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Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014

Below are BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com's most popular articles from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week!

1) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 Finalists Announced for For Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative
by BWW News Desk - February 18, 2014

Following a worldwide search, Rolex today announced the 25 finalists being considered for a year of creative exchange in architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. One young artist in each discipline will be selected as a protege for 12 months of one-to-one collaboration with leading artists Olafur Eliasson, Alejandro Gonzalez IƱarritu, Michael Ondaatje, Alexei Ratmansky, Kaija Saariaho, Jennifer Tipton and Peter Zumthor. (more...)


2) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 Photographer Paul Nicklen Kicks Off Omaha Performing Arts' National Geographic Speaker Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - February 18, 2014

Omaha Performing Arts presents National Geographic Live Polar Obsession, with Paul Nicklen, wildlife photographer, tonight, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. (more...)


3) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 The Met Museum's Daniel Brodsky and His Wife Establish Two Curatorships in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
by BWW News Desk - February 18, 2014

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Daniel Brodsky, the Museum's Chairman, and his wife Estrellita B. Brodsky, an art historian and specialist in Latin American art, have provided a generous gift to endow two important curatorships in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. This expansion of curatorial staff provides major support for the department's broadened programming in both the main building and the Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue that will be vacated by the Whitney Museum in 2015 and subsequently occupied by the Met. (more...)


4) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 Over 16,000 People Attend Opening Weekend of 1st International Contemporary Art Biennial in Cartagena
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2014

The 1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias opened last week to astounding success. With more than 16,000 people in attendance for the inaugural weekend, the crowds poured through the 15 venues of the Biennial, discovering not only the works of 120 artists from 45 countries, but also the city of Cartagena itself. (more...)


5) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 Chicago Humanities Festival and The Poetry Foundation Present JAMES FRANCO AND FRANK BIDART, OFF THE SHELF, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2014

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) and The Poetry Foundation partner to present James Franco and Frank Bidart, Off the Shelf, an evening of poetry, film, and discussion tonight, Feb. 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law (375 E Chicago Ave). (more...)


6) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 From Pitch to Canvas: Pepsi Celebrates 'The Art of Football'
by BWW News Desk - February 17, 2014

Pepsi today officially announced its global creative curation, uniting the exciting worlds of photography, street art and sport to celebrate 'The Art of Football' as part of the brand's 2014 football campaign. Combining world-renowned photographer Danny Clinch, six of the world's leading street artists and some of the globe's best footballers, including Leo Messi, Robin van Persie, Jack Wilshere, David Luiz, Sergio Aguero and Sergio Ramos, Pepsi presents a truly bespoke art collection celebrating the artistry of football. (more...)


7) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 West Palm Beach Gallery Presents Nihal Kececi
by BWW News Desk - February 17, 2014

When Nihal Kececi was 13, her first art exhibition made her a local celebrity in her small town in Turkey. Though she attended one year of visual art school, she also felt a pull toward the sciences, and against her parents' wishes, decided to pursue a degree in physics. After receiving a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering, Ms. Kececi began her professional life as a design engineer in Turkey. An opportunity to work as a research associate at the University of Maryland brought Nihal and her ten-year-old daughter to the United States in 1997. They then moved to Canada when Nihal was offered a position at the University of Montreal, Quebec. From 1997-2004 she worked as a software analyst in USA and Canada. Though she frequently visited art galleries, Ms. Kececi did not begin drawing again until 2001, after a 27-year hiatus. From 2001-2004, she spent her time equally between technical projects and painting. A turning point for the artist came in 2003 when a professor who purchased four of her paintings told her, 'Nihal, there are many engineers, but not artists. Your contribution to society as an artist will be greater than as an engineer.' Since 2004, Nihal has been painting full time, working in pastel, oil and acrylic. Luminous colors, painterly brushstrokes, and an intimate gaze characterize the subtle elegance of Nihal Kececi's figurative and landscape paintings. Bridging the gap between abstraction and representation, Kececi incorporates richly textured surfaces with ambiguous areas of complex hues. Kececi's romantic visions and intense color palette draw on her cultural background, while her discerning eye and innovative approach point directly to her scientific research and interests. Despite the representational aspect of her paintings, Kececi intends for her works to depict not the scenes from everyday life, but the universal emotions, ideas, and concepts that drive her to create as an artist. Just as the artist's work has been shaped by her personal experiences, her life has been shaped by her deep relationship with painting. By intertwining the uniquely individual with the distinctly universal, Kececi produces works that speak to a wide audience, appealing not only for their aesthetic beauty, but for their transcendental themes. About the Gallery: The Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery represents exceptional contemporary artists for both first time buyers and discerning collectors. SuzConnors Fine Art is a unique and intimate exhibition space in the heart of the Northwood Village historic district in West Palm Beach, Florida. Suzanne Connors fine Arts Gallery features monthly solo exhibitions as well as selected group shows throughout the year. Information on the gallery can be found on the website: www.suzanneconnorsfineartgallery.com. Contact: Suzanne Connors Telephone:(561) 561-841-6779 Email: suzconnorsfineart@gmail.com (more...)


8) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 3rd Annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair sets record attendance for Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - February 16, 2014

Last night 3,500 art cognoscenti from across the Coachella Valley and around the world flowed into the Palm Springs Convention Center for the 3rd Annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair (PalmSpringsFineArtFair.com), setting a new Opening Night attendance record. (more...)


9) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 Photo Flash: Renowned Artist Kevin Berlin Ties the Knot with Snow White - First Look!
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2014

In what appears to be the first ever wedding ceremony at an art fair, the Kevin Berlin, internationally renowned painter and performance who just flew in from Italy, tied the knot with his long-time true love, Snow White. Palm Springs is one of the Nation's most popular and memorable locations for a wedding and honeymoon, the artist selected the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair as the perfect time and setting for the nuptials. Kevin Berlin, the true romantic and ideologically ingenious groom, who is friends with Santa Claus and The Easter Bunny, has courted his adoring bride-to-be for years. Indeed, he has memorialized his passion in several of his works. Check out the photos below! (more...)


10) Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 2/16/2014 - 2/23/2014 The National Gallery of Victoria Presents ITALIAN MASTERPIECES FROM SPAIN'S ROYAL COURT, MUSEO DEL PRADO, Opening 5/16
by BWW News Desk - February 20, 2014

The finest collection of Italian Masterpieces ever to come to Australia will open at the National Gallery of Victoria on 16 May. Featuring some of the most outstanding works from masters such as Raphael, Titian and Tiepolo the exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Australia to see some of the most extraordinary Italian works produced during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, many from the Royal Court in Spain. (more...)


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