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Beyond Pink: The Long Journey of Femininity from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first CenturyClose your eyes and think of pink. What color do you see? Colors have a significant impact on our perception and mood. Each color has its own vibration and can evoke different emotions and sensations in each of us.
Without a doubt, pink is one of the most loved colors, but also one of the richest and most controversial. It not only comes in dozens of shades but also carries profound meanings and is linked to various ideas and symbolism.
Today, it is one of the trendiest colors in fashion, art, costumes, design, and architecture. For centuries, it was a "neutral" color, genderless, used by both men and women.
In the last century, there has been an important shift that has associated pink with the female gender. But behind pink, there is a rich and varied world to discover.
Fragrant Artistry: Ronquillo's Strokes Enchoing from 16th Century to Botero
In the realm of art there is a rare alchemy: an interaction of traits and scents that transcends time. This alchemy finds its quintessence in the masterful works of Fatima Ronquillo, whose canvases resonate with a timeless fragrance, bridging the abyss of centuries. From the reigns of the great masters of the 16th century to the vivid brushstrokes of Botero, Ronquillo's artistry testifies to the enduring power of creativity. We embark here on a sensory journey, following the traces left by Ronquillo's strokes as they weave a narrative that unites epochs, artistic genres and souls. We will attempt here to tell of a world where art whispers secrets across the centuries, where each stroke is a step towards bringing us ever closer to the magical and romantic realm of Fatima Ronquillo's masterpieces.
Fur In Art | Discover How The Fascination For Bizarre And Peculiarity Inspired Art From Past To Present
LAVINIA FONTANA BREAKS THE MARKET WITH A NEW PORTRAIT OF ANTONIETTA GONSALVUS
The incredible auction sale of an extraordinary work: 1.25 million euro was the result achieved by the 'Portrait of Antoinette Gonsalvus' painted by Lavinia Fontana.
The work had been estimated at between EUR 80 and 120,000, but the price rose in a very short space of time, and was then sold for an exorbitant sum. The work was therefore sold to its new owner at a price of over EUR 1.5 million, including auction fees.
The painting by Lavinia Fontana, dated around 1595, was virtually unknown, but we now know that it is far better than the one currently on display at the Blois Castle Museum.
We cannot but be delighted with the result of such a unique work, and all the more so since it is the work of a female artist, one of the very few women who painted in that century.
Lavinia Fontana in fact has a very special story. You may not know it, but this artist was the most important painter of the 16th century and one of the most famous portrait painters of her time.
But that's not all!
In fact, she had a truly incredible life in which she even managed to combine her career as an artist with her role as a woman and mother.
But what is the origin of the interest in such a peculiar topic as that represented by Lavinia Fontana?
We are faced with a subject that may intrigue many, for different reasons.
The protagonist of the canvas is Antoinette, nicknamed Tognina, a little girl who had inherited hypertrichosis (a condition that increases the amount of hair on the body) from her father Pietro, who grew up at the court of Henry II of France. After the death of Catherine de Medici, the Gonsalvus family had lost their former protectors and found themselves forced to wander around Italy, eventually entering the orbit of Ranuccio Farnese, Duke of Parma. Tognina was offered to Isabella Pallavicina, Marquise of Soragna.
Her family's is the oldest described case of hypertrichosis in Europe, and it seems that her father's marriage to Catherine Raffelin inspired the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
Very little is known about Tognina's life, so that even her dates of birth and death are unclear, but her face has been depicted in a good number of paintings and prints.
Beauty, Strength, Freedom In Sajedi's Women: The Roots Of Self-Affirmation From Marie Antoniette To The Contemporary RevolutionAn Iranian artist, deeply connected to the Renaissance art through an unbreakable love, a creator of works with a strong and determined character, vivid colors, and enchanting, astonishing representations.
A woman who paved her way in a challenging world and found a means to express herself and give voice to her ideas and ideals through works of unquestionable, albeit unique, beauty: Afarin Sajedi.
Sajedi, the Iranian artist who places women discussing inner strength and suffering at the core of her work, will be the protagonist of the upcoming exhibition at the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome. Her solo exhibition will pay tribute not only to the opulence of the Renaissance but also to Rococoart. The artist, who now resides in Paris, has embraced the French atmosphere and reinterpreted the figure of Marie Antoinette in a highly personal and contemporary manner.Bon Appétite Madame & Bon Appétit Duncan by Afarin Sajedi, 2023
ALEX FACEAlex Face is born in 1981 in Chachoengsao, Thailand. He lives and works in Bangkok
Alex Face (Patcharapon Tangruen) is a Thai graffiti artist who expresses himself across street art, painting and enormous sculptures of bronze. His Street Art established itself in Thailand, subsequently achieving success in overseas cities thanks to the recognisable iconography with which the artist provokes the city's inhabitants through interventions in public spaces to reflect on contemporary social issues. His significant fame came in 2009 when he became a father, concerned about the becoming world in which his daughter lived when Alex introduced the main character of his works: a three-eyed child dressed in a ragged rabbit suit, inspired by his daughter, Mardi, who has sometimes her eyes closed and gives passerby a sense of weary vulnerability and wry look.
Samson Bakare (b.1993) is a Nigerian artist of multiple disciplines that graduated from the school of Art, Yaba College of Technology.
Bakare’s art is deeply inspired by his father, an architect in the city of Lagos who was responsible of encouraging his son since a young age to pursue his creative journey.
Insight into Grace Eunshin Kim: In Search of HappinessGrace Eunshin Kim's art is a dynamic and playful exploration of contemporary society through a masterful interplay of references to the great works of art history.Born in Seoul and based in Canada, Grace Eunshin Kim transports us into a static yet historical dimension.Her paintings, illuminated by a vibrant palette, exude an exuberant plastic force and convey a sense of tension towards equilibrium, in constant reference to the mysterious code of the Italian Renaissance. Through an innovative combination of hues, the artist’s playful scenarios are pervaded by deep sense of surreality.
Mark Ryden Signed Barbie: An Insight Into His New Collaboration with Mattel CreationMark Ryden is undoubtedly an unprecedented artist who, from the beginning of his career, has made us dream and has seduced us with his works characterized by bright palettes and stunning technique.
Juli About: The porcelain speaks of what we are made of: Presence
Art-wear: The Renaissance Times of Textile Art
These are renaissance times in thread-based art, as every day more textiles go to another level and are affirming in the vocabulary of modern art, by developing methods of making artistic, creative and beautiful pieces.
With the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s, textiles took its own revolution rising as Fibre art simultaneously with Feminist art and finally shook off the label of “craft” imposed by snobbery of the art lobbies Textile art was becoming at the same time both a conceptual and a political communication tool initiating a new life beyond the kitchen walls.
One of the most important and influential example of Master in the Textile is contemporary Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, whose works explore the human existence across different dimensions by creating large scale thread installations.
Now Berlin-based, Chiharu Shiota is known worldwide for her elaborate entangled labyrinths installations that conveys textiles into a surreal wave of performance arts embedding into blood-red, black or white threads, objects of personal significance such as clothes, keys, boats, suitcases, and even herself appearing almost like humans could weave webs.
‘The single line of thread is like a line in a painting. With the thread, I am drawing in the air, in an unlimited space. With the material, I can create new spaces. They might be deconstructed after the exhibition, but they will live in the memory of the visitors forever.’ (Chiharu Shiota for Wall Paper Magazine)
For the sense of touch, our Six Senses Concept Store, recently presented the gorgeous artworks by Flavia Itibere and are now proud to announce the new collaboration with the hand-made kimonos by Ikkimo.
Flávia Itiberê born in Curitiba, Brazil is a textile artist, wife of the painter Rafael Silveira. As wife of the painter Rafael Silveira, Flavia's early fashion life coexisted intensely with the art world, specially the creative process involved in create artworks and exhibitions. Year after year increasingly affected by her thoughts about the disposable aspect of the fashion industry she become inspired to move on the opposite direction, from the perishable to the permanent and started to create pieces of art in collaboration with Silveira.
From small intricate hand made embroideryes to large textile installations, Flavia Itibere artworks took place at major institutions in Brazil like the Oscar Niemeyer Museum and are part of important art collections in America, Europe and Asia. With four hands, they transform embroidery into paintings and installations that place the female figure as the center of their narratives. Each work has its own story and meaning. Flavia Itibere art converses with the spectator in the oneiric field, in the intimacy of thoughts, in the deepest origin of mental choices that precede external attitudes.
From Contemporary Art to Fashion Textile is blooming with creativity and thanks to the thoughtful research on sustainability carried on by independent brands it has become a status/statement that represents and tells who we are and what we stand for.
iKKimO’s brand was born out of the admiration of the ‘know-how’ of artisans across the world. We live today in an extraordinary consumer society where everything looks alike, accumulates, is thrown away, becoming too quickly “has been”. We no longer know where and how, what we eat, drink and wear is produced.
iKKim’O is timeless, authentic, conscious, different. It is a small production brand that goes back to the roots of “Less is more” and “Buy quality, not quantity”. Everything is made locally, the production chain is short, but the process remains long and slow, hence the use of the term “slow fashion”, literally and figuratively. iKKim’O collaborates with several artisans predominately based in Indonesia and South-East Asia with whom it develops an effective work-flow and exchange.
Each piece produced is unique and traditionally hand woven with natural new and recycled fabrics from cotton to cashmere. The patterns and materials differ in accordance with their provenance, reflecting the origin or the culture of the people, of the artisan who wove them. Most importantly, this craft preserves the know-how of the ethnic minorities from which they come from. Ever fewer, they dedicate their lives to it. They spend days, weeks, sometimes months making just one piece of clothing.
The one of a kind Art to Wear magistrally executed by IKKIM’O group of Indonesian artists is a trend which echos align with many other contemporary Artist’s research in textile art. Recently the spanish street artist OKUDA San Miguel experimented to create a giant tapestry with the help of his mother and sister and the celebrated master of Pop Surrealism Gary Baseman has been commissioned by Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers and head of Ready to Wear Keith Warren to use one of his most representative character to become a sweater.
How Velázquez inspired contemporary artist Afarin Sajedi
THE COLOUR OF SOUND
One of the most overlooked but powerful senses is hearing, as it is the only one of the five senses that cannot be perceived directly. Although they are often overlooked, hearing and sound are essential elements of the visual arts. Sounds can create moods that evoke or lend meaning to visual images. They can change the way we see things.
FEELINGS THROUGH TIME: CONTEMPORARY ARTWORKS THAT REVISIT CLASSIC MOTIFS
Throughout the centuries, Art has provided us with the most comprehensive and intricate vision of our human psyche and history. We look at ourselves either with open eyes or closed eyes, aiming to tell our story, evolving between past and future, remaining true to ourselves and bringing to the light a circular story as a timeless travel.