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Monday, June 28, 2010

Art History Series VII

20th Century
I  The first period in 20th Century Art focuses on technology. The invention of photography freed the artist. Jazz became an important representation of improvisation. There was so much change that people had to redefine who and what they were.
Cubist artists were the first to represent volume by visual means. No more shadows to show depth.
The City Fernand Leger
The George Washington Bridge represents the symbol of our civilization.

The mechanised world is represented by the Futurist Movement.

The Bride Marcel Duchamp

Abstractism art draws away from or better yet separates from the peice as a whole. The artist analyzes and simplifies. It represents a break-up of the traditional view of the world.
Violins & Grapes Picasso
The theme in abstract art is to "reduce and simplify".
Red Yellow & Blue Mondrian

In architecture, Le Corbusier uses this method.

II  Expressionism and the modern self.
There was a prevalence of mechanisation influence. Our art of this period holds up a mirror to our values.

Wheelman Ernest Trova

Electronic music appeared on the music scene. It represents the manipulation of material. Assembly lines produced our goods. There was a reaction of disdainfulness of the human condition.

I and the village Marc Chagall
There appears a distortion and abstraction of the real. Interpretation of the physical world is retold without limitations in the art world.

One Number 31 Jackson Pollock
chance happenings captured in artwork

The King Playing With The Queen Max Ernst

Fur covered Cup and Saucer Oppenheim

Roy Lichtenstein

The Persistence of Memory Salvador Dali

Christina's World Andrew Wyeth

Master's Bedroom Andrew Wyeth

Mama Yves Tanguy

The Kiss Klimnt

Marilyn Warhol

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Who Am I?

                                                                   The Human Race

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Runaway General | Rolling Stone Politics

US General Stanley McChrystal is the same man he has always been.
His position in the spotlight did not alter his views on military leadership.
Do not condemn this man for his nature.
He is a great soldier and military commander in every sense of the word not a PR figurehead-which is what the Obama administration wanted him to be.
US General Stanley McChrystal will now be allowed to go back to his nature.
No pomp and circumstance.
No spotlight.
Allow him back to the shadows in which many without the courage such as he can not fathom-to do his best work.
The Runaway General Rolling Stone Politics

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What Its All About

How anyone lives without it is beyond me.
I must have it.
It lets me know that I am present; in the here and now.
Passion feeds my senses.
It fills me up when I am longing for inspiration.
I am constantly searching and yearning for more of the extraordinary.
What amazes me the most, when I think about what inspires me, is that it has nothing and everything to do with seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Going from unconscious to conscious of every beautiful detail.
Heightened awareness.
Seeing the spiritual in the physical.
Recognizing my essence in the other.
Knowing that I am part of the whole.
I don't have a life.
I am life.
My five senses maxxed out.
The taste.
The touch.
Love & Sex.
To savour the moment.


Annie Lennox serenade
rolled up cuffs
rope belts
skinny neckties
black and white pinstripe
silk and linen
how a man should look
white on white

(click on the title above to see the runway show)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Art Series VI

I Realism
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol for the Realism period in the Pre-Modern Era. It represents realism and technology and the idea of men trying to control the world around them. The Eiffel Tower was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.

Architecture was sophisticated concentrating on engineering principles. Functionalism replaced historical styles.
Biblioteque Nationale

Ste. Genevieve Library

Crystal Palace @1st World Fair

Gage building

Flat Iron Building
Realist painters portrayed the practicalities of everyday life. The Academics opposed the Realists such as Van Gogh, Darwin and Marx.
Physical labor was the subject of art in this century.
Gustave Corbet

Gustave Corbet

II Impressionism

In this art period, colors were used to flatten forms into 2 dimensions. Backgrounds were sketchy and blurred.

Edouard Manet Salon de Refuses

Pierre Auguste Renoir Two Sisters

Renoir The Box at The Opera

Claude Monet Water Lilies

Claude Monet Irises
Artists study the effects of light on the atmosphere. Brilliant colors are created and used in separate flecks of color and blended together by the human eye. Impressionists set thier easels outdoors to catch the effects of sunlight.
Daguerre invents the camera.

III Post-Impressionism Era
Post-Impressionist artists were divided into two categories. Formalists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Cezanne believed that the value of the artistic piece is entirely determined by its form-the way it is made-it's purely visual aspects.  Expressionists believed that there were no limitations on how he expressed his interpretation of the subject in his work. Seurat used pointillism methods in creating his art, using dots and fleck strokes of his paintbrush.
 Cezanne used square colored planes which gave each object its own perspective within the same work.

 Picasso used cubism that lent a fragmented feel to his work.

Gauguin used long curved paintbrush strokes.

Some artists used a combination of artistic methods in their work.

Van Gogh's Starry Night

Art Nouveau became popular in advertising.

The denial of reality was becoming evident in art. Man no longer felt he controlled his environment. There were expressions of fear of the future.

Edvard Munch
Technology in the 20th Century to follow.......