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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 26, 2012
OK, so we all know my love of art that sometimes pushes boundaries. Much like the way I think. But GABRIEL OROZCO is truly a genius. His work really speaks to me, and to know my love of independence you would understand why.
I hope you enjoy this post!
With a body of work that is unique in its formal power and intellectual rigor, Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, b. 1962) emerged at the beginning of the 1990s as one of the most intriguing and original artists of his generation—and one of the last to come of age in the twentieth century. Orozco resists confinement to a single medium,
roaming freely and fluently among drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, and painting. From one project to the next, he deliberately blurs the boundaries between the art object and the everyday environment, instead situating his contributions in a place that merges “art” and “reality,” whether in exquisite drawings
made on airplane boarding passes or in sculptures made from recovered trash.
Many of Orozco’s works—which are often created specifically for the occasion of an exhibition—have become indisputable classics of 1990s art, such as the Citroën automobile surgically reduced to two-thirds its normal width (La DS, 1993) and a human skull covered with a graphite grid (Black Kites, 1997).
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 21, 2012
I have been writing a lot about artists as of late, where their work is focused on vertical and horizontal planes, and basically the use of primary colors. I am sure you are wondering how many of these artists arethere? I myself am interested to know what movement is this? Yes, we all have heard of Piet Mondrian, we have seen his paintings, we can relate color blocking to fashion of the ’60′s but I want to take you one step further today.
I was not familiar with the term-Neo-Plasticism which seems to be the movement that these artists are associated with. This movement is also known as De Stijl. The visual themes of neo-plasticism explores the range of placements of geometric forms.
Neo-Plasticism is the belief that art should not be the reproduction of real objects, but the expression of the absolutes of life! To the artists way of thinking, the only absolutes of life were vertical and horizontal lines and the primary colors. To this end, Neo-plasticists only used planar elements and the colors red, yellow and blue. This movement happened in the 1910′s and the two main painters of this movement were Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, a dutch artist. (later post to come)
There is an interesting philosophical aspect to this style of art. One, you may think too far out there, but none the less interesting to think about.
And it is as follows-the style consists also of compositions of squares and rectangles and accented with primary colors against a solid white background. Some attribute this style to be representative of the stinging isolation of the lives of all Americans of the Depression era. However, the well planed nature of this type of art is said to reveal the desire for a new reconstructed world prevailing over the seemingly hopeless situation in the United states during the Depression.
From this movement we can look forward to the American Minimalism of the 1960′s and 1970′s.
Burgoyne Diller made an important contribution to the development of non-objective art in the United States. Working in a hard-edged geometric style, he produced paintings, drawings and collages that paved the way for the development of American Minimalism during the 60′s and 70′s.
Diller is also recognized as the first American painter to embrace the tenets of Neo-plasticism-Today’s painting examples are all his. I really love his style and now that i am more familiar with the philosophy behind this, I am even more excited to find more artists that were part of this movement!
I do hope you enjoyed today’s post!
Make it a great day!
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.