Art News: Frida Kahlo Retrospective in Berlin, Lindsay Lohan Gun Portrait Controversy & Grace Jones in 3D

2 May
2010

FRIDA KAHLO RETROSPECTIVE IN BERLIN

Born in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Frida Kahlo is one of the great identification figures of Latin American art. She stands out as one of the most famous female artists of the first half of the 20th century.

Injured in a traffic accident on 17 September 1925 Frida Kahlo spent the rest of her life in pain as a consequence of her frequent operations. These profound experiences left their mark on her work and her world.

The exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin,  will consist of about 150 works (paintings and drawings), making it the most comprehensive show of Frida Kahlo’s work ever staged. For the first time the two largest Kahlo collections will be on display in toto and together. To these must be added valuable loans from 30 Mexican and 15 North American museums and private collections.

The show is currently running through August 9, 2010.

LINDSAY LOHAN CONTROVERSY OVER GUN PORTRAIT


“It’s not softcore porn hunny, it’s called ART,” Lindsay Lohan explained to her followers on Twitter yesterday, linking to a photograph of herself placing a black handgun in her mouth. That scandalous photo has generated a great deal of commentary from media outlets, with Fox News asking viewers, “Can Lindsay Lohan be saved?”

The man behind the photograph is Tyler Shields, an L.A.–based photographer and video music director, who shot Lohan as part of a book project he has entitled The Dirty Side of Glamour. Read whole article: artinfo.

Do you think this is art? Personally, I think it was done for shock value. As if we aren’t shocked enough with Lohan’s antics.

VINYL FACTORY LONDON SHOWCASES GRACE JONES BY CHRIS LEVINE

The Vinyl Factory presents a unique collaboration between Grace Jones and groundbreaking light artist Chris Levine at their Soho gallery space in London through May 14, 2010.

Levine, renowned for his 3D and still images of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, has created a series of 3D holographic portraits of the legendary pop icon. An immersive multimedia affair featuring lightboxes, lazers, video and a specially-commissioned ’soundscape’, The Vinyl Factory show – Stillness at the Speed of Light – showcases the “extraordinary alchemy” between the two artists.

This show, to which entry is free, will also be used to launch Grace’s new video ‘Love You To Life’, which Chris Levine directed. Fore more info about the show and to get an exclusive preview of the artworks on display and limited edition prints for sale, click here!

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