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GERARD RICHTER, THE REAL ILLUSION OF PAINT

Posted on January 30, 2013 by admin

From tomorrow, Jan the 31th until April the 21st 2013, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo of Turin will host and present the exhibition Gerhard Richter – Editions 1965–2012. Richter is a worldwide successful German artist best known for his paintings, featured in museum collections all over the world. Editions are original works of art, not produced as unique pieces but in a certain number of impressions: prints, photographic editions, editions of paintings, artist’s books, artist’s posters and multiples. Richter is nowadays one of the most important living artists. Since the 1960s, he has immersed himself in a rich and varied exploration of painting, continually challenging the medium, encompassing a diverse range of techniques and ideas: his magnificent realist paintings based on photographs, colourful abstractions, portraits, landscapes. Richter has also been working with other media and materials, over-painting his own photographs or photographing details of his own paintings. Gerhard Richter has ever since been one of the first German artists to reflect on the history of National Socialism, creating paintings with victims of the Nazi party and has simultaneously produced abstract and photorealistic painted works, as well as photographs and glass pieces. Following the examples of Picasso, he’s been undermining the concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single style. Richter is regarded as the top-selling living artist in fact, in Oct 2012, his Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34milion. His photos projected in canvas replicate the look of the original picture, offering the image a paradoxical photographic appearance; landscapes and portraits, are thus rendered fragile illusions, fleeting conceptions, a photographic imagery as a starting point for his early paintings. Richter’s work is breathtaking. The viewer is projecter in a place where there’s no space, nor time, nor real subject and this sweet timeless illusion through which we can admire Richter’s art is a warm and safe cuddle.

 

Gerard Richter -Edizioni

Turin, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

31 January – 21 April 2013

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ACHTUNG! OTTER MESSER’S ON THE WAY!

Posted on July 25, 2012 by admin

Now please, don’t get me wrong, ok? I love knives. I just do. Yes, knives. Actually pocketknives. Since I was a kid in Tuscany, since my grandpa gave me one. Since I started having a remembrance of me jumping like a frog in the countryside climbing on trees to steal figs and other fruits, cutting and carving pieces of wood to make small girandoles. Yes I was a tomboy and yes I simply love to remember that part of me that actually never parted from me. If you consider the fact that I, nowaday, being in the fanciest situation ever, I bring my pocket knife with me. It’s usually crammed into my make up little case. In this very case I’d love to talk about a pocket knife I adore. Germany and Switzerland of course, are major industries of pocket knives. I fell in love with OTTER-Messer since the very beginning. If you consider the knives they produce, are all small treasures, hand made in Solingen, a German town by professional craftsmen. The anchor pocket knife is one of my favourite produced by the OTTER-Messer factory. It features a razor, sharp carbon steel blade, wooden handle and brass anchor inlay. This knife is a mark of quality. OTTER-Messer was founded in 1840 by the Berns brothers in Königsmühle, Solingen, a region of Bergisch Land. Continue Reading →

WHAT A WIT: SARAH ILLENBERGER

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Who is Sarah Illenberger? An illustrator? A graphic designer? A photographer? Words may be reductive to define this eclectic artist whose work ranges in different fields of visual and applied arts. Her amazing genius resides in her inner capability to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. German and talented, Sarah Illenberger, creates crafted object combining an array of different materials. Her works is a piercing sneak through design and everyday life, a vivid journey into humorous images, big or small, abstract or real. Defining her work in just one category is rather impossible. Illenberger touches all forms of visual, design, abstract, reality. Continue Reading →