Bill Viola (b.1951, USA)

Bill Viola is without doubt the most celebrated exponent of video art. For the first time, the Grand Palais will present a wide-ranging group of his works, including moving paintings and monumental installations from 1977 to today. Focusing on both intimate and universal experiences, the artist expresses his emotional and spiritual journey through great metaphysical themes – life, death and transfiguration… An exhibition organized by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in collaboration with Bill Viola Studio.

Bill Viola @ Grand Palais, Paris 05.03-21.07. 2014

STPMJ - Invisible Barn (2014)

Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim of New York-based practice STPMJ have designed an “Invisible Barn”, a project that was awarded a notable entry for “Folly 2014” – a competition led by The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park. The contest invites young and emerging designers to propose contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly, traditionally seen as a small-scale building or pavilion positioned within a garden or landscape.

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Gabriel García Márquez (6 March 1927 - 17 April 2014, Colombian)

(Top) Mr. García Márquez working in his Mexico City home in 1962. He erupted on the literay world stage with the 1967 appearance of « One Hundred Years of Solitude. » Over the next few decades, more than 20 million copies of the book were sold. He was considered the supreme exponent, if not the creator, of the literary genre known as magic realism, in which the miraculous and the real converge.

(Bottom) Mr. García Márquez received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1082. When awarding him the prize, the Swedish Academy of Letters noted that « each new work of this is received by expectant critics and readers as an event of world importance.

R.I.P. via The New York Times

Miguel Chevalier (France)

Magic carpets 2014 by french artist Miguel Chevalier is an interactive light display spread out across the floor of the former sacré coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. Covering it with a huge layer of light, the work references the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata – as cells have the ability to multiply in abundance, divide and merge at different paces. Pieces come together, fall apart and transform in shape at rapid speeds. the displayed organic universe mingles with a digital construction of overlapping pixels.

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Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989, USA)

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the great masters of art photography. He produced highly stylised black and white portraits, nudes and still lifes. Over and above the erotic power that made Mapplethorpe’s work famous, the exhibition presents the classic dimension of the artist’s work and his search for aesthetic perfection, through over 200 images that span his career from the early 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

Robert Mapplethorpe @ Grand Palais
26-03 to 13-07-2014

Lu Guang (b.1961, China) - Infernal Landscapes

Lu Guang  is an award-winning Chinese photojournalist. Since 1993, Lu Guang has developed major documentary projects in China, all at his own initiative, focusing on some of the most significant social, health, and environmental issues facing his country today. His photographic work includes stories on gold diggers, local coal miners, the SARS epidemic, drug addiction along the Sino-Burmese border, Aids villages in Henan Province, the environmental impact of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, industrial pollution and the medical effects of schistosomiasis (bilharzia).

Tim Gardner (b.1973, USA/Canada)

Tim Gardner was born in Iowa City in 1973 and grew up in Canada. Since the late nineties, Gardner’s paintings, drawings, and lithographs have explored a specifically North American middle-class world of masculinity and the photographic conventions used to document it. His source material comprises snapshots, either found or taken by the artist, which capture the rites of passage in which his subjects partake. His early watercolors render in exacting detail the amateur photography taken by his brothers to chronicle the drunken exploits of their friends. In his recent works in both pastel and watercolor, Gardner portrays contemporary male subjects amid sublime nature, inspiring comparisons to Romantics like Caspar David Friedrich. Gardner’s paintings have been exhibited worldwide with group and solo shows. (src. Guggenheim Museum Collection Online)

© All images courtesy the artist ; artist found via Fubiz

National Geographic – Stay Curious

For its new campaign designed by The Classic Partnership Advertising, the monthly magazine National Geographic naturally chose to highlight the plurality of its editorial line. There he mixed flora, fauna and historical facts about a giant question mark. Thus emphasizing the signature of the campaign: “Stay curious.” Three creative to discover in the rest of the article visuals.

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