Archive for September 24, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Rebecca Horn

Rebecca Horn is contemporary artist born in the year 1944 in the city of Michelstad, Germany. Horn is a superbly well rounded artist that paints, sculpts, works with film and video, and also produces installation art. Horn uses very unique materials in her art including ostrich eggs, fossils, and 18 karat gold. Many of paintings are very abstract. Butterflies are recurring theme of the artist.

Rebecca Horn also enjoys writing poetry.

In this clip we view a gallery show from 2011:

For her artistic education Horn attended a school in Hamburg, Germany called the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, from the age of 20 to 26. Saint Martin’s School of Art located in London, England. Whilst in college in Hamburg she developed an awful lung infection due to working with materials such as fiberglass. She then made the switch to different materials including ostrich eggs.

The artist splits her time between Paris, France and Berlin, Germany.

In this clip we view an kinetic work of art by Rebecca Horn. How whimsical!

Horn began exhibiting her artwork in 2002.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

price range informaton: Most works priced between $2,000 and $200,000.


Artist of the moment…..Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha was one of the founding figures of the Art Nouveau movement in France. Born in 1860 in the city  of Ivancice, Morovia. For his artistic education Mucha attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Munich, Germany.

A brief demo from a longer documentary Alphonse Mucha.

The artist remained in Germany for two years before heading to Paris, France to further his career. The artist was asked to design a poster for a theater. After this work was seen the artist was offered a contract to design theater sets and costumes. Mucha was also signed to a lucrative contract and became well known and wealthy.

A large part of his life’s work was toward a project called the Slav Epic. This project ended up to cover 20 paintings and is a history of his people. This work is on permanent display.

A montage of works by Alphonse Mucha set to music:

The artist moved briefly to the United States, but didn’t adapt as well as he  hoped and went back to Bohemia, where he spent the remainder of his life. He passed away in 1939 after a bout of pneumonia.

price range information:  The artist was quite prolific and produced posters, prints, and originals ranging from $2,000 to $250,000.