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September 27, 2012
The first time I was introduced to the work of DIANE ARBUS, it was an exhibit at the Met in New York. The show was mounted in such a way that leant an even more eerie feeling to these photographs. Again, noting that art can be a bit disturbing, and provocative at the same time.
When disturbing subjects are in the hands of artists it is fascinating to see what they do with the images. I hope you enjoy this post and learning about ARBUS!
Born Diane Nemerov on March 14, 1923, in New York, New York. Diane Arbus was one of the most distinctive photographers in the twentieth century, known for her eerie portraits and offbeat subjects. Her artistic talents emerged at a young age; she was created interesting drawings and paintings
while in high school. She married Allan Arbus in 1941 who taught her photography.
Working with her husband, Diane Arbus started out in advertising and fashion photography. They became quite a successful team with photographs appearing in such magazines as Vogue. In the late 1950s, she began to focus on her own photography. To further her art, Arbus studied with photographer Lisette Model
around this time. She began to pursue taking photographs of people she found during her wanderings around New York City. She visited seedy hotels, public parks, a morgue, and other various locales. These unusual images had a raw quality and several of them found their way in the July 1960 issue of Esquire magazine.
These photographs were a spring board for more work for Arbus.
By the mid-1960s, Diane Arbus was a well-established photographer, participating in shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York among other places. She was known for going to great lengths to get the shots she wanted. She became friends with many other famous photographers, such as Richard Avedon and `Walker Evans.
While professionally Arbus continued to thrive in the late 1960s, she had some personal challenges. Her marriage ended in 1969, and she later struggled with depression. She committed suicide in her New York apartment on July 26, 1971. Her work remains a subject of intense interest, and her life was part of the basis of the 2006 film,
Fur, starringNicole Kidman as Arbus.
September 24, 2012
I had the pleasure of running across a very whimsical artist named BRUCE McCALL. I love James goodman Gallery and he carries his work. Very light and happy in comparison to many of the artists Ilike to write about.
Sometimes its fun to just appreciate the simplicity of looking at a piece of art work that doesnt need much explanation. which, as you know for me, not needing a lot of explanation in and of itself is highly unusal! HA!
Bruce McCall’s humor writing and art work have been seen regularly in The New Yorker since 1980. Born and raised in Canada, where he was a high-school dropout, McCall is a largely self-taught artist and writer who returned
to his first love, humor and satire, after careers in commercial art, journalism, and advertising. He has published two story collections, “Zany Afternoons” and “All Meat Looks Like South america,” as well as an illustrated humor book, “The Last Dream-O-Rama,” and a memoir about growing up Canadian, “Thin Ice,” and his firstchildren’s book, “Marveltown,”.
September 13, 2012
As “everybody knows”, a dear friend of mine always likes to say! I have a love of the group of British artists that are considered like the “rat pack”. Forward thinking, edgy, no boundaries
Sardonic, mis-behaved and wildly talented! TRACEY EMIN is that gal!
I hope you enjoy this post!
Tracey Emin is one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists.
Her work features painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video, neon and sculpture. Works that are by turns tough, romantic, desperate, angry, funny and full of longing.
Since the early 1990s, Emin (b.1963) has used her own life as the starting point for her art, exposing the most harrowing and intimate details of her personal history.
Sometimes confrontational or sexually provocative, her work resonates with the ‘personal political’ legacy of feminist art while at the same time speaking to relationships in general. Disarmingly frank and yet often profoundly private, much of Emin’s art –– is also animated by her playful and ironic wit.
September 12, 2012
I am so excited to bring you this artist! How fantastic that art has so many mediums in which emotions and stories may be expressed! Maria Nepomuceno’s work is stunning!
I hope you enjoy this post!
Maria Nepomuceno’s woven and beaded sculptures feel entirely self-sufficient. They’re at once charming and mysterious, relaxed and vivacious, like the never-entirely-gentle Rio environment that produced them.
Holland Cotter, The New York Times
Maria Nepomuceno is an emerging Brazilian artist.
Maria Nepomuceno’s seductive sculptures and installations made of brightly coloured rope, straw and beads spread throughout the spaces they inhabit: they varyingly hang in hammock-like forms, drape down walls, sprawl across floors, or group together as constellations in a new and curious cosmos.
Maria Nepomuceno allows her materials to obey their own organisational logic, weaving them together in a process that presents seemingly infinite possibilities for the spiraling, circling and multiplying of forms. Inspired by ancient traditions and complex indigenous craft techniques, Nepomuceno pushes these into a wholly contemporary engagement with space and structure, form and concept.
That the sculptures appear anthropomorphic and organic is essential to a reading of her work: the spiraling central to her process relates to the spirals occurring naturally throughout the universe, giving shape to entire galaxies as well as the blueprint for existence, DNA.
The sculptures bear a direct relationship to the human body, at times seeming familiar and almost functional, as though they are to be utilized for some as yet unlearned task, and at others appearing entirely alien, like unidentified microbes occupying new anatomical terrain. Nepomuceno’s work draws on the modern history of Brazilian art.
September 5, 2012
In my office, we have different people that work on the different aspects that all comprise interior design. One of the people who work on the renderings and CAD drawings, loves to draw Magna Art-I always thought these were a bit strange and I thought, that the figures really were created for the computer games.
I was totally incorrect! So I delved into understanding this art form and I thought I would share it with you!
Enjoy! Love, Jamie
We know manga today as embodied by Japanese comic books, drawn in a particular style, the characters presented with large eyes, small mouths, exuberant hairstyles and sometimes fantastical powers and often
expressing exaggerated emotion. The roots of manga go back a long way though and it developed out of the ancient Japanese narrative art of story-telling through sequential images as practised by Toba Sojo, a painter and priest working in the 11th century and possessing a well-developed sense of whimsy. Such was his influence on the development of manga – which means ‘humorous pictures’ – that 18th century concertina-style books of humorous pictures were known as ‘Toba-e’ or ‘Toba pictures’.
Escapism is easy and digital environments and technologies make it so real. Our social interaction is as much, if not more, online and more and more people experience difficulty in distinguishing between the two. Witness recent court cases concerning the destruction of online avatars and love affairs between online personae causing real-world misery and divorce. The boundaries are so blurred in some cases that people cannot tell the difference anymore.
Historically, youth culture in the East has looked westwards for the inspiration and assimilation of ideas, music, clothes and identity but Manga Dreams shows us that this is a very different process – youth cultures in both the East and West are, for the first time, drawing on Eastern culture. This is Asian youth power manifesting itself through manga.