James Welling "Gelatin Photograph 40"
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Monday, October 7, 2013
Toro Y Moi's 'Rose Quartz' Video Features Stop Motion Animation Oil Painting
The fourth single of the American indie musician Chazwick Bradley Bundic, also known as Toro Y Moi's new album "Anything in Return." The whole project was created and produced by Lauren Gregory. In 2009, Moi was signed to Carpark Records, from which he released his first album Causers of This. In promotion of Anything in Return, Toro y Moi has embarked on a tour across North America and Europe, which started on May 27, 2013 in George Washington, and will end on November 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Interstellar Chain Drive, 2013
Recently completed acrylic abstract painting from Gill Miller. Interstellar Chain Drive is the sixth in the series of the exploration of humanity vs. the machine, and the results of that marriage. What do we get from that union? The machine as an extension and a tool to advance our interests and causes and to promote a more "civilized" life-style. Certainly two sides to this equation. The modern world has embraced the machine as a tool for living. We are interconnected.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Gerhard Richters Abstraktes Bild
This November, the music legend Eric Clapton will sell his second Gerhard Richter painting at Christie's Auction House in New York. The first time around in 2012, Clapton sold a Richter painting, also by the name of Abstraktes Bild, for $35 million, which was far and away above the expected sale price of $14-19 million. This set a new record as the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction for a living artist. This current painting that will be up for auction is expected to fetch around $25 million.
Friday, September 27, 2013
A new exhibit at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Ga is marking the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, with a collection of Warhol's prints that disseminate the horrendous tragedy that was drawn from five years of the American public's emotional response. It is two things; a celebration of the president as a much beloved leader of the United States and the free world, and through obscured film stills of the moment of the assassination and the ensuing horror, an archival, historical documentation of an event that most people who were alive then, still remember in detail.
Selections from Andy Warhol; Flash-November 22, 1963; Collection of Herbert Brito. © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Cy Twombly's "The Rose II"
The Huffington Post writes about "100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age", and included is The Rose II, a masterwork of epic proportions. His cryptic depiction of over sized flowers are at once beautiful, as well as somber and morose, as the paint runs down off the flowers. This implies death, and his professional background as a cryptologist would explain the artist's fascination with the subject matter.
Twombly's style combined graffiti and abstraction in a style that set a precedent to some of today's art. The artist was a working contemporary of Robert Rauschenberg while studying at the Art Students League, and Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell when he went to Black Mountain College. Twombly died in 2011 at the age of 83. He left a body of work and a legacy that will be studied and interpreted, and re-interpreted for years and years to come.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
New Banksy mural in Los Angeles, Better Out Than In. Painted with black spray paint with flowers representing vomit. The mural is accompanied with the text "October 2013", which aficionados claim the artist is up to some mischief in the U.S. next month. Stay tuned Banksy fans!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Yue Minjun Execution 1995
Yue Minjun is a Chinese artist living in Beijing, who is considered one of, if not the most important Chinese artist in China today. He is classified as a member of the "Cynical Realist" movement, although the artist denies that he is part of that. He often depicts himself frozen in laughter in his paintings. Execution is said to portray what happened at Tiananmen Square, although Minjun denies that. He also rejects the idea that he is being critical of the Chinese government, most likely to remain out of the line of sight of persecution. Execution last sold in 2007 for $5.9 million U.S. Dollars at London's Sotheby's.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Tod Lychkoff is a Los Angeles native and artist who has lived in Downtown Los Angeles for many years, before downtown had started its urban renaissance - before downtown had become the "cool" place that it has, and is, becoming. He lived there when one of the predominant features of the area were the homeless, sitting, eating and sleeping on the sidewalks, lying in front of dilapidated store-fronts. This was a constant reminder that much of the area lacked an economic and urban vitality.
This is what Tod paints about. He is telling a story of the faceless, the homeless people that we often overlook and ignore, to the best of our ability. I asked Tod about the shredded newspapers in many of his paintings on the recent Downtown ArtWalk where he had a solo show in a large, cavernous gallery in the heart of the Gallery District. He said the shredded newspaper represents how we are often just numbers and anonymous names in an impersonal world that often overlooks the sea of humanity around it. Most of us are so busy running around with our own agenda that we don't take notice of the person lying in the alley or on the sidewalk. Maybe we don't even notice the person in the apartment or house next door who is living in distress. (paraphrased in my own words).
Tod's art is beautiful. Most of the canvases are quite large. They tell a very important story on canvases that are drenched in color and texture and have amazing compositions. The viewer is drawn in to these amazing creations that they stand in front of, and somehow one feels in awe of what is before them. I felt compelled to ask questions and to contemplate.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Upon first glance and then closer examination, Untitled #6 drew me in as an exciting and very enticing abstract painting. With its blue and neutral pallet and ensuing red splash overlay, the "painting" was fresh and appealing in a world full of abstract art. It had a signature which made it its own. The artist, professional photographer Jeffrey Werve explained to me that the three large framed "paintings" were actually photographs of random paint spills, splashes and found objects, randomly composed. The result is colorful, beautiful and compelling. The camera lens frames the composition to make the final piece. Jeffrey is clearly a professional photographer with an eye that transforms randomness into art.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
NYC, 2010, Spray Acrylic on Canvas.
This is the painting that started my art career really, with my first art show in 2010 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA. This painting involved hundreds of overlays of paint using blue painter's tape and spray acrylic. The process seemed endless until I got to a point that it looked finished. The color balance was there as well as the symmetry and composition. My art since then has gone into a different direction, exploring other styles and even recently a bit of surrealism. NYC is still my biggest seller of giclees. I'm even shipping them off to buyers as far away as Singapore.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
James Turrell's Caper (Salmon-White), 2000, composed of LED and fluorescent
light, is installed in Houston’s Mies van der Rohe–designed glass pavilion.
A three museum, 3 city retrospective by living Los Angeles artist James Turrell is a tour-de-force of this artist's work, at LACMA in Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Each institution is presenting the artist according to their cultural history and influences, yet each exhibit has on display works of print, drawings, models, and Turrell’s elusive, hallucinatory installations constructed entirely from white and colored light. His light displays are fantastic and mezmerizing, if not other worldly. Admission to his exhibits cost an additional charge, and are worth every penny of it. Walking into these fields of colored light leave you with a feeling that you have experienced something quite unique and special.
The memory of what I experienced at LACMA stays with me, and has changed my perception of what I see around me.
The memory of what I experienced at LACMA stays with me, and has changed my perception of what I see around me.
Friday, September 13, 2013
The new book, The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, by Rafael Schacter, conicides with the recent decision by the Los Angeles City Council to overturn the 11 year ban on public murals on private property. The book includes 113 street artists from 25 countries. With Los Angeles at one time the epicenter of street art in the world, this decision will change the face of the city once again. The explosion of art will move from inside the gallery to the streetscape. In my view, this is a very important function of art - making it accessible to everyone in a setting that is not intimidating, such as a gallery can be. Two of the world's most famous street artists included in the book, El Mac and Shepard Fairey, are from Los Angeles, and lend weight to the art scene here. The book by Schacter, and the overturning of the mural law in Los Angeles, are a celebration of public art. It enriches the urban fabric, and makes for an intensely more vibrant and interesting urban experience.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Downtown Los Angeles Inflatable Walk-in Structure at Grand Park
The Inflatable Walk-in Structure is called Exxopolis. It was created by Architects of Air, a Nottingham, England-based company that is the brainchild of sculptor Alan Parkinson, who started designing the structures he calls luminaria in 1992. The World City event is the first time a luminarium will be presented in Los Angeles.
Gerald Buck inside his private art museum in Newport Beach, CA. He dies this week at 73. He maintained a vast, by some estimates the largest private art collection in the United States, art collection. Getting into the museum was by invitation only. Some of the notable artists who
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Berkeley-no-13. Richard Diebenkorn.
One of my favorite artist's because of his incredible use of color and light, and compositions that invite you in and make you want to stay. Richard was a Bay Area artist. His subjects ran the gamut of landscapes to interiors to portraits.
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"All that is unseen" exhibit by artist Matthew Stone at the Allan Nederpelt Gallery, New York. 2011
What is the artist saying? Is this a metaphor for the idea that we see only what we want to see? Or perhaps as humans we can only take in so much visually at a time.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Georgia O'Keeffe's "Bejeweled Creamer" is one of the most beautiful paintings that I've ever seen. This is saying a lot for an artist with the painting chops of O'Keeffe.