Archive for January 28, 2015

Artist of the moment……..Richard Artschwager



Richard Artschwager was an American painter, sculptor, and furniture designer who participated in many movements over his career including Pop Art, Minimalist Art,  Conceptual Art. Richard Artschwager was born in Washington D.C. in the year 1923. His family had emigrated from Europe to the United States.

His family was very educated his father being a botanist and his mother took art and design lessons at the Corcoran School of Art. Artschwager would attend Cornell University located in Ithaca, New York where he studied math and chemistry. His war service in World War Two interrupted his education but the artist would finish with a degree of physics.

Artschwager also created his own simple modernist furniture. He was even commissioned by the Catholic Church to make portable altars that could be used on various types of vessels and ships. Much of his work was done using wood and formica.

In this clip we view the artist at work:

Richard Artschwager passed away in 2013 at the age of 89 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $1 million dollars. The artist worked often with acrylics, gouache, aluminum, etching, and charcoal.

Here we visit a show that took place at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City with our dear friend James Kalm:

Artshwager’s work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City, and also European Museums including the Tate.

The artist was great at experimenting and finding new ways to express himself. In the 1980s and 1990s the artist took on many studio assistants and was highly productive producing furniture and sculpture work. His work during this period of his life reminds me of contemporary artist Jeff Koons.



Artist of the moment……..František Kupka



František or Frank Kupka was an painter renown for his abstract style. Athough he is best known for his abstract style, Kupka also painted in a realist style. Frank Kupka was born in Bohemia in the year 1871. This area is now the Czech Republic.

Kupka attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Prague. Kupka also attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Vienna, Austria. In addition the artist also lived in Paris and briefly attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academy Julien.

Kupka began his art career as an illustrator of books and a poster artist. Around 1910 the artist began working in an abstract style.

The artist helped to found a movement of abstract artists in Paris called the Abstract-Creation group.

The artist served in World War One and this surprised many people as he was nearly three decades older than most of his teammates.

Below a montage of works by Frantisek Kupka. Realist works are in the beginning of the clip and abstract works towards the latter:

Frank Kupka passed away in 1957 at the age of 85 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $900,000. The artist worked in many mediums including ink, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pastels, crayons, and oils. No pricing available for posters or etchings.