Archive for February, 2015

Artist of the moment……….Anne Truitt

 

 

Anne Truitt was an American artist renown for her minimalist sculptures. Anne Truitt was born in Easton, Maryland in the year 1921. Truitt attended college at Bryn Mawr where she earned a degree in psychology. She served as a nurse in World War 2.

After the war was finished she left the field of nursing and began sculpting figures.

Shortly after she began to work more abstractly producing the wood box sculptures with bright flat color we associate with Truitt. After applying the paint she sanded the surface, trying to remove any brush strokes.

Below we view a show featuring Anne Truitt from 2013 that features some monumental works from the 1970s. :

The artist also created pedestals and stands for her sculptures to sit on so that they appear to float in air and have a slight cast shadow.

Truitt also wrote three books over her lifetime that were journals that covered her life as an artist. Below an excerpt from one of her books:

Anne Truitt passed away in 2004 at the age of 83 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $150,000. Truitt worked mainly with acrylics.

Its great that Truitt had the idea to write journals of a daily life as an artist. I hope more artists follow in her footsteps. Her minimalist sculptures remind me of the changing weather of the different seasons.

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Artist of the moment………..Ronald Kleemann

 

 

Ronald Kleemann is an American artist renown for his photo realist paintings of automobiles and firetrucks. Ron Kleemann was born in Bay City, Michigan in the year 1937. Kleeman attended the College of Architecture and Design located at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Below a short interview with Ron Kleemann:

At the beginning of his art career he worked as a sculptor, then an abstract painter who used shaped canvases, and finally a figure painter before moving on to the photorealism we associate with the artist.

Below a link to the website of Ronald Kleemann:

http://www.ronkleemann.net/

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $250,000. Kleeman works in oils, acrylics, and is an established printmaker.

The artist is based out of Valatie, New York.

Kleemann has a great sense of design and his portrayals of firetrucks are amazing for his great control of the color red.

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Artist of the moment…….Ad Reinhardt

 

 

 

Ad (Adolf Frederick) Reinhardt was one of the first American abstract painters. Ad Reinhardt was born in Buffalo, New York in the year 1913.  At the beginning of his career the artist started working in a monochrome style working with using red.  This was followed by period of all blue paintings, and then black. The black paintings were produced during the 1960s, at the height of his art career.

From the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City, a closer look at the painting techniques employed by Ad Reinhardt:

Reindhardt was very well schooled having attended Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, the Institute of Fine Arts of New York, and the American Artists School.

Reinhardt taught at the Brooklyn College of art. One famous student of his was modernist sculptor Anne Truitt.

Reinhardt was part of the Works Progress Administration. For these works he painted in a realist style.

Ad Reinhardt passed away in 1967.

Below we catch up with our favorite art amigo, James Kalm, and visit a show celebrating the 100th birthday of Ad Reinhardt:

The artist worked in oils and watercolors.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Reinhardt was awesome at creating unique shapes in abstract works. When combined with his fantastic use of color the results are spectacular.

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Artist of the moment………..Raymond Dabb Yelland

 

Raymond Dabb Yelland was a wonderful painter of landscapes and in particular sunsets born in London, England in the year 1848. His family moved to the United States when the artist was three years old. The artist decided he wanted to be a professional when he was twelve years of age.

Yelland attended college at the National Academy of Design located in New York City. He would also study abroad in Paris, France.

The artist participated in the United States Civil War. After the conflict he relocated to California.

Yelland was a professor at Mills College located in San Francisco, California.

Raymond Dabb Yelland passed away in 1900 due to pneumonia.

Price range information: Yelland worked in oils with prices ranging from $10,000 to $70,000.

When it comes to great looking sunsets other artists who painted great images include Ovanes Berberian and Wilson Hurley.

Below a clip from my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow, where we see a fantastic signature coastal work by Yelland:

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Artist of the moment……..Jesus Moroles

 

 

Jesús Moroles is a contemporary American artist renown for his large sculptures composed of granite. Jesús Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in the year 1950. Moroles attended North Texas University located in Denton.

In this clip a sculpture by Moroles is talked about in detail:

The artist is based out of Rockport, Texas.

Below a short interview with the artist:

Moroles was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008 for his contributions to the art world.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of Jesus Moroles:

http://www.moroles.com/

The largest work by Moroles is a 120 foot by 120 foot sculpture made to remember fallen police officers of Houston, Texas. Since launching his art career Moroles has placed more than 2,000 works of art in collections.

Moroles is also a board member of the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington D.C.

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Artist of the moment………Arthur Mole

 

Arthur Mole was a photographer renown for his “living” pictures to help encourage soldiers at war. Arthur Mole was born in Lexton, Essex, England in the year 1889. Mole’s work is just so clever, the work of the battleship shows soldiers spelling out “Nice to Meet You” in Japanese.

Mole had the idea to take many soldiers and arrange them into patriotic shapes. When seen from the ground the soldiers looked like a random image of people, but when shot from high above the images would come into place. Some subject matter included flags, a liberty bell, and an eagle.

Unofficially Mole used as many as 20,000 people in one picture. In order to make the perspective work correctly many more people had to be placed in the distance rather than closer.

The artist and his family moved to the United States in 1902, just after he became a teenager. Mole worked as a commercial photographer.

It took a great deal of patience and time to organize the soldiers into place. Mole’s viewing point was an 80 foot tower. He would shout instructions on where to stand via a megaphone.

Mole is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Arthur More passed away in 1983.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a brief clip on Arthur Mole and his helper in this activity, John Thomas:

No need for photoshop with such a creative mind! Arthur Mole was far ahead of his time in the field of photography!

 

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Artist of the moment………Peter Uklanski

 

Piotr Uklanski is a Polish mixed media artist who paints, sculpts, is a photographer, collage artist, and filmmaker. Piotr Uklanski was born in Warsaw, Poland in the year 1968. Uklanski attended the Academy of Art located in Warsaw. In addition Uklanski came to New York’s Cooper Union College where he studied photography.

The artist can paint wonderful abstract works, but also creates wonderful sculptures of hands that can reach multiple levels of a house.

Uklanski has participated in many of important art festivals including the Venice Biennial.

The artist has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

If you enjoy artists who use many mediums in expressing themselves be sure and check out my post on Vik Muniz.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 up to $300,000.

Below we visit a show featuring the work of Piotr Uklanski and his works in across many mediums:

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Artist of the moment……..Duvier Del Dago

 

Duvier Del Gado is a Cuban artist renown his three dimensional drawings and installations of material items most people are trying to attain. Duvier Del Dago was born in Zulueta, Villa Clara, Cuba in the year 1976.

Some past subjects include castles, motorcycles, and guns.

The artist attended the ISE ( Instituto Superior del Arte). A major mentor for Del Dago was another Cuban artist named Rene Rodriguez.

Del Gado has been a two time participant in the Havana, Cuba Art biennial.

Below a great interview with Duvier Del Dago talking about his creative process and how much he enjoys drawing. Del Dago says he has been drawing as long as he can remember.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a creative artist! It will be interesting to see if the artist ever tries to use more color in his installations. What I enjoy most about this very modern artist, is the fact he doesn’t use any technology yet his artwork from a distance looks like a hologram. He often starts by a drawing of the subject on semi transparent nylon. Then he makes a connect the dots system he developed using hooks on wooden panels and thread.

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Artist of the moment………Guy Yanai

 

 

Guy Yanai is a wonderful contemporary artist who paints landscapes and floral works in a modern style. Guy Yanai was born in Haifi, Israel in the year 1977. The artist enjoys flattening shapes and working bold an bright colors.

Guy Yanai is based out of Tel-Aviv, Israel.

The artist is well schooled having attended Parsons School of Design, the New York Studio School, and earned a B.F.A. from Hampshire College located in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Below a short interview with Guy Yanai and a trip to the artist’s studio in Tel-Aviv, Israel:

Price range information: Originals range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Yanai has a great sense for simplifying shapes and producing fantastic compositions. His works also involve a great deal of abstraction, a great deal more than more traditional artists for the fact that he is trying to paint a real object using hard edges.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://guyyanai.tumblr.com/

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Artist of the moment……….Garry Winogrand

 

 

Garry Winogrand was an American photographer best known for his images of daily American life and New York City in the 1960s. Garry Winogrand was born in the year 1928.

The artist grew up in the Bronx and both of his parents worked in the apparel industry. Winogrand served in the United States Air Force and then attended college studying painting at the City College of New York. Winogrand also studied photography at Columbia University.

Winogrand also took a class from a previous post, Alexey Brodovitch.

In this clip we view some great photographs of people who at the time are as emotional as humans can be:

The artist was the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and also the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also a highly sought after teacher and served as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Winogrand enjoyed shooting street images and spent most of his career in New York City, although he did shoot images of Los Angeles.

Garry Winogrand passed away in 1984.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $150,000.

The artist had a great knack for capturing the moment, WITHOUT PHOTOSHOP or any other digital technlogy. The lack of color gives the viewer a raw sense of emotion from the subjects.

If you enjoy street photography especially that of New York City be sure and read my previous posts on Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander.

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