My controlled lighting (studio lighting) class is working on portraits right now and I just saw these images by Toby Dixon. Not only are they beautiful but they are over the top on the styling, this work is all done in makeup and wardrobe, there is no Photoshop involved. At the moment he only has two of them on his blog and it looks as if they are shot for a campaign that has not been published yet so he is pretty hush-hush about the work. Note to all the students out there, I would be hesitant to ever put work up online before a client goes to press with it.
Having dinner at a friends house the other night and they had rented one of the Batman movies. There was a car in the movie that I swear was modeled after Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion car from 1933. Hadn’t looked that one up in a long time, forgot how funky it was.
Watching Ai Weiwei’s Never Sorry inspired me to look up a hand full of other contemporary Chinese artists which led me to an article about Zeng Fanzhi’s Last Supper which just set a record 10 days ago for the most money paid for a contemporary Asian work of art. The painting sold for $23.3 million dollars which is pretty amazing seeing that not only is Fanzhi still a living artist but is still in his forties so he probably has a lot of career left in him. You can head over to Saatchi Gallery to see a bio of Zeng Fanzhi and some of his other works, as I was pointing out in Photo Arts the other day Saatchi has played a huge role in bringing contemporary Asian art to western audiences. A point of interest about the above painting: The character in the position of Judas is the only one wearing a yellow tie, the others are all wearing the Communist Party school uniform. According to Evelyn Lin, head of contemporary Asian art at Sotheby’s the yellow tie is representative of western culture.
Oh Banksy you have done it again. So Banksy has been in New York this month working on a project Better Out Than In and one of the events included setting up a stall in Central Park to sell signed images of his work done on canvas. The stall featured several of his iconic image all for sale for $60 and he had an older gentleman manning the both making the sales. Though people steal his work off the sides of buildings and auction houses try to sell it for hundreds of thousands of dollars the pop up shop didn’t manage to break $500. It was a one day event as part of his visit to the Big Apple. You can follow the rest of the events from Better Out Than In on banksyny.com if you are in New York several of the pieces have phone numbers stenciled next to them to provide audio guides to the work.