Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Bob Ross is the artist of this painting and I really love this picture because its beautiful. The use of colors and the fact I am sweating right now, is really cooling me off. I feel like its a mix of summer because of the river and trees and then you see the white mountain and it feels like winter.
Gyula Halasz also referred to himself as Brassai, after his native city, Brasso arrived in Paris in 1924. He lost his heart to the city with its streets, squares, backs ally’s, bars, and cafes. Once he was introduced to the small camera be turned nocturnal and began spending the hours from dusk to dawn in pursuit of the “ decisive moment”, when gesture, expression, time, and place allowed character to be revealed at its most naked. I really enjoy his picture Dance Hall. 1932. Gelatin silver print. It really showed cosmopolitan Paris, which was exactly the look that Brassai was after.
This painting gave me a good laugh. This is by Martin Kippenberger and I just think its hilarious. It is called War is no Nice and I love the falic symbol they created the cannon into. It is a representation of the DaDaist movement and I think its amazing. The use of greens and pinks instead of a typical war color gives the image its edge and the way everything is thrown together is just so Dada. The Dadaist were against war and everything it stood for so they conformed to paint, sculpt, and write against it. I believe this painting is a true creation to the Dada movement. It is inspirational and hilarious.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
"Battle of Lights, Coney Island" was painted by Joseph Stella in 1913. The medium used was oil on canvas. It can currently be found the Yale University Art Gallery. It shows the park at Coney island which is located on a board walk with a ferris wheel in the center. It colorful nature is pleasing to the eye. The chaos seems to come together to form a carnival like theme similar to the one that can be seen a Coney Island. I personally have been to Coney Island and although it has changed over the years I like the depiction Stella has made.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Andy Warhol (1981)
Pop Art was an early form of Post Modernism. It was developed in the 1960's and depicts scenes and objects from everyday life such as art, illustrations, films, and comic strips. It even explores the cult of celebrities which includes fictional characters such as Mickey Mouse, the icon of youth and Disney. His other works of the time such as Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe in fact mean little to me personally, but they nonetheless represent popular themes of that particular decade. Mickey Mouse however has surpassed the twentieth century and continues to symbolize childhood and innocence. Hence, this artwork has made me realize and appreciate the meaning of pop art, which is its representation of the current popular, cultural phenomenon.
Reflection was a self portrait done by Lucian Freud in oil paint. He was around the age of 63 when he did this painting. Prior to this, I’ve never heard of Lucian Freud or seen any of his work. I really love the way he paints and love his brush work. Particularly in this painting, he applied the paint so thickly that it left bumps and a sort of roughness to the painting. Freud was known to harshly replicate the human body, a lot of his subjects show this. He wasn’t concerned with making the body look beautiful. He intended to portray the body how it looks, even with all its imperfections.
Jimmy Best was done by Jean Michel Basquiat in 1981. The medium used was spray paint and oil paintstick on metal panel. When I first saw this piece I didn’t really understand it. I had trouble making sense of what Basquiat was trying to say. After discussing this work in painting class last semester, It’s kind of stuck with me. I actually think his words are extremely powerful. Some say Basquiat was trying to convey that our past experiences effect our future. That our “childhood files” can essentially sucker punch us and keep us on our back while instilling us with fear of getting up and getting knocked down again.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
"Miró left Barcelona for Paris sometime before October 28, 1936. With the civil war in Spain advancing without a foreseeable end, he decided to remain in the French capital; his wife and daughter joined him in December. They would not return to Spain for four years. On January 12, 1937, Miró announced his intent to do “something absolutely different,” to return to working from life. The result is the incandescent, hallucinatory painting Still Life with Old Shoe."
Jackson Pollock (1947), oil and aluminum paint on canvas
Galaxy is a work by Jackson Pollock that apparently inspired by the night sky. It marked an important transition in his career in which he tried to display mathematical principles in chaotic motion. In fact, while contemplating on the distant galaxies of outer space, Pollock began reconsidering his own concepts of artistic space. For instance, Galaxy exhibits wider distances between each item compared to many of his other works. The colors also display a more extraterrestrial color scheme, befitting the title and image.
The Pink Panther, done by Jeff Koons in 1988 with porcelain, 41 x 20 1/2 x 19". This was featured at the MoMa but is no longer feauted there after it was sold for $1,817,500. This statue features "sensual" topless women being caressed by the iconic pink panther. This is rather controversial because the pink panther is a beloved childhood carton. The combination of sex and desire with this cartoon character is what makes it so interesting. I don't really like it, it kind of weirds me out how this lady is being caressed by a pink tiger that appears in children shows. But the crafts man ship is very well done and detailed, I'm just not a fan of the actual sculpture.
Robert Rauschenberg oil and silkscreen on canvas painting Persimmon was done in 1964. As Rauschenbergs style evolved he utilized silkscreen imagery taken from photojournalism to transform the art experience. He was perhaps the first artist to test this. I really enjoy the colors he used together and the different images.
Julian Beever. Julian is famous for his incredible 3D chalk art he draws in the streets. It is carefully drawn at incredible angles so that when the viewer stands in front of it, the art looks like it jumps off the street completely in 3D. His 3D chalk art is often drawn in long stretches of pavement. It is hard to make out what is is supposed to be from the back or the sides but from the front you can’t help but be awed by the artwork. I think his work is amazing and I love how he can make the art come to life, like this butterfly. Its insane how he can make a chalk picture appear 3D.