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Ragged Beauty: Repair and Reuse, Past and Present, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Guest Curator
Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA USA United States of America

New Media: Who
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY USA

William Anthony: Ironic Icon
Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, DK Denmark

Christian Witkin: Room of Silence and Observation
Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY USA United States of America

 

 
Ragged Beauty: Repair and Reuse, Past and Present, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Guest Curator
Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, USA United States of America

The exhibition Ragged Beauty features a selection of traditional Japanese textiles, contemporary artwork, and folk art objects that collectively explore the themes of recycling and repair. In our throwaway age, this focus offers viewers an opportunity to reassess the meaning and value of mending and reuse. Questions arise that challenge visitors to consider the perspectives of all people related to the process: the creator of the object, the mender, the owner, the community member, the outsider. Why does a person spend time and energy repairing or recycling a worn-out item? Is it out of respect for the maker? A matter of culture? A lack of resources to acquire something new? A gesture of love toward the owner of the object? Respect for the beauty and value of the object itself? Attachment to an habitually used object? A number of these factors come into play. All of the pieces presented in Ragged Beauty will engage both the mind and the eye, encouraging thoughtful assessment! as well as aesthetic appreciation. - Read Indepth Article at http://www.absolutearts.com

 
New Media: Who
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, USA

A series of exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum of Art, New Media: Who, What, Where, When and Why, comprise five small sequential exhibitions that sample and contextualize technology-based artwork. The first, New Media: Who, on exhibition from August 15 through October 31, 2004, is a general introduction to new media artwork, providing a brief historic background in video and an example of contemporary internet-based artwork. The series is curated by Jacqueline Shilkoff, Assistant Curator, Neuberger Museum of Art. - Read Indepth Article at http://www.absolutearts.com

 
William Anthony: Ironic Icon
Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, DK Denmark

Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen proudly presents the first retrospective exhibition with American artist William Anthony. The Ironic Icon that is the title that William Anthony has chosen for this retrospective exhibition of his work. With a conceptual and humoristic subtleness the title indicates that he is an artist who twists and turns the conventions, clichés of and preconceptions about the world of images. - Read Indepth Article at http://www.absolutearts.com

 
Christian Witkin: Room of Silence and Observation
Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, USA United States of America

The Boltax Gallery presents Christian Witkin: Room of Silence and Observation. Witkin is a former assistant to photographers Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Albert Watson and Peter Lindberg among others. He launched his professional career in 1993 and has since worked for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, New York Times Magazine, Details, Interview, Vanity Fair, W, Rolling Stone, i-D Magazine and The Face, amongst others. - Read Indepth Article at http://www.absolutearts.com

 
Vanity Case: 9 Wellington Artists and Designers
City Gallery Wellington, Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington, NZ

The Vanity Case exhibition at the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery brings together a diverse range of work by Wellington artists and designers including sculpture, photography, painting, video, illustration and jewellery. The works in Vanity Case explore beauty, identity, fear, death, desire, love and loss. In the seventeenth century, in particular, artists painted 'vanitas' still life scenes with objects such as fruit, flowers, mirrors, skulls and timepieces. Heavy with symbolism, these paintings commented on the transience of human existence. Incorporating some of the key symbols used in vanitas paintings, Vanity Case presents a contemporary take on the tradition of vanitas. As well as engaging with the fleeting nature of human existence, these works engage with contemporary issues and the modern world. - Read Indepth Article at http://www.absolutearts.com

 
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Artblogs:
Webism and Webists
by Pygoya

The beginnings of a new art movement embedded on the Internet can be found at www.lastplace.com/page48.htm . It was written along with the rest of my "Truly Virtual Web Art Museum" back in 1997 as content for my inaugural Web site, www.lastplace.com. The Internet offered the opportunity to break out of local physical and cultural isolation for artists, and with such zeal I wrote with idealism for the then unwelcome, 'homeless," digital art to cultivate the new virtual space. From this declaration of a new "Webism" and cyberart, a condensed "manifesto" was written and is available at www.lastplace.com/webism.htm .

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