Marta Minujín, the Mad Genius.

Since I first open my blog, I wanted to write about this remarkable woman, but it took me time to finally put in place a full article. Her trajectory is so vast and she has so much art to share that it’s almost impossible to put it in just one post.

Marta Minujín, was born in the Bohemian neighbourhood of San Telmo in 1943. She is one of the most popular and recognised contemporary Argentinean Artists.  Marta is different. Describing her style is hard, as she evolves constantly. But there is one thing for sure, she is an avant-garde ‘outside the box’ artist. She is best known for producing conceptual and participatory events, or “Happenings”, but she has touched all artistic branches along her career and is well known for her belief that “everything is art.”

She had the opportunity to live and exhibit in different Cities around the world. In the early sixties she went to Paris and is during this period that she developed a ‘Destruction’ Facet. Her time in the French Capital City inspired her to create “livable sculptures,” notably La Destrucción, in which she assembled mattresses, only to invite other artists to destroy the display. This creation was the first of her “Happenings”.

A golden era began for Marta back in Buenos Aires, several exhibitions & Installations, mainly influenced by pop art. These works earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship and she relocated to New York in 1966, just in time to escape the Argentinean art censorship times.

Marta began a psychedelic art époque in New York and developed a close friendship with the one and only Andy Warhol.  One of her best-known works from those years, Minuphone (1967), invited viewers to enter a telephone booth, dial a number, and watch as sounds and colors projected from the glass panels, while a television screen on the floor displayed the caller’s face.

Following the return of democracy to Argentina in the eighties, Marta created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a structure built of newly 30,000 unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires thoroughfare.

I always admired her work, but a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see her exhibition: Retrospectiva sobre Marta Minujín “Revuélquese y viva (1964-1985)” at the MALBA and I fall in love with this Eccentric and hyperactive woman, with her different perception of art, her personality, her uniqueness. I think everybody should know of Marta Minujín, the woman who believes that “Great works are created by mad geniuses” (“Las grandes obras las crean los genios locos”).

Marta continues to display her art pieces and happenings in the MALBA, the National Fine Arts Museum, ArteBA contemporary art festival and a vast number of other international galleries and art shows, while continuing to convert everything into Art.

If you want to know more of this great artist visit her webpage www.marta-minujin.com

 

 

Alexa Meade, the Politician who preferred Art

Alexa Meade is one of the coolest artists I’ve discovered this year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science but fortunately she decided to put an end to her bureaucratic career to pursue her dream to become a professional artist in 2009.  Nowadays, she is a curious installation artist, best known for her portraits painted directly onto the human body.

Alexa takes an innovative approach to art. She describes her style of painting as a reverse Trompe-L’Oeil. Unlike a traditional Trompe-L’oeil painting which tricks the eye into thinking a 2D canvas might be a real 3D space, Alexa does the opposite, she takes the 3D world and creates the illusion that it is a 2D painting.

This Goddess travels the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits. She has exhibited her art at the Grand Palais in Paris, painted a MINI Cooper on the streets of Tokyo, Graffiti-ed Living Murals in San Francisco and also delivered a TED Talk which I really recommend.

Below, my favorite Living Paintings.

If you want to know more about this Great artist, visit Alexa’s webpage: http://www.alexameade.com/

Flying to the moon with @Kiki_Kogelnik

Kiki Kogelnik was an Austrian painter, sculptor and printmaker. She is considered Austria’s most important pop-related artist.

In 1961 Kogelnik moved to New York and joined a close-knit group of artists that included Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, among others. Her work during the 60’s was strongly influenced by the pop art colors and materials of the time, producing numerous brightly colored euphoric space-themed paintings. She began to use life-size cutout paper stencils of her friends to produce her paintings. In 1965 these prototype cut-outs became vinyl hanging.

Since August 2015, The Modern Art Oxford Museum is presenting the first solo exhibition in the UK of this acclaimed Austrian artist. I had the pleasure to be there. She captivated me with her simple but unique style and exuberant palette.

Fly Me To The Moon surveys the diverse practice of this remarkable artist, focusing in particular on the works produced by Kogelnik during her time in New York .

The exhibition includes a number of paintings, sculptures and drawings which reflect the tumult of the Cold War era, when the Space Race was at its height and fears of nuclear annihilation were growing.

To know more about this superb artist visit: http://www.kogelnikfoundation.org/

Pop Geometry by Andy Burgess

Pop Geometry refers to Burgess’s love of Pop Art and the incorporation of found vintage ephemera into his collage, much of it referencing a golden age of American graphic design and advertising. The geometric elements, and the use of text and typeface also reference early Twentieth century modern movements such as Supermatism and Constructivsm, and a time of extrodrinary creativity in Russian and European art. By combining geometric form with American graphics, Burgess constructs a playfull meeting of two distinct artistic cultures, East and West, old and new.

I discovered him first because of his amazing Collages. My favorites are the cities! Born in London and living in Arizona, Burgess travels the world for inspiration.

But then I realized that he is also very good at painting! He is very versatile, going from the abstract to the very detailed painting. Look at these cars!!

See his website, here.

This is my #Audrey Hepburn (@audrey1org)

This is my Audrey Hepburn (@audrey1org)

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Audrey Hepburn

I think I don’t need to explain why I decided to do a portrait of Audrey. She is a goddess and this is my way to express it. Technique: Acrylic on paper

Know more about this Extraordinary Woman: http://www.audrey1.org (@audrey1org)

Pop Artists in Pop Art

Brendan Higgins is an Irish artist. I LOVE his paintings from famous Singers!

Every Sunday Brendan displays his work at The Merrion Square railings .As a member of the Artworks Gallery Group in Malahide, Brendan regularly shows his work at the group’s monthly exhibition along the railings of the Malahide Tennis Club in summertime and also at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. He has also exhibited at the Peoples Art Exhibition , St Stephen’s Green railings.

A selection of Brendan’s work can be viewed on the site http://popartdublin.com

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The Irish Warhol

Orla Walsh is famed for the Ketchup Collection, which features the iconic Heinz bottle on a variety of quirky, colourful backgrounds, from Space Invaders, Donuts to Flying Toasters. Having tried to sell her first six ketchup paintings on the railings of St Stephens Green in Dublin, a senior Heinz executive spotted them, and, within a week, Orla got a call from the Corporate Lawyer from Heinz Ireland, Richelle McCarthy, asking if the Heinz could buy the stylised ketchup paintings for their World Head Quarters boardroom in Pittsburgh, where they still hang today.

I invite you to visit her webpage and see her supercool paintings! http://www.orlawalsh.com

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