An artwork commission is the act of soliciting the creation of an original piece, often on behalf of another. Art pieces can be commissioned by private individuals, by a business, or by the government. When and why did the term commission began to take effect in the art world and what was its purpose? And what has this term become today?
Since memorable times, art and the struggle for gay rights have had a strong link through museums, galleries and exhibitions. In this LGBT Pride Month, we have compiled five artists who have helped reflect on communities from a political and social perspective.
Rufino del Carmen Arellanes Tamayo is one of the most notable Mexican artists of the 20th century. Originally from Oaxaca de Juárez, his paintings show urban scenes, nature and local environments. Because of his use of color and technique he is considered one of the leading artists in the history of painting in Mexico. Today we remember his death anniversary with 10 of his most emblematic works.
Since the popularity of the internet and online purchasing, globalism has allowed a strengthened art market to take shape, as artists and works previously found only in regional markets began to dot the landscapes of New York, Paris, and London in record numbers. In the early years of this new era, contemporary and abstract works by international artist were found everywhere, and figurative art seemed only a blip on the screen of art sales.However, along with the shift in world attention to the conflicts humans have been suffering for thousands of years (with the focus on recent events), so have artists been using the human experience in a more basic form of expression: Figurative art. It has it been climbing the ranks of art sales as it grows in popularity by art collectors and has been in a relative boom for the last 10 years. A March 2017 Sotheby’s London sale provided several multimillion dollar sales in Figurative works. With a drastic increase in Figurative art auction sales, one may wonder if this is a lasting development or simply a short-lived fad. Let’s discover some of the reasons why…and proof of…its explosive growth.
Maurits Cornelis Escher is one of the most recognizable artists for his spatial-temporal paradoxes. Born in Leeuwarden in 1898, his works fuse architecture with painting to give rise to optical illusions, utopian worlds and abstract spaces. Douglas Hofstadter described him as “The creator of some of the most intellectually stimulating drawings of all time. Many of them have as their root paradox, illusion or double meaning”. For the American philosopher, there is more to Escher’s drawings than symmetry: there is an underlying idea executed in an artistic way. In order to commemorate the anniversary of Escher’s death (March 27, 1972), we remember 10 of his most symbolic works.
Where Should Art Go During This Pandemic Situation?
By Abel Cervantes
There are two contemporary events that have changed the world. 9/11 led to an extreme vigilance that made disappear the line between the public and the private. Suddenly, foreign people (the unknown Other) became a danger to society and it was necessary to know their location to stop their “terrorist plans”. Cell phones began to have sophisticated cameras, that not only served to photograph unforgettable moments, but were also used to capture –in flagrante- their own owners. (Batman. The Dark Knight summarizes these concerns in an enlightening way: Lucios Fox – Morgan Freeman – is the tech genius who helps Batman achieve his objectives: adapt a war vehicle to arrest thugs, use a plane to capture a Chinese thief or chase the Joker throughout Gotham City using the citizens’ cell phones as an underwater radar.) Nowadays, cell phones have endless functions. However, each of them work as a detector that records all human activities: from where we are to what we eat, what we wear and what we desire (Facebook and Google listen to even the most intimate conversations, even if cell phones are several meters away). Our life is exposed as it was not thirty years ago.