Miami Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami is in full swing, and with a Rothko selling for over $50 million it appears that people are there to buy. Basel is filled with pop-up shops, hundreds of different galleries from all over the globe. Some of my favorite works from Miami Basel are shown below: Kasmin, New York William…

Stolen Art

On Monday this week, three men walked into the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna, and stole  by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The work was supposed be auctioned off today (Wednesday) for an estimated $131,000 to $181,000. The robbers took the painting out of its frame and just walked out of the building. The men’s faces are clear…

Light Therapy

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, Canada is hosting “Light Therapy” by Apolonija Šušteršič, this is the second installation of its Art in Use Project. “Light Therapy” is a room that is designed with a large amount of light, to stimulate a sunny day. This experiential work is aimed to help decrease the “winter…

The art of politics

Art has long been thought as reflecting the present moment and bringing the artistic truth to the public. For Aristotle art represents the truth, and beauty within society. There are numerous artistic strategies to reach a state of political engagement. Two street artist, JR and Marco, in 2007 organized the largest illegal photography exhibition, the…

Halloween Art Parade

In Kawaski, Japan there is an annual Halloween parade. This year it include a group of people dressed as living paintings. From self-portraits of Vincent van Gogh, to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the parade was filled with art. While the classic black cat, witch and superhero are great, there is room for bring…

A Museum A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

In Quebec doctors have been sending their patients to visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Doctors are working with the museum to give free admission for patients and their caregivers/ family members. Art therapy is known for being a good for one’s mental health, but it also has benefits for one’s physical health. Art…

Instagrams Impact on How We View Art

Museums and galleries are being designed to have more selfie friendly exhibits and are increasingly encouraging people to share their images. Instagram is driven by aesthetics, and celebrates color and whimsy. With the Museum of Ice Cream, the trend of immersive museums that emphasize color and creating  moments that are “insta-worthy” began. These museums tap…

The Price for Fine Art

This past week Banksy made headlines again, as a piece of his work was sold for $1.4 million, appeared to self-destruct after the it was auctioned off. The canvas bore one of the artist’s most famous works. The piece slid down from its thick frame, shredding half of the piece. This widely viewed moment was…

The Video Art Movement

When thinking about our upcoming project, I started thinking about video art. One of my favorite video artist is Nam June Paik. Thought his explorations Paik transformed technology into an artist’s medium, creating a new tool to participate in our media culture. Paik challenged the notion of “fine art”. When looking at Paik’s artworks, even…

Censorship

In August Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist known for his activism, studio in Beijing was razed by Chinese authorities. The studio housed years’ worth of Ai Weiwei’s sculptures. Ai Weiwei has been critical of Chinese authorities, in 2011 he was detained by the Chinese government for 81 days. After his release he was accused of…