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Painting for Paris: Art World Response to the Paris Attacks

    The aftermath of the November terrorist attacks against the French people saw the world light up with support and solidarity. #prayforparis sentiment still runs strong weeks later, as citizens of the world react against the senseless violence on exhibition across Europe, America, and the Middle East. While no amount of hope can bring back the 100s lost at the Bataclan concert hall, artists across the world have struck back through their work and brought the world together around symbols of peace and togetherness; most notably the Eiffel Tower peace symbol, now as common a sight on canvas as spray-painted in the streets. We’ve gathered some of the most inspiring drawings, paintings, and Internet artwork created in response to the Paris attacks. In a particularly intriguing comic response, cartoonist Joann Sfar broke the fourth wall of his regular slice-of-life comic Instagram to share his vision of France with his national audience. “I am so sad many English speaking friends did not understand my cartoon. I did not write against your beliefs or against spirituality.” — …

Wim Botha

Art Basel Miami Beach: Leading Galleries, Big Parties

Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) is back and bigger than ever this year. 267 galleries are scheduled to exhibit, alongside countless more screenings, parties, and unofficial events. Gallery-hoppers will find an unforgettable mix of high art, cultural experiences, and no-holds-barred Miami-style partying. (And of course, champagne on the sand.) The ABMB’s crown jewel this year will be a $10 million Willem de Kooning, Untitled IV. The gallery holds an impressive collection of de Kooning’s drawings and paintings, all well worth the price of admission on their own account. Miami is widely regarded as the center for Latin American art in the US, so it’s no surprise that a strong contingent of galleries will be making the journey north from South America. Galería Elba Benítez and Galeria Nara Roesler, among others, will be bringing hundreds of Latin American artists between them, including some compelling installation work. Keep an eye out for the politically-infused sculptures of Antonio Dias, whose sculpture series based on ballot boxes should be particularly resonant in this tumultuous election season. On the other side …


Bright and Personal: the Gouache Paintings of Mogu Takahashi

Japanese artist Mogu Takahashi embodies the best of the outsider art trend. Tilted perpectives, personal subjects, and child-like scrawl burst from the pages of her popular guache drawings. Subjects that seem ordinary — flower pots, pajama pants, persian cats — become sublimely colored compositions that remind the viewer of the excitement only a child (or child at heart) can have about their surroundings. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the self-described self-taught artist’s biggest collaborations have been creating objects for children; including collaborations with Little Red Stuga in Sweden as well as Japanese fashion line Chambre de Charme. Takahashi’s deceptively simple characters and creations find an especially appropriate home in houseware collaborations, decorating the sorts of household objects she frequently studies on paper. Take a look at her online store for a beatiful gallery of ceramics and other household objects brought to life with carefully-placed eyes and subtle brush textures. What’s really captivating about Takahashi’s work is the element of daily practice invoked in projects like her daily journals, which are available in full at her website. For …

Stephen Shore

Art Books Under Glass: Paris Photo 2015

PEACE FOR PARIS Due to recent tragic events, the 19th edition of the Fair has closed. Paris Photo is holding its 19th edition this November, with over 147 galleries and 27 publishers presenting both contemporary and historical work within the Grand Palais. Visiting photography buffs and book lovers can expect a feast of the senses beneath the Palais’ high glass ceiling, filled with opportunities to see work from a truly international mix of sources. The wide-ranging collection of exhibitors will feature a mix of current artists represented by galleries including Stephen Bulger, Sprueth Magers and Stephen Daiter. Organizers of the Paris Photo event have pulled some new tricks out of the hat this year, including BOOK MACHINE, an installation of 30 books hand-designed exclusively for Paris Photo through an international call for submissions. We recommend in particular the work of Stephen Shore, a legendary documentarian of American life and landscape who was among the first practitioners of the “diaristic snapshot” style. Also keep an eye out for a compelling series of works by postwar Japanese …


Massimo Uberti Uses Beaming Neons To Trace Make-Belief Rooms In Space

A room within a room designed with luminescent neon tubes. Massimo Uberti plays with our senses and our perceptions by creating in-situ installations. The Italian-based artist redefines the habitable space with neon doors and walls that seem to open to an imaginary dimension. The conceptual artist, Massimo Uberti, hand blows and bends neon tubes to compose the outline of the edges and corners of a room. The geometrical lines also mimic door entries, furniture and ceilings. All the elements are either placed on the floor or hung with invisible wires specifically engineered for the art pieces. The lines the artist traces in the space imitate a drawing, as if he had sketched everything before our arrival. With irregular lines and a combination of 3D and 2D constructions, the artist is inviting us to enter his vision of an underground world ruled by iridescent lights and a minimalistic aesthetic. Uberti’s purpose is to trigger a reflection upon entering the space he created; the light up room within the real room is meant to blur the limits of space. He intentionally …


Poetic Computation: The Handmade Computers of Taeyoon Choi

Designers praise Apple for covering their circuit boards in clean, curved skins. Consumers demand software that is unobtrusive and hardware that is small and tucked away. The rising Internet of Things fills the human habitat with computers that are only distinguishable from analog objects by the intelligent behaviors they exhibit when no one is watching. In a market driven by invisibility and utility, the handmade computer installations of New York and Seoul-based artist Taeyoon Choi are more likely to remind the casual observer of “toys” than “machines.” Toys and art have a core value in common, so far as the general public is concerned; no one expects them to “do” anything. Well, nothing productive anyway. While the tasks that occupy Choi’s computers are often inscrutable (animating cutlery at Ikea, conducting measurements of personalised time), it is not their whimsical programming but rather the bright colors and blinking circuit boards that make it challenging to categorize the objects as computers. Apps and user interfaces that feel alive and welcoming are normal in day-to-day life — even expected. However, the general …



The statuesque gender-bending Madame of the New York night scene arrived eight years ago, first selling vintage wares and later becoming mesmerized by the allure of the city after dark. Photographed by Anna Bloda, Make up Azra Red. The statuesque gender-bending Madame of the New York night scene arrived eight years ago, first selling vintage wares and later becoming mesmerized by the allure of the city after dark. In the beginning, Ladyfag ventured out solo, enrobed in a myriad of her own looks from Transylvanian embroidered robes to Ricardo Tisci’s Givenchy later on. She danced with arms flung in the air, her shaggy armpits laid bare. The night became her playground as she headed out to iconic venues like Hiro, APT and Happy Valley. It was on one of those fateful nights that NYC nightlife and legendary club kid, Kenny Kenny found her at the center of the dance floor. He hired her on the spot to dance for him at Happy Valley (thrown by him and Susanne Bartsch.) “Both of us are self-created creatures,” said …



SKATE – by Jacob Harmer. Featuring Theo de Gultz. A grey and foggy London, serves as the perfect backdrop for Jacob Harmer’s new short film ‘Skate’. Featuring and narrated by French artist, model, and lifelong skater Theo de Gultz. Through the eyes of De Gultz, the film evokes the scenic beauty and sense of serenity felt while skating. “…IS ABOUT THE SENSE OF ESCAPE AND ADVENTURE THE SPORT CAN GIVE. THE FILM EXPLORES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND CITY, FROM THE INTIMATE TO THE EPIC AND WITH A FOCUS ON THE TRANSCENDENTAL STATE ONE CAN REACH WHEN ROLLING.”


Takashi Murakami “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow”

TAKASHI MURAKAMI: In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow November 10, 2014 — January 17, 2015 @ Gagosian Gallery New York ” To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint,” –Takashi Murakami


Before Fierce: Remembering Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

— words by Ashlee Girdner An Amazonian woman draped in exotic materials stands before him trying to change her pose as rapidly as the young artist finishes another drawing. His vibrant eyes move over the model capturing more than the newest fashion in which she is adorned; he is able to put on the page a bold and palpable as well. When Viramontes worked, he did so in a fervor. Frank Anthony Viramontes was born in Santa Monica, California to first generation Mexican parents. Having an artistic inclination at a young age, Tony drew everything from cheerleaders to matadors, finding himself enamored by their bright garments. His supportive parents would bring young Tony along to bullfights in nearby Tijuana where he developed an intense appreciation for elegant yet brash masculinity. The way in which Tony would illustrate throughout his career was reminiscent of the toreador’s movements that he studied as a boy. Seizing the aggressive and energetic styles of the 1980’s came naturally to him. With the slashing stroke of his charcoal pencil, he was …