Archive for September 18, 2013

Artist of the moment….photographer Sally Mann

Sally Mann is a contemporary American photographer born in Lexington, Virginia in the year 1951. Sally Mann studied photography at Praestegaard Film School. After attending several other institutions Mann earned a bachelor of arts degree from Hollins College located in Roanoke, Virginia. Mann went on to earn a masters degree in writing from the same  university.

Mann works in a black and white format and specializes with the human form and also landscapes.

price range information: works range from $2,000 to $300,000.

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In this clip we view some works dealing with the husband of Sally Mann:

In this clip we view some wonderful landscapes images by the artist. To make her work look aged Mann sometimes employs damaged and scratched lenses:

A quick bio on Sally Mann. She talks about life at her farm:

Had an exhibition of her work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C.


Artist of the moment….Emily Illuitok

Emily Illuitok was born in the year 1943 in Kugaaruk, Nunavut Territory Canada. Illuitok was a master at including many separate figures in her artwork,. One piece might include 20 different original carvings of birds.

Below we see a wonderful work of art from Iluitok titled the “Hunting Scene.”

Two children are professional artists.

Price range information: Works range from $400 to $4,000.

Emily Illuitok passed away in 2012 at the age of 69 years of age.


Artist of the moment…….Lazarus Takawira

Lazarus Takawira is from a long standing family tree that includes many professional artists. Lazarus Takawira was born in Nyanga, Zimbabwe in the year 1952. He was the youngest of three brothers. His mother was a professional sculptor.

Brothers are John and Bernard. Both are renown sculptors and John has passed away.

Was able to mentor under shona master Nicholas Mukomberanwa and learned to put his feelings and emotions into stone. He enjoys working in very large format and size.

price range information: Works range from $1,600 to $10,000.

The artist enjoys working with the female form and face. In his artist statement Takawira tells us every sculpture he produces is a homage to women.

Collected by Prince Charles of England.

Part of the collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Lazarus Takawira is based out of Ruwa, Zimbabwe.


Artist of the moment…….Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan was born in the year 1900 in the city of Buffalo, Kansas. Morgan was renown for her work with dancers. For her artistic education she attended the University of California at Los Angeles. After graduating with an art degree she taught at the high school level for one year. She traveled though out the southwest and observed the native dancers of the Native American culture. This experience led to a lifelong fascination with the art of dancing.

In this clip we listen to Morgan compare the art of Native American dance to the style of dance of  Martha Graham:

Morgan was an artist’s artist working in many mediums including drawing, printmaking, painting, and photography.

Was also part of teaching faculty at the U.C.L.A.

Winner of a grant for the National Endowments of the Arts.

Below a montage of works by Barbara Morgan:

Morgan was a co-founder of the magazine APERTURE. This magazine was a great stepping stone for many of America’s great photographers including Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Minor  White, and Beaumont Newhall.

Recipient of  a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers.

price range information:  Works range from $2,000 to $20,000.

Included in prominent collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Barbara Morgan passed away in 1992 at the age of 92 years old.

Street Artist festival from Ghana

A brief clip discussing the current street art festival taking place in Ghana. The festival is in its third year and is a gathering of all artists across the country of Ghana. The festival is called CHALE WOTE. The project is an aim to take art to the streets!

The clip features an interview with a producer and we can see many artists and participants doing their art on the walls.


Artist of the moment…..Qiu Zhijie

Qiu Zhijie was born in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China in the year 1969 and is a photographer, painter, printmaker, calligraphy writer, and installation artist.

A major theme of the artist’s photography work has to do with the overwhelming age of consumerism that now exists in China. In the gallery above you can view two images of this successful series, they are self portraits of the artist. Some times covered with writings or codes to symbolize that the individuality of human desire has been exchanged for a culture in which everyone wants the same few things. This series was titled “Tattoos.”

The artist has written several books dealing with art theory.

An interview with Qiu Zhijie from 2011. The interview is in Chinese with English subtitles:

The artist is currently a professor at the School of Inter-media Art of the Chinese Art Academy.

For his artistic education the artist earned a degree in printmaking from the National Academy of Fine Arts located in Zhejiang, Hangzhou.

Based out of Beijing, China.

In this clip we see a multi media work that incorporates text and a message about the virus that causes A.I.D.S.

Started exhibiting his work in 1992 with a very successful show in Hong Kong.

First solo show in the United States was in 2007.