Monday, May 30, 2016

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art's "Hi-Fructose" Exhibit Travels Through 2018

Martin Wittfooth. Incantation. Oil on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Featured in Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose.
VIRGINIA---The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is featuring some of the foremost contemporary artists through a ten year retrospective of the art magazine, Hi-Fructose. "Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose" is a collaborative initiative by two like-minded organizations – MOCA in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine in San Francisco, California. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring a broad spectrum of religious and non-religious themed artwork by over 50 artists from the pages of magazines and computer screens to the walls of a contemporary art museum dedicated to educating on the significant art of today.

Movie Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ a Sequel 5,000 Years in the Making

By Glenn Kenny
Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” directed by Bryan Singer. Credit 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
“Mutants are born with extraordinary abilities,” James McAvoy says as this movie begins in darkness. He pronounces “extraordinary” in the same plummy way that British actors have been doing since, oh, “Lawrence of Arabia,” at least. The darkness gives way to the largely C.G.I.-generated landscape of “Egypt, 3,600 B.C.” Inside a pyramid, a peculiar ritual is taking place. Stone-faced royals and functionaries partaking in it sport jewelry, makeup and scars that once again inspire a viewer to ponder why contemporary Hollywood insistently looks to Burning Man to inform its vision of the ancient world. [link]

Confessions of a First Time Art Collector: Edward Zeng

By Rozalia Jovanovic
Yves Klein, Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB 108). Image: Courtesy of Christie's
NEW YORK---I met with collector Edward (Qiang) Zeng on May 12, two days after he made a splash with his purchase of Yves Klein's Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB 108), at Christie's postwar and contemporary art evening sale. He picked up the painting for $3.3 million (just above its $3 million low estimate). But more noteworthy than the price was the fact that it was the first work of art he had ever bought. "In Chinese philosophy, you have to be empty to get something. If you have a teapot, and you leave old water in overnight, you'll never drink fresh water. Empty it first. Then you drink fresh tea. When you become empty and let other people share with you then you become developers of the ecosystem." [link]

Sunday, May 29, 2016


By ErnestGregory Disney-Britton
"LOVE" (1966) by Robert Indiana. Collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art
Everyone knows Robert Indiana (American, 1928-) for his LOVE painting and sculpture. As a celebrated Pop artist, he uses flat, graphic manipulation of words, symbols, colors and spaces to bounce off one another in dynamic relationships. But did you also know the creator is an openly gay artist from Indiana, and that the inspiration for his art is Christian rather than sexual? Robert Indiana grew up in the purest tradition of the Church of Christ, Scientist. Their churches have no religious decoration, except perhaps a simple inscription such as "God Is Love." This summer, the Indianapolis Museum of Art presents Robert Indiana's Christian inspired work in a group exhibition, "The 19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration."

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cincinnati Art Museum Presents Powerful African-American Artists in "30 Americans"

"Sleep" 2008 is an oil on canvas by Kehinde Wiley at the Cincinnati Art Museum
OHIO---The Cincinnati Art Museum presents "30 Americans," a showcase of art by many of the most important African-American artists of the last three decades including Kehinde Wiley. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, gender, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. The works are drawn primarily from the Rubell Family Collection.