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Arnulf Rainer is considered one of the most inventive Abstract painters of the 20th century, and is known for frequently masking and overpainting illustrations and photographs in his work. Through pursuing a technique concentrated on the destruction of form, Rainer intends to reinvent the pure status of the image, or—as he has commented—to create a symbiosis of the old and new.
Key words: Portrait - Self - Painting - Emotion - Destruction - Transform - Photography - Abstracted
El Anatsui is one of the leading artists of our time. Emerging from the vibrant post-independence art movements of 1960s and 70s West Africa, he has gone on to receive widespread international acclaim for his sculptural experiments with media, form and tradition. El Anatsui's series of installations have provoked a frenzy of international attention in recent years, with institutions and audiences clamouring for more of these sumptuous, mesmerising works made from thousands of aluminium bottle tops and forming magnificent wall sculptures.
Key words: Africa - Sewn - Collection - Consumerism - Mass - Bottle tops - Material - Pattern - Texture
Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of female artists and feminists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the artworld internationally. The group formed in New York City in 1985 with the mission of bringing gender and racial inequality within the fine arts to light. Members are known for the gorilla masks they wear to remain anonymous.
Key words: Feminism - Women - Sexuality - Equality - Art World - Gender - Racism
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Levi van Veluw
Using crushed glass powder melted into layers of glass, I can create narrative imagery suspended within a slab of glass.Social, political, and introspective psychological dramas are played out within in layers of glass, and in the process of creating I learn more about myself, and search for insight into what motivated those around me. My work is figurative. It is accessible and facilitates communication. It’s an understandable language, and like dance, a narrative is created without words.