Archive for November 13, 2013

Artist of the moment….Shiko Munakata

Shino Munakata was born in the year 1903 in Aomori, Honshu, Japan  and is considered by many to be foremost Japanese printmaker of the twentieth century. In addition to painting the artist also was sell schooled in the art of calligraphy, was an art critic, and  even wrote poetry.

Munakata came from family of fifteen children. His father earned a living forging steel blades.

When he was thirteen years old the artist gave up school and entered his father’s business of making steel blades. This gave the artist plenty of time to sketch. Some inspiration was provided to Munakata after seeing the work of Vincent Van Gogh in 1924. Munakata relocated to Tokyo, Japan and after 4 years of refusals, was granted admission of his art to the Imperial Exhibition in 1928.

In 1927 the artist took his first steps into the art of printmaking.

Another interesting fact about the artist is that he had no formal pupils, but many artists studied his work and he inspired many younger artists.

The artist was in high demand around the globe for his prints. Munakata won prizes for his work at the Sao Paulo Biennale. Another key prize was given to the artist from a show that took place in Lugano, Switzerland.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $50,000.

Munakata is found in many museum collections in his native of Japan.

In this clip a great montage of works by Shiko Munakata:

The artist passed away in 1975.

In this clip a curator talks about a print made by Munakata in 1957  dealing with fish, flowers, and a female Buddha.

Munakata’s work is often forged and copied for a quick sale very similar to the work of Salvador Dali.

My favorite thing about this artist is his life story. Similar to other Asian artists, he took a wife, but had to live apart from her until he was successful as an artist.


New auction record for a work at auction

Francis Bacon’s wonderful triptych of fellow artist Lucien Freud sold at the auction house Christie’s for $142.4 million. The work is titled ” Three Studies of Lucien Freud.” The price was $106 million euro dollars.

And here some background on Francis Bacon and his work of art by Christie’s. Bacon talks about how he prefer’s to paint portraits from photographs.

Here is the news about the record price after the auction!

Also a new record was reached for a living artist. American artist Jeff Koons, renowned for his depictions of balloon animals sculptures made out of steel, had a work sell for $58.4 million which surpassed Gerhard Richter’s work of Cathedral Square located in Milan, Italy sold for $37.

Koons is very interesting to me as his studio looks like the floor of an Standard and Poors 500 mid cap company! So many employees and projects going on at the same time! Here we visit the artist’s studio, and see the many employees on site, and hear some background about the record breaking work of art from Koons:

And the highlights/results of yesterdays auction:

The world of  auctions certainly is interesting! The same day an orange diamond sold at auction for $35 million.


Characters in Art……Inuit Goddess Sedna

As an admirer of all things artistic its great to see how different artists portray the same subject matter. For me I enjoy looking at clothes, hands, and flowers as my top 3 subjects. Lets take a look at a subject matter that nearly every Inuit artist includes in their portfolio of work, Sedna the Goddess of the Sea.

Its great fun to see a flower painted by Robert Kushner and compare it to an Inuit arctic flower, or a flower done in the Shona style. Hands are my favorite because many cultures elongate the hands and fingers, two examples being the Shona and the Mexican muralist painters, to show the strength of their country’s working class.

To start with we see how a film version of the story of Sedna might be produced. The work is from a student at Cal-Arts which is one of the leading colleges in the world when it comes to learning not only about drawing, but also how to use technology in the world of animation and cartoons. Its a great visual to see how Sedna’s fingers became the creatures of the sea.

Here we have some wonderful works by Pitseolak Niviaqsi. His parents and some siblings were professional artists based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory. Niviaqsi is also a mentor to many up and coming Cape Dorset artists.

And here we have a wonderful graphic work by Ningeokuluk Teevee, also based out of Cape Dorset.

And here a wonderful offering from Ruben Anton Komangapik made from whalebone and antler. The facial expression is awesome!

And a wonderful sculpture of Sedna by Kellypalik Mangitak.

And to close we will look at a work by Nuveeya Ipellie:

I myself just started a paper collage of Sedna and hope to post it here by Friday.

Long live the Inuit Goddess of the Sea, Sedna!


Artist of the moment….Wilhelm Sasnal

Wilhelm Sasnal is a contemporary artist born in Tarnow, Poland in the year 1972. Sasnal is renown for his modern imagery and paints in oils and acrylics. For his collegiate education Sasal studied architecture at the Cracow Polytechnic in Poland. After this he did attend the Academy of Fine Arts located in Cracow where he studied art. Sasnal works in various mediums including drawing, painting, photography, lithography,  and video.

The artist remains based out of Tarnow, Poland.

For subject matter Sasnal works with anything imaginable from portraits to the banal images taken from the internet.

As Sasnal has improved as a painter the artist also has become more interested in using film as a primary medium. He has created feature length works and even a short film featuring the group Sonic Youth.

In this clip we meet up with our great friend and fellow admirer of all things art, James Kalm, for a show featuring Wilhelm Sasnal:

Price range information:  Works range from $3,000 to $450,000.

In this clip a curator talks about the artist:

Andy Warhol would be proud to see this artist as he works in so many mediums!