Saturday, December 18, 2010

What Really Is Contemporary Art? ART BASEL 2010.

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For those of you who don't know, Art Basel is an international contemporary art exhibition held every year in both Basel, Switzerland and Miami, Florida. It is literally known as the 'Olympics' of the art world and has something for everyone.

Although I was unable to attend this year, the Art Basel Miami Beach that took place December 1st-4th was said to be extremely successful. This event is perfect for you twentysomething women. From public programming and special exhibitions, this place is not only amazing for art lovers but it is a great networking event. I suggest you all attend next year... the Oceanfront Night is always my favorite!

I wanted to discuss one particular artist with you. He was featured this year at the Art Basel Miami Beach: John Altoon. He's an American artist whose work relates to Abstract Expressionism and he is also known for his figurative works.

What I find so fascinating about Altoon is that he was diagnosed as Schizophrenic in his late 30's. He also sadly died of a heart attack at the age of 43. So, I wanted to know what you guys thought of his work? Two examples are below. Do you think his struggle with his mental illness and tragic death define his legacy over his work?


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  1. Hi!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment in my blog!! ;-))

  2. I'm not at all familiar with John Altoon or his works but the pieces you showcase are quite striking.

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