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Performa 09: Yeondoo Jung presents “Cinemagician” at Asia Society
November 21st, 2009
On November 19th and 20th, Asia Society hosted one of 9 individual artists commissioned to conceive a piece of interactive art specifically for the 3nd Performa Biennial that has been remastering the landscape of New York art scene for the last two weeks. Yeondoo Jung’s Cinemagician is a project of one of the most prominent Korean artists working today. Combining theater, cinema, and performance, Jung create a trompe d’oeil effect that is both highly innovative and amusing. He tackles the often overlooked process behind creating a video work, art form that increasingly pervades modern practice. By allowing the audiences to witness first hand the making of Jung’s video work, he activates the space between the artist and the public. Jung recognizes the importance of the creative process to the final product and thus implicates the audience in actively participating in creating the work. via the art observed
The Museum of Modern Art presents “Tim Burton, a major retrospective exploring the full scale of Tim Burton’s career, both as a director and concept artist for live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. On view from November 22, 2009, through April 26, 2010, the exhibition brings together over 700 examples of sketchbooks, concept art, drawings, paintings, photographs, and a selection of his amateur films, and is the Museum’s most comprehensive monographic exhibition devoted to a filmmaker. An extensive film retrospective spanning …via Artdaily
The Mystery Of Ancient Roman Painting “Very little remains, and what remains is puzzling. … [Most of the survivors] were mural paintings, preserved (ironically) by the lava of Vesuvius, while the paintings in other cities, such as Rome itself, were destroyed or faded away. Was the art of these two provincial towns inferior to the art of the capital? If we saw real Roman painting, would that make the work that’s survived look very average? Or is this as good as it got?” The Independent (UK) 11/20/09
Heidi Klum has been transformed into 1,000 little pieces in Editions Ricordi’s newest limited-edition puzzle, Couture Banquet. The puzzle features a stunning photo of the supermodel captured by Fashion and Celebrity Photographer Ruven Afanador. Creating an imaginative way to experience and enjoy another stunning editorial of Heidi, Editions Ricordi turned the image originally taken for Vogue Spain into tiny little jigsaw pieces. Just in time for the holidays, the puzzle comes in a silk bag and handmade wooden box with a red velvet interior, and retails for $490. …via artdaily

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