Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Also, I found different ways to support a changing art gallery without turning your walls into Swiss cheese. I am not sure what looks better though - hanging wires, or art on a shelf-ledge?
hanging wires: http://www.ashanging.com/?gclid=CLG7-5bj6JcCFQFvGgod6hQbDg
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Romaine Brooks was a portraitist who painted women in androgynous and masculine attire. She used mainly a gray scale with just accents and highlights of color. She was inspired by Whistler and also the Symbolist painters while her contemporaries were cubist and fauve painters. I love how moody and expressive her paintings are with their limited palette and stylization, and the design of her compositions. Her subjects included close friends and famous people, such as this portrait of Jean Cocteau:
Here is another self portrait which is on the cover of a wonderful book about her art called Amazons in the Drawing Room:
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There is a wonderful new book out to accompany a current traveling exhibition of Edward Steichen's fashion photography, Edward Steichen: In High Fashion (The Conde Nast Years 1923-1937). Steichen is the father of modern fashion photography. He was a student of Alfred Steiglitz, and became the chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair during the 1920s and 30s. He was also curator of The Family of Man, a significant photography exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, the catalogue for which is still in print. The Family of Man is a wonderful collection of images and quotes that illustrate what humankind has in common across the world.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Pittsburgh is both the "City of Bridges" and the "Robot City", and artist Glenn Kaino combines both identities into ARCH, a transformer sculpture commissioned for Pittsburgh's 250th by the Andy Warhol Museum. The giant robot is located at the corner of a parking lot on Seventh St. and Fort Duquesne Blvd. in the Cultural District, right across from the big, yellow Warhol Bridge (which seems like a distant relative). I took this photo of ARCH on my lunch hour. I think that he is more Autobot than Decepticon... He has a friendly countenance!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I'm going through some older paintings to give to my parents this weekend as gifts and for safe-keeping. Here is one I am delivering, that I haven't looked at in a long time. It's odd looking at the many different phases my painting has gone through as I've tried different styles over the years. I was inspired by different things, trying to achieve different things, and learning. This one is of Adam and Eve banished from the Garden of Eden. The silhouettes are drawn from a historical painting I can't find at the moment because I can't recall who it was by, while the forest was invented.
Monday, October 27, 2008
There are wonderful examples of cinemagraphic portraiture among the stills. Here are my ten favorites:
From The Birds:
From Rear Window:
To Catch A Thief:
Mr. and Mrs. Smith:
Sunday, October 26, 2008
13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, was an amazing show. Commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, 13 Most Beautiful featured 13 of Warhol's silent film portraits known as the Screen Tests - each just four minutes long - set to music by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (formerly of the band Luna) in a world premier at the Byham on Friday night. The band played beneath a large screen with the "portraits" projected, all silent films in black and white. The music seemed to become the thoughts of the individuals projected on the large screen.
The 13 were chosen from some 500 such "screen tests" that included famous folks, such as Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, as well as unknown people whom Warhol thought possessed star power. In 1964, Warhol put together a collection of these called 13 Most Beautiful Women, followed shortly thereafter by 13 Most Beautiful Men. Why 13? Reading about the Screen Tests, I learned that the number 13 came from a New York City Police brochure of the 13 Most Wanted, which was also the title of Warhol's mural for the World's Fair.
Some of the famous faces included Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed, and Nico. During Lou Reed's film portrait, they played "Not A Young Man Anymore" - a Reed/Cale/ Morrison/Tucker song. During Nico's film portrait, Britta sang Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine". (Nico, a German singer Warhol discovered and made famous when he made her a lead singer of The Velvet Underground, has a popular cover version of this song.) The rest were Dean and Britta originals, composed specifically for these Screen Tests.
(still from Lou Reed's screen test)
The intimacy of the extreme close-ups made them mesmerizing. Movements were overall subtle. There was an occasional chew of gum, or the use of an occasional prop - a bottle of coke, a cigarette. The most active of the portraits was number 13, Jane Holzer, who brushed her teeth the whole time. Just as interesting, however, were the almost motionless ones, such as Ann Buchanan (pictured at the top of this entry) who stared out at us without blinking until tears fell down her cheeks like crystals. Her features softened while the music grew more dreamy and whistful.
Andy Warhol let a camera run and walked away. It was true to his "Factory" methods, and yet, like the rest of his work, the results are substantive. Even in portraits of others, he is able to be our mirror.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Magdalena Bors photographs fairy tale scenes that she makes from ordinary household things. The trees in this one remind me of the board game, Enchanted Forest. I love how playful and imaginative her images are! You can see more on her web site:
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
There is a version of this same poster that says Hope, too. It is nice seeing positive imagery like this for a presidential campaign coming from artists. These artists are coming together in The Manifest Hope Gallery to "highlight themes of the progressive grass-roots movement surrounding the Obama Campaign - Hope, change, progress, unity and patriotism."
A show of these images opens on Sunday at The Manifest Hope Gallery, housed within Denver’s Andenken Gallery. The description of the show is as follows:
"Manifest hope will showcase some of the finest modern contemporary artists, acclaimed NY painters and sculptors, activated grass roots and street artists, and present the most widely recognized pieces seen throughout the 2008 presidential primary campaign, as well as newly commissioned works and previous works on loan from some of the United States top artists."
This is not the first recognizable image by Fairey. I hadn't linked the Obama poster with these other images at first, but looking at his portfolio on-line is like popping in a new CD and realizing you know some of the songs already. Like this one:
and this one:
And some that are political in nature, but with a positive message. This one seems to state his main theme:
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
This is NOT Chuck Close in his studio:
Nor is this Jackson Pollock in his studio:
These are miniature replicas of artists' studios by artist Joe Fig. And these are just zoom-ins of the interiors-- he has made the exteriors too. Check them out on his web site, here under "sculpture":
Thursday, August 14, 2008
They required professionally photographed art for the catalog, which is going to be sent to galleries nation-wide. I had the photography done by Alex Patho Sr. and Alex Patho Jr, and had several other paintings photographed as well. The results were far superior to the images I had previously taken on my digital camera (which recently broke in my purse). The digital photos that the Pathos took are such high quality, they could make actual-sized prints of my paintings if I ever wanted those, including prints on canvas. This is the painting being used for the catalog and show: