1. Gallery Hopping in Colombia

    On this week’s agenda is a trip south of the border to Colombia, where From Form to Figure will open at Beatriz Esguerra Art. This exhibit will feature a series of new works by Carolina Convers (Colombian). What is significant about this show is that it captures the artist in a moment of transition. Convers, who traditionally creates figurative works made out of industrial enamels on acetate prints is moving away from this practice and into abstraction and the use of oil on canvas. Both materials and subject matter have changed for the artist and the works on display effectively illustrate this artistic evolution. Even though there is an ostensible difference between the two types of work on display, it is clear that there is still a lot of overlapping in style and form. Viewers will notice that many of the forms in the abstract works very much resemble the shapes found in Convers’ figurative works. In this way, Convers has not completely divorced herself from figuration altogether, instead she has incorporated elements of this style into her approach to abstraction. This show is a wonderful opportunity to see how Convers’ artistic practice has changed and grown as she has experimented with different subject matter and material. Don’t miss out!

    We would be remiss not to mention these other great shows opening this week!

    Berlin, Germany

    GROUP SHOW | Der Kubist Marcel Duchamp mag nicht malen at Galerie Thomas Schulte

    Culver City, California, USA

    Main Gallery: Clayton Brothers at Mark Moore Gallery

    Falmouth, Maine, USA

    Nadia Klionsky: Maine Realism at Elizabeth Moss Galleries

    Of Women by Women: Lesia Sochor and Veronica Cross at Elizabeth Moss Galleries

    Madison, Connecticut, USA

    Vincent Giarrano:
    New York City
    at Susan Powell Fine Art

    Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA

    John Moyers and Terri Kelly Moyers at Nedra Matteucci Galleries

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  2. Discovering Melbourne Art Fair

    We’re partnering with our friends at Melbourne Art Fair to offer you a special ticket price Australia’s leading contemporary art Fair.

    The biennial Fair takes place at the Royal Exhibition Building from the 13-17 August, showcasing artwork from over 70 Australian and international galleries. Experience a diverse program that includes innovative art events, lively panel discussions, new cutting edge exhibition sectors, live performances, installations and an interactive kids program.

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    Enjoy! 

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  3. Duane Michals shot this self-portrait of himself with Robin Williams somewhere around 1980.

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  4. "Robin Williams ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry." - Barack Obama

    The much-loved Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams passed away this week. 

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  5. Whether you’re at the beach or on your balcony, take your pick from these excellent books to dive into during those long summer days. 

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  6. For those traveling to China’s largest city: Read our Shanghai gallery roundup to discover some of city’s beautiful art shows, from Feng Mengbo to Tobias Rosenberger.

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  7. Make time for this between beaches and barbecues: Southampton’s McNeill Art Group is opening their show, Pristine Summer, this week with some fantastic artists. 

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  8. Summer delights: Midnight skinnydipping a la Marilyn Monroe 

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  9. Surf’s Up! 

    Michael Dweck: Mermaid, 2008 

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  10. London in the rain?

    Raindrops by British artist Adam Fuss

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  11. Despite a campaign from fans, the much-loved Los Angeles mural touting indie rock band Foster the People has been painted over. 

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  12. “This is art that matters, this is as important as it gets.” 
    Gopnik and fellow New York art critic Christian Viveros-Fauné browse “Here and Elsewhere,” the eye-opening, museum-filling survey of contemporary art from the Arab world currently at the New Museum.

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  13. Romantic and beautiful: Paris in the rain

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  14. Peaceable Kingdom

    Edwards Hicks’ painting, Peaceable Kingdom, was chosen by the people as one of the 58 Most Beloved American Artworks in this summer’s hugely popular ArtEverywhereUS project. 

    If you’d like to see one of Hicks’ works up close, Perillo’s World of Fine Art Gallery in Tampa, FL is featuring an interpretation of Peaceable Kingdom. Titled, “Peaceable Kingdom - Deep in the Jungle”, it’s a gorgeous example of Perillo’s dreamy Peaceable Kingdom paintings.

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  15. West Coast Gallery Hopping

    This week, we’re heading back to the West Coast to attend the opening of Personaat San Francisco based gallery, Scott Richards Contemporary Art. Persona is the first U.S. solo exhibition for Swedish transplant, Anna Halldin-Maule (Swedish, 1972). The exhibition will showcase a series of portraits-all of which depict young women partially nude and adorned with fanciful ornamentations of some variety. For instance, Imitation of Life depicts a woman with an elaborate floral headdress. This work takes on an almost ethereal quality, owing to the muted color palette and choice of adornment. All of her works follow this trend, making her portraits at once minimalistic and otherworldly.

    When you first come across the portraits in this exhibit, you might be inclined to mistake them for photographs since they appear hyper-real. This photorealism is a hallmark of Halldin-Maule’s technique. Though these works are in fact oil paintings, the influence of photography is implicit in their construction. Halldin-Maule paints from life. She frames, plans and positions her works and strives to make her pieces look as close to reality as possible, which is not so dissimilar to what a photograph captures. Although there is an underlying irony to this, since her subjects don’t appear to be a part of this world at all.

    Through the works on display, Halldin-Maule explores the idea of “glamour” and specifically in relation to attitudes towards women. Society imposes the expectation to be glamourous, i.e., at all times enviable and desirable, on women. These works question the idea that “glamour” is deeply embedded in the feminine mystique by simultaneously confirming its existence, through the ethereal compositions, and also by refuting it, by begging the viewer to consider why a woman’s identity might be so bound up with this concept. Halldin-Maule tries to figure out what defines female identity by visually sifting through all these societal expectations.

    What first may seem like a series of whimsical portraits blossoms into a complex commentary on femaleness. This is surely a unique exhibit worth checking out. Come join us on the San Francisco bay!

    We would be remiss not to mention these other great exhibits opening this week!

    Knokke

    COBRA at Robinsons Art Gallery

    London

    Syria’s Apex Generation, London at Ayyam Gallery

    Portland, Oregon

    August Artist of the Month: New Oil And Acrylic Paintings by Arne Westerman at Attic Gallery



     

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