Happy Birthday to the Eiffel Tower located in Paris, France………

The Eiffel Tower opened on March 31, 1889 in Paris, France. Lets take a look at some great works inspired by this famous landmark.

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This wonderful poster work of art was done by David Klein. The American poster artist who has piece of New York City’s Time Square that he created in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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This fantastic work was created by Lorraine Christie. Christie excels at painting large groups of people and uses a subdued palette that makes the bold colors of the figures in her work jump towards the viewer.

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This work appears small but in fact is slightly larger than 6 feet in height. I enjoy its unusual perspective and bold color choices. This work was done by Robert Delaunay.

 

 

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As you may have guessed this work was done by Robert Delaunay’s wife, Sonia Delauney. I enjoy her use of triangle and diamond shapes as well as innovative color choices.

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This version of the Eiffel Tower was by one of my favorite French artists, Bernard Buffet. I have written about him on more than one occasion as he got sick so he couldn’t make art anymore, than killed himself by suffocation.

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This last painting of the Eiffel Tower was done by Impressionist painter Georges Seurat.

It will be interesting to see if the surrounding landscape of the Eiffel Tower will change over the next decades.

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Artist of the moment………..Hans Josephsohn

 

 

Hans Josephson was a Swiss painter and sculptor renown for his work with the human face and figure. Hans Josephsohn was born in Kaliningrad, East Prussia in the year 1920.

After completing his high school education Josephsohn moved to Italy to study art on a scholarship. He left Italy due to its anti Jewish stance and relocated to Switzerland.

In Switzerland Josephson studied under renown sculptor Otto Müller.

The artist also produced wall reliefs in addition to his sculptures of the face and figure. These reliefs are very abstract in their appearance.

The artist was based out of Zurich, Switzerland for much of his career.

Hans Josephsohn passed away in 2012.

In this clip we view many works of Hans Josephsohn at the Yorkshire Sculpture Garden:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

When I view the figures of Josephson I am reminded of British sculptor Henry Moore. Though Moore’s work was more abstract, the figures that both artists produced have a wonderful presence of space, as if they have been standing or sitting in their locations for eternity.

Josephson’s sculptures of the face also remind of the Inuit artists. Like the Inuit people, Josephsohn tried to focus on the overall  emotion shown through the human figure rather than a specific part of the body such as an eye or smile.

His abstract reliefs are my favorite for their mix of innovative shapes and designs with traditional materials.

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Artist of the moment……….Amy Sillman

 

Amy Sillman is an American painter who is renown for her portraits which are psychological studies of people in addition to her abstract paintings. Amy Sillman was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1966.

Sillman attended the School of Visual Arts located in New York City earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Bard College also located in New York City.

Sillman is based out of New York City.

Over her career the artist has won many awards including fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Pollack- Krasner Foundations, and the Guggenheim.

Price range information: Sillman works in many mediums including etching, watercolor, gouache, and oils. Works range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.amysillman.com/pages/index.php

In this clip a brief interview with Amy Sillman:

Here we catch up with the great James Kalm to view a show featuring Sillman and Anna Sew Hoy:

The range of style of painting of Amy Sillman is amazing. Sillman’s portraits remind of Lucien Freud’s etchings. Sillman is also a fantastic abstract painter great at producing interesting shapes alongside her bold color choices.

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Artist of the moment…….Nicolaas Warb

 

Nicolaas Warb, also known as the Dutch artist Sophie Elisabeth Warburg, was an abstract painter and sculptor. Sophie Warburg was born in the year 1906.

The artist attended the Amsterdam Art Academy. She also studied on her own after moving to Paris, France in the late 1920s.

Nicolaas Warb vanished in 1957.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, watercolors,  gouache, and sculpture with prices range from $3,000 to $40,000.

What an interesting story this artist had? Her abstract works remind me of another artist who moved to Paris to live, Shirley Jaffe. Both artists use innovative shapes and their compositions showed wonderful flowing lines.

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Artist of the moment………….Dewain Valentine

 

 

Dewain Valentine is an American artist renown for his minimalist style. Dewain Valentine was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in the year 1936.

The artist was inspired by modern painters including Larry Bell and Ken Price.

Many sculptures are made of fiberglass and/or resin. For subject matter Valentine often refers to skies. Valentine is sometimes associated with the Light and Space movement.

Valentine helped to develop a special resin that for the first time allowed artists to work with sculptures larger than 50 pounds. Valentine also prefers a very smooth finish, to give the appearance of being new and machine built.

Below the surface of Valentine’s work is discussed in further detail with more examples shown:

The artist is based out of Gardena, California.

Valentine is part of the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,  and the Denver Museum of Art.

The artist is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Price range information: Large disks by Valentine can reach the $1 million dollar mark. Smaller table top size works range from a few thousand to $35,000.

Valentine gives the viewer a wonderful combination of basic geometric shapes with cutting edge materials that he helped to invent! A wonderful example of modern art.

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Artist of the moment……..Laura Owens

 

Laura Owens is an American painter who works as an abstract and representational painter. Laura Owens was born in Euclid, Ohio in the year 1970. The artist also produces collages and is an active printmaker.

Owens attended the Skowhegan School of Art located in Maine. She also earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. The artist also went on to earn a M.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts located in Valencia.

The artist is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

For inspiration the artist looks to embroidery patterns and landscape painters of the East including Japan and China.

In this clip we view a show featuring Laura Owens that took place in 2013:

The artist works in many mediums including oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $350,000.

Below a link to the website of Laura Owens:

http://owenslaura.com/

Laura Owens has mastered the art of design and its apparent in both her abstract and more representational works. Her landscapes remind me of contemporary artist Julian Opie. Opie has a similar design in his landscape works and often will add a digital element such as moving water or flowers in his work.

Below we  explore printmaking with Laura Owens:

Her work also reminds me of artist James Havard. Havard was one of the first artists to explore abstract illusionism. This is where an objects floats in space above other abstract elements, but with one object casting a reflection. We can always expect a unique design idea and wonderful execution by Laura Owens.

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Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Gonzalo Borondo

 

Gonzalo Borondo is a Spanish street artist who is renown for his work with the face and figure. Gonzalo Borondo was born in Segovia, Spain.

The artist attended college in Madrid and also the Academy of Art in Rome, Italy.

In this clip we view a show featuring Borondo that took place 2012 in Italy:

The artist often uses multiple figures sometimes facing away from the viewer in his work. This helps to make his work very realistic and action. He also enjoys painting the corners where two sides of a building meet.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a fantastic time lapse video of Bordondo working in Istanbul, Turkey:

Borondo has done a great amount of work in the city of London, England.

One artist that has provided a great deal of inspiration for Borondo was the Spanish master Goya.

Below a link to the website of Gonzalo Borondo:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Borondo-official-page/180678938805525

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Artist of the moment……..Andrea Büttner

 

Andrea Büttner is a contemporary German artist who works in multiple mediums including printmaking, reverse glass painting, sculpture, and video art. Andrea Büttner was born in Stuttgart, Germany in the year 1972.

Büttner received a top notch education in the arts having attended the Berlin University of the Arts and Humboldt University located in Berlin, Germany. Büttner went on to earn a Ph.D from the Royal College of Art located in London, England.

The artist is based out of London, England and Mainz, Germany.

Below a short documentary on Andrea Büttner by the Tate Modern:

Her first major solo exhibition took place in 2007.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.andreabuettner.com/index.php?/works/

Büttner is a tremendously gifted artist capable working in any medium. My favorite works of the artist are her black and white prints that always contain a great deal of emotion.

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Artist of the moment…….Robert Hodge

 

Robert Hodge is an contemporary African- American artist renown for his artwork featuring typography and collages. Robert Hodge studied at the Pratt Institute and the Atlanta College of Art.

Hodge is based out of Houston, Texas.

Many of the artists that inspire Hodge have been profiled here already including Basquiat, Glen Ligon, Mark Bradford, and Andy Warhol.

What inspires me about this artist is his way with words. He often quotes historical figures in his work, one of my favorite lines he speaks often was originated by Frederick Douglas, without struggle there is no progress.

Hodge was once asked the most important activity for an artist to do, his response was “read.” Wonderful, and congratulations to you for ending up at this site to read about art and become a better artist!

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://robertleroyhodge.com/

This artist gets an A+ for his business acumen! In this clip we view a collaborative effort with Hodges and Addidas:

Below we visit a show from late in 2014 and also have a brief interview with the artist:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment…….Abdoulaye Konaté

 

 

Abdoulaye Konaté is one the brightest stars of the African art scene. Konaté is renown for his work with figures and textiles.

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in Diré, Mali in the year 1953. The artist studied at the National Art Academy located in Bamako, Mali. The artist went on to study abroad and at the National Institute for Art located in Havana, Cuba.

The artist is now based out of Bamako. He works as a graphics designer and has worked for the National Museum.

Though his work is very abstract it is based on actual events and feelings. His work has explored thoughts on racism, religion, and A.I.D.S.

Konaté likes to use materials that are unique to Mali.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a wonderful clip showing closeup views of works by the artist:

Having seen the much hyped work of El Anatsui at the Denver Museum, I am much more impressed by the works of Konaté as his works mix both realism and abstraction. Both have a similar sense of design, but for me Konaté’s work is bold and easy to understand.

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