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BORN: JUNE 7, 1965 MEMBER YOUNG BRITISH ARTIST (YBA) THEME: DEATH PRESERVE DEAD ANIMALS DISSECTED IN FORMALHYDE
British conceptual artist Damien Hirst's installations of animals preserved in formaldehyde stirred controversy when they were created in the 1990s, but made his reputation. Here he is posing in front of some of them: "The Incredible Journey" (top), "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" (center), and "In His Infinite Wisdom" (bottom). Hirst has since done a series of medicine cabinets, one of which sold for 9.65 million pounds, making him the most expensive living European artist (and what some consider one of the most overvalued). From the news reports, Hirst can be a bit touchy. He ended his relationship with long-time collector Charles Saatchi in 2003 and sold a complete show at auction in 2008 rather than through his long-standing galleries - a move that garnered him a record-breaking $198 million.
Jim Riswold, Make Believe Damien Hirst For Te Love Of God, 2007
Eugenio Merino, 4 the love of go(l)d, 2008-09
BORN: JANUARY 21, 1955 THEME: REPRODUCTION OF BANAL OBJECTS SUCH AS BALLON ANIMALS PRODUCED IN STAINLESS STEEL WITH MIRROR FINISH SURFACE
Balloon animals and cartoon characters are fun childhood memories for most, but for artist Jeff Koons, they are monuments! The Pennsylvania-born painter and sculptor's larger than life sculptures are kitsch writ large. Koons' latest show, "Jeff Koons on the Roof" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, which opened last week, is this year's must-see exhibit in the Big Apple, and his public sculptures are permanent fixtures at the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and Papal Palace in Avignon, France. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Koon has won numerous awards and honors, some of which include the BZ Cultural Award from the City of Berlin, induction into the Signet Society for Arts and Letters at Harvard University, and the Chevalier de la LÃ©gion d Honneur. Despite his acclaim, his work receives mixed reactions: some criticize it as tacky, while others praise his determination to create art as entertainment, maintaining that viewers can admire and appreciate it without searching for a hidden or abstract meaning. Koons tries to avoid being categorized into a specific style, though "Neo-Pop" and "Post-Pop" seem to take hold among critics and admirers alike. But no matter which side you're on, you can't help but stare in awe at the sheer awesomeness of it all.
Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons
November 14 Sotheby s New York Jeff Koons, Hanging Heart (Magenta and Gold), 1994-2006 Estimate: $15 to 20 million
BORN: May 12, 1921 JAN. 23, 1986 THEME: HIS CONCEPT OF HUMANISM, SOCIALISM AND ANTHROPOSOPHY. IT CULMINATES IN HIS ECTENDED DEFENITION OF ART AND THE IDEA OF SOCIAL SCULPTURE AS GESAMTKUNSTWERK
Beuys was a charismatic, controversial figure who energetically championed the healing, transformative power of art and the power of universal human creativity he was also one of 500 founding members of the Green Party in Germany (he saw the Greens as a reservoir for grassroots initiatives and a platform for social revolution). Josef passed on 22 years ago this week, but his works still pull, and his voice still persuades .
Joseph Beuys Early works on paper from the collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs
TITLE: Capri Batterie ARTIST: Joseph Beuys WORK DATE: 1985 PERIOD: 20th century CATEGORY: Sculptures MATERIALS: Yellow light bulb in black socket, lemon EDITION/SET OF: 200
BORN: 1965 THEME: A NEOCONCEPTUAL ARTIST KNOWN FOR INVENTIVE AND SHOCKING PROJECT. LINKS ATTRACTIVE WITH THE REPULSIVE
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Belgian artist Wim Delvoye s latest creation, Torre : a laser-cut cortensteell tower, with ogival windows, tracery and turrets in the international Gothic style, on the terrace of Palazzo Venier Dei Leoni, overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice. The tower measures 232 x 232 x 983 cm and will be on show until November 22, 2009. Both architecture and ornament, Torre by Wim Delvoye demonstrates not only ethereal majesty and vision but forceful material presence, drawing inspiration from masterpieces of Gothic architecture such as Notre Dame, Paris, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York. Wim Delvoye s artistic practice draws on the notion of the attraction of binary opposites: the sacred and the profane, the past and the present, the triumph of ornamentation over functionality. His art thrives on such paradoxes, that also form the basis of surrealist artistic practice, combining these components of difference, not always manifest but ever present in his aesthetic. The placement of a gothic tower from the high middles ages in the vicinity of Palazzo Venier Dei Leoni s 18th century classicism creates just such a forceful and provocative paradox. For Wim Delvoye: While the renaissance was a world view, the Gothic was a state of mind.The renaissance was a finite epoch lasting half a century before being succeeded by mannerism.
WIM DELVOYE "Wim Delvoye's Art Farm, Beijing (China)" 2004
WIM DELVOYE "Chapelle" 2007 Stainless steel, stained glass / Inox, vitraux (2 x )10 x 3 x 4,4 feet / 307 x 110 x 135 cm (x 2)
Type of modern art in which the artist uses, as part of the composition, the specific setting (such as walls, floor, lights, and fittings) along with various materials. Typically the chosen materials more or less fill the space, and the viewer is often able to move around or otherwise interact with the work, so that they become part of that work in that specific moment in time. There are various precedents for this kind of art, but it was not until the 1980s that artists began to specialize in installations. Works are usually intended to be impermanent, but some have been purchased and preserved
a colorful LED installation on the streets of Paris by American artist Leo Villareal that features approximately 41,000 LED nodes that run through a 200-foot-long tunnel in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C..
Artist Leon Lim's putting the final touches to his public installation art "The Last Chairs" which is located at the junction of Union Street and Penang Street.
Video art is a type of art which relies on moving pictures and comprises video and/or audio data. (It should not however be confused with television or experimental cinema). Video art came into existence during the 1960s and 1970s, is still widely practiced and has given rise to the widespread use of video installations.
From Here, One ArtsPlaza, 2007, generative video installation
Video Art of Dov Lederberg - The Twelve Tribes of Israel
In the Loop: Contemporary Video Art from the European Union
Digital art is an umbrella term for a range of artistic works and practices that use digital technology. Since the 1970s, various names have been used to describe what is now called digital art including computer art and multimedia art but digital art is itself placed under the larger umbrella term new media art. The impact of digital technology has transformed traditional activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture, while new forms, such as net art, digital installation art, and virtual reality, have become recognized artistic practices. More generally the term digital artist is used to describe an artist who makes use of digital technologies in the production of art. In an expanded sense, "digital art" is a term applied to contemporary art that uses the methods of mass production or digital media.
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Comparisonof Leonardo da Vinci's selfportrait and his Mona Lisa, based on speculation Artist (David R. Tribble)
visionary abstract digital art by Jack Haas: Aquarian Awakening- The Perfection
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