Sunday, February 26, 2017

WHY ART GALLERIES ARE IMPORTANT

By Jason Landry, Arts and Music Writer
The gallery model, as we know it, is flawed. Dramatic changes have affected how we view, experience and acquire art. Does anyone else see this, and if so, are you concerned with it?
People used to get excited to go to a gallery, meet an artist in person and experience a work of art. Now, with almost every image an artist makes available on the internet, more people can view the work online and decide if they like it enough to leave their house to visit the gallery, or attend the opening reception, or just stay in to watch another night of reality television. I guess there is also the flip side: maybe the artist sees marketing the work to a critical mass over the web beneficial to their career. Or maybe it’s the collector who would like to see the work online first to get a sense of what they might want to acquire. What’s really driving this art market — artists, collectors, galleries? We’ll save the answer to that question for another post.
Artists and dealers know that art must be experienced in person to truly get a sense of its magnitude — it’s the outsiders who don’t get that. This is another benefit of visiting an art gallery. Viewing artwork on the Internet is like walking by a gallery on a rainy night and wiping the fog from the glass to get a peek. You think you can see the art but there is a barrier obscuring your vision — distance from the actual art piece can distort your perception, and not being able to see how a work of art hangs or is displayed next to or near other works of art — that can be an issue too. We’d hate for you to finally take delivery of your newest conversation piece just to find out it doesn’t fit where you wanted it, or the color clashes too much with your chartreuse drapes. Most art is non-refundable.
The gallery used to be a place to go to meet up with friends and exchange ideas and build community. Patrons and students alike would come to see a show and then talk about it with their peers the next day. The arts community has grown to be less real and more superficial because of things like social media and sites like Facebook. With all the good that social media does as a marketing tool for galleries, artists and the arts as a whole, it also removes something from the art world equation: community.
Galleries are one such place to build a community — a real, true social network — your art ecosystem, and that is important. It’s been this way forever. Warm body introductions are important. Social networks on the internet are okay to rack up followers or friends, but a great quote that I read in the book The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn states, “There is a big difference between being the most connected person and being the best connected person.” My network came from the schools that I attended, but also through the artists, collectors, patrons, mentors, educators, curators and publishers that I bumped into at gallery openings and other art-related events along the way. Now that I am an art dealer, I don’t get out to openings like I did in the past. When I happened to go to a recent First Friday’s gallery event in Boston, it was great to run into old friends. It reminded me of what I love about the arts and I will stress it here again: the community.
Fact: There is definitely a different experience meeting someone in person, rather than just looking at their photograph on a website. Just ask the thousands who think they have found their soul mate on sites like Match.com, and then realize they look nothing like their picture when they finally meet up for a date. The same goes true for looking at and experiencing a piece of art in a gallery. Before you click that ‘buy’ button on one of those online websites that sell art, go visit and support your local art galleries and experience what can happen. You may just be surprised at what you see, whom you meet, and what you will learn.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

WANAFUNZI WAUNGANA NA WACHORAJI KUCHORA MUBASHARA

BAADHI ya wanafunzi waliojitokeza wakifuatilia na kushiriki kuchora wakati kundi la wachoraji la "14 Voices" lilipokuwa likichora mubashara katika bustani iliyo karibu na mnara wa saa katikati ya jiji la Dar es Salaam, jana. Tukio hilo lililenga kuhamasisha taasisi za serikali, taasisi binafsi na jamii kwa ujumla kupamba nyumba zao kwa michoro ya Kitanzania ambayo baadhi ya faida zake ni kupunguza msongo wa mawazo na huvuta muda wa kusubiri huduma kwenye maofisi.





Friday, February 24, 2017

WACHORAJI WACHORA MUBASHARA DAR LEO

WASANII wa michoro ya aina mbalimbali wanaounda kundi la "14 Voices," leo walichora mubashara katika bustani iliyo karibu na mnara wa saa katikati ya jiji la Dar es Salaam. Tukio hilo lililenga kuhamasisha taasisi za serikali, taasisi binafsi na jamii kwa ujumla kupamba nyumba zao kwa michoro ya Kitanzania ambayo baadhi ya faida zake ni kupunguza msongo wa mawazo na huvuta muda wa kusubiri huduma kwenye maofisi.






WASANII KUCHORA NA WANANCHI SEHEMU YA WAZI DAR ES SALAAM LEO

KUNDI la wachoraji la '14 voices', la jijini Dar es Salaam, leo litachora litaungana na wananchi katika eneo la wazi iliyopo mtaa wa Samora karibu na mnara wa saa kuchora michoro mbalimbali ili kutoa hamasa kwa Watanzania kuthamini sanaa ya uchoraji. Aidha, malengo mengine ni kushawishi serikali na taasisi zake, mashirika binafsi na mtu mmoja mmoja kupamba ofisi zao kwa michoro ya ukutani kwani huondoa msongo wa mawazo, hufikirisha na pia ni rasilimali. Awali, tukio hilo lilipangwa lifanyike katika bustani iliyopo posta ya zamani lakini kutokana na sababu zilizo nje ya uwezo wao, likahamishwa Samora. Shughuli itaanza saa mbili asubuhi mpaka sita na nusu mchana. Wananchi mbalimbali wameombwa kujitokeza kushiriki. Pichani ni baadhi ya wawakilishi wa kundi hilo.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MAZUNGUMZO: Msani Emmanuel Mgaya maarufu kwa jina la Masanja Mkandamizaji, kushoto, akiwa katika ofisi ya msanii mwenzake, Nathan Mpangala ambapo walifanya mazungumzo kuhusu mambo "flani flani".

Monday, February 20, 2017


NYUMBANI kwa Balozi wa Switzerland nchini Tz: Wikendi iliyopita wachoraji 14 toka Tz waliandaliwa mnuso na balozi baada ya kufanya onesho kubwa la michoro nchini Kenya hivi karibuni. Wachoraji hao wamesema wamefanikiwa kufikia malengo waliojiwekea katika onesho hilo na sasa wanajipanga kwa onesho kama hilo litakalofanyika mwisho wa mwaka huu nchini Rwanda. Aidha, ubalozi umepongeza wachoraji hao kwa kujisukuma wenyewe kwa kufanya onesho nje ya mipaka ya Tz.






Tuesday, November 01, 2016

MAONESHO: Mwenyekiti wa Corona Society, Bi. Jumana Saifee akibadilishana mawili matatu na Nathan Mpangala, mwenyekiti wa Nathan Mpangala Foundation / mchora vibonzo ITV katika Hotel ya Double-Tree, Dar es Salaam, leo. ****FAIR: Chairperson of Corona Society, Ms. Jumana Saifee in conversation with Nathan Mpangala, chairperson of Nathan Mpangala Foundation / cartoonist for ITV at Double-Tree Hotel, in Dar es Salaam, today.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ilikuwa ni furaha kwa mtoto Budoya Nyembe (9) baada ya kupata mchoro uliosainiwa na mchoraji vibonzo nchini, Nathan Mpangala hivi karibuni. Kwa kuonesha furaha yake naye akashuka mistari. Budoya anayeishi Dar es Salaam ni mmoja ya watoto wanaofuatilia kwa karibu kibonzo cha Mtukwao kinachorushwa Jumatatu - Ijumaa mara tu baada ya taarifa ya habari ya saa mbili usiku, katika kituo cha ITV.

Onesho la vibonzo lililofanyika hivi karibuni katika ukumbi wa Makumbusho ya Taifa, Dar es Salaam kupitia mpango wake wa Museum Art Explosion lilivutia wengi. Pichani marafiki kutoka Denmark; Michael, Thomas, Anette wakijadiliana jambo na mchora vibonzo Nathan Mpangala. 

WADAU wa karibu kabisa wa vibonzo: Amabilis Batamula (kotini), Bahati Mdetele (kati) na Mette Pjengaard wakipiga maneno mawili matatu na mchora vibonzo, Nathan Mpangala hivi karibuni katika onesho la vibonzo lilifanyika Makumbusho ya Taifa, Dar es Salaam.

MCHORA vibonzo wa ITV, Nathan Mpangala, akiwa katika kituo cha radio cha East Afica leo asubuhi ambapo alipata nafasi ya kujumuika katika kipindi cha "Break fast."

Saturday, October 22, 2016

ONESHO LA VIBONZO LAFANYIKA MAKUMBUSHO YA TAIFA DAR ES SALAAM

Baadhi ya wachora vibonzo wanaoshiriki onesho la vibonzo lililoandaliwa na Makumbusho ya Taifa kupitia mpango wake wa Museum Art Explosion wakibadilishana mawazo na kupiga picha ya pamoja hivi karibuni. Onesho linaendelea leo, Jumamosi.