Thursday, January 14, 2010
There is a complex relationship between Arthur Ganson and his art. His intentions in his motion devices seem to be just for the love of logic behind the intricacies of how it’s done. He states at the end of this video that these devices mean nothing. That whatever he makes, and what that person feels, is like the gear in one of his devices. These essentially meaningless objects could mean something to you, magnifying some emotional aspect in life, and again, you’re on a trip with the creator and yourself. It brings you back around to a shared emotional idea and passion that Ganson has created. In essence, the creator has done something he loves and has a passion for and you’ve experienced those same feelings just by watching the object in motion.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
At the height of his career, the legendary Spanish painter released this statement that enraged feminists everywhere. In essence, he described that women are either of royalty, embellishing in themselves an exquisite, desiring need to be treated like goddesses. Or you were a doormat. Able to be footed with the respect of a pair Lugz. But therein lies the question: why marry a doormat when there are video game girlfriends and the Eiffel Tower?
"My name is Josh. I currently have an internship at ArtFortune.com as a Graphic Designer but have been gaining proficient marketing technique knowledge. The website, ArtFortune.com, launched 3 months ago and we’re looking for your help! Presently, we’re looking for more members for our art forum, which, I’m not going lie, is like a ghost town. You’ll also notice that my posts on Tumblr are the exact same posts on the forum, which is great because I get to share my interests there and here. Anyway, I told my boss about Tumblr and she thought it was a great idea to lure in artists of all kinds, so don’t hesitate to sign up and start a discussion on our art forum. Hope everybody likes what I have to contribute and don’t forget to sign up at the art forum!"
Have a nice one,
ArtFortune.com Announces Worldwide Debut
PHOENIX, Arizona – ArtFortune.com, a Phoenix based website firm, announced today its debut into the realm of online art networks. This monumental accomplishment will fuse art enthusiasts, buyers, sellers, and artists themselves together in one seamless meeting place that spans the entire globe.
Available in over 20 languages and seen in nearly 200 countries, ArtFortune.com is able to bring together the art from around the world into one impressive meeting place. Art Fortune is working on partnerships with museums, galleries and artists alike to offer clients unique art work, databases for information pertaining to art and forums where art related topics can be freely exchanged between members of the groundbreaking site.
Using state of the art technology, ArtFortune.com to provide features it is members that include the ability to upload high resolution images of artwork, safely store images with its database, connect with artists, galleries, and museums all over the globe, and even search for artists within a specified genre or regional area. Elena Kohn, president and founder of ArtFortune.com has been working tirelessly for the past few years to launch a website that encompassed each of these features and is now proud to announce its arrival to the world.
Rene Magritte created witty, thought-provoking images as a Belgian surrealist artist. Surrealism is defined as features of elements of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur (lacking any real meaning relative to what it follows). Most surrealist artists, however, will regard their works as an expression of the philosophical movement with works of art being “artifacts”. Take a look at “The Lovers” and “L’Invention de la vie”. Both painted with oil. Two primary characteristics stand out here that are pretty obvious. Two pieces of cloth are coving the heads of The Lovers while only one person is covered in L’Invention de la vie. The subtle difference is that while the whole body of a person is covered in one illustration, but is it man or woman who is covered? Incidentally, only the heads of The Lovers are covered, while there, displayed, is the depiction of man and woman.
Both paintings re-enact two very interesting concepts: life and love. They are interacting on a backdrop of fluid and solid colors of blue and red. It is the L’Invention de la vie that confused me the most. The picture is utterly absurd. It seems to be telling the story of a person who has not been introduced to the world. The woman who stands next to him hasn’t helped him/her because she has not lifted her own garments, which come straight down in wrinkled but defined quality. The shadows in the cloth reflect the meaning of the painting itself. I came up with a funny idea. Her hands seem to be compromised, which makes me think: what if this was a world without hands! Ha hah! For all we know, this world is a world without hands. Perhaps life itself is just a series of helping hands to uncover that that is life. Life is, after all, mostly and wholly based on interaction.
If you look at the second painting it is quite simple and not as absurd as the first. The Lovers is a beautiful representation of the connotation “love is blind”. The picture isn’t love, but just a representation of what lovers can be. There is no other way to look at it. I think the most important point to understand is the seemingly blindness of love. When you fall in love with a person, what exactly are you falling in love with, their eyes or their voice? What they see and tell or what you hear and think?
Both paintings are extremely subjective and thought provoking for the visual interpreter. These are just a few questions to ask when looking at these painting and don’t necessary have to explain a philosophy. When I look at the lovers, I think of the story between Narcissus and Echo. It’s a great story of a girl, Echo, that falls in love with a boy, Narcissus, but he is cursed to be in love with no one else but himself which makes the story so tragic.
A wee wooden guitar made by Pablo Picasso has been recovered 3 years after it was stolen by a con-man. Picasso made it for his daughter Paloma, but once it was finished he gave it instead to his friend, Italian artist Giuseppe Vittorio Parisi.
Parisi kept it for decades, but when he was 92 (in 2007), an unnamed “businessman” persuaded him to part with it. The fraudster promised he’d create a special special wood and glass display case for the piece, but once he had it, he disappeared never to be seen again.
“Galleries mounted an impressive string of museum-quality shows. The league leader was the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, where a lavish retrospective of the Italian avant-gardist Piero Manzoni and a stunning assembly of paintings and prints from Picasso’s last decade, left, made both artists feel brand new.”The Year in Arts: Roberta Smith (nyt)
Thursday, January 7, 2010
2. He worked for FREE. Ross could bang out an entire 13-episode season of The Joy of Painting in just over two days, which freed him up to get back to teaching lessons.
3. He didn’t sell his painting, however, Ross did sell some souvenir gold pans during his stint in Alaska.
4. He loved animals. During his childhood in Florida, he once shocked his mother by trying to nurse a wounded alligator back to health in the family’s bathtub.
5. He didn’t love the Fro. Ross had an uncanny knack for marketing, though, so he knew that trimming his locks down to a more conservative ‘do would probably undercut part of his business.
“I’ve never claimed that this is investment art. When we first started out, all the art colleges and universities across the country would sort of badmouth what we were doing. It’s funny that a lot of them now are sending us letters saying, ‘We may not totally agree with the way you paint, but we appreciate what you’re doing, because you’re sending literally thousands of people into art colleges.’” - Bob Ross
“If you can’t please everyone with your deeds and art, please just a few.”
At the end of the 19th century, the University of Vienna commissioned Gustav Klimt to create a painting depicting the field of philosophy. The painting, seen above in its complete form, created such outrage that 20 professors petitioned to have it removed. For a society that was seeking some greater order in any field, Gustav’s painting was certainly not a celebration of certainty or reason. An indication that old order was out and new, unknown age was dawning.
“Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections Web sites,” Sophie Blackall says. “Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.”
Sophie Blackall also has a book coming out featuring all these paintings and more in 2012!
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