Guggenheim’s The Creative Act Exhibition Showcases the Rich Art of the Region

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi ( was designed by Frank Gehry in 2017 and is going to be the largest Guggenheim in the entire world. It will feature modern and contemporary art collections with a strong focus on art from the Middle East. The museum is located in the cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi and is over 450,000-square-feet.
The Creative Act

The second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum is all about the Performance, Process, and Presence of The Creative Act. The exhibition has comprised the art of over twenty artists from different generations and nationalities who have really focused on the process, performance, and human presence. The Creative Act is a perspective on these aspects of art from a transcultural stance and really highlights interconnections between artists working together since the 10960s. The art reflects the inspiration, influence and distinctions of these artists.
The First Chapter

The exhibition is presented in various chapters and each chapter explores the three themes. The first chapter is presented through painting using everyday materials. It also showcases artists form France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom in the 1960s.
The Second Chapter

The second chapter showcases art practices in the United Arab Emirates since the 1980s. It features artists such as Mohammed Kazem (, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, and Hassan Sharif to name a few.
The Third Chapter

Chapter three is comprised of installations made since 2000 by Susan Hefuna, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian. Their powerful art is engaging and addresses the impact on art by such things as historic and sociopolitical events.
Showcasing Emirati Culture

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is one of the many unique programs that is helping to connect Emiratis and Americans through vibrant art. Internationally recognized events like the Sharjah Biennial and various Emirati artists are helping to showcase the UAE’s cultural heritage throughout the United States.

Where Miami residence look to buy art

Nowadays it can seem as though visual art, which is often mostly thought of as the domain of the elite or people with obscure interests has seeped its way into mainstream culture. The top-charting and meat-dress-wearing pop star Lady Gaga made an album with the word art in its title and chose to promote the album with a cover that included portions of the famous painting of the Greek goddess Aphrodite along with a blue gazing ball sculpture that was created by fine artist Jeff Koons. Rapper Jay Z released a song called Picasso Baby that featured a music video of the musician rapping the lyrics to well-known luminaries in the art world like Kenyan collage artist Wangechi Mutu, performance artist Marina Abramovic, artist Marilyn Minter, George Lindemann Jr., art dealer Sandra Gering and artist Rashid Johnson. Recently his wife Beyonce referenced the work of classic renaissance artists as the theme for her maternity photo shoots which often featured her in poses similar to the Greek goddess Aphrodite or in positions similar to that of the Virgin Mary as she is depicted in classic paintings. Jay Z even rapped about the famous New York City artist Jean Michel Basquiat who was a contemporary of the great Andy Warhol.

Visual art is not just a pursuit of people who are incredibly wealthy it is steadily and surely making its way into everyday life. As art becomes more popular many people might find themselves being interested in learning more about where they can find the work of new artists and how they can purchase prints or even original versions of art for their own homes.

For art lovers that either live in Miami or plan on visiting Miami the southern beachside city is actually the perfect place to purchase art. Those who are in the market to buy art need look no further than Miami Art Basel, the annual landmark art world event that comes to the city each year.
Art Basel got its start in the Swiss town of Basel and chose Miami, Florida to be its American home. The annual event brings together the world’s best known visual artists and up and coming visual artists in one place to exhibit art, sell art and celebrate creative expression. The work there can no doubt be a little pricey but it is an event that should be at the top of every art collector’s bucket list. Art collectors in Miami can also purchase art other local art fairs like Art Wynwood each February. They can also find art to purchase at local galleries like Bossa Gallery, Swampspace, Galleria Ca’D’Oro, Nina Torres Fine Art and Alfa Gallery.

Missouri Thanks UAE Embassy with Works of Art

On May 22, 2011, an extremely powerful tornado touched down in Missouri and devastated the city of Joplin, reducing many thousands of buildings to rubble and killing over 150 people. But while the city would reel from the destruction for many years to come, its school district – which had lost six schools – received an incredible outpouring of help from a very unexpected source roughly two weeks after the disaster: The United Arab Emirates, which lies half a world away.

The UAE asked Yousef Al Otaiba, its ambassador of its embassy in Washington, D.C., to evaluate the needs of Joplin’s school district. The nation met the district’s funding request for laptops for over two thousand students, but then went above and beyond by also providing $5 million for the construction of an intensive care unit for newborn children as part of the reconstruction of Mercy Hospital, one of the buildings destroyed by the tornado. The redesigned Hospital opened in 2015.

As a gesture of gratitude to the foreign power, Joplin is now gifting works of art to the UAE’s embassy in accordance with the country’s known stance as a champion of the arts. Al Otaiba will be presented with a pair sculptures by two artists in Joplin. The first, a two-foot-tall clay tree composed of human figures supporting each other, was sculpted artist Rebecca Perry of Webb City. The second, a basket containing notes of appreciation from various Joplin-based school faculty and alumni, was crafted by Jo Mueller, the now-retired director of the Spiva Center for the Arts.

Dr. C.J. Huff, who was the superintendent for Joplin Schools when the tornado struck, conceived of using art as the district’s means of thanking the UAE when he became aware of a particular diplomacy program it was conducting: “Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates”, which brings UAE artists and their works onto U.S. soil. On Huff’s recommendation, Mueller collaborated with Perry on his proposed project, which originally called for a single piece; however, both of their respective submissions were eagerly accepted by Huff.

At present, Dr. Huff plans to be in the D.C. area in December for other matters, and during that time he hopes to present the basket created by Mueller to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and the clay tree sculpted by Perry to the people of the United Arab Emirates.

Becoming A Private Art Collector In Miami

While Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, and Steve Martin are among the best known of Hollywood’s private art collectors, they’re hardly the only ones who do so. The late singer David Bowie, talk show host and comedienne Ellen De Generes, and even disgraced bicycling champion and cancer advocate Lance Armstrong are among a surprisingly large group of well-known names who collect everything from contemporary darling Jasper Johns to graffiti cult figure Banksy and everybody in between. Reasons for this celebrity culture crush range from genuine art interest to wanting to project a certain image, to needing an accessory to set off that $7,000,000 house.

And Hollywood-type celebrities aren’t the only well-known figures who dabble in this. In the Miami area, dealer Gary Nader, mogul developer Martin Margulies, and the art collection of the George Lindemann family have not only gotten Miami its own famous Basel art show over the years, these individuals have provided the impetus for the city to consider its own public art museum.

So while Miami is not yet regarded as one of the major art players in this country, it is on its way. This means that if you’re interested getting in on the ground floor now in terms of becoming a collector, you’ve probably made a good choice. What do you need to know as you start yours?

Understand The Difference Between Buying And Collecting Art
There’s nothing wrong with either approach. And no, “collected” art isn’t free. But general art buyers usually purchase whatever catches their eye, while collectors are usually putting together specific groupings.

Have Lots Of Disposable Cash. And Time.
Unless you have the artistic savvy to recognize a superstar at the beginning of his or her career, expect to spend and even lose money on your art collection. Although people will snap up artwork as an “investment”, it’s a risky one unless that’s a Van Gogh or another Old Master hanging on your dining room wall. The value of contemporary artwork is notorious for fluctuating as their artists fall in and out of favor. Expect to do much homework trying to determine which ones are flashes in the pan, and which ones have staying power.

Find Local Art Allies
Miami has a whopping seventy-five art galleries, which feature shows and exhibitions of both international and local painters, sculptors, and photographers scattered around the city. The employers and owners here can provide valuable help in amassing your collection both in letting you know when certain pieces are coming their way and using their resources to track down others at different locations. Be warned that this assistance often comes with a finder’s fee, but that’s a price well worth paying to assemble a first-class private Miami art collection.

Art Deal’s You Can Buy in Miami

Miami’s thriving art communities offer art in many different styles. Therefore, regardless of the type of art that you love to collect, you will be sure to find a new piece to take home with you. Alternatively, there are many places in Miami that offer wonderful collections that are worth gazing at for hours.

African Art
The Lovre Art Museum offers an outstanding collection of African art to look at in their large collection. Some pieces date back to 500 BCE. Also, make sure to go to the African Heritage Cultural Center at 6161 NW 62nd Avenue. If you are interested in adding to your collection, then check out Art by God at 60 NE 27th Street.

Haitian Art
Little Haiti has become a cultural hot spot for the arts. While not all the galleries there carry only Haitian art, a day spent there is always enjoyable. When looking for Haitian Art make sure to check out the Pan American Art Projects at 6300 NW 2nd Avenue and the Haitian Art Museum located at 4141 NE 2nd Avenue. If you are looking for a piece to add to your collection, then make sure to check out the Haitian Art Factory at 821 NE 79th Street.

Latin Art
Many artists in the Miami area share common roots in Latin countries. They have brought their exciting art style with them to this bustling community. Some of the best Latin art galleries include Gary Nader Fine Arts at 62 NE 27th Street, Agustin Gainza gallery at 1652 SW 8th Street and Molina Fine Art Gallery at 1634 SW 8th street. As you wander through the Latin Quarter, you will also encounter numerous emerging artists that are anxious to share their work.The art collection of Ella Fontanal Cloneds and family contains a lot of creations by Latino artists.

The Wynwood district has some wonderful private art collections that are open for public viewing on occassion. One of those collections belongs to Martin Z. Marguelles who has spent over 30 years collecting art. Other forms of art are located throughout the city, as galleries have moved out of the Wynwood district and into cheaper areas. This has allowed other artists in the Miami region to consider the possibilities of starting their own art galleries and selling to people like George Lindemann. Therefore, the community has become even stronger.

Suzanne Demisch Has Her Finger on the Pulse of Vintage French Design

Gallerist Suzanne Demisch has an eye for detail, particularly the beautiful sweeping lines and grace of elegant and innovative French furnishings dating from the 1950’s to the 1970’s that were created with great ingenuity. She attended High School at Loomis Chaffee in Connecticut and went on to attend college at USC, University of Southern California, where she studied international relations. She also received an M.F.A. in folk art from the prestigious New York University.

Demisch had started her profession as a hobby with antiquing in her teens. She met Stephane Danant at a flea market where they both discovered their joint love of 1970’s design. They would spend hours discussing various styles but were unable to find any real information about the artists or pieces themselves. This sparked a fire in them both that is now known as the Demisch Danant Gallery in New York.

In 2005 Suzanne Demisch joined forces with Paris-based partner Stephane Danant and they created The Demisch Danant Gallery. The gallery contains works by such fine Artisans as Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, Joseph-André Motte, Pierre Guariche, Michel Boyer, Philippon & Lecoq, and René-Jean Caillette. Suzanne and Stephane also privately advise a set of clients such as Jackie Soffer ( who serves as the art curator of the Fontainebleau luxury hotel in Miami.

Suzanne and Stephan spend a great deal of their time researching each piece they procure. Suzanne firmly believes that it isn’t simply a chair, a lamp, or a divan. She believes that each piece has a story to tell, a history, a life of its own. Each Artist they carry pieces for is a legendary figure in French furniture design history. The Demisch Danant Gallery has formed an elite class of clients including collectors Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann, as well as Craig Robins the Design Miami founder.

Suzanne and Stephan are both very passionate about the pieces and people they represent. Early in Suzanne’s profession she became enamored with the stainless steel pieces created by Maria Pergay. Pergay created pieces in the 1950’s for such notable French high fashion manufacturers as Hermes and Dior. In her flea market searches, she found pieces by Pergay but very little information about the respected artist.

Suzanne went so far as to find Maria Pergay in Morocco and proceeded to write a book about her. This book and one little phone call from Suzanne encouraged Pergay to revive her career in design. The new designs are brilliant and fetching quite a hefty price for one piece. This is just one small example of the passion and love the Demisch Danant Gallery has for the artists they represent as well as their growing client base.

Demisch Danant Gallery is slated to have their next exhibition, “MADE IN FRANCE”, 30 West 12th Street in New York on September 17th and it will run through October 29th, 2016. The inaugural exhibition will be held in France. They will present key pieces in French design from the 1960’s and 1970’s including pieces by Pergay, lamps from Verre Lumiere, and wall pieces by Sheila Hicks. It is sure to be a world-class exhibit that will take the French furniture assemblage by storm.

Clark Art Institute acquires oil painting by Émile Bernard

The Clark Art Institute has acquired Portrait of Madame Lemasson (1891), an oil painting by Émile Bernard (French, 1868–1941). This is the first painting by Bernard to enter the Clark’s collection and adds depth to the museum’s holdings of Post-Impressionist paintings, drawings, and prints. The painting was once owned by noted collector Samuel Josefowitz, who was among the most important twentieth-century collectors of the works of Paul Gauguin and of the wider Pont-Aven School. Portrait of Madame Lemasson is currently on view.

Portrait of Madame Lemasson was painted during one of Bernard’s many trips to Brittany. The sitter is the innkeeper with whom Bernard stayed during his visits to the northern coastal town of Saint-Briac between 1886 and 1892. Madame Lemasson is seated and knitting in front of a table with a vase of flowers. The portrait was not given to the sitter but remained with Bernard for a decade until he sold it to the esteemed art dealer Ambroise Vollard in 1901.

“While the Clark is best known for our collection of French Impressionist art, we have been steadily building our Post-Impressionist holdings over the past three decades,” said Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Jay A. Clarke. “Our Gauguin painting Young Christian Girl now has an ideal partner with the addition of the Bernard Portrait of Madame Lemasson. It is a riveting work and an important addition to our collection.

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The Most Well-Known Art Collectors in Miami

The art collections in Miami are growing every day due to George Lindemann and other wealthy collectors who move to the area. Miami has become a fine place for fashion, art and music, and there are collectors who are creating a buzz around the city. This article has a look at an art collector who is one of the most famous in the city, and there is an explanation of the massive art festival that happens in the city every year.

#1: Martin Marguiles Is A Famed Art Collector

Martin Margulies is a famed art collector who lives in the Miami area, and he has built his name over the years with his art collecting skills. His collections are well-known around the globe, and the collections are not merely set up in his private home. Martin has art collectors at The Warehouse, and he often exhibits at the Basel art festival. His collection is just one of the most famous, but it is a sight to behold.

#2: The Rubell Family Collection

The Rubell Family Collection sits near the ocean, and it has many programs that revolve around the art the family has built up over the decades. Their family is quite famous in the area due to their massive collection, and they will exhibit at art festivals such as Basel. The two families listed alone hold some of the best art in the world, and visitors may come to see the art at any time.

#3: Art Basel in Miami

Art Basel in Miami is one of the largest art festivals and exhibitions in the world. It has been featured in TV and movies, and it brings out the most avid artists and collectors in the world. Visitors may meet artists they are interested in, and family collections are opened to the public during the event. The event is a hodgepodge of artists who are showing new art, appreciating art and talking about art. Collectors may add to or begin their collections at Art Basel, and the parties will bring the collector that much closer to the artist.

Everyone who is interested in the modern or classical art world must make at least one visit to Miami to see the stunning collections, and the collections are often part of family holdings that are wide-reaching. The Art Basel festival is just one way to see the world’s best, and the Rubell and Marguiles families impress with their own collections.

The Development of Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

Anyone who doubts that chocolate is an art form should attempt to make it themselves at least once. The process of good, beautiful, silken chocolate is laborious, and it will not work without love and an extraordinary amount of patience. That is why the best artisan chocolates available in New York come with such a hefty price tag.

The Process of Making Chocolate

Bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturers start their process by purchasing cocoa beans from African and South American farmers who help ferment and dry them. Then, they are roasted. The cocoa nibs are freed from their shells before being finely ground for up to 72 hours and pressed. This releases the cocoa butter, with the remainder being cocoa mass. These two parts get sugar and milk added to them before being heated and tempered. Finally, this heavenly mixture is poured in to molds that have been brushed with chocolate. The end product is like a fine wine. It must be cooled at the perfect temperature and delicately wrapped.

The Top New York Chocolate Businesses

To survive as a chocolate business in New York, one must be unique, and your product must be perfect. The top four chocolate businesses that fit these two qualifications include:

1. Jacques Torres
2. Koppers Chocolate
3. Maison du Chocolat
4. Mast Bothers

Changes in the Chocolate Industry

Each of the above listed businesses are highly ranked because of the extra care and attention to detail that they take to ensure high quality. The chocolate industry has been changed significantly through the years, and these chocolatiers have adapted by offering combinations of ingredients once unthought-of and now expected. Instead of the standard caramel and cream fillings, now bacon and scents of citrus are mixed in with chopped South American nuts and dried berries. Some get filled with high-end liquors, which burst in your mouth after your first bite. Others are set apart not from their fillings but because of the plentiful shapes and sizes that they are available in. Chocolatiers also now offer more transparency in their business practices than once before. Customers care about where their food comes from, and they are beginning to demand options of free-trade products be available.

Understanding the 4 Main Categories of Art

The line between fine arts and applied art is not always clear. Some people even feel that art should not need to be defined to a category. To make it easier to understand what is traditionally considered applied art and what is often labelled as fine arts, take a look at this short guide to the arts.

1 – Fine Arts

fine artFine art is often used to describe art that was created for an aesthetic purpose. Essentially, this is “art for the sake of art” and does not have a specific function or than to please the viewers or audience of the work. Generally, fine arts is a term used to describe paintings and sculptures or even printmaking, photography, and architecture; through, architecture is normally considered an applied art.

2 – Applied Art

In contrast to fine arts, applied art is normally used to refer to an object that serves a function or has some value other than for aesthetics. As mentioned, architecture could be considered an applied art, because it serves a purpose and requires knowledge of a specific form of design.Applied Art

Other types of applied art include fashion design, furniture design, glassware, jewelry design, computer graphics, graphic art and design, industrial design, and types of crafts that serve a purpose or have a function. Pottery, embroidery, and other decorative arts are also considered applied art.

3 – Visual Art

Visual art is an even broader term than fine arts. It is a fairly modern term that is used to Art-Gallery-of-Alberta-by-Randall-Stout-Architects-01 refer to a wide range of arts, including both fine arts and various forms of contemporary arts. Along with the traditional forms of fine arts, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, and graphic art, visual arts includes modern art forms such as collage, conceptual art, performance art, mixed media, and all types of video or photographic art.

4 – Decorative Arts

Decorative arts are often placed into the applied art category and is often used synonymously with crafts. Basket making, ceramics, tapestry, floral decorations, embroidery, and most crafts are considered decorative arts, whether they are also considered a type of fine art or applied art. Origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding, is technically a fine art, but is also thought of as a decorative art.Decorative Art

These are just broad terms and they are often debated within the arts community. Not everyone agrees on concrete definitions and categories of art, but they do help for the sake of reference and labelling. Obviously, the terms are not too rigid, as many art forms fall into multiple categories, as with architecture.

Encinitas-Arts-Alive-2015If you are considering a career in the arts, it would be a good idea to think of the area that you would like to specialize. For those that prefer the freedom of creating art in order to express themselves, fine arts may be a better fit, while those that prefer structure may want to look into applied arts. With a good sense of design and strong mathematical skills, a person could excel at forms of applied art, such as graphic design and computer graphics.

InteractArts_Logo_croppedApplied arts also include forms of art that normally require specialized training, schooling, or course work. Without proper training, furniture design, interior design, graphic art, and architecture would be difficult, while someone can teach themselves to paint, draw, or sculpt.

There are many schools that specialize in the arts and offer a wide range of majors and courses geared towards a specific category of art. At an art college, you are likely to study a variety of art forms and techniques, while majoring in a specific category.
Use this information, to gain a better understanding of the major types of art and also to help you decide on a potential career path in the arts. Decide if you want to make art for the sake of art or if you want to create art that serves a function.