Art Digest: October 05—11

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: October 05—11

Curiously, the fashion brand Maison Margiela and The Guerrilla Girls are around the same age. Just like about 3 decades ago, the former keeps on flourishing and exciting the viewer under the creative direction of John Galliano, while the later has recently published a new book on the collective’s artistic heritage. Besides, the Moscow International Film Festival has announced this year’s winners, while the best from Frieze London 2020 edition can be learnt from The Art Newspaper website. Welcome to this week PH Art Digest!

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New retrospective book by Guerilla Girls coming out 

Since 1985 a few girls wearing gorilla masks have been coming to public spaces, mostly nearby art institutions to express their opinion on feminist issues. Yes, I’m talking about the Guerrilla Girls, who initially went by ‘guerillas’ but someone misspelt the name in a publication, so the mistake became fateful. Though 30 years is a long time and feminism has stepped far ahead since then, the art group shows no signs of stopping. In the newly-minted retrospective ‘Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly’ the artists share their great experience. The book is already available online and will soon appear on the book shelves.

The Guerrilla Girls have always been acting anonymously (you never know who is behind the mask) and collectively (group members change from time to time). Considered feminist activist artists, the Guerrilla Girls discuss the issues of sexism and racism in the art world on public, organizing billboard performances, demonstrations, and other activities. Their appeals sound like: ‚Do women have to get naked to get into the MoMA Museum?‚, or ‚Only 4 commercial galleries in N.Y. show black women. Only 1 shows more than one‘. They also enjoy raising questions in a playful and yet sharp way: e.g. ‚If February is Black history month and March is a Women’s history month, what happens the rest of the year? Answer: Discrimination‘. The Guerrilla Girls stand out in the art scene thanks to their straightforward, aggressive yet ironic style, and it’s really worth discovering!

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The Art Newspaper Guide to Frieze London 2020

Despite all concerns, Frieze London 2020 has successfully taken place this week. This year the famous London contemporary art fair coincides with its related enterprise Frieze Masters (the one showing both historical and modern artworks). Located within walking distance from each other in the Regent’s Park, Frieze London and Frieze Masters welcome the general public from October 9—11, while the invitation-only preview days were held a bit earlier, on October 7 and 8.

If you didn’t happen to visit the fair or, conversely, you have and now you want to shape a well-founded position of it, the digital version of Art Newspaper is here to help. Digests of the most interesting events running, a curated pick of Frieze London by the artistic director of the fair Eva Langret, themed podcasts, and many more are waiting for you on the platform. For those curious about taking a virtual tour to the exhibition, watching live videos, and listening to the records of Frieze Talks, welcome to the main website of Frieze.

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The Creative Mentorship opportunity by Adobe and OFFF Academy 

You’re an artist and your career has been recently interrupted by the forced hiatus? During the COVID-19 lockdown many creatives felt like that, but thankfully there are those who are ready to help. Adobe in partnership with OFFF-Academy is proceeding with The Creative Mentorship project that was launched last year. Six chosen applicants will win a seven-month mentorship by the leading experts of the industry.

To apply for the opportunity you have to be an artist under the age of 30 working in one of the following fields: 3D work, art direction, motion, video, photography, and interaction design. Communication between mentors and mentees will be hosted monthly through online-sessions, however, an all-expenses-paid trip to the mentor’s studio for two days is also included. Besides, winners will be granted with an opportunity to present their works at the OFFF Barcelona upcoming edition, a three-day festival of workshops, performances, and other artistic activities planned for May 6—8, 2021. Curious? Learn more and apply here

‘Metaconstructions’ by the 2019 winner, 3D artist Vlad Dultsev

The Creative Mentorship opportunity by Adobe and OFFF Academy

‘Metaconstructions’ by the 2019 winner, 3D artist Vlad Dultsev


Maison Margiela presented S/S 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection (it’s a video) 

Some fresh memories from the recent Milan and Paris fashion weeks may suggest: fashion docus are the new black. Instead of providing full-format live shows many brands prefer screening small films (sometimes, even quite long ones). So did John Galliano, Maison Margiela creative director, for the label’s S/S 2021 Ready-to-Wear campaign. The film was produced by Nick Knight, who had worked on the brand’s A/W 2020 Couture collection earlier this year. 

In the video, which lasts ¾ of an hour, Galliano explains why he had chosen this medium and shares the details of the creative process. Inspired by the history of tango and South-American wedding fashion at once, Maison Margiela S/S 2021 collection calls for long skirts and pants, acute-shaped shoulders and collars, whimsical draping, and the rockiest colours ever like bloody red, space blue, and, of course, black. A dramatic aftertaste left behind, the process being shown from inside and, perhaps, the best about the new video by Margiela — you can watch it anytime, it is never over. 

Courtesy of Maison Margiela

Courtesy of Maison Margiela

Courtesy of Maison Margiela


Moscow International Film Festival #42 announced winners 

The Moscow International Film Festival happened for the 42nd time in its history from October 1—8, 2020. More than 180 works by the cinema professionals from Norway, Brazil, India, Mexico, Romania, and other countries took part in the competition. On the last day the festival jurors took stock of the season, and here are the films highly acclaimed by the critics (note to self).

The main prize or ‘Golden George’ was awarded to the Russian film ‘A Siege Diary’ by Andrey Zaitsev. ‘Silver George’ or the special jury prize went to the Turkish work ‘In the Shadows’ directed by Erdem Tepegoz. The following persons were honored with the solo awards: Rishi Pelham (‘Hilda, UK) as the Best Director, Gur Bentwich (‘Peaches & Cream’, Israel) as the Best Actor, Megan Purvis (‘Hilda, UK) as the Best Actress, and ‘Nocturne’ (directed by Gwanjo Jeong, Republic of Korea) as the Best Film of the Documentary Competition.

 Looking forward to seeing even more thought-provoking and meaningful films next year!