I really enjoyed this watercolor pigment print of this woman who i assume to be named Sienna since it is the name of the print. I chose this work of his because i was drawn in right away when I saw her hair. I thought it just had such a cool look to it, I felt as though this one stood out from all the others. I like how it looks like she is in a daze and not sitting straight up with bad posture. It seems very natural.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I chose to use Nancy from 1968 as my selection of Chuck Close pieces because I thought that it showed the great detail and realism that he used in his art as a contrast to his more abstract works. I think that this may have been before his accident which would explain why it has a different style than his other more abstract works.
This was done with oil on canvas. I chose this one because it is zoomed in and you can see the colors individually on the right image, as opposed to the left image, where you do not see the colors as vibrantly. The left image looks more like the tones of a human but he still captures that richness in color. By looking at the two images together you can see that he used a grid as his method. At first I did not really like his style but then I read about some things that are motivations for him. I read that he has trouble remember faces, so capturing them in portraits is his way reinforcing the images into his memory. One reason I like art in general is because it is expressive and personal. Now that I undertsand the art work of Chuck Close I have begun to like it more.
I was drawn to this specific self portrait because while Close remains consistent with the style of using a variety of tiny squares to create a full image he decided to use black and white effects opposed to his usual colored paintings.
I chose this artwork of "Shirley" by Chuck Close. He used oil on canvas to create this portrait. I find it fascinating that this portrait is created by little pieces and it's all put together to make it look so realistic. From her glasses, to her earrings, eyes, and hair the way he put the tiles together so perfectly makes it easy to see the face of Shirley and portrays what she really looks like.
I chose this piece by Chuck Close because I like the way he is able to create such life-like detail in his painting. Not only that, but Chuck Close paints one individual square at a time; treating it like it is its own work of art. To me, being able to create a realistic painting out of many small ones is a feat in itself. Finally, I like how he is able to use contrasting colors within his painting, and even within individual squares, to create a very unique color set within the painting.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
This was painted by Chuck Close using oil on canvas in 2006. I chose this portrait of Bill Clinton because it was of a famous face that I immediately recognized. I like the technique Close used for this painting in working smaller images into one giant image. From a distance, it's easy to see that this is a portrait of Bill Clinton, but up close, you can see each individual square image that make up the bigger image. I like that various abstract shapes and colors are used in each grid that ultimately blend together. They give the painting a sort of watery texture.
I chose this 2011 work by Chuck Close because I find it so interesting that he achieved such an accurate representation of Susan while only using dots of color. He did this by using felt stamps to hand apply oil paints on a silkscreen ground. This is still a good example of his grid use, just slightly different because it is each particular dot made by the stamp.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I chose this portrait of Kate Moss by Chuck Close because of the detail he was able to achieve by using a weaving technique. Instead of painting this image, Close used an advanced digital weaving technique to create this tapestry. I think the weaving gave this image unbelievable depth and texture that would have been difficult to achieve with traditional techniques.
I chose this painting by Chuck Close because the first time I looked at it I thought it was a photograph. Close was able to paint such little details in his self portrait with such accuracy that it practically looks like a photograph. He was able to show single strands of hair from the hair on his scalp, chest and mustache, as well as the stubble on his face. I also think it is neat that he was able to capture certain details such as the reflection of light on the lens of his glasses and the smoke coming from his cigarette.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
This is one of the most famous portraits created by Modigliani. The painting is of a woman named Beatrice Hastings, who had a love affair with the artist for over two years, and sat for many of his paintings. I thought this was a very interesting painting and a bit different from his other works.
I chose this piece of work done by Amedeo Modigliani because it was simple, yet showed a mysterious expression. This is a picture of his wife Jeanne Hebuterne in a large black hat that showed her signature style. He used earth tones to create this picture and what I also like about it is that he elongated her face as well as her hands to make it more unique.
, made in 1918, is one of his works that I personally enjoy. I especially like this work because of the texture of the clothing and face. I feel that really brings it to life and gives you the feel the artist is trying to depict.
This is one of the portraits painted by Amedeo Modigliani of Pablo Picasso. I like the lack of definition in Picasso's features and the overall neutral tone of the piece. Both Picasso and Modigliani seem to have been influenced by one another in their respective works, so it is interesting to see one artist using another influential artist as the subject of his piece.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I chose this painting by Amedeo Modigliani because I liked how it is clearly not to scale of a self portrait. The eyes are not leveled like some of his other paintings and the face is not proportional. I like this because in reality not every face is symmetrical or perfect, Amedeo showed this in most of his paintings and sculptures.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I chose this painting by Amedeo Modigliani because the colors stood out to me. It reminds me a little bit of the charcoal drawing that I did with the dark black background and then a bright orange focal point which I think looks really nice and makes the piece stand out. I also love that you can see the brush strokes like in many of his paintings. Another things that I like about it is that it seems to be of a powerful women and that is shown well by the way she is standing.
I chose 'Woman with Blue Eyes' because I thought it was interesting that most of the painting is neutral colors or dark colors which is opposite to the color expected to see in the title. The eyes of the woman in the painting aren't even extremely blue but they are the faintest blue. I think the subtlety is just enough to make them pop.
I decided to use this painting by Modigliani for a number of reasons. First, like all of his works, I like his use of canvas space and his choice of colors; His style is identifiable, unique and elegant. I specifically like the way he drew this woman's figure. After doing some research, this was one of the first pieces he had done for commission in his career. Finally, I just appreciate the piece overall. Modigliani used the space well, used his colors well and put together a painting that was both realistic and portrayed his unique skill set.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Jean-Michel Basquiat. It is an acrylic, oil stick collage that makes up a face. I think this is such an interesting idea. It makes me think that everything inside the head is what is actually going on inside that persons head and is what they are thinking about.
I was drawn to this painting because it resembles the love Basquiat had for Jazz. During all of his sessions he would listen to jazz music and collaborate it with his pieces. He also addresses sports, black identity and music in many of his pieces and in this one he recurs this theme by using jazz music which at the time was well associated with the urban community.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
I chose to do the piece "Ascent" by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat created this piece in 1983 and I like it for a number of reasons. First, his color choice allows for contrast, depth and gives the piece personality. I also like the fact that it is an abstract work. Basquiat used a couple different techniques to create the piece and thats what makes it unique. Finally, I like how he created, then scribbled out a section of the work; whether it was done on purpose or done as an artistic way to cover up a mistake, I feel it helps make the piece stand out.
This painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat is of two figures on PCP (the hallucinogenic drug) and was sold in New York for $48.8 million dollars. I chose this painting because of the use of color but also the controversy that surrounds it. Art critics argue that his work is not worth that much money and they have labeled him as a street artist even though today he is the most collected artist of sportsmen, actors, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
I think The Mecca is a really cool painting by Basquiat. Basquiat painted his interpretation of New York City as the "Empire." I think it is really cool because of the simplicity. Many think of New York City as a crazy, fast-paced place, but this painting simplifies the city to be just tall skyscrapers. Since Basquiat is from Brooklyn, I think this painting interprets his own thoughts on New York City, as well as his lifestyle, as simple. From an outsiders point of view it may seem hectic, but in his own head, he may have just thought of it as home. In 2013, rapper Jay-Z purchased this painting for $4.5 million.
Coming from a immigrant working class family, Basquiat was fond of the portrayal of the boxer. A boxer represents dogged determination, something he embodied as he fought through the adversity of racism and socioeconomic setbacks. He admired Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali for their resilience, and I chose this piece because I feel it captures the fight he attempted to portray.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I chose this print by Jean Michel Basquiat called Charles the First, 1982 because I love the text he chose to use as the focus: "Most
young kings get their head cut off". I think this text is important and interesting because Basquiat wanted to be famous; he wanted to be king. He saw Andy Warhol as the top of the art scene at the time and he dove right in the mix in order to be at the top as well. I think it is interesting that he chose to say that young kings get their head cut off because he was young at the time. I think it is interesting that he did pass away at a young age after rising to the top and gaining fame, almost like he was king, who at the hand of drugs, met death; much like getting his head cut off.