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    C O U N T E R P O I N T

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    NUMBER 2, SEPTEMBER 2010Milosan & Pogacean versus Al JazeeraUnknown Bactrian artist versus BrancusiWall versus HokusaiRegina versus Ray and DuchampThe Bruce High Quality & all versus Gricault

    Cover: Constantin Brancusi, Bird in Space, Guggenheim Museum, Venice.

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    Why

    C O U N T E R P O I N T ?

    My questions is whether the contrapuntal techniques from musicalcompositions can be applied to visual arts.

    C O U N T E R P O I N T

    is published monthly by

    C A L U S A R I A U C T I O N S

    Comments are welcomed on the facebook page. Alex Mitrutz

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    Milosan & Pogacean versus Al Jazeera

    PHOTO: Tv-screenshot of Prima TV trasmission. Original tape was firstbroadcasted by Al Jazeera. From left to right: Marie Jeanne Ion, PrimaTV, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, Prima TV, Ovidiu Ohanesian, RomaniaLibera. The story of abduction can be found here, and here.

    http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adevarul.ro%2Flocale%2Fcraiova%2FOvidiu_Ohanesian-_Elena_Udrea_nu_a_mintit-_Marie_Jean_stia_despre_rapire-_Miscoci_se_juca_cu_mitraliera_0_189581206.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFR8AZXh_U8FasX0YhOijByNhcZoAhttp://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.realitatea.net%2Fun-fost-colonel-sie-sustine-ca-rapirea-jurnalistilor-a-fost-controlata-initial_695205.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGcaoRc1KCUBmX6TyVV5iGv8hLIMAhttp://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.realitatea.net%2Fun-fost-colonel-sie-sustine-ca-rapirea-jurnalistilor-a-fost-controlata-initial_695205.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGcaoRc1KCUBmX6TyVV5iGv8hLIMAhttp://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.realitatea.net%2Fun-fost-colonel-sie-sustine-ca-rapirea-jurnalistilor-a-fost-controlata-initial_695205.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGcaoRc1KCUBmX6TyVV5iGv8hLIMAhttp://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.realitatea.net%2Fun-fost-colonel-sie-sustine-ca-rapirea-jurnalistilor-a-fost-controlata-initial_695205.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGcaoRc1KCUBmX6TyVV5iGv8hLIMAhttp://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adevarul.ro%2Flocale%2Fcraiova%2FOvidiu_Ohanesian-_Elena_Udrea_nu_a_mintit-_Marie_Jean_stia_despre_rapire-_Miscoci_se_juca_cu_mitraliera_0_189581206.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFR8AZXh_U8FasX0YhOijByNhcZoA
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    The abduction of three Romanian reporters by terrorists in 2009in Bagdad proved to be source of inspiration for the contemporaryartist Cristi Pogcean and maquette hobbyst Lucian Milosan.

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    ARTIST: Cristi Pogcean

    TITLE: The Abduction from the Seraglio 2006YEAR: 2006MEDIUM: polipropilen carpetEDITION: not known, made by INCOV S.R.L. , Alba Iulia.

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    ARTIST: Lucian MilosanTITLE: Abduction of Romanian reportersYEAR: not known

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    Unknown Bactrian artist versus Brancusi

    ARTIST: Constantin BrancusiTITLE:Bird in Space (L'Oiseau dans l'espace)MEDIUM: "brass smoothed and polished to the point where themateriality of the sculpture is dissolved in its reflective luminosity."

    YEAR: 1932-1944COLLECTION: Peggy Guggenheim, Venice.

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    The bird theme representan axis in the universeof Brancusi's ouvres. Hisobsession for capturingthe essence of flight begunwith "Maiastra" sculptures,followed by Golden Birdgroup, and, finally, the Birdin Space series. Accordingto S. Geist, sixteenexamples of "The Bird in

    Space" series , dating from1923 to 1940, have beenidentified.ARTIST:Unknown Bactrian artistYEAR:Circa 3,000 years before

    BrancusiTITLE: UnknownPURPOSE:Probably a Bactiran stoneritual object.I am fascinatedby this (probably)ritual objects,they aresubject to my ongoing

    research, I hope topublish soon my findings.

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    Wall versus Hokusai

    ARTIST: Jeff Wall

    TITLE: A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)YEAR: 1993MEDIUM: Transparency in lightbox (2290 x 3770 mm)"This work is one of Wall's earliest digital montages. It refers directlyto a woodblock print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Walltransposes the nineteenth-century Japanese scene to a contemporarycranberry farm near Vancouver. Amateur actors play the odd

    assortment of rural and city characters, surprised by the forces ofnature. It required over 100 photographs, taken over the course ofmore than a year, to achieve a seamless montage that gives theillusion of capturing a real moment in time." (source: tate.org.uk)

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    ARTIST: Katsushika Hokusai

    TITLE: 'Ejiri in Suruga Province' (Sunsh Ejiri), From the series Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji' (Fugaku sanj-rokkei)YEAR:1830-1833MEDIUM: colour woodblock printEjiri was a post-station on the Tkaid Highway on the west side ofSuruga Bay, near modern Shimizu City. This was close to the famousbeauty spot of Miho-no-Matsubara. This view depicts a much more

    prosaic location, a path that snakes through a marsh.The silhouette of Mt Fuji is drawn with a single line, providing abackdrop for the figures and trees battling the wind in the foreground.Bending their bodies and clutching at scarves and hats, all turn theirfaces away from us - as if we were the source of the blast that carriesoff the tissues that had been tucked into the woman's kimono. Thetissues flit skyward, accompanied by dancing leaves and an escapedhat. The porter who has lost his hat gesticulates in surprise, a circle ofpadding left forlorn on his head.Source: T. Clark, 100 views of Mount Fuji (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)

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    Regina versus Ray and Duchamp

    Regina Silveira explores anamorphic perspectives of well-knownobjects. Regina has "anamorphosed" Marcel Duchamp Bicycle wheeland Man Ray iron with nails. Her technique is not new, Leonardo DaVinci first experimented anamorphic perspectives. Hans Holbein theYounger created in his painting "The Ambasadors" the most famousand striking example of a hidden anamorphosis. Andreea Pazzo domeand vault of the Church of St. Ignazio in Rome represent the pinacleof anamorphic illusion. Andreea Pazzo was commisioned to paint theflat ceiling of the curch in such a way to create the illusion of a dome.

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    The Bruce High Quality & all versus Gricault

    TITLE: The Raft of Medusa

    ARTIST: The Bruce High QualityThe Bruce High Quality Foundation is group of anonymous artistsfounded in 2001 in Brooklin. The Foundation declared activity is thesocial scupture: "The Bruce High Quality Foundation, the official arbiterof the estate of Bruce High Quality, is dedicated to the preservationof the legacy of the late social sculptor, Bruce High Quality. In thespirit of the life and work of Bruce High Quality, we aspire to invest the

    experience of public space with wonder, to resurrect art history fromthe bowels of despair, and to impregnate the institutions of art with thejoy of mans desiring. Professional Challenges. Amateur Solutions."

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    Hu Jieming was born in 1957 in Shanghai. He graduated fromShanghai Light Industry College, Fine Art Department in 1984. Heresides and works in Shanghai.ARTIST: Hu JiemingTITLE: Raft of the MedusaMEDIUM: Colour coupler printYEAR: 2002

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    ARTIST:Joel Peter WitkinTITLE: Raft of the George W. BushMEDIUM: b&w printYEAR: 2006Witkin made this manifesto photograph against the politics of formerU.S. president , George W.Bush. Accordingly to the artist:"There are many parallels to the Raft of the Medusa and thePresidency of George W. Bush. The Captain of the Medusa was anincompetent, a nobleman who owed his appointment to the ministerialfavor and not seamanship. George W. Bush is also incompetent, a richman's son who gained the presidency through favor and deceit, ratherthan statesmanship. As politician and president, he is a demagogue,a leader who make use of popular prejudices, false claims and

    promises in order to gain and hold power. Both these men, the captainof the Medusa, Hugnes de Chaumareges and George W. Bush aremurderers.

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    ARTIST:Gerald Rancinan

    TITLE: Raft of IllusionsMEDIUM: photographyYEAR: 2009"There's really no difference between an artist of the 15th century anda photographer working today," Rancinan told The Associated Press inan interview. "Our job is to be witnesses of what's happening in societyand show it to the world." The raft of Rancinan is his view of migration,and is capturing desperate people who wash up onto Europe's shoresdaily.

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    areWe are accepting consignments for the following sales:CONTEMPORARY ART

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