What are the fine arts?

Fine Arts (as defined by Webster's Dictionary)

1. creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. "the convergence of popular culture and fine art"

 

 Fine Art is a term used to define classic art forms such as paintings, sculptures, architecture, music, and literature. Although there are other art forms that have been added to the list since, French philosopher, Charles Batteaux gave us the term in the mid 1800's. In today's society we still appreciate the history and classics left behind by the greats, but have also found ways to alter, enhance, and define new forms of art that are still influenced by the old school.

For our #TheOtherSideOfTheBorder series we will be bringing attention to Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, and Literature that comes out of Mexico. Does your culture exude its own genre of fine art? Share with us.

     
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Ever walk around the city and wonder who? what? where? why? when? These are all questions designers ask themselves everyday. What is design ? SO MANY QUESTIONS BUT WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS??

      Design is anything and everything around us. It is the bench you sit in on the subway, the lights that guide your path, and the reason paintings provoke emotions. Design week opens up the doors into the world of appreciating the process. NYCxDESIGN is an annual event that celebrates NYC as a city of makers, dreamers, and motivators, it attracts people from all over the world.

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    There is so much to do during design week that no matter what world you come from you will find something to enjoy. I had the pleasure to attend a few events this time around and if you missed it check out this article, and prepare yourself for next year because the aesthetic overload is worth being a part of.

    As a professional designer I am obsessed in learning the mechanics of a product. I want to know everything about its construction. ICFF is a design convention where all the answers exist. ICFF is held at one of the most iconic buildings in New York City - The Jacob Javits Center, in Hells Kitchen. One of the first booths I was drawn to was because it was filled with a series furniture pieces that were different is size and texture, but all one color. Opening Ceremony X Crosby Studios, collaborated for ICFF to design a world of purple. It was a booth for awakening the senses. Let the feelings of touch takeover while you sink into a fuzzy chair. Switch on a lamp whose silhouette could give you a high five! The color purple allows you to look at all pieces as one, forcing your curiosity to come alive. Then I ask, why is it different? The best part is, you are allowed to touch everything! Inspiration is limitless, and you end up imagining things you didn't even know you needed.

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       Wanted Design is the baby of the ICFF design fair. It's only been around four years but has impacted the design world at a rapid rate. Here, New york city celebrates design globally. I met a furniture designer from Mexico who shared the same fabrication struggles with me. He heard me complaining about lack of space and and told me to find space. I met  Victor Alvaro, the direction and furniture designer of “Victor Alvaro Studio”. After sharing tips and tricks we’ve both learned on our journey through the design process, he became a friend and a mentor. Within a few minutes I was inspired. I was invited to the studio in Mexico! Which was a pleasant reminder of the networking opportunities NYCxDESIGN can provide, while allowing you to gain new understanding of the world. Wanted design also hosts a series of talks about sustainable and charitable design. Reminding us the importance of purpose in design within our everyday life.

      Even though Design week only occurs annually you can find events like these all year round and throughout the city. Design is all around us. To check out galleries, film events, trade shows and more just take a walk around any of the 5 boroughs and be inspired by today and tomorrow.

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Wellness Wednesday: Poetry Month and Dr. Maya Angelou's 90th Birthday!

There are a couple things I like to do when I am feeling down. One of them requires me to feed my demons and but the other works to uplift my soul. I prefer the latter, and that consists of reading motivational words of wisdom or listening to speeches by great leaders who have impacted greatness in the world. 

In honor of Dr. Maya Angelou's 90th Birthday, I am happy to remind us all that we have the ability to celebrate each day we wake up. Angelou's life was not an easy one but she was able to accomplish many firsts that people thought were unimaginable in her time. Watch the video below and read her poem, "I will rise" or watch here.

May these words uplift your spirits to allow you to have a day full of infinite productivity in whatever endeavor you may find yourself.  

Awards Council member and the Banquet moderator Oprah Winfrey presents the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award to Maya Angelou during 1990 Achievement Summit in Chicago, Illinois.

Awards Council member and the Banquet moderator Oprah Winfrey presents the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award to Maya Angelou during 1990 Achievement Summit in Chicago, Illinois.

Still, I Rise

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

GUERRILLA GIRLS REMINDS US OF THE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN THE ART WORLD

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The Art World Remains Stagnant

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In recent years, the push for inclusivity in mainstream media has become more popular than ever before. From television to marketing campaigns, consumers demand diversity and brands are finally listening!

But this isn't a new concept.

Progressive activist groups, like the "Guerrilla Girls", existed long before audiences pressured companies into embracing different races and genders.

With the use of witty humor and thought-provoking facts, feminist activist group, "Guerrilla Girls" have used artwork and speaking engagements to expose sexism and racism in the political, media and art worlds. Their work consists mostly of statistics and words and less of imagery and illustrations. They support a "guerrilla" approach by using art to taking on prevalent organizations. The group’s art is part of the Whitney Museum’s 'An Incomplete History of Protest' exhibit. Most of the pieces, on display now, were created in the late eighties to mid-nineties.

In the art piece, "Guerrilla Girls' Definition of a Hypocrite", the girls call out the left winged art world by defining a hypocrite as, “An art collector who buys white male art at benefits for liberal causes but never buys art by women or artists of color.” The other works highlight people and media outlets that lacked support for women and minorities; such as, Andy Warhol in "How many works by women artists were in the Andy Warhol and Tremaine actions at Sotheby's?" (The answer is 0), Art Flash Magazine as the art magazine that showed little to no female artists in 1988, and the Reagan-Bush administrations for their lack of support for people of color in "How long did it take to loot South Central L.A.?"

While the guerrilla mask wearing activist group has existed for decades their message continues to remain on brand. The piece titled, How many women had one-person exhibitions at NYC museums last year?, exposes the Guggenheim, MET, and even The Whitney for not having any female-led exhibits up until the year 1985, is noticeably not on display.

And things haven’t changed.

One of their pieces created in 2012, called Gender reassignment, shames the Art Institute for only having female artists showcased in 10% of their modern galleries and 18% of their contemporary galleries.

The 17 piece collection, created over a quarter of a century ago, feels as if it was designed this year. Their current collection sadly embodies the idea that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Have you seen the Guerrilla Girls' self-titled exhibit at the Whitney Museum yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci sells for $450 million

With less than 20 privately owned Da Vinci’s in the world, it is no surprise that “Salvatore Mundi” was sold at a record-breaking, $450,312,500 at a Christie’s auction last week.

The 600-year-old Da Vinci is the talk of the art scene at the moment, with such a prominent history and hefty price tag, it is rightfully so. The painting is believed to have been created around the same time as the Mona Lisa. The painting is a depiction of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb while holding a blessing gesture to whoever is observing the painting. 

In the early 18th century Salvatore Mundi was lost and later resurfaced in the 20th century to be sold at a Christie's auction for only $60, circa 1958. There was skepticism about the authenticity of the painting and was believed to be a copy. 

The current owner of the Da Vinci is unknown, but the former collector, Dmitry Rybolovlev isn't losing sleep over it. 

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