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Art Digest: September 07—13

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: August 31—September 06

Marigold and French Blue will rule the upcoming New York Fashion Week, Miyazaki works to get inside the museum’s walls, while art by another artist has elicited many controversies… What else is new in the art world this week? 

F A S H I O N 

Pantone announces colour palette for SS/2021 NY Fashion Week

You’ve probably heard that 2021 colour of the year is Al Aqua. Annually chosen by the Pantone Colour Institute, the shade should capture the spirit of the period as well as set the tone for the world leading couture houses. This time it’s SS/2021 New York Fashion Week that is going to benefit from the Pantone careful pick. The upcoming fashion show definitely won’t do without its main shades: Marigold, Cerulean, Rust, Illuminating, and French Blue, all of which have either been featured on the runways or spotted on celebrities in 2020. 

The other principal colours include Green Ash, Burnt Coral, Mint, Amethyst Orchid, and Raspberry Sorbet. The Pantone Institute experts traditionally recommend a few core classics to mix the standout shades with: for instance, Butter Cream or Ultimate Gray. According to the Pantone direction, the colour palette selected for SS/2021 NY Fashion Week is designed to be both relaxing and energetic, so that we all could recharge our batteries and feel some optimism after the challenging times of the pandemic. 

C I N E M A 

‘Body of Truth’ featuring Marina Abramovic, Shirin Neshat, Sigalit Landau, and Katharina Sieverding released 

The film Body of Truth is a very feministic work (in the best sense) both written and directed by Evelyn Schels, who filmed the Georg Baselitz documentary in 2013. The official release date is September 10 (Germany).

The four main characters, performance star Marina Abramovic, film director Shirin Neshat, multimedia artist Sigalit Landau, and self-portrait photographer Katharina Sieverding, who actually play themselves, tell their stories of political confrontation against the war, violence, and suppression. The statements are different as well as the women’s biographies, however, the main weapon is the same: the artists’ own bodies.

‘The mind can lie, the mind can mostly lie, but the body never can lie’ — says Marina Abramovic about the film. Sigalit Landau shares the position, admitting she trusts her body more than her mind. In the film Landau immerses a barbed wire in the salt wire, thus, seeking ways to crystallize her story physically. Shirin Neshat acts more drastically, showing writing on the faces of Iranian women as the only visible part of their skin… and a battlefield for political ideologies. In her turn, the film director Evelyn Schels says no previous knowledge is required to understand the work, it’s all about the emotional perception.

New museum of motion pictures to open with Hayao Miyazaki show 

The new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is to open on April 30 with a fascinating retrospective of the famous Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki. His animated films, such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Kiki’s Delivery Service will be carefully incorporated into the space of the exhibition.

‘Miyazaki has the talent to combine to create movies that are both entertaining, but if you want to take a closer look, also very meaningful and relevant for our own lives’. (Jessica Niebel, the exhibition curator) 

The visitors will have a chance to explore some materials from the production process, including concept drawings and storyboards (that what Miyazaki usually uses instead of a script). The show will also feature 3D installations, which aim at immersing the viewer into the animated worlds of the cartoons. The exhibition is designed as a 7-part journey, so get ready to follow the character’s voice and slip into a daydream. A bit closer to the ground, but still amazing: many works exhibited will leave Japan for the first time and stay in the Museum for about a year because of their fragility. 

A R T 

Berlin Art Week runs from September 9—13

The major annual cultural event Berlin Art Week organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin fortunately takes place this year. During the 5 days, from September 9—13, visitors will gain a chance to join talks, performances, contemporary art fairs, biennales, and many other appointments (the program is particularly rich). The participating venues are just amazing, take at least, ℅ Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Nationalgalerie, and Tempelhof Airport.

Since you are there, there are a couple of events definitely not to miss. First, the Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art — taking place every two years since 1998, the Biennial runs from September 5 to November 1, 2020 for the 11th time. The Berlin Biennial has the nature of an art contemporary lab and a space open for experiments with the latest art trends. About 130 participants are on the list. The other noteworthy event is the POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair (September 10—13). Running at Tempelhof Airport Hangar 3-4 each year, the art fair gathers collectors, galleries, and artists in one place to offer them a liberal discursive platform and a perfect meeting place.

Artwork by Erik Kessels criticizing plastic surgery called into question 

Destroy My Face is a new artwork by the Dutch artist Erik Kessels, which consists of algorithmically generated images of female faces that have undergone plastic surgery. Kessels invited skaters from Pier15 Skatepark to destroy the faces while riding on the installation, which the latter gladly did. On the BredaPhoto Instagram account some posts have emerged saying: Status after one day skating!. 

However, not everybody appreciated the idea of the artwork. A group of artists, designers, and other creatives have recently sent an open letter to the board of BredaPhoto and Pier15 Skatepark, calling for Kessels’ explanation. The opponents criticize the way Erik Kessels highlights the issue as an artist, finding it sexist and violent.

If you share the opposing position, you can add your signature to the open letter here

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