Posts Tagged ‘Guggenheim fellowship’

Artist of the moment……….John Opper

John Opper was an American painter associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. John Opper was born in the year 1908.

For his artistic education Opper attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Chicago Academy of Art. Whilst in school and at the beginning years of his career Opper worked in a realist style. Opper began working in an abstract style after studying with famed painter Hans Hoffmann.

The artist was the recipient of many fellowships and grants including the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Opper was a long tenured professor at New York University.

John Opper passed away in 1964.

I enjoy Opper’s work with the vertical stripes the best! Opper thought that the 1930s was a great time for American art. With programs like the Works Progress Administration it made other artists get together and the whole artistic community was buzzing.


Artist of the moment……..Philip Guston

Philp  Guston was born in Montreal, Canada in the year 1913. Guston would go on to become one of the masters of Abstract Expressionist  painting.

Price range information: Lithographs can be found starting around $10,000. Original oils have brought as much as $26 million dollars at auction.

Guston and his family moved to United States and settled down in Los Angeles, California as a youngster.

During his high school years he attended Los Angeles Manual Arts High School where a fellow classmate was Jackson Pollack.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at many colleges and universities including New York University and the Pratt Institute.

For his artistic education Guston briefly attended the Otil Art Institute of Los Angeles, California.

Guston did works for the Works Progress Administration.

With our great friend James Kalm, we visit a show featuring the work of Philp Guston in honor of his hundredth birthday which would have been in 2013:

Guston was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Philip Guston passed away in 1980.

Artist of the moment…….John Chamberlain

Continuing our discussion about artists who renowned for their work with the automobile we have the great John Chamberlain. John Chamberlain was born in Rochester, Indiana in the year 1927.  Chamberlain was an abstract artist. The artist was a printmaker and sculptor. His sculpture works are what he is known most for. These involve pieces of automobiles crushed and then made into a new shape.

I like to think of the works as time capsule. I would love to see what a 2 by 3 foot piece of different cars next to each other looks like. For instance a Prius, a Cadillac, a Suburban, and a retro 1960s bug. It would be awesome to see what the different materials and coloring or rust perhaps on the vintage bug looked like. A very original concept and idea.

For his artistic education Chamberlain attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. In addition Chamberlain attended Black Mountain College located in North Carolina.

The artist was a recipient  of Guggenheim Fellowship.

Chamberlain was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The artist passed away in 2011 at the age of 84 years of age.

In this clip a great interview with John Chamberlain.I found it interesting that he says all art is abstract. Andrew Wyeth used to argue that people said he was a photorealist, but he saw himself as a abstract painter. He loved to break things down and paint the abstracted forms. For instance wood or grass can be instantly recognizable, but also very abstract.

Price range information: Lithographs and silkscreens start at $4,000. At high end large sculptures have sold for $5 million at auction.

In this clip from Sotheby’s we view many steel sculpture works:

What a unique way to use the automobile in art!


Artist of the moment….Photographer Ed Weston

Price range information: Works priced between $2,000 to $550,000.

Photographer Ed Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois in the year 1886. One of the most renown American photographers in history Weston built a great reputation for his work with the nude, shells, and also peppers.

First photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In 1947 he was diagnosed with Parkinsons and quit shooting photographs. Weston then chose to concentrate on printing his most famous works.

His mother, a theater actor, died when he was five and he was raised mainly by an older sister.

Got interested in photography after receiving a Kodak camera for his sixteenth birthday.

Just getting his feet wet, a first job in the industry was with the studio of George Steckel.

Married the best friend of his older sister, who came from money. This marriage allowed him to start working full time with his photography. The couple had four children, all males.

Started working with the figure was his family and wife. This progressed to paid nude models that were a mixture of friends and even lovers.

For paper to print his works on he chose silver gelatin paper and platinum and palladium also.

His favorite size for photographs was 8 by 10 inches. This was the format he enjoyed the most for his compositions.

A wonderful montage of works from Ed Weston.


Artist of the moment…..Roy DeCarava

In this clip from NPR we visit some photographs from the artist.

DeCarava was the first African American artist to win a Guggenheim Fellowship. Here we see the artist at the Museum of Modern Art.

Born in 1919 Roy DeCarava became known for his photography, but the artist was also a skilled draftsman and painter.

Author of five books over his career.

Received the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the highest honor sn artist csn achieve from the United States Government.

Price range information: Nearly impossible to find an original painting by DeCarava, but screenprints can be found between $1,000 and $6,000. His most sought after work are his photographs. Photogravures and silver gelatin works are priced $1,000 to $45,000.

Roy DeCarava passed away in 2009 at the age of 89 years old.

I believe the minority photographer has been forgotten, or at least over looked. Whilst searching some forums it was hard to find paintings or photographs by this winner of the highest medal possible for an artist.