Featured Artist

5 works to meet Cai Guo-Qiang

By Sybaris Collection

Based in New York, the Chinese artist merges video with draw, sculpture, art-installation and fireworks. Yes, fireworks! For some art critics, Cai Guo-Qiang is not only one of China’s most prominent contemporary artists, but one of the leaders of art today for using materials in unexpected ways. His fireworks installations use gunpowder to create amazing visual effects without harming nature. Here we select 5 of his most important pieces of art.

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The Provocation Column

Meeting Keith Haring

By Regina de Con Cossío

B. Reading, Pennsylvania, 1950

Most expensive Artwork Sold: Untitled , 1982

Sold price: 6,537,500

As I am contemplating a painting by Keith Haring hanging on my wall, I remember what the artist once said: “Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination, and encourages people to go further.” The street artist who reached out to the world with his simple characters and illustrations, spread a strong and vital social message through his artwork. Looking at his work is like diving into a unique world. To illustrate that, let’s consider the pieces I have in front, on my wall. “The Game” and “Pop Art” are two works on paper and painted with pen markers. Both signed in 1985, they depict scenes full of Haring’s recognizable motifs like the little dancing figures, angels, barking dogs, radiant babies crawling, and angels. The naive impression one gets at first sight with his cartoons and illustrations vanishes easily when facing the vacuum, emptiness and social claims represented in his paintings.

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Opinion

And What the F#$& is Contemporary Art?

By Camila Durán

It is not a new thing: When someone says contemporary art, two groups immediately open up: those who love it and those who hate it. Has it ever happened to you? One is in a museum and suddenly a family composed of a father, a mother and a daughter begins an argument that is going nowhere. The daughter is excited by what she sees in front of her; while parents seem to understand nothing. It is not that contemporary art is for young people, but at least it requires a position where the viewer has the desire to be seduced by a work of art. A feeling that, undoubtedly, comes from the spirit of youth.

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