An installation artist, New York resident Marc Latamie has exhibited his work around the world. In 2014, Marc Latamie tackled the topic of general human identity by participating in the exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, at Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World was originally showcased at El Museo del Barrio and the Studio Museum in Harlem as well as the Queens Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition, now at PAMM, highlights contemporary artists and their interpretation of important global and Caribbean concepts. The organizers of the exhibit grouped the pieces into four themes: Fluid Motions; Shades of History; Counterpoints; and Kingdoms of this World.
Fluid Motions examines life in and on water. Pieces organized under this theme focus on the way water defines and affects much of our world everything, even global trade. Shades of History examines African culture and racial identity by exploring topics such as slavery and concepts of beauty. Counterpoints looks at economy from the past and in the present. Analyzing topics from plantations to tourism, Counterpoints includes artworks such as Linen Market, Dominica and Spirit of the Carnival. The final theme, Kingdoms of this World, offers insight on spirituality and religion. In addition, it covers cultural production and Carnival. Artists brought to life the latter by integrating costumes and video.
Marc Latamie is a respected artist who has had installations featured in exhibitions spanning Europe and North America. Among Marc Latamie’s favorite artists are Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys, both whom are known as pioneers of conceptual art.
Having served in World War II, the German artist Beuys helped define the avante garde in the 1960s and 1970s through his Anti-Space and Anti-Time actions. He believed profoundly that everyone is an artist, in that there are artistic aspects involved in every human undertaking.
Beuys further believed that creativeness was a concept with close ties to freedom and the roots of human nature. In conceptualizing freedom, he emphasized ties through personal interactions to a larger community. Beuys was critical of materialism, as he felt that it involved too much activity in a single direction, with other (equally valid) aspects of the human experience neglected. Throughout his life, Beuys sought out forms of expression not tied to capitalism or consumerism.
Dividing his time between residences in Paris and the United States, Marc Latamie is a well-known artist and lecturer. Marc Latamie cites Marcel Duchamp as a major influence on his work, and he contributed to an online journal where critics and peers expounded on Duchamp’s work.
Born in 1887, Marcel Duchamp produced two of his iconic works at the age of 25. One was Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2, first shown at the Armory Show. Historians credit the showing as the trigger for radical modernism, a movement influenced by various modern trends including the rapid expansion of urban areas and the buildup of industry.
Duchamp’s second masterpiece was The Bride. Considered even more disturbing than Nude No. 2, The Bride bore no resemblance to the human form. In place of flesh and veins, Duchamp painted what he viewed as a scientification of the human form. The Bride was meant to be a commentary on one of the dangers of industry and human progress, and a pessimistic take on the future of mankind.
A participant in some 25 exhibits in Europe, Africa, and elsewhere, artist Marc Latamie has also given guest lectures on prominent artists. Of special interest to Marc Latamie is the French artist Marcel Duchamp, born in 1887.
Duchamp was born into a family of painters. Under their influence, he was producing art by age 15. At 17, he joined his two older brothers at an art school in Paris. His early cartoons showed his interest in verbal and visual puns.
The ideas he developed have greatly influenced Western art. For instance, he placed ordinary objects, such as bottle racks and bicycle wheels, into artistic settings, thus giving them new meanings and associations. This process altered perceptions of what constituted genuine art. His insistence on using ideas to inspire art had a great influence on conceptual art, for both creator and viewer.
Although considered to be the founder of conceptualism, Duchamp refused to ally himself with any particular movement. He was considered a surrealist for his interest in sexuality, as well as a Dadaist for copying the Mona Lisa and adding a beard and mustache. Because of the controversial nature of some of his work, he did not have a retrospective show until five years before his death in 1968.
A New York City artist for nearly 30 years, Marc Latamie selects installation, neons signs in his art. For several years, he has guest lectured at Columbia University, Cooper union School of Arts, and New York University on subjects such as Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.
While using various commodities in his art, coffee is an important component for his work.
Sold on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), coffee futures accounts for an important commodity. The most common type is the Coffee C contract, which represents Arabica coffee and consists of 37,500 pounds of coffee. Nineteen countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru, produce Arabica coffee. After delivery, experts test the bean for quality and flavor. Inferior coffees are sold at a discount, while better beans receive a premium price. Presently, Columbia acquires the highest premium at 200 points, and Brazil ranks at the lowest end with a 900 point discount.
On May 12, 2014, ICE announced that coffee futures hit a five-week low. Arabica coffee dropped to $1.8445 a pound that morning following a 26-month high at $2.1892 on April 23. Brazil’s weather accounts for a major reason behind the fluctuations. The world’s biggest producer and exporter of Arabica coffee, Brazil faces a drought that could severely affect crops throughout the nation.
Artist Marc Latamie has exhibited work and delivered guest lectures around the world. Institutions at which Marc Latamie has presented include Columbia University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Harvard University, where he spoke at a symposium on Duchamp in 1999.
The International Exhibition of Modern Art, which first took place in New York City on February 17, 1913, is often referred to as the Armory Show. Many art historians believe its opening exhibition represented the beginning of Modernism in America. For example, the event marks the first use of the term “avant-garde” in reference to sculptures and paintings. The 4,000 guests who attended the show’s opening were particularly affected by the European artists represented, who included Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The show’s abstract imagery was entirely new, and the painting perhaps most discussed was “Nude Descending a Staircase” by Marcel Duchamp. The cubist image, described by a critic as resembling an explosion in a shingle factory, had a shocking impact. Reflecting upon the public response 50 years later, Duchamp remarked that this ability of art to shock was largely lost, lamenting that new movements are easily received and not entirely to their benefit.