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Andrei Cadere – founder of the conceptual art

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Andrei Cadere is one of the  conceptual art’s founders and also one of the most important protagonists of the radical conceptual art. He is also one of the artists whose reputation, quotation and influence have  dramatically increased in the last two decades.

Andrei Cadere was born in 1934 Warsaw, Poland and died in 1978 in Paris. And France is actually the place where he become famous. That is why not many people  know that Andrei Cadere has actually Romanian origins, his father being a Romanian diplomat in Poland.

He started his artistic activity in Romania, as self-taught painter and he was also sometimes picture as model for Corneliu Baba. He was also experimenting in underground shows all sorts of techniques, from surrealism to optical art. We can easily imagine that Romania in that period, a communist era, was not a  favorable  place to art in general, the less to conceptual art. In 1967, at 33 years, Andrei Cadere left Romania, continuing his work in France.

Then, in 1970 he gave up painting on canvas, instead he began the painting on bois. He concentrates his work only on one aspect, Barres de bois rond (Round Wooden Bars) that became a brand just like any other commercial brand. These wooden bars were “sold” along with a tag line that mimics the cash receipts from the store. In the conservatory artistic environment of years 70’ his artistic step was really courageous.

His Round Wooden Bar is a long pole made of colored wooden cylindrical units and each stick contained one anomaly into the system of arranging the units. His idea “peinture sans fin” (“infinite painting”) reminds us of course of the “infinite column” of Constantin Brancusi. His bar with repeated elements was so a metonymy for the idea of expanding infinitely the limits of art. The wood was manually carved and dented, so no one of the units is perfectly cylindrical. Andrei Cadere’s message was to value the things hand-made in his trying to oppose to the uniformity dictated by the industrial data.

Being a marginalized artist in his native country, Andrei Cadere was an outsider in France also. He created a performance that claimed radical changes in the order of the Parisian artistic movements.

He brought the idea of art everywhere, not only in galleries, he took his wooden stick with him all over:  the street, the bar, any room or space became a place of exhibition; actually, he exhibited his art everywhere.

Andrei Cadere brought his rounded wooden bar at his artists friends exhibitions, becoming so one of the exhibitors. He introduced his wooden bar also into the openings where he wasn’t invited, somehow he managed always to infiltrates his bar becoming a “danger” for art museums and galleries. Sometimes he added a cheeky announcement to galleries that he and his bar will be attending the opening. His benign crime was the “scream” against uniformity, lows, rules … his form of fight for freedom.

“My art is the situation of my work in the world. It is critical of power. That is what I call the political in my work.” Andrei Cadere

photo : frieze.com, 9am.ro, produsin.ro, criticatac.ro

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Serban Savu – Just Intro

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figurative painter

the subject: the daily existance of contemporary Romanian society

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born: 1978 Sighisoara, Romania

1996 – University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania

2002 – “Nicolae Iorga” postgraduate research grant, Venice, Italy

International Exhibitions

2009: The Edge of the Empire, David Nolan Gallery, New York (solo)

2008: Size Matters: XS – Recent Small-Scale Painting, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Berlin Show, Plan B Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Closer Still, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; Days Become Nights, Galerie Hussenot, Paris

2007: Harvest, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles (solo); f a projects, London (solo)

2006: The New Man,  Mie Lefever Gallery, Gent, Belgium (solo); Please Drive Slowly Through Our World, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles; Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison Gallery, Zurich

2004: Vietato l’ingresso ai non addetti ai lavori, Cube Gallery, Venice, Italy (solo); Ichtyos, Spazio Arte Pisanello, Verona, Italy (solo)

2003: Energia, Centrale Idroelettrica di Nove, Vittorio Veneto, Italy

2002: Romanian Cultural Centre, Paris

photo: nicodimgallery.com, plan-b.ro

Angela Tomaselli – Just Intro

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contemporary Romanian painter

born November 5, 1943 in Brezoi, Valcea, Romania

1961-1967 – “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest

International exhibitions: Italy (Roma), Germany (Koblenz, Berlin), Belgium (Bruxelles, Hane), France (Paris), Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm)

www.angelatomaselli.ro

Stefan Caltia – Just Intro

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contemporary Romanian painter

born May 15, 1942 in Brasov, Romania

Arts and Music high school in Timişoara (Julius Podlipny as a teacher)

Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest (Corneliu Baba as a teacher)

International exhibitions in Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Unite States, Israel, Sweden

professor and chancellor at the National University of Fine Arts, Bucharest

his works have been acquired by: Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Museum of Fantastic Arts in Gruyère, Switzerland

photo: blogspot.com, phpnet.us, musetouch.net

Romanian Young Artists – International Exhibition (2)

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The project Mosaiken 5 – Betahaus Berlin (2009)
with Otilia Cadar, Ioana Ursa, Florin Pantilimon, Iulia Morcov, Delia Orman
Otilia Cadar
Ioana Ursa
Florin Pantilimon
Iulia Morcov
Delia Orman
“Mosaiken means 5 distinct artistic directions but still united through the same conceptual instrumentality like intimacy, personal histories, symbols, critique of spirituality and sin.
Mosaiken talks about the mirage capacity of reality , about the beauty and resorts of fantastic realism, in the context of Romanian contemporary art.

Each artist exhibits a mosaic of works creating a personal world. There are therefore five segments of mosaics. The subjects are distinctive and representative to each one of them.”

mosaiken5.blogspot.com

The Romanian traditional folk costumes – source of inspiration

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One of the things that impressed me the most were the Romanian traditional costumes kept with great care by my grandmother. Initially worn by her grandmother, with an age of more than 120 years, its represent one of the most amazing forms of art.

Kept with great care in many Romanian families for generations, the traditional costumes are all made manually only with natural fibers coloured only with natural coloures. Sometimes made from one of the most fine material, floss silk, hand embroidered, with a stitch point that is just as thin as you can see. The models are very varied, increadibly richeness patterns, with typical models for each region of the country.

                              Brooklyn Museum, USA

I don’t have the education to be in rightful to speak about the Romanian traditional costumes, but I would like to remind some of the great creators that were inspired by the Romanian traditional folk costumes.

Henri Matisse – La blouse roumaine (The Romanian Blouse)

The celebre Henri Matisse, recognized initially as a „Fauve”, an upholder in fact of the classical tradition in French painting, was fascinated by the Romanian traditional folk costumes, especially by the specific blouse named “ie”.

The Romanian blouses were received by Henri Matisse as a present from his friend, the Romanian painter Theodor Pallady.

In 1940, during the hard period of war, Henri Matisse painted “La blouse roumaine”, one of his masterpieces.

Recently, Antonio Mega Ferreira  has launched at Lisbon a new novel “A blusa romena” inspired by the celebre painting of Henry Matisse.

photo: aeqai.com, analynnriley.com, flickr.com, flickriver.com, wordpress.com, blogspot.com, lablouseroumaine.ro, beautyiswithin.net, francetv.fr

SEE ALSO:

“La blouse roumaine“ a story started by Matisse (March 18, 2012)

Queen Mary of Romania – the first promoter of the Romanian folk costumes (April 25, 2012)

Romanian young artists – International Exhibition (1)

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I’ll begin from two international exhibitions,  that have the young art critic Cosmin Nasui as curator, in order to introduce you some amazing young Romanian artists.

Radu Belcin, Dragos Burlacu, Francisc Chiuariu, Maxim Dumitras, Ana Maria Micu, Catalin Petrisor, Flavia Pitis, Bogdan Rata, Aurel Tar were part of “Post Humanism – Rewriting Worlds” Moscow and “Colouring the Grey – State of Mind” Tel Aviv.

Radu Belcin

photo: www.radubelcin.blogspot.com

Dragos Burlacu

photo: www.dragosburlacu.ro

Francisc Chiuariu

photo: www.francisc-chiuariu.ro

Maxim Dumitras

photo: www.maximdumitras.ro

Ana Maria Micu

photo: www.anamariamicu.com

Catalin Petrisor

photo: www.catalinpetrisor.com

Flavia Pitis

photo: www.flavia-pitis.blogspot.com

Bogdan Rata

photo: www.bogdanrata.blogspot.com

Aurel Tar

photo: www.aureltar.eu