Archive | November, 2012

Tunisian Collaborative Painting to Debut in Paris

27 Nov

Tunisian Collaborative Painting to Debut in Paris

50 Artists to Employ Emerging Art Form, Produce Dynamic Paintings

Making Sense Colloquium to Showcase Novel Method


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NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2012 – Artists from around the world will gather on Sunday, Dec. 16, to participate in the Paris debut of the innovative art form Tunisian Collaborative Painting, under the direction of artist and Fulbright scholar David Black.

The Tunisian Collaborative Painting workshops serve as the thematic centerpiece of the fourth annual Making Sense colloquium, set for Dec. 17, at Cité Universitaire in Paris. The theme of this year’s Making Sense gathering is “esSense Across Cultures.” Registration is required.

Black, also the event’s guest of honor, will deliver the keynote address Dec. 17 at the American Foundation at Cité Universitaire. In 2013, he plans to conduct workshops at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Students League in New York, and in Egypt and Dubai.

Tunisian Collaborative Painting requires groups of artists to apply a set of rules that result in a cohesive painting with the appearance of a sole artistic presence. “The painters work in silence for an allotted period, and there is no preconceived subject,” Black said, adding, “The concept behind Tunisian Collaborative Painting is simple, yet profound. It celebrates the oneness of all human beings and the wonder of the creative process.”

In 2008, the U.S. ambassador to Tunisia invited Black to meet with Tunisian artists who were practicing the collaborative art method. As Black painted with them, he experienced first-hand how art transcends boundaries of culture and language. The wish to share this artistic experience led him to introduce Tunisian Collaborative Painting to artists across the United States, to critical acclaim.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently called Black “an honorary diplomat” for introducing Tunisian Collaborative Painting to the United States: “By introducing this unique art form to the United States at a time when the Tunisian artists who pioneered it could not travel, he built a bridge that artists from both countries are now able to cross.”

About David Black

David Black is a self-taught artist, author, Fulbright scholar and Tony-award winning Broadway producer. His paintings are exhibited nationally and internationally, and they hang in the residences of U.S. ambassadors through the ART in Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department. He has written and performed his one-person play, Falling Off Broadway, in both London and New York. In addition, his books include The Actor’s Audition (Vintage/Random House) and The Magic of Theater (Simon & Schuster), based on his popular course at The New School. Black currently serves on the faculty of The Art Students League of New York.

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About Tunisian Collaborative Painting

Tunisian Collaborative Painting adheres to the following rules:

* The participation of at least three artists with a maximum of seven.
* There is no preconceived subject.
* One artist starts the painting.
* Anyone can paint at any time and anyone can paint over anyone else’s work;
* One of the artists is appointed arbiter to settle any disputes;
* If an artist thinks the painting is finished he raises his hand and the arbiter takes a vote; only a majority of the artists can declare a painting finished.
* A painting can take a maximum of three hours.
* The painting is created in silence.

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About the History of Tunisian Collaborative Painting

Tunisian artist Hechmi Ghachem created Tunisian Collaborative Painting in 1988 during the rule of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Ghachem set out to reclaim freedom of expression for Tunisian artists through collaborative paintings.

About Making Sense

Making Sense is a loose and expanding collective of artists and thinkers engaged in “making sense,” an act of reflection that is at once conceptual, sensual, accessible and transdisciplinary. This year’s colloquium attempts to explore how art might be created and appreciated across cultures and how to think about what is universal as well as what is particular in art. The colloquium’s ultimate intent is to found a communitarian practice, through art, that provides a restorative social act, said Lorna Collins of the University of Cambridge and Bandy Xena Lee of Yale University, two of the collective’s founders. In 2013, the Making Sense colloquium will take place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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About the Colloquium

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