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At 78 years old, Ed Ruscha has perfected his artistic skills

At 78 years old, Ed Ruscha has perfected his artistic skills

Ed Ruscha - Fifty Years Of Painting, installation view, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, photo Åsa Lundén
Ed RuschaFifty Years Of Painting exhibition, installation view, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Photo: Åsa Lundén

At 78 years old, Ed Ruscha has perfected his artistic skills to the extent that he can express the noises of everyday life on a canvas. When he began his art in 1961, no one would have thought that the works that had words written over them would translate into such epic levels of fame. You too have probably come across his works and never stopped for a moment to think about the creativity that goes into making them. Some of these word paintings have published in not one, not two or three volumes but a record 20 and counting.

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Geopolitical changes on these 150+ famous tapestries

Geopolitical changes on these 150+ famous tapestries

Alighiero Boetti - Mapa del mundo (Map of the World), 1971-72, grey
Alighiero BoettiMapa del mundo (Map of the World), 1971-72, embroidery

In 1971 upon his departure from Italy and his arrival in Afghanistan, Alighiero Boetti began a continuous collaboration with local weavers to produce embroidered tapestries, using himself only as the referential artist but considering the works a creation of a combined effort. Mappa del Mundo is a colorful, beautiful crafted tapestry showing each country emblazoned with its own flag, examining borders, frontiers, nationalism, and patriotism. The borders are emblazoned with Italian and Persian texts, selected by Boetti and the craftswomen. Over the next two decades, from 1971 to 1994, more than 150 Mappe of different colors and sizes were created in this way. From this, geopolitical changes were tracked throughout the world, transforming a simple idea into a political vision by visualizing territory disputes and regime changes. Halfway through their endeavour, the embroiderers selected a pink thread to fill in the oceans, completely altering the look of the works. Boetti loved the intrusion of chance into the artistry of the craftsmen, and let them select the thread colors from then on. Because of this, he has little say in the appearance of the maps.

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Luciano Calderon’s first museum solo exhibition

Luciano Calderon’s first museum solo exhibition

Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia

Yesterday, June 19, Ciudad Esperanza, Luciano Calderon’s first solo exhibition in a museum pre-opened at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia. The exhibition is a continuation of his recent show, El Choco, in which Calderon’s hometown of El Alto and the neighboring city La Paz played a central role. Ciudad Esperanza includes both new large scale works as well as some older pieces, both of which evoked strong positive feedback from the enthusiastic crowd at the pre-opening.

As he did with El Choco, Calderon collaborated with local craftsmen of his neighborhood to produce some of his works for Ciudad Esperanza. In Chismoso Como Tu, which translates to God sees everything but he ain’t a snitch like you, Calderon uses a common phrase to reflect on the mentality that prevails on the streets of El Alto, a city where almost everybody lives under harsh circumstances.

Calderon’s painting Escudo is inspired by El Alto’s official coat of arms. Using his own unique visual language, Calderon took the text from this coat of arms and transformed it into an art piece.

The official opening will take place later this month.

Luciano Calderon - Chismoso Como Tu (production)

Luciano Calderon - Speech

Luciano Calderon - Carla Valeria

Luciano Calderon - Ciudad Esperanza (installatio view) - 1

Luciano Calderon - Chismoso Como Tu, 2013
Chismoso Como Tu, 2013, mixed media on plastic, 220x340cm

Luciano Calderon - Ciudad Esperanza (installatio view) - 2

Luciano Calderon - Escudo, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 150x200cm
Escudo, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 150x200cm

Luciano Calderon - Ciudad Esperanza (installatio view) - 3

Luciano Calderon - El Alto


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Luciano Calderon – El Choco – Exhibition opening photos

Luciano Calderon – El Choco – Exhibition opening photos

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Muralla Alteña, 2013, plastic bags, wood, 600x380cm

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El Choco, installation view

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Luciano Calderon with Sandra Arcani, the producer of the knitted body and masks

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Ahora Tienes Un Problema, Fuera De Control, El Dinero Es Mentira, 2013, hand woven masks

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El Choco, installation view

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Patrullando & Vigilando, 2013, two channel video, dimensions variable, Ed. 5

Crimen Andino, 2013, mixed on canvas, 200x150cm
Crimen Andino, 2013, mixed on canvas, 200x150cm

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Yo Soy El Alto, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 150x200cm

Estoy Perdido, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 120x150cm
Estoy Perdido, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 120x150cm

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Tienda Andrea, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 150x200cm

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El Choco, installation view

Last week Luciano Calderon’s exhibition opened.

Click for all the information about the exhibition.


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Luciano Calderon w/ Public Delivery – Exhibition trailer

Luciano Calderon w/ Public Delivery – Exhibition trailer

VIDEO

PHOTOS

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We are delighted to share some exclusive studio photos of Luciano Calderon’s upcoming show next week in La Paz, Bolivia.

Read all about the exhibition and see more photos here or check the older preview

Photos by Gabriel Barceló


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Artist tries to bath his sins away

Artist tries to bath his sins away

Bathing, 2012 (Acrylic, spray paint, marker on canvas, 80x70cm)

Bathing, 2012 (Acrylic, spray paint, marker on canvas, 80x70cm)


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