Ernst thought of collage as a way to bring together disparate elements to create a new accidental idea. I think we pretty much take this for granted but in the 1920’s and 30’s this was not the case. Sometimes the resulting piece leaves one just …wondering!
Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.
Around 1925 Max Ernst started using the technique of frottage as part of the surrealist semi-automatic procedures. Max Ernst and other Surrealist artists incorporated such rubbings into their paintings not as means of faithfully reproducing the model but as an artistic style in itself, as way of generating new and original imagery.
Serge Attukwei Clottey
The works shown demonstrate the social aspect of Clottey’s work. Constructed with cut up jerry cans used by the locals to transport water and other liquids, the plastic of the jerry cans is bad for the environment and contaminates the water they hold. Clottey…dressed in women’s clothing (because it’s ‘women’s work’ …goes about…with his team, gathering up the jerry cans that he then cuts up and turns into wall hangings. The pieces are wonderful. They have meaning much like the work of El Anatsui. You can find Anatsui's work through Google or by going back through the Artist of the Day entries.
I am interested in the multivalent ambiguities of abstraction.
My abstractions are not mathematical but more from nature.
Drawing fosters a direct approach. Charcoal is equally malleable and stubborn, delicate and inelegant, definite and imprecise. Marks and smudges are asked to give integrity to the observation of small things.
"Don’t worry about not getting Carrie Moyer’s paintings. Moyer’s paintings get you. They blow in your ear. They run a fingertip down your arm. Not literally of course, but these abstract paintings seduce. They undulate, simmer, and glow; they seem to inhale and pull you in. They are gorgeous."- Boston Globe reviews the Worcester show, by Cate McQuaid
Travis Hetman says this about himself and the way he works. “I'm new to Denver by way of Minneapolis. I'm usually in my studio painting, drawing, and or listening to Tom Waits. I find much inspiration for my work in the existential realm and mostly it can be understood by something Franz Kafka said: "In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world." “ These are found photos that have been altered with mixed media.
I like this work…and …I like the ideas of this work. The themes and the way they interface with the artist’s life and manage to portray one person’s protest is pretty great I think. Here are 2 themes. The first is '100 Days'.
Every week for the first 100 days of the current administration I sent an original painting of a broken object to the White House.
Self-Portrait of a Taxpayer
I receive a monthly bill from the IRS for unpaid taxes. Along with the bill is an envelope which I use as a visual diary, illustrating a story or moment from my life, and send it back with a check enclosed.
The Austrian painter Egon Schiele was an amazing draftsman! I find his drawings both beautiful and terrifying. Really hard to look at. He was a strange child and grew into an intense adult with incredible artistic drive. He had great success in his short life. He died in the Spanish Flu epidemic at the age of 28. His work is presently on display at the MFA in Boston.
I had never heard of this African American artist…perhaps because he is an African American artist. Now in his 80’s he has received 2 Fulbright scholarships, a Guggenheim and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught at Rutgers University and has had several one person exhibits at the Whitney and other large museums. In a recent trip to the Whitney I saw his piece Pyramid Up and Down. I’ve added photos of this piece but UGH it is difficult to ‘read’. It’s made of barbed wire…which is quite terrifying…but so delicate as to be inviting.
Frank Auerbach…. when he thought of his own work said, “Well, it is that sense that I haven’t done enough pictures to justify my existence,” he said. “It’s only very recently, because I have lived for such an unconscionably long time, that I have felt that I have managed what you might call a little oeuvre.”
It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning.
I think in art…all rules were made to be broken. There are always too many components for rules to hold. Here are some pieces that defy the rules of composition.
Eric Fischl, William Merritt Chase, Becky Yazdan, 3 Degas
Landscapes are about beauty and death. The only way you can define beauty . . . is to know that death is hiding behind it. This is what haunts you when you’re doing a so-called landscape painting. *
Sometimes he shows close up sunflower patterns. Frequently he inserts rounded large organic forms behind narrow lines of paint running horizontally across the picture. His distinctive palette, with its reds, greens, yellows and blues is darkly luminous. Occasionally he opens up the picture, allowing you to look as if into a distant landscape.
I painted these paintings in celebration of human movement. I painted these paintings in a moment of great division. But this is also a moment where we are empowered to make a choice: As a species, we can move together toward collective liberation, or move against each other on a path towards self-annihilation.
“Little bit from you / And a little bit from me / Simple as it gets / We set each other free.”
-Jeff Tweedy/Mavis Staples Little Bit Anti Records 2017
These are pretty amazing!!! What would your fantasy coffin look like???
Paa Joe’s works, known as fantasy coffins, continue a tradition in Ghana known as abebuu adekai. The practice traces back to the Ga community of the Accra region in the 1950s, when ornate, figurative, and custom coffin designs were realized to celebrate the lives of priests and chiefs.
And while he’s not the first fantasy coffin maker in Ghana, Paa Joe is known as a masterful craftsman, and has brought his trade into the 21st century with his surprising and ambitious creations. Far from what we might traditionally think of as funereal, his impressive and at times bizarre sculptures have also captured imaginations in the Western art.
These HUGE … life size pastels are on view at the Whitney Museum in NYC. "Toyin Ojih Odutola—draftswoman, writer, keen observer, creator of worlds—was born in Ife, Nigeria, in 1985. An exemplar of what she has described as the 'wandering immigrant' tradition, she has been itinerant, a determined wanderer, in her locations and interests for much of her life." I so admire her rich surface…the pattern and textures she surrounds her portraits with…your eye moves around the surface with such interest. “When I draw the skin of my subjects, I really want people to travel throughout them,” she says. “The surface isn’t something I trifle with. In the making of the work, skin is the geography I travel in order to discover each individual and his/her story. With every line I mark up, I map out the territory of their realities.”
Cannon was an important and influential Native American artist in the 20th century. He was killed in a car accident at 31 but his work still resonates. “Never shying from the complexity and nuance of identity politics, Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens and showed us that Native American history and culture are integral to the American experience,” says Karen Kramer, exhibition curator and PEM’s Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture.
We will be lucky to see his work locally at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem MA. The exhibit opens March 3rd and runs through June 10th.
I began this series yesterday and was so excited by the images I added some more for today. Think of the work it provided artists as the country was recovering from the Depression!
MI - William Gropper
OR- Carl Morris
NH- Andrew Winter
Had a book out of the library…When Art Worked. Full of images produced by the WPA and the ‘Section of Fine Arts’, known as ‘The Section’. I was just amazed by these! I’d seen a few here and there but all together they were so full of action, movement, people at work and at play! The number of artists involved…many who I have never heard of.
Our nation actually set aside money for this endeavor! Amazing!
Puerto Rico- Rockwell Kent
RI- Hanlin Baker
TX- Jennie Magafan
TX- Tom Lea
IN- William F. Kaeser
These two portraits!! They are beautiful. For me they say a great deal about how some people are influenced by art in their lives. Somehow even a busy president and his wife have the time to consider how they wish to be portrayed. These are contemporary portraits for contemporary people! Go on line and view how those who came before them viewed their world. WOW!
Jensen lives and works in Brooklyn NY. The color in these paintings…so saturated you feel like you need sunglasses!