Venice Biennale Ultimate Art Experience

The Biennale Arte 2017 ends the 26th of November, 2017.  It was the ultimate art experience.

Coming out of each architecturally unique pavilion into the daylight and serenity of the Giardini with the welcome breezes from the Adriatic was amazing.  Fortunately the 1 euro espresso macchiato between the Canada and German pavilions was just perfect.

 

While the Great Britain, Russia, United States, Austria, Romania and Japan Giardini pavilions were grand and memorable, all participating artists’ expressions were important to experience.  I will post a curated collection of images.

 

Day 2 was devoted to the  Arsenale.  The ultimate art experience continued in industrial spaces with no physical separation between 9 themes or episodes curated by Christine Macel.  After that moving outdoors under clear blue sky, followed installations in participating countries – Argentina, New Zealand, Slovenia and the awe of China’s artists.

 

We saved Italy for last.  It was dark and mysterious entering in what was described as a ‘basilica-like’ space.   The entrance to “Imitation of Christ” by Roberto Cuoghi is pictured below.  After having read didactics for two days, I desired only immersion in his installation and would read his statement later.  It was a singular experience, amazing and creepy.  ‘Il mondo magico’ presents 3 artists who  created works about the “transformative power of the imagination and an interest in magic”.

 

That is me as the Vitruvian woman standing at the beginning of artist Cuoghi’s work which seems to be a factory to produce prehistoric devotional figures.  As written in the hand-sized and cool silver cover book for the show, the author “spent years studying a range of rituals, describing them as a means through which individuals try to regain control in times of uncertainty and reassert their presence in the world.”

 

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A Vitruvian woman in “Imitazione di Cristo” art installation.

My tip for attending the Venice Biennale is to go directly to the official book store in the Giardini and purchase their paperback guide. This illustrated guide was about 15 Euro, informative and handy to write in your own notes and impressions.

Among other outstanding contemporary art exhibitions we experienced in Europe this year were Lenbachhaus in Munich, Germany and  “Colors” at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy.  Installed in the collection in the Castello was Fragments, 2005 by Ai Weiwei.  We didn’t expect to see this and I think we held our breaths walking in it.  The strength of this sculpture and the space are to be experienced.

 

Below is a link to this show, “Ancient Egypt Gives a New Twist to Turin’s Contemporary Art Week” which just ended.  Compliments to Turin.

Contemporary Art in Turin article by New York Times 

News…In Person Photography Show and Tell October 17

Photography News

News – Diane Huntress Presents: words and works from a Life in Photography

This event is FREE and Open to the Public.  Come find out how Diane was featured in Pentax Life and American Photo.  How does a world class photographer specializing in ski photography extend her business into photographing people in the corporate world?

 

Photography 70’s at Fine Arts Museum Split, Croatia

“Exhibition Split 70’s by photojournalist Fedja Klaric presents 130 black and white prints of photographs recorded in an exciting decade for the history of the city and the Croatian photography. Feđa Klarić represents generation of photographers whose poetics and personality vividly enriched national school of photography with the genre of live news photograph and thus pave the way for a generation of photographers of the following decade.”

Location:  Galerija Umjetnina or Fine Arts Museum, Split, Croatia.

The exhibition continues through March 26, 2017.

70’s Split Exhibition

 

 

Split, Croatia. Portrait of photographer, Feda Klaric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poster at Galerija umjetnina (Museum of Fine Arts) exhibition of photographs by Fedja Klaric.

 

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Galerija umjetnina (Museum of Fine Arts) exhibition of photographs by Fedja Klaric.

 

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Exhibition of photographs by Feda Klaric in Galerija Umjetnina, Split, Croatia.

 

Galerija umjetnina (Museum of Fine Arts) interior courtyard with contemporary sculpture.

 

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Galerija umjetnina (Museum of Fine Arts) sandwich sign for Caffe Bar.

hiper mart

Quotidian?  Another day of shopping at a Pacific Coast Mexican hyper mart, La Mega.  How to make it fun?  These are some of my favorite things.

 

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Capitan America and little helper at La Mega hiper mart.

 

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Giant green jackfruit portrait.

The jackfruit is the largest tropical fruit that grows on a tree and can weigh 80 pounds. According to the Tropical Fruit Guide.  It is the source of the original flavor of Juicy Fruit Gum.

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Jackfruit detail

 

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Large water melons displayed like small fruits at La Mega hyper mart.

 

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Cart escalator into La Mega.

 

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Amazing Mountain of Pacifico Beer

When they offer product promotions, they often create mountains of the stuff over 10 feet high like this one.

 

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Toys and balls department at La Mega.

 

toy fish pool

Large inflatable swim pool shaped like a fish with mouth and teeth.

How about the real fish department?  Looks ready for it’s close-up!

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Fresh octopus sits on top of a mushroom display made of ice.

But where’s the CAKE?

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Cup cakes with squiggly frosting and cherries.

 

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Modernist cake with cherries.

 

 

Summertime

Cheers for Summertime, the Summer Solstice and a Strawberry Moon and, to quote my friend Adam Lerner, Director and Chief Animator, Department of Fabrications at the very cool Museum of Contemporary Art Denver , “At the same time!”

 

Summertime, the Summer Solstice and a full, strawberry moon at the same time on the beach at La Cruz Huanacaxtle.

Summertime, the Summer Solstice and a full, strawberry moon at the same time on the beach at La Cruz Huanacaxtle.

 

Small Village on the Bay of Banderas #2

This location is one of the eight ecozones making up the Earth’s land surface.  Two of the most beautiful distractions in this neotropical environment are the luscious cool water and warm, soft sand.

Aqua.

 

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Swimming pool water reflects the sky and tile on bottom.

 

Sand.

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Beach sand pattern after ocean breezes and feet.

Balance created by the distant Sierra Madre horizon line.

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Sand, sea and Sierra Madre.

It was natural to make an image emphasizing transparency in color, light and form.  The design of this pool is something to appreciate.  The palms and 3 water falls constitute an inviting landscape.  But does it function as a place to swim and enjoy the water?  Yes, fantastico!

I walked down wide, gradual and easy tile steps to shoulder high water and glided to the base of the palm which was the perfect height for sitting submerged under about 6 inches of water.  The perimeter of the pool covered by smooth, square tiles provided a useful places to walk or sit.  Refreshed and back to my workflow of image downloads.  More to follow…

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Swim up palm tree in pool. La Cruz, Mexico

Small village on Bay of Banderas #1

“Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes…”  Jimmy Buffet.

Stories from an artist about embracing a new challenge, living the off-season in a tropical place and finishing a new photo-based book on the incredible Italian wine and food region, Piedmont.

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Negra Modelo sweating in the tropical breeze at top of lighthouse.

First stop is Puerto Vallarta and the bird’s eye view from the Marina Vallarta Lighthouse, El Faro.  The Sierra Madre (think the “Treasure…” from director, John Huston) frame the background to the port that is popular with yachts as well as grande cruise ships.  Like the way the sea blue sky is mirrored in the table top.

Salud!

Adorable Chocolate Bunnies!

Do you eat off the ears first?  80 % of people do reportedly.  But these bunnies are too cute!

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Adorable Chocolate Bunnies

 

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Chocolate Spring Cake by Whole Foods.

Spring! Urban Beauty

Hope springs eternal!  Following a cold and windy week in Denver, snow fell over night.  Springtime has happened again! On the way to breakfast, with a schedule for the day but thanks to my iPhone using an app I’ve been honing for 4 years, this scene could be captured.  The lines of this iconic tree emphasized by the snow and shadow on the branches are beautiful, but especially with the just formed and fresh green leaves.

Hope!  What’s not to like?

 

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Morning sun and blue sky highlight the fresh snow on the tree which is the central feature of the Denver Brooks Tower Condominium building.

The people behind public light art.

Creative MachinesHow do you celebrate the dedication of new sculptural light artwork?  Engage with the art and take Selfies with it, of course.  While I’m all in for light art that engages and anything that excites people to capture themselves with it, this image required a photographer.  😀

Arizona landscape and sculpture artist, Blessing Hancock, shows us the scale of the work and one of the ways to enjoy the new lighted 3-dimensional artwork.  Behind her head is a button that is pushed to change the color range of the light from this magenta, to blue, white and our  favorite, orange.  At the ends and at the left side in this photo are her designs of things “on display” and for sale in unique, independently owned antique shops and boutiques lining both sides of this street, South Broadway.

 

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Public Landscape and 3-d artist, Blessing Hancock reclining in “On Display”. ©Diane Huntress 2015

 

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Denver Arts and Venues Blue Man Group – L-R Rudi Cerri, Brannen, Michael Chavez

 

 

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New Public Art “On Display” in Denver.

Denver Arts and Venues commissioned the new light art sculptures by Tucson firm, Creative Machines, a multi-disciplinary firm made up of visionary artists, engineers and fabricators.