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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

MOMA's Abstract Expressionist Exhibit @ AGO, Photographer Siskind



Above: Arshile Gorky (American, 1904-1948, Godfather of Abstract Expressionism), Garden in Sachi (c. 1943)

I saw New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Abstract Expressionist exhibit at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario. These artists were influenced by surrealism, World War II and the Holocaust. They felt a need to create a new and expressive art that chronicled the doubt of the post war environment. Although the exhibit is primarily paintings, I particularly enjoyed the gelatin silver prints by U.S. photographer Aaron Siskind (1903-1991). Siskind was considered by many to be the father of modern photography. His work was based on shapes, textures and tones (value, gray scale) making abstract compositions. His photos were not an indication of the world; they were photos of torn billboards and textured surfaces where subjects were not significant.

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Thursday, 26 May 2011

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Creating Movement in Art with Repetition & Direction, Artist Orazco



In my posts, you see the numerous techniques and styles used by artists to create movement. The Mexican artist, Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) did the above painting, Zapatistas (1931). Orozco repeats the shapes of the Zapatistas across the horizontal support. The Zapatistas slant in the same direction. The repetition and direction of the figures create the illusion of movement. (Otto Ocvirk et al, Art Fundamentals Theory & Practice)

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Art's Expressive Use of Value, Surrealist Artist Chirico



In a prior post I wrote about surrealist artist Magritte. Surrealism emphasized unreality through the subconscious mind. Greek artist, Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978) was also a surrealist painter. Chirico’s above painting, Piazza d’Italia, shows his use of shadow and value contrast (gray scale). Chirico used value to express a forlorn, solitary mood.

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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Surrealist Art & the Illusion of Space, Artist Magritte



I have done several posts about achieving the illusion of space in paintings. There are many techniques, i.e. use of the elements, linear perspective to achieve this illusion. Belgian artist, René François Ghislain Magritte (1898–1967) was a surrealist artist. Surrealism was a style that emphasized unreality through the subconscious mind. Magritte’s objective was to challenge viewers’ awareness of reality. In his above painting, The Human Condition (1935), Magritte used unusual space to astound viewers.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Gradations in Painting, Achieving Space & Depth



Gradations in the elements of art, i.e. size, value (gray scale), and color create the illusion of space and depth. Similar shapes and forms with these changes are seen as being in different positions. A smaller form or a cooler shape is seen as further back in space. The illusion of space is most successful when gradation is gradual. In my painting, The Wreck, the sky and water gradually become lighter as they recede towards the horizon. The green hills in the background are small.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Pre Raphaelite & Symbolism, Burnes-Jones' Art



British artist Edward Burne-Jones’(1833-1898) teacher was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Pre-Raphaelite artists believed that the classical poses and graceful compositions of Raphael and others had harmed art. They preferred more detail, intense colours and intricate compositions in paintings.

Burne-Jones’ was also interested in symbolism. Symbolist artists considered subjective, symbolic, and decorative purposes. Burne-Jones’ figures are well modeled and sensual. His above painting, The Golden Stairs (1880) is done with limited hues (colors). The composition is a semi circle of figures on the stairs. The women appear almost indistinguishable with their like dresses and bare feet. The golden color of the stairs is the same as the skin tone. One woman is seen gazing at viewers. Some women’s heads are surrounded by light. The light along with their bare feet make them appear like goddesses or angels.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Depicted Movement in Sculptures, Barlach's The Avenger



I have written about the illusion of movement in paintings. There may also be an illusion of movement in sculptures. There are two types of movement in sculptures. There is actual movement, i.e. mobile sculptures. There is also depicted movement. The above sculpture, The Avenger (1914, bronze) by German artist, Ernst Barlach implies movement. The long broad horizontal and diagonal directions of the robe’s edges and the forward thrust of the head and shoulders contribute to the illusion of movement. (O. Ocvirk et al, Art Fundamentals Theory and Practice) The base of the sculpture is a downward wedge. Barlach did this sculpture at the beginning of the first world war when he was a nationalist; it represented the unstoppable force of the German army. Several war memorials by Barlach including a wooden version of The Avenger along with other art were removed by the Nazis as offensive to the national sensibility.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Movement in Painting, Balla's "Dog on a Leash"



In prior posts, I discussed ways to achieve movement in paintings. In his painting, Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (1912), Italian artist Giacomo Balla used several techniques to obtain the appearance of motion. Balla used vague contours in this painting. He also used repetition of shape and he overlapped these shapes. The dog’s legs and woman's feet are a blur of many images. Balla also used insecure placement. There is no cast shadow. (N. Goldstein, Design and Composition). Artists have used many methods to achieve movement.

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