Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Anish Kapoor returns to Italy with 'Descension' on view at Galleria Continua

ARTDAILY
"Endless Column" (1992), Vetroresina e pigmento, 400 x 60 x 60 cm 42 / 43
ITALY---Internationally acclaimed as one of the most significant contemporary artists, Anish Kapoor returns to Italy with "Descension," an exhibition project conceived specially for the former cinema and theatre space of Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. Kapoor belongs to the line of artists who pose alchemical questions, and who also proceed by way of paradoxical concepts, producing works that push us beyond appearance in search of being. [link]

Government run Art Gallery of South Australia is displaying Hindu goddess Kali

THE HANS INDIA
Gonds are aboriginal people living in central India and per AGSA website, “Their paintings, often compared to Australia’s contemporary indigenous art, document the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Gond communities”
AUSTRALIA---Government run Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide is displaying Hindu goddess Kali among other artworks in a “Gond Paintings” exhibition till November eight. Gonds are aboriginal people living in central India and per AGSA website, “Their paintings, often compared to Australia’s contemporary indigenous art, document the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Gond communities”.  [link]

The invisibility of Islamic art in Australia

THE CONVERSATION
By Sam Bowke
Ekramy Hanafy – Contemporary Khayamiya, 2014. Hand-stitched cotton applique on canvas. Bowker Collection. Photograph courtesy of Timothy Crutchett
AUSTRALIA---For some Australians, Islamic art might evoke artworks and architecture designed within religious contexts. These are usually centuries old and not located in Australia. The most recent contributions to this field include the extraordinary glitched carpets of Faig Ahmed of Azerbaijan, the feminist photography of Lalla Essaydi and Hassan Hajjaj from Morocco.... If Australians are to engage with Islamic art internationally, we need to participate within the present. The Islamic Museum of Australia (in Thornbury, Melbourne), which opened in 2014, can play an important role in this process as a mediator between researchers in universities, objects in our galleries, and the Australian public. [link]

Gay Catholics urge Pope Francis to take a stand for inclusion of gay and transgendered people

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Laurie Goodstien

In his first year, he shocked the world with his comment, “Who am I to judge?” uttered in response to a question during an airborne news conference about his attitude toward a celibate gay priest serving in the Vatican. Pope Francis and the church in the United States are both struggling to navigate a new era. In a formal letter sent to Pope Francis at the Vatican, groups representing gay and transgender people, Catholics, and Hispanics said the church in America was in the midst of a “pastoral crisis” over gay issues and asked to meet with him while he was in the United States. [link]

God bless my Muslim cousins for the gift of Ramadan

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Ernest O. Disney-Britton
I am a Christian, born in America, but I am grateful to my Muslim cousins for their Ramadan. You see my African ancestry traces back to Senegal, a Muslim nation of 15 million people in Africa. This past June 17-July 17, I joined them on their 30-day holy month, the world's biggest act of mass religious observance. It is a period of daily fasting, prayer and giving to charity, and in doing so, I learned a great deal about my African cousins. I expected to purify my thoughts and to be more able to focus fully on devotion and service to God. It is what I did not expect that makes me most grateful.