African fashion Alphadi

Alphadi (born Sidahmed Seidnaly 1 June 1957) is a notable Nigerien fashion designer often known as the «Magician of the Desert». He is Touareg, from an upper caste lineage, on both his parents sides. Alphadi was born in Timbuktu, Mali, but moved to his parents native Niger at a young age.
Alphadi studied at Cardon Savard Studios in Paris, started his label in 1984, and his first haute couture line was released in 1985 at the Paris International Tourism Tradeshow. His line has since extended into sportswear and perfume. The Alphadi line, which has 'Complexe Alphadi' boutiques in Niamey (on Rue Vox),vory Coast and Paris
In 1998 Alphadi was the one of the three African fashion designers to win the Principal Prince Claus Award; the other two were Tetteh Adzedu from Ghana and Oumou Sy.
In 1998, he created the first FIMA, the International Festival of African Fashion which was located in Niger.This event allowed African designers to come together with other international designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne. Since then, the event has been going on every 2 years.In 2007, he launched a new contest during the FIMA and Hip Hop FIMA Contest.
Alphadi maintains production facilities in Niamey and Morocco, and splits his time between homes in Niamey and Paris. He is married, a father of six children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Japanese supermodel Sayoko Yamaguchi and costume designer

«In the 1970s, at a time when light skinned occidentals ruled the runway, Yamaguchi used her very Asian looks to conquer the fashion world’s top catwalks.
Yokohama born Sayoko Yamaguchi graduated from Sugino Gakuen, a fashion design school in Tokyo, and originally had no intention of becoming a fashion model. When she did become a model, she often thought of quitting because she didn’t have a Western look.
One day, her mother cut her hair in the old style for young Japanese girls, a straight short bob with long straight bangs reaching close to the eyes. With her beautiful almond-shaped eyes, it made her look like a traditional Japanese doll. Armed with this new look she auditioned for Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, and the rest, as they say, is history.Ironically, she had made up her mind that this would be her last audition. If she couldn’t get the job, she would quit modeling.Yamaguchi cherished her bob and made it her trademark. Consequently, Westerners saw Yamaguchi as the dictionary definition of Oriental beauty.
Yamaguchi made her Paris debut in 1972 and regularly modeled for Japan’s top designers like Kenzo Takada, Issei Miyake and Kansai Yamamoto. Japanese cosmetics maker Shiseido used her in an ad campaign to promote make-up for Asian faces and to make Japanese women more comfortable with their own beauty.
Newsweek magazine named Yamaguchi as one of the top six models in the world in 1977. In 1984, she received a special prize at the Mainichi Fashion Awards.
In her later years, Yamaguchi performed on stage and in movies, and also designed stage costumes.
Yamaguchi said that the three most important elements of modeling were kimochi (feeling), katachi (style) and ugoki (movement). Unfortunately, her movement has now ceased, but her feeling and style will last forever.»

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Sills - Abstract Expressionism painting

Thomas Sills (August 20, 1914 – September 26, 2000) was a painter and collagist and a participant in the New York Abstract Expressionist movement. At the peak of his career in the 1960s and 1970s, his work was widely shown in museums. He had four solo shows at Betty Parsons Gallery, was regularly featured in art journals and is in museum collections.Thomas Sills was born and raised in Castalia, North Carolina. Before he got involved with painting, he worked in a greenhouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the color around him made a strong impression on him. Once in New York, he worked on the docks, as a janitor, and as a deliveryman.Sills spent most of his creative life in New York City, deeply rooted in the artistic trends as well as cultural issues from the early 1950s to 1970s. He knew Willem de Kooning who visited his studio and told him not to throw anything away before anyone had seen it.
Others in the NY circle gave him advice. At the time of his first solo show, Barnett Newman sent him a letter of congratulations.His friendships with Newman and Mark Rothko placed him at the intellectual center of the Abstract Expressionist movement, but like de Kooning, Arshile Gorky and Franz Kline, Sills believed that it was not necessary to explain his art; he painted what he felt and it came from within.
Sills began his work as a fine artist when he was in his mid-thirties, about the time he married the mosaicist Jeanne Reynal. Essentially self-taught and inspired by Reynal's collection of abstract art, he began working with the materials he found in her mosaic studio, but soon branched out to oil on wood as well as canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sam Middleton - mixed-media artist

Sam Middleton (April 2, 1927 – July 19, 2015) was a mixed-media artist from New York, NY. He travelled all over the world with the US Merchant Marine, lived in Mexico and Sweden and eventually settled down in the Netherlands where he «was part of the considerable contingency of expatriate African American artists». Settling in Holland in 1961, he established himself as one of The Netherlands' premier artists.
Middleton was born in New York City but grew up in Harlem, NY. Known for his personal style, Middleton liked to use abstract expressionism in his work, basing his color, lines, and compositions around sound and harmony. Middleton specialized in working with collage.As a young boy growing up in Harlem, Middleton often visited the nearby Savoy Ballroom and music-jazz and classical-became important inspirations for his artistic endeavors. Working at the Savoy, Middleton designed costumes, and painted record and book covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norman Lewis - Abstract expressionism

" Lewis's oeuvre demonstrates the ability to simultaneously paint abstractly without renouncing the representational and narrative. Despite the strength of his life's work, Lewis — along with other artists of color and women artists — was excluded from the major studies on Abstract Expressionism such as Irving Sandler's The Triumph of American Painting (1976). Acknowledging the beauty and originality of his work, we can use Lewis as an example to question the racial strictures of art institutions and the artistic canon, recognizing that these bodies furthered the racist prejudices of their time. Lewis was never forgotten within the African-American art community, and he influenced the second generation of black abstractionists. More attention is coming due to Lewis: in the fall of 2015, two exhibitions, one a joint showing of his art alongside that of Lee Krasner, will be presented at New York's Jewish Museum, and the other, a large, solo exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, in Philadelphia, will go on view. In this regard, we are just beginning to feel the full magnitude of Lewis's legacy and the impact he has and will continue to have on contemporary artists."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Surrealism Endre Nemes

Endre Nemes (November 10, 1909 – September 22, 1985; born with the family name Nágel) was a Slovako-Czecho-Swedish Surrealist artist who had a background in Lyrical Abstraction.While his early exhibitions included tailors' dummies and écorchés, he was notable in Sweden for his use of enamels in public art.Born Endre Nágel in Pécsvárad, Hungary, in 1909, he changed his name to Nemes in 1928. His family soon moved to the small town of Igló (then part of Austro-Hungarian monarchy, later Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia). He later lived in Vienna (1927) where he studied philosophy before returning to Slovakia, working as a journalist and publishing poetry. In 1930, he moved to Prague where he became a cartoonist. Whilst in Prague, he studied at the Prague Art Academy, where he met Peter Weiss and Bernard Reder and collaborated with Jakub Bauernfreund.Nemes held his first exhibition with Jakub Bauernfreund at the Dr. Feigl Gallery.As a Jew, he escaped from Czechoslovakia before World War II, was in Helsinki in 1938, traveled through Finland and Norway, and ended up in Sweden where he held his first solo exhibition in 1941 in Stockholm. Just prior to Weiss's March 1941 exhibition at Masshallen, Brunkebergsplate, Nemes had shown his work at the same venue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ricky Dowrick artist and poet

«Emerging from the yet to be a loving peace transpireth, a silent stage devoid all sound where no earthly thought has yet dwelt. 
Of virgin space untouched, invisible and unseen, gently carressing hopes' event horizon in shrouded mystery. 
The quiet beat of a distant drummer draws me toward the void ;  the faint whisper of Lifes Cantor bids us embrace the vast unknown.
One door closes while another opens as behold we the glistening throne.
Our senses fill with wondor as all our thoughts are stilled..we  leave behind all comfort  gone before in the Freedom of a Dream. „

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Portraits on order Milena Olesinska

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Piero Ruggeri - art informel

«Piero Ruggeri was born April 27, 1930 in Turin, a city where, once obtained a classical education, he attended a painting course at the Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 1956.As a student he participated in numerous exhibitions, soon getting several official awards. He starts a large number of solo and group exhibitions to show his works in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Belgium, Brazil, France, Russia, Australia, Egypt. He participates in numerous editions of “Italy-France”, the Biennale of Venice and Rome Quadrennial. He wins national and international awards including the Morgan’s Paint, Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York, Marzotto, Sao Paulo Brazil, Fiorino, Liss, Villa San Giovanni. Among the solo exhibitions are to mention the “anthology” of the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara in 1984, the Villa Reale in Monza in 1985 and the Circle of Artists in Turin in 1986. From 1963 to 1985 he teaches figure at the Art School of Turin. Since 1971, he moved to Battagliotti Avigliana where he lives and works.»

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Minimalist art John McCracken

John Harvey McCracken (December 9, 1934 – April 8, 2011) was a minimalist artist. He lived and worked in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and New York.
Internationally recognized John McCracken commenced developing his earliest sculptural work while in grad school at California College of Arts and Crafts along with Minimalists John Slorp and Peter Schnore, and painters Tom Nuzum, Vincent Perez, and Terry StJohn, 1964, 1965. Equally well known Dennis Oppenheim, enrolled in the M.F.A. program at nearby Stanford, was a frequent visitor to this more vibrant graduate program. While experimenting with increasingly three-dimensional canvases, McCracken began to produce art objects made with industrial techniques and materials, plywood, sprayed lacquer, pigmented resin, creating the ever more minimalistic works featuring highly-reflective, smooth surfaces. He applied techniques akin to those used in surfboard construction—popular in Southern California. Later McCracken was part of the Light and Space movement that includes James Turrell, Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin and others. In interviews, however, he usually cited his greatest influences as the hard edge works of the Abstract Expressionist Barnett Newman and Minimalists like Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Carl Andre.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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