Monday, May 14, 2012

Mark Tobey

Mark Tobey - Awaking Earth

1890 Centerville/Wisconsin - 1976 Basel
Awaking Earth.
Etching and aquatint in colors. 
Signed and numbered 72/90. On wove paper by Saunders (with watermark). 27,2 x 23,8 cm (10,7 x 9,3 in). 51,5 x 39,2 cm ( x 15,4 in).
Published by the Edition de Beauclair, Frankfurt am Main (with blindstamp).

Mark Tobey - Komposition

Mark Tobey
1890 Centerville/Wisconsin - 1976 Basel
Lithograph in colors. 
Signed, dated and numbered 20/150. On wove paper by BFK Rives (with watermark). 16,7 x 12,2 cm (6,5 x 4,8 in). Sheet: 33 x 25,8 cm ( x 10,1 in).

The American painter, poet and composer Mark Tobey was born in Centerville, Wisconsin on December 11, 1890. As of 1906 he studies watercolor and oil painting at the Art Institute in Chicago. Afterwards he works as a model drawer in Chicago and as of 1911 in New York. In 1918 Mark Tobey converts to Bahaism, this Persian belief seems to have a great impact on both his life and his art.
From 1922 to 1925 he works as an art teacher at the Cornish School in Seattle. He is very interested in European Cubism and East Asian painting and calligraphy, he collects the art of the Tlinkit and Haida Indians, especially textiles and wooden sculptures.
In 1925 Mark Tobey travels to Europe and stays in Paris for some time, he also visits Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul and Beirut, goes onto a pilgrimage to the holy site Bahá'í in Haifa, and also visits Akka to learn more about Persian and Arabian calligraphy. 
His first one-man show takes places in Chicago in 1928. From 1930 to 1937 he teaches at the Dartington Hall School in Devonshire, England. His journeys play an important role in Tobey's life. In 1932 he goes to Mexico and in 1934 to China and Japan - where he deals with the teachings and paintings of Zen, the Hai-Ku poetry and also calligraphy in a monastery in Kyoto.
The effects of these journeys can be observed in his works. The artist returns to the USA in 1937 because of the changing political situation in Europe. He lives in Seattle until 1960. He makes first music compositions as of 1938. In 1944 the Willard Gallery in New York shows his "White Writings" pictures for the first time, this exhibition marks his artistic breakthrough. Tobey covers the image carrier with many layers of white or a similarly light color - this is the beginning of the "all over" painting, a style that is also applied by other artists such as Jackson Pollock. Mark Tobey's works become more and more abstract and comply with the artist's meditative and contemplative lifestyle.
Mark Tobey's works are shown in the 1959 and 1964 documenta exhibitions in Kassel and in numerous other exhibitions all over the world. He belongs to the most important precursors of the American "Abstract Expressionism". The Smithsonian Institution in Washington shows the first retrospective in 1974.
Mark Tobey moves to Basel in 1960 where he dies on April 24, 1976.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Paul Freely

1910-1966) Artist and head of the Bennington College Art Department during the 1950s and early 1960s.  Paul Feeley was an instrumental figure in the rise of Bennington, Vermont as a cultural outpost for the New York art world.

The Sculpture Court shown in the Guggenheim Museum,
 1968, nine pieces, each 21' x 5'

El Kophrah, 1965, 84" x 48" x 48"Collection of Detroit Art Institute

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Somebody That I Used To Know

This music video Uses many elemants of deign such as Line and color to covay its point. I like how in the middle of the middle of the music video they show the girl going towrds him as she tells her side of the story. Then As the relationship ends they show the paint coming off her and her getting farther way from him.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based griffti artist, Political activist, Film Director and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Morris Louis

Morris Louis was a prolific painter whose work provides a link between 
Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. His mature style is among the most recognizable of the Color Field 

painters and is characterized by layered rainbows of acrylic paint poured down huge blank canvases.Baltimore-bred artist Morris Louis, who lived in Washington in the 1950s.

Where, 1960, Morris Louis, among the first
artists to employ acrylic paints

Beta Kappa, 1961, Morris Louis

Seal, 1959, Morris Louis, typical of his "Veil" series.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico was born in Greece into the family of an Italian railroad engineer and later studied in Athens, Florence and Munich, where he was much influenced by Nietzsche's philosophy and Arnold Böcklin's Symbolist art. In 1910, de Chirico moved to Paris where he made contact with Picasso and befriended Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), French poet and leader of the avant-gardistic movement rejecting poetic traditions in outlook, rhythm, and language. In Paris he began to produce highly troubling dreamlike pictures of deserted citiesThe_archeaologists
Giorgio de Chirico, The Archaeologists (detail), 1968, Oil on canvas, Signed lower right G. de Chirico 1968. © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome. © Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, Rome. Inv. 94

Song of love. Oil on canvas 28 3/8 inches (73 x 59.4cm) 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gunther Uecker

Diagonale Struktur
Günther Uecker (b. 1930) 
Diagonale Struktur 
signed, inscribed, titled and dated 'Diagonale Struktur Uecker 75 Serie 1-10 No. 8 parallelstrukturen 1965-1975' (on the reverse)
nails and graphite on linen laid down on wood 
15 3/8 x 15 3/8 x 3 1/8in. (40 x 40 x 8.5cm.) 

Executed in 1975GÜNTHER UECKER
Nails on painted wood. 
200 × 150 x 16 cm (78 3/5 x 59 x 6 2/5 in). 
Signed, titled and dated ‘Günther Uecker Mutation 2006’ on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

German sculptor and stage designer. He studied painting at the Kunstakademie in Berlin-Weissensse (1949–53), working first in the style of Socialist Realism. During his period at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf he undertook self-imposed repetitive exercises such as archery, and he modelled his first relief-form paintings by hand. In 1957 he made his first relief structures with nails leading to works such as White Picture (nails on canvas on wood, 1959; Krefeld, Kaiser-Wilhelm Mus.). He also incorporated corks (e.g. Cork Picture Light Medium, 1960; Düsseldorf, Kstmus.) and cardboard tubes set into the surface of the painting. The nailed picture became the antithesis of the painted picture; it allowed Uecker to explore the articulation of light through the shadows created by the nails, the unchanging ritual of hammering and the violation of taboo surfaces. In 1958 he began to work on circular nail formations, leading in 1961 to his rotating nailed illuminated discs.
Within the Zero group, which he joined in 1961 after participating in the exhibition Das rote Bild in Otto Piene’s studio (1958), Uecker developed fantastic projects to jolt and stimulate the imagination of an ossified society, such as painting a street white as part of the Zero demonstration in 1961 (see Honisch and Haedecke, p. 69). From 1963 he nailed items of furniture such as chairs, pianos and television sets, for example TV on Table (artist’s col., see Honisch and Haedecke, p. 194). Rotation continued, for example in the nailed fabric sculptures that inflate through centrifugal force, or in the Sand Mills. After 1967, influenced by Land art, Body art and cConceptual art, Uecker’s work slowly moved towards a critical analysis of prevalent structures, exemplified by Chichicastenango (1980; Krefeld, Pax Christi Church), a nailed-up boat symbolic of the martyrdom of South American Indians by the Catholic missions. The Black Mesa cycle of 1984 (artist’s col.; Kiel, Christian Alberts-U., Ksthalle), exhibited in Mönchengladbach at the Städtisches Museum Abteiburg, takes as its theme the threatening of a table mountain in South Dakota holy to the Indians. From 1974 Uecker made several stage sets for opera productions including Fidelio (Bremen), Parsifal (1976; Stuttgart) andLohengrin (1979; Bayreuth Festival).