Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Barakat Gallery, A Gandharan Bubba head

A Gandharan Stucco Buddha Head
100 AD to 300 AD

Between c.100-400 A.D. Gandharan sculptors working in schist, terracotta and stucco produced 
an astonishing number and variety of Buddhist images. Gandhara was situated at the crossroads 
between east and west and thus came under a wide variety of artistic influences including Persian,  
Greek and Indian. It also became an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from across Asia 
as it was claimed that events from the Buddha's former lives had occurred in the area.

This stucco head displays the Gandharan tendency to combine realism around the nose, mouth 
and cheek areas with deeply cut stylised eyes. Small traces of the original polychromy survive, 
for example remains of a red pigment in the earlobes and around the hair-line. Traces of black 
are also apparent in the curls of the hair. The hair is arranged in a top-knot. This was the 
Gandharan version of the ushnisha, a mound on the head which symbolised the Buddha'
spiritual wisdom. Traces of an urna, or third eye, are also just visible on the forehead, outlined 
in red. The bottom of both earlobes has been lost but it is still possible to make out their elongated 
form. This was a reference to the Buddha's former wealth, symbolised by the effect of wearing 
heavy earrings. Despite small areas of loss, the serenity of the expression, partly created 
through the downcast eyes, has been preserved.  This is beautiful example available at an 
exceptional price.
To see additional information and pricing on this item as well as other select 
Gandharan pieces in the collection please click HERE
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

MOJA Arts Festival 2017 Juried Art Submissions Due August 25

MOJA Arts Festival 2017 Juried Art Submissions Due August 25
  2016 MOJA Juried Art Exhibition Best In Show Winner: Moving In and Out of the Game with a Smooth Slide, acrylic paint and collage on board, by Hampton Olfus, Jr.
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is now accepting artwork submissions for consideration in the 2017 MOJA Arts Festival's Juried Art Exhibition at City Gallery. This year’s festival runs September 28 - October 8, 2017

The MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture organized by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. 
Juror: Orisanmi Odensanya
This year's juror is Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, an Ohio-based doll artist whose work has been exhibited at the City Gallery as part of the 2016 exhibition Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase. Orisanmi has been designing and creating dolls for over 20 years. Through a passion for African art and culture, she has created more than 200 small-scale figures to honor Yoruba deities and masqueraders. The figures embody the wisdom and folklore of oral tradition. They represent the philosophy, spirituality, and performance of Yoruba expressive culture.
2016 MOJA Juried Art Exhibition Runner Up Winner: The Edges of Olfus, oil on canvas with graphite and pen, by Meyriel Edge
Entry Specifications/ Eligible Works
Proposed artwork must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited in the Charleston region. Artwork in the following categories may be submitted: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, and graphics. Additional work in fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media will also be juried, however, space constraints will dictate our ability to exhibit. Wall pieces must be framed and ready for hanging. Freestanding pieces must be fully assembled and ready for installation. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from future participation. An exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display. Please be aware that the gallery cannot is unable to store any packing materials or crates at delivery from local artists. Out-of-state artists are responsible for packing, insuring, and shipping (to and from the gallery) their works if they are chosen.
Estimated art delivery date for the exhibition is Sept. 18. All artists living in the state of South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia are invited to submit. Please include the artwork title, medium, and size in the description of each piece. 

Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion: (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor. 
Important Information
Deadline: August 25, 2017
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
For more information, please contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator, at 843-958-6484 or at

Opening of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Harare, the Gallery’s , presenting a collaboration between a Zimbabwe-based and an international artist.

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Harare

In partnership with Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions

AUG 23, 2017 | 2-5PM
Digital rendering of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Harare
We are excited to announce the Opening of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Harare, the Gallery’s second location founded in partnership with Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions. The Harare program focuses on two-artist exhibitions - always presenting a collaboration between a Zimbabwe-based and an international artist.  We are commencing with THE GUARDIAN AND THE BUILDER, a two man show by Zimbabwean Terrence Musekiwa and American Justin Orvis Steimer. 
Please join us for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | noon-6pm

 - Artists Talk with Terrence Musekiwa and Justin Orvis Steimer
2pm - Opening Ceremony
Welcoming Words | Catinca Tabacaru & Chikonzero Chazunguza

After Party with drum beats at Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions
Refreshments will be served
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

In Chicago catch Group Exhibition "Woman as Warrior" at Zhou B Art Center 8/18

August 18th, 2017, 7-10pm
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Woman as Warrior

Group Exhibition
Aug 18th - Oct 13th, 2017
Zhou B Haus Der Kunst
Second Floor Gallery
Stephen Wright, JAW (Jack as Warrior), 2017
One's first experience with warriors may have started in the home. For others, encounters with warriors may have been through schools, the work force, homeland, government and/or fighting battles either personal or out in the field. Woman as Warrior is dedicated to the woman who symbolizes a hero among champions.
We are dedicating this exhibition to the woman who symbolizes a hero among champions. Curated by Didi Menendez and Sergio Gomez, this group exhibition features 39 artists and 4 poets. To see the complete list of artists, click the Artsy link below.

The Waiting Room

Berfin Ataman
On view till Aug 18th, 2017
Space Installation
Studio 412
Space installation by Berlin Ataman will be on view for the last day on Aug 18th at the Third Friday.
Berfin Ataman was born in 1990 in Izmir, Turkey. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17, she went on to get her BFA in Theatre Design from University of Southern California. She since has been working as a Scenic and a Costume designer for Film and Theatre. She lives in Los Angeles and currently is doing an MFA degree in SAIC.
Surviving cancer caused a shift in perspective. She started questioning the environment that humans have created for themselves. She invites the people to be open and curious about the world they step into and interact with it. Using her background in scenic design and costume design in Film and Theatre, she creates expansive installations that invite the participants to let go of their identity, obligations and the human controlled reality behind, and develop a little bit of an awe for life and nature. 
"This is the waiting room where you can’t control the future, you just wait, and as always, with or without you the future repeats the past over and over again. So I invite you to wait, not knowing the outcome. Only knowing the past, how you got here and this moment. I welcome you to watch the cycle, to remember and forget all at the same time." - Berfin Ataman
Berfin Ataman Website 

Water Lily Pond of Life

Zhou Brothers
Permanent Exhibition
First Floor Gallery

The Zhou Brothers talk about how the idea of building an art center came to mind:
"In the early 90’s, we finished our fourth major museum traveling show in Europe and in 1996 we accepted a professorship in the Hamburg International Academy of Art and Design. During the following years we taught and lectured at the London International Art Academy (England), Salzburg International Summer Academy (Austria), Traunkirchen Summer Academy (Austria), and Kunstakademie Bad Reichenhall (Germany). This allowed us to transport our teaching philosophy and concept of Feelingism, 'Feeling is Liberty,' to students and audiences throughout Europe. Over nearly 20 years we have had thousands of students from all over the world. Using our Feelingism philosophy, these young artists continue to pursue their artistic dreams and are passionate about developing their own artistic styles.

While we were teaching, each time classes finished, all the students stayed together to discuss art, showing their appreciation for our time and hardly being able to say goodbye. Contemplating this feeling, we finished our meetings. We began to frame a fantasy, 'Can we give artists and students a place to create and provide a platform to artistic talent and freedom?' "

-Zhou Brothers Statement 

Open Studios

Lower Level ・ 3rd Floor ・ 4th Floor
Our resident artists welcome you to the space and their current work. 
3 floors of artist studios to visit and over 60 artists in residence.
ACS Gallery, located on the 3rd floor of Zhou B Art Center

ACS Gallery (Arts & Cultural Strategies, Inc.) is housed in one of the most distinguished locations in the Zhou B Art Center. It offers a wide range of works from both emerging and established contemporary artists, and ensures personalized service to its clientele for investment in fine art collections. Renée LaVerné Rose is the founder, agent and curator of ACS Gallery, presenting gallery exhibitions for represented artists, and offering works of other national and international artists by curating online exhibitions. ACS is enriching people’s lives through arts and cultural exchange projects, promoting a blend of internationally known and local emerging artists, amplifying international cultural exchanges, and nurturing artists’ communities.
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