Artist of the moment……….Kano Tsunenobu

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Kano Tsunenobu was Japanese painter and printmaker. Kano Tsunenobuwas born in the year 1636.

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Below we view a scroll featuring horses that was created by Tsunenobu in 1680:

Kano Tsunenobu passed away in 1713.

Works by Tsunenobu are held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Kano Tsumenobu was an excellent draftsman. The artist was great at working with the figure and landscape. One must also keep in mind the hanging scrolls found in this period of time were created with ink on silk. Like many Eastern artists Tsumenobu did a fantastic job of representing the feeling of the landscape rather than capturing every small detail.

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Artist of the moment………Khaled Zaki

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Khaled Zaki is a contemporary sculptor from Egypt. Khaled Zaki was born in Suez, Egypt in the year 1964.

Zaki had planned to become a business professional before finding his love of sculpture. Zaki is a highly educated artist earning a bachelor degree in management and a master degree in restoration from Cairo University.

For his artistic schooling Zaki studied Al Khonany Museum of Art in Giza. He went on master his craft through studies in Italy.

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The artist represented Egypt at the 2013 Venice Biennial.

Like the great Salvador Dali time is often used subject in the work of Khaled Zaki.

Zaki is renown for his work with the figure. Works from earlier in his career are more representational. As he has aged Zaki’s works have become more abstract in nature.

In this clip we view a portrait by Zaki carved from marble:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.khaled-zaki.com

Zaki is based out of Suez, Egypt.

Khaled Zaki does a great job at breaking down the human figure to modernist shapes. Whats most interesting about his sculpture work are the cast shadows of his sculptures. Very interesting abstract shapes that add another modernist touch to his art.

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Artist of the moment…………Andrew Clemens

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Andrew Clemens was a unique artist from Iowa renown for his work with sand art. Andrew Clemens was born in Dubuque, Iowa in the year 1854.

When he was a youngster Clemens suffered inflammation of the brain. This experience left him with a permanent loss of hearing when he was just five years of age. When he was thirteen he was sent to the Iowa State School for the Deaf.

Price range information: Many works priced between $10,000 and $50,000.

Clemens became a master sand artist during summer breaks from school. The artist would collect colored sand grains. The grains were naturally colored by iron and minerals. He found plenty of sand at Pikes Peak State Park in Iowa.

Clemens would collect sand grains and separate them and place them in different jars. The artist let the pressure from other grains bind the work together. Clemens didn’t use any glue.

Clemens portrayed boats, flowers, and birds in his sandbottles. Some bottles took up to one year to complete.

In this clip some works by Andrew Clemens:

Andrew Clemens passed away in 1894, he was 37 years old.

Andrew Clemens work is just great. Not using any glue makes the work even more fascinating. Clemens’ work was one of kind, and lets hope more people get exposed to his incredible sand art masterpieces.

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Artists of the moment…………Chinese Art Collective Island6

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Island6 is a contemporary art collective that blends cutting technology with traditional styles of art. The group consists of painters, photographers, sculptors, tech geeks, and digital artists. The group also is made up of dancers and gives

Island6 is based out of Shanghai, China. The group is also known as Liu Dao.

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If you have a second please click on the short video clips. To get the true feeling of the work of Island6 you must experience the full visual experience that includes the L.E.D. lights.

In this clip a great work of art by Island6 that includes butterflies:

Island6 does a great job of bringing paintings to life. This type of moving art reminds me of one of my favorite figure artists, the great Julian Opie. Opie often incorporates L.E.D. technology into his works involving the figure.

The collective was formed in 2006. The number of participants in the collective has varied from 6 to 26.

In this clip another work by Island6 incorporating the human figure:

Below a link to the website of the collective:

http://island6.org

Island6 is one of the most innovative art collectives in the world. Its fun to see so many amazing artists come together to produce a single work of art. My favorite works are the ones incorporating butterflies. Another artist who incorporates technology into his figurative work is Julian Opie.

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Artist of the moment……….Kumi Yamashita

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Kumi Yamashita is a contemporary visual artist renown for creating installations and walls sculptures dealing with shadows. The artist has had a lifelong fascination with shadows since she began studying them as a youngster.

Kumi Yamashita was born in Takasaki, Japan in the year 1968. Takasaki is located just outside of Tokyo, Japan.

The artist’s mother enjoyed making clothes for her children. The artist’s father was a sculptor and professor of industrial design.

Yamashita is based out of New York City.

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In this clip a great montage of works by the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.kumiyamashita.com

What a great and unique style of art. Its just as fun to look at the abstract design of the materials used to create the shadows as it is to look at the shadow image. Her work is great because each work is two different works of art, the object side and the shadow side.

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Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Mantra

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Mantra is an internationally acclaimed street artist from France. Mantra was born in Metz, France in the year 1987.

The artist is renown for his portraits of butterflies and birds. He also enjoys painting portraits of women. Flora and fauna also inspire the artist.

Mantra is a self taught artist.

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The artist began creating street art in 2008.

In this clip we view Mantra create a work in Germany:

Mantra’s portrait work shows a high level of technical expertise. My favorite works of the artist are his butterflies. With a great sense of design Mantra’s use of color helps breathe life into the insects. Very innovative design to paint them as if they were under glass. Excellent!

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Artist of the moment………..Photographer Vivian Maier

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Vivian Maier was American photographer renown for her portraits. Maier main job was as a nanny. She took up photography in her spare time. Much of Maier’s body of work was taken around the city of Chicago, Illinois.

Vivian Maier was born in New York City in the year 1926.

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Maier took around 150,000 photographs during her life. During her lifetime she didn’t receive any recognition for her work but in the dawn of the Internet her work has attracted large following. During her lifetime not one print was made of work.

Below a montage of works by the Vivian Maier:

In addition to people the artist enjoyed shooting architecture and landscapes of Chicago and New York.

In 2013 a documentary film was produced about Vivian Maier and her photography. The award winning film was titled Finding Vivian Maier. Below a preview of the movie:

Vivian Maier passed away in 2009. She was 83 years old.

Vivian Maier was an amazing photographer who did a great job at capturing unique looking people similar to the great Diane Arbus.

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We remember modernist furniture designer and artist Wendell Castle

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Wendell Castle was considered by many to be the father of the modernist furniture movement in America. Wendell Castle was born in Emporia, Kansas in the year 1932.

Castle attended the University of Kansas where he studied fine arts and industrial design eventually earning a masters degree.

The artist’s primary medium was wood.

Below the artist talks about site specific works:

Castle was also a sculptor.

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In this clip a brief interview with Wendell Castle:

Wendell Castle passed away just a few days ago, January 20th 2018. He was 85 years of age. He had been battling leukemia.

Works by Castle can be found in many prestigious collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Wendell Castle was a designer of ultra modern furniture. The line work on his chairs makes them a work of art. I went on my first furniture exhibition a few years back and was blown away by the chair designs of the famed Ron Arad, and also other industrial designers who even made chairs using a 3-D printer.

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Artist of the moment………….Farhad Moshiri

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Farhad Moshiri is a contemporary visual artist. Moshiri is sometimes referred to as the Andy Warhol of the Middle East.

Farhad Moshiri was born in Shiraz, Iran in the year 1963. Moshiri earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia.

The artist’s work combines items from traditional Iranian culture, archaeology, and contemporary commercial logos and iconography found in the western world.

Below a brief interview with Farhad Moshiri:

Price range information: The artist works with acrylics, oils, mixed media, and embroidery. Prices range from $50,000 to $1 million dollars.

Moshiri is based out of Tehran, Iran.

Work by Moshiri can be found in the British Museum located in London.

What a great mix of old and new ideas! Moshiri’s work gives us a glimpse into whats popular in the West and also contemporary Iran.

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Artist of the moment……….Zanele Muholi

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Zanele Muholi is a contemporary photographer. Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, South Africa in the year 1972.

The artist had her first solo exhibition in 2004.

Muholi earned a masters of fine arts degree from Ryerson University located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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The artist is an outspoken advocate for black lesbians, gays, and transgender people.

Muholi is now based out of Johannesburg, South Africa.

In this clip the artists talks about her work and its development:

 

Zanele Muholi’s style of portraiture reminds me of the great Diane Arbus. Both photographers have captured the souls of individual people very well. I only wish they seemed a little happier to be photographed.

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