Friday, February 06, 2009
Salvador DALI, all-round artist, painter, sculptor, photographer ...
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary disappearance of SALVADOR DALI, Fanantique proposes a large choice of photographic and graphic artworks. To discover them, click here >>
Salvador Dali, an unusal artist
Born in FIGUERAS in 1904 and deceased in the same town on January 23rd 1989. Between these two dates, the genius of port LLIGAT, atypical artist and typically Catalan, influenced the 20th century and leaves an indelible trace in the history of art and the heritage of Humanity. Mainly known as a painter, although painting represents only 15% of his work, DALI is, most of all, a productive artist in constant creative effervescence and gives a SOUL to whatever passes in his hands or in his brain, such as the famous happening events for ever engraved in the collective memory. He nourrishes all the courants, as well as the ones of fashion, advertisement and Design. He is also writer, scenographer, film director, and the 'actor' the most expensive in the history of Cinema (still valid!).
Dali and the photography
One of his less known talent is the photography. DALI realized before everybody else the intemporal importance of the Photographic Art and its impact on future generations ! From the 20's, he elaborates some postures in front of the camera of his contemporaries such as MAN RAY & HALSMANN… As time goes by, and with an auto-marketing strategy, he creates a character that sparks curiosity and, most of all, a keen interest of international journalists that immortalize the POPE OF SURREALISM in all his splendor!
Salvador DALI is certainly the artist the most photographed in the world. "HE" is the most surrealist creation of his own production! His image on a picture is an "ARTWORK" !!!
In 1975 in Paris, DALI with the sponsoring of NIKON organize his first photo exhibition, with the famous photographer ROBERT DESCHARNES and MARC LACROIX, but back then, only the engravings and lithographs are noticed by the public. It is only in 2004, date of his 100th birthday, that the wortld of Art discovers « DALI PHOTOGRAPHE » and his precious testimony through the decades of the last century, especially with the immortalized 'Fabulous adventure of DON QUICHOTTE' by JOSEPH FORET and the ’APOCALYPSE of SAINT JEAN', which is still an important theme in present time. The POWER of his compositions realized at DRAEGER in 1968, is also the only SURE & REALIST major creation, that illuminates and shines on the contemporary photography activity. DALI is an universal creator and we can never stop discovering his artistic interdisciplinarity.
Text by Jordi Casals.
Find all artworks by Salvador Dali by clicking here >>
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Panton, Paulin, Pesce, three designers ...
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Incredible Art Basel and other art exhibitions.
300 galleries representing about 2000 artists from all over the world, and lots of corridors and kilometers to ride through. I started with a nice breakfast at the outside lounge bar before entering the fair where a sculpture by Romero Britto welcomed the visitors.
The galleries came from all parts of the world: USA, Japan, China, Europe, South Africa, Australia to show us their best collections. We could find original paintings by Botero, Miro, Picasso, Chagall, Magritte, Rouault, sculptures by Arp, Moore and many artworks by other talented artists such as Arman, Adami, and Baj.
Andy Warhol was the big star of the fair, and that was, for me, the opportunity to know better his work. Followed by Alex Katz, John Chamberlain, Lucio Fontana, Tony Cragg ... well, you could see the best and the most up-to-date artworks that everybody talk about or has been talking about within the last months.
With a short schedule I couldn't visit all the places the Art Basel fair had organized but I'm already prepared for the 39th edition of Art Basel which will be held on June 4 to 8, 2008. If you want more, let's meet in Art Basel Miami on 6 - 9 December 2007.
Shanghai Fine Jewelry and Art Fair, China
Dhanghai exhibition center, October 13-21, 2007
Art Toronto, Canada
Toronto intertnational art fair, October 25 -29,2007
Biennale di Venezia, Italy
52nd edition of international art exhibtion, July 10 - November 21, 2007
Le nouveau réalisme, Paris, France
Grand Palais, until July 2nd, 2007.
De Cezanne à Picasso, Chefs d'oeuvre de la galerie Vollard
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France, June 19th to september 19th, 2007
Toby Wright, Firenze, Italy
Third annual alumni exhibition, Corsini Family stables, June 19 - 23, 2007
Art Basel Miami Beach
The international art show, December 6 - 9, 2007
Looking forward to the next blog,
Monday, February 26, 2007
Furniture designers, and glassware manufacturer
Have a closer look to the artworks and modern creations of italian furniture designer and glass manufacturer.
Born in Austria, Ettore Sottsass graduates in architecture in 1939 and starts his career as an architect in Milan in the late 1940’s.
In the 1950’s he becomes famous for the design of Elea 2003, the first Italian-made computer for Olivetti, using a friendly interface and a modern look. Promoted senior consultant, he designs for Olivetti many successful products.
In the 1960’s he develops his artistic skills, creates many provocative anti-bourgeois artworks to block the Radical Design Movement. He exhibits at the MOMA New York few years later and takes part of Anti-Design movement.
Born in Milan in 1931, Alessandro Mendini graduates in architecture in 1959 in Milan. He works for Zanotta and Alessi for many years and for Olivetti in the 1960’s.
In the 1970’s he starts criticizing the established Design culture and writes articles for Casabella, Modo and Domus, magazine for which he becomes managing editor until 1985. He supports strongly the Global Tools avant-garde design school and the experimental design group of Studio Alchimia.
He exhibits at the Venise biennale in 1980 and opens nine years later the Atelier Mendini in Milan and the Paradise Tower in Hiroshima. His work includes many artworks for Venini, Zanotta, Swatch.
Born in Milan in 1895, Paolo Venini associates to Giacomo Cappelin and opens a glassworks in the Venetian island of Murano. They soon represents the avant-garde glass blowing figures, and creates vases, sculptures, and many other artworks in opposition with the exuberant Venetian art of the time.
Acclaimed in the 1920’s at the exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels in Paris in 1925, Paolo Venini remains the only proprietor. He then collabores with the greatest artists and glass blowers to produce innovative artworks and to develop new techniques together withhis artistic director Martinuzzi Napoleone such as the pelugoso glass (tiny air bubbles).
In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Glassworks of Carlo Scarpa, such as the murrine serpente plate, chandeliers of Gio Ponti and vases of Fulvio Bianconi contributes to the fame of Venini.
Paolo Venini dies in 1959, his son in law takes over the business and uses the same strategy collaborating with great figures of Italian design : Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Versace and many more.
Source the AZ of modern design, ed.Merrell
Monday, November 06, 2006
Contemporary artists for planetary changes
ABSTRACT ART - CONCRETE ART
Max BILL, 1908 - 1994
ART AND CERAMICS
Pablo PICASSO, 1881 - 1973
DESIGN AND PLASTIC ARTS
Franz WEST, 1947
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret dit Le Corbusier, 1887 - 1965
Thursday, August 31, 2006
African arts, French antiques and Planetary paintings
23rd Biennale des Antiquaires - Sept. 15 to 24 - 2006
The 23rd Biennale des antiquaires will be held in the Grand Palais in Paris from Sept 15 to 24 to the delight of collectors and art lovers. Exhibitors from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, United States, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Principauty of Monaco, Switzerland and of course France will be exhibiting their best collections.
This event, headed by the president of The Syndicat National de Antiquaires, was born in 1956 with the mission to present exceptional quality works of art. The opening will be predated by a Vernissage (Sept 14th)and a Gala (Sept 13th). All the benefits will go to the Hôpitaux de Paris Hôpitaux de France Foundation headed by Madame Jacques Chirac.
This year, the biennale revels in culinary art too, the restaurant will propose the cooking of the greatest french Chefs.
The decorative arts of the 20th century will be most prominent in the show and you will find pieces by Georges Jouve, Jean Royère, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé and more, but also handpicked old master paintings, jewels, and african and islamic art.
For more info: http://www.biennaledesantiquaires.com
(Source IHT, site internet biennale de antiquaires)
African and Primitive arts
1. Calao - Cameroon - H 200 cm
2. Man on riding a Baoule horse - Cameroun - H 148 cm
3. Sculpture created in the 40's - H 185 cm
For more information or exhibitions about african or primitive arts:
Museum for African Art - Phone: 718-784-7700 - firstname.lastname@example.org
African arts - Quaterly journal devoted to plastic and graphic arts of Africa.
Planetary Painter : Karel Appel
Karel Appel was born in Amsterdam in 1921 and died in Zurich in 2006. He was co-founder and a leading member of the Cobra movement formed in 1948 by a group of artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. This movement rejected the abstraction of the European paintings of the 40's, considering it too passive and believed in instinct over reason. The art of Appel was inspired by children paintings and mythology. From New York, where he lived for a long time, he created many exuberant and colorfull paintings and lithographs exploiting the free expression of his unconscious.
To see our original lithograph, click here
Fanantique is in action :
- We will welcome very soon the Art of Rona Conti. (see picture)
- 3 new galleries are expected in automn : a specialist of asiatic arts, an expert of quality glassworks, and an antique dealer specialized in Decorative arts from 20th century.
- Since August, the number of visitors has doubled as Fanantique proposes a nice selection of contemporary artists : Chagall, Balthus, Miro, Chillida, Delaunay, Appel, Arman, Dubuffet ... To see our modern paintings and lithographs, click here.
- We added new pieces of art of Jeantimir Kchaoudoff, an exhibition wil be held soon on the French Riviera.
See you back soon on Fanantique,