S.Paulo etc.

  1. by Elaine Chen:

This is where I am at now.

    by Elaine Chen:

    This is where I am at now.

  2. "You don’t work in a vacuum. If you’re a visual artist you work in a visual culture. If you’re a pop musician you listen to pop music. If you’re an artist you should know about the art world. It’s the tribal culture you’re operating in. You are part of its tradition. I often hear people say, “Ugh, the art world is not interested in what I do!” And I think, “No, it probably isn’t. You don’t seem that interested in what the art world does, from the look of your work.”"

    – The artist Grayson Perry, in an excellent interview in the Observer last week. ’To appreciate art you’ve got to work at it a bit’.
  3. MAGRELA // SÃO PAULO // BRAZIL
    by Alexandra Henry on Vimeo.

    São Paulo, Brazil 2013 - MAGRELA, born and raised in the laid-back neighborhood of Vila Madalena, is a talented artist who has been painting the streets of São Paulo for the past 6 years. While living there in 2011-2012, I discovered her work on many of the walls throughout the city. Larger-than-life women, sometimes in desperate situations, depicted using beautiful colors, always caught my attention.
    Read on

  4. Thiago Rocha Pitta, O Cúmplice Secreto (The Secret Accomplice).A still from a mysterious, beautiful video artwork by the Brazilian artist. The work is part of 'Dark Paradise', a group exhibition currently at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo.

    Thiago Rocha Pitta, O Cúmplice Secreto (The Secret Accomplice).
    A still from a mysterious, beautiful video artwork by the Brazilian artist. The work is part of 'Dark Paradise', a group exhibition currently at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo.

  5. Beco do Batman (‘Batman alley’), in Vila Madalena, São Paulo. By Clairex on Flickr.

    Beco do Batman (‘Batman alley’), in Vila Madalena, São Paulo. By Clairex on Flickr.

  6. One Thousand and One Possible Nights (As mil e uma noites possiveis, 2008-10), by the Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander.
Part of a calendar created from hole-punch confetti, cut from a single copy of One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights). via Process.net

    One Thousand and One Possible Nights (As mil e uma noites possiveis, 2008-10), by the Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander.

    Part of a calendar created from hole-punch confetti, cut from a single copy of One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights). via Process.net

  7. charla de taxi
Images from the making of White Walls Say Nothing, a film about art and activism in Buenos Aires.
Fotos exclusivas del rodaje Paredes Blancas No Dicen Nada, un documental sobre arte y activismo en Buenos Aires.

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    Images from the making of White Walls Say Nothing, a film about art and activism in Buenos Aires.

    Fotos exclusivas del rodaje Paredes Blancas No Dicen Nada, un documental sobre arte y activismo en Buenos Aires.

  8. Sofia Borges, Sediments Series (2009)
Sofia Borges was one of the artists featured in the recent São Paulo art Bienal. Here’s an interview with her (by me!) at Time Out São Paulo, where she talked about her favourite fellow artist at the Bienal. She chose the late Irish photographer and filmmaker Patrick Jolley.

    Sofia Borges, Sediments Series (2009)

    Sofia Borges was one of the artists featured in the recent São Paulo art Bienal. Here’s an interview with her (by me!) at Time Out São Paulo, where she talked about her favourite fellow artist at the Bienal. She chose the late Irish photographer and filmmaker Patrick Jolley.

  9. Street art, Buenos Aires, Argentina. On the corner of Avenida Independencia, by Clairex on Flickr.

    Street art, Buenos Aires, Argentina. On the corner of Avenida Independencia, by Clairex on Flickr.

  10. There is St. Ignatius ChurchThere is Point BonitaThere is a bug like a wasp    its giant antennae    flail and thwack the concrete in its pathFennel green and yellow laceGreat moss rose a flowery shaving-brushYou’re the only creature I really loveAside from Mama and my Teddy bearI never miss you until I think of youNow you love lots more than INo matter how often we meet you never see meI’ve become an old manSoon I’ll be keeping cats and goldfishA large photo album of the days when I was middle-agedIn love with you and expecting immortal fame.— Philip Whalen, “Labor Day 6:IX:65”Art Credit Meghan Howland

    There is St. Ignatius Church
    There is Point Bonita
    There is a bug like a wasp
        its giant antennae
        flail and thwack the concrete in its path

    Fennel green and yellow lace
    Great moss rose a flowery shaving-brush

    You’re the only creature I really love
    Aside from Mama and my Teddy bear
    I never miss you until I think of you
    Now you love lots more than I
    No matter how often we meet you never see me

    I’ve become an old man
    Soon I’ll be keeping cats and goldfish
    A large photo album of the days when I was middle-aged
    In love with you and expecting immortal fame.

    — Philip Whalen, “Labor Day 6:IX:65”
    Art Credit Meghan Howland

  11. Ritual food workshop at the MAM, São Paulo, with the chef Alex Atala and artist Stephan Doitschinoff

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    … They prepared and served three dishes, all the while talking about topics as diverse as psychoactive foods, food rituals, the origins of the fifth ‘savory’ flavor umami, and how Alex narrowly avoided having his arm amputated after being poisoned whilst preparing a toxic fish. 

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    Stephan Doitschinoff stencils the cover design of his new book CRAS onto a plate using a mix of shoyu, ginger and wasabi, thickened using some kind of bacteria.

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    A collective destruction of the art as everyone mops up the design with thin slices of frogfish which, by the way, is one of the ugliest creatures I’ve seen. Tasted good though.

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    Next up, unleavened bread painted by Stephan using “chilli paint”  

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    We eat the bread with slices of raw beef, “branded” with one of Stephan’s symbols.

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    The beef is topped with a sesame dressing.

    imageIt’s been a few years since I’ve eaten a host. And I’ve certainly never had one dipped in a mix of cachaça and flowering Amazonian herb jambu, which numbs the tongue.

  12. A diploma by the São Paulo artist and gallerist Mariana Martins. A new show of her work, ‘My Back Pages’, opens today at Choque Cultural gallery’s Acervo space.

    A diploma by the São Paulo artist and gallerist Mariana Martins. A new show of her work, ‘My Back Pages’, opens today at Choque Cultural gallery’s Acervo space.

  13. Art in paper by Valérie Buess.

  14. Another one from the setting up of the São Paulo art Bienal yesterday. This time, rather than having a monumental artwork in the vão – the main atrium space of the incredible Oscar Niemeyer building the exhibition is held in – they have invited the French artist Olivier Nottellet to paint the columns and balustrades around the space. He’s doing delicate patterns in his trademark yellow and black, and that’s him, top right, painting the first column, black all down one side of its length.
The Bienal opens on 7 September and runs till December, and you can follow the Bienal’s own images of the setting-up process on Instagram, via Twitter.

    Another one from the setting up of the São Paulo art Bienal yesterday. This time, rather than having a monumental artwork in the vão – the main atrium space of the incredible Oscar Niemeyer building the exhibition is held in – they have invited the French artist Olivier Nottellet to paint the columns and balustrades around the space. He’s doing delicate patterns in his trademark yellow and black, and that’s him, top right, painting the first column, black all down one side of its length.

    The Bienal opens on 7 September and runs till December, and you can follow the Bienal’s own images of the setting-up process on Instagram, via Twitter.

  15. São Paulo’s Art Bienal opens to the public on 7 September. I visited the setting up yesterday and saw some stunning artworks arriving and being set up, and some already in place, veiled to protect them from the dust of installation, the banging and sawing and the shifting about of hundreds of artworks. I had a peep at this set of images by Nino Cais – it’s a collection of his compelling, enigmatic masked self-portraits, and it might turn out to be one of the highlights in the Bienal’s presentation of almost 3,000 international artworks. 
There’s an Instagram photo here that shows Cais’s works as they were being hung. 

    São Paulo’s Art Bienal opens to the public on 7 September. I visited the setting up yesterday and saw some stunning artworks arriving and being set up, and some already in place, veiled to protect them from the dust of installation, the banging and sawing and the shifting about of hundreds of artworks. I had a peep at this set of images by Nino Cais – it’s a collection of his compelling, enigmatic masked self-portraits, and it might turn out to be one of the highlights in the Bienal’s presentation of almost 3,000 international artworks. 

    There’s an Instagram photo here that shows Cais’s works as they were being hung.