Art News: Pope Benedict XVI Sketches, Viola Frey at MAD and Art Basel Study Trip

25 Mar
2010

FIRST SKETCHES OF POPE BENEDICT XVI REVEALED

After being compared by the pope to Raphael, artist Michael Triegel has been commissioned to paint the pontiff’s portrait.

Martin Triegel and Pope Benedict XVI in Rome

Triegel was first commissioned to paint an official portrait of Pope Benedict in 2009 by the diocese of Regensburg, nearby where the Pope has a home. The artist says he is fascinated by religious subjects and is very familiar with Christian iconography. A former student of Arno Rink at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts (who also taught Neo Rauch), Triegel, known for his smooth and mannered style. But while his old masterish technique may seem a perfect fit for the Catholic Church, one thing does come as a surprise: the 41-year-old artist is a self-confessed atheist. Read whole article: artnewspaper.

BIGGER, BETTER MORE: THE ART OF VIOLA FREY AT MUSUEM OF ART AND DESIGN NYC


Viola Frey (1933-2004) was one of the most influential sculptors of the twentieth century. She emerged in the complex and often contradictory art world of the 1950s where painting, craft (specifically ceramics) and design often merged and diverged in dynamic ways. After studying and working in New Orleans and New York, Frey returned to her native San Francisco in the 1960s to devote herself to ceramics. This was a period of experimentation and innovation on the West Coast.

Frey found her unique style and visual vocabulary in her life-long fascination with mass-produced ceramic figurines which she collected in flea markets. She created what are known as “bricolage” sculptures from assemblages of these knick-knacks, countering their sentimentality and kitschy quality through her engagement of scale. Her gigantic, domineering male and over-wrought female figures allowed her to address issues of gender and power in terms of societal mores in America at mid-twentieth century.

The first major exhibition of Viola Frey’s work since her death in 2004, is currently being shown at the Museum of Arts and Design through May 2, 2010 and features Frey’s colossal clay figures, sculptures, ceramic plates as well as a selection of her paintings and works on paper.

CHRISTIE’S EDUCATION IS OFFERING EXCLUSIVE STUDY TRIP TO ART BASEL 2010

A limited number of 15 lucky participants can go on an exclusive curated study trip to the 41 edition of Art Basel (Switzerland) and to the city of Zurich. If you have the $6,375 (excluding airfare), it is taking place between June 12 – 17 , 2010.

Art Basel is a reference in the international contemporary art scene and participants will be given the chance to share opinions with gallerists, visit galleries, museums, artists’ studios and private collections. Go to Christie’s Education website for details, or to register or to learn more about this study trip, contact Christie’s Education at (212) 355 1501 or email christieseducation@christies.edu.

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