Art Digest: August 31—September 06

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: August 31—September 06

Autumn has come unnoticed… Did you see that? That means the strangest summer of our lives has been left behind, yet we have no idea what’s coming next. Joking, for sure — summer (of any kind) has always been my favorite season, and early autumn doesn’t yield much to it: it’s usually warm, sunny, smells like a new beginning, and has so many openings. For example, the famous Linz-based Ars Electronica festival welcomes its visitors just in a few days, while probably the first-ever makeup museum in New York seeks your attention (bring yourself and let your friends know). Discover the other news and enjoy our selection of professional opportunities from the latest Art Digest:

F A S H I O N 

Makeup Museum opened in New York
Yes, you heard it right — it’s a real museum, not a makeup studio or other sort of a promotional activity. 

Based on the collection of the famous makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, the Museum features an extensive digital archive that sheds a light on the history of beautology. By the way, it’s been 10,000 years since people started wearing makeup, did you know that? If you feel like visiting the place, take care of the tickets: the ongoing debut exhibition focuses on the makeup era of the 1950s’ in America.

Kevyn Aucoin (1962—2002) is probably one of most famous names in the makeup industry. In the 80-90’s the artist ‘sculpted’ looks of many celebrities (Madonna, Cher, Tina Turner are among them) and top-models (e.g. Claudia Schiffer, who has recently been announced to curate a fashion photography exhibition, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell). Interested in makeup since early childhood (back then Kevyn tried putting cosmetics on his sister), the artist decided to follow his dream and made a fascinating career, collaborating with Vogue and Allure, working with Revlon, Shiseido, and finally launching his own brand, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, in 2001. Many colleagues say Kevyn Aucoin was ahead of his time and, thus, pioneered the industry, bringing makeup out of the shadows, making it more accessible and yet very desirable. 

C O N T E M P O R A R Y  A R T 

Keith Haring’s personal art collection at Sotheby’s 

140 works from the personal collection of the Keith Haring will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s from September 24—October 1. The works include those by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel-Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Kenny Scharf, and other famous contemporaries of the artist, either bought by or gifted to Haring. The sale, which goes under the title Dear Keith: Works from the Personal Collection of Keith Haring, might be called charitable: the money raised will be donated to the New York City LGBTQ+ center. 

‘Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further’. (Keith Haring)

And the proceeds might be enough! The most expensive painting, Warhol’s 1983 portrait of Haring, is expected to bring between $200,000 and $250,000, while the cheapest lots range from $100. Remember, Keith Haring (1958—1990) was a prominent American pop-and street artist, whose graffiti-inspired works contained many allusions to the same-sex relations. Thus, Haring tried to draw public attention to such problems as homophobia and AIDS. The cruelest joke is that the artist himself died of the AIDS-related complications, just like his close friend and lover, artist Jean Dubuffet. Keith Haring managed to elaborate a widely recognized visual language that still serves as a call for social activism.

Ars Electronica opens September 9

The legendary art festival takes place from September 9—13 this year. As usually, in Austria, Linz, but not only — more than 120 locations around the world will host Ars Electronica activities, which guests will be able to watch online. Running under the theme In Kepler’s Garden, the 2020 festival focuses on new communication channels as well as specially intensive and highly individual experiences, which most of us have faced during the pandemic. 

‚We’re not excited about technology, we’re excited about what we can do with it.‘
(Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica) 

Ars Electronica is the pioneering festival for art, technology, and society, which was established in the far 1979. Annually a couple of dozens artists and scientists meet up in Linz to discuss the prospects of the digital future and present some groundbreaking projects in the field.

O P P O R T U N I T I E S 

Art opportunities for September 2020

Entering autumn with a safe list of some attractive ops sounds as a good idea, doesn’t it? Artwork Archive is as usually glad to offer young artists a rich variety of international fellowships, competitions, and exhibiting options, deadline for which expire this September. It’s up to you whether to seek creating a perfect street photography for the New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA) or apply for SERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grant. Don’t be afraid of trying, and luck will be with you! 

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

Meet LensCulture Critics Choice Award 2020

LensCulture is famous for granting aspiring photographers with opportunities to display their works and make a statement. Each few months artists can apply for a new award nomination, and LensCulture Critics Choice Award is, arguably, the most captivating one

Members of the jury panel, all big names in the field of photography, each selects a work and gives a critical explanation to one’s choice. Those artists, whose works have been chosen by more than one critic, enter the Top Ten and win a $1000 cash grant. Among the jurors are, for instance, Jim Casper, LensCulture Editor-in-Chief, and Cory Keller, Curator of Photography at SF MOMA.

71 Self-Portraits in Isolation by Daisy Noyes. Selected by Cory Keller, Curator of Photography at SF MOMA. Photo_ Courtesy of the Artist_

Mother Earth by Ola Zdeb. Selected by Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director of Photography Festival at Qatar Museums. Courtesy of the Artist_

Concrete Flowers by Vanja Bucan. Selected by Jim Casper, LensCulture Editor-in-Chief and publisher. Courtesy of the Artist_

Enjoy the works by the favorites of this year edition and learn more about the selection criteria with specific examples as well. 

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