Archive for July 27, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Photographer Candida Hofer

Candida Hofer is a photographer born in  Eberswalde, Germany in 1944. For her artistic education the artist attended Kunstakadamie in Dusseldorf. Her father was a famous journalist that was employed by the Nazi party and responsible for a large amount of its propaganda. The artist is known for love of architecture and large empty spaces when it comes to shooting interior scenes.

Candida Hofer started out her photography career as a portrait photographer working for newspapers.

Another well liked series was done on zoos in Europe. Images like the giraffe in the gallery.

The artist also did a great series concentrating on the design and interior of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

Was a student of the Becher family. I wrote about this family a short time ago, they were famous for photographing industrial images for example a coal mine or a water tower. Most of their students worked in black and white, Candida Hofer was one of few students that worked with color.

price range information:  Works range from $1,000 to $110,000.

First solo exhibition was in 1975 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

In this clip a great interview with the artist as she shares some of her process.

In this clip we visit Florence, Italy for a shoot.

Hofer is now based out of  Cologne, Germany.

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Artist of the moment……Ron English

Ron English was born in Houston, Texas in the year 1960. English is renown for his use of modern Surrealist that uses mixes well known consumer brands  with a Pop Art twist with works using the face of Elvis Presley.  English not only paints but produces photography and is a musician.

In this clip English talks about Surrealism and Pop- Art.

For his artistic education English earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from the University of Texas.  The artist went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

The artist started out by remaking local billboards for his photography. This grew into using the billboards to express his social view points.

Included in prominent museum collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Paris, France, and the Museum Checkpoint Charlie located in Berlin, Germany.

First major exhibit was Art on the Run in New York City in the 1989.

In this clip the artist talks about how on a certain day of the year the authorities look the other way and English is able to change billboards to his design without worrying about breaking the law.

And here we visit Ron English during comic-con New York City in 2012. He talks about using his modern skill set to revisit ideas and themes he tried to produce without much success as a young person.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $110,000.