WHAT TO COLLECT # 130. Anish Kapoor

Mirroring its surroundings to reflect a rose-tinted microcosm of ambient space, Untitled is an exquisite example of Anish Kapoor’s inimitable investigation into the possibilities of interior and exterior space. Seeming to float effortlessly in suspense above the ground, Kapoor’s dish appears to simultaneously curve outwards and inwards, distorting perception and awareness as our gaze passes across it. The luminous reflectivity of the surface radiates light, and emits a sense of meditative calm and repose. Untitledinvites contemplation: by circumnavigating the work we become an integral part of the whole, thus making every viewer’s experience of the piece subtly different. Untitled forms…

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 # 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?…

Galleries you need to explore during an Art Basel Hong Kong

TANG CONTEMPORARY ART 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong https://www.tangcontemporary.com/ PARA SITE ART SPACE Set up in 1996 and for many years the city’s only name in contemporary art, Para Site is still a proud voice in Hong Kong’s independent art scene. • 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay http://www.para-site.org.hk/ GALLERY EXIT Opened in 2008 to provide an exhibition space for emerging Hong Kong artists, with an emphasis on edgy, conceptual art. • 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong http://www.galleryexit.com/ M+ PAVILION The first completed portion of the West Kowloon…

ABOUT DIVERSITY IN ART INDUSTRY

“The more diversity you have, the faster you are able to get the right answer…” – Kerry McCarthy. When I read interviews with people like Thelma Golden, I am not afraid to achieve new goals. As someone from the far country, I am responsive to the diversity in my industry. For all the time I am looking for ways to work in a foreign land with native and multicultural people. I became more loyal, more tolerant and more open-minded for last five years for the laborious time I moved and studied a new language. Thelma’s bio shows that we can…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 107. Gianluca Traina

Gianluca Traina was born in 1984 in Palermo, where he currently lives and works. He attended the art school of his hometown, where he graduated in 2002. In the same year, he moved to Florence to study Fashion Design at Polimoda. In2004 he won a scholarship of the Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana in Milano attends a specialization course in Fashion Home Design. This course enabled him to acquire the necessary knowledge that will open the doors of the fashion Empire. His work until 2008 for the most important companies in the industry, boasting important partnerships and experiences. The failure…

BEST WAY TO APPROACH A GALLERY

For me, one of the most intriguing moments for the contemporary art, that this is a human way of speaking about our transformations. From the personal prospectives to the outside world we are studying identities in action through the different art technics. I see art as a dominant element which contains a range of conceptual meanings and theoretical roles associated with it. If you think that your work has a strong manifestation and deserves the personal attention of the gallery, you shouldn’t wait with submission. Check out galleries that you think may like your work. Start to explore art spaces…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 105. SKY KIM

SKY KIM Born in Seoul, Korea, she received her M.F.A at Pratt Institute, has exhibited all over the US and internationally, and has collected a National Museum of Contemporary Art’s North Korean Art Competition Award and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. Her work has been exhibited at the Toronto Art Fair, GLAAD Art Auction, DUMBO Arts Festival, the Gwangju Biennale and has been reviewed in multiple publications including The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post and the Arts Observer. Kim has described her work as “meticulous, labor-intensive watercolor paintings/drawings (that) is at once abstract, anatomical, spiritual and sensual.”…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 103. PAOLO ICARO

Paolo Icaro, one of the most interesting contemporary artists. In the seventies he started to construct his research according to a profound and theoretical formal severity, exploring several techniques, spanning from drawings to performances but concentrating primarily on sculptures and installations.

TO PARENTS

I have a daughter, she is five, and of course, she enrolled in the art school since three years old. What I love to do, is collecting a kids books illustrated by famous Artist and read them with my adorable. So, I got another dozen books on my shelf and also cheered to Filipa’s school, they were pleased to get it. There a lot of interesting stories and colors. Below I added few links, but there are much more to find online. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi Kusama: A Fairy Tale of Infinity and Love Forever…