Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I liked this piece done by Michelangelo Caravaggio mainly because of his use of detail, primary with the contrasting lights and darks of the painting. While I do not know much about the painting itself, it is thought to have been created around 1605 - 1610. Though I am not fond of this style of painting, Caravaggio is able to create a piece of art that has contrast, detail and that shows a unique style. It is because of its traits that I liked 'David with the head of Goliath'.
Michelangelo Caravaggio beautifully done still-life painting of a Basket of Fruit was painted in 1599, using oil on canvas. It is mind blowing how Caravaggio captures all the organic imperfect fruit and leaves by orchestrating signs of decomposition in this oil painting. The background of this oil painting really compliments the dimension of the fruit giving it an eyeopening glow. It makes my mouth water just looking at it.
In 1600, Michelangelo Caravaggio was commissioned to paint a picture of both Saint Paul and Saint Peter for the Santa Maria del Popolo. This painting depicts a scene from the bible of saint Paul had. In the Acts of the Apostles, when Saul the Pharisee was on the way to Damascus, he fell to the ground when he the voice of Christ say to him, "Saul, Saul,why do you persecute me?" which made him temporarily blind. Many assume that he fell off a horse. I well much liked this picture. Its absolutely beautiful and has a strong meaning behind it. The contrast in the picture gives an even even stronger meaning as it lightens the front as if we were in the eye of god looking in on what is going on.
I chose this painting because most of the work on his foundation's website is very biblical and since I do not have a strong religious background and do not know much about the biblical stories, I did not like those paintings much. This one is different from his normal work and is just a still life of a lot of different types of flowers and fruit but it shows the focus of the light coming into the center of the picture which I like. Overall, I enjoy the detail and how the things in the darkness almost look dead and the things in the light look full of life.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Many of Caravaggio's works are inspired by biblical stories. This particular piece focuses on David V. Goliath, as David is seen here holding the head of Goliath. I like this piece because it is very realistic. On David you can see his muscle tone and how his clothing is a little baggy. On Goliath, you can see the different strands of hair on his head. I also like how the background is dark, and by using value, Caravaggio is able to show shadow on David's body and sword. From the shadow, you can tell the light is coming from the front left of David's body.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Guggenheim Exhibit, Richard Serra (Oct. 8th 2011)
I enjoyed this piece in particular, because of the simplicity of the objects used, as well as uniformity of the shapes, yet still appeals to the eye. It is different from many of his works in that it contains a closed shape, (octagon), much unlike his others which we seem to be left with either open curves or inorganic figures.
Equal-Parallel: Guernica-BengasiEqual-Parallel: Guernica-Bengasi was specifically created for the Museo Reina Sofía as part of the exhibitionReferencias. The title is unique among the artist’s body of work, Serra having clearly stated that his works do not refer to the memory of any person, place or event; yet while Equal-Parallel: Guernica-Bengasi evokes a spatial experience of the work, it also refers to the temporal parallel between two historical events, on the premise that they are equal: the civilian bombing in Guernica by the Condor Legion on April 26th 1937 and an event that took place at the same time as the sculpture was being made, the American Air Force’s attack on the Libyan city of Bengasi on April 15th, 1986. The attack, which caused civilian casualties, was a reprisal for a bomb attack on a Berlin discotheque attributed to Libyan agents, in which one woman and two American soldiers were killed. Weaving these two references together, Serra makes an allusion to the debate around the role of history: whether it begins and ends with the individual corporeal experience, or whether its retelling can function as a construction of the world.
I found this to be very eye catching and interesting. This stood out to me out of all the images I saw of Richard Serras works. I love how each panel is angled differently. I think it is really cool how some are curved in and look as though they are going to fall and knock another panel over. You can tell a lot of work and thought went into making this captivating piece of work.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
These pieces by Richard Serra are currently on display at the Gagosian Gallery. The medium used to create these sculptures was waterproof steel. The steel has been oxidized, making the pieces a bright orange color. I like these sculptures because even though they are considered to be two pieces, they complement each other and work together to create one unified piece. Collectively, the Junction/Cycle looks like a triskelion, which is a symbol with three branches, legs, or angles that are positioned in such a way so that the symbol looks like it is in constant forward motion.
This Richard Serra sculpture is located at Gibbs Farm in New Zealand. I chose this because I really like the location. It is a beautiful farm that the huge piece of steal actually works at because it mimics the shape of the land. Serra said that the work is a hallmark of the strong relationships formed between collector and artist.
sculpture by Richard Serra placed in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, because it reminds me of life. If you put yourself out into the world, and decide to do better things for yourself you will see the world in a entirely new perspective. You may close certain doors, but bigger ones will be opening. If you were to live in fear and stay in your comfort zone, you will not grow as a person and will be limited to a certain amount of space. Instead of doors opening they will be closing.
2 new large scale works by Richard Serra are currently on display at the Gagosian Gallery and well worth an hour or so of your time if you happen to be anywhere close by. Junction / Cycle are both sculptures created in the artists preferred medium of waterproof steel, and in this case the oxidization of the material has turned the sculptures a striking bright orange colour, which offers plenty to those passing through the maze of the pieces themselves. Serra says the sculptures were designed as much with the space between them in mind, as with the form and materials used: "I consider space to be a material. The articulation of space has come to take precedence over other concerns. I attempt to use sculptural form to make space distinct."
"Vortex" is my favorite work by Richard Serra. "Vortex" has gradual curves, sharp edges, and is able to blend multiple pieces steel to create a unique form. Another aspect I like about "Vortex" is the unfinished steel. Without finish, the steel is subjected to the elements and is allowed to oxidize. This oxidation is what creates the rust on the surface of the steel, but it happens unevenly. This uneven distribution of rust gives the structure character, emphasizes its form, and in my opinion, shows the raw beauty of steel.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
This is a steel sculpture that was created by Richard Serra being displayed in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. I think this is very different as to what artists usually do which makes his work stand out. I think the shapes of these steel sculptures and the different colors that reflect off of them make them very beautiful.
Richard Serra's "Gravity" is located in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a memoriam to those who lost their life in the genocide. The twelve foot slab of steel weighs thirty tons and cuts through the stairs in which people use, forcing them to diverge from their path. I think this may represent the separation of families during the genocide. However, even though they could not see one another, as the visitors on each side cannot see each other, they always knew that their family and friends were there.
Richard Serra's Inside Out sculpture is located in the Gagosian Gallery in New York City. I thought this sculpture was cool because with just two long pieces of steel curved into a unique design, Serra created a maze. The sculpture is so simple yet the shapes and curves placed where they are make it an interesting piece of art. This sculpture would be cool to actually see in person and be able to walk through.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I chose this painting because it shows how Kooning used a figure as a reference in his paintings as opposed to another very important abstract impressionist, Jackson Pollock. The figure is present in the painting although it is not the most identifiable and realistic looking figure. The use of colors and broad brush strokes are part of the reason that Kooning became well known.
Willem de Kooning began working on Two Women with Still Life in Southampton, New York, where he was staying for the summer. During the previous two years, he was consumed with the creation of a large painting of a woman, Woman I (1950–52). Although away from his New York City studio, he was likely still grappling with that painting. His expressive use of pastels ran counter to the traditional technique of applying the darkest pigments first, then layering lighter pigments to build forms and create highlights. Here, he applied dark and light colors exuberantly, with no attention to hierarchy of tone. When shown in a 1953 exhibition in New York, this work and related paintings and drawings were considered sensational for their rendering of women in garish colors and aggressive frenetic lines.
In this piece of work I like the simplicity that Kooning uses while remaining abstract, one idea or emotion expressed by him can be perceived differently through the eyes of the viewer. Also I appreciate how he incorporates the human figure while expressing emotions, figure and space.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I chose this work of art, the Portrait of Renée which was created in 1924 by Willem de Kooning. It is an oil, charcoal, and conté crayon on canvas. It is from a private collection. I couldn't find any background on the work, itself. I chose it because it shows a level of innocence. He was able to capture the essence of the child, even with a toy. Its very detailed and colorful.
I chose this by William de Kooning because it is one of his more simple pieces. Many of his paintings have a lot of things going on that make it not as easy on the eyes but this one has beauty in it's simplicity especially because you can still see a good amount of the white background. Even though they are not complementary colors, I think they go well together. He did this with oil on canvas in 1983.
|William de Kooning,|
One of the displays in his earliest gallery, still exercises his signature abstract style, yet without the color seen in many of his later works. I really enjoyed the fact that he was able to use oil on canvas yet give the appearance of almost a chalk texture on blackboard. The painting was created by recycling several of his scrapped earlier works. Much unlike alot of his later work, the sharp outlines really bring life to the organic shapes and let the imagination go to work.
I liked this piece of art by Willem De Kooning because of the choices of color he chose. They are very light colors that work together to make a bold statement that is pleasing to the eye. I also enjoyed this piece because of his use of shading with black to offset the colors and to make the shape of his own face. When you look at other paintings of his the colors don't flow into a shape quite as easily, whereas this one you automatically know you are looking at someone's face.
I like this particular painting by Willem de Kooning because of his use of complimentary colors. The blue walls in the background really make the red hair of the woman pop out at you. Also, I like how it is more abstract. Even though it does not look realistic at all, the viewer is able to tell it is a woman through her features and shape.
After looking through the artwork of Willem de Kooning, I found his painting "Gansevoort Street" from 1949 to be my favorite piece. I really like the colors, the warmth of the painting, and his use of contrast and lines. Not only do I like the abstract style of "Gansevoort Street", but I like his use of his various techniques to bring it all together. Through his use of colors, lines, volume and texture, this painting has become a piece of art that I would want to put in my home or work place.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I found this drawing interesting because it contrasts from de Kooning's typical abstract style and replaces it with a classical representation of the subject. In this drawing, the model happened to be de Kooning's wife, Elaine de Kooning, who was also a prominent abstract expressionist. I though that it was interesting that he chose to abandon his trademark style for the representation of his wife. However, some of his other work did appear to depict her in his famous painting style.