Saturday, May 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Bent by Julio Larraz
Oil on Canvas, 60 x 72 in, 2002
Julio Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba. Most of his reflects the progression from his childhood in Cuba through a move to the U.S. I like this particular piece because it has a fresh Caribbean style. The angles and the floating woman definitely caught my attention and brought memories of integration to a new environment.
Damien Hirst, "Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain," 2006, Bronze
2500 x 1100 x 950 mm | 98.4 x 43.3 x 37.4 in | Edition 1 of 6 + 2 APs + 1 HC
Sculpture, Gold, Silver and Bronze
On display Chatsworth House, Bakewell, United Kingdom
Hirst's statue depicts Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles often referred to as Nathaniel. Hirst pictures Bartholomew holding his shed skin, alluding to his death during which he was buried alive. However, this sculpture envisions Bartholomew holding a scissor in one hand and a scalpel in the other as if implying he skinned himself. This metaphoric gesture refers to the martyrdom of Bartholomew since, as a Christian put to death for his religion, he accepted his death. Instead of picturing him weak and deathly, the sculpture displays Bartholomew with a triumphant and powerful stance. Shedding his skin becomes a a metaphor for his ascension into heaven; once he sheds his material existence, he becomes powerful.
Wang Xiaosong is a Chinese artist who paints on a number of mediums. He has a classical Chinese background and has many artworks that are traditional Chinese paintings. He has a number of these paintings on fans and also on large canvases. The artwork looks like the paintings in Chinese restaurants of flowers, cats, mountains, birds and other typical Chinese stuff. This artwork is apart of a series he has and is oil on canvas. I like the texture of this painting and the 3Dness of it. Looks like the cover of a science textbook or something. Like a bunch of red blood cells attacking something.
This picture caught my attention because of how there seem to be several parts of a face chopped up to make the whole picture. I like the way the artist rearranged each part in a specific way. The dots, and lines seem to add to the piece instead of just leaving solid color throughout the whole thing. I like the simple color choices he used, spreading color throughout the picture. Roy Lichtenstein had a very modern approach to his artwork by using many different shapes and lines with pops of color. All of his work seems to resemble itself as they all seem to look very cartoonish.
Modern Art II,
I love this piece "the study of three sturgeon." This painting was done using watercolor and drawing.
I find this painting very interesting as it shows three different species of sturgeon which are a very
uniques endangered species of fish. The painting clearly shows the size differences and differences in
appearance and coloration. I find it interesting that sturgeon was the fish being studied and painted as they
are rarely caught and very unique.
and the artist Salvador Dalí. The medium used was 1 photographic print : gelatin silver. The artists were exploring the idea of suspension, but in my opionion the only thing that looks suspended is the easel that Dalí is painting on, everything else looks like it's falling. I do not know where it hangs or how much it sold for.
I chose this for a few reasons. First, I love how simple it was. Second, I liked how the artist used white to portray a child's innocence. The child looks very angelic and he did a beautiful job. The child simply looks like a doll.
Artist: Leiko Ikemura
Title: Contemporary Faces Mexican 3, 2011
Medium: Works on paper (Drawings, Watercolor)
Size: 55.5x38 cm
I chose this painting because because I love the use of warm colors. I also thought it was very interesting how he was able to form the face in an abstract way through the use of different spots of water color. The blending of colors also helps pull the entire painting together.
I chose this because at first I thought it was very abstract, but when I looked closer you can clearly see that there is a crowd of people at the circus.It still has a abstract element to it because you can not clearly tell what is in the foreground which I like, it keeps the viewer interested. I like the way the colors are used and you can tell that there is a spotlight shining down.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 in. (60.96 x 60.96 cm.)
This is one of Wang Qiang's latest pieces. It depicts a still-life of strings of pearls, meditation beads, and gems that act together as a visual metaphor for the feeling of passionate love. I chose this piece because at first I thought it was a photograph. It is nicely done, and after reading into the meaning behind the piece, the colors and composition make sense. I also enjoy the round frame as opposed to the usual square/rectangle one seen in many other pieces.
I chose the piece titled Artificial Landscape – Pink Picture by Korean artist Kim Jongsook. This piece was completed in 2014 and is currently up for auction on artnet. The opening bid is $15,000 and it is estimated to be worth between $20,000 and $25,000. The medium is acrylic and Swarovski crystals on canvas. The size is 51.3 by 63.94. I think this piece is really impressive because it must have been very time consuming to arrange and glue down every single rhinestone. I also like that the background is pink.