Archive for July 4, 2013

Some works of art celebrating the Fourth of July

Lets take a look at some work that celebrates the holiday! First up we have a wonderful piece by Ed Ruscha. Made in the USA and Made in America were logos plastered everywhere when I grew up during the 1980s.

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And of course we must visit the great Andy Warhol and his tribute to Uncle Sam.

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Ab the Flagman Ivens is an artist that works with found wood and other recycled goods. His real name is Roger Ivens.

Charles Fazzino is an artist I recently profiled famous for his three dimensional art. A great piece celebrating the country below.

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Vito Acconci is a painter who sometimes does performance art. Below an example of his take on the flag.

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And here  the great Jasper Johns talking about painting the flag.

An artist who takes famous images and reworks them using digital technology is Jon Rafman. This work is titled The Oval Office in the style of Jasper Johns. What great piece to celebrate the day!

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And to close we check out an artist well known for his appropriation work, Richard Pettibone.

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How about getting in the spirit of the day and working with a subject that has to do with the fourth. Some ideas would be fireworks, beer and alcohol bottles, and of course flags!

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Fourth of July!!!!!! Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt

Let’s have some fun by looking at images that are part of American culture. Its a very famous work by renown photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. To refresh your memory the image I am talking about is below, a sailor and a nurse celebrating the end of the World War II in 1945.

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Alfred Eisenstaedt was also well known for his images of celebrities. Below are some more examples of his style. He often used a 35 mm Leica camera.

Alfred Eisenstaedt was born in West Prussia in the year 1898. This area is currently now the country of Poland.  For his collegiate studies the artist attended Berlin University. Eisenstaedt also participated in World War I immediately after college.

After war he made his living by working in the garment industry selling belts and buttons.

Got his first camera at the age of 14 years old.

In 1927 sold his photographs to Der Weltspiegal. Whilst working for the Berliner Tageblatt he mastered working with smaller formats.

1935 Eisenstaedt relocates to the United States. Whilst in States he worked for LIFE, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.

His works have graced the cover of Life 92 times and worked for the magazine until 1972.

Eisenstaedt passed away in 1995 at the age of 96 years old.

Below a great montage of work by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Another short collection of works with the VJ Day photograph at the beginning.

 

price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $40,000. Higher priced works include multi panel works such as the children watching a puppet theater. Eisenstaedt was a tremendously skilled photographer who was among the greatest at capturing emotion in a very natural and without having people pose for him on purpose.

Happy Fourth! I will try to do another posting today provided my computer holds up!

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