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What is contemporary art?

By Hannah Jarmain

Danilo Filtrof "Here and now- Constructions by an Idiot"

After many months of hard work, as we were wrapping up our files and preparation for the February 9 Contemporary Art Auction at Rosewood, a late submission came to me from a young Mexican artist. It is a beautiful and intriguing image and reminds me of Salvador Dali!

2nd Annual Contemporary
Art Auction
Sun, Feb 9, 2pm
Sala Rosewood
Live Auction begins at 2:45pm
Free admission
To benefit the Children’s Literacy Through Art program


A couple of weeks ago I went to the opening of Amalgama, a local Mexican art and literary club, to see if there might be some good candidates for teachers of our children’s art program. It was at a low-key venue above a store next to the Biblioteca. The room was packed with a young art and intellectual crowd. In the middle of the room was a large table with just an open book on it and a bare light bulb overhead. (Message: make the change you want in the world here). Posted on the walls are manifestos and observations of life through poetry, lyrics and art. I met with a few artists in their 20s and 30s: musicians, philosophers, authors, poets and painters. It was incredibly refreshing to read their thoughts expressed in printed words and clever images, like this delightful art piece, our late submission. Knowing how art collectors enjoy their discoveries and like to be thrilled with their finds, I am sure it will do well in our Contemporary Art Auction at Rosewood. You can be sure a few years from now its value will be up multifold, and you bet I will bid on it.

So what makes art contemporary? Well you must come to see the 101valuable art pieces presented by a wide ranging spectrum of artists, from the established to the emerging, from international to Latin American painters, as diverse as the world of art itself. All share the same burning desire: To change life through art. Perhaps then you can make up your mind about it.


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