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2018-03-28

WONDERFUL AND VIBRANT PATTERNS INTO BAYA’S PAINTINGS

Today I want to review a wonderful exhibition at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery.
"Baya: Woman of Algiers" is the first North American exhibition of works by the self-taught Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931–1998). Known as Baya, she was born in Bordj el-Kiffan and orphaned at age five. Encouraged by her adoptive French mother to pursue art, she began as an adolescent to paint gouaches and make ceramics. Her work was soon discovered by fabled gallerist Aimé Maeght who, along with André Breton, organized an exhibition in Paris in 1947. Baya’s colorful depictions of women, rhythmic patterns, and bright palette drew the attention of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, with whom she later collaborated in the renowned Madoura pottery studio in Vallauris. Celebrated in both Algeria and France, Baya has yet to gain international recognition. Woman of Algiers reexamines Baya’s career within contemporary, Surrealist, “outsider,” and Maghreb post-colonial art contexts. The exhibition features works drawn from the Maeght Family Collection, Paris, as well as several Madoura ceramics by Picasso and a video by London-based French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira. Baya is curated by Natasha Boas and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by  Boas, André Breton, Assia Djebar, and Menna Ekram.
Painting come from Collection of Isabelle Maeght, Paris, Adrien Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, Jules Maeght, San Francisco.
The exhibition ends Saturday, Mar 31, 2018
https://greyartgallery.nyu.edu/exhibition/baya-woman-algiers/












2018-03-15

BY PAUL JACKSON FOR LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING, A FANTASTIC BOOK FOR UNDERSTAND HOW TO DESIGN REPEATING PATTERNS

Some day ago I received from Laurence King Publishing the new book by Paul Jackson,
an internationally well-known Master in folding techniques (he is the author of more than 30 books about paper art and crafts).

The new book by Paul it’s a fantastic guide for designers, architects and visual artists:
into an accurate, clean and nice layout he explains how to create complex repeating patterns, in easy steps and with simple terminology.
Using letters and basic graphic elements, the book explains how to design different kind of repetitions: mainly with translation, rotation, reflection and simmetry.
In few words: Paul explains the “essence” of the repetition, even if you create pattern by hand, computers or graphic softwares.
In my daily experience, as a digital design lecturer, when I teach how to create patterns with the computer, I try to stimulate my students to understand in depth their structure, by changing and doing experiments.
This is the ultimate guide for understand the undless possibilities starting from a basic, simple element!
I show you some images of this fantastic and useful book, available at laurenceking.com from April, 9.

www.laurenceking.com
http://www.origami-artist.com















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