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Nick Stern, the photographer who breathes life into the most famous works of the elusive Banksy

The London-born 47-year-old, who revisits the stencils of the famous street artist, says: “I’ve always been intrigued by his work, I thought it would be fascinating to try and recreate some of his most famous images on camera”

In the Nick Stern‘s project “You are not Banksy”, the throwing flowers rioter, the kissing policemen, Jesus with the shopping bags, and many others graffiti’s characters signed by Banksy come to life through a reverse process respect to what happens with art. If normal, in fact, the latter with real life is reinterpreted, in the Stern ‘s work it becomes real, what merely was the result of stencils, spray, a clean wall, lots of imagination and a message to be transmitted.

Many people consider him as one of many imitators cause he copies and builds upon the works of the famous street artist Banksy but he, unlike others, including the Apulian Lino Bansky and Hansky from New York, which still remain in absolute anonymity just like their “inspirator”, about Nick Stern we know everything, who is, what he does and where he lives. The aura of deep mystery certainly contributes to spend many words to scholars or simple bloggers who gradually find out a new reinterpretation of the original graffiti. In fact, Lino Bansky from Andria recreates an irreverent parody of the Banksy’s stencil with the face and gags by the italian actor and his countryman Lino Banfi, while Hansky puts the face of the famous American actor Tom Hanks on the graffiti’s subjects.

Since 2007 Nick Stern lives in Los Angeles. Reading his profile on social networks, on his personal website and his interviews, we find out the profile of a professional photographer who has documented sensitive topics such as child prostitution and trafficking in human, and documented too difficult humanitarian situation in Haiti after the earthquake in the 2010. We can say he’s a purist who hates photo retouching on the computer, who discourages to use Apps like Instagram to report news stories. Instagram style filters are designed to make an image like a seventies style picture, and in different cases from simple hobby they could mislead the audience, adding more drama than real.

Stern said these touching words: “In Haiti, shortly after the 2010 earthquake, I took photos with tears running down my cheeks. It was only the camera held tightly to my face that meant my tears were not visible to those around me. I believe that emotion came through in my pictures. If it didn’t I failed in my job.” “The greatest photographs are created in the mind of the photographer and not in the workings of the camera.”

There are artists who go beyond simple street art, reprocessing it and contaminating it with the photograph: this is a Nick Stern’s tribute to most famous street artist of the moment cause, as the autor says: “Banksy’s work is pretty unique and inspiring, known the world over.” Stern said that was a long and careful work, where nothing was left to chance. For weeks he procured on ebay all the various objects that appear in images such as Jesus’s ring of thorns and the police helmets.

“I just hope Banksy likes what I have done” says Stern.

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Where is the David?

How many Davids can we find around the globe?
Have you seen the David somewhere? In a store? In a square?
If you see the David, take a picture and share it.

Where is the David?

This is an initiative launched by the Florence City Council, a contest which plans to find copies or fanciful interpretations of Michelangelo’s David in the World, Internet users are invited to photograph or film the most imaginative reworkings of the statue.
Your picture will be available online for other users and it can be part of an exhibition at Le Murate in Florence!

Michelangelo's David

David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It is a 5.17 metre (17 foot) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David and was instead placed in Piazza della Signoria.
The statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica.

Don’t forget, Find your David, Take a Picture and Share It!
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Bologna, Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

Dear friends,
yesterday I had to go to Bologna for a relatives’ meeting at the end of the Christmas holidays, and I would like to tell you what’s appened.
After a great meal, a long talk and many laughs we had a digestive walk, my relatives took me at the Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident, I have ever seen the wreck on television in the news, but I couldn’t imagine the effect it would have made me to directly see it.

Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

June, 27 1980 an Italian flight suffered an in-flight explosion while in route from Bologna to Palermo, the aircraft (registered I-TIGI) crashed at 20:59 CET into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the island of Ustica about 130 km southwest of Naples. All 81 people on board were killed. After years of investigations, no official explanation or final report has been provided by the Italian government.

In Bologna on June 27, 2007 the Museum for the Memory of Ustica was opened. The museum is in possession of parts of the plane, which are assembled and on display. Almost all of the external fuselage of the plane was reconstructed. In the museum there are also objects belonging to those on board that were found in the sea near the plane.

Christian Boltanski

The aircraft wreckage is showed in a suggestive and evocative setting, suitably created by the French artist Christian Boltanski. The 81 victims of this slaughter are recalled through as many lights which turn on and off at a breath rhythm. Around the rebuilt aircraft, 81 black mirrors reflect the image of the person going along the balcony while 81 loudspeakers utter whispers, common and universal thoughts, which underline this accidental and ineluctable tragedy.

Click on the picture - You can virtually visit it now

All the objects found are contained in a wooden box covered with a black plastic skin. A small book with the photos of all objects and various information is available to the visitor upon request.

I highly recommend you to visit it at night because it’s much more touching, when the lights turn off the room is almost entirely in the dark and you can see only the silhouette of the plane like it could still fly, when the lights slowly turn on you atrociously can see it’s just a scrap.

Charging Bull, Arturo Di Modica, New York City, 1989

December 16, 1989 an Italian sculptor stood without authorization a huge statue of a charging bull in front of New Stock York Exchange as a Christmas gift to the people of New York.
During the night, Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor, and thirty his friends and relatives, had managed to evade police surveillance, download the work from a rented truck and install it, in a period less than 8 minutes of the tour of the Watch.

Charging Bull - Arturo Di Modica

The same afternoon, the New York Stock Exchange rented a truck to remove the work. But the outcry initiative to ‘acclaim’ convinced the Parks Department Commissioner in New York to give a temporary site (currently in Bowling Green) the work ‘Charging Bull’ a few blocks away from the original location.

Arturo Di Modica, The Sculptor

Arturo Di Modica was born in in the small Sicilian city of Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa, January 26, 1941, the same city where the young jazz player Francesco Cafiso, the swimmer Luca Marin and Me were born. The bull, also known as the Wall Street Bull, has become the sculptor one of the most famous sculptors in the United States and operates a tourist attraction, second only to the Statue of Liberty now.

Di Modica said he created the gleaming, muscular sculpture after the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the “strength, power and hope of the American people for the future.”

It has become a public symbol of American capitalism and of the historic Financial District. It is a good thing and a compelling piece of art. It cost the artist more than $300,000 to create, cast and install his beast. To recoup his expenses, he planned to sell other versions of the bull to cities around the world, and he has made some progress. In 2010, China was due to get its own reddish-colored charging bull in Shanghai’s financial square on the Bund.

Clet Abraham – How a contemporary artist exhibits his work at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

In the Palazzo Vecchio’s gallery in Florence there isn’t now the portrait of Battiferri Laura, the sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati‘s wife, painted by Agnolo di Cosimo usually known as “Il Bronzino” between 1555 and 1560, because it’s staying in Palazzo Strozzi at the exhibition “Bronzino. Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici” until january 2011.


Portrait of Laura Battiferri, c. 1560; Oil on canvas; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.


Thursday, October 7, a contemporary artist , Clet Abraham, 44 years old, went to the Palazzo Vecchio‘s Gallery with a briefcase and stealthily placed his own self-portrait where the Battiferri’s portrait were. Friday night the portrait has been removed when someone noticed the painting must not to be there.


Abraham's self-portrait in Palazzo Vecchio


The author’s words: “There I took it myself, it was a joke, a way to attract attention to artists who live and work in Florence”.

The City Council’s words: “We’re doing an investigation, if it’s a joke with the complicity of a guardian, no problem. If he’s really managed to get into undisturbed, there is a seriuos security problem.

Botticelli’s Primavera how you have never seen it

Botticelli's Primavera

Primavera, also known as ‘Allegory of Spring’, is a tempera panel painting by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli.
The painting, depicting a group of mythological figures in an garden, is allegorical for the lush growth of Spring and it has since 1919 been part of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Exclusively on until October 6, 2011 thanks technology Haltadefinizione – you can enjoy every little detail of the framework.

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