WHAT TO COLLECT #114 . GUDA KOSTER

Guda Koster is a Dutch artist who creates living sculptures and performances, which the photographs are the results of. Koster’s works are created in parallels of time, space, and textile. In her works, Koster uses fabrics, colors, and patterns that underline the codes and meanings our clothing conveys How would you describe your works? I make installations, sculptures, and photographs in which clothing plays an important part. Clothing doesn’t just have a function but also conveys a message. In our everyday lives, we communicate identity and social position primarily by means of our clothing. Clothing can be seen as a…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 113. NAUM GABO

Naum Gabo, original name Naum Neemia Pevsner (born August 5, 1890, Bryansk, Russia—died August 23, 1977, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.), pioneering Constructivist sculptor who used materials such as glass, plastic, and metal and created a sense of spatial movement in his work. Gabo studied medicine and natural science, then philosophy and art history, at the University of Munich in Germany; he also took engineering classes at the Technical University in Munich. In 1913 he walked from Munich to Florence and Venice, viewing many works of art and architecture along the way. Early in his life he changed his name to Gabo…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 112. Lisa Kellner

Lisa Kellner has created and installed room-sized installations and two-dimensional works throughout the United States since 2006. Her work has been exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY), the Brooklyn Arts Council (NY) and the Weatherspoon Museum (NC), among others.  Also, Lisa has worked with galleries including Ascent Contemporary (NY), Project 4 (DC), BravinLee Projects (NY) and JoAnne Artman (LA).  Lisa’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sculpture Magazine among others.  Lisa created site-responsive installations at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL), the Center for Maine Contemporary…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 111. Marina De Caro

Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina Body, behavior and space; intuition, sensitivity, and perception; experience and knowledge: these are the keywords of Marina De Caro’s work. De Caro develops her poetics from the field of drawing towards the realms of sculpture and performance. Her spatial and action-based works often incorporate soft wearable sculptures especially designed to invite the viewer/performer to experience an unpredictable regard on the every day, on bodily and social behavior and norms. In her drawings and experiences, De Caro disrupts the given, abruptly. A most refined and irreverent master…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 110. LIONEL SMIT.

Today I went through the exhibition of Emerging and Established Artist Lionel Smit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami Beach. Lionel Smit was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982. He creates monumental portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs, and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki and various public sculptures of his being featured in the USA including Union Square, New York City. Smit’s painting, Kholiswa, received the Viewer’s Choice Award as part…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 109. Chris Ofili ART

Chris Ofili is renowned internationally for his richly layered works that combine imagery and influences from sources as divergent as comic books, hip-hop, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Biblical scenes, and 1970s-era Blaxploitation films. Since moving to Trinidad in the mid-2000s, Ofili has looked increasingly to the Trinidadian landscape and mythology in order to further reflect upon his long-term consideration of history and identity. His most recent paintings have been animated by figures and scenes from folkloric myths and arguably revisit and revise tropes of a modernist painting by artists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. Since Ofili’s earliest paintings he…

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery

Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank for less than fifty dollars each. Her tell-all memoir, Helen Gee: Limelight, a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties, is now available from Aperture as an e-book. Here, Denise Bethel’s introduction offers a preview of the late Gee’s story. Arthur Lavine, Helen Gee, ca. 1954–1960 Courtesy Gary Schneider Dear Helen, I am writing to let you know that, sixty years on, some of the questions are still the same: who succeeds as a photographer? And, whose photographs sell?…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 106. Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez The Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, 1923) has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He is a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Optical art, a movement that encourages “an awareness of the instability of reality.” His body of work has established him as one of the key twentieth-century thinkers in the realm of color. Carlos Cruz-Diez’s visual art explores the perception of color as an autonomous reality evolving in space and time, unaided by form or support, in a perpetual present. Watch “Carlos Cruz-Diez Interview: The Colours We Create” by @LouisianaChann on ***All rights…

WHAT TO COLLECT #104. CARMEN HERRERA

Carmen Herrera is a Cuban-American abstract, minimalist painter. She began to paint at the age of 12. She moved to Paris after WWII to join other great painters … Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, and more. She was very good, by almost anyone’s observation; she even had shows with other famous artists. Unlike the other artists she was around, she was a woman and she was Cuban American. Unlike the other artists, she never sold a painting. She never sold at age 25, or age 30. She came home from Paris in the early 1950s, in her late 30s. And she…