Archive for July 23, 2013

Artist of the moment… Zhan Wang

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $600,000.

Zhan Wang  is a fantastic artist  born in Beijing, China in the year 1962.  His first breakthrough came as an artist with a show dealing with the figure. Though he produced them in a traditional fashion the end result was quite unique in that Zhan Wang took the posed figure and then set them up in unlikely positions outside a building.

For his artistic education Wang attended Beijing Industrial Arts College. He then went on the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing where he studied sculpture.

Not only does Zhan Wang produce sculpture, but the artist also produces installations, video, and photography.

Here we see one of his signature floating stones. Very interesting and modern from the Singapore Biennale in 2008.

Zhan Wang  is renown for his work with stones that are sometimes called Scholar Rocks.  Here the artist concentrates on abstract shapes with a great amount of texture. The works are coated with chrome giving a modern touch to the rock shape.

Louis Vitton helped fund a project that was called My Personal Universe. Here a rock explosion was photographed and studied by the artist. With many assistants the project cost more than $60,000 and was funded by Vitton. In the clip below we revisit this project.

And to close with this wonderful clip from New York City from March of 2013 with more of Zhan Wang’s  stone art.

Zhan Wang lives and works out of Beijing, China.

Zhan Wang’s sculpture works were the first Chinese Contemporary pieces of sculpture to be purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Its great to see sculpture being taken to the more organized abstraction we see all around us. I also love the blend of materials, steel and chrome. Very modern but at the same time with such ancient subject matter.

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Artist of the moment…..Alvin Loving

Alvin Loving was an African American painter born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1935 renown for his use of color and geometric shapes. Loving painted, made wall hangings, and also enjoyed the art of collage.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $84,000.

Loving burst onto the national scene after a solo show at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1969.

In this clip we view some of the artist’s wall hangings at a show with the great James Kalm!

 

Al Loving passed away in 2005 at the age of 69 years of age.

Multiple Winner of the National Endowment of the Arts fellowships.

 

Artist of the moment……Kananginak Pootoogook

Kananginak Pootoogook was another Inuit master of all mediums born in 1935 in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada.

Included in the first annual Cape Dorset print collection in 1959. Pootoogook was an artist’s artist working in such mediums as sculpture, etchings, drawings, copper engraving, stencils, stonecuts, and lithography. He was a founding member of the art West Baffin Art Collective.

A favorite subject matter was birds and various wildlife.   I enjoy his designs and use of the color. I love his use of reflection with his images. Many times shapes repeat themselves. For instance a mother bear surrounded with four cubs. What a great use of perspective in his works.

Kananginak Pootoogook passed away in 2010 at the age of 75 years old.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $30,000.

His father was Pootoogook, also an Inuit artist and leader of the camp where he raised his family.

Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

In this clip we visit a sculpture of a musk ox at auction from Waddington’s Auction House of Canada.

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