Monday, May 2, 2011
Prince amongst Thieves was done in 1999 by Chris Ofili with a variety of different medias including Synthetic polymer paint, oil, paper collage, polyester glitter, resin, map pins, and elephant dung on canvas. When I first saw this picture I just thought it looked really cool. I liked how he had the dark background with lighter colors making all different shapes around the dark figure in the center. the figure in the center is supposed to be an African tribe leader. the medallion around his neck is made of elephant poop. I saw that the artist made this out of elephant dung and I get that he is trying to be unique and do something others haven't done before but really that's nasty. He was a Young British Artist and won a scholarship to Zimbabwe which is where he gets the elephant dung media fr many of his pictures.
Two Japanese Wrestlers by a sink, was done on oil on canvas, by Lucian Freud from 1983-87. At first I didn’t really understand the name until I looked more closely to the top left and you can see two legs and a torso. I like that he really showed what a studio sink looks like. And also when I looked this painting there was a lot of different interpretations from him being the great grandson to Sigmund Freud to him showing his independence from Sigmund.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
The painting shows Narcissus sitting in a pool, gazing down. Not far away there is a decaying stone figure which corresponds closely to him but is perceived quite differently; as a hand holding up a bulb or egg from which a Narcissus is growing. The egg has been used as a symbol for sexuality in other paintings by Dali. In the background, a group of naked figures can be seen, while a third Narcissus like figure appears on the horizon.
Excavation was done by William de Kooning in 1950 and he used oil on canvas. During this period, de Kooning was trying to understand his own personal synthesis of Cubism and Surrealism. Excavation emphasizes all the flatness, interpenetration, and firm infrastructure. This painting is an example of de Kooning's complex and dense style of art, with its many suggestions of both human anatomy with the life of the city.