The bastard of Marcel Duchamp: Contemporary Art

The bastard of Marcel Duchamp: Contemporary Art

 

In short, I could go on and on to recount Madame Sourgins’ whiny whims, but it is time to conclude. She is accurate to write that the pleasures of culture are “delayed joys” which require cultural awareness and some knowledge. Visual arts, like all cultural expressions, reflect the society and the times in which we live. Walk the Arts’ artists are aware of what is being done in the field of contemporary art, good or bad. It is up to them to choose whether or not to venture into the contemporary department. But it is important to acknowledge that there is no turning back. Contemporary art is here to stay.  

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COVID-19 and Your Art

COVID-19 and Your Art

 

Let’s see this pandemic as a propitious time to quit this whirlwind of vanity and consumerism. […] In our studio, at our easel or our desk, the time is right for deepening personal truths, so essential for future artistic endeavors. The time is favorable for revamping our own publications including our artistic statements and websites. The time is appropriate to devote ourselves to serious art readings. In brief, a time to search, a time to find a new equilibrium.

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Art, You and 2020

Art, You and 2020

 

How can I become a better artist in 2020? How can I take my art up a notch, only a single notch? It may be landscape painting, abstraction, modern or contemporary art.[…] How can I increase my artistic knowledge during 2020, so my art becomes more particular, more distinguishable, more authentic, more profound? For 2020, I will try my best to accomplish the following list…

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The Post-Coitus Works of Art

The Post-Coitus Works of Art

 

We agree that a completed work can bring a great sense of boredom, even disappointment, or a sense of euphoria that encourages pursuing a career as an artist. We have a choice; “Well done! What do I paint now as my next subject? Or “WOW! How can I push this canvas so it becomes better and more complex in the reflection of my time and my life?”

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Self-hypnosis and Art

 

To approach the artistic creation, to give life to something new, this new thing that makes us unique, does it not leave the realm of “objective reality” to fit or to insert into the invisible world of “anomalies” under the state of self-hypnosis? {…} In short, painting is not so difficult to practise (you can find millions of techniques on Google), but to achieve extreme clarity, that is something else!

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Concerning A.I., we are still good for a few centuries!

Concerning A.I., we are still good for a few centuries!

 

Although artificial intelligence is producing major upheavals in the areas of health, transportation, commerce and even art, it is impossible for it to replace human creativity for a very simple reason: machines are not endowed with life, so they are not vulnerable to the existential questions intimately related to birth and death, freedom and determinism as well as memories and the future.

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Let Go! The Artist’s Way of Cooking

 

Ten years ago, here in Tuscany, we decided to write a recipe book but with so many good cookbooks in the market, we needed to propose a new idea. We had to find a modus operandi close to who we are and what we do as visual artists. The answer was in front of us and painting gave it to us: art and color!

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Experiencing Eternity

Experiencing Eternity

 

Eternity is outside time. Eternity should not be mistaken for the elasticity of time, a time that never ends. Yes! eternity is indeed outside time. It doesn’t have a beginning nor an end. It is something in itself […] During our art workshops, our main role at Walk the Arts is to endow the proper environment to bring you into that state of eternity. How? That is a very complex question and we only can provide a very simple answer which is…

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Art Workshop Israel (301)

Art Workshop Israel (301)

 

During Workshop Israel, your brain will be spinning at 100 miles per hour. The place is overwhelming as we already said. Every human being wants to live fully, being aware at all moments; and this remains a choice, your own conscious choice. We assure you that there will be no time to set up your easel like we did in Italy (Workshop 101) and Provence (Workshop 201); to mix physical colours, add them on the canvas on your easel; and then repack everything and back to our lodge.

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Art and Algorithms

Art and Algorithms

 

What is an algorithm? It is simply a recipe, a procedure that lists all necessary steps to complete a task. Some of these algorithms are constructed from a vast array of data fluxes created and shared through the multiple existing networks, or information repositories. But what about painting? Are we, artists, in a way protected from this evil thing called algorithm?

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Art-Spectacle-Art

Art-Spectacle-Art

 

To visit a major contemporary art exhibition today is like attending a series of very short spectacles comprising visually striking performances or displays. This search of visual impact in contemporary art is making major international visual arts venues such as the Venice Art Biennale, extremely interesting. In the context of our upcoming trip to visit the Venice Art Biennale 2017, we have invited Roger Sutcliffe to write about the origin of the innovative ways in which contemporary art is now displayed. Who was the person behind this idea and why?

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The Venice Biennale 2017

The Venice Biennale 2017

 

Now, just imagine this. We start our trip in Rome, on the very hill where Rome was founded. We will study the Greek heritage which made Rome such a powerful empire. Then, we will walk on the very same bridge where the Emperor Constantin had his dream to allow Christianity to be practised in the Roman Empire…and the Venice Biennale 2017

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How I see Art (2)

How I see Art (2)

 

But what makes a work of art “excellent”? There are so many answers and it all depends on the artist’s own “art-world”.[…] My “art-world” is a well-circumscribed territory endowed of its own system of transmission devices needed for the circulation of ideas.

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Ah Surrealism!

Ah Surrealism!

 

If I have decided to expose this feud, it is because it reflects so much the good old healthy intellectual polemics of French Parisian Left Bank Discussion (which is fun) and… you might also learn a bit more on this important movement that was Surrealism.

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Art being accessible to all

Art being accessible to all

 

… society encourages specialization and categorization, so that we all end up with arbitrary identity labels that limit our potential as human beings. How many times we hear people claiming that they have no creative abilities, simply because they have fallen in discriminatory traps imposed by the social order.

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The back of the Dying Niobid

A Première on the Internet Every year, during my Survey I Art history class I devote a week to Greek Art. One of the slide is of course The Dying Niobid a beautiful Greek classical sculpture done around 440 B.C.E. This is the usual slide that all the art history...

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Who are we

We all make art! It is part of culture. It is deeply rooted in human nature as a way of communicating with others. We all need to tell our stories because it is stories that link us all. We are all one, one creative mind! Though, all unique and equipped with unique ways of expressing ourselves. We live in constant search of that unique liberating voice. At Walk the Arts we aim to facilitate our art makers to explore new territories. Our painting classes and art history trips on three continents are meant to be rounded art experiences among small groups of like-minded adults. We offer an environment that fosters creativity. As we always say, art as religion is just a matter of faith. This blog is about living fully the experience of art, about finding our single artistic path, about the joy of art-making. We believe that making art accessible to all will lead to a betterment of our society.

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