18 février 2013

ART 04

Dan Witz

It's just after noon on a recent Wednesday in San Francisco, and Dan Witz is driving a rental car on Highway 101 north, approaching the Vermont Street exit that leads to Potrero Hill. Just before the turnoff, he suddenly pulls over to the right-side embankment. Minutes later, he has walked to his trunk and put on a blue hard hat and green reflector vest, which gives him the appearance of an official Caltrans worker. The disguise is perfect.
Witz is a Brooklyn street artist, and after spraying the back of a painting with silicone glue, he walks south along the embankment as a California Highway Patrol car approaches in the slow lane and keeps on going. Two minutes later, Witz has secured his artwork — a hooded woman with bad teeth staring out from behind a grate — on the base of a freeway foundation. As he takes photographs of his latest illegal posting, two San Francisco police officers on motorcycles speed by and continue through the Vermont Street turnoff. Three minutes later, Witz is back in his car and heading toward downtown. "You become invisible — you become part of the landscape," he says of his freeway worker outfit. "Everyone thinks you're not up to anything. In the light of day, they don't suspect."
Witz is the latest major street artist to come through San Francisco, and like Banksy — the British stealth painter who left his mark here last April — he risks doing his work at public intersections in the middle of the day. Unlike Banksy, though, Witz has bona fide credentials: a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts; and a bachelor of fine arts from New York's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His age (53) and longevity in public spaces (three decades and counting) make him one of the longest-working street artists in America — a kind of godfather figure to a younger generation of devotees.
Robert Longo has had retrospective exhibitions at the Hamburger Kunstverein and Deichtorhallen; the Menil Collection in Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Hartford Athenaeum and the Isetan Museum of Art in Tokyo. Group exhibitions include Documenta (1987 and 1982); the Whitney Biennial (2004 and 1983); and the Venice Biennale (1997.) His work is represented in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Albertina in Vienna; and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. Robert Longo was the recipient of the Goslar Kaiserring in 2005. Robert Longo is represented by Metro Pictures in New York City and Galerie Hans Mayer in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is a co-founder and member of the band X PATSYS (with Barbara Sukowa, Jon Kessler, Anthony Coleman, Anton Fier and Sean Conly).
Robert Longo lives with his wife, Barbara Sukowa, and their three sons in New York.

Tanguy Samzun   T101
Culture arte  is proud to present  artist Tanguy Samzun T101 at the MIA | MI CIELO 2010 Fine Art Exposition in concurrence with Art Basel | Miami Beach. T101 will feature a retrospective selection of  art works, sign copies of his limited edition book “Piranese” and carry out some of his clandestine artistic illegality on the highways.
More than just a documentation of Tanguy Samzun T101's public artworks, “Out View ” is a diary of three decades of thoughtful and emotional engagement with the ever evolving surfaces of European City. Embracing a meticulously disciplined aesthetic inspired by the old masters, Tanguy Samzun has spent the last decades making easel paintings as well as rebel art, leaving various love letters in plain view on the doorstep of his beloved Paris, London or Berlin. Tanguy Samzun  is in conversation with both the conventional and street worlds of art. His work is inclusive; It is obsessive. It is acknowledged as an original voice, an inspiration and a catalyst.
Besides obvious craftsmanship, the artwork of Tanguy Samzun  evinces a rigorous conceptual framework.
"Snake Plissken goes to Hollywood" for Big John Carpenter 2010
"Meme 01.2"  "Meme 02.3" Numeric paint

Ben Quilty

 Ben Quilty (born 1973 in Sydney) is an Australian artist who won the 2011 Archibald Prize.
 Quilty grew up in Kenthurst in Sydney's north-west. He lives and works in Robertson, New South Wales. He is a graduate of the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. Quilty also graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor's degree in Visual
A multiple finalist, Quilty won the Archibald Prize in 2011 for his portrait of Australian artist Margaret Olley.It was his seventh entry to the prize.
In 2009, he won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Australia's most lucrative portrait prize, for a painting of Australian musician Jimmy Barnes. His painting Dead (Over the Hills and Far Away) won the National Artists Self Portrait prize in 2007.
Quilty was awarded a Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2002.
 From 11 October until 3 November 2011, Quilty was attached to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) observing their activities in Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australian service personnel who are deployed as part of Operation Slipper. After his return, Quilty spent six months producing work for the Australian War Memorial's National Collection. Such work is in the tradition of war artists that began in World War I with artists Arthur Streeton, George Lambert and Frederick McCubbin.
Quilty has been awarded numerous prizes and awards including the 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize,[1] the 2007 National Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, the 2004 Kings School Art Prize, Sydney, the 2004 Metro 5 Art Prize,[2] Melbourne and the 2002 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
As lead singer of legendary Aussie rock band Cold Chisel and an equally successful solo artist, Jimmy Barnes is one of the best-selling Australian musicians of all time. A reformed drug user, he is now an outspoken pro-family, anti-drug advocate. Though Barnes abstains these days, Quilty asked him to act as if though he were inebriated, head lolling back, eyes rolling in their sockets. He built up the image in his signature impasto style and then literally squashed the heavily laden surface against another blank canvas creating a perfect geometric copy – a Rorschach. Quilty imitates the ink-blot tests created by Hermann Rorschach, an early 20th century psychoanalyst. “Rorschach ink blot tests are used as a tool by psychoanalysts to test personality characteristics and the emotional functioning of their patients” says Quilty regarding his use of this technique. “I wanted it to appear as though Jimmy’s head had been peeled back, his skin left behind.” The original painting was destroyed in the creation of the geometrically perfect Rorschach copy. Finally the copy was scraped off to reveal the ghost-like stain upon the surface of the linen underneath.
BEN QUILTY IS standing outside his cavernous Alexandria studio looking at his beloved white 1972 LJ Torana. "Usually it sits in the studio, wasting a lot of space, and I rarely drive it," he says, stroking its roof. "But the paintings of the car are worth more than the car now. How can I ever sell the poor old car?"
Four years ago, the Torana and other cars were the stars of a series of vivid, thickly layered paintings that established Quilty's presence on the art scene. One, titled Elwood Torana No 7, earned him $30,000 when he won the Metro 5 Art Award in Melbourne in 2004. He sold all the car paintings and wishes he had kept one. But there are other reasons for keeping the car.
Quilty, 33, grew up in Kenthurst, in Sydney's north-west, where car hoon culture was a rite of passage and a symbol of self-worth for young men as they came of age. Apart from activities involving drinking, smoking "the wrong kind of cigarette" and blowing things up, Quilty hooned the streets with his mates in the Torana muscle-chariot.
"It was one of those kinds of cars that reeked of rebellion. It was loud and furious and not part of the culture of Paddington," he says. "You're cruising around at night with a joint hanging out of your mouth, trying to be cool, and you're also risking your life with other guys sitting inside the car."
Quilty's work has long been informed by such symbols of young male culture in Australia. His exhibition, Pride and Patriotism, at GrantPirrie Gallery in Redfern, a congregation of enormous, attention-grabbing oil and aerosol paintings of male heads and Rorschach-style images, charts male power and irresponsibility from infancy to maturity.
Lining the walls of Quilty's studio, the works are truculent, discomforting and compelling: a stern Captain James Cook staring disparagingly out of the frame; Quilty's baby son, Joe, with his face contorted from crying; Quilty's mate Lloydy looking half-dead after his buck's night. One self-portrait features the artist's semi-comatose, hungover face squinting listlessly at the viewer through half-closed eyes. Suspended on canvas, without bodies and with blank backgrounds, each expressive head has an unsettling, almost brutal influence on the viewer.
Quilty created them over the past year and says they are of people who have held positions of power or shirked responsibility.

Liu Xiaodong

Liu Xiaodong  Liú Xiǎodōng; born 1963 in Liaoning, China) is a contemporary Chinese artist.
Liu studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts  in Beijing and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oil painting in 1988. In 1995 he was awarded a Masters of Fine Art in oil painting at the same university. From 1998. He continued his studies overseas at the Academy of Fine Arts at the Madrid Complutense University in Spain
1990: Began participating with the Chinese Independent Film Movement, starting as the lead role in The Days, which was named one of the top 100 most important international films of the past century by the BBC.
1993: Art director for movie: Beijing Bastards.
2006: Starred in Documentary, Dong ("East"), a documentary of the Three Gorges and Thailand painting project by director Jia Zhangke. This film was entered into the 2006 Venice Film Festival as a candidate for the Golden Lion Award.

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