Naples is the cradle of much, much art.
It has always been a crossroads of different cultures, inspirations, sounds and imagery a bit out of the ordinary. Almost as if over the centuries it has created a real micro-climate of its own, full of lights and shadows. And just under the enormous pressure of these lights and shadows, very often little diamonds like VOGA are born. With an overtly overseas sound (and freshly signed to Columbia Records/Sony Music Italy), they are like real oxygen in a scene that is in danger of asphyxiating at any moment. Confirming what has just been said is their new single “Niente Di Personale”, available Nov. 4. Their calling card consists of introspective lyrics, samples in the beats and light but introspective flows.
“The inspirations of “Niente Di Personale” are quite orientational with respect to the sound we want to bring. It is a transversal track, living in the urban sphere, although crossed with pop. Everything we do and produce always has an urban constant. In that sense, “Niente Di Personale” is our manifesto in terms of content as well, although it is quite cheeky.”
VOGA was born in 2019, between singer and producer Enrico Esposito and producer Lorenzo Biscione. After a series of interesting collaborations that have given us a broad understanding of their artistic and sonic direction (Psychologists, Yung Snapp, MV Killa, CoCo), we can safely say that they have not disappointed expectations. All while remaining faithful to a strong Neapolitan imagery that has always characterized them.
Given their many facets, Collater.al decided to create a playlist in collaboration with them and understand their musical background: “one of the sounds that inspires us the most is from Toronto, so there is a lot of Drake in the playlist. Our music, particularly the music that has yet to be released, is almost 80 percent based on sampling, and that’s why Kanye West appears among the choices. We also included artists who represent our more pop side, such as Calvin Harris, although the sounds of VOGA are always contaminated by urban. We can say that this playlist combines all the elements and musical nuances that you will hear in the upcoming tracks, without excluding the dancehall that belongs to us a lot.”
Paul Gardner Allen was not only one of the founders of Microsoft, the success of the computer company he created together with Bill Gates led him to be one of the richest men in the world, so much so that over the years he built up an incredible private art collection spanning five hundred years, with works by artists such as Botticelli, Picasso and Van Gogh.
Four years after Allen’s death from lymphoma, the auction of The Paul G. Allen Collection began at Christie’s in New York on the evening of Wednesday 9 November, reaching a total of $1.5 billion, making it the highest-grossing sale in history.
The lots, called by Christie’s historic auctioneer Adrien Meyer, covered the first 61 works in the collection, consisting of 150 masterpieces spanning 500 years of art history. These works multiplied the initial estimate, with Georges Seurat’s work “Les poseuses, ensemble” selling for $149.24 million.
The $1.5 billion total will go entirely to charity and marks a record for the art market. In fact, it surpassed the $922 million of Harry and Linda Macklowe’s collection, which was sold at Sotheby’s six months ago.
It was not only Seurat’s record that caused a sensation, Paul Cézanne‘s ‘La Montagne Sainte-Victoire’ sold for $138 million (including auction fees), while Van Gogh’s ‘Verger avec Cyprès’ fetched $117 million. 105 million was spent on Gustav Klimt‘s ‘Forest of Betullé’ while Edward Steichen‘s photograph ‘The Flatiron’ narrowly missed out on becoming the most expensive photograph ever with 11.8 million (the record belongs to Man Ray with ‘Le violon d’Ingres’ – 12.4 million).
If the estimate for Paul Gauguin‘s ‘Maternité II’ was 90 million, the last call came in at 106 million, beating all predictions, as it did for almost all the other works by artists such as Canaletto, Manet, O’Keefee, Giacometti, Hockney, Kandinsky and Dali.
Today, Thursday 10 November, the second part of the auction will be staged, with 100 works already on display in New York in recent days.
For nine days, Rome will become one of the centres in which to discover the world of Audio Visual Digital Arts. In fact, FOTONICA, the festival now in its sixth edition and hosted in the spaces of the new Immersive Rome, a space created for the festival inside the Fusolab 2.0, is back.
From 11 to 19 November, the international festival will give the opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of audio-visual art forms thanks to 8k projections.
FOTONICA will be the time to attend live performances, video-installations, exhibitions, workshops and in-depth studies, to investigate art forms related to light, new technologies and the tools with which to create new works. The focus on new techniques in contemporary art is certainly one of the most interesting aspects to be explored during the festival, a narrative that starts with the works of the many international artists and dialogues directly with the public, thanks to its immersive nature and the idea of sensorial art. The comprehensiveness of the experience, its playful, yet educational and up-to-date aspect makes FOTONICA an event not to be missed.
In order to understand reality, one of the most common approaches is to dissect it, to consider it as a collection of small elements that form a general and more defined picture. Artist Fabian Oefner is interested in these individual small parts, which is why his works consist of a deconstruction of everyday objects, tools for exploring the boundaries between time, space, reality and illusion.
Nike trainers, laptops and a certain fondness for cameras and technological tools in general, these are some of the objects Oefner deals with, which make up works created over hundreds of hours of work.
However, the playful aspect and the quasi-memory of the reality that surrounds us conceals a rigorous method of design and realisation, which takes into account the geometries and materials, but also the distances between the individual elements that go to make up the objects.
The work of reassembly is precise and rigorous, and for this reason the photography of the works also plays a fundamental role in that quest for analytical exploration of reality.
Returning from a trip, photographs help us to keep an impression of the places we have visited. The details help us to remember that particular street or the seagull on the seafront, a more difficult challenge is to tell the story of our surroundings with small two-coloured felt-tip pen illustrations, the path chosen by illustrator Laura Simonati for her Piccoli Posti series.
Carousels, newsstands, neighbourhood shops, bathing establishments, flat interiors and landscapes are some of the subjects depicted by the illustrator du recycled paper, works that will be on show from 10 November at Libreria Corraini 121+, via Savona 17/5 in Milan.
The idea of illustrating these intimate places was born in 2020 together with the Instagram profile @piccoliposti, and after the volume Viaggio in Italia (Corraini 2022) now for the first time Simonati offers the original drawings, for a total of 141 works.
Visitors will be able to interact in person by creating their own Piccoli Posti del cuore postcards, which will lead the artist to create new works unveiled on the gallery’s social channels. The exhibition will be divided into the thematic sections “Con la cabina vai dove vuoi”, “Viaggio in Italia”, a special “mute” map of Italy, and a final section entitled “Rimini Rimini”, dedicated to the capital of Romagna.
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