Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper

Marisol Sculpture

Marisol, American (born France, 1930). The Family (detail), 1969

Easily one of the most significant exhibitions within the Memphis this year is Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The project, taken on by Chief Curator Marina Pacini over the past nine years, is the first retrospective of Marisol featuring each medium the artist experimented in over four decades of creation. The Family (1969), part of the Brook’s permanent collection, sits prominently in the first room with The Hungarians (1955), Marisol’s earliest work in the exhibition.  Pacini does an outstanding job placing Marisol into an art historical and social context, admitting that the exhibition is a significant attempt to re-establish Marisol as a prominent American, post-World War II artist. Continue reading

Deconstruct Reconstruct


Orpheus Building, Belfast, 2014. Photo taken by author.

Buildings host a potent kind of personal symbolism. As our built environments reflect and shape us, the past associations of space colour any activity around and within.

With their formative purpose and collective experience, this is particularly true of art colleges: the heritage of an art school can make a distinct impression upon its atmosphere. The buzz comes not just only present students but the influence of its past, building upon a legacy’s connection that holds in mental and physical remnants. Continue reading

In the Studio with Ry Rocklen

Ry Rocklen Sculpture

Second to None , 2011. Trophies, trophy parts, wood. 94.5 x 146 x 39 inches

This virtual visit to Rocklen’s two studio spaces in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles follows my discovering his work at his solo show at Untitled, on New York’s Lower East Side. At Untitled, I saw a basketball bean bag chair titled “The Rock” covered in mosaics and other art pieces resembling familiar objects, such as “Deserted Boots.” Continue reading

Art Marketing – Sell The Sizzle or the Steak?


There is an old sales adage that says “sell the sizzle not the steak”. For most art and creative products there should be a lot of sizzle to talk about. Have you ever noticed that in some restaurants that the kitchen is out in the open or that the waiters walk by the tables with sizzling platters? They do this because the sights, sounds and smells of a tasty dish evoke emotions and spark interest – in essence they are selling the sizzle not the steak and you can too! Continue reading

The Politics of the Garden

Theatrum Botanicum Sculpture

Lothar Baumgarten, Theatrum Botanicum, 1995: View of the building (and garden), Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2013. © Jean Nouvel / Adagp, Paris. Photo : © Luc Boegly

Since ages, in all cultures of the world, the design and care of the grounds has been established as a form of art like any other. There is no better example to illustrate the dominion of man over nature from an artistic perspective. However, it is worth noting that since the emergence of conceptual art in the Western art scene of the 60s gardening has crossed the border that separated it from the sphere of visual arts. Interest in growing plants, as happened with many other non-mainstream art practice actions, joined the concept “art is life” and has since undergone an interesting evolution in its approach. Continue reading

The Public Art Network 2014 Year In Review

Grand Central Lights by Improv Everywhere for MTA Arts For Transit And Design, New York, NY

Grand Central Lights by Improv Everywhere for MTA Arts For Transit And Design, New York, NY

From the Americans For the Arts website:

Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment. Continue reading

Camila Valdez-Visitando el taller

Camila Valdez Sculpture

Ristrettos Alle Donne XS – Tecnica Mixta – masilla polimerica -resinas -pocillo de cafe – medidas 12x12x12 cm – 2013 – Foto – Paulina Angrisiano

Camila Valdez arremete en el arte con una propuesta que navega aguas lindantes entre lo puramente comercial y decorativo con aquellos espacios de alto conocimiento del oficio y creatividad, de forma tal de poder elaborar esculturas que funcionan tanto en una galería de arte y ser adquirida por coleccionisntas, o imagen de una marca líder (por ejemplo Puma Urban Art 2014) o como obra reconocida por los pares (Selección 102° Salon Nacional de Artes Visuales – Escultura – Bombona XL Palais de Glace, 2013). Continue reading


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