Dr. Dre references Picasso in latest album

In his latest album, rapper Dr. Dre has referenced the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso in his song “Deep Water”. The album is Dr. Dre’s first in sixteen years, and Picasso gets a mention in one of the songs. In the song entitled “Deep Water,” Dre asks “Would you look over Picasso’s shoulder and tell him about his brushstrokes?” Picasso seems to have become something of an inspiration for numerous pop artists. In 2015 Madonna announced that she felt close to Picasso: “Life inspired him […] and that’s how I feel.” Jay-Z and the Beastie Boys have also included references to the painter in some of their...

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“The Art of Saving a Life”: Gates commissions artists for digital campaign

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, whose fortune currently stands at just over $80 billion, have commissioned a group of 30 artists to collaborate in a digital campaign promoting vaccination in developing countries and raising awareness of the importance of vaccination in preserving lives throughout history. The digital story-telling campaign will feature works from high-profile artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Luc Jaquet, alongside other photographers, painters, film-makers, illustrators, and musicians, hailing form more than 20 different countries. Works include an illustration by Sophie Blackall, depicting an Indian slum where children are at risk of missing out on important vaccinations due to inadequate healthcare provisions, and photographs by Sebastião Salgado which show polio vaccinations taking place in various locations across the globe. This project marks the first time the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have used artworks in their campaigns, and the philanthropists hope that this will pave the way for more fruitful campaigns in years to come. Funds raised will help the foundation meet its goal of vaccinating 300 million children by...

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“Art in Pop” at Le Magasin

From 11 October 2014 to 4 January 2015, Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, is to show the exhibition “Art in Pop.” The exhibition breaks down the barriers between “high” and “low” culture, or those between the intellectual aspect of art and its industrial cultural production. “Art in Pop” focuses particularly on music, turning the musician into a new kind of artist and exploring how pop music creates a confluence between art and music. Additionally, the exhibition is to feature work by artist-musicians, such as Jimmy Hendrix, Philippe Katerine, Janis Joplin and John Miller....

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Luhring Augustine now represents Jason Moran

New York, 3 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Luhring Augustine has announced that it will, from now on, be representing pianist, composer and performer Jason Moran. The artist is on the boundary between two worlds: jazz and fine art. He claims to have been highly influenced by the paintings of Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele — one of his albums, Facing Left, contains the name of one of the latter painter’s works. In 2007, he released In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959, a multimedia performance celebrating the legacy of Thelonious Monk. In 2012, for his residency at the Whitney Biennial, Moran presented the project BLEED. There, he performed alongside his wife in a series of live musical performances which took place over five days. The project aimed to explore the power of performance, challenging assumptions and pushing societal boundaries through...

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Foundation Swiss Life launches prize for artistic collaboration

Paris, 6 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Foundation Swiss Life, created five years ago, has this year launched the prize “Swiss Life à 4 mains” (Swiss Life with four hands). The prize aims to present works which unite the two spheres of photography and music. Artists have the opportunity to work in pairs on the theme “Chagall et la musique”, explaining the theme of four hands working to create one work. From January to May, ten experts in photography and music, nominated by the management committee of Foundation Swiss Life, are to each sponsor an artist whom they are to later present to the jury. This last stage is to take place on 14 May, resulting in two successful artists: a photographer and a musician. They are to have at their disposal 9 months of collaboration, sharing their creative experiences in order to produce an original work of art: a concert-exhibition composing of a musical creation of at least thirty minutes accompanied by no fewer than fifteen photographs. To facilitate the organisation of the exhibition, each artist is to be given €20,000. At Arles in 2015, the successful artists will present a book-CD, which is to accompany a concert-exhibition organised by the Musée de la Piscine (Roubaix) and the Cité de la Musique...

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