European Art, Filipino House
Today, contemporary Filipino art is flourishing everywhere around the world with galleries displaying the fine crafts and work that has been auctioned off at high prices in Europe. However, it is the opposite for one residence as they show that even the best of European art is still the most popular and expensive piece of work to buy. Europe's finest artwork is still present at the Casa de Memoria, where different works were sold this year in their annual auction. The auction included some impressive decorative art which dates from various eras as old as the 17th century.
Among the many European antiques being sold, a 19th-century French Ebony Cabinet was sold for $400,000, and an 18th-century Italian, ivory lined, ebony wood cabinet was sold for $300,000. The cabinet was notable for its engraved, Renaissance-style carved decor including images of medallions, vases, flora, and other themes along the panels. Another piece, a 17th-century Belgian oil painting on a wooden canvas depicting a religious event sold for $180,000. Religious art was common in the 17th-19th centuries and with only a handful of them still available out there, it is still a popular piece for art collectors.
But the collection of European art also included 20th century pieces that bridges the contemporary with the past. A modernest painting byPortuguese artist Peter Charters d'Azevedo was sold for $220,000. A homemade set of dinner utensils that was created as a throwback to Euro-style culture in the early 20th century was sold for $320,000.It is a set with approximately 153 pieces with renderings of whirling green son the box in a Neoclassical style. All of the art sold were authentic with the assistance of professional European art experts and preservationists, who also helped restore the older artworks being sold.
Not all of the art was sold; those that were still left is currently on display at the Casa De Memoria. The gallery's director stated her goal is to showcase European art and its splendor it has always been renowned for and that it can also be bought and shown in Filipino homes instead of just museums. According to her, there is a growing trend in which Filipino home are now fixing the home with contemporary and vintage art pieces, mixing in Asian and European styles. This has made a noted impression for its uniqueness and type of setting.
For visitors of the Casa De Memoria, they may come out feeling influenced and impressed with the artworks they see and feel. With the auction behind them, The next plan for the museum is to continue the showcase European art's flexibility in future auctions that is more theme-oriented. While the artwork does not flash out the major names of Picasso and Da Vinci, just the work itself is impressive and buyers will know the quality done in preserving it and its high value overall.
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The beauty of Europe and Pakistan
It is not every day that the city of Karachi gets exposed to a collection of beautiful art galleries, but that has been the theme recently, with a collection of modern art just beautifying the city.
The untrained eyes, modern art can be something of an enigma, but if one is vested in the intricacies that surround it, then it becomes something worth looking at.
An organization has taken it upon itself to promote modern at in Karachi for the last two days, and it has overseen an aesthetic art exhibition come to life. The Italian Consulate General sponsored the exhibition which was held at the FOMMA Art gallery.
FOMMA is a platform that promotes modern art, and the exhibition witnessed in the past two days was a sight to behold. It was a perfect blend of paintings from Portugal, Pakistan, and Italy; a mixture of European art and Arabian art.
The paintings were birthed from realism, which meant viewers were able to connect with the works immediately. The feedback for the entire exhibition was positive, and some of the works really stood out from the rest.
One in particular that caught attention was a painting of a bazaar in Karachi's backwaters, that perfectly encapsulated the nature of the place. The artist of the work, Shakeel Anjum was heavily praised for his eye-catching coloring technique.
Another piece that caught the eye was a sketch of a voluptuous female figure. The artist of the work, Hajra Mansoor ensured the lines of the work stood out making the piece amorous and seductive.
The coup de grace was the whirling Dervishes done by Amir Hassan. Pakistani artists did all of these. The Portuguese and Italian artists as brought their European art flavor to the show.
The work that was done by Jose Manuel; a Portuguese artist really left viewers in awe. The piece was a street scenery that showed people in a narrow lane. The work was a typical Mediterranean style. The coloring of the piece was what stood out in particular.
Amedio Galassy, and Sonia Zalfonelli, both from Italy delivered amazing paintings of the Italian Alps.
Huge praise goes to the Italian Consulate-General for organizing such a fantastic exhibition and also at the same time, giving Pakistani artists an opportunity to show their unique talent.
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The influence of Merce Cunningham Danced Art History
When it comes to influence in European art, few people have a more significant influence than the dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. He is a celebrated icon and one that two museums from two different cities are paying an extensive tribute to him. Both the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis honored Cunningham with an exhibition titled "Common Time."
Cunningham has always had an appealing aura around him. He was not just a dancer or a choreographer, he was a teacher, and one can say he was everybody's favorite. On stage, he had an electric presence, and he was always experimenting on movements, techniques, and his approach to delivery. From 1939 to 1945, Cunningham was with Martha Graham's company, and then in 1953, he went to establish his own company. The move saw the emergence of a rigorous but stylish movement.
It is often said that Cunningham set the benchmark or modern dance, and he so revolutionized the modern dance culture that only a few people have been able to reach the heights that he set. The museum exhibition highlights some of his collaborations with composers, filmmakers, and artists. Notable pieces include his works with Frank Stella, Robert Morris, and a host of others.
In the exhibition at the Walker Art Center, there is a room that showcases Cunningham's dance RainForest, and the ever-appealing Mylar balloons that served as props. The room overlooks a gallery showcasing the collaboration of Stan VanDerBeek and Cunningham. Both contrasting styles show how much Cunningham experimented in the '60s.
It is essential to point out what makes Cunningham's style unique. It was in the late 1950s that Cunningham experimental style took full fold, and his performance became part of an appealing visual art. The collaborative exhibition of Walker Center and MCA is tagged "Common Time," in homage to the finicky model of the collaboration of the same name. The idea behind the retrospective was so that a "Common Time" will be shared by the elements of a Merce Cunningham Dance Company performance. Different elements will work in separate fashion, similar to a theory Cunningham implemented with his dancers in which they will not see the props or hear the music accompanying their performance and dance.
One thing people ascribe Cunningham with his is industry, and how invested he is in any of his dance. His image and appealing personality are always visible when he performs, drawing others to himself. He was a great dancer and choreographer. No wonder he was referred to as the dancer's dancer and the choreographer's choreographer. Merce Cunningham, will forever be a master of European art.
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