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Miroslav Tichý

Tichy_popup4 Here is a great review of Miroslav Tichy's photography by by Kirsten Bengtson-Lykoudis on ArtSlant:

Miroslav Tichý, an eccentric Czech photographer whose blurred and stained photographs cry out from the walls. After abandoning a career as a classically trained painter, Tichý went underground when the Communists moved in after World War II. Dressed in a tattered overcoat and armed with primitive cameras fashioned from cardboard tubes, beer bottle caps and hand-cut plastic lenses, he furtively photographed the women of his native town of Kyjov, lurking outside cafes in the town square and near the public swimming pool, frightening and amusing his subjects with his matted hair, straggly beard and untamed visage.

The resulting series of over 100 distressed photographs is disturbing, radical, poetic and perverse. Mocking the traditional bourgeois flaneur, Tichý’s voyeuristic images of laughing young women and their truncated thighs and breasts, and furtively embracing couples comprise one of the more intriguing photography collections of his work.

Tino Sehgal

The goal of the European artist Tino Sehgal is to create "something (a situation) from virtually nothing (actions, words) and then let that something disappear, leaving no potentially marketable physical trace," writes Holland Cotter in the New York Times. "His rule may be unenforceable in this day and age. Still, it turns his exhibition space into a zone of sort-of secrecy. It piques both the voyeur and the skeptic in us."

Tino Sehgal is known for his "structural situations" sculptures that have an airy, mystical and environmental quality.

Mr. Sehgal, who lives in Berlin and studied political economy and dance, has cleared out the Guggenheim for his latest self-titled exhibition. "Yet the space isn't empty. On the rotunda's ground floor, a man and woman entwine in a changing, slow-motion amorous embrace" and "on the ramps above, people walk and talk in pairs or clusters at a leisurely pace, with new participants periodically joining conversations a others drop away." Mr. Sehgal's art is made up almost entirely of such balletic tableaus and social encounters; it's bare-bones but "addictive" and makes you want to return for more.

Tino Sehgal

Nina Pandolfo

Nina Pandolfo is internationally celebrated as one of Brazil’s most exciting emerging contemporary artists. 

Nina pandolfo Born in Tupã, São Paulo in 1977, Nina’s artwork depicts an expansive, colorful landscape populated with sassy wide-eyed girls, their playthings, and their animal friends. These captivating characters and the activities in which they engage are visual embodiments of adult introspection, childhood dreams and fears, and simple, unabashed escapism, themes Nina frequently confronts and explores in her work. From both her canvas and sculptural pieces emerge a vision of another, more spectacular, world, albeit one with a distinctly Brazilian sensibility.

Nina’s perspective is enhanced by opulently employed symbolism, allowing for multiple readings of each piece. Whilst she is not directed inspired by the contemporary Asian school, certain stylistic features of her work and the technical expertise with which she executes them position her along-side the best practitioners of the Kaikai Kiki school.

Nina is also recognized as Brazil’s leading female exponent of graffiti and street art. She first began to paint on the streets at age twelve and since then has become one of a select group of artists who have eased the transition of this art form into galleries and museums. Nina’s local and international success serves as an inspiration to the generations of young female painters and graffiti artists who follow in her footsteps. She continues to live and work in São Paulo.

Nu Ryu (Jeong Eun Ryu)

Nu was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and currently lives and works in New York City.  In Nu's art, she is trying to make her own world that can be shared with everyone in cities and nature. She believes that all creature have a soul.  
Nu's dream is to fly in the sky with an owl, to swim the ocean with dol-soi whale, and to take a nap with wolves. This is a story about change and adaptation. Humans in the jungle and animals in the city.  The work below is called A Moving Forest. Nu says "In the moving forest, I act as the translator/storyteller between two different creatures and worlds. Since I have lived and travelled in different countries outside of my own, I have been sometimes lost in translation, a stranger who is adapting. In being lost at times, I also found new and interesting discoveries. It is very natural for me to admire animals and nature because they are all about origins of new communications. The Moving Forest project illustrates this. I made connected stories from my imagination using the animals, and these stories inspired me again to create images."
Her work is expansive, creative and otherworldly. It reminds me of the work of Richard Dadd.

Andrew van der Merwe

And now for something a little different - a true beach artist.

Andrew van der Merwe considers himself as the world’s first professional beach calligrapher. His artworks are made by carving letters in the beach sand. He takes photgraphs of his work which is a good thing since his calligraphy washes away with the tides soon after they are created.