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Book Review: Keeping an Eye Open by Julian Barnes

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Art is a state of exception; the reason why I believe it makes life exceptional. Keeping an Eye Open is Julian Barnes eloquent storytelling about how “…art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism.” It is the pictorial story of how exceptional minds created the path from the ordinary to the extraordinary to create one of the most important artistic movements from last century. It is the story of how Picasso and Braque´s “little cubes,” started cubism, or Manet´s perfection with the color white, as a prelude to Malevich. The flawless marriage between words and the images that Barnes achieves are essential to understanding in a beautiful yet eloquent argument, selected pieces of the Western canon.

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Zona Maco 2018

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The leading art fair in Mexico, the 2018 Zona Maco celebrates its 15th annual presentation of international art. Consisting of more than 70 galleries of over 2000 artists, this international collection of artworks spans the gamut of contemporary techniques. From silver sculptures to vintage photography, art institution and publication displays, there is much to be experienced at this event. After attending Zona Maco, I wanted to share with you some of the pieces we loved:

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What is Narrative Art?

A picture is worth a thousand words. This term best (and simply) describes narrative art. Narratives have been told for thousands of years to describe conquests, educate a largely illiterate population, and commemorate notable events in history. In ancient times, kings and other rulers would hire artists to tell stories of their achievements, often focusing on their narrow points of view or to “paint” the story favorably, even if it didn’t necessarily happen that way. Therefore, based upon narrative artworks we have seen throughout time, we may or may not understand what truly happened.

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