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Artistas demandan a empresario por borrar sus graffitis

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23 artistas de 5Pointz actuarán legalmente

El arte urbano es una práctica que ha cobrado auge en los últimos años, de la misma forma, ha sucedido con los derechos de las personas que se dedican a su realización. En el 2013, el caso de 23 artistas cuyas obras fueron removidas sin previo aviso en Nueva York causaron controversia entre la comunidad del graffiti. Cuatro años después, actuarán legalmente contra el responsable de esta acción.

Jerry Wolkoff, propietario del edificio en el cual se alberga el trabajo del colectivo 5Pointz mandó borrar el trabajo de 23 artistas en el 2013, en un acto aún más clandestino que la propia práctica clásica grafitera: una noche las pintas se vieron desplazadas por una plasta de pintura blanca.

Wolkoff mencionaba en ese entonces que el acto fue “lo más humano” que pudo haber hecho. La idea de demoler el edificio que albergaba más de mil pintas en su estructura con las pintas aún en ella –para poder realizar una serie de construcciones con departamentos de lujo– le parecía más cruel, por lo cual decidió pintarlas primero. El dueño dijo que incluso lloró con la decisión, pues, dijo, los trabajos hechos en su propiedad eran de su agrado.

Según el periódico The New York Times, el conjunto de artistas lleva la delantera, pues el 31 de marzo un juez determinó que sí es un asunto que puede trasladarse a la corte. Wolkoff señala que él es propietario del lugar y que, además, el grafiti es considerado una práctica efímera; sin embargo, el juez puntualizó que los artistas debieron ser notificados previamente para que tuvieran la posibilidad de proteger su trabajo pues no se trataba de la práctica del grafiti de manera clandestina sino de un trato que hicieron con el empresario.

5Pointz es conocido en el mundo del street art como “La Meca del grafiti”, el lugar ubicado en Long Island, Nueva York ha albergado la propuesta de artistas nacionales e internacionales. El lugar ha sido curado por Jonathan Cohen el artista urbano quien comenzó su carrera a los 13 años, mejor conocido como Meres1, y quien ha expuesto que este es un caso que puede hacer visible la práctica del street art como digna de protección.

 

Con información de: The New York Times, 5Pointz y  swissinfo . 

 

Artistas instalan mural en EEUU con 37 frases misóginas de políticos

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, un mural anti-sexismo

We hold these truths to be self-evident es un mural de casi 10 metros de longitud, creado por Zoë Buckman y Natalie Frank, el cual captura 37 citas de políticos estadounidenses que denigraron la figura de la mujer y sus derechos. Esta obra está instalada en la New York Live Arts Ford Foundation Live Gallery, un espacio donde se expresan diferentes técnicas artísticas.

“Este proyecto basado en la investigación se refiere a los efectos acumulativos de la negatividad, el odio y el abandono de la ciencia que nos ha desconcertado completamente a las mujeres y las niñas”, mencionó Buckman acerca del mural durante su presentación el 13 de febrero del presente año.

Zoë Buckman es una fotógrafa, escultora y muralista británica. Gracias a su acercamiento con los ideales feministas, logró darse cuenta sobre el poder que tiene el lenguaje para beneficiar o dañar la integridad de las personas.

Bill Clinton, Mike Pence, John F. Kennedy, Roger Rivard y Donald Trump, son algunos de los personajes citados que se presentan en el mural. Cada una de las frases se encuentra numerada para saber por quién fue dicha.

Antes del lanzamiento de We hold these truths to be self-evident, Buckman compartió en su cuenta de Instagram, algunas frases de estos políticos.

“Quiero que este proyecto inicie una conversación sobre la responsabilidad, particularmente en la forma que criamos a nuestros hijos. Estoy muy preocupada por los mensajes que la próxima generación va a recibir… Realmente quiero que el diálogo sea acerca de la rendición de cuentas y para que la gente que no está teniendo estas conversaciones llegue reconocer la inmensidad de estas declaraciones y se de cuenta cómo el lenguaje se alimenta en acciones e ideología “, sentenció Zoë Buckman acerca de la finalidad de su obra.

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SPRING/BREAK Art Show: Black Mirror art

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400 artists exhibit their work at Armory arts week

Text by Cristina Ochoa in collaboration with Víctor Valencia

Translation and photos by Briana Prieto F

 As strange as having sex with a pig, as futuristic as the hoarding of technology in our daily activities, we experienced SPRING / BREAK Art Show at 4 Times Square in New York City.

Based on the opening of spaces for emerging artists, SPRING / BREAK Art Show appeared in 2009 by the duet Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, specialists in multimedia products and painting, respectively.

Almost 400 artists participated in this edition whose main theme was Black Mirror. The concept was to create a self-portrait, an interpretation of themselves through non-aesthetics, like Van Gogh did in his time, Jan van Eyck to Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo, among others.


Performances, installations and paintings were the main guidelines of the 2017 proposal. Artists like Nicholas Fraser, Eve Sussman, James Woodruff, Chris Retsina, Rohitash Rao, Jonathan Rosen, among others were present at this edition.

For the artists, their artwork functions like a reflector of an entire creative process, which also involves the personality of its creator.

The project seeks to present new artists in spaces that were not originally created for an art exhibition, which is why Gori and Kelly look for abandoned spaces for project presentations. For example, at 4 Times Square, floors 23 and 24 were used to exhibit the pieces where about 150 curators participated.

The idea is that artists that were featured in the exhibition can get exposure and sell their work at an affordable price; these can also be purchased online.

Lo mejor de la feria de arte contemporáneo SCOPE🎨

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SCOPE: un espacio para el arte contemporáneo emergente

Texto en colaboración con Víctor Arturo Valencia

Fotografías: Briana Prieto

Objetos desbordados, niños en situación de peligro, Donald Trump teniendo sexo con mujeres mexicanas, esculturas que dan la apariencia de ser personas reales; todo eso es lo que se vivió en SCOPE, una de las feria de arte contemporáneo más importante del mundo.

15 años han pasado desde la primera emisión de SCOPE, para 2017, el evento de arte contemporáneo más grande en el mundo: reúne alrededor de 1.2 millones de visitantes.


El artista, especialista en arquitectura y fundador de SCOPE, Alexis Hubshman, decía para la revista Forbes que su proyecto surgió como un evento en el que se buscaba “crear eventos de arte que fueran más íntimos, sexys y emocionantes. (…) nosotros hicimos performance antes de que el performance en el arte fuera cool”. Una oportunidad para los artistas emergentes de hacer cosas que no podían haber hecho en ningún otro lugar.

 

El proyecto, que ha realizado alrededor de 75 ferias, presenta el trabajo de más de 60 galerías, entre las que se encuentran Adelson  Galleries,    Art  Unified,  Arte  Berri,  Cantor  Fine  Art,  Gallery  G-77,  Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo, otras.

Escultura, pintura e instalaciones son algunas de las cosas que se pueden encontrar en la magno exhibición que se presenta en Nueva York; los temas son variados,  pero tienen en común la idea que difunde el festival: promover proyectos emergentes en el arte contemporáneo.

The best of SCOPE, contemporary art fair

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SCOPE: a space for emerging contemporary art

Text by Cristina Ochoa in collaboration with Víctor Arturo Valencia

Translation and photos by Briana Prieto F

Overloaded objects, children in distress, Donald Trump having sex with Mexican women, sculptures that give the appearance of being real people; all that is what was lived at SCOPE, one of the most important contemporary art fairs in the world.

Heart of Sambo by King Saladeen
Orgasm by Dan Lam (left)

15 years have passed since the first issue of SCOPE, one of the largest contemporary art events in the world: it gathers around 1.2 million visitors.


Alexis Hubshman, an architecture specialist and founder of SCOPE, told Forbes magazine that his project emerged as an event that sought to “create art events that were more intimate, sexy and exciting. (…) we did performance before the performance in art was cool.” An opportunity for emerging artists to do things they could not have done anywhere else.

Palazzo Butera by Massimo Listri

 The project, which has held around 75 fairs, presents the work of more than 60 galleries, among which are Adelson Galleries, Art Unified, Arte Berri, Cantor Fine Art, Gallery G-77, Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo, among others.

Palm Springs II by Dean West

 

Sculpture, painting and installations are some of the things that were found in the great exhibition that was presented in New York last week; the themes are varied, but they share the core idea of ​​the festival: to promote emerging projects in contemporary art.

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Blindness Purple Rain and Blindness Reaction of the Past by Javier Martin

 

 

Volta Contemporary Art Fair celebrates its 10th edition 🙌

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More than 90 galleries gather at Volta 

Text by Mariana Gaona; Photos by Briana Prieto

Volta Contemporary Art Fair celebrates its tenth edition from the 1st to the 5th of March at Pier 90 in New York. With 96 different galleries and a variety of artists from 46 different cities around the world, such as Tokyo, Valencia and Rio de Janeiro, this fair promises to continue showing the best of contemporary art.

Coherence, 2016 by Faig Ahmed

For its format of individual exhibitions, Volta focuses the experience of art fairs to their fundamental core: the artists and their work. Jose Angel Vincech, Shannon Forrester, Adam Lee, Polly Gould, Emma Bennet and Tina Schwarz are just a few of the guests at this edition, part of the Armory Arts Week.

Generoso Villareal

One of the artists selected for this edition is Honduran Lester Rodríguez, who shows how he explores the relationship between physical geography and symbolic construction that derive from it. He uses materials that refer to notions such as displacements, migration, territories, borders and their social and political implications.

This year’s program also includes Your Body is a Battleground, where a curator selects artwork based on a common theme, its 2016 edition was acclaimed. This year’s section is by Wendy Voguel and the theme revolves around the precariousness of the body and identity in a time of political turbulence.

Volta was founded in 2005 by art dealers Kavi Gupta, Friederich Loock and Ulrich Voges as a fair “from galleries to galleries”. The concept was redesigned in 2008, when it moved from Basel to New York. Since then, Volta has shown the contemporary art of emerging international artists and avant-garde trends.

Double Projection Shadow Portrait X and III, 2017 by Anthony Goicolea
Adrian Esparza
Szilard Gaspar

 

Buff Monster portrays death and decay with ice cream sculptures 🍦

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The metaphors of life in Melt with me, by Buff Monster

Text by Mariana Gaona. Traduction by Briana Prieto.

Photos by Briana Prieto and Doménica Armendáriz

Buff Monster, a New York artist influenced by pop art, japanese culture, ice cream and graffiti, opened his exhibition Melt with me in 168 Bowery in New York, where he portrayed deep metaphors of life and coexistence in society through sculptures.

The exhibition was the result of a year of sculptural research. Buff Monster has created images around ice cream for 15 years, why? “Ice cream is a metaphor for life,” said the artist.

“Mister melty,” the character of his work, is optimistic, confident and happily unaware of his (melted) fate. Sounds like anyone you might know? Well he is more fortunate than us, because being made out of concrete and fiberglass will keep his melting appearance forever; we will not be so lucky …

Photo by Buff Monster

It took over a year of work to make one of the newness of this exhibition, the “Big Mister melty”, of 24 inches tall; made with fiberglass, high impact resin and automotive paint.

Photo by Street Art News

As Buff claims, time impacts all things, but nothing as dramatically as ice cream. Thus, what appeared to be an innocent dessert that is enjoyed on hot summer evenings, becomes “the perfect modern symbol of death and decay.”

Photo by Buff Monster

Buff does not stop there. He believes that “our society is a big ice cream cone melting towards nothing.” And if it wasn’t enough, he thinks it’s happening much faster than any of us could have imagined.

If you feel like having a piece of Buff Monster’s in your living room, prices range from 75 to 17 thousand dollars, although one of his fans found a way to have an art piece of Buff’s work and never have leave it behind: he tattooed a drawing the artist created on his arm.

After Buff’s metaphors ice cream will not have the same sense… will it?

IKON: Nychos solo exhibition debut

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This Saturday June 26, we attended to the solo exhibition of Nychos IKON at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. The illustrator and street artist presented a series of artworks inspired on the 1980s icons and fictional characters some of us we grew up with.

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The Austrian artist uses colorful cartoon-like characters that explore their skeletal structure, making the audience see more through the core elements of the artworks, which are the flesh and bones. With the evolution of pop culture and the development of society, Nychos seeks to create awareness of the social-ecological crises by confronting the people to explore his pieces, as is the case in the exhibition with a Barbie doll whose face is melting into a cancerous drip. If you’re around Chelsea, we recommend you take a look at his solo show which will be open until July 23, 2016.

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