Archive for July 1, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Melvin Edwards

Melvin, or Mel Edwards is a fantastic American sculptor known for his work dealing with African- Americans, race, and politics. Melvin Edwards was born in 1937 in Houston, Texas. For his collegiate studies he attended the University of Southern California and Los Angeles City College. Edwards also attended the Los Angeles County Art Institute.

1970 became the first African- American artist to have  a solo show of sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art.

In college a major influence on Edwards was the artist from Hungary named Francis Erdelyi. Below a fine example of his style.

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1976 he married a poet named Jayne Cortez.

price range information: Most works are small to medium sized and priced $5,000 to $15,000.

Has taught at many prestigious art schools including the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Connecticut.

Has works in many prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, and the Houston Museum of Art, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Based out of New York City.

A link to the artist’s own website.

http://www.meledwards08.com/archive_articles.php

Most popular series was that titled “Lynch Fragments.” These were small works that now number more than 200 works. As metaphors for his feelings on race and what it means to be African American are signified by using hammer heads, locks, scissors, chains, and railroad splices.

In this clip from a fellow art lover, we see a print made by cutting aluminum with a laser done by Melvin Edwards. Another artist already profiled here is also  featured named Faith Ringold.

part 1 of a series done on Melvin Edwards by the Chouinard Foundation.

part 2 of the series with Mr. Edwards.

part 3 of the series.

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Artist of the moment….. Mark Tungilik

Mark Tungilik was an Inuit artist born Repulse Bay, Nunavet Territory, Canada. Mark Tungilik was born in 1913 and passed away in 1986.

price range information: $1,000 to $6,000.

Included in the National Gallery of Art in Canada.

Tungilik began working with stone. Enjoys working with the figure and incorporating many mediums into his art.

Tungilik had a wife that was also an artist, her name was Louise Tungilik. She passed away in 1982. Below an example of her art.

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Sorry, no more info available. More Inuit art coming soon though!

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Artist of the moment….Street artist “PosterBoy”

Poster Boy is another name for the graffiti artist based in New York city whose birth name is Henry Matyjewicz. Born in 1983, he has become renown for his contemporary art that uses modern imagery. He makes up the ideas by using a razor blade to cut and edit what he wants.

Poster Boy went to community college and studied art in New York before dropping out  and going back to street art.

His technique of cutting up posters happened after waiting for a subway to come along, it gave him something to do. PosterBoy came to enjoy using the advertising posters that he saw on subway platforms, it was perfect for this kind of art because it has a back that is adhesive. 2008 was his most productive year producing more than 200 works.

Started having his work in galleries starting in 2009.

Poster Boy’s cutting of the posters, is illegal. But this activity is not on a high priority of the subway officials.

The artist has been in  and out of court for his art.

Of the gallery artist covered here I found Poster Boy to remind most of the Italian collage artist, Mimmo Rotello. Below an example of his work. Rotella worked with torn advertising papers.

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Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the artist website on Flickr that shows some of his unique works.  Even if works are taken down by officials, most times a photograph or two is taken before this happens.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/posterboynyc/

In this clip we see PosterBoy in action.

Again we see the artist live in action!

Its great to see street art that takes the art of decollage into account.

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