Photography & Art

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.

Why Pop-Surrealist Painter Troy Brooks Likes the Glamour of Old Hollywood

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As Brooks explains, “Another central component has always been the dazzling glamour and grandeur of Old Hollywood. From the world-weary vamps of the Silent Era to the elegant clotheshorses of the 1930s, to the square-shouldered career woman of wartime women’s pictures, these personas monopolized my imagination. I picked up a rabid interest in classic cinema at a very early age, spending hours in the local library sketching ghostly actresses from classic cinema photography books.

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.

‘AI Weiwei: Yours Truly’ - Paying Respect to the Man, Artist, and Legend

Sandra Bertrand

In 2013, Ai was incarcerated for 81 days as a Chinese dissident. Three months after his release, hopeful curator Haines traveled to Beijing to visit the artist in his studio, where he was under house arrest.  Her goal was to persuade him to create a work on freedom and human rights abuses.  Her venue of choice?  Alcatraz. For Ai, he was obviously tired of “making installations I can’t attend.” Through virtual walkthroughs and a reverential persistence on Haines’s part, a plan was put into action.   

Japanese Anime Influences Chinese-Born Artist Tina Yu’s Sculptures in New Solo Show

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According to Yu, the characters she created for the show are based on her family, friends, childhood imagination, and things she loved as a child. The animal characters in the show have some correlation with her previous mini solo show, Animal World. Yu created a series of zombie animal characters who died from abuse and then returned as zombies to seek revenge on those who had made them suffer.

Virtual Adventures at New York’s Great Museums

Sandra Bertrand

Not surprisingly, when you arrive on the site, you are greeted with “A Message to Our Community.”  The foundation is “creating paths that lead to a more inclusive and diverse museum and workplace.”  Nearly a year ago, it launched a Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Initiative.  It’s a high order and we can only hope that they can live up to the founding belief that “art can embrace the spirit and transform human behavior.” One example on the website of genius at work is a brief artist’s video profile of Simone Leigh.

Art Collective DOSSHAUS Continues the Legacy of Pop Art

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DOSSHAUS is an art collective founded in 2011 and the current nom de guerre of David Connelly. Created in response to a society saturated with social-media-generated images in which reality itself seems all the more relative, DOSSAHAUS uses recycled cardboard, paper, and acrylic to create its own highly idealized universe. This cardboard world is at once separate from and a product of modern culture. DOSSHAUS have taken part in more than 20 group art exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Photographer Stephen Wilkes Captures Magical Moments of Earth and Sky

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For more than three decades, Stephen Wilkes has established himself as one of the world’s most acclaimed landscape photographers. Living and working in Westport, Connecticut, Wilkes has traveled the world capturing the beauty of land and cityscapes, while also documenting the destruction of events like Hurricane Katrina and climate change. In April 2020, Wilkes’s moving photographs of essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in Westport were the subject of the Vanity Fair feature.

Is Botero the World’s Most Famous Living Artist?

Sandra Bertrand

Director Don Millar gives us insights into the artist’s processes, particularly through the reminiscences of his daughter Lina Botero Zea, who was also an executive producer on the film.  At one point, she and a brother visit a storage space for their father’s works not visited since the 1960s.  The viewer shares their excitement as they roll out the sketches, reveling in Botero’s strokes of color and endless experimentation.

Leonardo Glauso and the Art of Fashion Photography

Leonardo Glauso

Leonardo Glauso -- born and raised in Florence, Italy -- is a professional photographer specializing in artistic nude and fashion photography. He has a degree in graphic design from Libera Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. He also studied photography at the Scuola Internazionale di Fotografia in Florence. Between 2014 and 2017, he lived in Milan, where he collaborated as fashion photographer for agency and fashion magazines.

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