Artists who work in different disciplines

Some creative creators work simultaneously in completely two or more different art forms.

The list of musicians, who went to art school is long. It includes John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Ronnie Wood, Syd Barrett, Keith Richards, David Byrne, Kanye West, Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Chuck D, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Other musicians, like Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Paul McCarthy, and David Bowie, also worked as visual artists but were self-taught. Rapper Tupac studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet at the Baltimore School of The Arts.

Other multitalented musicians are; Nick Cave who writes screenplays and novels, Amanda Palmer also an author and performance artist and Yoko Ono is a multimedia artist as well as a singer/songwriter.

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There are likewise many actors who work in other practices.
Dennis Hopper was a director, writer, editor, photographer, and fine artist. Jemima Kirke from the HBO’s series “Girls” is also a really talented painter. Juliette Binoche works as, dancer, poet, and painter too. Antonio Banderas composes music and writes poetry.  He is currently studying at Central Saint Martins in London to study menswear fashion. James Franco works across media including painting, drawing, film, sculpture, installation, and photography. He has a Ph.D. in English from Yale and a master’s degree from Tisch School of the Arts.

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Film directors including James Cameron, Terry Gilliam, Ridley Scott, Peter Greenaway also make art. David Lynch studied painting at college, beginning his studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1964 and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Artists who have made the switch to directing include Sam Taylor Wood, Tracey Emin, Steve McQueen, Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Douglas Gordon. Gordon also developed a stage work for the theatre.

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Can achievement in one field be enough to be accepted in another?

Edmund de Waal is very successful with his porcelain installations. He is represented by Gagosian gallery. However, he became better-known to a wider audience as a writer with his books ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ and ‘The White Road’.

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Maybe all creative people are multitalented and should not have to do just one thing. However, by doing multiple things at once one can risk not finding satisfaction or never mastering anything. Some might want to target all their energy on one goal, channeling the numerous talents to the primary pursuit. On the other hand, spending a bit of time learning about and practicing a different art form can free you up artistically. Try not to stress about being great, just focus on finding release.

Laurie Anderson initially trained as a sculptor is an experimental performance artist, director, writer, actress, composer, and musician. She plays the violin and keyboards and sings.

She says: “if you want to be pinned down as one thing or another. It’s hard to create an image that is so concrete and stable.” 

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Or as Composer Richard Wagner said; “Whatever my passions demand of me, I become for the time being – musician, poet, director, author, lecturer or anything else.”  


A visit to Mexico City

Jumex Museum
At the Jumex Museum in Mexico City Michael Smith’s cheeky installation “Imagine The View From Here” just came down. A deeply mocking and heavily irony-laden piss-take on corporate culture meets art world curatorial practices meets real estate development. 20190303_182325His fake companies and his false personae of “Mike Smith” (an aging millionaire with disposable income to invest after he retires ) complete with mock videos and artificial corporate promotional installations that wouldn’t look out of place at all in any convention center conference. 20190303_181106.jpgIt all purports to sell timeshare lofts at the Jumex Museum itself with 24/7 curatorial services included. The levels of art-meets-life-meets-art etc ad nauseam perfectly fit the current international art explosions economic and corporate cultural climate and thus seems almost to close to the (probable) truth.
Also, I was very impressed with a gallery showing works selected from the museum’s permanent collection.
Museo Nacional de la Estampa

Demian Flores, an exceptional printmaker from Juchitan, Oaxaca shows a wide selection of woodblocks, woodblock prints, lithographs, etchings, silkscreen prints, and works that combine these techniques at the Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City. 20190306_104240.jpgMany works play with combining referents from Pre-Columbian history with those from modernity: Aztec era references collide with contemporary imagery. Time is compressed and the past is refracted with the present. In one series of lithographs he has taken the images of 14 etchings that were made in Spain in the 1600s that were modeled on the writings of conquistadors and Flores has added in found images from the Aztec era, from WW1 and WW2, as well as some from more contemporary social conflicts. 20190306_105412.jpgThese works offer surreal a-temporal narratives slyly conflating the kind of blatant racism, power politics and overtly fascistic social control mechanisms from the early days of colonialism with those of both the 20th century and by inference with those of today.


-Nikolas Soren Goodich, March 2019


2019 Armory Show

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The Breeder
Booth 612

Works by Andreas Angelidakis, Ariana Papadimetropoulos, and Kyle Vu-Dunn

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Booth 711

Works by Nevin Aladag, Miriam Böhm, Mariechen Danz, Axel Geis, Karl Haendel, Gregor Hildebrandt, John McAllister, and David Renggli

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Booth 715

Works by Carroll Dunham, Mel Bochner, David Row, Stanley Whitney, Cecily Brown, Elizabeth Payton, Terry Winters, and Cameron Jamie

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Booth 722

Works by Muntean/Rosenblum, Anthony Goicolea, Hans Op de Beeck, and Sebastiaan Bremer
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Booth 801

Works by Tom Anholt, Birgit Brenner, Martin Eder, Uwe Kowski, Melora Kuhn, Olaf Nicolai, Nicola Samorì, Titus Schade, Kai Schiemenz, David Schnell, and Bosco Sodi


Will the new director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam be female?

Beatrix Ruf

Two artistic directors prematurely left the museum in recent time: Ann Goldstein (left in 2013) and Beatrix Ruf (in 2017). The former because of communication problems, the latter because she was accused of having conflicts of interest within the art market.
Who will be her successor? It’s unlikely they will go for a foreigner again. They may not for a woman again either, but who could be possible female candidates?
Although born in Bruges Belgium (1975) I think Ann Demeester is the most likely to take up the position. She is verbal gifted, socially committed and very experienced. She is now the director of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Before that, she successfully led the Amsterdam art center, De Appel.
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Another strong candidate would be Hester Alberdingk Thijm. Currently Director AkzoNobel Art Foundation. As well as among many other posts, vice-chair of the board of trustees for the Fries Museum / Prinsessehof and a member of the Mondriaan Fund Supervisory Board.

Screenshot 2019-02-24 at 17.29.04Mariëtte Dölle might be ready for a new challenge. Sine 2016 she is the director of Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen. She worked as artistic director of TENT platform for contemporary art Rotterdam before that. One of her other roles is as an advisor for The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).

2010tzansink2balkArt historian Emily Ansenk would also be a great choice. The director of the Kunsthal in Rotterdam was director of the privately owned Frisia Museum before she being appointed in 2009. There she helped develop and build up the collection and the museum.

763The last name I want to highlight here is Deirde Carasso the director of the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. The art historian started her career at the Nationaal Archief before moving to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in 2006.

Other names to look out for are:

  • Angelique Spaninks the director of MU and Strijp S. in Eindhoven.
  • Meta Knol the director of Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden.
  • Patty Wageman the director of Museum de Buitenplaats in Eelde.
  • Lisette Pelsers the director of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo.
  • Saskia Bak the director of Museum Arnhem.
  • Carin Reinders the director of Museum CODA in Apeldoorn.
  • Els van Odijk former director of the Rijksacademie Amsterdam.
  • Jet Bussemaker former minister of culture in the Netherlands
  • Birgit Donker former director of the Mondriaan Fund.

Finding Home through painting in the Arab world

The mission of art is to enrich human heritage with creative insights. This can contribute in however a small way be of great significance in building the future. Art can add to new perceptions of human heritage.
Since World War One the Middle East region has been facing continuous wars leading to a demographic change in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestine territories. This is why artists living in these countries have depicted the agony of these events in an abstract way. Many Muslims believe that the depiction of living forms is forbidden in the Quran.  Abstract images of a village or hometown presented in many of the paintings, create an unconscious nostalgia for the audience.

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Lebanese artist and architect Zeina Alami was born in 1973. She makes whimsical, Mediterranean, figurative, urban art juxtaposing this with the abstraction in her paintings.

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One of the most prominent contemporary Lebanese artists is Ayman Baalbaki born in 1975 in Odeissé. His work covers war-related themes, portraits of fighters or scattered structures as a result of the bombings of Beirut.

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The Artist Ghassan Muhsin was born in 1945. He works as an Iraqi diplomat. He shows nostalgia with beautiful color combinations. The richness of nature in the countries he lived is clearly conveyed by the land- , cityscapes and gardens he paints.

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Louay Kayali was born in 1943 in Aleppo. His work focuses on the political struggle in the Arab countries. The national resistance movements and, in particular, the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and independence.

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Khaled Hafez was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963. He as well as art, he also studied medicine. His work focuses on the various complexions of Egyptian history.  His work was selected for the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Frieze Los Angeles

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Blum & Poe
Booth B2

Works by Britton Tolliver, Penny Slinger, Jim Shaw, Florian Maier-Aiche, Mimi Lauter, Shio Kusaka, Friedrich Kunath, Matt Johnson, Julian Hoeber, Drew Heitzler, Mark Grotjahn, and Theodora Allen on a hand-painted mural by Dave Muller

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Freedman Fitzpatrick
Booth A6

Works by Mathis Altmann, Vittorio Brodmann, Cooper Jacoby, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Jill Mulleady, Raúl de Nieves, Lucie Stahl, and Diamond Stingily

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Gallery Hyundai
Booth B18

Works by Quac Insik, Chung Sang-Hwa, Lee Ufan, Shin Sung Hy, Minjung Kim, Yeesookyung and François Morellet

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Kaufmann Repetto
Booth C14

Works by Andrea Bowers, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Dianna Molzan, Nicolas Party, Pae White, and Lily van der Stokker

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Galería OMR
Booth B21

Works by Artur Lescher, Gabriel Rico, Daniel Silver, Jose Dávila, Jessie Makinson, Troika, James Turrell, Ruben Ortiz Torres, and Yann Gerstberger

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Maureen Paley
Booth C2

Works by Kaye Donachie, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gillian Wearing, and Rebecca Warren

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Booth D14

Works by Tania Candiani, Edgard De Souza, Carmela Gross, Claudia Andujar, Andre Komatsu, Marcelo Cidade, Cinthia Marcelle, Chiara Banfi, and Ivan Argote

Emancipation of Craft

The Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum is changing its name to Craft Contemporary. Executive director, Suzanne Isken said: “All this stuff — folk art, craft, contemporary art, fine art, high art, low art, street art — it all comes together in one category: art. So for us, those categories aren’t useful anymore.” She wants to blur the boundaries. To show fine artists working in glass, metal, cut paper or even sugar as well as conceptual craft artists.
The art world used to be rather condescending about crafts. It was also often associated with women while the art world is still largely male. But a shift seems to be happening. First, it was Drawing made a revival. Later printmaking, ceramics, glass and textile art followed. Grayson Perry was one of the first people working in a craft medium to be taken seriously by the art world. When won the Turner Prize in 2003, he said: “it’s about time a transvestite potter won the Turner Prize”. Proclaiming that the Art world found it easier to accept that he was a transvestite than that he made pots. He has been instrumental in giving craft more prominence. In 2012 he curated an exhibition at the British Museum titled “The tomb of the unknown craftsman”

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The transition between the formerly strictly separated categories is further accelerated. A new generation of artists is experimenting with mediums associated with crafts. Traditional activities are getting more accepted as contemporary art. Many of works made in the past focused on skill, not on content. Cross-disciplinary artists are blurring the lines using underestimated mediums.
We have to get away from categorization, in the end, the difference between art and craft is about context.
Recent craft exhibitions include;
EinDruck Ausstellung a show of 27 international pint artists in the Spinnerei Leipzig. 
CERAMIX showed contemporary ceramics in at Cité de la céramique Sèvres, La Maison Rouge and the Bonnefantenmuseum
The V&A organized a Craft Prize in partnership with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Crafts Council.
I already wrote about Drawing, textile art, and Printmaking. 
Here are some notable “craft” artists to consider.

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Tomas Hillebrand,
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Ai Weiwei.