Spotlight: Masters on 45s

Happy Art Friday…

Introducing Israeli photographer Tamir Sher’s “Masters on 45s”

Th artist talks of his inspiration: “I took my old record player and decided to use it in my work before I threw them away. I put a reproduction of an old masters painting and my son’s superheroes on it and took pictures at variable speeds.”

Here’s the result:

 

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Exhibition_Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Until Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage.

Artisphere gallery in Arlington, is the first and only venue in the United States to present Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, an exhibition featuring 259 images from the artist’s personal collection of photographs sealed until 2007.

” These images reveal a little-known side of the artist and lifelong resident of Coyoacán, a Mexico City suburb and Arlington, Virginia’s sister city. The collection of photographs in this exhibition reflect Kahlo’s tastes and interests, the experiences she shared with those close to her, and her complicated, but also thrilling, personal life. Viewers get an insider’s look, not only through who was behind the camera, in front of the lens or the anonymous nature of some of the work but also through the annotated writing found on the back of many of the photographs. “

Please note that in Diego Rivera’s will, he specified that the original images belonging to him and Frida Kahlo should never leave Mexico. As such, the images on view in this exhibition are carefully crafted reproductions.

The Exhibition is currently on view at Artisphere.

For more information: http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Visual-Arts/FRIDA-KAHLO-HER-PHOTOS.aspx

Spotlight: Thomas Mailaender

“Croque Madame”

Today we spotlight:

Thomas Mailaender is a french
multimedia artist based in Paris and
Marseille.

Documentation marks the starting
point for his work. Using a slightly
scientific way of working, he registers
insignificant, incidentally grotesque
moments that possess an abrupt
and unexpected monumentality.

In the past, his work mainly focused on playing with the concept of typology.
Mailaender’s recent work has involved sculpture and installation.

www.thomasmailaender.com

Spotlight: Anselm Reyle + Dior Pop Up, Art Basel Miami Beach 2011

One of my favorite things during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 was this Anselm Reyle collaboration with Dior. Simply because it was fun, a good fit and, well, art and beautiful art at that. Art and fashion are very much interconnected and that showed more than ever before at the annual art fair.

The German artist Anselm Reyle took the brand’s DNA and remixed it giving birth to a post modern collection of bags, shoes, sunglasses, and other small goods.

Reyle brilliantly switched up the classic Miss Dior bag with neon stitching and dangling charms made of colored plexiglass, one of his signature materials.

Two walls of video screens showed Reyle creating one of the lush works — the artist makes sweeping gestures in the purple paint using a large spatula and scraper.

If you can’t afford to dish out $2200 for a small clutch then the nail bar, a photo booth and champagne provide out an excellent experience without breaking the bank. Voila!