Posts Tagged ‘contemporary art’

Accumulations, Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama

October 20, 2017

“Accumulations” are what Yayoi Kusama called these multiple soft sculpture phalluses that she patiently sewed and placed in rooms, in platforms mounted on floors and walls, and even in two rowboats. Kusama made these pillow-esque, polka-dotted, cartoon-like, engorged phalluses as a way to get over her fear of sex – and one vintage 1960s photo […]

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You’re Invited!

May 16, 2016

Tangier Overture To an exhibition of new paintings at the Knutzen Family Theatre in Federal Way, Washington. The Oak and the Cypress …And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. Excerpt from “On Marriage” […]

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Real Art in the Real World

March 24, 2016

I love finding real artwork outside of a museum. Just like when I see real, live flowers on a restaurant table or in an office, no matter how simple the arrangement, my opinion of the place goes up a hundred fold. I found this print (a real print, not a poster!) when I was waiting […]

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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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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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365 Days of Art: September 9 – Director John Waters Discusses Art Collecting

September 17, 2014

September 9, 2003 Director, photographer, writer and art collector John Waters declares on the television series “ART:21”: I love collecting art because it makes other people insane”. He buys his first piece of art (a reproduction by Miró from a museum gift shop) at eight years old, and realizes the power of art when his […]

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365 Days of Art: September 1 – Amy Cutler Show Opens in Sweden

September 1, 2014

September 1, 2011 A solo show of new works by Amy Cutler, one of my favorite artists, opens at Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm. Her very mysterious, yet funny, paintings often feature groups of women engaged in group activities that simultaneously bring them together, yet show the rifts and competition in their dynamic. There is […]

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365 Days of Art: January 31 – Mike Kelley Commits Suicide

January 31, 2014

January 31, 2012 Mike Kelley, described variously as “one of the most influential American artists of the past quarter century and a pungent commentator on American class, popular culture and youthful rebellion” by the New York Times, and as a proponent of “clusterfuck aesthetics” by the Village Voice (which I think was a compliment), commits […]

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365 Days of Art: January 19 – Cindy Sherman Born

January 19, 2014

January 19, 1954 Cindy Sherman, American artist, was born. She is known for playing multiple roles in the creation of her photos, such as serving as her own make-up artist, hairdresser, and model, as well as photographer. Additionally, although her portraits are of herself, they aren’t truly self-portraits, since she takes on another persona. For […]

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Fish Sculptures That Float in Resin

December 30, 2013

I love anything to do with fish. These sculptures are created by painting layer after layer with resin. Very zen.

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Art + Celebrity Gossip = My Favorite Thing

December 23, 2013

Ryan O’Neal won custody of a painting that hung over his bed for almost 20 years. A jury decided that the Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett belonged to O’Neal and not the University of Texas. Long story short, Warhol was a friend to O’Neal and Fawcett and painted two slightly different versions of the […]

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Shadow Art

December 14, 2013

This work caught my eye. Collaborators Tim Noble and Sue Webster make what they call “anti-art” sculptures from garbage, and then use projectors to cast their shadows on the wall. It seems almost like alchemy how the work changes from random pieces of garbage to recognizable imagery.

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Brian Murphy: Invisible Self-Portrait

December 4, 2013

This painting has been a real favorite of mine recently. It’s a large work on paper, with wrinkles, imperfections and all–no frame to keep the paper from buckling. Its ability to express sadness and resignation, and ultimately a stubbornness to be seen and known, kind of takes my breath away. It says so much with […]

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Eyes As Big As Plates

December 1, 2013

Ever since spending part of my honeymoon in Helsinki, I’ve been in love with everything Finland. This amazing body of photographs takes me a little farther down the path of Suomi love. Photographers Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen believe that the best way to understand a culture is to understand its stories, so they cast […]

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The Four Justices

November 5, 2013

The first four female Supreme Court justices–Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan–are depicted in a gorgeous new group portrait, called The Four Justices, by Norman Shanks. The portrait is on loan to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for three years. The first thing I love about this painting is its […]

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