First international Artist Art Fair in Tokyo

TOKYO_ART_FAIR_HIRESTokyo International Art Fair 22-23 May 2015 by Global Art Agency – Quest Hall Harajuku

THE CITY OF TOKYO is playing host to hundreds of talented artists from all around the world when it stages the first Tokyo International Art Fairby Global Art Agency from 22nd to 23rd May 2015.

More than 150 artists from over 30 countries will be filling the prime located Quest Hall – Harajuku with an incredible display of art, with more pieces than ever before gathered under one roof for visitors to admire and to buy in the city’s largest Artist showcase of modern and contemporary art.

Following the agency’s successful events in Oxford, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Barcelona it’s now the turn for Tokyo to host the magnificent art fair. Organisers Joelle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency are making the fantastic (free) two-day art extravaganza a versatile art happening for the locals of Tokyo. A huge variety of artworks, offering every visitor something to suit their style, all in an affordable price-range to buy and to take home on the day. On show will be paintings, sculptures, photography art, illustrations, printmaking, and bespoke crafts, with a live painting and music show at the event.

Art1TOKYO International Art Fair is the first commercial fair of Japan to establish an international network for Collectors to connect and engage with the Artists directly – commission free. With talented exhibitors coming from all over Europe, Russia, US, Australia, and also a selection of local artists.

“The idea for the Tokyo Art Fair started about 3,5 years ago at the Amsterdam Art Fair that Global Art Agency organised. Art collectors from Tokyo visited the Amsterdam event and they bought a range of artworks to sell back in Japan… Without having to say anything to my business partner Natal – we thought the same. And so the research started back then. We quickly found out that there is no such thing in Tokyo for artists to sell directly – commission free, and at the same time found out that the public are very keen on the prospects of having a commercial fair in their city to buy original artworks by international artists that are of an affordable price range. As this will be the first ever artist art fair in Tokyo, we have big expectations and high hopes for yet another successful event for our agency, and ultimately have the Tokyo art fair also annually.” says Joelle Dinnage.

Art7The fair starts in style on the Friday night, 22nd May 2015, with a special private view and champagne reception with tickets costing only 1500 YEN each for an exclusive sneak preview of the treasures that are to come over the weekend.

Entry is then completely free on the Saturday 22nd May from 11am-18pm, with the event culminating in the announcement of the best artists on show at the Tokyo International Art Fair Awards on Saturday afternoon. The Curators and Jury panel of local Art celebs will reveal which artist takes home the title of Best Tokyo International Art Fair Artist 2015 and with it, an exhibition at another forthcoming international art fair. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite artist by going to the fair’sFacebook page.

RIAFTickets to the Tokyo International Art Fair 2015 are free and can be booked online by going to their website www.tokyoartfair.com The event takes place from Friday 22nd May Saturday 23rd May 2015 at Quest Hall – Harajuku, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1-13-14.

The private viewing and champagne reception (1500 YEN) is from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 22nd May, with live painting and art show from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 23rd May (Free). The Global Art Awards and art show take place at 4pm on Saturday.

For more information about the event and to visit please visit www.tokyoartfair.com

Participating as an Exhibitor:
The Tokyo Art Fair are now in the middle of curating and selection process. They are inviting the outstanding artists to apply online www.tokyoartfair.com

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PULP DRUNK: MEXICAN PULP ART FROM 1960’S-1970’S @RICCO/MARESCA, NYC.

PicCAn awesome show at Ricco/Maresca in NYC: “Post-war America saw the rise of the erotic pulp paperback novel covers. The objective of these covers was to lure in potential buyers with the promise of sex, suspense and drama. Simultaneously, a similar type of book and marketing strategy was being developed in Mexico.”

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Salvador Dali’s Christmas Card not a hit by the public back in 1960

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Salvador Dali’s Surrealist art proved a little too avant garde for the Hallmark shoppers of 1960.

Joyce Clyde Hall, the founder of Hallmark, began reaching out to several companies in the late 1940s to begin reproducing paintings and designs from contemporary artists on Hallmark cards. Hall’s mission was noble: sharing artistic masterpieces with average Americans. “So, through the ‘unsophisticated art’ of greeting cards, the world’s greatest masters were shown to millions of people who might otherwise not have been exposed to them,” Hall wrote in his autobiography.

By 1959, Dali had agreed to join the fold, submitting 10 potential designs to the company. Hallmark felt that two of them might have public appeal. The image above, “The Nativity,” was put into production and sold in stores alongside another of the Madonna. But while Dali’s creations would have been wildly successful in an art gallery, in the card aisle they caused a public outcry, and Hallmark ultimately pulled the cards from the racks. The several hundred that remain have become collectors’ items.

Dali designed a variety of Christmas images for other companies: He created 19 different Christmas cards for the Barcelona-based company Hoechst Iberica between 1958 and 1976, as well a Christmas-themed cover for Vogue in 1946 that is still reprinted as a card today, according to Rebecca Bender, a professor of Spanish at Grinnell College who has compiled a collection of the images.

The image above is reprinted courtesy of the Hallmark Archives, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

The Article is via Washington Post.

Artist Haroshi saves skateboards from doom and helps them to be reborn into sculptures.

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Old and broken skateboards most frequently end up on landfill or bonfires. Artist Haroshi saves skateboards from doom and helps them to be reborn into sculptures. Haroshi removes the hardware, the carefully cuts, stacks, saws, grinds, and sands the pieces into a variety of shapes and figures. He has created Teddy Bears, Nintendo’s Mario, large hands, laughing skulls, and many other impressive pieces. Haroshi lets the mulit-colored layers from the skateboards provide the color.

Haroshi hides a little magic in all of his pieces, too. Inside of every sculpture hides a tiny metallic piece from the skateboard’s hardware which he believes adds spirit and life to the piece. In many of his creations Haroshi uses the broken edges of the wood to add texture and drama. Next time a skateboard snaps under your feet, take a closer look and see what it can become. Via Indulgd.

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How future generations will remember us as people of the early 21st century

This is how future generations will remember us as people of the early 21st century. Take a moment to reflect on the conflicts, triumphs, and world changing moments all of us have witnessed together in the past 14 years. Here is a selection of some great photography that captured some iconic moments. For the full list of 100 photos, go to Distractify.

The world welcomes in the new millennium. [2000]

The world welcomes in the new millennium. [2000]

Steve Jobs introduces the first iPod [2001]

Steve Jobs introduces the first iPod [2001]

President Bush's reaction to news of a second plane striking the Twin Towers. He was reading to children at a Florida elementary school. [2001]

President Bush’s reaction to news of a second plane striking the Twin Towers. He was reading to children at a Florida elementary school. [2001]

Firefighters raise the American flag on the ruins on the World Trade Centers [2001]

Firefighters raise the American flag on the ruins on the World Trade Centers [2001]

Archaeologists discover some of the oldest artworks known to man in Dordogne, France - over 12,000 years old. [2001]

Archaeologists discover some of the oldest artworks known to man in Dordogne, France – over 12,000 years old. [2001]

A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. [2001]

A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. [2001]

New York City is plunged into darkness after a power failure [2003]

New York City is plunged into darkness after a power failure [2003]

Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz in 2004, after they had just lauched FaceBook.

Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz in 2004, after they had just lauched FaceBook.

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. [2007]

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. [2007]

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

Barack Obama wins the 2008 election, becoming the first African American President.

Barack Obama wins the 2008 election, becoming the first African American President.

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