TOP 6 OF CHRITSMAS ARTWORKS!

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When we think of Christmas, we think about mulled wine, flickering pine trees, foam deers and so many other kitsch items! Contemporary art does not seem to find its natural place in the middle of this mainstream holiday.

To go against this preconceived idea, Artsper has made a top 6 of the best Christmas artworks for you!

 

{1. JOHN BALDESSARI}

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Christmas (with Double Boy on Crutches), 1991

John Baldessari is a conceptual American artist known for his famous “Cremation Project” of 1970, for which he simply burnt the entirety of his production between 1953 and 1966. He works with photography as well as video, painting and collage. His art questions the relationship between language and image using visual and written elements coming from advertisement, cinema and newspaper that he has been collecting over the years.

 

{2. PAUL MCCARTHY}

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Low Life Slow Life: Part 1, 2008

 

Paul McCarthy is an American sculptor as well as a video and performance artist. In the 1970’s, his work revolved around American mass culture, then he turned to found objects in the 1980’s. Starting in the 1990’s, he created realistic mannequins exploring taboos around sexuality and nuclear family. Often provocative and sexually explicit, his work sparks controversy, like it did last year on the occasion of his Parisian Christmas tree installation at the Place Vendôme.

 

{3.BANKSY}

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Jesus Christ with Shopping Bags, 2005

Banksy is the epitome of the troublemaker artist: the ingredient of his art are an irreverent spirit and a dark humor combined with a visually impacting stencil technique. Banksy managed to create a real legend around himself since its identity is still unknown to this day. For this child of Bristol, street art is a weapon to denounce society, politics and international leaders, an artistic stance more and more called into question given his now wild-spread success.

 

{4. MAREPE}

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Untitled, 2002

Marepe is a Brasilian artist whose work is deeply rooted in the history and tradition of his native region of Bahia. He transforms daily life objects such as aluminum, plastic basin, water filter, and telephone cards into sculptures that he infuses with a poetical and social meaning. Marepe calls the status of art object into question in the same spirit that Duchamp did with his ready-made.

 

{5. PICHI & AVO}

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Pichi & Avo are a street artist duo from Spain producing big murals with vivid and fresh colors. Their street art style is strongly influenced by classical sculpture as well as their Fine Art background. Pichi & Avo combine classical technique mastery with surrealism and splashy colors. A truly original mix of antique reference and street culture!

 

{6. BORDALO II}

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Bordalo II is a Portuguese artist who creates colorful artworks from recycled materials- cans, metallic pieces, old bumpers etc.- in order to raise awareness around environmental issues. The specificity of his work is to be tridimensional and to mostly represent animals.

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