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October 31, 2012
I have always been a huge fan of photography as it captures moments in time and suspends them. Adam Fuss contines with that thought and uses a very old
process that was at one time in vogue called daguerreotype. Which sounds too involved but is really an easy explanation. Daguerreotype means -an early
photographic process with the image made on a light
sensitive silver-coated metallic plate.
In celebration of halloween, I thought these images were very ghost like and appropriate as halloween kicks off our Fall Season!
Born in London, Fuss grew up in rural England. Interested in his naturalistic surroundings, he began documenting them through photography. Fuss lives and works in
New York City and has shown extensively internationally since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1985. His work is distinctive for its contemporary re- interpretation of
photography’s earliest techniques, particularly the daguerreotype and the camera-less photogram. Fuss states that in order for any photographic technique to work, it should be
personalized and transfigured into a greater metaphor, engaging processes that take place in the natural world.
October 30, 2012
Hiroshi Sugimoto left his native Japan on 1970 to study art in 1971 at a time when Minimalism and Conceptual art, both of which informed his art practice. He was inspired by the systemic
aspects of Minimalist painting and sculpture.
In his Portraits series, commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim, Sugimoto rekindles the dialogue between painting and the medium of mechanical reproduction. Sugimoto isolated
wax figures from staged vignettes in waxworks museums, posed them in three-quarter-length view, and illuminated them to create haunting Rembrandt-esque portraits of historical figures,
such as Henry VIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, Fidel Castro, and Princess Diana. His painterly renditions, lush with detail, recall the various paintings from which the wax figures were originally drawn. Through layers of reproduction—from subject to painting to wax statue to photograph—these images most consciously convey the collapsing of time and the retelling of history. Based on the
long-standing association of black-and-white photography with the recording of truth, Sugimoto’s photo-documents playfully reveal the illusion of this assumption. Sugimoto’s Portraits provide photographic “evidence” of historical subjects and events previously not captured on film.
October 29, 2012
A friend of mine who owns a gallery is in love with Braco Dimitrijevic’s art and his whole raison d’etre! So, I did some research and found him to be fascinating in his philosophy and reasoning.
I hope you enjoy this post!
Braco Dimitrijevic, one of the pioneers of conceptual art, had his first one-man exhibition at the age of 10. In 1963 he made his first conceptual work, The Flag of the World,
in which he replaced a national flag with an alternative sign. It marked the beginning of his artistic interventions into urban landscapes.
Over the past forty years he has exhibited extensively all over the world.
Dimitrijevic gained an international reputation in the seventies with his Casual passer-by series, in which gigantic photo portraits of anonymous people were displayed
on prominent facades and billboards in European and American cities. The artist also mimicked other ways of glorifying important persons by building monuments to
passers-by and installing memorial plaques in honour of anonymous citizens.
October 26, 2012
You know by now how much in love with Young British artists I am! I think their work is cutting edge, has an “i don’t care what people think” attitude, which of course follows yours truly,
and delights in bringing forth such an individual voice.
Fiona Rae is one of those Young British Artists who, alongside, Damien Hirst, rose to prominence in the 1990′s.
October 19, 2012
Continuing on my bender of graffiti, Kenny Scharf plays right into this group of amazing talents. There are hundreds of these amazing artists. So the next time you pass graffiti on a wall somewhere, think of all the ideas that really go into these amazing statements!
As a child Scharf was fascinated by television and consumer culture. Sitting only inches from the television screen, young Scharf became obsessed with vibrant and
surreal imagery of cartoons and low budget sci-fi films. Optimism oozed from these dewy forms of popular culture, reflecting an era when the medium of television was still new and shiny.
While a young artist living in New York in the 1980s, Scharf and other artists of his generation were drawn to works originating from contexts outside gallery spaces.
Whether that was graffiti, or parties at the famous Club 57, Scharf sought to incorporate his works within situations that anyone and everyone could relate to and more importantly,
experience. Like Warhol before him, Scharf became interested in merging the highbrow with the lowbrow, and began working towards ways of incorporating pop-culture into
his paintings. As a way to rebel against the highly academic work that was being shown at the time, Scharf’s work reflected an Eden filled with animated colors and fantastical
subjects ranging from the Flintstones and the Jetsons, to imaginary characters that could cast either gloom or euphoria onto the desired canvas.
October 17, 2012
I am in love with the work of Shepard Fairey! His , what is now, iconic political campaign poster for Obama, is one of the most amazing examples of his work. There is a fabulous movie called, Exit Through The Gift Shop, a must see! All about graffiti artists, many of whom you will recognize.
Fairey created the “Andre the Giant as a Possee” sticker campaign in 1989, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design(RISD).This later evolved into the “Obey Giant” campaign, which has grown via an international network of collaborators
replicating Fairey’s original designs. As with most street artists, the Obey Giant was intended to inspire curiosity and cause the masses to question their relationship with their surroundings.
The Obey Giant website says: “The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker.” The website later goes on to contradict this statement however by saying that those who are familiar with the sticker simply find humor and enjoyment from its presence. Those who actually try to look deeper into its meaning only burden themselves and often end up condemning the art as an act of vandalism from an evil, underground cult.
Originally intended to garner fame amongst his classmates and college peers, Fairey states, “At first I was only thinking about the response from my clique of art school and skateboard friends. The fact that a larger segment of the public would not only notice, but also investigate, the unexplained appearance of the stickers was something I had not contemplated. When I started to see reactions and consider the sociological forces at work surrounding the use of public space and the insertion of a very eye-catching but ambiguous image, I began to think there was the potential to create a phenomenon.”
In designing a client’s office now, my client is a successful doctor whose home office is very important to her as she spends as many hours working at home as she does in her practice. Maison Jensen is perfect for that Hollywood Regency style that I love!
Now, many of you have seen this style but are not familiar with this firm. So goes today’s post!
I love Maison Jansen and thrilled to see the resurgence of Jansen decor in the vintage world. One of the 20th century’s most influential decorating house, Maison Jansen produced a client list from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Jackie Kennedy.
“Maison Jansen designed custom furnishings for interiors that celebrated the firm’s lavish aesthetic of Bourbon historicism combined with Hollywood-style glamour.”
Maison Jansen (1880-1979) For many years in the United States the name Jansen has been associated with the Kennedy’s. The illustrious French firm was responsible for redecorating the
White House during the JFK years (1961-67). However Maison Jansen produced furniture and decorated the palaces of European nobility and statesmen since 1880. In the succeeding years the company opened
offices around the world, including cities such as London, New York, Rio, Alexandria and Buenos Aires, and worked on projects for clients as diverse as Coco Chanel, the Bank of France, the Shah of Iran and Club Med.
Their Parisian atelier grew to over 130,000 sq. feet and employed various teams of specialists and craftsmen. During the sixties the firm also underwent several management changes that influenced their production output.
Their aesthetic expanded from period reinterpretations to sleek contemporary furniture, yet they always used the most exquisite materials resulting in extravagant deluxe interiors. The company would eventually close in 1979.
Since their demise, both period reproductions and original designs have become very desirable for both decorators and collectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
October 15, 2012
Everyone who has had contact with artists and designers knows that, to one degree or another, art and design are often as much about process as they are about product. A built environment, be it public or private, is the culmination of many factors interacting over time.
A compilation of some of his most famous and compelling work, this series of graffiti animations is nothing short of amazing. A white figure crawls from battered bricks and leaves a trail of paint wherever it goes, morphing and twisting along the street-side wall as it goes. As his works move along they transform unpredictably and become uncanny new creatures and interactive objects.
He is definitely one of my favorite artists that I have posted about. To see graffiti art, you don’t have to go to a gallery or museum. It is not limited to a computer or a gallery. Graffiti art is right out in the street among the people. It is said that great art isn’t afraid to take risks and the graffiti of Italian artist BLU definitely fits that bill!
October 12, 2012
In continuing with my love of Graffiti Art, I am brining you a legend! Lee Quinones
Graffiti means writings or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed freely on a wall or other surface in a public place. Then, graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times as a way of self-expression or social or political protest: for example, in Pompeii, we can see caricatures of politicians and in the walls of every Middle Aged prison, crosses together with other graffiti of sexual meanings.
Think about the 1970′s and how it was the time just after the ” Love Child” world of the ’60′s. Self expression and freedom with art , think music and literature took a different path, enter the Graffiti Artists.
Current graffiti art, is in relation with the World Wars, with the apotheosis of the urban life reflected in the building of subways and with the hip-hop culture. Frequently, graffiti is considered vandalism, since graffiti artists paint private or public properties without asking for permission.
Lee Quiñones: was born in Puerto Rico but raised in the Lower East Side section of New York City. He painted from his childhood but he started with Subway Graffiti in 1974 and by 1976, Lee was a legend.
Lee is known for outrageous graffiti art on over 100 cars. When journalists and art dealers became interested in him, several of his works appeared in one of the most famous books on Graffiti Art, called “Subway Art”.
His work was also featured in the award-winning documentary called “Style Wars’. He became an immediate influence for people worldwide and an already well-known icon in New York subways.
October 10, 2012
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This is a most fascinating artist, man, humanitarian! I really enjoyed learing about his work and thought you would enjoy learing about him as well.
Have a great day!
Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
AI WEIWEI a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing, China in 1957. An outspoken human rights activist, Ai was arrested by Chinese authorities in April 2011 and held incommunicado for three months.
Upon his release, he was prohibited from traveling abroad, engaging in public speech, and was subjected to continued government surveillance. Ai’s position as a provocateur and
dissident artist informs the tenor and reception of much of his recent work. He infuses his sculptures, photographs, and public artworks with political conviction and personal poetry,
often making use of recognizable and historic Chinese art forms in critical examinations of a host of contemporary Chinese political and social issues. In his sculptural works he often
uses reclaimed materials—ancient pottery and wood from destroyed temples —in a conceptual gesture that connects tradition with contemporary social concerns. He also employs sarcasm,
juxtaposition, and repetition to reinvigorate the potency and symbolism of traditional images and to reframe the familiar with minimal means. A writer and curator, Ai extends his practice
across multiple disciplines and through social media to communicate with a global public and to engage fellow artists with projects on a massive scale. Ai Weiwei attended the
Beijing Film Academy and the Parsons School of Design in New York.
When I read his awards of acheivments and acoomplishments and was totally blown away. can you imagine all of this acclaim and he can’t get out.
He has received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Politics and Social Science, University of Ghent, Belgium (2010), as well as many awards, including the
Skowhegan Medal (2011) and the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (2008). His work has appeared in major exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011); the Victoria & Albert Museum,
London (2011); Asia Society Museum, New York (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); São Paulo Bienal (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009);
and Documenta XII (2007). Ai Weiwei lives and works in Beijing, China.