Coffee shop removes Muck Rock mural, citing artist’s ‘racially insensitive’ past work
Aug26

Coffee shop removes Muck Rock mural, citing artist’s ‘racially insensitive’ past work

An Indianapolis coffee shop painted over a Jules Muck mural Friday because the store’s owner objects to one of the artist’s past paintings that has been called racist. Rabble owner Josie Hunckler said she learned Thursday evening of a 2018 mural by Muck that depicts a chimpanzee sporting a gold tooth and a thought bubble filled by a marijuana leaf. Muck painted the chimpanzee near New Orleans’ Lincoln Beach — a waterfront amusement park designated as an African American gathering place during the segregated 1950s. Hunckler said she no longer wanted Muck’s depiction of jazz singer Nina Simone on an exterior wall of Rabble, 2119 E. 10th St. “I painted over the Nina Simone portrait I commissioned and paid for because some of the artist’s other work was racially insensitive to the point of bothering me and many of my friends and customers,” Hunckler said. Jules Muck painted a mural of singer Nina Simone at Rabble Coffee, 2119 E 10th St.David Lindquist/IndyStar Full article at source:...

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Family discovered they owned a forgotten Ben Enwonwu portrait valued at $200,000
Jul29

Family discovered they owned a forgotten Ben Enwonwu portrait valued at $200,000

Imagine finding an almost-forgotten portrait of your mother in your family house, doing a Google search on the artist’s name and discovering that what you own is a precursor to the artist’s best-known work that sold in 2018 for $1.6 million. This is exactly what happened very recently to one of the members of the Davis family in Texas.  The portrait, Christine, is the latest remarkable find of work by one of the most revered African artists of the 20th century, Ben Enwonwu. The captivating sitter is Christine Elizabeth Davis, an American hair stylist of West Indian descent. Christine travelled a lot in her life, working in Ghana before moving to Lagos with her British husband in 1969. There, they befriended Enwonwu and Christine’s husband commissioned the work as a gift for his wife in 1971 before they eventually moved back to the US a few years later. Source: Quartz...

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How Ashley Longshore Sold $1.3 Million Of Art In Under 2 Hours
Jan30

How Ashley Longshore Sold $1.3 Million Of Art In Under 2 Hours

Whether you’re an entrepreneur with a software business or an eccentric artist, everyone can learn something from Ashley Longshore’s advice. The self-taught artist from Montgomery, Alabama has become something of a legend in pop feminism culture with her colorful, often bizarre paintings of high-powered celebrity women, consumerism and Lil Wayne. Thanks to her beauty-queen-meets-bawdy-businesswoman appeal, her career now includes the first-ever female solo show for Bergdorf Goodman, selling $1.3 million of paintings on Instagram in under two hours, and, most recently, collaborating with Gucci on the label’s “Do It Yourself” project. She also wrote a book, You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy: An Unapologetic Guide to Being Ambitchous.   But her brash take on life and art wasn’t always so widely accepted, and it’s taken time, a lot of hard work, and even more optimism to go from misfit to someone whose work has young women practically clawing each other to get their hands on. “How can I be the ultimate version of myself?” is something she asks herself frequently. And over the phone not long ago, Longshore explained to me how she goes about doing that, and how — regardless of your career — you can exercise the same optimism and “ambitchon.”   Source:...

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Tallaght Classroom by Kirsti Kotilainen
Jun12

Tallaght Classroom by Kirsti Kotilainen

School’s out and busy, buzzy classrooms stand silent. Artist Kirsti Kotilainen has just completed her first year teaching in Tallaght and this artwork captures the space where she worked with her 20 students. “The Irish curriculum is better.” In Finland art is not examined, it is seen as a hobby, but she still admires the Finnish system. Her background is working-class and yet “there was no question that I wouldn’t go to college. Finland’s a social democracy… I grew up in a block of flats next to a middle-class area. We all went to the same school, we all played together”. In Finland it is kindergarten until seven, fully-subsidised school meals, few private schools and no make or break exams. “The psychological age for reading is seven and if half the class can read, the other can’t, they’re all at the same level by Christmas.” Tallaght is a different world, “a world I like to connect with”. In her art room with its “white walls and grey lino” Kotilainen says “you don’t just pour information in. Every student is different, some have baggage, In Tallaght you see the world. They draw horses, fast cars, nature. They love seeing their clay pieces come from the kiln”. Kotilainen grew up in Loviisa, a coastal town east of Helsinki, and all she had heard about Ireland, before she spent a Gap Year in ceasefire Belfast, were the Troubles and the X Case. Returning later, she worked as a legal executive then signed up for NCAD. Source:  Irish...

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Previously unseen works by artist Irma Stern go to auction
May29

Previously unseen works by artist Irma Stern go to auction

Two paintings by South African artist Irma Stern‚ previously unseen on the open market‚ with messages about Africa as a cultural melting pot, are going under the hammer in Johannesburg. The paintings‚ previously held in private family collections‚ will form part of a sale of historic‚ modern and contemporary art on June 17 at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs). Emma Bedford‚ a director of Aspire Art Auctions‚ said: “Given the international interest in Irma Stern, we are delighted to bring these two beautiful works to the market. They both embody her style and her philosophy, which was such a rich mélange of the cultures we are heir to here at the southern tip of Africa. Still life with magnolias, apples and bowl. Picture: ASPIRE ART AUCTIONS “What is particularly interesting in the one painting is the presence of a Chinese pot and an Arab-influenced table cover. The most valuable Stern ever sold‚ Arab Priest‚ bought by the Qatari government for £3,044,000 in 2011‚ also has this mix of...

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Joys and challenges of painting outdoors reflected in Plein Air exhibit
May25

Joys and challenges of painting outdoors reflected in Plein Air exhibit

Plein Air painting, which is simply the act of painting outdoors, is an artistic practice that goes back centuries. Pushing beyond the traditional walls of a studio, artists take their chosen media and travel out into the community or countryside and paint what they see. The result can take the shape of a landscape or cityscape, but also can be a vignette or moment of life captured and expressed through what the artist is confronting. The challenge is that this practice is all done out in the elements, and weather and time often conspire to put limits on what the artist is trying to investigate or convey. Artists who often work in this way almost universally have stories of being caught in some type of weather; they also often have stories of having to deal with curious onlookers who want to watch, talk about how they love painting and/or relate a story about their own experiences. There is an exuberance and passion conveyed through this type of painting that is palpable when you look at the work, regardless of whether the artist has been particularly successful. The act of trying to get all the information on paper or canvas before the weather changes or the medium gets too dry comes through in the visual energy and makes the works interesting and enjoyable.   Source: Akron Beacon...

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