EXHIBITIONS: Masterpieces of Painting, “Remastered”

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“Guernica” 2005
Opening April 1 at San Francisco’s Diesel flagship store is a preview exhibition of “Remastered,” a show by curating house Formavision, in which more than 50 artists were commissioned to reinterpret familiar paintings by “recontextualizing them within contemporary culture. How many times have we seen paintings such as Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ or Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’?” wonders Sebastien Agneessens, Formavision head curator. "We’ve been so extensively exposed to these images that we automatically assign them the mythical status of masterpieces, but rarely do we look to understand what makes them unique." The “Remastered” project “challenges artists to deconstruct the concept of ‘masterpiece’ and reimagine each painting within the context of our lives today.” Adds Formavision brand director Thalia Mavros, “The new artworks subvert the art history masterpieces with the purpose of actively engaging the audience in a discussion about the ephemerality of popular culture and the immutability of human nature.” The 25-painting preview runs in San Francisco till May 13; this will be followed by a full exhibition in New York, after which the show will travel to Los Angeles and Miami. We’re leading this showcase with Kenzo Minami’s colorful take on “Guernica.” Also in this PDF: “Gabrielle d'Estrée and Her Sister,” by Ecole de Fontainebleau, remastered by Faile, Vincent Skeltis and Scott Campbell; Klimt’s “The Kiss,” by Mika Machida; Dali’s “Young Virgin Sodomized by Her Own Chastity,” by Jean Francois Moriceau and Petra Mrzyk; Leonardo’s “The Last Supper,” by Marc Alary; and Seurat’s “Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” by Pieter Kenzel. See www.remastered.org and www.formavision.info for more.
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