artworks such as ceramic artworks, dyeing artworks, metal artworks and other craftworks, including those by artists designated as living national treasures, besides Japanese paintings based on traditional techniques as well as Western-style paintings, sculptures and photos inspired by Western art. Artworks on display at the museum are replaced several times a year, allowing visitors to enjoy the diversity of artworks from a new perspective whenever they visit there.
In addition to some of these collections on display, an exhibition of Japanese “kimono” folk costumes and other works Kyoto textile-dyeing artists made from the 1960s to date is currently underway at the museum. It will be followed by an exhibition of ceramic works by prominent modern Kyoto potter Kawai Kanjiro.
Okazaki Park, where the museum is located, is one of Kyoto’s best cultural areas, dotted with museums, theaters, a library and a zoo as well as famous old shrines and temples, including Heian Jingu Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. The area, known as a popular cherry blossom-viewing spot, is best suited for taking a stroll.
Main exhibitions in spring and summer
- ”Kyoto Textiles: From the 1960s to the Present”
Techniques of “dyeing” and “weaving” as well as designs by 28 Kyoto dyeing artists from the 1960s to date are being shown through their works on display.
- ”Potter Kawai Kanjiro: Works from the Kawakatsu Collection”
The exhibition will introduce ceramic works by Kawai Kanjiro, a leading artist in the folk art “Mingei” movement in Japan.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK) was established on its present site on March 1, 1963 as The Annex Museum of The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Its building, formerly the auxiliary building of The Kyoto Municipal Exhibition Hall for Industrial Affairs, was granted from Kyoto City after restoration. On June 1, 1967, The Kyoto Annex Museum officially became The National Musuem of Modern Art, Kyoto. Seventeen years later, the old building was dismantled and the present building, designed by Mr. Fumihiko MAKI, a professor of Tokyo University, and his associates, was completed. The museum was opened to the public on October 26, 1986, with 9,761.99 m² total floor area and 2,604.94 m² exhibition area.
MoMAK is a national institution devoted to the collection and preservation of artworks and related reference materials of the twentieth century in Japan and other parts of the world. Particular emphasis is placed on artists or artistic movements in Kyoto and the Kansai area (the western region of Japan), such as Japanese-style paintings of the Kyoto School, while overviewing the mainstreams of Japanese modern art and craft movements as well as works from all over the world covering every genre of the crafts.
To be held in Tokyo, on June 15 during World Refugee Week - As part of the JPF×ART project, video clips from contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara’s visit to refugee camps in Jordan will be shown for the first time!
In early March, JPF visited two refugee camps in Jordan (Zaatari, Azraq) and a host community in its capital Amman with world recognized contemporary artist, Yoshitomo Nara.
As part of “JPF×ART“ project, Nara met with Syrian refugees and experienced their life in Jordan, where JPF has been delivering aid through its Response Program for the Iraq-Syria Humanitarian Crisis since 2012. At this event, Nara’s visit will be shown to the public for the first time.
During the first session, Nara will show photos that he took and share his experience meeting Syrian refugees in Jordan and what he felt. He will also show some of his artwork and talk about what is always on his mind. During his visit to Jordan Nara told the children he met that everyone is unique and that Japan, Jordan and Syria are similar in that what you find is different depending on where you are within the country.—What was the message that he wanted to communicate?
The second session will be interactive. Staff members of JPF member NGOs working on the ground will talk about the current situation of aid-giving and respond to questions from the audience, together with Nara.
JPF×ART is a project that hopes to raise awareness of the refugee issue among people in Japan who are often distanced from these issues, and lead them to see it as their own problem and think deeply about it. To achieve this, JPF sought the cooperation of Nara, who continues to inspire fans around the world through his artwork and messages related to social issues. This project also strives to contribute to the creation of artwork by socially conscious artists. Nara shared the experiences of his visit to Jordan in real-time through his Twitter account and has continued to do so since returning to Japan.
Details of his visit are also updated and shared on the dedicated website for JPF×ART as well as social media including Facebook and Twitter.
JPF was founded in 2000 as a new and uniquely Japanese framework for emergency humanitarian assistance. In order to deliver prompt and effective assistance within and outside of Japan, JPF coordinates the efforts of NGOs, the business community, and the government, all of which participate as equal partners, and provides various types of support to member NGOS in Japan. Since 2000, we have built out trust through over 1,400 projects in 47 nations and regions totaling over 54 billion yen in assistance as we promote cooperation among corporate partners and NGOs and accurately report our activities. We share information and create humanitarian assistance projects together with our 43 member NGOs with diverse strengths. After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, over 7 billion yen had been provided from corporate and individual donors for disaster relief, and we partnered with locally-coordinating intermediary support organizations in providing assistance for local NGOs and contributed to the systemic development towards reconstruction.
Yoshitomo Nara : Profile
Born in Aomori Prefecture in 1959, Nara graduated with an MFA from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi Prefecture, in 1987. He completed his studies at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, Germany in 1988, and after living in Cologne, he returned to Japan in 2000. Since the mid-1990s he has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries in Europe, the United States, Japan, and Asia. His practice encompasses portraiture in which the subjects appear to stare back at the viewer; loosely drawn works on paper; sculptures made of wood, FRP, ceramic, bronze; and multi-media installations that completely redefine the gallery space. His work also includes photographs that document the daily creation of his works, as well as the variety of encounters he has during his travels.
With several dozen pieces created so far, accomplished artist Fang Tsai defines her vision of modern calligraphy art as a blend of Traditional Chinese calligraphy with Western-influenced techniques.
Calligraphy is an ancient art of writing in many cultures, including Chinese, Arabic, Indian, Islamic, and Japanese, and considered an integral part of the culture and identity.
At nearly 60 years young, Fang Tsai announced the launch of her new website, Tsai Calligraphy Art, introducing the beauty of modern calligraphy art to a broader community of art enthusiasts. While calligraphy as art has existed for thousands of years, Tsai defines her unique vision as a blend of Traditional Chinese calligraphy with Western-influenced contemporary techniques.
Tsai's exposure to Chinese calligraphy started in an elementary school in the harbor city of Keelung, Taiwan, where it was thought to be a calming discipline for young people. She practiced calligraphy faithfully along with other art techniques throughout her life, and now channels all this experience into her new art form: Gracefully rendered Traditional Chinese characters using ink, brush and rice paper presented on canvas with acrylic treatments.
Tsai makes calligraphy art relevant for today's modern art community by varying textured materials with vibrant hues. Her calligraphy art embraces the classic Traditional Chinese Calligraphy, while also reflecting the essence of an abstract painting.
"I feel that 'artistic fusion' occurs when an artist's creative journey comes full circle, carrying life experiences and passion for each stop along the way," said Tsai. "At this point in my career, I am proud to share my journey with others, by introducing them to my contemporary version of calligraphy art."
Tsai has created many works using embroidery, watercolors, ink sketches, acrylic and oil painting. No matter what challenges she faced, Tsai kept expressing her artistic passion. She earned recognition in these formidable years by winning two awards in the National Students Art Exhibitions for watercolor paintings and also in the Graduation Arts Exhibition with an oil painting. She was honored to pass an art review and have her oil paintings exhibited in Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan in 2013.
Tsai's beautiful calligraphy art pieces and many of her other works can be viewed at Tsai Calligraphy Art. Prices range from $5,000-$15,000. Her focus now is on her modern calligraphy art. Please contact Tsai Calligraphy Art for interest in acquisition or to learn more.
While the mountains and big sky tend to take center stage, there are over 145,000 square miles in Montana that are home to more than just high peaks and incredible hiking trails. Meet our abundant waterways. From glacial-fed lakes to the last free-flowing river in the continental United States, Montana's bodies of water offer a variety of activities for experiencing the best of summer.
Anchoring the state's water recreation in the north is Flathead Lake. The largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, Flathead is more than 200 square miles in size and has 185 miles of shoreline, which are home to state parks, public access sites and some of the cutest towns in western Montana. On-the-water offerings include sailing, kayaking, fishing and boat tours, as well as easy access to lakeside dining. In the summer months, this region is also home to Flathead cherries, which grow in orchards along the lake and can be picked up at roadside fruit stands.
Travel south to Montana's Bitterroot Valley and splash around Lake Como near Hamilton. Enjoy the beauty of the surrounding mountains while recreating on the waters and complete your adventure with a trip to Darby to taste some delicious chocolate at Old West Candy & Antiques Gallery.
Rounding out the region's water adventure offerings are a few incredible rivers—including the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers. The currents are ideal for fly-fishing, scenic floats, stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP), whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Nestled among the vast landscapes of northeastern Montana are rivers and lakes, with the largest water playground being the Fort Peck Lake Reservoir and Recreation Area. Sitting at 134 miles long with over 1,500 miles of shoreline, Fort Peck Lake is home to some of the best fishing in Montana, with fish that include walleye, northern pike, Chinook salmon, lake trout and smallmouth bass. And while fishing takes center stage on the lake, its size provides plenty of opportunities for summer relaxation. Cruise the lake on a boat, or spend an afternoon paddling the shoreline in a kayak or canoe.
More local fishing opportunities can be found on the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, as well as the Nelson Reservoir between Saco and Malta.
Anchoring the water recreation offerings in Southeast Montana is one of the state's best-kept secrets, Bighorn Canyon. Sitting at 60 miles long and spanning both Montana and Wyoming, Bighorn Lake—and the accompanying Bighorn Canyon—is a place you have to see to believe. The cliffs rise at least 1,000 feet above the lake, creating spectacular on-the-water views. You can bring your own boat, canoe or kayak, or rent a pontoon boat from Ok-A-Beh Marina near Fort Smith to cruise the lake on a summer afternoon. As an added bonus, there are a handful of campgrounds on Bighorn Lake that are only accessible by boat. Spend the night and experience the clear sky and incredible stargazing this area is known for.
And while lakes in the southeast are abundant, this part of Montana is also home to the Yellowstone River—the last free-flowing river in the lower 48 states.
From its starting point in Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone River travels about 670 miles until it meets the Missouri River in North Dakota. Fishing enthusiasts flock to its blue-ribbon waters to cast for big, beautiful trout. The river is also ideal for scenic floats, running rapids or floating on kayaks while taking in the views of rolling plains and limestone bluffs.
Find more information on Montana's water recreation and start planning your trip at WWW.VISITMT.COM
About The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development (MOTBD)
MOTBD markets Montana's spectacular unspoiled nature, vibrant and charming small towns, breathtaking experiences, relaxing hospitality and competitive business climate to promote the state as a place to visit and do business.
Contemporary conceptual photographer, Romina Ressia, will have her first solo exhibition in the UK at the House of Fine Art (HOFA), London, from 5 – 19 June 2019. This exhibition will feature her critically acclaimed 'The Age of Decadence' collection which includes the award-winning photographs 'Pop-corn' and 'Double Bubble Gum'.
The compositional and stylistic aesthetic of Romina Ressia's works show the combined influence of her training in fashion photography, fine art and art direction. Masterful use of luxurious textures and impeccably structured scenes, captured with artful focus on the women who pose for her, have attracted top fashion magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair to both feature and commission her works. Her art, which often subverts received notions of feminine beauty, celebrates beauty devoid of the artifice, and for this reason, is also considered a refreshing approach to fashion photography.
Beyond aesthetics and style, Romina Ressia's art is relevant and conversational. They are essentially artistic social commentaries whose thematic and compositional depth make for an entertaining visual experience. The renaissance-inspired palettes and textures which loom large in her works are often strikingly interrupted by objects of modernity, forcing through constructed dissonance, a re-examination of the extent to which the role and perceptions of women have really evolved in present times.
The upcoming solo exhibition in June is an unmissable opportunity to experience Romina Ressia's best works in London and get a sense of why she is fast becoming one of the most influential conceptual photographers of our time.
'The Age of Decadence' the new solo exhibition by Romina Ressia is launching at HOFA Gallery, Mayfair on Wednesday 5 June until Wednesday 19 June, 2019. The exhibition is free to attend, but private press viewings can be booked for Wednesday June 5 from 10am until 5pm, with the VIP reception starting at 6.30pm (by invitation only).