|Kurv Magazine, Congratulates Michael Zavros, the Doug Moran Portraiture Prize.
Kurv Magazine, Congratulates Michael Zavros, the Doug Moran Portraiture Prize.
For his five-year-old daughter, Phoebe, it was a just a game. But Michael Zavros's inspiration for painting Phoebe is Dead/McQueen, for which he has won $150,000 in Australia's most lucrative portrait prize, was deadly serious.
After becoming a parent he was haunted by thoughts of the calamity that could befall his children, the Brisbane artist said yesterday. ''I imagined confronting this fear and whether I would sate it somehow or diminish it.''
In doing so, he depicted her draped with a skull-covered scarf by Alexander McQueen - a designer he admired, who committed suicide this year - as a metaphor for how ''art is long and life is short''.
''It's a very confronting work … but it's also quite playful,'' Zavros, 35, said. ''It was important that her cheeks were rosy, that there was a flush of life in this body. And that there was always … that question that this child could be playing dead.''
The two judges in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize were taken by the painting's duality. ''To us it flipped between a child playing and the reality, and that was really what gave it that poignancy and why, in the end, it was our winner,'' said one, Alan Dodge.
The Herald's art critic, John McDonald, said Zavros's anxiety about his children's welfare was common to all parents, ''so in a sense it's the human condition, but it's still a disturbing picture''.
Thirty-five finalists were drawn from more than 650 entries.
The $80,000 first prize in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize went to Herald contributor Dean Sewell for the second year running for Cockatoo Is. Ferry, a black-and-white slice of life of people aboard a Sydney Harbour ferry. It captured the reality and honesty of a moment in time and ''oozes feeling'', said the prize's judge, Stephen Dupont.
Sewell, 38, said it was ''a deceptively simple picture but there's a lot of complexities in it''.
The finalists will be on display at the State Library until September 5, with free entry.
August 11, 2010
Photo courtesy Victor Kay of Captain Video Pty Ltd.
|Kurv Magazine - Fashion Entrepreneur is Tamara Dean’s muse.
Kurv Magazine - Fashion Entrepreneur is Tamara Dean’s muse.
Australian online fashion entrepreneur Kath Purkis (Le Black Book and in house label Noir Shop) has recently popped up in Australian artist Tamara Dean’s exhibition “This too Shall Pass” which opened on the 22nd of July at the Charles Hewitt Gallery.
Dean’s latest body of work which includes “The Pack” features Kath among 6 Irish wolfhounds, is a finalist in the (Australian) National Art Prize and the Sydney Life Prize.
Tamara Dean, "The Pack."
|Kurv Magazine, Valentino, Haute Couture, F/W 10 11, Mario Testino.
Kurv Magazine, Valentino , Haute Couture, F/W 10 11, Mario Testino.
Mario Testino is one of photography's elite, with several books to his name and numerous exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Queens, Princes, Princesses and Dukes are some of his many clients. The labels he has shot for include Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, Miu Miu and then some.
His philanthropy is well known, a case in point being the proceeds of an iconic Testino portrait of the late Diana, Princess of Wales funded the El Salvador Clinic set up to aid children with tuberculosis in an area badly affected by the devastating earthquake.
Mario Testino and Andrea Dellal were among the high profile guests at Valentino's Haute Couture FW 10.11 showing in Paris.
Image Courtesy of: Valentino/SGP
|National Gallery of Victoria - European Masters: Stadel Museum, 19th – 20th Century
National Gallery of Victoria - European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th – 20th Century
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2010 19 June – 10 October 2010
In just three weeks one of the world’s finest collections of 19th and 20th century art will come exclusively to Melbourne as the seventh exhibition in the hugely popular Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria.
European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century will bring together almost 100 works by 70 artists from one of Germany’s oldest and most respected museums, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt.
Dr Gerard Vaughan, NGV Director, said: “European Masters will present a comprehensive overview of the Städel Museum’s holdings of painting and sculpture from the last two centuries of European art. This blockbuster exhibition will provide a superb survey of the key artistic movements of the time, including Realism, Impressionism and Post Impressionism, German Romanticism, Expressionism and Modernism, and French Symbolism.”
“Exclusive to Melbourne, European Masters provides an unprecedented opportunity to see a spectacular group of masterpieces spanning the dynamic and transformative years of the 19th and 20th century. There is something in this exhibition for everyone, from the beauty and immediacy of French Impressionism to the raw power of German Expressionism. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see superb pictures that rarely travel outside of Europe,” said Dr. Vaughan.
European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century will be open daily from 10am-5pm from 19 June until 10 October and until 9pm every Wednesday from 23 June for art after dark.
Henri Jacques Edouard EVENEPOEL
In the Café d’Harcourt in Paris 1897
(Au Café d’Harcourt à Paris)
oil on canvas
114.0 x 148.0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1926
Dog lying in the snow c.1911
(Liegender Hund im Schnee)
oil on canvas
62.5 x 105.0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1919. Confiscated in 1937. Reacquired in 1961
Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e. V.
|Kurv Magazine, Macy Gray by Giuliano Bekor.
Kurv Magazine, Macy Gray by Giuliano Bekor.
Photography: Giuliano Bekor
Singer-Songwriter: Macy Gray
Agent-Producer: Ron Ceballos @ Bureau
Fashion Stylist: Alejandro Peraza
Hair Stylist: John Blaine
Make Up Artist: Rea Ann Silva
Set Designer: Eddie Inda.
Avant Garde Jewelry Couture, Diavolina, Gasoline Glamour, Ines, Maggie Barry, Marcura Sunglasses, Micha Design, Miles McNeel, PRB Studio, Rachel Pally, Richard Bureuta.
Kurv Magazine, Potholes, Claudia Ficca, Davide Luciano.
Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, April 27-August 1, 2010.
Kurv Magazine, Playing With Pictures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Turner Galleries Presents Sabine by Susan Flavell, Kurv Magazine.
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