The city of Xi'an in China's Shaanxi province has held its 2nd Xi'an Farmers Festival ("the Festival") to further promote the region's agricultural innovation and development, celebrating its agricultural harvest and the fifteenth consecutive year of growth in disposable income per capita . The event gathers experts and professionals in the area of Chinese rural development to discuss and share insights on rural revitalization strategies, policy interpretation, implementation and regional practices.
The Festival also consists of a series of workshops and seminars including agricultural forums, agricultural technology roadshows and presentations of quality agricultural products. Tourism is also a highlight, with an introduction of village tourism routes, boutique hostels and photo exhibitions around the region.
In addition, Xi'an districts and counties will organize shows including gong and drum performances as well as a singing contest, cooking competition for chefs, and peasant painting and paper-cutting exhibitions to demonstrate the current agricultural and cultural development in the region. Quality products in agriculture and tourism will be rewarded from a selection of agricultural products and boutique sightseeing tours.
As part of the city's development initiative to accelerate rural area economic growth by supporting China's farming culture, the Festival is a new model of urban-rural integration which will help to build a modern village in Xi'an with prosperous agricultural industries, sustainable ecology and effective management systems before 2050.
To address the "Three Rural Issues" in the region, capacity-building for farmers, revitalization for rural communities, and brand development for specialty crops, Xi'an has been working on regional poverty alleviation through agricultural reform. In 2018, Xi'an set up 496 farmer cooperatives and more than 400 agricultural parks.
In addition, tourism has brought 26.5 million visitors to rural areas. Moving forward, Xi'an's rural areas are radiating unprecedented vitality by standing at a new level, digging and building a new rural culture.
About the Xi'an Farmers Festival
The Xi'an Farmers Festival was established in 2017 to shine a light on China's "Three Rural Issues" and establish Xi'an as a leader in rural and agricultural development.
Major TV Network is Slated to Turn Best-Selling Nigerian Children's Author's Book into an Educational Cartoon Series
Dr. Peter Isikwe, author of Jack's Awesome Adventure gears up for his latest book tour.
Meet Dr. Peter Isikwe, author of the children's book series Jack's Awesome Adventure (www.jacksawesomeadventure.com). Peter introduces a unique style of education and imagination into his writing while splashing diversity and hip-hop into it as well. Peter has recently finished his latest children's book in his educational book series, and now is turning it into a cartoon series for young children to view everywhere. Dr. Isikwe's book series is full of imagination and creativity for early readers. He's had a chance to tour across the US, Nigeria and even London for his last book while working with educators, teachers, and librarians amongst the few. Peter turned in my mortar & pestle and white coat to pursue his passion for writing children's book. For those who do not what that is, pharmacist use it to make drug products.
"My diverse background and cultured upbringing even my love of hip hop gave way to my interesting obsession with literacy and education. The three have been instrumental in my life. Writing has always been a passion of mind. I enjoy writing books that provoke children's sense of curiosity. Turning the book series into a cartoon series will be very exciting. Reading can stimulate imagination and adding education to it makes that event of reading more memorable for the young reader," Peter says.
Leading by example for the culture was paramount for Peter growing up. The book series also helps to provide a resource to educators and parents that can be used in literacy. Diversity and culture are what Peter wanted to introduce to children's literature. Dr. Isikwe plans on doing that in his writing, more importantly he plans on giving children a new outlook on reading. Jack's Awesome Adventure is a children's book that engages emerging readers to use their imagination as they join Jack on his awesome adventure. Peter stresses that we owe it to our youth to place an importance on reading early in life.
Peter states, "My whole experience is interesting, because most people where kind of shocked that I'm an author. Reading and education for me, was always seen in high praise. My next book in the Jack's Awesome Adventure series comes out later this year. Breaking down barriers of misconceptions of people that look like me is a blessing; being the face of a new movement in hip-hop that not only encourages diverse intellectuals but creates avenues of spreading positive message to the youth is what I am most proud of."
To learn more about Jack's Awesome Adventure and Dr. Peter Isikwe visit his website at www.jacksawesomeadventure.com.
You can purchase a copy of Jack's Awesome Adventure at Amazon.
Florida's Urban Culture Auctions Debuts With Sale of Street Art, Celeb Memorabilia and Pop Collectibles
Boston gangster Whitey Bulger's prison correspondence draws international attention.
Every auction has its surprises, but no one expected the prison correspondence of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger Jr., to steal the spotlight at Urban Culture Auctions' (UCA) Feb. 24 debut. The 289-lot Sunday session that piggybacked a modern design sale hosted by UCA's parent company, Palm Beach Modern Auctions, featured a lively mix of what auctioneer Rico Baca called "the fun stuff – from iconic pop furniture and graffiti art to street fashion, celebrity memorabilia and Space Age electronics." But it was the Bulger material that ignited a media frenzy.
Shortly after the national press became aware of the Bulger archive to be auctioned, the gallery phone started ringing off the hook, Baca said. "Associated Press was first. After their story broke in newspapers across the country, the national TV networks soon followed. There was coverage from as far away as Australia. Everyone wanted to know what was in the letters Bulger had written to his friend. Even though he was a ruthless killer and old-school crime boss, Whitey Bulger was still morbidly fascinating and obviously worthy of a headline," Baca said.
Bulger died at the hands of fellow prisoners within hours of his arrival at a U.S. penitentiary in West Virginia last October. Prior to that time he had maintained a correspondence from behind bars with Timothy Glass, a one-time prisoner he'd met years earlier while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. Glass saved all of the handwritten letters, cards, mugshots and other ephemera he received from Bulger, which, as a whole, painted a picture of an elderly criminal who found it difficult to adjust to today's prison culture.
In his written recollections, Bulger longed for the "good old days" at Alcatraz. He even chose to use his 1959 Alcatraz mugshot on a 2015 holiday photo card that carried the greeting "Wishing You Peace & Cheer in the New Year." The card sold together with a handwritten letter for $1,430. The same price was achieved by a letter and St. Patrick's Day notecard with the image of a South Boston fence painted with Irish iconography.
Several other collections enjoyed a 100% sell-through rate (inclusive of after-sales). They included seven lots of NASA items signed by Apollo astronauts, art and photographs from the estate of fashion designer Michaele Vollbracht, and a colorful array of Swatch watches.
Midcentury electronics attracted many enquiries, Baca said. The top seller of the group was a Weltron GEC-2005 stereo system with a "Jetsonesque" look and a built-in 8-track player. It flew past its $300-$500 estimate to settle at $7,800.
An unusual advertising piece, a nearly 2ft tall cast-iron figure of the Michelin Tires mascot "Bibendum" had come from the personal collection of a prominent SoHo (New York City) art gallery owner. It sold for $2,080, more than six times its high estimate.
A sleek Vladimir Kagan "Serpentine" sofa in deep royal blue drew a winning bid of $16,900, while a small 1971 acrylic-on-wood artwork by Ilya Bolotowsky titled Miniature Yellow Tondo sold for an above-estimate $9,100.
"We were very happy with the way our first pop culture auction turned out. It was especially exciting to see how many young people were bidding via the Internet, since they are the future of our business. We're already receiving consignments for our next auction and can't wait to start planning the follow-up to what was a fantastic debut," Baca said.
Emerging Collective Unveils New Art Space in Atlanta with Installation on Police Brutality by Artist Ann Lewis
On the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, artist Ann Lewis will present her acclaimed work, …and counting, as the debut exhibition in Emerging Collective's new space in Downtown Decatur.
Lewis' chrono-reactive installation of 1,093 toe tags presents the details of each police-related death in the United States during 2016. "That year saw several reactions to police brutality – Colin Kaepernick's viral protest, the strengthening of the Black Lives Matter movement, and a multitude of news coverage," said Lewis. "…and counting was my way of trying to document this pervasive epidemic and through the process garner a greater understanding of the issue. My practice centers on using creativity to offer opportunities for solution-centered discussions on social justice and environmental issues."
Curated by Emerging Collective, this show is a call to action in response to the ubiquitous tragedy of deaths at the hands of police. From afar, the installation's beauty lies in its simplicity and symmetry. However, up close, viewers benefit from an experiential opportunity to confront the details of each stolen life. Completing the installation is Lewis' A History of Assault, a brooding 24-minute audio track summarizing life in the modern American police state.
"It's incredible to have our own space in Atlanta, a city that is in hyper demographic flux and well positioned to be a center of cultural change," said Raj Udeshi, Founder of Emerging Collective. "Our departure from New York is just more evidence of the larger creative exodus. It's clear that people in Atlanta are hungry for our kind of visual arts programming."
The exhibition will run from 12 March to 12 April 2019, at 115 North McDonough Street in Decatur, across from Decatur High School. An artist reception will take place on Thursday 04 April from 7-10 p.m., including a panel discussion with Ann Lewis and Atlanta artist Fabian Williams, whose activist mural depicting Colin Kaepernick and Muhammad Ali was destroyed just in time for the Atlanta Superbowl. The panel discussion will be followed by an open mic townhall, for those who wish to put forward ideas on solutions to police brutality.
On Friday 05 April, Emerging Collective will host a dinner, where local art patrons and activists will get the chance to engage with Ann Lewis, and discuss her crossover between activist and fine art. On Saturday 06 April, Emerging Collective will host a daytime activation with youth participants from neighboring schools followed by a screening of The Hate U Give, the polemic 2018 film which confronts police brutality head-on.
For more information please visit www.emergingcollective.com.
About Emerging Collective
Emerging Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting artists working at the intersection of activism and the avant-garde. Pioneering the concept of Art NGO, Emerging Collective promotes fine art that advances political + social dialogue. Our aim is to catapult the most promising activist creatives, empowering them to serve as agents of cultural change.
Qasr Al Watan invites the world to discover the valuable legacy of knowledge and tradition that has shaped the journey of the United Arab Emirates.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, led the opening ceremony of Qasr Al Watan - the nation's newest cultural landmark housed within the Presidential Palace compound in the capital Abu Dhabi. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Their Highnesses, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers from the seven emirates, as well as ministers and senior officials.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid highlighted that the United Arab Emirates' cultural legacy is a precious asset that must be treasured by both present and future generations, and is driving the leadership's aspirations for a nation built upon the values of tolerance and coexistence. His Highness mentioned that the preservation of the UAE's cultural and intellectual legacy is integral to its progressive journey thus far, and that the opening of Qasr Al Watan reflects the leadership's dedication to fostering a strong connection between the community and their heritage.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed reaffirmed the leadership's dedication to preserving the nation's cultural and intellectual legacy, underscoring its ability to empower and inspire future generations by instilling a deep sense of national pride. His Highness emphasised the importance of continuing the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who sought to preserve the heritage of the UAE while encouraging cultural dialogue and openness.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed highlighted Qasr Al Watan as an important symbol of the UAE's progressive journey, reflecting the leadership's commitment to boosting cultural understanding amongst nations.
Their Highnesses toured Qasr Al Watan and its iconic wings, and were introduced to exhibits that reflect the country's governing values and traditions, in addition to highlighting Arab contributions to various fields of knowledge.
The tour concluded with the 'Palace in Motion' – a remarkable light and sound show projected onto the façade of the iconic building. A story told in three acts; the show draws a link between the aspirations of Qasr Al Watan and the vision of the nation, reflecting on the UAE's journey of the past, present and future.
The opening of Qasr Al Watan is a testament of the leadership's role in shaping the future of the nation, in line with their ambition to develop national competencies – a core part of the Vision 2021 National Agenda, which aims to ensure sustainable growth for the country's economy across all sectors.
Qasr Al Watan visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the UAE's governing traditions and values, as they are invited to explore a well-preserved legacy of knowledge and tradition that has shaped the nation's journey.
Visitors to the UAE's newest tourist attraction will enjoy an enriching journey throughout their tour at the Palace, beginning at The Great Hall – the heart of the building. In the west wing of the Palace, they will learn about the formation of the UAE and its system of governance, and have access to halls typically reserved for official state guests such as the Spirit of Collaboration, a chamber where Federal Supreme Council and UAE Cabinet meetings as well as official summits are held. Visitors can also explore a collection of diplomatic gifts received from visiting Heads of State and foreign dignitaries, displayed to the public for the first time.
At Al Barza, visitors will learn about the traditional role of a Majlis (which means council or assembly) - a space for cultural, political and social gatherings - through an engaging multimedia show which sheds light on the continuation of a tradition historically followed by Emirati leaders to govern with the consensus of their people.
Continuing their journey to the House of Knowledge in the east wing of the Palace, visitors will have access to two rooms featuring rare artefacts, books, manuscripts and antiquities from the Arab world. Visitors will also be able to view key artefacts and historic maps that represent some of the earliest Arab contributions to human knowledge during the period of enlightenment referred to as the Arab Golden Age.
The Palace also houses the Qasr Al Watan Library where scholars can explore a vast collection of over 50,000 books and resources about the UAE and learn about the nation's progressive journey.
Qasr Al Watan will be open to the public seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 8:00 pm with tickets available for purchase from the Visitor Centre and online via the official Qasr Al Watan website www.QasrAlWatan.ae.
About Qasr Al Watan:
Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is housed in the Presidential Palace compound.
At Qasr Al Watan, visitors will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the UAE's governing traditions and values, and will be able to explore a well-preserved legacy of knowledge and tradition. The Palace also houses the Qasr Al Watan Library where scholars will be able to explore a vast collection of books and resources about the UAE's political, social and cultural history and learn about the nation's progressive journey.
Who would have imagined a tiny cat could travel through time and over 1,000 miles to return to its birthplace on Marco Island in Southwest Florida?
That's the amazing story of the Key Marco Cat — a world famous enigmatic half cat/half human wooden carving created by the Calusa Indians or their ancient Muspa ancestors 500 to 1,500 years ago. The intriguing and remarkably well-preserved artifact has been described as one of the finest pieces of Pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America.
For the first time in more than 100 years, the wandering feline is reunited on Marco Island with other rare artifacts discovered there in 1896 during a Smithsonian sponsored archaeological expedition led by archaeologist and anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing.
This expedition produced some of the greatest discoveries in the history of North American archaeology. Because they were buried in an oxygen-free layer of muck, the rare wooden objects were astonishingly well preserved. Many began disintegrating upon exposure to the air. However, expedition artist Wells M. Sawyer recorded their original details and colors in field photographs and watercolors. Surviving artifacts and field recordings provide extraordinary insight into the lives of the Calusa Indians who dominated Florida's Southwest Coast and controlled South Florida by the time the Spanish arrived in the 16th Century.
On loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the artifacts can be viewed at the Marco Island Historical Museum in a dynamic exhibit now through April 3, 2021. In addition to the Key Marco Cat, the loaned artifacts include a ceremonial mask, alligator figurehead, painted human figure and sea turtle figurehead.
The artifacts are showcased in the Marco Island Historical Museum's award-winning permanent exhibit Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island. The exhibit features an immersive life-size Calusa village, more than 300 Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts from Marco Island and surrounding areas, activity stations, animations, and original artwork depicting the 1896 archaeological dig and lives and ceremonies of the Calusa.
Since their discovery, the returning Key Marco artifacts have been preserved by the Smithsonian and University of Pennsylvania. Others are at the National Museum of the American Indian, Florida Museum of Natural History and British Museum.
"This exhibit is the culmination of a 25-year vision to bring these incredibly important artifacts back to Marco Island in order to educate and inspire people of all ages about the fascinating history of our region," says Marco Island Historical Society Curator of Collections Austin Bell. "It has taken years of planning and discussions with the lending institutions and the continuation of a public-private partnership that includes the Marco Island Historical Society, Collier County and the community."
Just six inches tall and carved from native hardwood, the Key Marco Cat has captured the public's imagination for over a century. "The Key Marco Cat from the Smithsonian collections is an extraordinary object that attests to the unique archaeological record of Key Marco and the people and cultures who lived there for millennia," notes Torben Rick, Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. "Perishable artifacts, like the Key Marco Cat, are rare in the archaeological record. Its significance lies in the information it holds about the human past, cultural diversity, and the ways that these issues can inspire researchers and the public."
Meg Kassabaum, assistant curator for North America at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology states that the objects from the Penn Museum demonstrate the remarkable preservation of the organic materials from Key Marco. "Usually these materials do not preserve on ancient sites, so the Key Marco materials show us what we're missing from most other archaeological contexts," she states. "These particular artifacts are prime examples of the complex iconography used by pre-Columbian Floridians and probably had deep ritual significance to the people who created them. In particular, the paint that remains on the wooden objects serves as an important reminder of the level of detail and skill attained by pre-contact Native artists and gives just a hint of how beautiful these pieces would have been when they were made. The fact that they have survived so long is truly incredible and provides a nearly unique window into the past," she concludes.
The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida. For information visit www.theMIHS.org.
The Key Marco Artifacts exhibit is a cooperative effort funded in part by Collier County Tourist Development Tax, www.paradisecoast.com.
Artist, designer, and activist Sebastian Errazuriz will present his latest public artwork "blu Marble" in New York beginning March 13, 2019. blu Marble is a monumental, 20-foot, LED structure depicting a live stream of the Earth from space. Visible by day and night, blu Marble invites the public to consider their presence in a form and scale that was never experienced before. This contemplative work offers new perspective on our existence and hopes to help humanity make positive change.
"blu Marble is a reminder of our miraculously fragile existence. It places our very existence in perspective at a global level – as a tiny spec in space – beckoning us to live fully with an awareness and mindfulness of our limited time on this vulnerable and beautiful planet," explains Sebastian Errazuriz.
The groundbreaking project will be launched in Manhattan on March 13th, showcased at 159 Ludlow Street with a private launch at Richard Taittinger Gallery. For one night only, there will be a neighborhood display in cooperation with the New Museum, where blu Marble will transform the Manhattan skyline. The artwork features a custom-created LED screen that projects Earth in real time from space. To obtain this imagery, Sebastian's team created a bot that scrapes live photographs from a NASA satellite and merges them in an exclusive software that generates a slow progression between still images to compose a live video of Earth as seen from space. Typically used to monitor and study daily variations of vegetation, ozone, aerosols, clouds, reflectivity, etc., these new-generation satellites allow the live stream of our ever-changing Earth. The audience passing by the installation at night sees a partially dark Earth with clusters of light and, in contrast, meteorological conditions during the day.
The Richard Taittinger Gallery event will also feature a renowned guest speaker, former NASA astronaut, New York Times bestselling author, professor, and TV actor Mike Massimino, known as the first person to tweet from space and for holding the record for the number of hours spacewalking in a single space shuttle mission. During the event, Massimino will share his unique perspective on blu Marble as a veteran of multiple space missions.
2019 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first person walking on the moon. This historical moment shifted the human perspective on limitation and possibility. Three years later, as Apollo 17 was on its last lunar mission, the crew took the renowned picture "Blue Marble" showing the first image of the Earth from space. The original "Blue Marble" picture is the most widely reproduced image of the Earth, leaving us with a remarkable image frozen in time. blu Marble pays homage to the iconic picture by bringing it to life and substantially increasing its size to raise awareness to our need for perspective and introspection.
blu Marble was made possible by the support of the innovative e-vapor company, Fontem Ventures, owner of one of the first U.S. e-vapor brands, blu, as part of a new campaign, "Pledge World by blu," which seeks to fulfill the dreams of adult consumers as they embark on a potentially life-changing journey. The company invited Sebastian Errazuriz to make a pledge through Pledge World for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his ambitions a reality. Through Pledge World, blu has been helping adult consumers make life-affirming experiences a reality by granting real adult's pledges and helping them own their choices for a more positive life.
To discover more: https://www.blu.com/en/US/blu-marble.
For additional information about Pledge World by blu: https://www.pledge.world/.
About Sebastian Errazuriz
New York based Artist, designer, activist Sebastian Errazuriz is renowned for his innovative approach that subverts conventional categorization and mixes genres, techniques, and disciplines. Errazuriz's experimental practice is informed by his desire to provoke conversation and raise awareness. His expansive body of work blurs the boundaries between contemporary art, tech, design and craft. His exclusive masterpieces are avidly acquired by art collectors and museums. Errazuriz's interdisciplinary approach invites the viewers to consider the ways in which any work can be simultaneously conceptual and functional, inviting the viewer to look again at realities that were often hidden in plain sight. Sebastian Errazuriz's work has been exhibited internationally alongside the most celebrated artists, architects and designers and resides in permanent museum collections around the world. Sebastian Errazuriz is currently working on an exciting line-up of other global projects showcasing his work with augmented reality technology, virtual reality and digital platforms. The coverage of his creations has been a successive string of viral responses. Errazuriz has been featured in multiple magazine covers and portrayed in thousands of press articles. He has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Forbes, Business Insider, Art+Auction among others. In addition, his work has been featured in mainstream TV on BBC, CNN, ABC, and NY1.
Designed for smokers, by smokers, blu has been a trusted leader of adult consumer satisfaction since launching in 2009. blu's top priority and mission continues to be exceeding the needs of adult smokers with high quality vapor products and e-liquid flavors. blu is available online and in stores across the four largest vapor markets worldwide, including the USA, UK, France and Italy. The brand is owned by Fontem Ventures, a subsidiary of the Imperial Brands Group, with international headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Charlotte, North Carolina. blu adheres and is committed to marketing and advertising standards that ensure all communications are intended for, and presented to, adult audiences only. To discover blu and experience blu satisfaction, visit http://www.blu.com/en/US.
KYOTO STEAM -- International Arts x Science Festival is a novel form of international art and culture event, which aims to explore new possibilities of culture through the collaboration of arts and science and technology. As a project ahead of this, a prologue to KYOTO STEAM - International Arts x Science Festival - will be held in March in the ancient capital of Kyoto. KYOTO STEAM - International Arts x Science Festival -- will be held in spring 2020.
Prologue to Be Held in Late March, 2019
Date: March 21 - 24, 30 and 31
Venue: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto City Zoo and UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo)
Organizer: Executive Committee of KYOTO STEAM - International Arts x Science Festival
- STEAM THINKING -- Art to Create the Future -- Challenge from Kyoto/Art Competition Preview & Talk Session
The international art competition encourages art and technology collaboration between artists and Kyoto-based enterprises. For its preview, Taro Suzuki, a media artist, is commissioned to create a concept art work. A talk session will also be held in conjunction with the preview.
- Traditional Art x New Technology in Noh Daie -- the Graceful Tengu
This performance encourages a new method of experiencing the Noh performance, which simultaneously generates CG images of background scenes on monitors, through which the audience can enjoy the high-technology presentation together with the Noh performance.
For further details of the programs, visit the KYOTO STEAM official website: kyoto-steam.com/en/
"From the King's Court to Kickstarter:Patronage in the Modern Era" dispels the myth of the starving artist and provides a roadmap for entrepreneurial artists of all kinds who want to create the kind of art they are passionate about and make a great living doing it. Author Julie Austin is a former TV/film executive and TV sponsorship director. She is also the CEO of Indie Sponsor and Speaker Sponsor, the only directories for artists seeking small business sponsorship.
Julie Austin, author of the new book "From the King's Court to Kickstarter: Patronage in the Modern Era" is helping artists make a good living doing what they do best...create. Thrive Global calls it "an idea that could change the world."
They say that history repeats itself, and art patronage is no different. From emperors, kings, and noblemen to small businesses, large corporations, and the public, art patrons have helped shape our culture and society as a whole. The symbiotic relationship between artist and patron has fluctuated from the hired hand commissioned to entertain royalty, to the entrepreneurial artist making fortunes creating their own art and charting their own destinies.
Prior to the Renaissance, most artists were unknown craftsmen working on commission. But thanks to the infusion of capital under the powerful Medici banking family, the number of working artists and celebrity artists increased. The period of the Renaissance changed art as we know it. Suddenly art was accessible to everyone, not just royalty and the elite.
Julie Austin is an award-winning author, inventor, futurist, and innovation keynote speaker. She's an internationally known thought leader on the topic of innovation, and CEO of the consulting firm Creative Innovation Group. She's been an innovation keynote speaker for corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Northrop Grumman, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. She's also been featured in the books
The millennium brings with it another big change in art patronage. "We're entering a new Renaissance," says Austin, "a digital Renaissance, that not only makes art accessible to everyone, but patronage as well. There's never been a better time in history to be an artist. With crowd-funding, corporate sponsorship, grants, venture capital, and angel investors, there's no reason for an artist not to make a living."
"From the King's Court to Kickstarter" (available on Amazon) traces the history of entrepreneurial artists and their relationship to patrons. Many times patronage can mean the difference between being a starving artist and a wealthy one. And today there is enough patronage to go around.
Julie Austin comes from an entertainment background as a TV and film actor and film distributor, but also has a business background as an inventor and innovator with a NASDAQ-winning product that's sold in 24 countries. She is an international in-demand motivational innovation speaker.
"I observe our common need for greater awareness; to pause more often, to feel more, to observe more." - Victoria Herrera
Rehs Contemporary, along with PoetsArtists, is proud to announce I Observe, a group exhibition that explores the concepts of individuality and awareness. Collectively, more than two-dozen artists will have 30 works on display - each providing a unique lens into their observations.
The act of observation is so central to the artistic process that the title I Observe almost commonsensically addresses the details the artist takes in and then puts forth to their viewers. Those physical that are explicitly represented, and emotional which are more subtly expressed. It can be something as unassuming as the way light plays with a surface; bouncing and reflecting off skin, creating various tones in the simple curve of a cheek. Perhaps it is the body language that is more revealing; or the environment – the world around us. Further, within a work itself there may be observational characteristics present which can enhance the narrative; whether that may be the subject studying something in the work, or in some cases even appearing to look back at the viewer as if in observational exchange. Every observation, even the seemingly mundane, is crucial to the construction of any composition with regards to its ability to translate a concise and powerful message.
Aside from the artist's observation of their subject, countless viewers then study the finished works, setting in motion a lifetime of observation; the concept is truly tied to the arts from beginning to end.
This exhibition aims to build and engage in a conversation that uses others' observations and our observation of others to push our own personal boundaries, while striving to find common ground with those who are different from ourselves. And with that, it starts by being more in-tune with and conscious of our surroundings; the thing we observe.
I Observe runs from March 9th to 29th.
About Rehs Contemporary
Rehs Contemporary is regarded as one of the top galleries in New York City and is a platform for new, emerging and established contemporary artists; many of whom have received extensive academic training. The gallery offers high quality works to art lovers of all kinds, from first-time buyers to major collectors.