• A quiet break into intimacy

    A quiet break into intimacy

    Too often we find ourselves surrounded by art with a magnificent political, ecological, anthropological, historical or many other purposes ending in “cal”. Art in contemporary times tends to voice a loud vortex of desperate emotions of inconformity of the world we live in.  It is, therefore, refreshing to find an art that does not sacrifice the artistic traditions of craft and beauty to address profound issues of human relationships in [...]

  • Bosch at El Prado

    Bosch at El Prado

    Walking into “Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition” at Museo del Prado in Spain is to step into a world of its own. Colorful, vivacious, majestic, Bosch takes you into a place of original birth, capital sins and death, angels and demons, heavy in symbolism, repetitive in the search for religious and spiritual purity. Divided in seven sections, the Centenary Exhibition aims to commemorate 500 years of the death of the [...]

  • Vlasta Remembered

    Vlasta Remembered

    Only rarely have I experience a calming melancholy when I walk into an art exhibition. The space at Prague City Gallery was kept in semi-darkness, islands of lights reflected on lonesome portraits that looked and felt desolate, strangely affecting. Czech artist Vlasta Vostrebalova Fischerova lived in tumultuous times and is considered a distinctive female representative of Czech inter-war art. She started to make drawings as a child and during the [...]

  • Multitudinous Shades of Pale

    Multitudinous Shades of Pale

    A unique exhibition marking 60 years of continuous exploration of achromatic colors by Robert Ryman, one of America’s leading pioneers of Minimalist painting, is currently on view at the DIA Art Foundation in Chelsea, New York City. In the show we get to see a careful selection of Ryman’s works, from the 1950s through 2000s, and his constant and passionate explorations on singular colors, mainly the color white. Robert [...]

  • Local Stories/Global Practices

    Local Stories/Global Practices

    Colombia has earned a privileged position in the global art scene during the last few years due to two important international art events - the annual ARBO international trade fair and the Medellin International Art Encounter (MDE), which is held every four years. MDE, which usually lasts for as long as 6 months, opened at the end of 2015 with a series of ambitious projects that included an exhibition of [...]

  • Botero in China

    Botero in China

    Fernando Botero's fat ladies may be familiar to people around the world but they are certainly a novelty in China. For years, the famed Colombian artist has tried to show his work in China. He has had more than 50 exhibitions in major cities around the world but China was missing. There was always something; if it was not the right moment; it was not the right venue. At the [...]

  • Old and new good art stands out at Miami Basel 2015

    Old and new good art stands out at Miami Basel 2015

    by C.C When I told my friends I was going to see Miami Basel 2015, I was told that I would be seeing a lot of Cuban art since the US and Cuba recently opened their diplomatic relations. I also expected to see Latin American art since it was a long known fact that over the years, the event had served as a bridge to showcase art of the American [...]

  • Dance the Orange in NY

    Dance the Orange in NY

    by B. Palacios It is not unusual to find a painter who can master the use of colors to express their unique perception of reality. But, to convey the reality of happiness is a different matter. At the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, we have found a painting exhibition doing just that. The Philadelphia born artist Stanley Whitney presents in his solo exhibition 28 abstract paintings and works on [...]

  • Facing History

    Facing History

    The woman on the screen is in a completely empty auditorium. She is singing and her voice is shrill and long, like a wounded animal. In her voice there is also a yearning, a pleading, as if she were praying. At the same time an immense tenderness is felt, as if her song were a declaration of love. In front of the woman there is a second large screen. On [...]

  • Forces of Black and White Ink

    Forces of Black and White Ink

    Four Cuts into the Space A world mostly in black and white and many shades of grey. But more than that, Chinese artist Zheng Chongbin’s works are dense with texture, images that set the imagination free, distortions of space and time, shades that change when viewed from different angles. Zheng’s current solo exhibition at the Ink Studio in Beijing begins at the entrance of the gallery. Instead of [...]

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A quiet break into intimacy

Too often we find ourselves surrounded by art with a magnificent political, ecological, anthropological, historical or many other purposes ending in “cal”. Art in contemporary times tends to voice a [...]

Bosch at El Prado

Walking into “Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition” at Museo del Prado in Spain is to step into a world of its own. Colorful, vivacious, majestic, Bosch takes you into a [...]

Vlasta Remembered

Only rarely have I experience a calming melancholy when I walk into an art exhibition. The space at Prague City Gallery was kept in semi-darkness, islands of lights reflected on [...]

Multitudinous Shades of Pale

A unique exhibition marking 60 years of continuous exploration of achromatic colors by Robert Ryman, one of America’s leading pioneers of Minimalist painting, is currently on view at the DIA [...]

Local Stories/Global Practices

Colombia has earned a privileged position in the global art scene during the last few years due to two important international art events - the annual ARBO international trade fair [...]

Botero in China

Fernando Botero's fat ladies may be familiar to people around the world but they are certainly a novelty in China. For years, the famed Colombian artist has tried to show [...]

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Notes around the world

Forces of Black and White Ink

Four Cuts into the Space A world mostly in black and white and many shades of grey. But more than that, Chinese artist Zheng Chongbin’s works are dense [...]

Faces Bringing Back Dignity of Chinese Farmers

An image can tell stories that words cannot. It can say a lot about a nation's past and present, and it can dwell in dark places of our heart and [...]

Ai Weiwei, Redefining Tradition in Homeland China

Spouts Installation The world famous Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, who is not allowed to travel outside of China since 2010, opened a solo exhibition for the first time [...]

An Era of Anxiety at the 2015 Venice Biennale

by A.P. With the theme of “All the world’s futures”, the Nigerian Okwui Enwezor, the first African guest curator in the Venice Biennale’s 120 years of history, has got together [...]

Voices For My Father

Ceiling high works that can measure as long as seven meters. All-over paint and collages of precious metals, bumper stickers, rubber tires, cracked eggs, a hundred dollar bills in Ziploc [...]

A Day in an Artist Village in China

      Chinese artists have been pushed from one village to another, evicted from here to there. They disperse and come together again and again. The story of Yuan [...]

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On the Edge

If You’re Going to San Francisco…

  If you're going to San Francisco on a spring day,make sure to take the historic trolley and get off at The Castro district. There are numerous stylish shops, Eco-friendly [...]

Art in a Place of Wisdom and Knowledge

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2014 Contemporary art often crosses the line of pure art expression or craft. It contributes to building a culture, thus encompassing many different [...]

A twister of energy and art in Park Avenue

  Twister (Park Avenue Paper Chase), Aluminum, 12′ high × 12′ diameter, 2014. 66th Street on Park Avenue. For four months, midtown Park Avenue in New York has [...]

MY Sheep Station

By C.C   When you love something, you want to possess it. It is always great to get into heavy philosophical debates with Zach, but when the issue came to [...]

Just a Band of Friends

By C. C.   Loch Hame is a band that I started with my friends, but now it’s just me. The American artist Tyler Loftis began his recent performance at [...]

Farewell to Arms

Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes wants to create “a global consciousness about arms trafficking” with his project to make musical instruments out of guns seized by the army and police in [...]

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What’s going on?

Cool People in The New Republic

Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson), 2009Oil on canvas The latest exhibition of the American artist Kenhinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum in New York has [...]

Eric Holzman: Disclosure

From the Series of Essays Ritual Practices by Elaine Smollin   The vision of deities and their familiars, among animals, tends to exclude humans from those with the ability to [...]

In Black Ink Qian Shaowu Nudes Shine

The female body is sometimes best depicted by curvy lines in black ink on white paper, as Qian Shaowu seems to tell us. Well known for his massive heroic sculptures [...]

A Timeless Conversation on Colors

By C.C They are both painters, both in love with colors. They both have deep feelings for nature that triggers out an artist’s whims and wonder. They are 50 years [...]

Magic and reality found in translation

The art world of Chelsea in New York has greeted this spring with exhibitions of a great variety of art work in terms of mediums, concept and intention. Fred [...]

Sorrows at the Guggenheim, 1909-1944

An essay by Elaine Smollin   Renato Bertelli,Continuous Profile of Musillini, 1933 Last night, I quickly scanned the spiraling galleries for works that would outpace Renato Bertelli’s, 1933, [...]

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Past Articles

Miami Basel – Time to Play

Dale ChihulyGlass Sculptures at Fairchild Tropical Botanic GardenPhoto by Gustavo Taborda by G. & G. Taborda   Miami’s largest art event of Art Basel this year is infused [...]

Being There: Lewis and Li

From the Series of Essays Ritual Practices by Elaine Smollin   It’s common to see the ideals we project through visual means fall away from their central aim, which is, [...]

Spectral Painting: Julian Schnabel 1989-1990

          From the Series of Essays Ritual Practices by Elaine Smollin   The picture plane by way of its reinterpretation had opened and closed by the [...]

Fun, Art, and a Little Light at the Miami Basel

Marc Quinn, Eye of History, a series of 8 paintings, oil on canvas by G & G Taborda Every year Miami Basel transforms Miami, a city known to [...]

John Ashbery’s Home in an Art Gallery

The whole gallery feels like the metaphor of a home of someone who truly loves art and wishes to share his experience with the rest of the world. We’ve often [...]

A Day’s Art with Live Nude Model

Who needs models anymore? At a time when working with models no longer seems to be relevant, a group of contemporary artists has joined a New York Lower East Side [...]

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