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Art Radar: 8.11.11

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty closed at the Met this past Saturday, proving to be one of the most visited (661,509 visitors to be exact) and highly regarded retrospectives to date.  Curated to pay homage to McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to the fashion industry, the exhibition featured over one hundred notable pieces drawn from various collections and archives – romanticism at its best.  McQueen was never conventional, always groundbreaking and an artist truly capable of delivering complex ideas through design.  We share some of our favorites in commemoration:

Art of The Streets 2011 hits the streets of Stockholm August 13th & 14th to spotlight and celebrate women involved in graffiti and street art culture.  Despite Europe’s low tolerance for graffiti, this festival will feature a growing number of unique artists like Mad C (Germany), Ikaroz (Sweden) and Blue (Sweden). The festival will also feature a special film screening of Whole Train, one of the first major films on the graffiti movement, by director Florian Gaag.  More information on the line-up, artists involved and location can be found via Art of The Streets’ website.

If you’re in Berlin, check out the C.O.P. Guide To Etiquette, an exhibit featuring over 20 female pop and street artists, where rules of etiquette as produced in Victorian literature will be reinterpreted.  Hosted at the Strychnin Gallery in Berlin on August 12th, the show will host artists like Bethany Marchamn, Camila D’errico, Toofly, Mimis and Jerk, with proceeds going to the Keep A Breast Foundation.  For more information, check out the C.O.P. Guide To Etiquette online.

Republican presidential candidate and Tea Party associate Michele Bachmann seems to have come up with a few curious reasons as to why our society might be plagued with economic issues, political uncertainty and civil unrest – and it all goes back to art.

Interestingly enough, Bachmann blames the Renaissance for our current troubles in a rather telling piece in the August issue of New Yorker Magazine.  Influences to this idea, that art has somehow lead humanity down the wrong path, come from Christian conservative leaders and commentators like Francis Schaeffer and creationist Nancy Pearcy.  Both have spoken openly of art’s historical correlation to the demise of “morality.”  The LA Times has the full scoop.

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