Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Collection Acquires a Digital Art Installation by Cory Arcangel
Super Mario Clouds is Cory Arcangel’s groundbreaking digital art installation that plays a hacked version of the 1985 video game Super Mario Bros. on an original Nintendo console, split across three video displays.
Arcangel famously hacked the game’s code to turn its vintage computer graphics into a landscape artwork, showing serene clouds endlessly scrolling through a blue sky. Super Mario Clouds is considered a masterwork in the field of digital art for the way Arcangel elevated software hacking to high art, paving the way for generations of rebellious artists to confront and change the proprietary digital products that pervade our lives. Whitney Museum of American Art curator Christiane Paul called it “a new manifestation of Pop art”—this artwork is essentially the Warhol soup can for Generation X.
The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Announces the Recipients of their 2021 Digital Changemaker Grant
The Thoma Foundation is thrilled to announce the recipients of the inaugural Digital Changemaker Grant, an initiative to support medium-sized cultural organizations reimagining the role and use of technology in achieving their missions. The Digital Changemaker Grant will support five cultural organizations with grants of $100,000 each based on the merits of their application proposals: Asia Society Texas Center, Flagstaff Arts Council, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and Snow City Arts.
Esker Foundation opens a new space on the 4th floor called “Bridge: a space dedicated to young people.” The first two exhibitions to be presented in this space are: “Thinking of You” and “Unmasking Imagination.”
“Thinking of You” explores writing, connection and memory through the process of making postcards for friends and family. Led by Yolkless Press, youth artists synthesized text and images to create two-colour Risograph prints- a hybrid digital and analogue printing method that can be described as “silkscreen meets photocopier.”
For “Unmasking Imagination,” over thirty children participated in Esker’s inaugural spring break art camps, and some of their artwork is displayed in “Bridge” alongside their portraits photographed by Katie Green, a local artist who collaboratively developed this workshop with YW Calgary’s Mindful Moments program.
The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired the greatest pastel by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, one of the leading women artists in 18th-century Europe. The work was purchased at auction at Christie’s in Paris on June 16.
Portrait of Madame Charles Mitoire with Her Children (1783) depicts a fashionably dressed woman with her two young sons. Well-known in Parisian art circles, Madame Mitoire was the granddaughter of Carle Vanloo, a famous artist who had been First Painter to French king Louis XV. Though its composition echoes traditional representations of the Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist, the portrait radically signals the modernity of its subject and her approach to motherhood.
The Getty Museum has created a video to further explain this work, which can be watched here.
Set up in a stunning 1950s building, Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence aims to further the foundation’s mission with a double programming: the presentation of the foundation’s collection and themed and seasonal exhibitions. It will also offer a programme of artist residencies for the winter season.
Fully renovated by French interior architect and designer Charles Zana, the Fondation CAB Saint- Paul-de-Vence boasts several exhibition spaces, a bookshop and a restaurant. Surrounded by a lush garden with magnificent views over the Cap d’Antibes peninsula, the Fondation also operates as a guest house, with four distinct bedrooms and a Maison Démontable 6×6 by Jean Prouvé for an unforgettable stay.
Following deliberations held on June 21 and 22 at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, the jury of the HCB Award 2021 unanimously nominated photographer Carolyn Drake for the project Centaur (working title).
This work will be exhibited at the Fondation HCB in Spring 2023 and a book will be published.
Carolyn Drake’s nomination was presented by Clément Chéroux, Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Photography Curator at MoMA, New York.
Presented by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, the HCB Award is a 35 000 euros grant that supports the creation of a long-term photography project. It is intended for a photographer who has already created a significant body of work with a documentary-style approach. Presented once every two years, the HCB Award results in an exhibition at the Fondation HCB and the publication of a book.
The fondation d’entreprise Hermès is the patron of the HCB Award.