Archive for September 25, 2013

Artist of the moment….photographer Walker Evans…

Walker Evans was a world famous photographer that captured the era of Great Depression and farm life of America. Walker Evans was born in the year 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri. His family was of the upper class. For his work on the effects of the Great Depression on American life and society he was working for the Farm Security Administration. This is considered easily to be his most renown series.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $150,000.

Much as the painting by Grant Wood is said to epitomize American farm life, Walker’s work did a great job of sharing the emotional feelings of the Great Depression. Check out this fine example of his work:

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In this clip we explore his recurring theme of the Great Depression in further detail. At the end of the clip he compares hunting to the art of photography.

When Walker Evans began college at Williams college in Williamstown, Massachusetts  he had entertained the idea of becoming a writer. Evans made some great friends that became well respected writers including John Cheever. Evans dropped out of college after one year and headed for Paris, France.

Walker Evans was outstanding at taking portraits. For me its as if I can smell the dirt or the very expensive fragrance worn by the sitter!

In France he chased his dream of becoming a writer even further but gave it up and decided to focus on photography.

Two time winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Walker Evans passed away in 1975 at the age of 72.

On a side note when I first saw the works of Walker Evans I immediately thought of the hillbilly millionaire Jed Clampett. In the portraits section clip I thought Granny right away!

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Artist of the moment…….Brice Marden

Brice Marden is an American artist renown for his abstract and non objective style of painting. Brice Marden was born in Bronxville, New York in the year 1938. For his artistic education Marden attended  Boston University School of Fine Arts earning a bachelor degree. Marden would go on to earn a masters degree from Yale in art and architecture.

Many works are done using a grey scaled or minimalist approach. Marden was seen as the best in the field of monochrome painting when it was the favorite style of the contemporary art market.

Brice Marden worked as a guard at the Jewish Museum before being a professional full time artist.

Its tough to realize the vastness of his work but many works have sides as long as 8 feet.

In this clip we go to a show featuring Brice Marden with our art loving friend James Kalm:

Marden came to New York City in the early 1960s, the artist had  developed an international reputation by the early 1970s.

First wife was named Paula Daez, the sister of famed singer Joan Baez.

Marden also enjoys using mixed mediums in his art. In the 1960s and 1970s the artist would use beeswax along with his oils. Beginning in the 1980s  the artist has been painting with oils on marble.

Also has a  house in Greece.

Marden is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

price range information: At auction some works have sold for nearly 10 million dolllars. Prints and etchings range from $5,000 to $70,000. Even works in pencil command prices from $50,000 to the low six figures.

Currently based out of New York City.

In this clip we take a visit to the artist’s studio:

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