Artist of the Day-A comment on gathering images(click on image to see more)

It's important to go and see art...not just in books or on line. The real thing is important!!! I've posted some more images by Bonnard so you can really see how the difference in color affects everything about the painting. Sometimes it's hard to know when choosing an image which one is most accurate...or has been cropped. It's frustrating and I often wonder if the artist isn't turning in his or her grave with gnashing teeth!!!

Artist of the Day- Pierre Bonnard (click on image to see more)

A contemporary of Picasso but a very different artist. In Francoise Gilot’s book, Life With Picasso she relates a comment he made about Bonnard…accusing him of mixing a new color and then dashing around to his various paintings on display to add the new color to his paintings. Bonnard loved color and used it brilliantly!

Isn't it interesting how the figures are blended into the landscape! Often the same color as the background.

 

 

 

Artist of the Day- The Futurists...well, just a couple(click on image to see more)

The correlation between historical events and artistic movements has always fascinated me. I’m no authority mind you but through teaching art history in a shared world history course I came to really enjoy the associations between the two. The Futurist movement was greatly influenced by the development of mechanization. It started in Milan, Italy in the early years of the 20th century. You can see in these works by Boccioni and Balla that sense of movement…of being on a racing train or car…having the world whirling by.

 

Artist of the Day- Bruno Pontirilo (Click on image to see more!)

I’ve talked a bit in the past about how much I enjoy ambiguity in a piece of artwork. I feel honored when the artist leaves something for me to figure out…to understand…to wonder about. This work byBruno Pontiroli Is so beautifully crafted. Nothing is left to be figured out…EXCEPT!!!! the meaning.

Imagine a world based on a different logic; a universe comprised of the absurd and paradoxes. Distorting a symbol or mixing opposing universes allows me to question the identity of things so that I can reinvent them.” Bruno Pontiroli

 

 

Artist of the Day-VinZ (click on image to see more)

VinZ is a Spanish artist who is known for his street art and now also makes collages shown in galleries. These drawings/paintings are so beautiful. I love the lack of color against a whitewashed wall. For me the grey is so cold, almost lavender against the surrounding buildings which then seem so colorful even in dusty beiges. He uses naked humans with reptiles, fish, birds and bulls as symbols.

Fish= consumerism, birds= loving creatures and freedom, bulls=freedom fighters, reptiles=oppressors

 

VinZ is a Spanish artist who is known for his street art and now also makes collages shown in galleries. These drawings/paintings are so beautiful. I love the lack of color against a whitewashed wall. For me the grey is so cold, almost lavender against the surrounding buildings which then seem so colorful even in dusty beiges. He uses naked humans with reptiles, fish, birds and bulls as symbols.

Fish= consumerism, birds= loving creatures and freedom, bulls=freedom fighters, reptiles=oppressors

 

 

VinZ is a Spanish artist who is known for his street art and now also makes collages shown in galleries. These drawings/paintings are so beautiful. I love the lack of color against a whitewashed wall. For me the grey is so cold, almost lavender against the surrounding buildings which then seem so colorful even in dusty beiges. He uses naked humans with reptiles, fish, birds and bulls as symbols.

Fish= consumerism, birds= loving creatures and freedom, bulls=freedom fighters, reptiles=oppressors

 

Artist of the Day- Isaac Cordal (click on image to see more!)

I’m always impressed by huge works of art but I find the ones I want to own tend to be very small. I just want to tuck Isaac Cordal’s work under my arm and take it home. The sculptures serve for the artist as a reflection on politics, bureaucracy and power. They can be found in urban spaces…on top of bus shelters and cornices and can go unnoticed due to their diminutive size. They have been seen in Brussels, London, Berlin, Zagreb, San Jose, Barcelona and many other cities. They remind me of the ‘grey men’ from Momo by Michael Ende.

 

Artist of the Day- Marc Quinn (click on image to see more)

Quinn is an English artist…one of the Young British Artist group.  These self portraits…really really REALLY are self portraits. They are made with the artist’s blood! He had his blood drawn over a 5 month period…it takes quite a bit of blood to do this. Since the first piece in 1991 he has produced 4 or 5 others. The piece is incased in silicone and lives in a refrigeration unit. I know…so weird. I think the detail is pretty amazing. And watching his face change with time…but there are lots of things to think about…like…if the refrigeration unit breaks down…Marc Quinn’s head will turn to liquid!

 

Artist of the Day- Alfred Stieglitz (click on image to see more)

Stieglitz was a ‘photo secessionist’ photographer. In 1880 he got his first hand held camera while traveling in Europe…money was never an object. He started the Camera Club of NY in the early 1900’s and showed not only his own work but also promoted the work of other artists. He married, had children, had affairs and eventually really fell in love with Georgia O’Keefe who was many years his junior. He took many, many pictures of her. I’ve included some here.

 

Artist of the Day- Cindy Sherman (click on image to see more)

Sherman is a photographer. She photographs herself in different costumes and makeup and wigs to produce an image that is often arresting for its drama. She says she’s not doing self portraits…that she’s just using herself as a canvas. And indeed she is chameleon like. She’s pretty but also ordinary in a way that makes her perfect to embellish! She often describes herself as ‘acting’ for the photographs.