Artist of the Day- Stephen Shore (click on image to view individually)

His work is all over the place. I’d have a hard time identifying it. I’ve chosen a bunch of Instagram photos that I found had something In common. Also I liked the square format...perhaps that's an Instagram thing. There’s a review of a retrospective on view at MOMA. Peter Schjeldahl says that Shore is his favorite American photographer of the last half century.







Artist of the Day- Chantal Joffe (click on image to view individually)

I picked up the Sunday New York Times Style Magazine last Sunday and on the cover was a fabulous painting of Jay-Z. The artist is Chantal Joffe, a 48 year old British artist. As I scoured through images I thought how much her work relates to Alice Neel. And then…low and behold…wiki too compares her to Neel! How is that? How does our eye so quickly get a reference? How amazing!

Artist of the Day- Hiroshi Hamaya(click on image to view individually)

Hamaya began his photographic career in the 1930s with a series of images taken in the streets of his native city of Tokyo. After the war, Hamaya spent over a decade focusing on the folklore and lifestyle of a remote rural area of Northern Japan, which led to the series “Yukiguni” [Snow Land] and “Ura Nihon” [Japan’s Back Coast]. These humanist studies of the folklore and daily life of a region facing a particularly harsh climate remain two of his most celebrated works.

Artist of the Day- Folding Screens (click on image to view individually)

Art Deco followed Art Nouveau and reached its apex at the Exposition Internationales des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (whew) held in Paris in1925. It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism, the colors of Fauvism, fine craftsmanship, and rich and luxurious materials. The Chrysler Building in NYC and the early artwork of Matisse, Picasso and Derain are examples of the fine arts of the period.

Artist of the Day-Folding Screens #3 (click on image to view individually)

These Art Nouveau screens were created at the very beginning of the 20th century. Art Nouveau was aimed at modernizing design. Artists drew inspiration from organic and geometric forms creating designs that were made up of natural forms such as blossoms and stems of plants. Line contours were emphasized over color which tended to be muted. This movement was committed to raising the crafts to the level of the ‘fine arts’. The architect Gaudi presents as a great example of Art Nouveau.

Artist of the Day- David Kapp (click on image to view individually)

As art critic Ken Johnson pointed out in a 1998 review for The New York Times, even Kapp’s shadows are blue instead of black. Kapp’s paintings, he wrote, “are almost photographic in the way they freeze action, crop the visual field at oblique angles and capture stark contrasts of glare and shadow. They have a dreamy, mildly hallucinatory air and a mood of Hopperesque melancholy…Mr. Kapp’s angular compositions, decisive gestures and painterly energy reflect the harsh, kinetic beauty of the city itself.”

What I like about Kapp’s work is how often I can look at it and see nothing but abstraction…how it takes my eye a minute to bring the color splotches together to form an object. I want to be able to do that!

Artist of the Day- Folding Screens (click on image to view individually)

25 years ago I happened upon a show…a big show…of folding screens in Washington DC. It was AMAZING! I had not realized how many artists had experimented with this form. I had always admired Chinese and Japanese screens but…who knew…ALL cultures adopted screens! I’m starting with modern and some contemporary screens but stay tuned…there will be more!!!            1. eva berendes 2. pablo picasso 3. keith haring  4.camille richter 5. jack youngerman 

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The other night I watched a film on HBO about the life of Eduard Manet. There’s a painting at the MFA in Boston that I’ve much admired titled, The Execution of Emperor Maximilian.

In the film the narrator expounds on a version of this painting hanging in Germany. I disagree. I find the version at the MFA in Boston much more compelling. It reminds me of Goya’s The 3rd of May. The image is much more universal in that it presents the soldiers as a wall…disembodied figures taking down defenseless peasants. While this is not the story in Manet’s painting, once again the message about war is so powerful and enduring over centuries. 1.Manet(Boston) 2. Manet(Germany) 3. Goya 

Artist of the Day- Trenton Doyle Hancock (click on image to view individually)

Trenton Doyle Hancock was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Hancock’s prints, drawings, and collaged-felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Each new work by Hancock is a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures.

Artist of the Day- Ruth Asawa (click on image to view individually)

An influential sculptor, devoted activist, and tireless advocate for arts education, Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) is best known for her extensive body of hanging wire sculptures. Wiki

These wire sculptures are…like knitted or crocheted with wire…so difficult and requiring such patience. The technique enables the viewer to see the pieces as solids and as transparent. They are quite beautiful.



Artist of the Day- Kelcey Loomer(click on image to view individually)

Several weeks ago I posted images of chairs. A number of people commented that they loved this theme and one suggested this artist. The use of maps is interesting along with the birds. Especially now as so many birds have moved on for the winter. Where are their maps…tucked up under a wing? How do they know where to go? Do they long for the restfulness of the rocking chair?