It was always a treat to show this series of paintings to my students when they said about the artist’s color block paintings…”Anybody could do that!” These paintings show so clearly the artist’s development over his career. They really help to demonstrate one of the many ways towards abstraction.
Born in NYC in 1942 Katherine Bradford lives in Brooklyn and Brunswick Maine . In 2013 she was appointed Senior Critic in the graduate program at Yale School of Art. She didn’t study art in college. She didn’t begin to show work till 1997! She had opportunity but no interest…until while raising kids…she did! I love this work. I know it seems primitive but it is so evocative of things and shapes I’m drawn to. The fact that the figures are simply painted only helps to gather in the feel of water at night…I started humming my favorite song…Nightswimming by REM almost instantly!
These may be familiar. Here they are in order! Enjoy!! And...Happy Valentines Day!
1. Robert Indiana 2. Rembrandt 3.Renoir 4. Frida Kahlo 5.Gustave Klimt
Yazdan was born and raised in Hanover NH. She got a BA in Colorado and a Masters from New York Studio School. She says,
“Each of my paintings tells a story. They are based on things I see, read about, and watch on TV, as well as memories of events, feelings and colors – the pink of my favorite childhood bathing suit, the first time I told a lie. Color, form and pattern combine to become conversations, expressions, and events.
Paul Cristina is a young self taught artist living in Charleston NC. He works in various mediums but I have chosen his collages. Working in collage is very challenging. I find these difficult but interesting.
One of the things I love about drawings is how you often get a glimpse of how the artist works…bits left behind by an eraser…places where something has been rubbed out and a smudge remains…often fingerprints too. In these drawings Fischl has used glassine…a thin mylar like paper that he has laid over a section of a drawing in order to change it…or drawn a bunch of figures and objects on the mylar and then arranged them…overlapping where needs be to create the composition he wants.
Canadian artist; Here’s a quote from a studio interview: ” I find images online that I can relate to–other people’s vacations and trips. The image makes me feel like I’m there. It’s all about the figures and how I can use them in different landscapes. It’s a constant battle between figures and landscapes and how they work together. When I pick up a photo, I’m looking at how the light hits the figure, the angles of the bodies and how I relate to them.”Canadian artist; Here’s a quote from a studio interview: ” I find images online that I can relate to–other people’s vacations and trips. The image makes me feel like I’m there. It’s all about the figures and how I can use them in different landscapes. It’s a constant battle between figures and landscapes and how they work together. When I pick up a photo, I’m looking at how the light hits the figure, the angles of the bodies and how I relate to them.”
Seth Price is the son of a high school friend. He’s a visual artist…and…a writer …and…a musician/composer. Whew…a busy guy! His music and visual work are related to the digital world. He grew up in a period before the ubiquitous use of the internet. So he has observed that development and embraced it. Using bits of images he gathers from media he none- the- less uses real materials to create his pieces. Reading about him was pretty amazing! And…I have to admit it’s most interesting after doing some looking and reading. Contemporary art is not for the faint of heart! He has a piece in a show opening this month at the ICA in Boston.
Medina Dugger 2017: First Prize Magnum Photography award 'Open' category. Lensculture portrait award 'juror's pick'. Born in California and lives in Lagos Nigeria. This isn't much information. There's not much about her. But this series of photos are so rich with color! Maybe it's just midwinter in the cold North East.
Andreas Gursky is a German photographer who is known for his huge photos that document the effects of globalization and capitalism on contemporary life. While what the images represent are often distressing they are also so beautiful that you are invited to overlook the message. I remember the first time I saw them/ admired them…and then realized the subject matter…and remembered…”it’s all about the money”.
Klein explores “the relationship between photography and painting as well as the layers of mediation involved in both creating and interpreting images. Using her own photography as a point of departure, Klein’s paintings push the original image towards abstraction in ways that reveal inherent flaws in processes of representation.” These sweeping vistas hint at the borders of photo and painting…a drip here, a cropped side there. I wonder if they’d hold my attention over a period of time? Why don't I feel the same way about van den Broek's work?
Koen van den Broek is a Belgian artist. He paints scenes of roadsides mostly. The edges, the curves, the detritus, and the shadows make the scenes feel vast and empty. There are never people but they are often implied through those shadows…sometimes a shopping cart and sometimes humans. Van den Broek works from snapshots he takes on his extensive travels to Asia and the United States. Tomorrow I will show another artist who abstracts the wide open spaces using photography as a source.
This English artist is known for her prints and drawings. As a child she was deeply affected by a nearby slaughterhouse near her home and now fights against cruelty to animals and social justice for humans. Her politics are powerfully displayed through her work. Much of it was too difficult for me to post.
More parks!! Artists: Hockney, Bierstadt, Manet Monet, Sargent, Monet
Maybe this theme came to me because here in New England it’s the dead of winter. As I began to think about artists related to this subject I remembered the differences between the English and French garden designs of the 18th and 19th centuries and America’s development of a National Park system through westward expansion in the 19th century…Olmstead’s parks in Boston and NYC. The need, desire, dream of green space seems pretty universal but how that manifests says a great deal about the culture of the time and place. Artists: Thomas Moran, Picasso, John Singer Sargent, Seurat, Christo and Jeanne Claude
Below is a long quote from artist Sue Coe who writes eloquently about Avery and his work.
Christensen works in porcelain using a sgraffito method…drawing with a sharp tool into the glaze on the surface of a thrown pot. His work is narrative and relates to specific places and ideas. “To me, more important than the immediate political or social issues of the day is the greater struggle of humans to find a way to fit back in to the natural pattern of life on earth.”Christensen works in porcelain using a sgraffito method…drawing with a sharp tool into the glaze on the surface of a thrown pot. His work is narrative and relates to specific places and ideas. “To me, more important than the immediate political or social issues of the day is the greater struggle of humans to find a way to fit back in to the natural pattern of life on earth.”
More Birds!!! Walton Ford, Fabritius, Fiona Watson, Andrew Wyeth, Duke Riley, Richard Storms, murmuration
Here are a variety of paintings of birds through art history.
Sometimes birds can be fairly frightening. When I look at Jamie Wyeth’s ‘7 Deadly Sins’ series or Walton Ford’s huge watercolors I feel quite uncomfortable whereas a Matisse or a murmuration will fill me with awe. There will be more tomorrow!
Artists in order...(I hope...Audubon, Jamie Wyeth, Richard Storms, Cartier Bresson, Matisse, Walton Ford
Young lives in Ashfield MA and is a graduate of UMass. These paintings feel very abstract but still reference landscape.