Posts Tagged ‘kara walker’

Artist of the moment…….Michael Ray Charles

 

Michael Ray Charles is an African- American painter renown for his art that explores the advertising and race. Some subjects covered by Charles include the National Basketball Association, Aunt Jemima, and even fried chicken! Charles likes to include modern ideas such as the N.B.A. with older style advertising formats that were very popular in yesteryear.

The artist works with acrylics and latex and often scrapes and somewhat damages his surfaces to give his works an older feel, as if they were an actual advertisement.

Michael Ray Charles was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in the year 1967. Charles attended McNeese State University located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The artist went on to graduate school and earned an MFA from the University of Houston.

In this clip from Art21 and PBS, a brief interview with the artist explaining his thoughts on race and how he uses race in his artwork:

Charles has served on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

A few artists that also work with the theme of race include Kara Walker and Kerry James Marshall.

 

Artist of the moment…..Kara Walker

 

I have written about this artist before, but as luck would have it Kara Walker has a new shoe and some works were made with sugar. The location was the Domino Sugar Factory located in Williamsburg, Brookly, New York. In this clip we visit her most recent show with our friend James Kalm:

The show is free to the public, so if you have the opportunity be sure and see Kara Walker’s work!

As usual her work has managed to cause controversy about racism. But the main work of a large “Mammy” type character is executed well using many tons of sugar and loads of assistants.

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Artist of the moment…….Carew Rice

 

Carew Rice was a wonderful artist famous in the American South for his silhouettes of the Low Country of South Carolina. Think of Kara Walker with any thoughts of racism and feminism. Carew Rice concentrated on capturing the feeling of the landscape of the south.

Carew Rice was born in Allendale, South Carolina in the year 1899. For his collegiate education Carew Rice attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Whilst in an art class in college he was inspired to try and just capture the essence of a person by capturing their profile with paper and scissors.

price range information: Works range from a $1,000 to a $10,000.

Carew Rice has a grandson named Clay Rice who continues in his grandfather’s tradition of capturing the South with paper silhouettes. Other silhouette artists profiled here include the great Kara Walker and Auguste Edouart. Carew Rice will be an upcoming post.

Carew Rice passed away in 1971. The artist was most popular in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.

Hats off to the Rice family for producing multiple generations of professional artists for us to enjoy. Clay Rice, the grandson, is doing a great job at keeping the tradition of the “Southern Portrait Papercut” alive and well just as his grandfather did for creating his papercuts.

 

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New Collage!……The Collector / African American Room

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So here we have a new paper collage. I enjoy celebrating the collector in art. This room is called the African American Room.

Each artist is an African American.

On the left we have Alma Thomas. Thomas was one of few African American Abstract Expressionist paintings. She was known for her basic geometric shapes and using bold and vivid color. Alma Thomas lived from 1891 to 1978.

In the middle we have Kara Walker.  For this work I made the dancer Josephine Baker using Kara Walker’s signature paper cut out with black paper. Walker enjoys portraying racism and actions that took place in the 1800s. Slavery and persecution are a repeated topic. I chose to liven up the work by adding some fleur de lis feathers. As an African American woman Josephine Baker chose to move to France and live where she could be seen and celebrated and not worry about her race. Kara Walker was born in 1969.

Lastly on the right we have the wonderful Jacob Lawrence. Jacob Lawrence lived from 1917 to 2000. A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance Lawrence made wonderful works of art celebrating the African American culture and in particular the Great Migration to the northern United States after the tough road of civil rights and freedom taking place in the South.

The work is small measuring 12 inches by 12 inches.

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Artist of the moment…..Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas is a contemporary photographer born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1960. Douglas works in many mediums including photography, film, and installations. Douglas has won prizes for his photography and video work. For his collegiate studies Douglas attended the Emily Carr University of Art and Design located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A major theme for the artist is the modern world. What are expectations might have been years or decades ago, to what they are now.  Race is a sometimes a focus, as he is a black Canadian. I would call him the opposite of Kara Walker and her work with people of color.

 

Whereas Walker concentrates on feelings like sex and racism, Douglas tries to emphasize a feeling of isolation. He was one of few people of color in a mainly white Vancouver area. In this clip a great example of this as the artist films himself being mistaken for another person of color. Sometimes he felt invisible in his society, not the anger or rage that a Kara Walker personality might feel:

In this clip a brief interview the artist gives thanks for winning an award for best photography in 2013:

Three time participant in the Venice Biennale.

The artist lives and works out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Winner of a grant from the International Center of Photography.

In 2008 Douglas won the Bell award for best video artist.

In the late 1980s the artist made several short films less than one minute long that were shown on television in place of commercials. People couldn’t figure out what was going on and actually called the station to ask what was being offered for sale. This clip has many of these short segments:

Douglas enjoys taking a box office movie, then updating the interior and slowing it down. In many ways the artist has similar ideas to Andy Warhol. One video short had two films going at the same time. One the edited version, the other side showed what was cut out. This is a similar format to what many critics say was Warhol’s best movie, The Chelsea Girls. In this movie two films are shown side by side, with one in color and one in black and white.

Another idea Douglas uses that is similar to Warhol is his idea to stop time or at least slow it down.

price range information: Photographs range from $3,000 to $30,000.

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Artist of the moment….Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare  was born in London, England in the year 1962. He moved to Lagos, Nigeria as a three old and lived in the city until the age of 16 years old. Shinobare returned to London for his education. At the age of 18 he experienced an illness titled transverse myelitis, his spinal cord suffered long term damage. As a result of his disability Shinobare can’t really make any art, and must rely on assistants to execute his ideas.

For his artistic education Shonibare attended the Byam Shaw College of Art. The artist went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of London.

The artist loves to explore ideas of class and race. In this regard I found his work very similar to Kara Walker. Both use many mediums to get their ideas of both race and class to the viewer.

Part of a foundation called SHAPE, that helps disabled people produce art.

Loves to work with bright colors and fabrics often found in African clothing.

Has been nominated for the Turner Prize.

Some works contain actual life size mannequins.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit the PBS series Art 21 for a brief bio about Yinka Shonibare.

And we visit the artist with a work titled Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle. Nelson was the leader of the British against the Spanish and French in this naval battle. The British with 27 ships defeated the French and Spanish who had 33 ships. At the end of the battle the British lost not one ship whilst the French and Spanish combo lost 22 ships.

And in this clip we visit a show dealing with global conflicts. You can see some of the mannequins on display and check out their awesome shadows they create on the walls. Also see his thoughts on the business of oil and big energy companies.

Artist of the moment…..Auguste Edouart…

Auguste Edouart was a leading french silhouette artist born in Dunkerque, France in the year 1789. His working career was spent in London, Scotland, and the United States.

He left France in 1814 setting up shop in London, England.

A clip to a short link featuring work by Auguste Edouart on the popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow. The clip is just under four minutes long.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201003A44.html

Price range information:  The artist worked mainly with cut paper silhouettes but which range $500 to $8,000. Watercolors range $2,000 to $8,000 and these are mainly lanscapes. The artist was renown for his cut paper artwork that featured both people an animals.

Started making his famous paper cut works in 1825.

From 1829 to 1832 Edouart lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and completed nearly 5,000 of his cut silhouette works. Remember this is a time before the Iphone or that matter even before the polaroid! A cut paper silhouette was a great way to capture the likeness of a person without the expense of an oil painting or watercolor. Many owners would have them done of themselves alongside their pets.

Works in major museums worldwide including the National Gallery of Art in London, England, the National Gallery of Art in Scotland, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

I enjoy looking at works from this time period. Its perhaps the first time a person who wasn’t wealthy had the opportunity to immortalize themselves with art. More silhouette artists coming soon!

Edouart passed away in 1861 at the age of 72 years old.

If you enjoy silhouette art make sure and check out my previous writings about artist Annysa Ng who has a work below. Ng works with acrylics and inks in many works.

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Another great artist who is perhaps the most famous working African- American visual artist in the country, Kara Walker. The artist is well known for cut paper works and even produces books alongside her original artwork and lithographs. Below an offering from Kara Walker. This work will come for auction on the 29th of this month at Phillips New York. It is a collection of works dealing with the Emancipation Proclamation. Estimates are $120,000 to $180,000.

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Artist of the moment……Brett Murray….

Brett Murray is artist born in 1961 in the city or Pretoria, South Africa. He has made himself famous for portraying life as a white person in South Africa after apartheid has taken place. His most famous work was that of the president of  South Africa the country, he painted the artist with his genitals exposed. This work was vandalized and this gave Murray a shot to stardom in the art world as a political artist and activist.

Below is his most controversial piece, called Hail to the Thief, it features President Zuma.

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For his education Murray attended the University of  South Africa at Capetown and Michaelis School of Art.

Murray was the founder  of the sculpture department at a college based out of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

A link to Brett Murray’s own website: http://www.brettmurray.co.za/

When the statue featuring a female figure alongside the Simpsons was displayed the government thought some public outrage might take place, as some organizations sued the government to prevent the display of Mr. Murray’s work.

Here we see a statue by the artist get covered in yarn. I think its great to see that the public is so excited to interact with a work of art. Just great!

In this clip we see the most controversial incident ever involving the artist with the President Zumba of South Africa. The African National Congress went after Murray with vigor for his not so delightful painting of the President. It is paintings like this that have earned him the nickname of the “Demon of Pop Art. ”

 

If I were to compare his work to other artists that deal with race except from a person of colors point of view and in both artists racism in the United States. One artist that comes to mind would be Kara Walker. Walker is highly sought after by collectors including Oprah Winfrey for her silhouette paper and canvas cutouts. These works take us back to a time when no one wanted to be black and the darker your skin color. Her works emphasize the bad thoughts and ideas that sometimes come from people not only slavery, but also other touchy subjects such as rape. Below is wonderful example of Kara Walker’s signature style.

 

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Now lets take a closer look at Kerry James Marshall’s artwork which features race and also makes political commentary. With this work we see important people in the history of the United States as far as barriers being broken. We see such people as John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and  Martin Luther King given wings, they are angels with their spirits always hanging over us.  Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama in the year 1955. This was the height of racism in the south of the United States.

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Its very interesting to see how race is handled in different parts of the globe, sometimes I get tired of the slavery themes used by Kara Walker, so when it comes to race and current political themes its great to compare South Africa to the United States as both have begun to heal the many wounds caused by slavery.

 

My computer is nearly fixed so I will soon be back to daily posts, until then I have to post when I have the opportunity to borrow  a computer.

 

Make sure and set aside some time today to paint or draw to make this a fantastic weekend!

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Artist of the moment….Kerry James Marshall…..

Kerry James Marshall is a well known artist who is known for his paintings of people and the effects of racism. He was born in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama.

In this clip Marshall talks about growing up in many locales across the United States where race became the number one topic on peoples minds. His family lived in Birmingham, Alabama and he grew up there as a youngster. Then the family moved to Watts, one of the toughest places to live in Los Angeles, known for drugs and gangs. Then the family moved to South Central Los Angeles. The Black Rights movement and Civil Rights movement both had an long lasting effect on the artist towards his views on racism.

For his collegiate education the artist attended the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Whilst in college Marshall was able to study under the great African-American printmaker Charles White. Below is a great example of Charles White’s  signature style. White was also briefly married to Elizabeth Catlett, the great American born artist who moved to Mexico and became famous for her ability to use art to help change people’s lifes for the better. White was known for several WPA era paintings.

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Marshall now lives and works out of Chicago, Illinois.

The artist is very innovative and enjoys painting on unique surfaces such as plexiglass.

Marshall has won the MacArthur genius grant taking the prize in 1997.

In this clip the artist talks about wanting to portray people of color in fine art. It is far more common in modern times that we have many celebrated African American artists such as Mario Robinson, Dean Mitchell, Kehinde Wiley, the Saar family, and Samella Sanders Lewis. Marshall seems to think every people of color were seen as only periphery of the paintings, not the focus.

He is married to the actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce. Bruce has appeared in the television show as “Prison Break.”

For his portrayal of African Americans the artist works with characters that seem to be out of stereotypes that took place during the Jim Crow laws era. He painted people as black similar to coal, rather than shades of darkness. In this manner the artist reminds of Kara Walker. Walker is the famed artist who portrays usually on the silhouette of the people she portrays. Many times Walker plays with feelings of hate and racism that took place in the 1800s. With her samed silhouette style the artist seems to say like Marshall you are either black as coal, or you are not with no middle ground. Below is a wonderful example of Kara Walker’s art and I have written about the artist before.

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Also like Kara Walker the artist has even portrayed the transportation of slaves to America in works from the 1990s. He forces to confront their feelings, for the most part negative, about being a person of color in the United States. He even has done paintings questioning if the media finds women of color as desirable as other women.

The theme that I enjoy most about Marshall’s work is his ability for him to accurately portray the amount of style involved in everything that goes with being a person of color. As Marshall says an black person doesn’t walk, you learn to walk with style. EVERYTHING becomes a statement of style and culture and Marshall does a wonderful job portraying that in his artwork.

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