The German city of Weimar has long bathed in its historic cultural heritage, boasting such illustrious former residents as Goethe, Schiller, Bach and Liszt. Its quiet cobbled streets are lined with creamy stuccoed piles where great men of letters convened, and stately theatres where premieres were performed. But, while it is happy to wallow in the völkisch annals of its distant past, the city has never much cared for the fact that it spawned the most influential art school of the 20th century, perhaps of all time. “People here are still a bit unsure about the Bauhaus,” says Wolfgang Holler, museum director of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the city’s foundation for classical heritage, which has opened a new Bauhaus museum to mark the school’s centenary. “It is still very much a backward-looking place.” One hundred years after the Bauhaus was founded here, Weimar has come to terms with it just enough to allow a museum to be built. The small town of … [Read more...] about A bunker for Bauhaus: design school comes home to Weimar
Lenin hails a cab in New York, from the "Monumental Propaganda/Lenin’s Tomb" series, 1993 Komar & Melamid They describe Andy Warhol as a complete idiot and liken the abstractions of Gerhard Richter (one of the most bankable living artists in the world) to what an animal would produce if a brush were placed in its paw or mouth. This is not condescension as a consequence of worldwide recognition, but impudence “born behind the Iron Curtain.” Komar and Melamid Moscow Museum of Modern Art Back in the stagnant 1970s Moscow, artists riskily teased the Soviet authorities, portraying Lenin and Stalin in performance art, making “meatballs” out of the Communist mouthpiece newspaper Pravda, organizing the legendary Bulldozer Exhibition, and in the process inventing sots art. What is sots art? Sots art is considered a postmodern parody of socialist realism. Vitaly Komar (b. 1943) and Alexander Melamid (b. 1945) were the first in … [Read more...] about How Soviet artists Komar and Melamid created their own pop art
Behind a stately villa on a quiet west London road, beyond an emerald-green lawn with a giant yellow water slide and kids' paddling pool, there's a surprise. White Snow Dwarf 7 is not a dwarf at all, but a vast pot-bellied bronze sculpture wielding a phallus-like ear and a flaccid phallus-like nose. By the American artist Paul McCarthy, the 2011 work is a rebuke to the cultural whitewashing the Disney dwarf represents. "But we shouldn't forget that it's funny," says its owner, the art collector Maria Sukkar, whose garden the dwarf now inhabits. "In a dark way." Since 2009, Sukkar, with her businessman-husband Malek, has been collecting art by the likes of Gillian Wearing, Ai Weiwei, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas and Damián Ortega. Other pieces include defaced photography by the Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari, and their own portraits rendered by Jake and Dinos Chapman. The Sukkars' collection is remarkable not only for its geographical reach, its heavy representation … [Read more...] about ‘People come into my house and gasp’: what it’s like to share your home with a museum-grade art collection
As the smoke curled away from Notre-Dame cathedral and into the dusk that fell on Paris on Monday night, social media lit up in shared grief. Among the upset, though, a tiny glint of hope: remarkably intricate and accurate renderings of the centuries-old building were made just a few years before. Mapped by lasers, the crumbling cathedral had been preserved to the half-centimetre. Here lay a blueprint from which the cathedral could be restored. The man responsible for the laser mapping was named Andrew Tallon, but he was not here to take the credit. Tallon, who was born in Belgium but sounded American, died almost exactly six months ago. The father-of-four was just 49, having endured an aggressive... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about The man who scanned Notre-Dame: Could Andrew Tallon’s work help rebuild the cathedral?
You could be forgiven for thinking Nikolay Alexandrovich’s (he uses his patronymic name) creations are the same twisted paperclip rotated, but they are ‘ART OBJECTS AND THE PRICE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.’ Minimalist color and form. This, in a nutshell, is what Nikolay Alexandrovich’s art is all about. The 42-year-old lives and works in St. Petersburg, and his chosen medium is....a yellow paperclip. He sells his creations through a VK group, where he has several thousand fans. Given that Nikolay Alexandrovich is peddling paper clips, he isn’t doing too badly for himself. For example, he sold “Letter L” for 580 rubles ($9) and “Sailboat” for 2,570 rubles ($40). And what poetic descriptions these unique works have! This is the blurb for “Slide” (2,420 rubles/ $37): "THERE’S NOTHING MYSTIC OR UTOPIAN ABOUT IT. IT’S JUST THE PINNACLE OF ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERICAL THOUGHT, LOVINGLY CAPTURED BY YOUR HUMBLE … [Read more...] about CLIP ART: This St. Petersburg artist is cashing in on paperclips