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January 2012

Remakes on Boooooom.com

posted by Bridget on 31 January 2012

Last year the booooooom website invited submissions of photographic remakes of classical paintings. The results are a mix of good/bad, fun/weird and inventive/pastiche and confirmed my thought that remaking or re-interpreting a classical image is not as easy as it might first appear.

What intrigued me as I browsed through the submissions was the frequency in which some artists popped up, in particular Frida Kahlo and how some famous paintings, such as "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, a complicated painting requiring the cooperation of friends and relatives, was reproduced so many times.

All the remakes, bar one, were of paintings and sculptures involving the human figure or still life; nothing abstract or conceptual. The exception was the reworking of Mondrian's "Composition With Red, Blue and Yellow".

The art of the remake is "a hit-and-miss game" as Jonathan Jones argues in his blog post on the project but as he goes on to write "the art of the remake is part of an age-old tradition" an essential part of the apprenticeship when the young artist learns their trade.

So this week's selection of twitter pix are taken from Booooooom's remake gallery and the remakes I have picked out either made me smile or suggested that the copier was trying to gain a greater understanding of the original image rather than slavishly copy it.

So to start we have Katie Jackson's version of "Composition With Red, Blue and Yellow" by Mondrian.

remake mondrian

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London Art Fair run down

posted by Bridget on 29 January 2012

Our last choice is Aaron McElroy who was on the Dalla Rosa stand in Art Projects. A snap shot, Jurgen Teller aesthetic, not usually my cup of tea, but there is something alluring, seductive and naïve about this young girl scratching her back.

Aaron McElroy

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London Art Fair run down

posted by Bridget on 28 January 2012

Paul Hart, a photographer I have admired for his craft for some time, had two prints from his "Truncated Trees" series, recently published in book form by Dewi Lewis, was on display at jaggedart.

Shooting on large format and hand printing his own silver gelatin black and white prints, the quality leaps off the wall.

Paul Hart

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London Art Fair run down

posted by Bridget on 27 January 2012

Dealer Richard Saltoun had a mix of photography, prints and sculpture and amongst his collection of photography was the work of Jo Spence.

An acknowledged feminist, using her politics in her image making, the very direct nature of her work wakes you up and brings you back into the world with a start.

Jo Spence

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Newsletter Issue 132

posted by Michael on 26 January 2012

Click the image to read our newsletter:

Troika Newsletter

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"The New Alchemists" exhibition: Sue Steward interview

posted by Bridget on 26 January 2012

Curator Sue Steward put together an exhibition on some of the new trends to be found in art photography at this year's London Art Fair.

Artists are painting on, collaging and hole punching their prints and negatives, in a move away from the idea of photography as document.

Troika Editions' artist Aliki Braine has four works in the exhibition.

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