Tuesday 31 December 2013

Ending the year on a great note.

So before the clock strikes 12 midnight here (I know half of the world is already in 2014). I decided to post, about my last day in 2013, sick and all I ventured into the familiar grounds of MARCO, the musem of contemporaty art here in MTY. Familiar because I spent almost 2 years as a volunteer there during my studies, yet I hadn't ventured in there in almost 4 years. 




Well today there where 3 expositions.


The first "Physis", which supposed to show the link between humans and animals using the human eye as a filter, but keeping everything an enigma.  Although I liked Georgina Quintana's "genesis" and it featured 2 Ray Smith's paintings "Turkish Bath" and "Solijeitsym part Vermont". the rest of the exhibition, just seems a strange collection of random paintings, some of which I couldn't  by eye quite  understand how the collection went together.













The second "Un siglo de Critica" talked about the start of Mexican modern art , starting with the muralisim movement. And yes there where several pieces by , Diego Rivera, Orozco, Siquieiros & Hinojosa. Going though several mediums such as sculpture, photography , paintings and others. It showed the passing of time on a country. From my point of view it was a little dry and could of told a story better.

Finally " Danza de los expectros" now this exhibit I loved. it not only told a story but it was divided in several areas such as " common life" and " animals", showing great pieces from Remedios Varos, Wolfgang Paalen, Leonora Carrington, Alice Rahon, Jose Horna.  All artist who came from Europe and found inspiration in Mexico's culture and life. Because of the quantity and quality of the pieces, bu the end of the exhibit one could easily distinguish each artist. it was a truly enjoyable passing, and a true learning experience for those who haven' had contact with this artist before. 

















The last exhibit alone is worth the trip to the museum.

And with this thoughts I end 2013, lets see where we go in 2014.

Happy new year everyone ;)
-Bertha 

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Thursday 19 December 2013

Merry Christmas & New Years

Hey everyone, 
I would like to wish everyone reading a very happy Christmas and New years.

Because I will be traveling the next 2 weeks it is possible that I wont be able to post since I'm not taking my computer with me. However if I can use my sister's then maybe there will be a surprise post. 

So thank you for this year, we reached post #200, it was exciting, and I'll keep up with it hope fully reach the #500 some day.


Next year will bring changes (hopefully) and growth for me. Yet I care too much for this little blog of mine, that means not stopping.

Merry Christmas everyone and see you next year 2014 .

-Bertha

PS. Im still going to be around in twitter, so you can follow me there. 

Friday 13 December 2013

designer loves art...David Garibaldi...201

mix both of your passions and what do you get?

this is David Garibaldi
https://www.garibaldiarts.com


born in LA,  he always enjoyed both music and painting, it wasn't until she saw  Denny Dent performing that he understood how he could combine both of this passions. his work is  a energetic combination of energy and rhythm.  although he is familiar with the concept  to what he is going to paint,  most of what is going on in his performances are  sprung at the moment. his technique although messy conveys on a black canvas and brilliant colors. what this techniques shows is the  correct use of space, by using not the canvas as a background but rather as  your main element.





















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Friday 6 December 2013

designer loves art...Review...200

Because it's the 200th post today I decided that rather than dedicate it to a person, I'll show some of my favorite images, as a review. I'd like to mention that I have seen this painting or sculptures in person too, in many visits to museums in my travels.

I hope you enjoy them all as well.


























































































































































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Friday 29 November 2013

designer loves art...Paula Rego...199

with art you can sometimes show the difficulties your country  passed while growing up.

this is Paula Rego


Portuguese by birth, her family was very strong in putting her in an English school  then went on to study in Slade School of Fine Art in London. where she met her husband , also an artist, Victor Willings. because Portugal was in a autocratic regime when she was growing up, you can see this depicted in many of her artwork. her artwork which has been though many  techniques, shows a dark fairytale, mostly portrayed by woman.  each of her pieces have a story of their own and are  filled with symbolism. although  from my point of view sometimes are  little grotesque the fascinating stories each piece shows amazes me.




















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Friday 22 November 2013

designer loves art...Jan van Eyck...198

Mastering a technique is difficult, but it's even more difficult to perfect it,

this is Jan van Eyck


flemish  by birth although the exact details of his birth are in-existent, he is believed to have been born around 1390. it can be said that he perfected the oil technique by adding precious metals into his painting giving the view a perception of highlights in the paining. he also provided a sagacity of realism that was not used at the time.  nevertheless in the majority of  his paining he tried to deceive the viewers such as the reflection of imaginary things in mirrors. i love his use of colors in the folding of fabric in each of his paintings,  its delicate, vibrant  yet it gives the sense of fluidity  fabric has. so remember to watch out for the reflections in his paintings.





















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Thursday 14 November 2013

Notice

Hi everyone, no post this week, I have a Big exam Saturday, so no time this week.
Until next week.

Friday 8 November 2013

designer loves art...Olly Moss...197

some are lucky that their hobby become their career.

this is Olly Moss


born in the Winchester, he is now one of the most sought out  illustrators, having been published in "The New York Times", "Empire" and several other publications. even though he graduated with a literature degree from Birmingham University. for him what started out as a hobby turns into a full time career. he was first noticed by Gallery 1988, who started to show his work and to sell it, provided  the exposure for him to be approached by mayor companies. i personally love his profile cutouts collection (over 300) and the different techniques he used to make them. what first caught my eye to  his work is his simplicity and undertones. true to the saying "less is more".


















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Friday 1 November 2013

designer loves art...Sir George Gilbert Scott...196

thankfully some architecture becomes rediscovers before it becomes ruined.

this is Sir George Gilbert Scott


born in  Buckinghamshire, he became  the leading architect in the Gothic Revival movement during the 19th century. he was always fascinated by the medieval gothic style architecture, because of its intricate design, stained glass and metal work. for his work he became knighted on 1872 and went on to become president of the royal institute of British architects. unfortunately,  movements and styles  becomes unfashionable, so his work in the 20th century was over looked and fell into  decay and were almost demolished. fortunately in the last 15 years an admiration for that time period  architecture have given this work  appreciation and with that restoration.
















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Thursday 24 October 2013

designer loves art... Krista Charles...195

can a matchbook contain more than the address they belong to?

this is Krista Charles


living in New Mexico, she has been drawing since the age of four that took her to her an MFA in UNM. she started working with matchbooks when she saw her grandfathers collections. as many people who collect matchbooks know they usually have an address because its publicity, so what Krista does is input that address into Google maps, from where she would sketch what she would see into the interior jacket of the matchbook. love the idea and perfect for collecting.

















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Monday 21 October 2013

notice

Ok, after a week of work related travel I should be back to posting this week, 
Clue to this weeks post...Matchboxes...

Saturday 12 October 2013

designer loves art... Dante Gabriel Rossetti...194

not many get to mold the arts in their time.


this is Dante Gabriel Rossetti
http://www.rossettiarchive.org

born in England from a family  of creatively influenced children. he was both inspired to draw and the study of poetry. between which he divided the rest of his life. he was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, in which there was an ambiance to both encouragement   criticism and safeguard from external hostility. this allowed all of the members to grow. Although he didn't have an easy life, plagued by the suicide of his wife and sickness. he represented the Victorian life quite accurately  and is known as one of the most influential artist and writers of his time.





















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Wednesday 2 October 2013

notice

Just as a notice I had to hide my post #155 since it got allot of spam traffic, Ill try to find out why and re-post it later.


Friday 27 September 2013

designer loves art... Cecilia Paredes...193

sometimes we need to blend into our background..

this is Cecilia Paredes



born in Peru, she has studies in  Peru, England and Rome. she likes to explore the limits of nature and what it means to "blend" with it. now i'm going to make a pin point in that word, since as you can see she is blending yet she is leaving part of her to be completely visible. her work is what i would consider mixed media, since you are looking at a photograph of herself, yet she is mostly painted int he same pattern as her background. I enjoy her use of this and the colors she used.






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Thursday 19 September 2013

Ask a curator Q&A in twitter

Ok so for those who missed it yesterday , you guys missed an explosion of information. the end count was 622 museums in 37 countries

Now be warned this might be the largest post I will ever post. Its a copy of all the questions and the answers I got.

I would like to thanks @askacurator for setting this up and to all the museums who answered my questions.











and going into 6 hours I got a *high five*



It was a really fun experience and i hope to be part of it again.

Thanks again.

Ill post the links to the blogs i was given later if anyone is interested.