Posts Tagged ‘Feminist’

Artist of the moment……Karen Kilimnik

Karen Kilimnik is an American artist who works with oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel,photography, crayons, and markers. Kilimnik also produces installation art.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Kilimnik’s art with our friend James Kalm:

Karen Kalemnik was born in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania in the year 1955. Kilimnik attended Temple University located in Philadelphia.

From a design standpoint Kilimnik is unique in her creative use of the circle in many compositions. Another intersting twist about her work is the shapes of womens hair in her work. The hair is done in a manner that shows movement of the character and atmosphere.

Price range information: Works range from $ 10,000 to $600,000.

Kalemnik is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of New York City.

Kalemnik enjoys portraying feminism in her works. Other feminist artists worth checking are Nicole Eisenman, Judy Chicago, and Hilary Harkness.

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Artist of the moment……Sue Williams

Sue Williams is an American artist renowned for abstract and figurative works. Sue Williams was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in the year 1954. For her artistic education Sue Williams attended the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California. The artist briefly attended the Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City.

The artist came to fame in the 1980s when she painted many works that showed nude figures engaged in sex. Since then her work has become more abstract and with her great sense of color  Williams is one of my favorite artists. Great color and sublime shapes makes for exciting artwork that you can look at all day because you can always find something different to look at in the painting. What I like most about her work is her variety of line weight. As an artist who grew up idolizing the great Al Hirschfeld, I find that Williams has the same fluid line as the great caricature master.

In this clip we view a show from 2008 featuring Sue Williams:

Another unique idea employed by Williams is to paint certain body areas. Hands or feet but rarely the whole figure. Sometimes even bones or blood vessels are painted.

Sue Williams is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Williams is included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

The artist is a proud feminist painter that enjoys working with sexism and gender bias as well as politics in her work. If you enjoy this genre be sure and check out the already profiled Judy Chicago for some similar ideas!

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $100,000. Williams is a well established printmaker.

And to close we visit a show from 2010:

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Artist of the moment…..Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was born in Havana, Cuba in the year  1948. Mendieta was a performance artist also known for her photography. A famous series by the artist included replicating her silhouette in various locations.  This series is called the “earth-body” series. Mendieta also produced performance art and sculpture.

Below an example of Ana Mendieta’s work with her silhouette:

In order to escape Cuba, she and a sister were sent to the States. Mendieta was nine years old at the time.

Some of Mendieta’s themes were feminism, life, death, and her connection to the planet earth. The main series is the silhouetta series where the artist used her own body covered in mud, sand, grass, and even blood. She would then shoot photographs of these works and sold these.

In some works she even used fire as a medium and recorded the images on film.

For her collegiate education Mendieta attended the University of Iowa earning both a bachelors and master’s degree. A major influence during these times was Hans Breder. Below some works by Hans Breder.

Sadly Ana Mendieta died from a fall in 1985 from her 34th story floor apartment in New York City. Her husband was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife. The court said it was either an accident or a suicide. Mendieta was only 36 years old. Her husband was also an artist and below an example of his style, his name is Carl Andre.

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One of the last series the work’s by the artist were photo etchings of some cave sculptures the artist made in her native of Cuba.

In this clip we visit a gallery show featuring Ana Mendieta.

Price range information; Works range from $3,000 to $170,000.

Below an example of the artist working with blood. Blood was important in the performing of certain religious rituals for Mendieta.

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Artist of the moment..Photographer Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger was born in 1945 in Newark, New Jersey. Most of Kruger’s art deals with black and white photography with letters and words that express a political or social remark. Kruger does a great job at capturing the contemporary consumer experience in America. My personal favorite is “When I hear the word culture I have to open my wallet!”

Works mainly with the Helvetica type font.

For her collegiate studies Kruger attended Syracuse University and Parsons School of Design. A heavy influence on the artist was the modernist painter Marvin Israel who taught at the University. Below an example of Marvin Israel’s style. Israel was renown for working with the interior and did many works similar to the one below even one with the subject being an electric chair.

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Below a great montage of works by Barbara Kruger.

Here we visit the Hirshhorn Museum of Art for a show featuring Barbara Kruger. 6,700 square foot display.

After college Kruger got a job with the magazine Conde Naste working in design. At this point she was more a fiber artist that sewed or did crochet.

Another classic slogan from Kruger, I shop therefore I am!

Kruger also makes installation art.

Over her career she has taught at several prestigious locales including the Whitney Museum of Art and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Based out of New York city and Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: The artist is a hot commodity in the art world! At auction in 2011 Kruger had a work sell for slightly more than $900,000 at Christies. Most works are priced from $10,000 to $50,000.

If you enjoy a laugh sometimes when looking at art also check out the artist Jenny Holzer. Holzer is an American artist renown for her sculptures that have text poking fun at  society in a manner similar to Barbara Kruger. In the work below it reads, ITS CRUCIAL  TO HAVE AN ACTIVE FANTASY LIFE, STUPID PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BREED.

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For some art homework think of this artists and add some captions to your own photographs!

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Artist of the moment……Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff was born in Somerville, New Jersey in the year 1942. Kozloff  was a founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement that flourished back in the 1970s in the United States. Her work since that time period has focused on cartography, the study of maps, to which she will include biographical or more local information about the culture. I found this type of work to remind of the Saar family of artists who include their own backgrounds as part of their finished work.

For her collegiate studies Kozloff attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn a masters degree from Columbia University.

The masks in the gallery are made of cast paper and then painted with acrylics.

Below a great example of Kozloff and her study and use of maps (cartography!)

In this clip we visit a series by the artist focusing on some of the Hawaiian Islands. She enjoyed working with the shapes of the islands themselves and also learning about the history of the islands.

In this clip from the Brooklyn Museum of Art we listen to Joyce Kozloff talk about the Feminist Movement.

Price range information: Many works priced between $2,000 and $6,000.

In addition to the Feminist cause Kozloff also likes to pursue activities promoting world peace.

Over her long career the Kozloff has created many public works over a two decade time period. Each commission was done to have a local feel and use of local materials and/ or ideas. An example would be Bay Area Victorian. Kozloff would use mixed media to complete these mosaics.

Started using the map as a main source for her creative outputs in the 1990s. Here is a unique idea to get people to see how destructive war can be. Kozloff made a large walk in map of the globe and on it were locations where the United States has bombed from 1945 until 2000. Its great to get people to understand the process only repeats itself over and over without fail.

Produced a series of watercolors in the 1980s. This book dealt with decoration and pornography.

What a creative artist!

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