The art world has many stories to tell. Not every one gets the attention it deserves. The scene is too quick to focus on traditions or short-lived hypes that only help a few achieve their fifteen minutes of fame. It forgets what art and people are all about: diversity. The Art.Salon presents institutions and personalities that stand out through creativity and commitment and even give a voice to those who are otherwise not heard.
»Photography is my work - watercolors are my pearls.«
With city views of Berlin, Efraim Habermann became known to a broad public as a photographer in the 1960s. His works are characterized early on by a distinctive, concise style and unusual perspectives. Today, after a 50-year creative phase, he has an extensive body of photographic work, consistently in black and white, with numerous series from Israel, Venice and Berlin, still lifes, portraits and photographic collages. Habermann's »pearls«, his mostly constructivist watercolors, geometric forms in strong colors, finely balanced into a postcard-sized composition, seem almost like a commentary on his own conception of the image. An extensive exhibition of works from the artist's private archive can now be seen in Berlin from mid-February.
Uncanny everyday life
From 12,000 to 1.5 million US dollars in two years: The painting Summertime (2020) catapulted Anna Weyant into the top league of the art world. She is the youngest artist in the Gagosian Gallery, and the waiting list for her works includes several hundred names. She is the Rising Star of the year.
Lucien Smith's new career in the country
Montauk, a village in the USA with 4,000 inhabitants nicknamed »The End«. This is the home of the artist Lucien Smith, who ten years ago shook up the New York art scene as a »wunderkind«. But it is not yet the end for him. In rural surroundings, Smith finds new creativity: »For the first time, I feel like a real artist.«
Amoako Boafo - A figurative painter from Ghana takes off
The Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo paints exclusively Black people to honor these characters in the pictorial tradition of portraiture. In doing so, he is putting a whole new stamp on figurative art. And it's catching on: In February 2022, one of his paintings was auctioned for around 1,264,000 euros.
Jordan Casteel – Focus on the individual personality
The portraits of the young artist Jordan Casteel show people in everyday life situations from the middle of US society, who have long been underrepresented in the American art world. With her works, she manages to make these unseen people visible, to change our perspective, and to bring their individual personalities to the fore. Now the international art market is also becoming increasingly attentive to the artist.
Traces of flowing transience
Emilie Cognard works with ink, water and paper, using these simple means to create highly complex drawings of marked depth. With her works she questions the concept of emptiness; even more so, she questions our homogenized outlook on the world. The results are exceptionally fine compositions that are highly concentrated, flowing, amorphous, highly dynamic and yet almost contemplative.
Portraits of an invisible reality
It takes courage to have your portrait painted by Mustafa Özel. Courage to know yourself. The real, true, warts-and-all you. An x-ray of your soul. More honest a reflection than that of any mirror could ever be. And so while Özel’s oil paintings may be somewhat of a risky affair for his subjects, for the art world they are an absolute gift. Portraits of rarely seen depth and intensity. Viennese Modernism in 21st Century Istanbul.
The alienation of man from nature
Susannah Martin is a figurative painter dedicated to a classical subject, nude figures in nature. As traditional as this positioning sounds, her works are surprising, fresh and unseen. Brilliant craftsmanship, at first glance never quiet, at second glance they have unexpected depth.
The digital woodcut as a mirror of our cultural image practice
It is not all that often that an artist succeeds in creating an entirely unique and unmistakable aesthetic through his technique alone. The "Digital Woodcuts" by Stefan Osnowski exhibit this kind of unseen suggestion.
The world in pastel
With simple portraits and landscapes in pastel, the Swiss painter Nicolas Party succeeded in rising to the top of the art league. The former graffiti artist captivates with universal themes and used the pandemic for monumental projects.
Colorful and wild: Jadé Fadojutimi inspires the art world
She began her career just five years ago: Jadé Fadojutimi has already stirred up the art world. Some of the works of the youngest artist, who is represented in the Tate Gallery, cost millions.
A newcomer in the fast lane
From the London Art School to art heaven - Oli Epp has made it in a flash. Even if he doesn't want to be labeled an »Instragram artist,« he owes his success to social media.
Symbols of resilience
He is one of the best-known artists from one of the poorest countries in the world: Gonçalo Mabunda from Mozambique makes works of art from old firearms used in the civil war. Both as an artist and an anti-war activist, he works for peace and seeks to add beauty and security to his homeland.
Allegorical pictorial worlds full of riddles and clever contemporary criticism
Unai Etxebarria paints picturesque scenes rich with wit and astuteness that comment on the events of our times. The scenes, in oil on canvas, seem close and palpable – and yet they remain mysterious, challenging the viewer to decipher the picture, to make assumptions, to work out an interpretation for himself. His pictures are an aesthetic pleasure and an intellectual adventure. Those who let themselves be drawn in will be richly rewarded.
Born in the revolution
Hayat Nazer uses her art to comment on the protests in Lebanon, which have been going on for over two years, creating striking sculptures that have become symbols of the Lebanese revolution. In doing so, she has entered uncharted territory and reached a first important milestone in her search for an artistic position.
Art against state power - from the street to augmented reality
The artists' group yav from St. Petersburg take a stand against the political situation in Russia. To counter the ephemeral nature of their street art, they have developed an app that permanently preserves street art and creates new possibilities for art in the (virtual) public space.
She boxes, screams and destroys
Teaser: She's not afraid to grab attention: The world's most dangerous woman smashes cars, screams »You have no idea« at the top of her lungs, even punches herself with boxing gloves. Selma Selman's performances stick, as does her commitment.