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New York-Based Artist Ali Banisadr Presents the Beauty in Chaos

Harper's Bazaar Arabia

January 14, 2020

For American-Iranian painter Ali Banisadr, creating art is beyond a pure hobby or a choice, it’s a necessity. Growing up amidst the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war during a time of upheaval, art became not only a coping mechanism, but a way to understand the world around him and organise his thoughts. “At a young age, the only way I could process that chaos was in a visual manner,” Banisadr says. “That same habit continued throughout my life. There are so many abstract thoughts that for me, can only be expressed visually.”

The Idiosyncratic Work of Sculptor Alma Allen

WSJ Magazine

January 15, 2020

Surfaces are highly expressive and specific for Allen, a result of the intuitive conversation he holds with each material. Forms may yield outcrops that suggest beaks, tentacles, nipples, stems, tails, though his references are never so explicit. Regardless of its final form, a piece always starts small, as a lump of soft clay or wax the size of a walnut.

“I like making new things every day,” he says. “When I was working by hand, I would often have a hundred pieces going at a time. I still do that, but I don’t produce all of them. And I don’t make drawings. Whenever I have a plan, I end up changing it. Maybe that’s why I have always loved working small.”

Bernar Venet Frames Belgian Motorway in Monumental Corten Steel l’Arc Majeur

designboom

January 12, 2020

Exhibiting art as a challenge to technology, renowned sculptor Bernar Venet inaugurates his monumental work entitled ‘l’arc majeur.’ along a highway in Belgium. The installation of l’arc majeur began in <arch of 2019 along the E411 motorway, bordering the Belgian provinces of Namur and Luxembourg. the artist had initially conceived the corten steel project over 35 years ago in 1984 — intending for it to be sited along a highway in France — during a time when art was just emancipating itself from the museum space and asserting its presence in the public space to be enjoyed by one and all.

Why 2020 promises a revolution for women in art

The Financial Times

January 3, 2020

What a year it was for women artists — unprecedented, glorious, diverse. In New York, the Kenyan-American Wangechi Mutu’s towering caryatids currently front the Metropolitan Museum. In Shanghai, the Colombian Doris Salcedo won the inaugural $1m Nomura Art Award, the world’s largest art prize. In London no show compared, for memories of colour punching the eye, with the magentas, spring greens and shooting blues of Lee Krasner’s abstract paintings at the Barbican: a joyous revelation. Dora Maar’s photomontages and Nan Goldin’s photo diary “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at Tate Modern, Cindy Sherman’s identity puzzles at the National Portrait Gallery, celebrate women as indomitable pioneers in photography. 

Peter Marino-designed Raleigh Gardens host immersive Les Lalanne's sculpture exhibit in Miami

designboom

December 23, 2019

Honoring the hotel’s epic past as an icon of culture and style, Les Lalanne at the Raleigh Gardens is a colossal public art exhibition featuring more than 40 sculptures.

The exhibition hosting Les Lalanne’s amusing creations includes anthropomorphized creatures that have been installed throughout the luxuriant gardens. It features famous works like Porte du jardin (1992) framing the entrance to the garden; The Choupatte, très grand (2008), a fantastical anthropomorphized cabbage with bird’s feet; and culminates with the imposing masterpiece, the large scale gorilla – Singe avisé très grand (2010).

Art Review: Edith Halpert and American Modernism

National Review

December 14, 2019

Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art is now at the Jewish Museum. If there’s a show to see in New York, it’s this one. It’s beautifully done, as are all the Jewish Museum’s shows, with great art and a majestic personality at its center. Halpert (1900–1970) was self-made, tough, kind, focused on the next buck, a charming woman with a canny sense for under-the-radar art. She took trompe l’oeil gun paintings, old weather vanes, American cubism, and Georgia O’Keeffe and made an American whole. As a young woman, at the start of the Depression, she opened the cutting-edge Downtown Gallery, which represented Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, and Jacob Lawrence through thick and thin.

Finally out of the shadows: the biggest exhibition trend in 2019

The Art Newspaper

December 13, 2019

One of the best painting exhibitions of the year was Lee Krasner: Living Colour at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the artist’s first major exhibition in Europe since 1965, which would have surely left many visitors wondering why there had not been one sooner. Krasner is nowhere near as well-known as her husband, Jackson Pollock, the poster child of Abstract Expressionism, and although her show garnered near universal five-star reviews, most critics could not help but pepper their copy with “Pollocks”. Krasner was once told her work was “so good you would not know it was painted by a woman”. Hopefully this travelling exhibition—now at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (until 12 January 2020) and then the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern followed by the Guggenheim Bilbao—will lead to people thinking her work is so good you would never have known she was married to a famous artist.

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