ARCA DE NOÉ MODERNA

Cai Guo-Qiang , artista chinês re-imagina a arca de noé em versão contemporânea. Em um barco de pesca que navegou ao longo do rio Huangpu atracadando no Power Station of Art, de Shanghai, noventa e nove réplicas perfeitas de animais reúnem se a bordo, aparentando fracos e enjoados.

Na obra monumental ,pandas, tigres, camelos e outras espécies advertem sobre como os animais podem sofrer e adoecer com as mudanças climáticas previstas para as próximas décadas .

O trabalho coincide com a descoberta de mais de 3 mil porcos encontrados sem vida no principal rio de Shangai nas últimas semanas.

Cai é bastante conhecido por suas instalações pirotécnicas com fogos de artifícios e pólvoras.
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WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST OF 2011?

Another year gone, another year starting. We aren’t Sports Illustrated or Rolling Stone where we rank our “Artist of the Year” or “Show of the Year,” but we definitely have felt the energy and pulse of contemporary art in 2010, like you, our readers, and have a few ideas of who had major years in 2010.

Was it JR and the TED Award? Dr Lakra showing at the Boston ICA? George Condo making an appearance in pop circles with the Kanye West covers and planned retrospective at New Museum? Marina Abramovic at MoMA? Os Gemeos’ globetrotting, or Murakami at Versailles? Swoon in Haiti?

There are many optiions, and many opinions. But we want to know your opinion. What did you like this year? What artist did you discover or recognize as your favorite of 2010?

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Best before 1960: British vintage food

Photographer James Kendall was rooting through his wife’s 90-year-old grandmother’s larder when he found something fascinating …

For many, sell-by dates are just a guide. For one nonagenarian from Brighton, they don’t exist at all. Photographer James Kendall was rooting through his wife’s 90-year-old grandmother’s larder when he discovered packaged foods dating back to the 1950s. Some canned items were covered in rust.

“She doesn’t really believe in sell-by dates,” explains Kendall. “She holds on to everything, and sees it all as eventually having a use. I think it comes from her living through the war, and being used to rationing.” Among the ageing items were dried onions, smoked cod liver, canned corn, a jar of tartare sauce, and a pack of KP nuts, complete with vintage logos.

Kendall’s wife, Rosie, wasn’t surprised, having grown used to her gran’s eccentricities as a child. “Gran had some red glasses,” says Kendall, “and one day she served Rosie some Ribena in them. Because of the red glasses, they didn’t notice until they’d got halfway through that the Ribena was actually green.”

But Kendall was so excited by the hoard that he took it back to his studioto be photographed – and hopes to exhibit the resulting series at next year’s Brighton Photo Biennial.

“I still daren’t open them,” says Kendall. “They’ve been wrapped in cellophane over the summer, so they’ve had a bit of a baking. I’m not exactly sure what state they’re in now. Probably worse than ever.” Has your family got some vintage foodstuffs? Send in your photos toyour.pictures@guardian.co.uk with “vintage food” as the subject line.

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Rauschenberg’s Rolleiflex

The Legendary American Artist’s Photographs of Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns and More

Best remembered for his silkscreen paintings and Coke bottle sculptures, Robert Rauschenberg deserves a closer look for his lesser-known photographs, a portfolio of which we present here. Rarely without his trusty Rolleiflex camera, the proto-pop artist documented extraordinary moments throughout his life, from his student days at Black Mountain College with Merce Cunningham and John Cage, through travels to Rome and Venice with close friends including Cy Twombly, and at his Brooklyn Studio in the early 60s. Rauschenberg’s black and white images starkly convey a sense of spontaneity, with his subjects often caught on the fly, as illustrated in the shots of Twombly wandering around the relics at Rome’s Capitoline Museum, or Cunningham flexing his limbs in his New York rehearsal space. “The brilliance of his mind and his eye are a continual wonder,” says Robert Rauschenberg Foundation curator David White, who co-edited the comprehensive new bookRobert Rauschenberg: Photographs 1949-1962. “He would see things and just bring new life and new light to them.”

Espaços

Isreali born, New York based artist Ron Gilad is fascinated with philosophizing about the common objects we live with. His latest body of work “Spaces” deals most directly with architecture. A series of coffee tables, for example, resemble line drawings of houses in three dimensions. Based on plans found online, each is made from a brass frame painted black. Some outline an entire house while others are only segments of spaces with openings marking the placement of doors. All are fitted with a pane of glass or supple leather upholstery that functions as the tabletop.

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Romwro britto, o artista pop brasileiro q xxxxxx entrou na onda do Royal Wedding.

A new series of portraits featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled by Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto, famous for painting Madonna, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga in trademark colour-burst images of cubism.

The rainbow depiction of the couple conjures a carnival celebration and mixes it with Miami sunshine (where the artist now lives). Prince William and Kate laugh with happiness from the chromatic canvas.

Britto confesses he is ‘fascinated’ by the couple and their role in popular culture.

He told the Huffington Post UK: “I wanted to capture the beginning of a family, which is something we all want: a happy beginning and a continuously happy life. I think they have so much tradition and so much history… They have a chance to belong to something and someone. I wanted it also to be a physical moment in time.”

The royal couple is painted with matching red hearts on their cheeks in the manner of their official engagement shot.

Kate Middleton is pictured with a floating heart with wings and a crown above her head, cuddled up to Prince William in a moment snatched from a psychedelic dream.

Pop art enables Britto to paint a much ‘fresher’ portrait of the couple.

He told Huffington Post UK: “I think one thing about today’s artists or artists like myself, particularly Andy Warhol that did many portraits, is that it’s the freest style of creating a piece of art.

“Before, in other forms of classical art, such as old masters, the portrait would be a bit more contrived and wouldn’t allow the artist to be openly creative and free. It was almost a form of photography in those days.”

Self-taught, Britto flourished after he was selected along side Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for Absolut Vodka’s iconic Absolut Art campaign. The New York Times described his work as “exuding warmth, optimism and love.”

Naming Kate, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth as the figures he most enjoyed painting, he describes Michael Jackson as the most challenging study.

It could be his love for the Sceptred Isle that provided such inspiration. Flying in to open his new body of work at Imitate Modern, he describes Britain’s ‘relationship to time’ as particularly unique.

“A lot of times people just think about the past, but here in Britain there is a constant reminder that the present and the future are important – it is a place that is so old with so much heritage, so much history, so many rituals, but that is still ready for something new,” he said.

The pictures can be seen at Imitate Modern Gallery until the 7 December 2011.

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Mixed-media artist, Michelle Peterson-Albandoz is well known for her wood constructions on panel and sculpture made from reclaimed wood from urban areas. To be exact, chaotic materials that people just discard. Most of us don’t even see these objects that become cohesive panels inspired by nature. We just see faded 2 by 4′s in a pile by the empty lot, or an eye sore. Michelle takes a different view.The more beaten and abused the wood, the better it translates alongside other pieces. The weathering of the squares and strips that make up her art panels create a certain flow, a natural and architectural one.