POP AUSTIN : Opening Night

POP AUSTIN International Art Show

The RAD Austin Magazine team had the great pleasure of attending the first POP AUSTIN Art show. Gathering the art community under one roof, the weekend consisted of a fantastic mixture of “art” themed lectures and beautifully curated mediums of art. Featuring artists from around the world, we knew it would be a great night when walking into the scene at Fair Market and seeing the first sculptor, Made In China by Sui Jianguo, a Chinese sculptor. Throughout the weekend, the Austin elite was out in full force and kicked it off with the VIP party. Setting the bar high for future Art Show events, the scene was set with music, artisan cocktails, and a raffle.

A few of the notable artists featured were Beb Deum, a painter from France who had many incredible pieces shown at the event including his work called Chinese series “Shunga.”

Beb Deum: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/beb-deum

The sculptor out of Los Angeles, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC), provided pieces throughout the exhibit. Two of which included his Meltdown lollipop piece and the Designer Drugs Four Pack; a showcasing of Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Desire Obtain Cherish: http://www.desireobtaincherish.com / Art Inquiries: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/d-o-c

Arno Elias, a Parisian painter and photographer, uses a mixture of photography and painting for his pieces, similar to his works The Stallion and Tembo 9.

Arno Elias: http://www.arnoelias.com / Art Inquiries: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/arno-elias

Another world-renowned photographer, Gerard Rancinan, was on display. From Fidel Castro to Pope John Paul II, he has covered world events and photographed some of the most influential people of our time. Capturing the Le Festin des Barbares, he featured, to what I believe, was definitely a showstopper and possibly the highlight of the show.

Gerard Rancinan: http://www.rancinan.com / Art Inquiries: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/gerard-rancinan

Surprisingly the art was not the only thing drawing in enthusiasts. In addition to the exhibit, Saturday and Sunday held a series of lectures called POPTALKS from some of the artists themselves as well as influential business owners throughout the Austin community. A few included HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples and Tito Beveridge of Tito’s vodka.

It was a great weekend for not only POP Austin, but for the entire Austin Art Community. In displaying such an innovative team, we can’t wait to see what they will bring next. Some of the pieces can still be purchased, for more information please contact POP AUSTIN.

For Inquires: http://www.popaustin.com

Written by: Kathryn Leffingwell                                                                                                                                                                               Photography by: Chisum Pierce - http://www.getchisumed.com