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22 July 2008 @ 11:47 pm
OK, it's not Monday. It's still Tuesday. Close enough.

Meet my friend Elizabeth Agro. Liz is the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Liz gets to do all kinds of cool stuff at her job. A current exhibit that she curated was the jewelry of Alexander Calder.

Yes, that Alexander Calder.

Yes, jewelry.

Listen here to find out more.

I think I am less intrigued or surprised that Calder would dabble in jewelry making and more impressed that he set out doing this as gifts for his family and friends. Jewelry just means a lot more to me when it's handmade by someone I know and care about.
Current Mood: tiredtired
21 December 2007 @ 11:23 am
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~Scott Adams

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.
~Pablo Picasso

An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
~Andy Warhol

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
~Jules Feiffer

Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping.
~Jean Cocteau
Current Mood: creativecreative
10 September 2007 @ 10:08 pm
My favorite medium is electronic media art, so much so that it was my major in college.

Please join me in cooing over Yukio Miyamoto, Master of Adobe Illustrator Gradients. I truly admire this man's work.

I'm an Adobe Illustrator junkie myself, so much so that I will modify the design details of a project just so I can utilize its latest features with great purpose.

Miyamoto, however, would out-Illustrate me before you could say "製品版". He's been using the program since its first release (he bought a Mac II!) and has an incredible studio to boot. Now if only PeachPit Press would translate his books into English so that I may learn some of his tricks!

Never underestimate the power of Illustrator! Huzzah for vector art!


Miyamoto's Web Portfolio: http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/~yukio-m/intro/index.html
13 March 2007 @ 02:38 pm
"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
16 January 2007 @ 10:35 pm
Thanks to a link from derekcfpegritz I have a link to a fascinating Polish surrealist!


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18 December 2006 @ 09:47 am
And he drove down the street/in his ElDorado
While he was only five-foot-three/girls could not resist his stare
Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole.
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It is estimated that Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) produced about 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints or engravings, 34,000 book illustrations and 300 sculptures or ceramics. He is in the Guinness book for the most prolific artist ever.

I tried to find some of the less commonly seen images, just cause. Picasso is one of those artists that other artists love to love to hate. Brilliant, but ubiquitous. I find myself frustrated with some of his work, but then defending it to people who hate it, without the artistic background to understand what he was doing. I am frustrated less with his work now than I was when I was younger, possibly because I can see things in it that I couldn't see before. Possibly that I just understand the context better now.

So, for the peanut gallery, what are your thoughts on one of the 20th Century Masters? Do you find yourself loving some, and hating others? Do you find yourself finding new things all the time with his work, or is it all the same to you?
12 December 2006 @ 11:44 am
Happy 143rd Birthday, Edvard Munch!

Your days spent in the darkest corners of the world--better known as Norway--inspired you to dish out paintings and prints of such emotional anguish and technique that you helped jump-start German Expressionism. I admit that even in Art in the Dark (better known as History of Western Art I and II), I was mildly disturbed with the gut-wrenching aftershock of emotion in your paintings and sympathized with your life. I think what struck me most about his paintings--beyond Scream was the sadness I felt from them and could relate to.

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Munch Timeline: http://www.edvardmunch.info/edvard-munch/timeline.asp

Edvard Munch Website: http://www.munch-edvard.de/e/index.shtml

There's also a 1974 movie made about his life: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074462/
04 December 2006 @ 06:22 pm
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Shirin Neshat was born in Qazwin, Iran in 1957 and now lives in New York City. She is a visual artist who has gained recognition for her photography, film and video installations, which she has used to express complex, philosophical ideas. Shirin Neshat has been featured in many international publications focused on her pre-occupation with the representation of feminism, the veil and the interaction between so-called traditional and modern values.

Time magazine did an article on her: http://www.time.com/time/europe/photoessays/neshat/

I find her photography and videos to be fascinating. They are both very feminist statements, as well as being firmly rooted in Persian imagery. I am not usually compelled by video art, but I sat through the entirety of Soliloquy when it was at the Carnegie International. Twice actually, since it consisted of two separate videos facing each other...