Saturday, February 7, 2009

Gene Davis


Gene Davis (August 22, 1920 - April 6, 1985) was an american painter known especially for paintings of vertical stripes of colour as a member of the group of abstract painters in Washington DC during the 1960s known as the Washington Color School.

Davis was born in Washington DC in 1920 and spent nearly all his life there. Before he began to paint in 1949, he worked as a sportswriter and journalist. His first art studio was in his apartment on Scott Circle, and later he worked out of a studio on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Washington painters were among the most prominent of the mid-century color field painters.


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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lucy Bacon

Lucy Angeline Bacon (July 30, 1857 – October 17, 1932), was a Californian artist who studied in Paris under the famous Impressionist, Camille Pissarro (who was friends with Paul Cézanne), and was the only known California artist to have studied under any of the Great French Impressionists.

Mary Cassatt introduced her to Pissarro.

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Mary Cassatt


Mary Cassatt (1844 - 1926) was the daughter of an affluent Pittsburgh businessman, of French ancestry. In 1861, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was required to draw copies of prints and plaster casts before she was allowed to paint. Between 1865 and 1869 she travelled and studied throughout Europe. In 1868, Cassatt had her first painting accepted by the Paris Salon.

Cassatt embraced more radical art in the mid-1870s, when she discovered the works of the Impressionists. She was the only American to exhibit with the Impressionists.



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Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Global Mess - an art project for charity

The Global Mess is an art project by the British artist Geoff Bunn.

I'm giving it a plug as all the money from it will be going to charity. And if someone could only be persuaded to buy it for loads of money - that would be a good thing!



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Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Francesco Clemente


Francesco Clemente (born in Naples, 23 March 1952) is an Italian painter. His work shows both surrealist and expressionist references. In 1986, he created the Hanuman Books series with Raymond Foye which is a collection of 48 miniature handmade books featuring American and European poets and philosophers, edited by George Scrivani and printed in Madras.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Richard Serra

Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939 and has exhibited extensively in major museums and exhibitions throughout the world, creating site-specific sculptures for both public and private venues in North America and Europe.

His most recent projects include an exhibition at the Museo Archeologico and Piazza Plebiscito in Naples (2004), and an eight-part permanent installation The Matter of Time at the Guggenheim Bilbao, which was inaugurated in 2005.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Joseph Kosuth


Joseph Kosuth (born January 31, 1945 Toledo, Ohio) is an American conceptual artist.His art generally strives to explore the nature of art, focusing on ideas at the fringe of art rather than on producing art per se.

One of Kosuth's most famous works is "One and Three Chairs", a visual expression of Plato's concept of The Forms. The piece features a physical chair, a photograph of that chair, and the text of a dictionary definition of the word "chair". The photograph is a representation of the actual chair situated on the floor, in the foreground of the work of art. The definition, posted on the same wall as the photograph, delineates in words the concept of what a chair is, in its various incarnations.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Victor Burgin

Victor Burgin (born 1941) is a British conceptual artist. Burgin first came to attention as a conceptualist in the late 1960s. He has worked with photography and film, calling painting "the anachronistic daubing of woven fabrics with coloured mud". His work is influenced by theorists and philosophers such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes.

In 1986, Burgin was nominated for the Turner Prize for his exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Kettle's Yard Gallery in Cambridge and for a collection of his theoretical writings (The End of Art Theory) and a monograph of his visual work (Between).

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Michael Asher

Michael Asher (born 1943 in Los Angeles, California) is a conceptual artist, described by The New York Times as "among the patron saints of the Conceptual Art phylum known as institutional critique, an often esoteric dissection of the assumptions that govern how we perceive art." Rather than designing new art objects, Asher typically alters the existing environment, by repositioning or removing artworks, walls, facades, etc.

Asher's work initially consisted of dividing up gallery spaces using partition walls and curtains, and designing environments that reflected or absorbed sound. His untitled 1991 work featuring a granite drinking fountain juxtaposed with a flag pole was his first permanent public outdoor work in the United States. It is part of the Stuart Collection of public art on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.

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