Sunday, April 06, 2014

Follow the Seal


Two angels transporting the Saint Bride to Bethlehem to witness the Nativity. Scenes of the life of Christ are sewn into the garments of the angels. John Duncan is often characterized as a Symbolist artist because of his style, but also because he had a strong desire to understand the mysteries of nature as they relate to the divine.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Paper Landscape

Gas Giant by Jacob Hashimoto at MOCA, Los Angeles

Jacob Hashimoto creates large installation pieces made up of many small parts that are constructed, quite often by utilizing kite making techniques. You can see in the photo the individual pieces, some in boxes, some circles that look like small kites. His work is on display until June 8, 2014 at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center.
 
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MOCA just opened a large exhibition of the work of multi-media artist (and Detroit native) Mike Kelly which is open through July 28, 2014.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

You Know the Work, Now Meet the Woman

Mary Blair conceptual drawing for Disney's Alice in Wonderland.

Mary Blair was one of the most important artists to work at Disney and yet most know her work, but not her name. She brought that iconic mid-century style to such work as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella and she did set designs for Small World and Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

There is an exhibition of her work now through September 14, 2014 at The Walt Disney Family Museum in at The Presidio in San Francisco.

Article from Blouin Artinfo

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Armory Show - Then and Now

 Gallery A in the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art (nicknamed "Armory" Show)

The International Exhibition of Modern Art (The Armory Show) of 1913 was a pivotal time in the world of art. It marked the first time that art considered to be the "modern" style was brought together and exhibited in one space. It took over a year of planning and received much public scorn from people unaccustomed and uninterested the burgeoning styles displayed like Cubism, Fauvism and Futurism.

 Currently, there is an exhibition of the same name taking place in New York at the Piers which highlights art of the 20th and 21st centuries and is primarily a venue to buy and sell. However, if you have the opportunity, it is also a chance to see works by famous and unknown artists in the same locations.


2014 Armory Show in New York through March 9, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Supreme Painting


Suprematist Composition, 1916 by Kazimir Malevich

During the closing ceremonies of the Olympics in Sochi last night, reference was made to Ukrainian artist Kazimir Malevich, but not much else was said about him. He is one of the most important artists of the 20th century, less famous than Picasso, but no less important. This is considered to be one of the most important pieces of 20th century art and in his treatise of 1916 Malevich explained that he wanted to concentrate on color and texture and to move beyond traditional representation.

Object as Communication



Suprematism, 1915 by Kasimir Malevich, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Malevich is the Father of the Suprematist movement which led to Abstraction. He considered his ultimate goal to be communication through "non-object" representation, culminating in a final "white on white" painting. He considered the conveying the feeling of a work more important than portraying an object. After the Russian revolution in 1917, he became a teacher and was quite influential on the Bauhaus artists, architects and designers.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

God is in the Details

Gone by Isabella Kirkland, 2004.

Influenced by the exacting reality of the Dutch Still-life, artist Isabella Kirkland studies the plants and animals she depicts in her detailed artwork. In Gone, she shows us species lost to man's expansion through colonization by both hunting and our tendency toward being oblivious to everything but ourselves. 

An exhibition of her work opens February 22, 2014 and runs through May 18, 2014 at the Dayton Art Institute. 


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