International Contemporary Masters 2009

 
9780980207910: International Contemporary Masters 2009

The second edition of International Contemporary Masters presents the work of 75 living artists of high caliber from all over the world. Artists in this book: Adame Susan, Alvarez Katrin, Ameddah Leila, Berg Kimberly, Berndsen jeannette, Biotti Gilles, Bonarou Anna, BOSC DEPRETZ Marie Claude, Braganza Cheryl, Brustier Jean-Pierre, Bruyneel Paul, Buda Balázs, Bugs, Butnik Donna, Calkins Meli, Campos Nicolau, Ceric Vlatko, Champlin Loren, Chou Sheng Kai, Cohen Banker Amy, Daweis, DeMaistre Amira, Dermitzakis George, Dimas Dimitris, Ferenc Seboc, Fiedorowizc Stefan, Firestone Robert, Fladeboe Andrew, Hermann Alejandro, Ireland Georgeana, Janeczko Roman, janthial helene, Jeon Mae, Joshi Prakash, Kaye Kiki, Kolipetsa Vasiliki, Koula Dimitra, Krikonas Manolis, Mattsson Gun, Miller Doretta, Mitsotakis Lisandros, MooreMitsuyo, Morjaria Vaishali, Murphy James B II, MUSIKA, Mylonaki Danae, Newington Victoria, Osipov Alex, Othman Tourya, Papadopoulou Ioanna, Papageorgiou Dimitris, Perrakis Marie, Pollet Jacques, Saravis Daren, Schneider Oliver, Sepulcre Mario, Shahla Rosa, Shestik Yefim, Smith Blue, Smith Pegi, Smith Rourke Debbi, Stefou Vania (Vasiliki), Stiehler Ingrid, Tabac-Shank Caroline, Tarasiewicz Tamara, Theofilou Marie, Trujillo Gary, Vasiliadi Delina, VIRGONE Joseph, Von Knorr Lawrence Berger, Voskou Ioanna, Wilson Candace, Wright Melissa Sadie, Zurawik Arthur

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Despina Tunberg is the curator of the publication and she makes the final decisions for selection. She is herself an award winning artist who has appeared in many exhibitions all over the world and for many years she has owned art galleries in Greece and the USA. She has also organized exhibitions and art festivals in museums and galleries in many countries and she has curated numerous publications. She was the organizer and curator of the International art festival that took place in Chania, Crete, Greece for 5 successive years and it was one of the most important annual art events in Greece. More than 100 artists from all over the world participated every year and the event was presented daily by all the national media (TV channels, radio stations, newspapers) and all the art magazines published important reviews about the art and the artists in it. She lives in Santa Barbara, California

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Human beings have created art from the beginning of their existence. Clumsy drawings with sharp stones on cave walls firstly, later jewelry, frescoes later on, with a steady progress until they reached a peak, the period of the Renaissance where the illustrations became absolutely perfect and the artists became important figures in society, not only because people needed them to get their portraits done, but out of the admiration for their abilities to create such beautiful and realistic images. Later on, photography was invented, and this need eventually died out. Who wanted a portrait now? Everybody could have their photograph on the wall for next to nothing and it took a matter of minutes to produce. So, artists started looking in other directions. They started creating abstract paintings, impressionistic paintings, images that a camera couldn t create. By the 60 s with Pop Art in the USA and the Nouveau Realists in France, both cameras and brushes were involved in creation and the artists from the streets started presenting their art in prestigious galleries and making money. This was also a period where the whole world changed through art. Artists created attractive packaging for products and became the first advertisers to a world of consumers. And the consumers attitude changed completely. People bought products because of their beautiful packaging and not because they needed them. And then, the changes came in a flood. Nothing could stop or divert them. A chain reaction, influencing every aspect of life. Positive or negative, the result is the overwhelming of influence of art in everyday life. Up to about 100 years ago, art was considered a way to create beauty in life. --ICM 2009 page 5

Beautiful sculptures and frescoes in ancient Greece, great statues in Rome, religious art, portraits and landscapes: Art mainly had a decorative purpose. But since then, things have changed. Art influenced life and set directions for civilization itself. Artists started creating not only for the sake of beauty but also to protest, against wars, political inequality, against inequities in general or anything that would arouse the artist s ire. Now art is not only to decorate living rooms or gardens or squares. Now it is a way of expressing the artist s agony. His or her fear, hope, feelings and to cry out! Today, there appears to be a lack of movement in the fine arts. Artists create in isolation in their studios, and their only guide is art history. But looking back, into the history of art is scary! Everything has been said ! What can I say ? Wherever you look, there are thousands of images that humans have created. What can I say ? The question arises for every artist standing in front of a blank canvas. Competence in painting or sculpting or drawing is not enough. There is need of new ideas. There is need of fresh new images. This is a very difficult issue. Artists are using more and more new media. 3D art is created on canvas or other surfaces and in many cases is extended into space. Installation art has started gaining ground. Performance art too. The artist uses himself as his creation. He is part of it! Computers have given the artist yet another medium for creation. Digital art has dynamically entered the scene. Computer creations from scratch or from photos printed and then painted over in many cases. A new way of expression! A new way of creation, still in its infantry. The art market has not responded yet to digital art. It needs time to reach the realization that the computer is not the creator but the means of creation. It took years and years for photography to be accepted among fine arts. And still in most people s consciousness it is not completely considered to be so. There is a camera involved. So a photograph is not a completely human creation. --ICM 2009 page 5

So, art is very much al --ICM 2009 page 5
So, art is very much alive and its presence is overpowering. International Contemporary Masters will attempt, year by year, to give an up-to-the-moment cross-section of new creation across the spectrum of all visual arts that can be adequately reproduced on the printed page. And perhaps not only that... Despina Tunberg - Curator --ICM 2009 page 5

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