Six Artists Scrutinized the Gaps and Hidden Gems of the Guggenheim’s Collection. Here’s What They Found.

The Guggenheim’s latest show puts a group of unusual curators at the helm: the artists Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince and Carrie Mae Weems. Here’s what they uncovered when they delved into the museums’ holdings.
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Harriet Tubman Is Already Appearing on Some $20 Bills Thanks to Artist’s Clever Stamp

The Trump Administration decided to delay the release of the Harriet Tubman $ 20 bill, so one artist decided to take matters into his own hands.

He created a stamp, retailing for $ 20, that allows people to put Harriet’s face on whatever $ 20 they already have.

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Brooklyn artist Dano Wall has taken the money matter into his own hands, designing a 3D stamp big spenders can use to replace Andrew Jackson’s mug with a picture of their favorite abolitionist and Union Army spy.

The final design for the new $ 20 bill was originally set to be revealed next year, marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

But after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a congressional panel this week that the government would be pushing back the plan to replace Jackson with Tubman on the bill to 2028, Wall took to social media to voice his displeasure.

“We’ll see about that,” Wall tweeted, along with a doctored picture of the bill.

Wall designed the stamp in 2017, soon after President Trump took office. The 3D image of Tubman’s picture covers the face of the nation’s seventh President, a slave owner whose sordid history includes the 1830 Indian Removal Act.

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Cuban indie artists challenge government at Havana arts biennial

A blustering bureaucrat fills a form out with your personal details and hands you a badge declaring you an inspector qualified to police Communist-run Cuba’s cultural sector under a controversial new decree.


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DJ Whoo Kid Collaborates With New Streaming Platform For Independent Hip-Hop Artists

Independent hip- hop artists rejoice. There’s a new platform in town. MyMy Hip Hop is the streaming music platform that allows listeners to discover and help promote new independent hip-hop artists. Popular radio personality on Eminem’s Sirius XM Shade 45 channel, Yves “DJ Whoo Kid” Mondesir is in collaboration with MyMy Hip Hop. 

The hope for the platform is to help these emerging talents expand their careers through playlists and a digital voting system. “The artists I’ve discovered on MyMy Hip Hop are 100% legit,” said Whoo Kid. 

“By featuring these tracks on my playlist, these artists will get industry exposure to agents, record producers, and some of the top performers in the hip-hop industry.”

 MyMy Hip Hop is the only streaming site which utilizes blind judging, allowing listeners to rate randomly-queued tracks without any additional information about the artist that may influence how songs are rated. Top performing tracks and artists are then promoted by the site.

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According to a recent release, MyMy Hip Hop, launched in 2017, is the first genre-specific streaming platform from MyMy Music. The goal for the blind judging feature is to eliminate any potential bias related to an artist’s name, appearance, hometown, connections, or any other personal information. Tracks are judged and ranked solely on the merit of the music. The platform is 100% community driven allowing the audience to drive the catalog.

“Hip-hop fans come to our app to listen to the best-undiscovered hip-hop music in the world,” said MyMy Music President Shawn Pouliotte. “When industry veterans like Whoo Kid go to our site in search for hot, new hip-hop tracks, our artists are getting the benefit of exposure they can’t get anywhere else.”

Recently the company added, Jojo Brim, a music industry vet who has headed A&R at Arista Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Warner Music Group, and was previously the general manager for LaFace Records/Epic Records. He will take over the role as Head of Artist Relations for Hip Hop and R&B.

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Contemporary female artists are celebrated at artrepublic Brighton

As part of International Women’s Day artrepublic throws the spotlight on our leading female artists.

Women in the art world have been historically swept under the proverbial rug in favour of their male counterparts. It was a widely held belief that women were simply incapable of artistic genius. We at the artrepublic Brighton gallery wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the successes of a few of our featured female artists as part of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019. The future is female and at artrepublic, the future is now.

Allure by Sara Pope

 

One of the most exciting names in art at the moment is Sara Pope. Pope has had previous experience in the fashion industry as a shoe designer and also as an art director. Taking inspiration from glossy glamour of the fashion industry she uses live models to initially start her process of producing the perfect lips. She asks the models to express different emotions using their lips and works from there. From this she produces an intimately realistic portrayal of femininity. The finished work is sensual and provocative, providing a focal point for the viewer to imagine a moment which these lips are capturing. Exuding effortless eroticism, her work empowers women through their sexuality. How much of an impact can one part of a woman’s face have? Through the eyes of Sara Pope: a lot.

Bonnie and Clyde’s cinematic compositions are a creation of a space somewhere between a dream and reality. She uses mixed media to create a collage that blends fine art with photography. The new space that she creates is a point between being awake and asleep, the conscious and the unconscious, and is simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing. Her use of abstract textures alongside parts of a scene in LA evoke the process of memory. How we often remember unrelated parts of things, images melt with colours and textures with a surreal softness come together to evoke an experience. She suspends the rules of dimensions and form just as she suspends the viewer’s sense of reality, her work is a tribute to the power of stylistic originality. Despite playfully toying with the notion of perception, she opts for pastel colours and clean lines to ensure that above all else, her work is aesthetically stunning.

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Maria Rivan’s work with iconography and pop culture elevates the classic into the contemporary. She often works with the faces of old Hollywood female actresses, using a starlet to ease the viewer into a false sense of familiarity. Rivan subverts the traditional by adoring her starlets with a beautiful bloom of oddness. Birds, branches, flowers, and tiny figurines burst around their faces from the tops of their heads. These surreal embellishments add complexity to the often one-dimensional nature of pop art. The women that she uses were worshipped for their beauty, and Rivan’s explosion of strangeness from their heads evokes the notion of a complex inner world. Her work is particularly empowering as it coveys the sense that their minds are as vivaciously stunning as they themselves were. Presenting multi-dimensional female icons, Rivan brings the classic into the now, and we love it.

Natural Highs I by Maria Rivans

Master of the juxtaposition, Elizabeth Waggett takes monochromatic, often gothic subject matter and adds gold. Simplistic and arresting, she effortlessly confronts themes of death, superficiality and value. Her trademark use of skulls provides an intensely raw backdrop for her 23 carat champagne gold adornment. One of her most celebrated works, ‘It’s My Party’, is a human skull topped with a golden party hat. Bewildering the viewer with a reminder of our own mortality, the playfulness of a golden party hat is uncomfortable. The gold itself is a contrast, and the viewer is confronted with the ridiculousness of superfluous embellishments after death. Waggett’s skulls look closely like an x-ray, emphasising the fragility and majesty of our human form. Her pieces ask bold questions, ‘what do you value?’. Despite working with dark themes, Waggett’s work are a celebration of equality, and urge us to celebrate each other as human beings instead of material wealth.

 

artrepublic are delighted to showcase works by all of these exceptional female artists and more in our Brighton gallery, if you’d like to take a look at their work, please visit us!

 

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15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

Whitney Houston. Prince. Michael Jackson. These are some of the recent musical superstars who seemed to have passed just too soon. And the latest performer to meet an untimely demise was a new, emerging star–Janice Freeman. A contestant on the TV singing competition show, The Voice, Freeman was a fan favorite who was said to have “stunned” the shows judges with her amazing vocal talent. Sadly, Freeman died from a blood clot as a result of a severe case of pneumonia. She was only 33-years-old.

So much black musical talent has been lost at young ages. It’s easy to muse over what these superstars could have gone on to achieve in their already stellar careers, had the universe extended them more time.

Here is a list of other black artists who were gone too soon (name and age at the time of death are listed).

15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

1. Aaliyah Haughton, 22

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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Just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah was just hitting her stride as a singer and actress. Redefining the look and sound of R&B in the early ’90s, she was a platinum-selling performer admired and loved by her fans. Tragedy struck the evening of Aug. 25, 2001, when Aaliyah’s plane crashed in the Bahamas as she and her entourage attempted to return to the States following a video shoot.

2. Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace, 24

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Wallace would become one of hip-hop’s most respected and successful rappers. The marquee artists of Sean Combs’ label Bad Boy Records, Wallace would go on to release dozens of hit records, memorable guest verses, and sell millions of albums. Tragically, he was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. He left behind two children and a lasting music legacy.

3. Tammi Terrell, 24

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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Already a solo singer for the Motown label, Terrell’s popularity grew once she paired with label mate Marvin Gaye. The two sang notable duets including, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.” It was during this time Terrell was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Despite eight surgeries, the young singer’s health continued to deteriorate and she passed away on March 16, 1970, just a month shy of her 25th birthday.

4. Tupac Shakur, 25

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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A gifted lyricist and outspoken figure, Shakur ruffled more than a few feathers in his time but it was his brutally honest approach to his craft that drew fans. He was also a budding actor with an impressive résumé and was the face of West Coast rap in the ’90s. Tragically, the young star was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas and he died from his injuries days after, on Sept. 13, 1996.

5. Otis Redding, 26

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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A struggling soul singer in the early ’60s, Redding made his mark on the musical landscape with “These Arms of Mine” in 1962. The biggest record of his career, however, was the timeless classic “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” Unfortunately, Redding would not live to see how consequential his signature song became as it was released a month after his death in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967.

6. Jimi Hendrix, 27

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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A talented musician, singer, and songwriter; Hendrix revolutionized the use of the electric guitar with a distorted amp sound—breathing new life into rock music. Hailing from Seattle, Washington, he rose to fame in Europe before gaining accolades in the United States. After a night of partying, Hendrix was found dead in the London apartment of his girlfriend on Sept. 18, 1970.

7. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, 30

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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As one-third of the platinum-selling girl group TLC, Lopes made a name for herself as the trio’s outspoken, quirky member. TLC amassed a catalog of hits embraced by millions of fans. Eventually leaving the group to strike out on a solo career, Lopes’ life was cut short when she was involved in a fatal car accident on April 25, 2002, in Honduras.

8. Minnie Riperton, 31

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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Riperton was noted for her unique five-and-a-half octave vocal range. Her talent was on full display with her iconic 1975 single, “Loving You.” The classically-trained singer went on to release other successful songs. However, in August 1976, she announced that she had breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy. Although she was only given six months to live at the time of her diagnosis, she continued to record and tour and became s spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. She lost her fight against breast cancer on July 12, 1979. Her talented legacy lives on in her daughter, actress and comedian Maya Rudolph.

9. Donny Hathaway, 33

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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A talented singer and composer, Hathaway made a name for himself in the late ’60s as a songwriter creating hit records for other artists. But by the end of that decade he was signed on as a recording artist in his own right and made waves as a singer, most notable for his duets with Roberta Flack, “Where is the Love?” and “The Closer I Get to You.” Despite his success, Hathaway battled depression that led to an apparent suicide; investigators say he leaped from a 15th-floor room in a New York City hotel, on Jan. 13, 1979.

10. Sam Cooke, 33

 

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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Often referred to as ‘The King of Soul,” Cooke helped popularize soul music and paved the way for many legendary vocalists. With over two dozen top 40 hits in his catalog, Cooke was also one of the first African American musical artists to become an entrepreneur. He founded his own record and publishing company. Despite his trailblazing accomplishments, Cooke died under controversial circumstances when he was fatally shot by a motel manager who alleged that he had attacked her on Dec 11, 1964.

11. Dorothy Dandridge, 42

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Dandridge was a performer from a young age alongside her sister as part of a child act, The Wonder Children (later, The Dandridge Sisters). She sang at small venues on what was then known as the ‘chit’lin circuit.’ As an adult, Dandridge added acting to her talent repertoire and became the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in the movie Carmen Jones. She continued to act and sing until her death from either an accidental drug overdose or an embolism on Sept. 8, 1965.

12. Marvin Gaye, 44

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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A Motown legend, Gaye racked up an impressive musical catalog of timeless records that ranged from political commentary to love ballads. He fought drug addiction and depression throughout his life. His personal demons came to a head when he and his father got into an altercation on April 1, 1984, that led to the singer’s death from a fatal gunshot wound. Gaye died just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

13. Billie Holiday, 44

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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Born Eleanor Fagan, Holiday was a celebrated jazz singer who shifted the musical landscape of her genre in the 1940s and earned critical acclaim as a result. However, her long-term drug and alcohol addictions caught up with her and her health began to fail in her later years. On May 31, 1959, Holiday was checked into the hospital due to complications from liver and heart disease. She passed away on July 17, 1959.

14. Nat King Cole, 45

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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An accomplished jazz pianist with a smooth baritone voice, Cole made history as the first African American to host a TV variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. Still, it was his music accented by a warm personality and melodic voice that resonated most with his fans. The avid cigarette smoker died from lung cancer on Feb. 15, 1965.

15. Frankie Lymon, 25

Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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His high-pitched notes were immediately recognizable. Lymon was the lead singer for the group The Teenagers, which had its heyday in the late ’50s and ’60s. One of the first black singing groups to have crossover appeal, The Teenagers had a blended sound of American rock and roll and soulful R&B. Lymon died from a heroin overdose on Feb. 27, 1968.

Editor’s Note: Originally published in 2011; updated March 2019 

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You don’t have to be an art geek to know that Adobe Creative Cloud programs are most creatives’ go-to toolset for digital drawings and paintings. The Photoshop app, for its part, is reportedly used by more than 90% of creative professionals worldwide.

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Uniqlo Continues to Pay Homage to Contemporary Artists With New SPRZ NY T-Shirts

Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the SPRZ NY line, Japanese casual wear purveyor Uniqlo launches a new collection of short-sleeved tops, paying tribute to prominent figures of the art world.

Featuring plain and pocket T-shirts, the latest drop is characterized by its conceptual art-themed graphics inspired by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Sol Lewitt and Eames. Key items of the repertoire feature embroideries of Basquiat’s signature crown and dinosaur sketches, Warhol’s iconic Campbell soup can lithographs or a print of Haring’s famed “Statue of Liberty.”

All priced at $ 14.90 USD, the SPRZ NY T-shirts are now available for purchase on Uniqlo’s website. Check out the entire collection on the official website and in more fashion-related news, take a look at Billionaire Boys Club’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

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In Mosul exhibition, Iraqi artists process brutal rule of Islamic State

A raven perched on the shoulder of a woman with flaming hair is Iraqi artist Marwan Fathi’s symbol for the terrible events he and his home city Mosul have had to endure.


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Plastic finds second life in Portuguese street artist’s work

A lemur made of damaged car bumpers and bin lids. An owl made from plastic junk. Colorful animals have popped up in Paris as part of a new exhibition by Portuguese street artist Bordalo II, who aims to highlight the effect of waste on the environment.


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13 Best Foundations for Mature Skin, According to Makeup Artists

As much as we love foundation, it does have a temperamental tendency to highlight stuff we don’t want seen — arguably, something that can be more of an issue for mature skin, which benefits from moisturizing and nourishing formulas. Makeup artists call out their favorite foundations for those with mature skin.
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Three-City Tour Highlights Artists of Color and Innovators

On Dec. 5, Salute Life presents The Unplug Art Experience. The event, which is part of a three-city tour highlighting and for artists of color, will be held in Miami at the WeWork Brickell City Centre.

From Salute Life’s website:

The Unplug Art Experience is more than an exhibition – we are a platform to “unplug” from what life says we should not. Unplug is a safe space. Unplug nurtures innovation. Unplug is a lifestyle. Basically – Issa whole vibe that we’ve made for you to join creatives, artists and influencers alike.

Are you a dreamer? Do you want to connect your ideas to your reality? Looking to explore a dope artist showcase? Come and Unplug.

This year’s Unplug Art Experience showcase, WE DREAM IN COLOR, will give you to experience life through various genres of art.

The event will include a catered brunch, a panel discussion with creatives and entrepreneurs discussing their unique journeys, and an art exhibition.

Come out and be ready to connect with incredible entrepreneurs, artists, and most of all – be prepared to leave with some dope art! The holidays are near and the exhibiting artists have created a vast collection of pieces to share with you. See you soon!

Event Details:

11AM – 2PM BRUNCH + PANEL DISCUSSION
$ 18 Advanced Online Tickets
$ 25 At the door

5 PM – 9 PM ART EXHIBITION+ LIVE PERFORMANCES AND COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS FROM OUR LIQUOR SPONSORS
$ 15 Advanced Online Tickets
$ 20 At the door

Combo Tickets (Both Events) $ 27 Advanced Online or $ 35 At The Door

Location: WeWork Brickell City Centre | 78 SW 7th St, Miami FL 33130

For More Information Visit www.unplugartexperience.com

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Bruguera and other Cuban artists detained ahead of protest over decree

Tania Bruguera and several other Cuban artists were detained in Havana on Monday after trying to stage a protest against a new decree that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship of Cuban culture.


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Cuban artists urge revision of decree feared to hike censorship

Cuban artists and international rights activists are pushing the government to revise legislation due to take effect in December that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship on the Communist-run island.


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