Posts Tagged ‘Art 21’

Artist of the moment……..Sarah Sze



Sarah Sze is an contemporary American sculptor. Sarah Sze was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1969. In addition to sculpture the artist creates site specific installation works.

One of her constant themes to explore is the never ending appearance of commercialism and information in our culture. Often times she includes many man made items in her art.

The artist attended Yale University where she earned a B.A. degree. Sze went on to earn a M.F.A. degree from the School of Visual Arts located in New York city.

She has created installations for the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, Ma.

In this clip from we view Sarah Sze when she appeared on the P.B.S. documentary series Art21:

The artist represented the United States in the famed Venice Biennial in 2013. In this clip we view her work for this exhibition:

Sze is the past winner of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Sarah Sze is now based out of New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist also produces wonderful prints that feature a mix of silkscreen and engraving.






Artist of the moment…….Allan McCollum


Allan McCollum is a contemporary artist renown for his solid black paintings surrounded by white matte and a framed in wood. These works are titled “surrogates” by the artist. McCollum works in many mediums and is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, and collage artist.

The artist enjoys working with themes of mass consumption. In many works the artist will produce as many as one thousand or more objects that seem similar, but are in a little different.

McCollum found inspiration for his art by reading from the Fluxus group of artists. The Fluxus group was similar to the D.A.D.A. group in that both groups were anti art. The famed Yoko Ono even took part in some of the groups performance art.


McCollum’s parents both enjoyed acting and his father was a character in the 1930s movie “Reefer Madness.”

Allan McCollum was born in Los Angeles, California  in the year 1944. The artist attended a trade school and studied restaurant management. He found employment as a cook preparing meals for the airplane flights. After a few years he decided to try his luck in the art world.

The artist took a job as a driver and box builder for a an art company based out of Hollywood in California. Here he would go on to make many contacts in the art world.


In this clip we visit the artist in his studio from the wonderful PBS series Art21:



In this clip we visit a show featuring Allan McCollum from 2013:

The artist has participated in the Venice Biennale.

McCollum is now based out of New York City.

Below a link to the website of Allan McCollum:

Price range information: Photographs start at $5,000. Works in other mediums including graphite, acrylics, enamel, and sculpture range from $10,000 to $300,000.

With his focus on mass production its possible that Andy Warhol has a smile right now!  This idea of the mass consumer as a subject is just as popular today as it was when Andy first made his Brillo boxes.

Even the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei has used the same principle in creating some of his works my favorite being the Ming Dynasty vessels with Coca Cola labels on the side.


Artist of the moment…..Mary Heilmann

Mary Heilmann is an American artist born in San Fransisco, California in the year 1940. Heilmann is known for her bright colored and sometimes combined canvases and panels, these surfaces are two square shapes joined together. The artist usually starts by looking for a shape that really does exist. An air vent, a piece of highway, or even a windows. In addition to painting Heilmann produces ceramics and furniture.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $200,000. The artist works in both acrylics and oils.

Here we visit our dear artist friend James Kalm for a show featuring Mary Heilmann from 2010.

During a slow recession time some of the magazines began to have artists write about their work, but for free. The artists didn’t get paid. But as a result people were certainly more interested in Heilmann’s work once they found out more about certain images. Heilmann burst upon the national scene after appearing in national art magazine ArtForum in 2007. This was for a show that was traveling about the country from California to its end location the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

For her collegiate education the artist studied literature and ceramics at the University of California at Berkeley  and San Fransisco State University for her bachelors degree. In addition Heilmann attended the University California at Santa Barbara earning a masters degree.

From the Art 21 series a quick visit to the home and studio of Mary Heilmann.

Based out of New York City.

Its great to see an artist become so successful later in their lifetimes. Another similar story is Grandma Moses, who learned to paint after arthritis forced her to give up knitting and crochet. She became famous after age 70!