I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art sheds light on its stock and presents a colourful Accrochage in time for Spring.
It is, however, more than a plain Spring exhibition but an exciting mix of works by many of the gallery's renowned artists, such as Herbert Beck, Joachim Brohm, Gehard Demetz, Gotthard Graubner, Anton Henning, Leiko Ikemura, Susanne Kühn, Desmond Lazaro, Heinz Mack, August Macke, Hartmut Neumann, Emil Nolde, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Apostolos Palavrakis, Pablo Picasso, Fabrizio Plessi, Chris Reinecke, Katharina Schilling, Norbert Tadeusz, Manolo Valdés and Stefan à Wengen.
From an art historical point of view, the colour Yellow has had different connotations over the centuries in different cultural circles. Yellow symbolizes envy, betrayal and cowardice. In the Middle Ages, yellow was used instead of gold on panel paintings and coats of arms. Yellow is also perceived as a positive and warm colour, because it associates terms such as sunshine and light. The colour Yellow as the focus of this exhibition turned out to be intuitive, as we noticed how often and how versatilely the artists use this colour. Whether lemon yellow, golden yellow, canary yellow, Indian yellow, sometimes more sand-coloured, sometimes greenish or a rich ochre - everything is there!
A yellow lemon and star fruit are of course striking yellow, the Expressionist painter Emil Nolde paints a yellow face that is programmatic, Mack refers to the colour theory with his work Colour Rotation, yellow in Tadeusz' masterful perspective plays a contrasting background, Lazaro's yellow refers to the magic of India, Demetz's Yellow drone monstrance adds an absurdity to this theme, Ikemura's faming yellow hair gets glorifying, the little Gardener in Macke's drawing is somewhat more meditative and Brohm's disused yellow motorboat lets the temperature rise.
Yellow triggers emotions - Yellow makes you happy! The question in life of what makes us happy, everyone has to answer for themselves, we are simply offering an incentive to just enjoy the colour Yellow, instead of always striving for the big picture. True to the motto, money does not make you happy - Yellow makes you happy, you are cordially invited to be infected!
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