Posts Tagged ‘abstact’

Artist of the moment….Cesar Domela

Cesar Domela was a fantastic Dutch artist born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the year 1900. Domela was self taught as an artist. As a beginning artist he often times painted landscapes that reduced all elements to basic geometric shapes. In the early 1920s Domela made his first work that was devoid of a subject.

Part of the De Stijl movement, he was the youngest member. Mondrian is probably the most renown from this movement. Not only did his work lack a subject, he also began to use items like metal to make his work more three dimensional. The artist produced many relief works over his lifetime. His father was  religious leader and politician.

In this clip we take a closer look at a landscape painted by Cesar Domela in the year 1922. This is a great example of the path into abstraction his art was taking. A great mix of shapes, including organic shapes like the trees and leaves, and houses rendered as very simple box shapes:

And below a great montage of works by Cesar Domela:

Cesar Domela passed away in 1992 at the age of 92 years old.

price range information: Domela worked in many mediums including gouache, oils, and many mixed media relief works.  Serigraphs can be found for $3,000 and originals command prices as high as $550,000.

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Artist of the moment….Arturo Herrera

Arturo Herrera is a contemporary artist born in Caracas, Venezuela in the year 1959. His style involves using collage alongside cartoons in his paintings. Herrera has also done a fair amount of work with sculpture. For his sculpture and collage work Herrera enjoys working with felt.

Arturo Herrera has been featured on the Art21 series shown the public broadcast system. A clip from this show below.

From the Museum of Fort Lauderdale we see a mural painted by Arturo Herrera.

The artist is based out of New York City and Berlin, Germany.

Price range information: The artist works in many mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. Works range from $1,000 to $389,000 for a piece sold at auction in May of 2013. This work was untitled and is a collage of cartoons, comic strips, and classified ads.

Part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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