ArtKabinett Files

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Posted: Monday, 18-01-2010
In 1969, Bronx-born Ida Applebroog was living in southern California with her husband and four children. Busy as a mother and an artist, she took refuge in the one place that guaranteed solitude: the bathtub, a “little sanctuary” where she would soak for two to three hours every evening. Over the course of several weeks that year Applebroog also brought sketchpads to the bathroom and drew her own naked body – specifically her crotch – from reflections in a mirror. The result of this ritual was more than 160 vagina drawings rendered in India ink and pencil.
Posted: Sunday, 17-01-2010
"I like extremes because I find them most alive," Akira Kurosawa once commented, a sentiment reflected through the stylistic brashness and moral urgency of his films. The Japanese filmmaker best-known in the Western hemisphere and, thanks in part to a new 25-film Criterion box set, the one whose work has been made most comprehensively available to English-speaking audiences, Kurosawa embraces the hyperbolic. His films are meticulously choreographed and intensely felt, often staged in sweltering, freezing, or otherwise catastrophic conditions.
Posted: Saturday, 16-01-2010
Indian artwork has a historical basis that draws its inspiration from and not limited to, culture, religion and philosophy. The music, architecture, writings, and art, gives one a greater appreciation of the different time periods from which the pieces originated. It also subtly reveals the influences that galvanized artists at those times.
Posted: Friday, 15-01-2010
Haiti was born out of a struggle far greater even than this and Haiti will survive the horrific tragedy of yesterday’s earthquake. Haitians are a resilient and creative people of deep religious faith and national pride. In 1804, their ancestors accomplished something that no other people in world history ever has: a successful national slave revolt. They succeeded where Spartacus failed. It is a victory for all of humanity to celebrate: A Revolution committed to a fuller ideal of freedom than either that of the American Revolution or the French Revolution.
Posted: Thursday, 14-01-2010
Hi Everyone, Sorry for the mass email, but I don't have access to the internet long enough to message everyone individually. For those who don't know I was in Haiti this week and had the misfortune of being here for the earthquake. My family and I are fine, but the situation is dire as I'm sure the you've seen on the news.
Posted: Thursday, 14-01-2010
As an immigrant from the extraordinary island of Cuba, now raising my young family in the United States, I know somewhere deep in my heart -- and take pride in knowing -- that Cuba will once again rise to freedom.
Posted: Wednesday, 13-01-2010
Haitian painting coalesced slowly, its birth lost in the mists of time, well before the emergence of the Haitian people, well before the slave ships, much before the vessels of Columbus, in the enchanting engravings created by the Taino Indians on the walls of the caves and in the colored markings that decorated their marked bodies and huts.
Posted: Tuesday, 12-01-2010
The first decade of the new millennium saw the emergence on the global art market of contemporary art from Latin-America, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Turkey and the Middle-East. By comparison, African art has been very slow to emerge… but for how long?
Posted: Monday, 11-01-2010
Akn0ledge... Its my "tag"! An alter ego I become when I lose myself in the dimension of this artform that often isn't exactly recognized as art at all. Wikipedia states that grafitti is "the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is any type of public marking that may appear in the forms of simple written words including elaborate wall paintings."
Posted: Friday, 08-01-2010
As we enter the new decade of the new millenium, I find that these are wonderfully experimental times for the fine arts. Indeed, such a project as an on-line ARTKABINETT social network geared primarily toward art collecting, could never have taken hold a few years ago, when folks were all buying stuff like crazy without pause or reflection.
Posted: Thursday, 07-01-2010

Many times I have been asked the same question: why are you collecting? The answer is simple because I love art.
I have always been interested in art since my childhood. My parents used to drag me into museums when I was a kid. At first, I hated it but then I got fascinated by the paintings at the Louvre and the musée d’Orsay. I used to sit for hours in front of painting, looking at every detail of it and I almost felt I was “jumping” inside and sharing the life of its characters.