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Sanrio 50th anniversary: Max Dana’s story with Hello Kitty

Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary and Hello Kitty is also celebrated. Many events are planned (Los Angeles, Miami)  and Hello Kitty fans in the United States will be able to see original artworks created by contemporary artists. Max Dana decided to post about these celebrations and to lift the veil on ‘her story with Hello Kitty’. An interesting post about something some of us have noticed for a while: Max is a big fan of Hello Kitty! ...


Art in Sudan: Multi-talented Artist El Tayib Daw El Bait

Our previous post in our Art in Sudan section was dedicated to Sudanese artist Ahmed Abushariaa; today we are pleased to introduce you to another great Sudanese artist: El Tayib Daw El Bait. El Tayib is in his forties, he was trained at the School of Art and Design in Khartoum and lives in Nairobi, Kenya. What makes his work so interesting is his freedom to create: paintings (acrylic, oil) or textile design for fashion house KikoRomeo, El Tayib Daw El ...


Art in Sudan: Sudanese Artist Ahmed Abushariaa

As the Sama Gazette was created by Max Dana, an artist herself, we had to also mention Art in our coverage of what is currently happening in Sudan on ‘En Route To Sudan’. So today we are glad to introduce you to Sudanese artist Ahmed Abushariaa, born in 1966 in Sudan and graduated in fine and applied arts from Sudan University, Khartoum in 1990. An introduction to Abushariaa’s paintings by Prof. Elimo Njau, Director, Paa Ya Paa Arts ...


Chic Furniture Line by Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier has launched his own furniture line two weeks ago at New York’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House and it is already a success. The fashion designer teamed up with French interiors firm Roche Bobois and the result is truly awesome. The renowned French designer created a furniture line using the same fabrics and prints from his fashion work and if you are a fan of Gaultier’s style, then you will like his furniture (bedroom set, ...


Prints by Jon Burgerman and Joe Ledbetter are on sale!

We really, really like Jon Burgerman and Joe Ledbetter (remember Beer Can chicken: A Bit of the Good Life with Joe Ledbetter?). And we are definitely not the only ones. So if you are also a fan, don’t miss two big news: Burgerman Screen Print available at Concrete Hermit Shop Home, and Eighty-Sixedgiclee prints (which, by the way, reminds us a lot about Max Dana’s ‘Sama in the Sky’…) available on Joe Ledbetter’s ...


The colorful world of paper sculptures by Jen Stark

If you had a bad start to the day, if the weather is cold, rainy and grey outside and if you are not in a good mood, then we have something to show you. Her name is Jen Stark and she hand cuts sheets of paper to make amazing and colorful paper sculptures. In an interview with ARTLURKER in 2008, when asked: ‘What draws you to color?‘, Stark said: ‘I have done one or two black and whites but I like using color a lot more. I am really ...


Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child and an Exhibition

Earlier today Max Dana published on her Blog a new entry: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child and an Exhibition. The renown American artist is in the news with a movie: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child directed by Tamra Davis and an exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. We will probably follow Max Dana’s steps and watch the movie as well as see the exhibition. Maybe this post will also convince you to do the same ...


Tim Simmons’ beautiful and fragile landscapes

Tim Simmons is a photographer from London, UK. He was born in 1955 and lives and works in London and Norfolk. Simmons is a photographic artist we like a lot since we first saw his work during the London Art Fair in January 2010. By adding artificial lighting on his photos taken by night, he accentuates details and city, forest and mountain landscapes inspire many questions about beauty and fragility, about how we perceive an environment we, most of the ...


Owen Maseko’s art banned by the Zimbabwean government

As we reported in March (following the article posted by Max Dana), then in May, Owen Maseko was arrested on 26 March after participating in a show at the Bulawayo National Art Gallery, which depicted atrocities that took place in the Matabeleland region, known as Gukuruhundi, in western Zimbabwe during the 1980s where thousands of people were killed, mainly by state security agents. Five months later, the Zimbabwean government has officially banned the ...


Pencil Tip Miniature Masterpieces By Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti is a sculptor who makes sculptures out of pencils; miniature masterpieces on the tips of pencils. The pencil-tip sculptures are Art. Ghetti, who grew up in Brazil and is now a Bridgeport resident, has been perfecting this art for the last 25 years. He works as a carpenter and carves pencils in his free time, and he said in an interview with the New York Daily News: “I’m known as the pencil guy, I don’t mind that at ...






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