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Artist of the moment………..Alexey Brodovitch


Alexey Brodovitch was an twentieth century Russian/ American painter and photographer who was modern in his photography. Alexey Brodovitch was born in Oligotchi, Russian Empire in the year 1898.

His family was well off as his father was a doctor. Unfortunately his family had to flee their homeland to war and the upcoming Bolshevik revolution. Eventually the family would settle in Paris, France.

Brodovitch took a wife and found himself a job for the first time in life painting houses. He would take art classes and through his connections with other artists also earned money as the painter of ballet backgrounds. During this period he also would design textiles and jewelry.

The artist taught many well known modern artists keys to graphic design and advertising. In the United States most advertising art was very romantic in nature and linked to ideas from centuries past. Artists like Jessie Wilcox Smith were very popular. Brodovitch helped to usher in a modern era of American design that studied advertising examples that were popular in Europe, rather than the romantic realism.

Some of his students included famous photographers Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon.

In this clip a brief bio on Alexey Brodovitch with some examples of his work:

Alexey Brodovitch passed away in 1971.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

The artist was among the first to incorporate text and photos in magazine layouts. He was also an outstanding painter of landscapes in an abstract style. Add to his resume the many students who went on to have professional art careers and Brodovitch was a true master artist of the 20th century.

If you enjoy photographs and enjoy looking at photographs in sequences be sure and check out my post on Duane Michals. Michals uses photographs to tell short visual stories.



Artist of the moment…………Max Yavno


Max Yavno was an American photography who is renown for his images of life in the Western region of the United States and Los Angeles and San Francisco in particular.

Max Yavno was born in New York in the year 1911. Yavno attended the City College of New York.  The artist went on to earn a masters degree from Columbia University where he studied finance and political science.

In this clip a montage of works by Max Yavno:

Yavno is known for his street scenes of Los Angeles. Yavno documented the West coast in a similar manner that Paul Strand captured New York City not only with photographs, but with his 1920 movie titled “Manhatta.”

Yavno did was employed by the Works Progress Administration.

The artist served in the United States Army during World War 2. After the war he opened up his own shop where he specialized in landscape photography.

Max Yavno passed away in 1985 from complications he got from falling whilst taking a shower.

Price range information: Most works available from $4,000 to $50,000.

Yavno was known for his images of San Francisco, which include a street car being turned around manually, and for his images of the famed Muscle Beach. These images remind me of another New York City photographer who captured many of the unique people of the Big Apple,  Diane Arbus.


photographer Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was an American photographer renown for her black and white images of people. Diane Arbus was born in 1923 in New York City. For her subjects she found people from all walks of life from circus performers and clowns, exotic dancers, and children.

Diane Arbus attended the New School for Social Reseach located in New York City where she studied photography.

In 1941 she married Allan Arbus. She and Allan began a fashion photography business. The couple divorced and Allan became an actor appearing on many syndicated shows including Matlock and M.A.S.H. Allan Arbus passed away in 2013 at 95 years old.

Arbus also taught at Parson’s School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.

After the divorce she continued her studies with professionals including American photographer Richard Avedon.

Diane Arbus committed suicide in 1971.

In 1972 Diane Arbus was the first American photographer to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $650,000.

In this clip some great photographs of people taken by Diane Arbus:


Artist of the moment……Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas is a modern artist born in Cape Town, South Africa in the year 1953. Her favorite subjects are people with many works dealing with the genre of mother and child. For her artistic education Dumas attended the University of Cape Town.

price range information: Works in oils have broken the one million dollar mark at auction. Watercolours range $25,000 to the low six figures. Lithographs range $5,000 to $20,000.

Growing up in South Africa, where television wasn’t available until 1976, photography inspired the artist. One American photographer whose work she admired was Diane Arbus, a master at capturing emotion on film. Below an example of Arbus’ photographic work.


Is now based out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In this clip we visit the show taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City  featuring Marlene Dumas with our beloved art admirer James Kalm:

The artist usually works with black and white imagery as she tries to capture and promote emotion in her figures. Dumas enjoys using oils on canvas or ink on paper.

Has had exhibitions in the United States at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, California and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.