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Pedro Pablo Oliva
I have always tried to link my life with creativity. I believe in everyday life, that of conflict, that of contradictions; there is precisely the theme and the germ so as not to turn the work into a daily repetition. I have tried to be a chronicler of my time, something like a kind of pictorial press or sculpture newscast. Everything that happens forces me to use different shapes, themes, and images. But beyond political or social events, I have observed humanity and its psychological dimension, with its strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy moving between drawing, painting, and sculpture, always keeping an eye on the peculiarities of my country, but also on human struggles that are universal. I think you can find truth in everyday life. If my spiritual state is chaos or my context is chaos, then too, my work is chaos; if the situation is confused, my work is confused.View exhibition
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Public domain art from Met and Artic museum
In this virtual exhibition, you can see works of art by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Institute in Chicago. These artworks are part of their public domain art collection. About the artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901) was a French painter of the Post-Impressionist period. He was born into a noble family but lived for most of his life among the actors, dancers, and prostitutes of Paris. He is famous for painting the lives of these people, the entertainment of Paris, and many portraits. He was an expert at drawing and also made many printed posters to advertise entertainments. In a 2005 auction at Christie's auction house, a new record was set when La blanchisseuse, an early painting of a young laundress, sold for $22.4 million U.S. As a young man, Toulouse-Lautrec was not able to do many of the things that other men of his age liked doing. He had been good at drawing from the time he was a child. He spent his time drawing and painting instead of joining in sports and hunting. He travelled to Paris where he met other artists as well as writers, actors and dancers. The "night life" (entertainment) of Paris had so many colourful scenes and people to paint. His paintings are famous for showing the scenes of modern life in a way they had never been shown before. Toulouse-Lautrec lived in Montmartre, a part of Paris that was famous for its "bohemian" people: artists, poets, philosophers and poor students. He was called "the soul of Montmartre". He often visited the nightclubs such as the Moulin Rouge. He also spent a lot of time at the brothels in that area, and lived for a time at the brothel at des Moulins where he was a good friend to many of the women there. Toulouse-Lautrec painted scenes of the lives of these people, which were very shocking to some people in the polite society of Paris. As well as showing the dancing, singing, acting and circus performances that many people enjoyed, he also showed people in bed together, the sad faces of people who were addicts and the half-naked prostitutes lined up for STD medical examination. Many of his pictures were of women in lesbian relationships. He painted the singer Yvette Guilbert, the dancer Jane Avril and the dancer Louise Weber, who was known as "La Goulue" ("The Greedy-Guts") and who created the leg-kicking dance called the "Can-Can", which is still danced at the "Moulin Rouge" to this day. Toulouse-Lautrec gave painting lessons to Suzanne Valadon, who was one of his models and may have also been his girlfriend. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec was an alcoholic for most of his adult life. He was put into a psychiatric hospital shortly before his death. He died from syphilis and problems caused by his alcoholism at his family's home in Malromé. He was nearly 37 years old. He is buried in Verdelais, Gironde, a few kilometres from his birthplace. Throughout his working life of fewer than 20 years, Toulouse-Lautrec created 737 canvases, 275 watercolors, 363 prints and posters, and 5,084 drawings. He also made some ceramics and stained glass. After Toulouse-Lautrec's death, his mother, the Countess Adèle Toulouse-Lautrec, and his art dealer Maurice Joyant made his art famous. His mother gave money for a museum of his works to be built in Albi, his birthplace.
PASSION AND RESTRAINT
Curated by Virginia Alberdi
In ‘Passion and Restraint’ I choose to present two young painters – Adislen Reyes Pino (Havana, 1984) and Lancelot Alonso Rodríguez (Havana, 1986) – who apply color in a very distinctive way: She, with soft, pastel tones, and he, with full intensity. The work of both revolves around eroticism. This common focus is not unusual, since many artists from different generations have covered it with greater or lesser intensity; however, it allows me to introduce young creators who deal with a universal topic without turning it obscene and allowing all audiences to approach it as inherent to human nature. In my opinion, Adislen and Lancelot are two of the most interesting artists among the many that strive to establish themselves in the contemporary Cuban art scene. This curatorial project should be regarded as a snapshot that freezes one moment in the evolution of two artists whose youth, in creative terms, advances toward stages of maturity. Adislen and Lancelot are just a pick out of a complex, vast, and promising movement. Today’s young Cuban artists, have much to offer. VIRGINIA ALBERDI, who lives and works in Havana, Cuba, is an art critic and currently editor of the Artecubano Publishing House. Bachelor in Literature, she has been a professor and curator, and collaborates regularly with several specialized publications and galleries.