Sunday, March 31, 2013

ear on arm

This is aptly titled "Ear on Arm". It is by performance artist Sterlarc. It comments on the ever shrinking barrier of privacy and the constant integration of technology into the personal lives of humanity. This piece will be later fit with a transmitter that other people will be able to listen in on. The vetern performance artist is fearless, truly, in his attempt at calling out the injustice nature that technology sometimes presents.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jug Self Portrait

Jug in the form of a Head, Self-portrait was produced in glazed stoneware early in 1889 by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin.I found it interesting because in the sculpture he is a bloodied, severed head with a missing ear. This is because he just experienced two traumatic experiences in his life. One of these was Van Gogh hacking off his left ear and the other was the beheading of a criminal. I just thought it was cool because I haven't seen too many self-portrait sculptures and this one is weird because it is actually a cup.

The Conversation

Murnau Street by Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was a Russian painter, and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first modern abstract works. He started painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.
In 1896 he settled in Munich and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He went back to Moscow in 1914 after World War I started. He was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Moscow and returned to Germany in 1921. There he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France and became a French citizen.

Outdoor Cafe

I chose Outdoor Cafe by van Gogh because I saw similarities in this painting from another one of his paintings, Starry Night.  The sky looks swirled here, just as it does in his other painting.  I like this painting because the yellow is so vibrant it is almost glowing.  The cafe is the glowing aspect of this picture, and it highlights people enjoying the scenery and others' company.

Darktown Rebellion by Kara Walker

I chose Darktown Rebellion by Kara Walker because I found it to be very unique. The artist made this in 2001 and it is cut out paper and projection on a wall. She drew out characters on black paper, cut them out, posted them on the wall and then used projections to make a scenery behind it to tell a story. I found this to be very unique and interesting. There is so many different stories you can tell without even moving the characters, just by changing the projection behind them. I also liked how her characters were so detailed while just being all one color.

Lost in Translation

keith haring

Boxer is a 1987 sculpture by Keith Haring. It currently stands in Germany, and what was particularly inviting was its linearity. Such linearity, however, is countered by its inherit boldness. The arms, stretching through, show that war, battle, fighting, is not to be glorified. Violence impacts both sides of the piece, showing how ubiquitous violence's affects are.

The Empire of Lights

The Empire of Lights is a painting done by Rene Magritte.  It was completed in 1934.  The medium is oil on canvas.  The painting is 4’11 1/2” by 3’8 7/8”.  I like this painting because it shows both day and night in the same image.  The sky is painted as if it is during daylight and the house and trees are painted as if it is during nighttime.  It gives the painting nice contrast.  The reflection in the water also adds to the painting.

The Yellow Dress- Henri Matisse

This piece is named "The Yellow Dress" by Henri Matisse.  It is an oil on canvas, and can be found at the Baltimore Museum of Art.   The beautiful colors were created with watercolor on a thin medium to make it radiantly transparent. I truly love how beautiful the dress is and how elegantly she is sitting there.

Small Forest by Paul Cezanne

The painting I chose was Small Forest by Paul Cezanne. It was made in 1890 and is an oil on canvas. The reason I liked this photo was because the only part of this painting that is clear is the tree in the middle. Other than that the colors of the trees and the grass fade into eachother. The use of color, such as the different shades of green and yellow make the painting pop. You can even see where one part has a ditch. You can also see the shadow from the trees on the grass. In some parts of the painting you can also  see the blue colors of the sky showing

Lost in Translation

Mao 6 -Andy warhol

This peice by and warhol was created with silkscreen and acrylic on canvas. I love this peice because it is just so simple and straight forward. Allthough I cant stand Mao, I always liked the way andy warhol portrayed his peices, leaving a mark on his style to share with the entire world. This is a great peice because of the contrast of hot and cool colors in which warhol used to create this painting.

Kokoschka, Dresden:The New City

Oskar Kokoschka, Dresden: The New City. 1922. Oil on Canvas.

I love the coloring in this painting, the juxtaposition of the warm color yellow against the cool colors of blue and green. It's such a soft contrast, but still very evident. Also, the painting itself seems very emotional.

The Card Players - Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne 1894-1895 Oil on Canvas

I love this piece because it reminds me of my Abuelito who used to play cards when I was younger. I love how they colors blend in nicely. I like their hats in particular they are both unique. It's currently displayed in my favorite museum the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, France. It's part of a series of paintings. This is the most commonly known and the smallest version out of the 5 paintings. It's said that he eliminated details in the background to add to the effect of these two solo players just enjoying a relaxing game of cards rather than with spectators which makes it more intense.

L.H.O.O.Q. Marcel Duchamp

This is L.H.O.O.Q. by Marcel Duchamp, it was done in 1919 and is simply a pencil altercation of facial hair to Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.  When I first looked at it I was unsure if he had redone the whole thing or just added the pencil in, it really caught my attention.  I like how he took such an iconic piece and made it his own with only the slightest of details.

Merz 94 Grunflec

Merz Grunflec is a Collage done in 1920. Kurt Schwitters was a german artist, he used Cubist design to create trash pictures and constructions that poetically redeemed anonymous rubbish salvaged from the gutter in exquisite formal structures. He coined the word "Merzbild" a "meaningless" term arrived at by chance. As an artist he extended the material possibilities of artistic expression.

Pulp Fiction

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Hailstorm by Benton

"The Hailstorm" was done by Thomas Hart Benton in 1940. He used tempera on gesso panel to complete the piece. Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist, and he is strongly associated with Midwest. He was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement, and his paintings usually depicted everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. The hailstorm's of light and dark colors illustrate that the storm is not little. The tilt of the man and the horse provide an image of movement away from the storm.
*The Conversation

Lower Manhattan by John Marin

Lower Manhattan by John Marin
This peace of art is a water color and charcoal drawing with paper cut-out attached with thread on paper of lower manhattan. This picture is in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. I really like how the artist used multiple mediums when designing this picture. Also when i first looked at this picture i wasn't sure what it was of until i read the title. I really like how abstract the picture is but describes how chaotic the city could be.

Pulp Fiction

Monday, March 25, 2013

Point of Tranquility

Point of Tranquility was created by Morris Louis in 1966.  Its magma on canvas. I really enjoyed this painting because of the colors. There are so many colors in this painting and it gives a happy feel. Even though the colors are repeating it does not make the painting to much or too little. Its just right. Also how Morris Louis made the colors shapes made the painting look like fingers or a ballon when you stretch them. I just really enjoyed this painting while flipping through the book. The title does fit this, it is "tranquility" it gives you a sense of peace and happiness.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dynamism of a Soccer Player

This is Dynamism of a Soccer Player by Umberto Boccioni 1913 Oil on Canvas. It stood out to me because the colors are so bright and it looked really interesting. Once I read the title I was able to see what it was meant to be. The way the colors are placed reminds me of the World Cup colors. It is fitting because if you are a huge soccer fan you can see the field, player and his movements. I really like it because I can actually see the moves as I look throughout the piece.

"Claudine At Rest" Jules Pascin

This is a painting by Jules Pascin called "Claudine At Rest", it is an oil on canvas, and was completed in 1923. Pascin developed a technique in which she used pale color washes in the painting. The pale color of the woman's skin gives an almost translucent effect. The mood set by the painting is somewhat erotic and melancholy. Pascin was known for his paintings of prostitutes which we assume the woman in the painting is by her appearance. I chose this painting because I think the colors are beautiful and I like how the colors of the woman are almost identical to the colors of the background. I also love how the facial expression of the woman allows the viewer to feel sympathy for her and feel her pain.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Black lines

Black Lines by Russian artist  Wassily Kandinksy (1913) is an example of a number of his beliefs about art and philosophy. He believed that each note in a symphony had a corresponding color, for example, Middle C was yellow, and that closing notes were black. He also believed that art was made up of pure circles and basic lines, all of which are represented in this painting.

Paul Cezanne A Turn In The Road

A Turn In The Road - Paul Cezanne -

 This is a oil painting on a canvas by Paul Cezanne called A Turn In The Road.  He started this work in 1879 and ended in 1882.  I picked this painting because the brush strokes were done really well.  Even though there are a lot of the similar colors you can still tell what everything is.  I liked the mystery in the name.  It makes you want to know whats around the the turn in the road. 

Jamie Reed

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Shooting Star by Jean-Francois Millet

This is the Shooting Star by Jean-Francois Millet. It is an oil on board painting that is 18.7 cm in height and 34.5 cm in width. I am accustom to paintings being made on canvas more often than anything else, so to see that this painting was made on a board instead was interesting. Also, I love how the people in the painting represent the shooting stars that the title is referring to. It was an unexpected twist in the painting. They look like they are peacefully falling through the night sky that is the midnight blue background. I also enjoy the gradual decrease in detail as your eye travels down the length of the peoples' bodies. This added to the illusion of them falling through the sky. Overall, I believe this a beautiful painting.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Young Jewess at Ellis Island

Young Jewess at Ellis Island, at Gelatin silver print by Lewis W. Hine, captures the fearing, lonesome disposition of a newly emigrated young girl. A member of a religion infamously exiled and discriminated against, her presence is more than just one for financial oppurtunity, it is a presence inherently implying her longing for soveriegnty. Done in 1905, her position and con