©Shirin Neshat. Courtesy Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris.
Recently, I saw an exhibition by Shirin Neshat at the Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont where we can see two amazing new color cinematographic videos entitled Munis and Faezeh, these two videos were of an enigmatic beauty rare in contemporary art today. Those of you who saw her work at MAM may remember how most of her videos were black and white, youtube her here if you want to catch a few reminders, but these new color films are color corrected in such a fine and delicate way that I was surprised and immersed in it… like a boy with cartoons… The colors were soft pastels colors. The subject matter of the two videos are based on Women Without Men, a novel by the Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipu depicting the perception of a young Iranian woman during the summer of 1953 in Iran’s political unrest and a psychological breakdown of a Muslim woman following a sexual assault. The two videos are stuning and remain in my mind even a few days later. I recommend you try to see this recent works when it comes to your town.
The new large scale photographs, some seen here below, which mainly feature portraits of middle east men and women have been hand tagged in Persian calligraphy. The large images take a position of a face to face confrontation with a culture that remains covered by the Media and rarely seen in contemporary art. I liked them!
Take a look at the work of this painter and performance artist Benoît Pingeot.
youtube one of his performances here
Take a look at work of Nathalie Bibougou, an artist I have met here in paris that paints portraits of Melvin Van Peebles and other interesting subjects.
Take a look at this contemporary artist Harald Fernagu. I went to school with him and I appreciate him very much, site is using my latest css, flash and php, take a look here
Domfestner is a 20 meter high stained glass window at the Köln Dom Cathedral based on Gerhard Richter’s 1970 abstract work titled “4096 Farben” or 4096 Colors for those like me that don’t know German… this artwork features, squares of colors rendered from the color palette of a printing ink manufacturer and you can see it in a previous post. Deconstruction of iconography are the keywords here but it works refreshingly well at the church, it is one of those few places where you can see contemporary art in a Gothic church. You can see more of this window on flickr
Check out William O’brien’s artworks at World Class Boxing in Miami via dig
Lately I have being listen to Tumi and the Volume, a band from Johannesburg, I liked them… take a listen, you can find them in itunes… myspace here
Take a look at this cool short animation by Tim Burton released in 82 that shows the style he would later have in The Nightmare Before Christmas in 93 and later on Corpse Bride on 05…
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