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The latest in thinking from mosaic makers, scholars and critics.

Creating a New Identity for Mosaic: The GAEM Prize 2013

26 Sep 2014


Even as Ravenna, Italy is the eternal steward of mosaic’s Byzantine past, it is also the incubator for the art form’s dynamic future. This is no more evident than in the Young Artists and Mosaic (GAEM) competition, a biennial contest hosted by the Art Museum of the City of Ravenna (MAR) in conjunction with the international mosaic festival, RavennaMosaico. Invited artists under the age of 40 are asked to create works that “should deal with the constitutive, formal & poetic language of mosaic.”

What’s It Going to Take to Advance Contemporary Mosaic?

20 Apr 2013


At any gathering of contemporary mosaic artists, the question of “What’s it going to take to advance the art form/genre/medium?” is likely to arise. One of two positions is usually taken: Change the Status Quo or Work Within the Status Quo – the Status Quo being the current hierarchy of the Greater Art World. Last October, during the British Association of Modern Mosaic’s annual Forum at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the question arose briefly during the organization’s General Meeting. The conversation, which focused on the Tate Modern’s continued refusal to show mosaic, was continued in the organization’s newsletter “Grout.” Read these thoughtful “head-to-head” arguments from Paul Bentley, BAMM’s Chairman 1999-2005 and the current Chairman, Gary Drostle.

Marco De Luca or About the Instability of Color

21 Sep 2012


Italian art consultant, author, and specialist in the use of color Daniele Torcellini brings us this extraordinarily rich look into the work of mosaic master Marco De Luca. With a lyrical blend of science and passion, Torcellini shows us how De Luca’s signature use of color visually transports us as viewers to new and fantastical places.


Adams.jpgAndrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  VideoHouston.jpgSt. Me  2004  14 x 11 inches  Smalti, gold smalti, marble.sara.jpgWebb_Bryant Patio RaysMohamad Banawy "Abstract 3" 2010 80 x 80 cm  Clay, glass.Luca Barberini Bone Flowersandres_basurto_large08.jpgBeauchamps-SeasonofSunandwind-2AprilBegayhungry-for-gold-320x312Jolino_Bessera_DontCutYourTongueOnTheRhinestonesMarie-laure-BessonFragmentsIVBiggsTide6272969822_38f84a7e5f_z.jpgMeredith Live Oak bark, recycled tempered glass, paint, metallic powders39.jpgMangere+Mosaic.jpgToyoharu Kii "Crime Report - Testimony" 2013 (Japan)Jo BraunMarco_Bravura_Recuperi_d'_OroSunflowers+smalti+unglazed+ceramic+63+x+48+cm.jpgLilian_Broca_Queen_Esther_Revealing_Her_True_IdentityCarl&SandraBryantCaCO3  "Movimento n.1"  2007  60 x 85 cm  LimestoneMosaic at La Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (Splimbergo)  Photo:  James TaylorAndrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  VideoAndrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  Videomail-2.jpgCharny Birds in Hair 10000-Chinn32.jpgRamblings_for_sending_copy12.jpgSergio Cicognani Untitled 82 x 90cm  Marble, smalti, fresco paintingSelf-Portrait, 2004-2005 102 x 86Clough.jpgBiggs_and_CollingsRebecca_Collins_StrengthToStrength_2011Luca_Carlo_Colomba_4552.jpgKeKe Cribbs "Casa PapaDoble"  Photo from the artist's Facebook page.DSCN0270.JPGCzapracki.jpgJeanAnn Dabb "Assay 1: Delamar" 2012  20 in. diameter  Bone ash cupels, ceramic crucibles, glass, porcelain.  In the background:  "Core:  Tintic District"  2012  Triptych 70 x 13 in panels.  Stone core samples, ceramic, smalti, woodAndrea Deszö  "Community Garden"  2006Julie_Dilling_Keep_Me_WarmDimit.jpgKatrina Doran  Noli Me TangereGary Drostle, 2010 "Movement and Vitality" DetailDrouin.jpgErcolani.jpgFaileSizeVisionMosaic.jpgneda-600x400.jpgToyoharu Kii "Crime Report - Testimony" 2013 (Japan)Cynthia Full 54,5x65cmSara Frost "Querty" Detail  Photo: via Colossal.com1st Prize, Professional Category:  Karen Ami (USA) "Dialogues"Andrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  Video5pods.jpgRed+Pods.jpgLarry_M_Levine.jpgGoode.jpgElaine M Goodwin Touching ParadiseRoberta Grasso "Memory of a Dream" 2012  460 x 230 cm  Silicon, smalti, ceramic glass, organza, tulle.Jhgreen_wall.jpgfull.jpgErika+full.jpgPhoto Anabella WewerHanansen_GRS_framed_2000Hisao Matsuo "Don't Tell What Was Seen In The Woods" 24 x 35"Andrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  VideoProgressonIII Rhonda HeislerIMG_1199.jpgLaura Hiserote "No Time To Be Koi"  DetailSamantha Holmes "Absensce (Moscow)" 2012  260 x 150 cm  Marble, smalti, ceramic glass, gold.hubbell-intro.jpgTessa_Hunkin_Varieties_PeakingDog_PhotoTHHutchinson_Tango_Corto1Iliya Iliev  "Sesif"  2010  70x120cm diptych.  Stones, glassMombasa.jpgToyoharu Kii "Crime Report - Testimony" 2013 (Japan)Iskander+Impromptu-in-Blue+2000.jpgSamantha Holmes "Unspoken 10.22.20 - 07.07.10" 2011 55x55x5 cmjones-time-for-lunch-1000Francien Jongsma Simonemichaelferris.jpgZhanna Kadyrova "Diamonds" 2006  Variable. Cement, tile.Kaitis.jpgVadzim Kamisarau "The Main News 3"  2012  50 x 95 cm  Cement, smaltikenawy-memories-full1Keren.jpgKate_KerriganWalkingInRainMatko_KezleInki-400-bimg-kii-blue-grids-in-blue-big.jpgPermafrost+King.jpgAndrej-Koruza-Structured-1-2011-Detailkozachek+Three+Intruding+Fanatics.jpgMichael_Kruzich_SylvesterToyoharu Kii "Crime Report - Testimony" 2013 (Japan)Toyoharu Kii "Crime Report - Testimony" 2013 (Japan)Melaine_Lenoelevy-a-man-in-a-waiting-room-300dpi-1000Bett Ann Libby "China Leaf Tea" 2006  13 x 13 x 10 in.  Photo:  David CarasMarco De Luca "Mosaico blu" 2007 39 x 24.5 cmLucas.jpgSager.jpgtarantulalongMonicaMachado2012stone-circle-dugald-macinnesMohamad Banawy "Abstract 3" 2010 80 x 80 cm  Clay, glass.MAN2009-Marzi-foto.jpgEaster_Egg_Mosaic_02.jpgAnadoMcLaughlinru paul2.pngHildreth_MeiereCathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Drinking deer mosaic on northJeroen Meijer "HIgh Expectations and a Dog Called Lucky" 2007" 127 x 72 cm (inc. frame)  Vitreous tile, stone, glass beads, photo print on tile, bullets, chain, copper rod, jigsaw pieces."More American Gifts:  Grenades"  2005  5.5 x 3.9 x 3.5 in  Ceramic, porcelain, plaster, wire, metal, cement adhesive, grout.the rainJason Middlebrook "Brooklyn SeedsAndrea Deszö  "Community Garden"  2006Julian+Modica+50+x+50+cm.jpgLynnMoorPipgtailGirlBOMIMG_6541.jpgJinette+Mosaique.jpgMosaic at La Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (Splimbergo)  Photo:  James TaylorCleo Mussi "Icon" 2012Ti_Desidoro_1Toyoharu Kii "Crime Report - Testimony" 2013 (Japan)Megumi-Naitoh-4192010-detail-Michael-WelchFamiliarGroundNewton Serenity 2FelicesBalls_4546.jpg8419_1251766378980_1374130919_703135_1818425_n.jpgChoucair Oueijan-Cerulean Rendezvous-full111_0424.jpgFamiliarGroundNiki_de_Saint_Phalle_Tarot_Garden114Picasso.TeteFauveSergio-Policicchio-Corpi-celesti-2011Andrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  VideoAndrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  VideoOrnamentCoverntmpRebecca+detail.jpgAndjelka Radojevic  My Little ChickadeeGila+Rayberg+Morning+After.jpg"Fall"  detail  Photo:  NTMP3312140193_3f2f0905ec.jpgNightshirt-Richey.jpegMo-Ringey-Stools-2004Faith Ringgold "Flying Home:  Harlem Heroes and Heroines (Downtown and Uptown)" 1996  Photo via MTA Arts for Transitdiego_rivera1-320x160anna-rommel-green-fishimg_38021clug romaniaAndrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  VideoRuth_Minola_Scheibler_nightflight_024x4+Denae-Arthur+Rackam.jpgmedium_Reminiscence.jpgWINDSTILL+1.jpgGino-Severini-Church-of-St-Mark-Cortona-Mosaic-wiki-cropIlana Shafir WhirlBeneath+1.jpgmail.JPGVox+Sizemore.JPG100_5652.jpgSelf+Portrat.jpgSollinger+Old+Growth+2000.jpgPhoto Anabella WewerPam Stratton "Twin Lights"Toyoharu Kii "Crime Report - Testimony" 2013 (Japan)Photo Anabella Wewermetamorphosis_lg.jpgKathy Thaden  The VisitCynthia Toops "Wolf and Dog" 2012 2.75 x 2.75 x .25 in. Plymer clay, sterling silver metalwork by Chuck Domitrovich  Photo:  Michael WelchPhoto Anabella WewerAndrea Sala & Giulia Alecci "Co-musivo" 2013  VideoMatylda Tracewska "Black Square III"  2011  80 x 80 x 4 cm.  Marble, smalti.Crack+true.jpgTunick_07_1Federico UribeVital CU 02vortex+close+up.jpgennisHouse_1428291c.jpgIsaiah Anado and RichardAleksey Zhuchov "Still Life With Bottles" 2012  50.5 x 47 cm  Natural and artificial stone, smalti.