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December 28, 2012
One of my favorite things about writing these blogs is that I come across so many talented artists that I love! I have been a big fan of Wendell Castle and the amazing furniture that he creates. I am looking through all of his chairs trying to pick out one for myself but I can’t! There are just way too many amazing pieces to choose from! Even choosing photos for the blog today was a hard decision, so I did my best for pick my some of my top favorites!
Wendell Castle was born in 1932 in Kansas where he later studied at the University of Kansas. He received a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in industrial design and also a master of fine arts. Castle taught at RIT School for American Craftsment.
Castle’s unique pieces are often organic and sometimes whimsical. They are crafted from rare and beautiful hardwoods, plastics, veneers, and metals in a timeless contemporary style. His expression of color and exotic materials are interchangeable with the Wendell Castle name.
Castle has received numerous awards is his lifetime, including one in 2007 from the Brooklyn Museum of Art/Modernism.
December 27, 2012
Going through other art blogs is a great way to learn about and discover new art that I already didn’t know about. There are so many talented artists out there and I love learning about a new one every day! We are so lucky to have a great tool like the internet to get onto and quickly search artists and see their work instantly. But nothing compares to seeing art in person. This week I am in New York working with a client, but I am hoping I have time to sneak off and go to one of my favorite museums! Today I am really excited to introduce you to the well rounded, talented artists, GERHART RICHTER! I really enjoyed writing this blog, and I hope you enjoy reading it!
“Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense. It is like the religious search for God.”-Gerhart Richter says.
Gerhart Richter is a German visual artists. Richter is a well rounded artists, not focusing on just one medium, but allowing himself to explore the world of art through various ways. Richter officially began painting in 1962. He has worked mediums ranging from oils on canvas to overpainted photographs, to even stain glass.
“Nearly all of Richter’s work demonstrates illusionistic space that seems natural and the physical activity and material of painting—as mutual interferences. For Richter, reality is the combination of new attempts to understand—to represent; in his case, to paint—the world surrounding us.”
December 26, 2012
Recently, I have been learning so much about POP Art and the POP Art movement that I did not know! It has especially been fun learning about the women artist in the movement.
JANN HAWROTH has been one of my favorites to learn about. I hope you all enjoy this post and enjoy looking through the fun art!
Jann Haworth is a Hollywood-born artist among the few women who were involved in the Pop movement in the 1960s. Her sewn cloth soft sculptures refer to typically American Pop themes such as fast food, film stars, cheerleaders, cowboys and comics, as well as to her experiences of living in England during a period of cultural transformation.Her current work now involves large scale abstract sewn canvasses, these pieces sometimes involve use the use of “comic frame” convention of the graphic novel film strip.
Jann has used her skills to teach other artists as an art educator of distinction. “I believe everyone can draw. I don’t believe in talent, I believe in determination and time.” Jann was the founder of the Looking Glass art school in England, as well as the Artshack Studio in Utah and holds the position of Visual Arts Director.
Throughout her career, Jann has used an element of three dimensionality to her work. Her pieces of full to texture, color, stories, and movement; perfect eye candy!
December 21, 2012
I was in a museum of few weeks ago, I can’t remember which one I was in, but I do remember taking an interest in an exhibit of fluorescent tubular colored lights. This was not the first time I had seen this artists work, but probably the first time i took more then a moment to understand that there had to be more to what I was looking at.
So I decided to look the artist up and ergo, today’s post!
Interesting man with a lot of thought that went into his sculptures.
Have a great day!
For more than three decades, Dan Flavin (1933-1996) vigorously pursued the artistic possibilities of fluorescent light. The artist radically limited his materials to commercially available fluorescent tubing in standard sizes, shapes, and colors, extracting banal hardware from its utilitarian context and inserting it into the world of high art.
The resulting body of work at once possesses a straightforward simplicity and a deep sophistication.
Dan Flavin took an everyday object, found in most stores, homes and offices, and made it extraordinary. He used fluorescent lights of varying lengths and colors and arranged them to create sculptures of light.
DAN FLAVINS career-long exploration of an art of light, situated outside the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture, established him as a progenitor and chief exponent of minimalism. Though Flavin (1933–1996) is one of the most important and influential artists of the late 20th century,
“Dan Flavin’s light sculptures illuminate everything around them,” Stamberg reports. “His fluorescent lights don’t just hang there. They inhabit space. They wash the walls with color, they mix colors so the white walls seem painted. They bathe space — and visitors — in a warm and completely artificial glow.”
Steve Morse helped build some of the pieces. He says Flavin, who died in 1996, didn’t have an interest in the hard physics of lights, but he did have an interest in their blended effects.
Though Flavin’s lights often evoke a cheerful response from visitors, he does have darker pieces.
One (monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush), created in response to the Vietnam War, is made from blood-colored tubes that jut off the wall aggressively — invading the viewer’s space.
“Even though the work is entirely abstract, it has an incredible range of emotion, from elation to tragic to ironic to playful, with a single medium.”
December 20, 2012
I saw a painting of Suling Wang’s and thought it had wonderful movement-fluid and graceful and it makes you smile-for me it made me feel like I could see the wind. I hope you enjoy this post and have a fantastic day!L
Suling Wang’s large-scale paintings and works on paper are influenced by the changing landscape and rapid industrialization of her native Taiwan and its divergent cultural and artistic traditions. Wang’s compositions
are characterised by sweeping strokes of bold colour that flow in and out of the visual field,
resulting in a dynamic synthesis of painting and drawing. Employing an expansive vocabulary of gestural marks and layers,
the forms are organised and defined on multiple planes allowing the paintings to be read in terms of both time and space. Her fluid and calligraphic forms are suggestive of trees, stems and rock-like structures.
Disparate visual elements such as imaginary mountains and submerged islands all overlap in planes that impart depth and create rhythmic, but occasionally disharmonious, patterns.Ultimately, the works speak of the
idea of a reality that is continually in a state of flux or dissolution.
December 19, 2012
Another artist that I havwe recently been introduced to, has a lot of vision in his work and a lot of emotions. I really enjoyed learning about him and his work! Have a wonderful day!
“PROBLEMS ARE COMPARATIVELY easy to deal with.” This statement welcomes the reader of John Kørner’s 2004 artist book A Modern Problem. But don’t the unresolvedproblems of these modern times really scare us to death? Who doesn’t prefer a world without problems and in fact goes out of their way to avoid a problem?
The artist takes over the role of the presenter of ‘self-inflicted’ problems, reflecting society as “a series of fragmented situations, with every little element, physical or non-physical, seen as an isolated problem.” This is the chance to take nothing for granted
— and take on the initiative, since “a considerable amount of creativity and energy are
Produced by the process of solving these problems… so the creation of problems…
Should be like petrol for new challenges.”
Reuniting the concept of direct, informally articulated imagery with the return of the
Painter-philosopher, Kørner’s work turns the abstract plane of the canvas into a colored
Minefield of possibilities, reflecting reality more than attempting to represent it. Every
Color, every figure and every paint stroke, every dot and mark has a name, a particular relevance akin to a word, a sentence or a semicolon in a text. Yet with the
difference that it allows for more complex means of representation and interpretation, while maintaining a simplicity: painting is a problem. This makes it
tricky to describe the work of Kørner. His canvases, with their watered-down acrylics, are straightforward, figurative and recognizable for their intense, clear
colors that at first glance exude emotions between childlike happiness, happy-go-lucky playfulness, zany optimism bordering on the esoteric, if not outright
neurotic. His handling of paint is confident, gutsy, yet varied, controlled, with no fear of simplicity or complex situations. And a whole box of tricks and schemes, that on closer inspection gives the artist the access to a whole new concept of painting and to examine its genuine possibilities against a clearly contemporary background — with a multitude of historical, formalist and painterly references
December 18, 2012
I have to admit that I had no idea that there was even a market that represented Indian Artists. And as it turns out, the Indian art market is making a strong comeback!
There is an inaugural edition of the largest contemporary art event ever to take place in India-the Kochi-Muziris Biennale-and it is now open. This art fair is hoping to regenerate
the region’s history and culture. being that China’s economy is not as strong as it was pertaining to the art market, India seems to be emerging as the place to invest art dollars.
India is becoming a haven for art patrons as its economy swells. so today’s post is on one of the major artists from india names SYED HAIDER RAZA.
Raza was born in 1922 and is known
as the “master of colors”. Raza uniquely articulates indian metaphysical thought and his own memories from childhood by employing the passionate colors
of India with all their symbolic,
and emotive value. Raza is one of the top selling Indian artists at auction and is regarded as one of the most distinguished artists of the Indian subcontinent.
I hope you enjoy learining about this inteersting market. In looking at his work, I see a lot of modernist influences from artist such as Jim Dine and Frank Stella
Have a great day!
December 17, 2012
In continuing with my new adoration of Indian Artists, today’s post is on one of the originals. Ram Kumar is said to be one of the first indian artists to give up
figurativism for abstract art.
Associated with the Progressive Artists Group, Ram Kumar is considered one of India’s foremost
abstract painters. Kumar was born to a large family in 1924
and studied art after completing his degree in economics. He moved to Paris and studied under Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote. He has won critical acclaim
as a painter for his abstract landscapes which are fantastic!
I hope you are enjoying this series! Have a fantastic day!
December 14, 2012
Well, to know me is to know when I get on a topic that I love I keep going with it! I really have fallen under the spell if Indian artists and quite interested in
collecting some of them. Their use of color and the freedom of abstraction, looks so un-forced and so not deliberate as I have seen in so many abstract artists work.
Akbar Padamsee’s innovative career as a painter, printmaker, photographer, teacher and theoretician spans six decades.
He was born in Mumbai in 1928. Like many post-colonial Indian artists, he emigrated to Paris in 1952 to study Western modernist masters.
Padamsee considers his work neither abstract nor representational. Rather, he focuses on nature and the elements in an artistic pursuit of philosphical intent.
His paintings give you this snese of an imediate perceptual experience that cause him to be one of the highest valued Indian aritsts at auction.
Enjoy and have a great day!
December 13, 2012
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Italian Photographer Luisa Lambri is one of the most renown photographers for architecture. Her work begun in the 1990′s when Luisa Lambri started
travelling around the globe in search of landmarks of modernist architecture: mostly private houses. Among the images taken by the artist, there are buildings
by architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Giuseppe Terrangi, Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, and several other master architects. What looks at first
glance as carefully crafted architectural photography is in fact rather osciallating between an objective representation of these spaces and Lambri’s entirely
subjective perception and apprehension of them, an interpretation of spaces rather than a document of them. In contrast to the objective image of classic architecture photography that mainly approaches the building from the outside, establishing a physical and conceptual position for herself and the viewer! I hope you enjoy her work!
She totally rocks it! Love, Jamie