Archive for August 18, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard was a fantastic  photographer born in the year 1905 in the city of Berlin, Germany. For her artistic education she attended the Berlin Academy of Fine Art.

Her father was a designer and she came to the United States to live with him in New York City in 1927. Her father would help land her the important job of creating the the photography for the first catalog made for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

She would go on to buy her on photography equipment and to be inspired by photographer Ed Weston’s work. Below an example of Weston’s style. I have covered him previously. I found his nudes to strikingly similar in their poses to Bernhard’s work. Like photographer Chris Bucklow all of these artists enjoy playing with the shape of the female figure. Bernhard was a studio assistant to Weston for a period of time.


Another theme of Bernhard was lesbian couples with the the two female bodies pressed up against each other.

Bernhard joined a group called the F/64 group. Some very famous artists were part of this group including Weston, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange.

In this clip we view a great montage of photographs by Bernhard.

Here we see an interview from the 1990s with Ruth Bernhard.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $35,000.

Ruth Bernhard is part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Ruth Bernhard lived to be 101 years old and passed away in San Francisco, California in 2006.


Artist of the moment…… Chris Bucklow

Chris Bucklow is a British artist born in Flixton, Urmston, Lancashire, England the year 1957. Bucklow is both a painter and photographer. His father died when before he was one year old. His stepfather would go on to adopt him.

Bucklow most successful and critically acclaimed series titled “Guess.” For these works the silhouette of the figure, both male and female, are illuminated.

Has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Some key influences include artist Alfred Sisley. Sisley was born to British parents who lived in Paris. Sisley even attended the Ecole des Beaux Art in Paris. As an Impressionist Sisley loved painting greyed blue and purple skies and usually avoided the figure in his landscapes. Below an example of Sisley’s work.


For his artistic education Bucklow attended Leicester Polytechnic where he studied art history. Shortly after graduation he found employment as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Whilst working at the museum Bucklow did some writing for some popular art magazines about current and upcoming art exhibitions.

Bucklow also has a keen knowledge and hunger to learn more about physics and astronomy.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Early on some works revolved around leaves and plants. These works remind me of something Georgia O’Keefe might have tried.

Wrote a book about the artist Phillip Guston that was published in 2007.

A link to the website of Chris Bucklow:

Lives and works out of Somerset, England.

Below a visit to a Tetrachs show by Chris Bucklow. This is the series dealing with the silhouettes of both the male and female figures.

An interview with Chris Bucklow.