Posts Tagged ‘Artistic inspiration’

Behind the Scenes, Part 2

March 17, 2016

“What does it mean?” “What were you thinking about when you painted this?” A few times: “I see a golfer”. It’s amused me to think of doing a series on golfers to give the people what they seem to want, but I don’t really care for golf. So instead, here’s what I was thinking about […]

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Work-in-progress, Stage 2

Behind the Scenes (The Painting Fought Back)

March 7, 2016

The author David Foster Wallace once said something like, When writing a book, there always comes a time where you fall to the ground and bang your head against the floor. I see a lot of parallels between writing and painting, but I don’t feel this way with every painting because there are some that […]

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Dieter Roth, Literaturwurst (Literature Sausage), 1969, Ground pages of Halbzeit by Martin Walser, gelatin, lard, spices, in natural casing

365 Days of Art: December 5 – Dieter Roth Receives Award for Artist Books

December 5, 2014

December 5, 1960 Dieter Roth is awarded the William and Noma Copley Foundation Award for his artist books. He’s credited as the inventor of this genre, where the book isn’t meant to be read in the way we might read a paperback novel, but to be appreciated as a work of art. For Roth, books […]

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, 1874

365 Days of Art: November 26 – Whistler v. Ruskin Libel Trial Concludes

November 30, 2014

November 26, 1878 The two-day trial, filed by James Abbott McNeill Whistler against art critic John Ruskin, concludes. In July 1877, Ruskin writes a heavy-handed and extremely critical review of Whistler’s work in a group show, that causes Whistler to sue him for libel: For Mr. Whistler’s own sake, no less than for the protection […]

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Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup, 1968

365 Days of Art: November 23 – Andy Warhol Pays $50 for a Big Idea

November 23, 2014

November 23, 1961 A big idea is born and it only costs $50! Andy Warhol, in frustration at not having found his muse yet, begs his friend Muriel Latow for ideas. One day she visits him at his house at 1342 Lexington Ave in NYC, and he implores her to “Just tell me what to […]

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Edward Burne-Jones, The Beguiling of Merlin, 1872-1877

365 Days of Art: August 28 – Edward Burne-Jones is Born

August 29, 2014

August 28, 1833 Edward Burne-Jones, a painter and designer with the Pre-Raphaelite Movement and the Arts and Crafts Movement, is born. He works in many media, including glass and tile, rendering exquisite detail. In his words: I mean by a picture a beautiful, romantic dream of something that never was, never will be – in […]

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Arthur Dove, Nature Symbolize, No. 2, 1911

365 Days of Art: August 25 – Georgia O’Keeffe is Inspired by Arthur Dove

August 25, 2014

August 25, 1915 Georgia O’Keeffe writes a letter to her friend Anita Pollitzer and mentions she has received a copy of the book Cubists and Post-Impressionism by Jerome Eddy. The significance is that this is the first time she sees Arthur Dove’s work, which she later says makes a lasting impression on her. There are […]

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365 Days of Art: August 23 – The Little Mermaid is Unveiled

August 23, 2014

August 23, 1913 The Little Mermaid is unveiled in Copenhagen. The patron who commissions the statue is so taken by the fairytale, specifically the ballerina who portrays the Little Mermaid in a ballet based on the fairytale, that he asks her to model for the artwork. She agrees to model her head but refuses to […]

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Stephen Berens, July 31, 2005, Afternoon; July 19, 2005, Morning; August 8, 2005, Morning; July 29, 2005, Late Afternoon; July 25, 2005, Late Evening; August 7, 2005, Morning; July 26, 2005, Morning; August 3, 2005, Late Afternoon; August 8, 2005, Morning; August 3, 2005, Afternoon, 2013. Dye-based inkjet print, 24 × 34 in. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist. © Stephen Berens

365 Days of Art: August 7 – Stephen Berens Takes a Photo

August 7, 2014

August 7, 2005 Stephen Berens takes a photo from his window in Rome, which he later combines with nine other images of the exact same landscape view. The resulting photo (above), with its ten exposures, is exhibited in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and showcases Berens’ interest in process, layering, and the potential for inspiration in […]

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Vincent Van Gogh, Seated Zouave, 1888

365 Days of Art: June 23 – Van Gogh Writes a Self-Critical Letter About Zouave Painting

June 23, 2014

June 23, 1888 Vincent Van Gogh writes a letter to Emile Bernard, and references the painting above. What I’ve been doing looks very ugly – a drawing of a seated Zouave [pronounced zoo-AHV, a soldier in the French Army, based in North Africa, with a distinct uniform], a painted sketch of the Zouave against a […]

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Dieter Roth, Staple Cheese (A Race), 1970

365 Days of Art: June 11 – Dieter Roth Exhibition Receives Humorous Review

June 11, 2014

June 11, 1970 Dieter Roth’s first US exhibition receives a tongue-in-cheek review in the International Herald Tribune, which says that the gallery owner “will sell it to anyone with $21,000 and a bad cold”. The reason for the bad cold is that the exhibition stinks. Literally stinks. Inspired by an artist whose work Roth thinks […]

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365 Days of Art: May 12 – Diego Fired from Second Commission in a Week

May 12, 2014

May 12, 1933 It’s a rough week for Diego Rivera; three days after being fired from the Rockefeller Center murals in New York for his insistence on celebrating Communism in the artwork, Diego receives a telegram cancelling his commission at the Chicago World’s Fair.

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Claude Monet, Impression: Sunrise, 1873

365 Days of Art: April 15 – Brunelleschi Dies, Da Vinci is Born, Nike of Samothrace is Unearthed, Impressionists Exhibit Together, and Thomas Hart Benton Reveals Himself to Be a Fool (Again)

April 15, 2014

April 15, 1446 Filippo Brunelleschi, father of Renaissance architecture and engineer of the Duomo, dies. April 15, 1452 Leonardo da Vinci is born. April 15, 1863 An excavation on the Greek island of Samothrace unearthed a winged female statue carved from white marble, known as the Nike of Samothrace, or Winged Victory of Samothrace. It’s […]

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Leoonardo da Vinci, 1489

365 Days of Art: April 2 – Leonardo Da Vinci Sketches Skulls

April 2, 2014

April 2, 1489 Leonardo da Vinci sketches anatomical drawings of skulls in his notebook.

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21, Mark Rothko, 1949

365 Days of Art: March 28 – Rothko Exhibits Multiform Paintings

March 28, 2014

March 28, 1949 Mark Rothko exhibits his so-called multiform paintings at the Betty Parsons Gallery. Though not as well-known or well-loved as his iconic three-threshhold paintings, they are by far my favorites. I wrote a paper once that theorized that they were inspired by Rothko’s love of opera, with the composition representing the stage, and […]

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