Contemporary art

Alice Neel -- a Collector of Souls – at the Met

Sandra Bertrand

Alice Neel's long overdue retrospective, People Come First, is currently drawing hordes of visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s no surprise, considering she based her entire life and career around the intimates and strangers that surrounded her. Every class, race, and gender came under her razor-sharp gaze.  And no human being encountering her subjects comes away unscathed. 

 

Afrofuturist Painter Angelbert Metoyer Introduces New Exhibit ‘Magnificent Change’

The Editors

Tripoli Gallery (Wainscott, New York) is currently presenting this year’s artist-in-resident, Angelbert Metoyer, and his solo exhibition, Magnificent Change. The performance of Magnificent Change will be a living symbolic garden and installation from April 3rd to May 24th. The completed exhibition will remain on view until May 3rd, 2021. The residency and exhibition will lead up to the release of two new works for a contemporary auction in June at Sotheby’s.

The Frost Museum of Art Showcases the 2021 MFA Exhibition

The Editors

Every year the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum features works by students graduating from the Master of Fine Arts program in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. This year, the museum is featuring the work of Dianna Grace and Elizaveta Kolesnikova. Grace is informed by immersive spaces and engages in innovative experimentation with materials. Kolesnikova's current work presents Peruvian cultures and traditions.

Kazuki Takamatsu Explores Haunting Imagery in New Series

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Kazuki Takamatsu’s haunting black-and-white imagery explore narratives of death and society, through a unique technique that he developed, in which classic mediums such as drawing, airbrush and gouache painting are combined with computer graphics. Within this new body of work, Takamatsu reflects on the conflict between personal freedom and the constraints of living within a larger societal group.

The Art of the Late Daniel Johnston: Musician, Artist, and Renaissance Man

The Editors

Johnston’s songs have been covered by several hundred artists, including David Bowie and Tom Waits. The late Kurt Cobain mused that Daniel Johnston is the best songwriter in America. In 2006, his life was documented in the award-winning film, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, and his painted illustrations were exhibited in the Whitney biennial. Johnston had a lifetime battle with mental illness, and medication prescribed for this condition damaged his liver requiring multiple hospitalizations. He died from a heart attack in his sleep before the morning of September 11, 2019.

Artists Máximo González and Ato Ribeiro Recreate the Art of Authentic Storytelling

The Editors

In an era when vast accretions of consumer detritus and the vapid anecdotalism of digital media seem poised to overtake human creativity, authentic storytelling and the tangible materials of human existence take on elemental value as a means of connection, survival, and reinvention. In different media, but with the same rigorous and clear-sighted approach, artists Maximo González and Ato Ribeiro are innovating the philosophical and aesthetic sensibilities that will carry future generations forward into new modes of existence.

Art and Artists Continue to Thrive Despite COVID

Merl Ross

This work I now refer to as my “Pandemic Kitchen Table Paintings.” It was rewarding to work small and sense the completion of a painting, usually after a few days of concentrated effort. My art has always been about that intersection of imagination and experience and allowing for the unexpected occurrence. These new watercolor and gouache paintings on paper are part of the “Daydream Series” and provide an opportunity for me to dive into my imagination reflecting on my memories and emotions.

Artist Arinze Stanley Delves Into the World of the Paranormal

The Editors

Inspired by his personal experiences growing up in Africa and the current cultural and political state of society, Stanley is driven to create drawings that trigger an emotional connection between the viewers and his artworks. Using his works as a form of social and political activism, Stanley hopes to use his art to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves Regarding his new series, Stanley says, “My art is born out of the zeal for perfection both in skill, expression, and devotion to create positive changes in the world."

Artist Michael Murphy Pays Homage to 20th-Century Architecture in His ‘Modernism’ Series

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Eventually, Murphy started selling his art at local retailers and galleries. By 2010, Murphy stopped looking for employment as an architect and concentrated on his art, working out of a studio in his home that he shares with his architect wife. His “Forgotten Modernism” series -- currently featured at Gallery 30 South – which is an ongoing catalog of modern architecture, focuses not just on the masterpieces of 20th-century California, but also the middle-class dwellings that helped define the spirit of the West Coast.

Vincent Fink Draws on His Subconscious to Create Surrealist Masterpieces

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His first series, Atlas Metamorphosis, started with detailed greyscale sumi ink drawings that spawned from a lucid dream. Since then, his art evolves from his series of Sacred Geometry Surrealism paintings, called Iterations, to multimedia public art and installations including sculpture and animation. The subconscious, with its symbolic story-telling, has always played a part in his cultural narrative message.

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