Monday, September 30, 2013

Eric Clapton Sells Another Gerhard Richter

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

Warhol's "Flash-November 22, 1963"

Andy Warhol
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"

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

 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

Phil Hansen-Embrace the Shake

Phil Hansen-Embrace the Shake

Yue Minjun "Execution"

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-Los Angeles Artist


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

Art Walk, Jeffrey Werve, Los Angeles Sept. 12, 2013

Untitled #6

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

Gill Miller's NYC

NYC2010Spray 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 ‘It’s Not About Light—It Is Light’

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.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Street Art from L.A. to Kiev, El Mac to Shepard Fairey

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

Kirkpatrick Mural by Nathan Brown


KIRKPATRICK MURAL by: NATHAN BROWN from Nathan Brown on Vimeo.
This incredible elementary school asked me and my good friend Audrock to give the walls of their school some life and here is what i did :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Downtown Los Angeles Inflatable Structure

Downtown Los Angeles Inflatable Walk-in Structure at Grand Park 

Los Angeles' Downtown has seen an explosion of urban renewal and vitality injected into it in the last 15 years. And as part of that renewal and vitality is the influence of the art scene there. The arts often play a key role of an urban renaissance, and Los Angeles is no exception. Grand Park is also a symbol of that renewal. Situated between the Music Center on the west and City Hall on the East, the programming of events is a key to that success.

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 in Newport Beach

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 
were invited in to see the collection were Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Irwin

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Berkeley-no-13 Richard Diebenkorn

 
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.

The Huffington Post 
Richard Diebenkorn






Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Chain Drive" Acrylic on Canvas

Chain Drive is the first painting in this series that
I started in 2012. It makes reference to the machine vs. the organic and how they interplay, or don't. Spray acrylic on canvas 48x36

Monday, September 2, 2013

"Kane" Matthew Stone

Kane, Matthew Stone 2011

Francois Boucher, A Stooping Nude

Fran├žois Boucher 

1703-1770

A stooping nude turned to the right, his right hand grasping a pedestal

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Picasso

For some reason, I think of Picasso on Sundays. I don't really know why. As one of the Grandmasters of modern art, his influence is undeniable. Whether you love him, or not so much, he was an expert at marketing himself and his art. I know one thing for sure, and that is, to be an artist, and to be known by your last name, is a dream!