I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Lucas’s work in person. WOW! His life is fascinating, as most of the artists that I love to write about, I do hope you enjoy learning about him.
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Lucas Samaras is not the best-known artist in America, but among the cognoscenti he is considered a wizard, and among artists he’s an elusive legend: a loner, eccentric, master of unusual media, and visionary who has avoided
classification. He’s a solitary worker who has remained outside of movements, trends, or cliques, making work that is always original, provocative, and
surprising. Samaras stands out from the crowd in part because he tends to
work with unique subject matter—himself. He has interviewed himself, photographed himself, sculpted himself, and decorated himself and, in doing so, he has always seemed to be a work in progress. Samaras is not necessarily
a narcissist, even thoughone of his retrospectives was titled “Unrepentant Ego.” He is an intrepid self-investigator and he has made a career out of mutating his own image and likeness.
Samaras was born in Greece in 1936 and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 11. He won a scholarship to study art at Rutgers University, enrolling in 1955, at a time when the Rutgers art department
was a hotbed of innovation, with a faculty that included Alan Kaprow, whoorganizedthe first Happenings, and Geoffrey Hendricks, who, along withKaprow, George Segal, Roy Lichtenstein, and students like Robert Whitman,
was instrumental in the Fluxus movement. Upon graduation, Samaras received a fellowship to attend Columbia University’s graduate department of art history, which afforded him the chance to get involved with New York City’s
burgeoning Happenings scene,where he met artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, and Red Grooms. His interest in performance also led him to study acting with Stella Adler.
The artwork of Yoshitomo Nara is deceptively simple. Peopled with entities that call to mind toddlers or infant animals with their balloon heads, persimmon pit-eyes, and pinprick noses, each work is a peek into a world that seems eerily familiar.
A long-term resident of Cologne, Nara is being met with increasing international attention, having already exhibited in Milwaukee, L.A., Cologne and Seoul and New York
With a couple of books both in their second run, a limited edition wristwatch and a clothing line that incorporates motifs from his artwork, Nara is well on his way to developing a cult following in Japan.
In the drawings, children are engaging in innocuous solo activities: holding a flag, playing in a box, sitting on a potty, holding a book, standing in a puddle. But sometimes they are brandishing sharp little implements–knives and saws. Nara captures these scenes in a moment of stillness.
The enigmatic, abbreviated quality of Nara’s style may be an invitation for you to take your best sub textural potshot. But take care. In doing so, you risk revealing a lot about you, more than might be comfortable. Nara’s artworks are sticky-sweet booby traps, Rorschach tests for a post-modern innocence quotient. They are candy-cane puzzles begging to be deciphered, only to reveal the cavities inside our own grown-up hearts.
I am so in love with this landscape architect! His work speaks to me, it is elegant and formal and haute casual at the same time!
I also wanted to say Thanks for all the lovely emails regarding the blogs! I am so flattered that you are enjoying all the topics I love!
I wanted to answer why there is no comment form on the blog, deliberately by me, as I don’t write the blogs to secure responses. I write them ,as I think it is so wonderful, the world we live in and the beauty it has to offer. So I feel my small contribution each day is to bring you a bit of beauty.
Thanks so much, to all of you for taking the time to read my thoughts.
Since 1997 Luciano Giubbilei has been creating serenely beautiful gardens in locations on three continents. Giubbilei is known for the understated elegance of his designs, but is constantly evolving his approach, both in response to individual
clients and as his ideas develop. His work draws on his Italian heritage, especially the Renaissance gardens of the Villa Gamberaia in Tuscany, and a distinctively classical combination of restraint and opulent materials.
Giubbilei’s approach is a modern take on that Renaissance formality. “I like a strong axis, projecting the lines of the house out into the garden.” The elements are traditional: the green “room”, with its rectangular carpet of grass, framed by hedges and trees,
and decorated with architectural objects. The contemporary feel comes from his use of such things as woven willow panels, fastigiate hornbeams, timber decking and the simple, unadorned shapes of modern furniture, pots and plinths.
“I try to make everything beautiful at night – trees and pots picked out with uplighters.”
“But my gardens are really installations. I would not want you to compare what I do to an English flower garden, where there is such understanding of nature. This is different and has a different function, and the results can be quite instant.”
New introduction to the Fourteenth Street school of art! I had never heard of this school of art, did some digging and found this incredible artist! His work is very reminiscent of Degas and several others.
I hope you enjoy this post!
Raphael Soyer was a prominent American Social Realist painter of the Fourteenth Street school of the 1920s and 1930s, which included Isabel Bishop, Edward Laning, Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller.
Many members of the group worked or maintained studios in the vicinity of Union Square in Manhattan. The son of a liberal Russian Hebrew scholar, Raphael immigrated with his parents and siblings to the United States around 1912;
the family settled in the Bronx. Raphael studied at Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design, and the Educational Alliance Art School (1914–1922). He taught at the Art Students League from 1933 to 1942, when American scene
painting was the predominant artistic style. A prolific painter, lithographer, and illustrator, Soyer excelled in social scenes that often featured figures caught in reflective moments of self-absorption, even as they might be immersed in
otherwise bustling cityscapes. In the 1940s he and his twin brother, Moses, were encouraged by the Russian émigré painter David Burliuk to establish seasonal studios in Hampton Bays, where they exhibited and fraternized with a kindred
circle of Social Realist painters.
Regarded as America’s leading advocate of realism, Raphael Soyer devoted his long, productive life to “painting people … in their natural context-who belong to their time.” During the 1930s, Soyer’s poignant portrayals of
New York City’s office workers
and the unemployed secured his reputation as a major Social Realist. There was a shift in Soyer’s work of the 1940sfrom urban environments towards interior scenes. In this work, he has combined two common themes of his oeuvre:
intimate studies of
solitary women, often nudes, and portraits of fellow artists, reflecting his great affection and admiration for them.
I have always been a huge fan of graphics and they play a strong part in many of my projects. I am always fascinated by the graphics not only in nature, but when you look at graphics, especially two color graphics,
don’t you wonder, if you color was placed on top of the other?
Enter Victor Vasarely! I hope you enjoy this post!
Internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He is the acknowledged leader of the OP ART movement and his innovations in color and optical illusion have had a strong
influence on many modern artists.
In 1947, Vasarely discovered his place in abstract art. Vasarely concluded that “internal geometry” could be seen below the surface of the entire world. He conceived that form and color are inseparable.
“Every form is a base for color, every color is the attribute of a form.” Forms from nature were thus transposed into purely abstract elements in his paintings
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!
I have always been in love with neutral colors, whites, creams, gray, they are my favorites. But every now and then I see color that changes my mind about color and reminds me how beautiful color truly is! FRANK STELLA’s art work is full of bright color and movement. His work puts a smile on my face and makes me want to redesign my room and throw color all around! I hope you feel inspired by this work as much as I am and enjoy the color and have a colorful weekend!
Frank Stella is an American born artist and a Princeton graduate. Early visits to New York art galleries influenced his artist development, and his work was influenced by the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. After he graduated from Princeton University, Stella made the move to New York where his art really started to take off! Stella reacted against the expressive use of paint by most painters of the abstract expressionist movement, instead finding himself drawn towards the “flatter” surfaces.
“I like real art. It’s difficult to define ‘real’ but it is the best word for describing what I like to get out of art and what the best art has. It has the ability to convince you that it’s present- that it’s there. You could say it’s authentic… but real is actually a better work, broad as it may be.”- My favorite quote by Stella.
Frank Stella is a muti talented artist, he has a large rang of works, from paintings to sculpture to costume design to set design. Stella continues to make beautiful art and live in New York.
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.
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