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27 November 2006 @ 10:47 am
in honor of the holidays, I bring you Wayne Thiebaud!

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ala wikipedia...

Wayne Thiebaud (born November 23, 1920) is an American painter whose most famous works are of cakes, pastries, toys and lipsticks. His last name is pronounced "Tee-bo."

Thiebaud was born to Mormon parents in Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A.. He was brought to Long Beach, California at the age of six months. Thiebaud spent over ten years working in New York and Hollywood as a cartoonist and advertisement designer. These stints were interrupted for four years, from 1942 to 1946, while Thiebaud served as a member of the United States Army Air Forces. Wayne Thiebaud's formal art training was paid for by the G.I. Bill, and he studied at San Jose State College and the California State University, Sacramento. He received a teaching appointment at Sacramento Junior College in 1951, while still in graduate school. He remained there for eight years after which he joined the University of California, Davis as an art professor, where he is a professor today. He currently (2006) teaches one class per year.

one of my favorite of the 'pop' art artists, and I really adore his landscapes. I always think, the landscape CANT look like that, and then when you look again, it looks EXACTLY like his paintings.
20 November 2006 @ 04:54 pm
Plainly said, on his buildings alone, I want to go to Barcelona.
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from Wikipedia
The architect's work has been categorized as Art Nouveau architecture, a precursor to modern architecture. But his adoption of biomorphic shapes rather than orthogonal lines put him in a category unto himself (in Latin, sui generis). His style was later echoed by that of Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000).

Though hailed as a genius, some hypothesize that Gaudí was color blind and that it was only in collaboration with Josep Maria Jujol – an architect twenty seven years his junior whom he acknowledged as a genius in his own right – that he produced his greatest works.

Gaudi died in 1926, from a trolley accident (pretty gruesome), but I think only with Frank Gehry and others that are coming to the fore NOW, are we even coming close to the visionary style of Gaudi. I recently finished the biography on him, and I could write a whole lot more, but I am at the end of my workday, and running out of time.

Maybe I will put an addendum on here, if people would like me to.

So, question of the day, Gaudi: Brilliant, or Insane?
15 November 2006 @ 12:55 pm
It's not a Monday, but I'm posting anyway!

Today, I shall post about Umberto Boccione and the Futurist movement.
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David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) has always done projects outside of his famed musical career. A former art student, he has been exhibiting works with the infamous presentation software known as Microsoft PowerPoint for a few years now.

David sez,
"I'm using a medium that's ubiquitous, that everybody knows about, and maybe using it in a slightly different way, giving it a little twist or tweak. In that case, it was pop songs—I was perfectly happy and excited about using the limitations. I would write within that format. In this case, I"m limited by what PowerPoint would do."

More at: http://www.davidbyrne.com/art/eeei/index.php
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Current Music: Random Irish music
13 November 2006 @ 01:02 pm
Jasper JohnsCollapse )

He was born in Augusta, Georgia, and although he briefly attended the University of South Carolina and an art school in New York, he is considered a self-taught artist. Johns began to exhibit in New York in the 1950s, and, with Robert Rauschenberg, his work was credited with forging a path beyond the abstraction and expressionism of an earlier generation. Often characterized as a Pop artist for his use of familiar objects and common materials—flags, numbers, targets, maps, and newspapers—Johns challenges the idea that we take conventional ideas and images for granted. Early in his career, he began experimenting with traditional printmaking techniques to produce innovative works. “Usuyuki,” a Japanese term meaning “light snow,” is the title given to a series of prints the artist created in the early 1980s, which invoke a snow’s ephemeral beauty.
06 November 2006 @ 11:40 am
My first contribution to Modern Art Mondays is Janine Antoni!
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05 November 2006 @ 11:37 pm
I was in the mood for quirky and fun for this week, so I am posting one of my favorite of the surrealists: Rene MagritteCollapse )

From Wikipedia:
Magritte was born in Lessines, Belgium in 1898. In 1912, his mother committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Sambre. Magritte was present when her corpse was fished out of the water, and the image of his mother floating, dress obscuring her face, was to be prominent in his amant series. He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels for two years until 1918. During this time he met Georgette Berger, whom he married in 1922.

Magritte worked in a wallpaper factory, and was a poster and advertisement designer until 1926 when a contract with Galerie la Centaure in Brussels made it possible for him to paint full-time.

In 1926, Magritte produced his was the first surrealist painting, The Lost Jockey (Le jockey perdu), and held his first exhibition in Brussels in 1927. Critics heaped abuse on the exhibition. Depressed by the failure, he moved to Paris where he became friends with André Breton, and became involved in the surrealist group.

Question of the day: Do you find his paintings amusing & quirky, or spooky & disturbing?
31 October 2006 @ 09:27 pm
Yah yah, I know. MONDAY! but I just see the two lonely posts, and I have to post a third.

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Xu Bing was born in 1955 in China, and has been living in the US since 1990.

Book from the Sky consists of a series of block printed books made from 400 hand carved movable type calligraphy blocks. At first glance, they look like antique archives of some sort. The calligraphy follows all the form of traditional block printing, but it actually has no real words to it. Initial critical assessment was very positive, until the student uprising in Tienanmen Square happened, and the tide shifted. It was then assumed that there was a subversive message in it, and he was pressured to leave China.

More recent calligraphy work has been 'western calligraphy' style, where English words are compacted into squared off designs. He has designed a computer program that will print out the words in this type of script. He is at the forefront of modern calligraphy, and crosses the line between craft and art.
31 October 2006 @ 10:37 am
One is the loneliest number, so I am adding an extra bonus entry, for Tuesday.

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Yamano was born in 1956 in Fukuoka, Japan.
From Traver Gallery website:
Yamano's technical mastery and innovations owe much to his study of traditional Japanese metalwork: Yamano rolls thickly blown hot glass over silver leaf to fuse it. He then etches the surface with images -- most often his trademark fish and mountains. He then plates the surface with copper. After, the artist embellishes the blown vessel with hot sculpted and cold-worked glass elements. The resulting pieces are complicated but richly subtle.

that passage makes it seem so simple....
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31 October 2006 @ 10:24 am
To kick start Modern Art Mondays

Louise BourgeoisCollapse )

She was born in Paris in 1911, and currently lives in New York. Do the math.... Yes, she is 95.
She totally rocks. She is best known for the great big spider sculptures, and strange gender bending sculptures in stone and metal.

All conversations about Women in the Arts and the 20th century should include her.

For the Pittsburgh folks, she did the water fountain downtown surrounded by the eyeball benches.

A good person to start this off with.
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