Archive for June 18, 2014

Artist of the moment……Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz is a sculptor using a modernist style. Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in Falenty, Poland in the year 1930. The artist is renown for her work with the figure. Her family was quite well off financially, they were land owners. But during her childhood years the family struggled as their home country of Poland was taken over by Germany. The family was also part of the nobility in Poland.

When the German Nazis were in control, the only type of art that was acceptable was the style of “social realism.” Abakanowicz disliked the tight and rigid way of seeing the Warsaw Academy taught. The artist liked to produce work that was looser with more emotion.

Abakanowicz works often works with soft materials in her sculpture work, often using fiber materials in her work.

In this clip we view an exhibition by Magdalena Abakanowicz that took place in 2012:

Abakanowicz attended the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art. The artist honed her skills as a painter and draftsman, but also studied other forms of art including many lessons in graphic design, weaving, and how to use the silkscreen.

The name for the figure’s made by the artist is Abakans. These forms are made of rope that is twisted and tied to get the end result of figure, most times without a head. These works are the same size as public sculptures with some reaching as high as 13 feet!

Price range information: Works in ink and graphite can be found at $5,000. Other works including large works using textiles or bronze works can reach one half million dollars.

What a remarkable artist. Its great that the artist studied many mediums of art in college, and continues to use and work with these materials to this day. Her growth as an artist will never stop!


Artist of the moment……….Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen was an American artist renown for his elegant and modernist paintings of the landscape. Arthur Cohen was born in New York City in the year 1928. Cohen attended Cooper Union College and the Art Student’s League of New York City. The artist was a photographer and printmaker.

Cohen enjoyed painting many landscapes around Manhattan, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The artist was made a member of the National Academy of Design.

Arthur Cohen passed away in 1912 at the age of 84.

What I enjoy most about Arthur Cohen’s work, it has a vibrancy and life to it since he loved to paint from life. In fact he had rigged his jeep so that it was a makeshift painting studio. The artist had palette that even fit over the steering wheel. Painting from an old jeep the artist was able to capture many moments of the Northeast United States in oils.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Another great artist who paints the Northeast is Rick Fluery. An example of his work is below: