Bob Lansroth loves to explore the boundless diversity of artists and the various ways in which they strive to escape the quotidian life. It is through the creative force within us that we must attempt to connect with one another and share our ideas with the world. Writing for Widewalls, Bob Lansroth makes an effort to bring the world of art to as many people as possible. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
One of the largest international conferences ever held in France, COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will be the first time in over 20 years that UN negotiations aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. With the event gathering close to 50,000 participants; 25,000 official delegates, high profile speakers, celebrities and influential people, artists were inspired to do their bit for the planet as the politicians and environmental campaigners tackle the issue of climate. Various environmental projects, shows, talks and events are taking place in the city, organized by the Paris-based organization COAL (Coalition for art and sustainable development) and ARTCOP21 which presented a complete guide to the array of events. COP21art could well be a thing of its own, attracting many visitors and grabbing the attention of the public. Several different artcampaigns have been started in Paris, among them, Brandalismmade a huge return with over 600 posters by more than 80 creators and designers installed in bus stops and other locations throughout Paris. Individual artists and collaborative efforts were made in order to bring the environmental issues to public focus.
Brandalism takes over Advertising Spaces
Considering the fact that these political talks are increasingly dominated by corporate interests, it is often that they cause for massive protests and violent reactions from the public. However, weapons of artists are not fists, stones and bats, but spray cans, brushes and other tools used for conveying their creativity. Witty and impactful social messages were installed in advertising spaces across Paris last weekend. One of the world’s largest outdoor advertising agencies, JCDecaux, is an official sponsor to the COP21 climate talks, and more than 80 artists decided to “redesign” their advertisements a little bit. Coming from 19 countries across the world, renowned names like Jimmy Cauty, Fra.Biancoshock, Paul Insect, Unga, Revolt Design, Stanley Donwood, and many more embellished the streets of Paris with their through-provoking art through an unauthorized action. The mass ad-takeover was organized by Brandalism which aimed to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change.
Shepard Fairey and Olafur Eliasson Bringing their Installations to Paris
Known for his sculptures and large-scale installations, the Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson is bringing his Ice Watch installation, which consists of 12 ice blocks from Greenland fjord, arranged in the form of a clock that will slowly melt. This is Eliasson’s second staging of the project, the 80-tonne work was first presented last year in Copenhagen’s City Hall Square to mark the publication of the UN’s Fifth Assessment report on climate change. Another globally recognized artist, Shepard Fairey, will display his environmental issues-inspired artwork in Paris until 11th of December. Even though he is mostly known for his social criticism shown through street art and posters (perhaps one of his witty posters would have been a perfect fit for the Brandalism action), the American contemporary artist will present a piece named Earth Crisis. A giant globe will be suspended between the first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower, with intricate patterns showing anti-oil symbols and ironic slogans. Staying true to his work, Fairey’s artwork aims to employ street art in order to engage the public in a conversation, and not just create something decorative.
A Silent March as a Reminder that the World is Watching
Among the various art events and pieces organized especially for the occasion of COP21, The Standing March represents a collaborative effort of the French artist known as JR and the famous American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. The project is realized as a projection of images of more than 500 people onto the facade of France’s National Assembly building. In effort to remind the world leaders that the worldis watching, the artists behind this idea stated that they expect decisions, commitments and time frames from the conference attendees. Lives of people from all around the world, as depicted on the projection, are affected by the climate changes. Even though marches are forbidden for security reasons in Paris, according to JR, this piece represents a silent march. The French artist called for people to think about our future, the future of our environment and pointed to the projection as the answer to those who wish to control our present.
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Once upon a time ... Magritte Duane Michals, René Magritte, 1967
René Magritte is world famous for his strange and poetic images. He was born on 21 November 1898 in Lessines, (Hainaut) Belgium. When Magritte is 12 years old, he attends drawing classes above a sweet shop! At 18, because the art of painting seems somehow 'magical', he decides to make this his career and he enrols at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels. Georgette and René Magritte, 1922
At 15, Magritte meets Georgette at a fair. A few years later, they meet again and marry. She becomes his favourite model and she lets him stage the scenes where he paints her in all sorts of outfits and in some surprising poses and places. A great complicity unites them throughout their lives!
The man who became a painter René Magritte, Woman on Horseback, 1922, RMFAB
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Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images An Artist Ahead of His Time, and Ours Images: John Baldessari's gallery design features Magritte's Personal Values next to Vija Celmins's Untitled (Comb), with Jeff Koons's stainless steel Rabbit in the right foreground.Left: the entryway to the exhibition, with Magritte's The Treachery of Images (This is not a pipe) on the far wall. Installation photos by Steve Oliver. The InstallationNOTHING WILL QUITE PREPARE YOU for the setting of LACMA's astonishing new show featuring the works of René Magritte and thirty-one contemporary artists. As Suzanne Muchnic wrote in the Nov. 12 Los Angeles Times, “John Baldessari, a pioneering conceptualist represented in the show, has designed an installation intended to turn the galleries—and visitors' experience—upside down. The entrance will re-create ‘The Unexpected Answer,’ a Magritte painting of a door with a cutout silhouette of a gh…