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24 07/13

Marcel Duchamp and the Importance of the Spectator

Marcel Duchamp was one of the more controversial artists of the twentieth century. He was once quoted as saying, “Let us consider two important factors, the two poles of the creation of art: the artist on one hand, and on the other the spectator who later becomes the posterity.” This quote sums up Duchamp’s career. Those who view his art arrive at a series of interpretations as to what his specific pieces of art represent.

Take for instance one of Duchamp’s early paintings. Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 at first glance Read the rest of this entry »

26 05/13

Reinterpreting the Great Masters: Pablo Picasso’s Later Works

Toward the end of his life, Pablo Picasso’s later works took a turn into reinterpreting the works of the Great Masters. Picasso brought his own particular vision and expression to new versions of well-known paintings by major figures in art who preceded him. Venturing to present the images in a mix between cubism and neo-expressionism, Picasso explored his own reactions to well-known paintings of several European artists.

Picasso’s “Man with the Golden Helmet” was inspired by a Rembrandt painting of Read the rest of this entry »

26 03/13

Modern Art Comes to America: The 1913 Armory Show

One hundred years ago, modern art had taken hold of the European imagination but had not yet strongly influenced the American public mind. All of that changed with the 1913 Armory Show.

Originally held in New York, and later in Chicago and Boston, the Armory Show was organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors. It marked the first time that the works of modern European art movements, such as Cubism, Fauvism and Futurism, had been Read the rest of this entry »

17 10/12

Art:21 – Art in the 21st Century

If you’re a modern art lover but you don’t get PBS or any of the major, public broadcasting channels, you may just want to get on to get that squared away. Why? One word: Art:21.

Art:21 – Art in the 21st Century is a biennial miniseries that has been going strong since 2001. Art:21 explores the world of modern art and features a different set of modern artists in each episode – united by a common theme or motivation that drives their work and their visions.

Where the show truly succeeds is in its ability to feel, overall, like a well-crafted and surreal, artistic experience. Despite the show being pitched as a kind of documentary about modern art, you never get that academic, surgical feeling of a documentary. Everything from the intro sequence to the music to the cinematography feels like an expert execution and a work of art in its own right.

To watch the show is to literally be taken into the mind and world of some of the most imaginative and creative artists in the country. That’s why, if you love art and you love the artists – if you are passionate about the modern arts, you can’t let Art:21 pass you by.

07 08/12

Shock Value: The Three Most Controversial Modern Paintings

The shock value of what an artist is trying to say is often in the eyes of the beholder. For instance the three most controversial modern paintings may vary from generation to generation but the ‘shock value’ is still there.
In 1921 Otto Dix painting ‘The War Triptych’ is a shocking depiction of the horrors of war, and Dix was possibly the most shocking artist of his time. The painting of skeletal remains, rotting flesh and corpses is an excellent version of how he viewed World War I.The full explanation Read the rest of this entry »

06 08/12

A Popular Target for Thieves: Edvard Munch’s The Scream

Art is always a popular target for thieves, as it is often much more valuable than selling drugs or weapons. Surprisingly, art theft funds many criminal organizations, far more than any other illegal activities. Edvard Munch’s famous painting, “The Scream”, is a huge target for thieves. Interestingly, there are four different versions of this piece. They are created with different media like paint and pastel, so there is more than one target for thieves to go after. They were all created between 1893 and 1910, and the majority of them are paintings. This piece Read the rest of this entry »

02 08/12

The Influence of African Tribal Art on Cubism

Art has existed since the beginning of mankind. It is not unusual that Tribal African Art has left its influence on modern times. With the advent of increased travel due to automobile and airplane technology in the early 1900s, vast regions and geographies were being newly discovered. Hence, Tribal African Art was freshly appreciated by those European elite who were adept in travel to unexplored regions.

Painters of African Tribal Art displayed a primitive pattern of self-awareness in their symbolic geometric shapes. It is these shapes and forms that artists like Pablo Picasso, Read the rest of this entry »

30 07/12

The Five Most Influential Modern Art Pieces

Modern art has an important place in the realm of art history and several pieces have greatly influenced our world as we know it. For those who aren’t familiar with the movement modern art is considered any works produced from the late 1800s to nearly the 1970s that pushed traditional boundaries set in the past. Many modern art pieces became popular because of their ability to showcase creativity and individuality that was never seen before. Artists began to create works that the public never expected and thus the public Read the rest of this entry »

27 07/12

Three Painters Who Changed the World of Modern Art

The history of modern art cannot be defined by any particular date, but rather was a slow progression over hundreds of years. Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) This man influenced the perspective of painters years after his death. His life came to be the “picturesque” portrait of the modern “tortured” artist. He fused new creative brushwork and the use of vivid colors in his paintings creating intense broad portraits that have impacted artists for centuries. His use of line became the ground work for modern day Abstract Expressionists. Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) Wassily was the pioneer of abstract art. He founded the philosophical foundation for abstract-ism. Painting to him was a deeply spiritual process. He sought to paint the sounds, the feelings, and the soul of objects rather than just the objects themselves. He strove to capture human emotions in visual images and so created a language of pictures that barely bore any resemblance to his actual subject. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) He became the father of modern cubism as well as the inventor of collage. Picassos’s art liberated the artist from any geometrical or “realist” boundaries creating big, bold, and fragmented pieces. There are few modern artists that don’t in some small way copy from his work.Can’t get enough? There’s more: Wassily Kandinsky Caught in the Act of Creation,, 1926

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