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Ellen_Artios
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Jun 29, 2021
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I have recently visited one of the arguably most talked about current events on the New York art scene (and certainly, one of the most advertised). For those who managed not to hear about it, I am talking about an immersive Van Gogh exhibition at Pier 36, logically titled "Immersive Van Gogh." It's not that I usually prefer such shows to the "real thing" at a museum, but I was curious about the new technology promising to have a step-into-the-picture effect, according to the advertisements. Many of my friends were skeptical and decided against this adventure, not only because the tickets are quite pricey ($66 for a regular ticket, including a service charge, and $106 for the VIP ticket, which allows you to skip lines when entering the venue and get a VanGogh cushion as a gift) but also because they favored a real trip to see original paintings to kitschy wall projections, albeit high-resolution ones of Van Gogh's highly recognizable masterpieces. My curiosity overcame skepticism and I took my whole family to see the show. I don't want to give away all the details, which were described so well by Ben Davis of Artnet on June 24th. Suffices to say that I really enjoyed the entire experience very much. Although I cannot say I "stepped into the paintings," the ultra-high-resolution images magnified textures of Van Gogh's paintings so much I could see not only brushstrokes but also a myriad of hues and colors he used that I would not otherwise see with my naked eye in the originals. In addition, there were elements of augmented reality that made the paintings come alive and were quite entertaining. Coupled with a tasteful selection of musical pieces from classical (Handel, Mussorgsky) to popular (Edith Piaff) overall it produced a memorable and delightful experience. My verdict: go, if you can; just come to the place with an open mind and no expectations - I promise, you will remember it. For those who already saw it, please share your impressions in the comments below.
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Ellen_Artios
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May 06, 2021
In Art News
With Frieze NY opened yesterday and the Affordable Art Fair starting in person on May 20th, it is almost unreal that we can actually experience it again after over a year of isolation. It might be helpful for those eager to attend to know what to expect in terms of the safety measures taken by the art fair organizers. At the Affordable Art Fair, you would need to have either the COVID 72 hours (PCR) or 24 hours (rapid) test done before the entry date or the evidence of being fully vaccinated 14 days prior to the fair date. You would still have to wear a mask and socially distance yourself from others. The tickets should be purchased online before coming to the entrance door. Here are some other tips I came across from the editors at Artnet News. https://news.artnet.com/market/frieze-new-york-dos-and-dont-1964146?utm_content=from_www.artnet.com&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=US%2010%3A50%20a.m.%20newsletter%20for%205%2F5%2F21&utm_term=US%20Daily%20Newsletter%20%5BMORNING%5D
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Ellen_Artios
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Mar 27, 2021
In Art News
You probably heard about NFTs from the recent Beeple's painting making national and international headlines. It was sold at Christie's for a record $69.3m. I have to admit, I googled the term NTF for the first time just a couple of weeks ago. For those far from the cryptocurrency world, it may seem irrelevant or uninteresting. But I found this phenomenon fascinating. Here is the article I found the most comprehensible on the subject of NFTs and digital art. I would like to note that it did not mention that the $69.3m for the artwork was paid in cryptocurrency as well. I hope you will find it interesting. Your comments are welcome. https://www.mutualart.com/Article/A-Brave-New-Digital-World/2136372562415401?utm_source=MutualArt+Subscribers&utm_campaign=10064369f6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_Magazine_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0a9ce6ca24-10064369f6-448724816
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Ellen_Artios
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Mar 20, 2021
In Art News
A wonderful New York-based museum, the Frick Collection, conducts monthly series of close looking at various artwork from the collection, titled "Continue the Conversation." The next discussion in the series (April 7, 2021, 5-6pm EST) will be looking at Velázquez's painting "King Philip IV of Spain." For those interested in joining the conversation, follow the link below to register. https://www.frick.org/calendar?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D150914304%26seotitle%3DContinue-the-Conversation-Velzquezs-King-Philip-IV-of-Spain%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D
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Ellen_Artios
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Feb 18, 2021
In Art News
The Swedish spiritual abstractionist Hilma af Klint has recently been rediscovered by the art world. Over 75 years after her death, the Guggenheim Museum had her retrospective in 2018, and now the 7-part catalog of her works has been published. Hilma created her visionary works years before abstractionism was considered to originate. I personally did not know about Hilma until one of our artists, Natalia Koren Kropf, told me how she is inspired by this Swedish artist. I hope you will find this article interesting. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hilma-af-klint-catalogue-raisonne-1944365?utm_content=from_www.artnet.com&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=US%2010:23%20a.m.%20newsletter%20for%202/17/21&utm_term=US%20Daily%20Newsletter%20%5BMORNING%5D
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Ellen_Artios
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Feb 07, 2021
In General Discussions
I find it hard to pick one in particular, as there were so many over the last several decades. For some reason, I clearly remember visiting Rodin Museum in Philadelphia 25 years ago. I knew and loved his works from the photos, but seeing them live was unforgettable. As I marveled at the smooth surfaces of his marble sculptures and painstakingly detailed bronzes, I couldn’t believe that it is possible to make it so vivid, so “real” using stone and metal. He could convey human emotions through these unyielding materials so perfectly. Of course, we have Michelangelo and Bernini masterpieces that came well before him. Still, Rodin was, perhaps, one of the greatest masters of our time (I say “our” because he died just over 100 years ago) who was able to portray the intensity of human emotions with such lucidity and perceived ease. I later visited his museum in Paris as well. Please share your favorite museum visit.
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Ellen_Artios
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Jan 27, 2021
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For those whose lives or the lives of their loved ones were touched by this horrible event in our history, today is International Remembrance Day. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is holding a virtual event where actors and public figures will be reading from the diaries of young writers who perished during the Holocaust. It is today, January 27, 2021, 8 pm-9 pm. Registration is free. Follow the link below to register. https://898a.blackbaudhosting.com/898a/36-Voices-Registrations?_ga=2.179546016.520996772.1609874241-341923603.1598905598
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Ellen_Artios
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Jan 14, 2021
In General Discussions
I first came across the word "edutainment" during my Harvard research in the use of Augmented Reality (AR) by the Museums. It struck me as an apt and funny term for this phenomenon. The AR is becoming increasingly popular with art institutions, especially during the lockdowns, when physical interaction with artworks is not possible. The pandemic is not the only reason for the trend. The interest in using AR by the museums and galleries has been on the rise pre-COVID, with the developing technologies and iPhone/Android usage growth worldwide. The New Met Museum experience created in partnership with Verizon is called "TheMetUnframed." Here is a good overview of it by the Artnet writer Ben Davis. I found it informative and amusing. Enjoy.
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Ellen_Artios
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Jan 06, 2021
In Art News
This Friday at 12:30 pm, the museum will conduct a virtual tour highlighting the treasures of this New York's historical place, which is currently closed due to the pandemic. Follow the link below to register for a free access to this event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treasures-from-the-permanent-collection-an-interactive-highlight-tour-tickets-134205425039
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Ellen_Artios
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Dec 20, 2020
In Art News
Those living in NYC are familiar with its rich and vibrant art scene. How is New York doing during the continuing pandemic? Read this article to find out. It’s a good rundown on the happenings at the Soho and Chelsea galleries. See what is trending now in NY. Leave your comments below on your favorite pieces/galleries.
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