|Leone blu by Liselotte Hohs from ANIMAL MAGNETISM|
From Barbara Rose:
Austrian by birth, Venetian by choice, Liselotte Hohs has travelled the world. In her various adventures to faraway places she has gathered ideas, techniques and materials to use in her art. Indeed, we might say her spiritual nomadism is a precursor of the so-called "globalization of art" of which we hear so much today.
Artists have always loved animals. And animals have always loved artists.
My grandfather, the painter, Samuel Mirsky, used to go to the zoo in Central Park every day after his commissions were done.
I would ask: "Papa, how was the zoo?"
He invariably replied: "The lion wouldn't pose."
But the lion will pose for Liselotte Hohs. The lion is blue like George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" -- a happy blue lion of San Marco with a seagull on his back and the New Testament in his right paw. He comes to Venice to bring us happy blues -- blues of the ocean and the sky. ...
Unfortunately I had to dash and couldn't attend the intimate press conference, but I did have the honor of chatting with the delightful Mimi Kilgore, curator of the show and great friend of Liselotte. Mimi regaled me with tales of how she and Liselotte arrived on the scene in Venice years ago, two young women draped in Fortuny.
The star of the show, the Leone Blu, had sold before the exhibit even opened. Click to see some fabulous photos at Contessanally's visual online diary.
ANIMAL MAGNETISM runs through September 30, 2011.
|Dragon by Mahdiyar Arab at OPEN 14|
Mahdiyar looked like a normal kid, spoke like a normal kid, but there was most definitely something different about him, and it's not just because he has an IQ of 148. I asked him if he spoke English, and he replied, "No, I do not speak English." Looking into his eyes, listening to him describe his process, he had the confidence of a 40-year-old artist who was channeling energy from the object into his hands and into the clay. Then he morphed back into a 7-year-old kid again, wiggling and squirming and gazing at the other children who are running around the party playing tag. He told me he "feels and object and he creates it." Mahdiyar likes to create primitive animals like dragons and elephants. He does not like to create people. His favorite food is pizza and hot dogs. "Now can I go, Mom?"
OPEN 14 runs through October 2, 2011.
|Verso il Vento - Argentine Ushuaia by Virginio Bruni Tedeschi from MONDO UNO|
The entire profit of the books and photographs sales goes as always to the Virginio Bruni Tedeschi Foundation. This foundation has been created on February 12th 2007 in memory of Virginio Bruni Tedeschi. This non-profit foundation exclusively pursues social solidarity by promoting and developing, through its own resources, projects and initiatives at world level, in the domains of the education, medicine and research.
Following a partnership with Unesco, the foundation is currently committed in four Southern African countries particularly affected by AIDS: Leshoto, Namibia, Angola, and Swaziland. Mondo Uno became a travelling exhibition in order to spread the good word in all four corners of the world.
MONO UNO runs through October 3, 2011.
Ciao from Venice,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog