During the 2010s, art entered the broader cultural consciousness and conversation like never before. Over the course of this decade, technology advanced at a rapid pace, bringing art and the art world along with it. Artists found new ways to engage with and access wider audiences and took strong stances on global issues. Galleries and institutions increased their support of underrepresented and marginalized artists. New tools for creating and sharing art sparked movements and shone a light on overlooked aspects of art history. Paintings by Picasso, Cézanne, and Leonardo sold for nine figures, while the art market went wild for KAWS and Koons. With our Decade in Art issue, Artsy’s editors reviewed the last 10 years to look at the most pivotal moments, artists, movements, and sales—and what the developments of the 2010s tell us about what to expect in the 2020s.
Issue background image: Kehinde Wiley, Barack Obama, 2018. © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre to re-open February 2 – Alberni Valley News
The Rollin Art Centre is currently closed, but will re-open Feb. 2 with an exhibit featuring some pieces from its permanent collection.
In 1995, Robert Aller donated many works of art—including four of his own paintings—to the Community Arts Council. This collection began while he was enrolled at the Vancouver School of Art in 1946. Beginning Feb. 2, part of his collection will be on display for everyone to enjoy.
Don’t miss this opportunity to view the work of some of the most brilliant artists in Canadian history.
MYSTERY BAG OF BOOKS
For $20 you will receive 10 books in one bag, all in the same genre!
By purchasing a bag of books, you will also be helping Rollin Art Centre during this difficult time. Choose from mysteries, fiction, fantasy, romance, cooking, home improvements, travel, cooking, pre-teen chapter books (e.g. Nancy Drew), children’s books and even puzzles ($2 each). Your support for Rollin Art Centre is greatly needed and much appreciated.
The Community Arts Council is designing a new Alberni Valley artist and studio guide. If you are interested in being included in this brochure/guide, please call the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412 for more information.
The guide will include local artists, and a map. Five thousand guides will be printed and distributed to the tourist information centre and local hot spots.
The extended deadline is Feb. 27, 2021.
This year’s community painting days at the Glenwood Center have been cancelled. Instead, there will be “Paint a Banner at Home” program. Please email the club at email@example.com to express interest.
Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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People across US made over 2000 pieces of Indian art to welcome Harris – NBC News
Shanthi Chandrasekar, a Maryland-based multimedia artist, took the more than 2,000 pieces of decorated cardboard sent to her by people across the country to create a welcome mat of sorts for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in honor of her south Asian heritage.
Using the citizen artwork, Chandrasekar created a composite kolam, a traditional South Indian art form featuring geometric designs often found on doorsteps to welcome guests. She started the project, known as Inauguration Kolam 2021, in December by soliciting contributions on social media, in schools and by word of mouth within the Indian America community.
The artwork was supposed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for four days leading up to the inauguration, but the display has been postponed because of security issues. The tiles, clasped together with metal clips, would have taken up about 2,000 square feet.
The project has been featured in a virtual welcome video by the Presidential Inauguration Committee, with hopes that the volunteers will be able to physically assemble the design later. They also plan to compose a digital kolam using images posted with the hashtag #2021kolam on Instagram and Twitter.
The designs are usually made with rice flour or colored powder, but the project has expanded the suggested materials to include ink, chalk and crayons.
“Kolams are a way to bring about positive energy as a person enters a space,” said Chandrasekar, who has conducted workshops and lectures to teach people about the art form.
Chandrasekar said the dots often represent life’s challenges, while the lines illustrate how the kolam creator might navigate them.
Roopal Shah, the project’s co-organizer, said, “It made perfect sense to connect the idea of positive energy and [Harris’] Tamil heritage.” Harris has often spoken about her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan, and how she has inspired her.
Shah said that while the project is a celebration of how Harris “doesn’t shy away from” her mixed background, it wasn’t intended to be political. The project encouraged people to submit designs using any cardboard lawn signs, particularly those from campaigns, because they are study — even Trump signs. “We think some of the work, some of the healing a kolam can bring, is also bringing people together regardless of your background,” Shah said.
Chitra Aiyar, Swati Khurana and Kavitha Rajagopalan, Indian Americans in Brooklyn, New York, who are also mothers of mixed Black and Indian American children, said they were attracted because it was a community project and anyone could participate.
Khurana, a visual artist who said she learned about the art form on a trip to Trinidad, designed her kolam to help fight prejudice by incorporating images of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, an Indian political figure who worked to dismantle discrimination in Indian society in the first half of the 20th century.
“There is so much momentum right now,” Khurana said about the racial and social justice reckoning last year.
Rajagopalan said participating in the project as a virtual group was also a way for their children to connect with their fathers’ respective backgrounds from the American South, Sierra Leone, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, highlighting “the diversity in the Black community.”
“It was a wonderful way to find solidarity with and within the Black community, while also celebrating their Indian half,” Rajagopalan said.
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