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Hayv Kahraman

 photo dymaxion_zps748131f7.jpg  photo sexual_zps1bf20b4c.jpg  photo hold_still_zps8dfe6abe.jpg Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq 1981. Recent solo exhibitions include Let the guest be the Master, Jack Shainman, Extimacy, The third line gallery, Dubai, Pins and Needles, The third line gallery, Dubai ; Waraq, Frey Norris, San Francisco ; Seven gates, Green Cardamom, London. Recent group exhibitions include: The Jameel tour, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio ; Cantor Art Center, Stanford ; The Victoria and Albert museum, London ; Institute de Monde Arabe, Paris ; Casa Arabe, Madrid ; Fertile Crescent, Paul Robeson center for the Arts, Princeton ; Newtopia the state of human rights, Kazerne Dossin Museum, Mechelen ; Disquieting muses, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece (2011) ; Of women’s modesty and anger, Villa Empain center for the arts, Brussels (2011) ; Taswir, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Germany (2010) ; Unveiled: New art from the middle east, Saatchi gallery, London (2009); Hayv was shortlisted for the 2011 Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Muesum.  photo combing_hairdetail_2_zpsb092dc89.jpg  photo hegemony_zps3e30436f.jpg  photo triangle_zpse262e7bc.jpg

Michael Ramstead

 photo 2013-bats_zpsc4d3dd00.jpg  photo 2012-oni-danse-macabre_zps6fdf5b89.jpg Michael Ramstead was born in 1988. He earned his BA at UC Davis in 2010, majoring in Art Studio and minoring in Art History. He currently lives and works in Long Beach, California.  photo 2013-procession_zps953819ff.jpg  photo 08021255_zps000c4fd7.jpg

Roger Reutimann

 photo 172_1roger_reutimann_sculptor_dreams_6_b_zps822dbaf2.jpg  photo 168_1roger_reutimann_sculptor_dreams_4_b_zps5f1cef8a.jpg  photo 160_1roger_reutimann_sculptor_dreams_1_b_zps042ec02a.jpg " Social issues and cultural scrutiny remain a constant source of inspiration for my work. Infusing art with a concept provides the ability to communicate an idea on a deeper, emotional level. Mastery of technique and style will facilitate the process, but it’s the meaning, the soul of the piece that provides the intellectual capacity to transcend, to transform." - Roger Reutimann  photo RogerReutimann09_zps9bbd7956.jpg  photo 176_1roger_reutimann_sculptor_dreams_8_b_zps8f32ad89.jpg  photo RogerReutimann06_zps9bbd7956.jpg

Andres Serrano

 photo SERRANOgrandkaliffii-knightSER0008_zps3a0c0181.jpg  photo SERRANOklansmangreattitanofSER12_zpsd370cb89.jpg Andres Serrano is a New York-born artist and photographer known for his provocative, often controversial works, which have often combined beauty and vulgarity. (via Creative Time Reports)  photo SERRANOklanswomangrandklaliSER0015_zps97a3f3c0.jpg

Aaron Nagel

 photo Nagel_the_calming_14x20_01_zps65bfc50f.jpg  photo aaron-nagel_zps0ca39532.jpg Aaron Nagel was born in 1980 in San Francisco, CA. He is a figurative oil painter who resides in Oakland, CA. Having received no formal training, he is entirely self-taught; a fact at odds with his classical approach to surrealism. In his current work, he explores specific themes of guilt and power, always associated with his views on the perils of organized religion and theism.  photo AaronNagel-Lush_zps870d3329.jpg  photo 41_zps0a76b4a6.jpg

Shredded Money

 photo 2803a342a0fb55720f296e0c35c8d19b_zpsf071889c.jpg  photo ecf858f4992b310d5c6da5076affa36c_zpsd4cfa53a.jpg One million dollars of shredded currency was used as the medium for a series of 10 sculptures by Sebastian Errazuriz and Thomas McDonell. Each of the 10 sculptures was offered for sale after the New York exhibition, at the price of 100,000 dollars per sculpture. Errazuriz and McDonell purchased the shredded bills from the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving, and created the work after forming a partnership and entering into a contract that guaranteed appropriate distribution of all income derived from the Million Dollar Project. The sales from the sculptures were intended to allow the artists to recover the hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in their art education and to palliate future unemployment. The United States Treasury Department, by way of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, stipulates that currency residue cannot be sold as “commercial art.” Errazuriz and McDonell insist, however, on their right of expression with artistic purpose and further on their right to make a living from their art. Link.  photo 5112e69e622a04e3c40360649d11d224_zps3480caaa.jpeg

Stephen Appleby-Barr

 photo 3054_DarkMessenger_lg_zpsb4d2601d.jpg  photo 3127_Punchclaw_on_the_Mountain_lg_zps8f33035e.jpg 'In the last four years, Appleby-Barr has quickly become internationally renowned for his Old Master-style paintings with a contemporary twist. Curious and well-read, Appleby-Barr plays with classical literature and portraiture by infusing them into his own, partly fictional and partly autobiographical, narrative paintings. The delightfully dark world he creates has its own set of rules and conventions, where cat or doll-headed figures are not out of the ordinary. His remarkable facility to render materials such as fabric, fur and armor in extraordinarily realistic detail draws a comparison with painters including Rembrandt and Lucien Freud.' (via Nicholas Metivier Gallery)  photo 3116_Appleby-Barr_6580101_LR_lg_zpsf53c9965.jpg  photo 3117_Appleby-Barr_6580104_LR_lg_zps34e61517.jpg

Beverly Semmes

 photo beverly-semmes-2-600x446_zps67bca192.png  photo robinson6-13-9_zps79813655.jpg Beverly Semmes is an internationally recognized artist who has been showing her work since 1990. Her first exhibitions were two concurrent project rooms at PS1 and Artist's Space in New York City. Other early exhibitions included a large installation at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a room-scaled work made for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. By the mid-1990s, she was exhibiting work across the United States and in Europe. European projects at this time included solo shows at such major venues as the Camden Arts Centre in London; the Pecci Museum in Prato, Italy; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. She was also included in several important group shows early in her career, such as Plastic Fantastic Lover at the Blum Helman Warehouse in New York City, Bad Girls at New York City's New Museum, and Bad Girls West at the UCLA Art Museum in Los Angeles.  photo 5786_1_zpsafed818e.jpg

Louise Hindsgavl

 photo 6_zps7732dba0.jpg  photo 5_zpsb3c75c40.jpg  photo 3_zps648cbea3.jpg Louise Hindsgavl mainly works in porcelain. Her works have a distinctly narrative expression, both when she works with one-off pieces and with more utilitarian items. She wants us to experience the multiplicity of ceramics through her work, while at the same time stimulating our imaginations. Louise Hindsgavl feels that we often let the pre- determined images of others dictate our taste. She wants to change that tradition and to this end her works often have surrealist undertones, where she produces a form of alternative reality for the viewer to enter. (via Volta 10)  photo 8_zps7a1b74d7.jpg  photo 7_zps2305b5a1.jpg  photo 9_zpsffaae242.jpg

João Ruas

 photo Dawn_III_zpsb56f6165.jpg  photo Dawn_I_zpsa3d8c2d0.jpg João Ruas (b. 1981) is a visual artist from São Paulo. A Bachelor in Graphic Design, he has worked inside studios in the United Kingdom and Brazil before dedicating himself exclusively to personal artwork and illustration.  photo Dawn_II_zps0555f880.jpg