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).

Monday, March 12, 2012

Post Secret

Post secret was was created by Frank warren. Frank warren is a small business owner who started PostSecret as a community art project. Since October 2004 Warren has recieved thousands of anonymous postcards, Which have been turned into books, featured in galleries and has earned  him several awards. He has a travling art exhibit and was fetured in the popular music video for all american rejects "dirty little secret, . Post secret has also been one of the main contributers in raising money for  the 1 800 suicide hotline created by Reese Butler.  Warren states in one of his books " most secrets are sent anonymously, but the secrets that arrive from young people ushally stand out; their passions run deeper, their loneliness feels mire desolate, their joy is expansive. Their postcards reveal a hidden landscape and sound as though they come from brave explorers finding their way through a wilderness.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ibram Lassaw

Ibram Lassaw was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1913 to Russian-Jewish parents.his family settled in Brooklyn, New York in 1921.Lassaw was very interested in art from a young age .
Lassaw had his first formal training in 1927 with classes at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, which later became the Clay Club (now the Sculpture Center) taught by Dorothy Denslow. At the Clay Club until 1932, Lassaw learned modeling and casting, skills that he refined during his year at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design (1930-1931)

Ibram Lassaw, one of America's first abstract sculptors, was best known for his open-space welded sculptures of bronze, silver, copper and steel. Drawing from Surrealism, Constructivism and Cubism, Lassaw pioneered an innovative welding technique that allowed him to create dynamic, intricate and expressive works in three-dimensions. As a result, he was a key force in shaping New York School sculpture. 

Lassaw's innovative welding techniques, manipulation of diverse materials and fascination with creating space through sculptural forms distinguished his work from that of his contemporaries and predecessors, while at the same time connected him to the aims and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. He was a crucial part of the New York School, both artistically and socially, and instrumental in garnering attention for sculptural Abstract Expressionist work. 
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Ibram Lassaw

Banquet, 1961

bronze 32 x 38 x 25 bronze 32 x 38 x 25 in.

Friday, March 2, 2012


French avant-garde painter, born in Le Havre (1901-1985). Dubuffet took over his father's wine business in 1925, and withdrew from the art world. He stayed in the wine business until 1942, when he returned to painting, having developed a distinctive style of simple, primitive images in a heavily encrusted canvas. This style helped Dubuffet gain a worldwide reputation. Fascinated by the art of children and the insane, for which he coined the term art brut ("raw art"), he emulated its crude, violent energy in his own work. Critics soon applied the term art brut to Dubuffet's paintings, rather than to their stylistic source as he had intended. Many of Dubuffet's works are assemblages (combining found objects and other elements into a three-dimensional integrated whole), as for example Door with Couch-Grass (1957, Guggenheim Museum, New York City), which is composed chiefly of fragments of paintings, grass, and pebbles. During the early 1960s, Dubuffet produced a series of paintings that resemble jigsaw puzzles, such as Nunc Stans (1965, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City), in which tiny, obscure, closely spaced figures and faces dominate. His later work consists of large painted polyester resin sculptures. In all of his work the violence is tempered with elements of vitality and broad humor.

AR: Jean Dubuffet at Pace Wildenstein

AR: Jean Dubuffet at Pace Wildenstein

Artist: Jean Dubuffet
Venue: Pace Wildenstein, New York
Exhibition Title: Monumental Sculpture from the Hourloupe Cycle
Date: October 10 – November 8, 2008
Originally Posted: November 8th, 2008

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kenzo Okada

Kenzo Okada (1902–1982) was an American painter of Japanese birth. In 1922 he entered the department of Western painting at Tokyo School of Fine Arts, called today  Tokyo university of fine arts, but in 1924 left for France. In 1927 he returned to  Japan, where he exhibited widely.


Plum Tree (1968)
oil on canvas 
81¼ x 70 in. (206.3 x 177.8 cm.) 


Muted No. 2

69 3/4 by 32 in.
alternate measurements
177.2 by 81.3 cm.
oil on canvas

Monday, February 6, 2012

Betti Gee

20" w x 16" h

"Mommy, I am Deaf!" 
Collage, ink drawing 

"Untitled", informally known as "the big ear" is an acrylic painting. It represents the medical view of deaf people -- where they are seen as an ear to be fixed, not a person.     1993   33" w x 34" h

"Hearing Test II"
- Say the Word -
Wood, doll, neon, plastics and metal

15" w x 19" h x 5" d

Betty G. Miller was in  was born in 1934 in Chicago, IL. Both of her parents were deaf. She had two older brothers who were both hearing. Growing up everyone just assumed Betty was hearing to. Betty did her best in all these schools. She kept her grades up and even got her degree in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University. Still she hadnt felt like she truely belonged. Then she excepted to  teach at Gallaudet University. Galaudet univeristy is is a federally chartered university for the education of the Deaf and hard of hearing. Her art focused completely on the Deaf experience, depicting the oppression Deaf people face at the hands of hearing, and also exhibiting the joy of sign that can be found throughout the Deaf community.Betty’s first one woman  Art show took place in the 1972 at  Gallaudet univeristy. it was called “The Silent World” it was Effective and throughout the 70’s she began to have shows frequently. In the 1980’s and 1990’s she began to have many one woman shows, she also collaberated with other Deaf artist. In 1993 Betty put on a a show with eight other Deaf artist which was the largest collection of De’VIA that had ever taken place. After thirteen years of teaching at Gallaudet, Betty decided she needed to move on. She spent time touring around the country putting on shows. Then she finally settled down and became the first deaf person to hace a certification as an addiction counselor. She worked hard and became nationally known.