Charlotte, 12 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
This week, an article in the New Yorker by Calvin Tomkins gave details of the creation of Chuck Close: A Portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama.
From a Polaroid picture of the President, Mr. Close has made a tapestry that was displayed at the Mint Museum in Charlotte in the state of North Carolina, during the Democratic National Convention. This tapestry was part of a series of ten portraits are now on sale for $100,000 per unit, together with other parts, in a private sale to be held in October and whose earnings will go to the Obama Victory Fund .
Close, who was awarded the National Medal of Arts and is a strong supporter of the arts in education, joined the U.S. president last July for a shooting near the White House. A color reproduction made from the same portrait will also be sold: the large format could reach $50,000 (for an edition of ten copies), while the small size (for an edition of forty copies) may be sold at $25,000. Some prints have also been signed by the President and Close.
Charlotte (North Carolina), September 4, 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
Spotted : Republicans and Democrats are currently seeking for popularity and getting ready for the next U.S. presidential election. On the occasion of a Democratic convention in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, sculptor Larry Hudson has decided to create an imposing statue of Barrack Obama in sand.
In three days, with the help of a team of four assistants, Larry Hudson created the smiling sculpture of the current U.S. president. The city of Charlotte is not located near the sea, so the sand had to be imported from a mine in South Carolina for the sum of $ 30,000. However, according to the Huffington Post, the rain that fell somewhat damaged the sand sculpture, making people believe that Barack Obama suffered from acne. Fortunately, after some adjustments, visitors can admire the ephemeral work next to the Convention.
Charlotte (North Carolina), 10 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Mint Museum is currently presenting from 1 October to 29 January 2012, a retrospective entitled « Sheila Hicks : 50 years ». This is the first retrospective dedicated to the artist, who has crossed several material boundaries of contemporary art for over half a century.
Sheila Hicks was born in Hastings (Nebraska) in 1943. She studied at Yale University and later installed her atelier in Quartier Latin in Paris. Her art, which is mainly sculptures and tapestry work, was truly influenced by her discovery of pre-Columbian textiles, during her stay in Mexico.
The demonstration highlights the theories and the evolution of Sheila Hicks, by discovering five aspects of her production: bas reliefs and sculptures, small weavings and drawings, site commissions for public space, industrial ftextiles, reproduction of recovered textiles, clothing and other found items.
Charlotte, 2 May, Art Media Agency (AMA)
“From New York to Corrymore : Robert Henri and Ireland”, on show from 7 May to 7 August at the Mint Museum, is the first exhibition on American artist Robert Henri’s work on Irish landscapes and inhabitants.
The Irish portraits are some of the painter’s most successfully executed works. Painted between his first trip Ireland in 1913 and his last one in 1928, his canvasses often depict the same people posing year after after.
Henri was born in 1865 and greatly influenced American painting of the beginning of the 20th century, especially with the exhibition “The Eight”, which he organized in 1908 at the Macbeth Gallery in New York, along with seven other artists.
Mint Museum, which opened in 1936, features a great collection of American, European, African and Asian Art, from ceramics and historic costumes, to maps, paintings and photographs. In 2010, the museum inaugurated a new office, the Mint Museum Uptown, constisting of a space devoted to contemporary art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.
North Carolina, 29 April 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
This autumn, the Mint Museum of Art in North Carolina will be hosting a retrospective of the work of Romare Bearden.
The artist, born in 1911 in Charlotte, died in New York in 1988. He was from the African-American community and incorporated diverse media into his art. Bearden was also an active writer and distinguished musician. He studied under the direction of George Grosz at the Art Students’ League. Once he had settled in New York, he often returned to the city of his childhood, which was a source of inspiration for him. Two years after his death, a foundation in his memory was created in New York. The foundation continues to protect and defend the work of the artist.
Carla Hanzal, general curator of the exhibition, is pleased to host the artist’s work in his hometown and show his work to the public. Hanzel depicts the way Bearden drew inspiration from the South.
The exhibition traces his fifty-year career and includes a range of his works, from his early abstract paintings to the collages he made at the end of his career. More than 100 works have been assembled for the retrospective.
The exhibition will open on 2 September, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and will run till 8 January 2012.