Friday, August 18, 2017

Collectors Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi have a thing about Rome

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
The architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi in their Brooklyn apartment with “KISS,” from a former Times Square adult movie theater; Luigi Rossini’s etching of the Capitoline Hill in Rome; and Lucio Pozzi’s “Parallel Puppet” (1981), a work on paper. Credit Harrison Hill/The New York Times
NEW YORK CITY---For the married architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, who have run their own firm for 26 years, the current state of the kitchen in their Brooklyn Heights apartment — deeply mid renovation — is an anomaly. Inside the clean-lined apartment, much more the couple’s style, hangs what Mr. Manfredi called “stuff we’ve collected over the years,” and several pieces have a distinct Italian flavor. ”A grouping on the opposite wall includes a “KISS” sign from a former Times Square adult movie theater; Luigi Rossini’s 1823 drypoint etching of the Capitoline Hill in Rome; and Lucio Pozzi’s “Parallel Puppet” (1981), a work on paper. These are edited excerpts from the conversation. [More]

Summer exhibition at the Asia Society in New York explored artists of the South Asian diaspora

By Hrag Vartanian
Anila Quayyum Agha, “Crossing Boundaries” (2015) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)
NEW YORK CITY---The short summer exhibition at the Asia Society makes the case for a South Asian perspective born from the life experience of a diaspora that spans the globe. Here, all the artists are conversant with many idioms and vocabularies. One of the only works to be allotted its own space in the exhibition is an installation by Anila Quayyum Agha, who is represented by her well-known Intersections series that was the first artwork to capture both the public and juried prizes at ArtPrize back in 2014. The series, as represented by “Crossing Boundaries” (2015), addresses the boundaries and limitations of gender in her native Pakistan, where religious conservatism had a profound impact on her early life. Closed on August 6, 2017. [More]

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Does art really have to hold society together?

By Necmettin Asma
Illustration by Necmettin Asma
Should art entertain or educate? Ever since ancient times, this question has emerged in different forms that amount to the same meaning. If ever the artist should have a duty, I believe that art must be tasked with holding society together. Stripping art of convictions and ideology is almost impossible. All artistic endeavors, wherever they appear, turn out to be extensions of a worldview. Take the art for art's sake approach. Starting as a movement against capitalism, it has become virtually an instrument of capitalism today, emptied of its content. Disdaining art and valuing it above everything else is two ends of the same spectrum. All artistic work that is presented without dismissing the good and without offending society's moral norms deserves the greatest respect. [More]

Hollywood's Jim Carrey paints fabulous picture of Jesus Christ

By Lara Sen
Christianity Today:  Detail of of Jim Carrey's amazing painting of Jesus Christ 
Hollywood superstars are known for a lot of things. Last year, we heard a lot about the actor Jim Carrey being sued over his girlfriend’s death on live breaking news on CNN. Rather than listening to CNN live breaking news about what he’s done wrong, we have been hearing about his commitment to God and Jesus. Carrey’s amazing Jesus painting. The star recently made a documentary called ‘I Needed Color’. In it, he speaks about his love of art and the way it makes him feel. During one of the scenes in the documentary, the star paints a picture of Jesus and accord to reports viewers were stunned by just how good the painting was. [More]