The first auction of items from my friends the late rock star David Bowie’s private art collection has fetched more than $30 million, with some going far above their estimated prices. Keep in mind only few knew that Bowie an artist himself collected art.
Kendall Jenner, just bought her first house, and now she is in the art mode. In my blog section ‘I Am Andy Warhol’ or the ‘Art’ categories you can discover some very cool artist, and I do have some ideas for Kendall Jenner.
To start Kendall on her path to art, I thought why not have Kendall come down to Toronto, stay at the Four Seasons Hotel and walk over to some galleries. Why you ask? Canadian dollar.
A visit to meet David at Liss Gallery in Toronto.
Enter the world of Massimo Scognamiglio on the day that every Italian in the world will be glued to their television screens watching Italy take on Germany except for Massimo who will be walking around the streets of Rome. Massimo much like the late great David Bowie is always experimenting, creating using various media. Here is an interview with Massimo and an insight into the world of this talented photographer. Check out Massimo’s studio website, and his magazine The Magazine Of Everything.
1. What do you consider yourself : Artist or photographer?
I’m a “visual mind” constantly experimenting and ranging between art and photography.
I always confront myself with analog, instant and digital photography, and mixing them together I have distilled quite a remarkable challenge for myself.
2 . How did you start?
I grow up with my grand father’s Leica rangefinder in my hands. Studying cinema allowed me to look at the world from many different perspectives. Working as creative director of some of the most important Italian communication agencies, I have always held the world of cinema & photography as the “base language” of the communication.
3. You are always creating new projects what are some future projects?
A lot of projects!
First of all: I created with the artist Massimo Buccilli a duo the paint as one artist: we are preparing a Solo Exhibition as painter in a huge and amazing building in the historic center of Rome (mid October).
I’m preparing a performance and a photo-exhibition in Paris with my project “Rebirth”: people photographed as they are frozen between life and death. One more thing: Gothic Angels, kids photographed as a dark angels or punk stars.
4. What inspired you to do your current project?
Human body, I love the flesh, I love the humanity that flows from the veins of a living body.
And I’m inspired by my wife, a beautiful woman & extraordinary and visionary stylist and art director.
5. Are you going to watch Italy v Germany today if so where?
Of course no! But not because I’m a snob person but because I love to walk around when the city seems empty of people, like in a post atomic scenario.
6. Your favorite spot in Rome?
Every single streets, walking or cycling, if you want to try to understand this city just walk after a rainstorm, under the amazing light of the breathtaking Rome.
Artist Zan Rococo ‘s art goes from her studio loft apartment to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Magic is real and dreams come true.
Toronto artist Zan Rococo and I had not seen each other in three years. The last time I had seen her art it was all wrapped up sitting in her loft apartment. Zan and I keep tabs on each other over social media such as Instagram or Twitter, and she saw through my Instagram I was coming into town for Rihanna and sent me a message (DM), “Hey my art is at the AGO now, come see my exhibit”.
Artist Zan walked me around her exhibit that was in a private dining room of Frank restaurant at Art Gallery of Ontario almost never letting go of her book by Richard Serra an American minimalist sculptor and video artist known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal who is her inspiration.
Zan Rococo’s works are also like Serra, large-scale full of emotion and movement. As I walked around looking and admiring her painting, it was clear they could play any gallery in the world, Shanghai, New York, Dubai, London or Berlin to name a few.
Zan’s works are as complex as the artist herself, no holds barred art, not constrained by the edges of her canvas. Follow her on her Instagram.
The film David Bowie Is Around The World was inspired by an artist I met in New York City, Andy Warhol. David Bowie played Andy Warhol in the film about another great artist discovered in New York City Jean-Michel Basquiat. Andy Warhol’s film 8mm was a collection of interesting people and while in the process of making the Bowie film the adventure of discovery of talent and introducing them to you is a very fulfilling.
New York City and The Out NYC is the backdrop where artist Zoobs work was on exhibit till May of 2014. Artist Zoobs started in London, has just completed a photo-shoot in Los Angles and now resides in New York. So let me with great pleasure introduce you to another Englishman in New York Artist Zoobs. Let me give you a hint, his work needs to be in your collection.
Check out Artist Zoobs on his facebook.
The rocking lady, Monday did her punk look on Monday at the Met Gala and Tuesday sold a painting she owned for $7.2 million.
Sotheby’s auction house hasn’t said who bought Fernand Leger’s (lay-ZHAYZ’) “Three Women at the Red Table” for $7.2 million on Tuesday. The abstract work had a pre-sale estimate of $5 million to $7 million.
Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Ray of Light Foundation, which supports girls’ education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.
Madonna says she wanted to “trade something valuable for something invaluable” in countries where female education is rare or nonexistent. She bought the work at Sotheby’s in 1990 for $3.4 million.
Leger created the work in 1921 as part of a series depicting women with still-life compositions.
Few weeks prior to leaving for California one of my friends perhaps the one person who can get me charged up with energy and, excited about art as he happens to own an art gallery in London, Scream London on a lengthy telephone conversation was telling me about his new project. “You have got to meet this very talented photographer, who shoots (not with a gun but camera) maybe you would be interested”, I tell my friend. My friend is Jamie Wood, whose father Ronnie Wood is a band member of the legendary Rolling Stones. Jamie tells me, “horses are good, I mean some people like cat’s, some dogs, and horses it’s all good”.
The photographer is Sebastiano Vitale a talented Italian, who too would be flying Los Angeles. What ties Sebastiano Vitale to the Rolling Stones and Jamie Wood? Charlie Watts,the shy, somewhat aloof, reserved member of the band and drummer of the Rolling Stones. Among the horses Sebastiano photographed was that of Charlie and Shirley Watts.
Today, the band gets ready to rock and roll as they have done so many times, Jamie Wood prepares for what he has to do, and Sebastiano Vitale sets up shop all of them in California. What magic.
Welcome to my world of Serendipity. Here in his own words is my interview with Sebastiano Vitale, and some of his work, giving you a full in-dept look at the work of Sebastiano from the ‘Cocaine in Bolivia’ to his current works on exhibition The Raw Horse.
— Aurea Dempsey (@AureaDempsey) May 3, 2013
1. Where did you grow up and what did you love doing as a child?
I grew up with my family in Torino, north of Italy. We are a family of intellectuals that loves simple things, with a profound respect of nature and rural principles as well of beauty and culture. As a child, and up to now, I have always been considered “the weird one” in between friends, people, schoolmates. My family house has thousands of books, I remember, when I was in between 7 and 12 years old, hours per day, each day, spent on history of art, listening classical music, and copying illustrations from ancient books, I owe the sense of beauty and research to my father and the respect for rawness to my mother. It was not possible to share this knowledge with friends or schoolmate, I was the Addams Family one in the school compound. At the age of 10 i discovered guitar, and i didn’t do anything else than playing until the university. I was dreaming Leonardo da Vinci until I discovered Jimi Hendrix. Some years later a show changed my life and I spent years into quite advanced and visionary multimedia, internet was recently born. But I wasn’t a child anymore.
2. What got you interested in photography ?
I am into media art since 15 years, then I got completely bored of experimenting with media and I began working with documentaries and commercial videos. In between I have been working a relevant time in advertising and events, but I never found peace, running from one media to another, often suffering for the time you waste in production. I was in Uganda with a close friend, working on a documentary. I was the video, he was the photo. When I was about to finish downloading videos from the camera he was finishing the post-production, when I was talking with editors he was already preparing a new project. I realized suddenly that with photography you can tell a big story in a click. No working team, no productions, nothing but immerse yourself in something and translate it into a click, from an adventure to another, without spending ages trying to put together pieces as for any production, especially the underground ones. Technically speaking switching from video to photography is not a big deal, the eye matters, buttons and tricks are not that important. I began with photojournalism, and I switched into fine art, using the same approach: development of a project, immersion into reality, shoot and have fun.
3. Who would you say have been your creative influences ?
hard to say… a lot.. too much.. and very diverse.. some milestones like Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Miles Davis, apocalypse now, Bosch, Fellini, Robert Wilson, Wu Cheng’en, Ben Okry, Maradona, Velazquez, Jonathan Swift.
4. It is obvious from your work you love horses what made you decide to photograph them?
Since I am a child I think that animals have the answer to lots of important questions, but we can’t understand them. I spent long time when I was a kid watching dogs in their eyes trying to understand what they were thinking. Then i read Gulliver travels, not the stupid short edition for kids, the real one. My lifetime dream is to make a movie rewriting it in our era. Gulliver travels is an incredibly modern and timeless critic of human society and political systems. It is structured in four chapters, four island. Three of them are human, in the famous one, Lilliput, Gulliver embodies the atomic bomb, a weapon of mass destruction to menace other countries. Then he become little between giants, a jewel that generates greed and palace plots. In the third island scientists and artists have the power, with the result that people die of hunger. The last island is inhabited by horses. It is the ideal world, the symbol of harmony and peace. In the book horses don’t have the concept of lie, they can not think a lie, they are pure and honest and able to structure a democratic society. They will ask Gulliver, after years, to leave the island, as a human, one day, will instigate lies and try to achieve power and control over their ideal society. The Raw Horse is a visual representation of this concept, an ideal world, pure and harmonic, where hidden agendas are not even possible to conceive. Animals are perfect models, unaware of their beauty, beautifully raw, proud and pure.
4. Currently you are in Los Angeles as our the Rolling Stones, how did it come about you photographing Charlie Watts horse?
I had the chance to shoot Arabian horses in Poland, thanks to a production company that is managing my work in Russia and Poland. Janow Podlaski is one of the most important stud in the world for Arabian horses, historically. Charlie and Shirley Watts use to buy their best horses in Janow Podlaski. I had the chance to shoot their beautiful Etnologia, that won as best mare of the year in Paris championship. While I was in Paris at the show I met Shirley Watts and we had fun watching the photos. Serendipity rules the world.
5. What do you like about Los Angeles so far?
I am moving to USA, and a perfect balance would be a bit of NY and a bit of LA. I like what everybody does.. Sun.. Beach.. Freedom.. Opportunities.. Easy going attitude..
6. Currently you are exhibiting your works what is your vision what would you like to happen?
The Raw Horse is absolutely immense and unique. I want exhibitions, commissioned shooting and portraits, big scale multimedia installations, and a coffee table book. I want this project merging the art and the equestrian world, fashion, photography, literature, exclusivity and broad audience. And of course I want to shoot worldwide, so far i shot in Argentina, Poland, Italy, UK, USA. Mongolia, Namibia, Cameroon, Pakistan, UAE, Iceland, Brazil, Mexico, a lot is yet to come. My approach is as if it was an entertainment production rather than an art project. A complex structure that needs production, funds, and multiple opportunities. It is conceived in chapters to allow micro and macro sponsorship opportunities. It has to be immense. It has to become an ideal world.
7. I am sure you enjoy foods can you share what are your favorite foods?
I am Italian.. And this is a problem! I always miss Italian food, they say you can find it anywhere in the world, but it is one of the biggest lie in human history. But.. I love food, anywhere, anytime, any food, from star Michelin to street food, from Iceland to Bolivia. I love to order anything I don’t understand, point randomly the menu and see what happens, especially if in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, with not even a vague understanding of the symbols . My curiosity for the planet is pretty endless.. and food is an important world to explore.