Art Digest (December 07—13)

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest (December 07—13)

‘I don’t know whether the Earth is spinning or not. It depends on whether the word fits the line’ — wrote Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov, a pioneer of the Futurist movement, in the far 1909. By the way, his lyrics were used as a leitmotif at the VII Moscow International Biennale of Young Art that I had recently pleasure to watch. We all might be feeling a bit confused and misled at the end of this bizarre year, so why not accept the things they are now and best benefit from them? Thus, for photographers there is still some time to send their visions of bread making until late December, while young fashion designers can apply for material help from Burberry. What’s awaiting us in the future? Well, looking at Pantone 2021 colors, something tells me, the better days are yet to come…

A R T 

A small collection of artwork prints for your home by Fine Art America 

If you feel like a wanna-be gallerist or a collector while roaming around art exhibitions, Fine Art America has something to offer you. Not so expensive, of decent quality and perfect taste. The Chicago-based company which both serves as an art marketplace and a print-in-demand bureau has recently announced a launch of a new series of artwork prints. The original works were published at different times in such distinguished magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. 

Among the authors featured are fashion photographers Clifford Coffin and George Hoyningen-Huene, cartoonists Charles Barsotti and Bob Staake, painter Abigail Gray Swartz, and others. The artwork prints by Fine Art America are available in many formats including canvas, metal, acrylic, wood, and posters. Sounds like a nice present for Christmas for those who are in love with arts… No promo, really — just a small source of inspiration which needs to be shared. 

D E S I G N 

2021 Pantone Colors announced. Any suggestions? 

Pantone Color Institute is so far the world’s most recognized color lab. Forecasting global trends and advising companies on their brand visual identity, Pantone regularly comes up with new shades (which we have touched upon previously more than once). However, it’s the choice of the color of the year that makes the hearts of creatives beat faster. For the upcoming 2021 (fingers crossed, it will bring us a bit of luck) the Institute has announced its ambassadors: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

Why exactly these? ‘The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude’ — explains Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. A powerful tandem, the two shades complement each other, however, they don’t necessarily go together in equal parts, the company claims. Now that you are armed with knowledge and inspiration, you can try it in practice exploring the colors of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating through various Facebook and Instagram filters. 

P.S. Interesting enough, the only time Pantone selected a couple of colors at once was in 2016. Well, strange times appeal to some bigger hopes.

A R C H I T E C T U R E 

Singing about art and silk: SCA presents a new theatre in Guangzhou 

Quite a bit yielding to Shanghai and Beijing on its tourist attractiveness, Guangzhou, China’s third largest city, was certainly built to impress — by its artistic heritage and architectural appearance. The unthinkably high Canton Tower, the Opera House designed by her majesty Zaha Hadid, and the Copper Coin building keep on thrilling the minds of some curious travelers for some years now. Yet another cultural gem has recently joined the list of Guangzhou wonders, which is a theatre resembling a silk embroidery

Can you imagine a scarlet regularly twisted building (something like a curved hair rubber band) all tattooed with symbolic images and patterns? Steven Chilton Architects (SCA) could. The other day, the architectural bureau passed the project of a 2000-seat-theatre based in the Northern part of the city, which will host its first visitors in the upcoming year. The design of the theatre both refers to Guangzhou’s silk heritage and the tattoo art aesthetics (artists of different kinds have always crawled the place). The outer envelope is defined by the 10 separate folds gently flowing one into another. Thanks to the superstructure of welded steel tubes, the building acquires its elevated position

F A S H I O N 

Burberry and British Fashion Council to support fashion students in need 

ReBurberry Fabric is probably the program all aspiring fashionistas have been waiting for so long. Especially those who had major financial difficulties during the lockdown. Burberry will hand over remains of its fabrics to the fashion students most in need. The BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion and Colleges Council will take charge of the logistics and distributions. 

A couple of weeks ago we discussed how Burberry intended to cheer up its clients at the turn of the year with an uplifting campaign. Now it’s time the label supported the younger colleagues. ‘We look forward to seeing how donations can positively impact these academic institutions and students, and hope this is the beginning of a wider industry initiative to support these communities, now and in the future’Pam Betty, the brand’s VP, Corporate Responsibility, comments on the charitable initiative.

O P P S / P H O T O G R A P H Y

Art Factory Flox wants your insights on bread production 

What do you know about the bread? If to you it’s something bigger than just having a toast for breakfast and you have some time before December 31st, Art Factory Flox is waiting for your artist’s statement. The art space based in Kirschau, Germany expects the participating visuals to create a series of photographs of bread production at its various stages

Either in craft or in industrial environments, the manufacture of bread should be captured at 2—5 pictures in a 2-3 aspect ratio in RGB mode. A resolution of 300 dpi for the original image and a smaller one for the preview is required. Applying and taking part in the exhibition is free of charge, the deadline for submissions is the last day of 2020. As for the organizer, Art Factory Flox is part of Flox galleries located in Kirschau and Dresden. Following the motto Contemporary art away from the metropolises but right in the middle of the world’, the Kirschau-based space started representing artworks in the industrial area of an old textile factory in 2013. Now the coverage area has been extended to some other urban and rural locations, to engage more actors into dialogue.

On the cover: Guangzhou theatre. Photo: Chong-art photography

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