Posts Tagged ‘Man-Ray’

Artist of the moment…….Farrah Karapetian



Farrah Karapetian is a wonderful American photographer born in California in the year 1978. Karapetian attended the Yale School of Art earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Karapetian had her first solo exhibition in 2008.

Her work often deals with people caught up in historical moments such as war or sometimes just doing everyday tasks. Some of her latest work includes images of ice that were taken and glued to a mirror.

If you enjoy this style of photography be sure and check out Man Ray. Karapetian also reminds of Andy Warhol for the fact she uses items we see in everyday life, but breaks them down to simple geometric shapes.

The way the images are cropped the viewer isn’t exactly one hundred percent sure of the image they are looking at. Is the shape a drum or a ferris wheel? A simple form when reduced in shape and color can become very interesting when composed creatively.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a short interview with the artist talking about her photography. Two other artists are shown in the discussion. The segment featuring Farrah Karapetian begins at 18:30 minute part of the clip:

Below a link to the website of Farrah Karapetian:


Artist of the moment…..Man Ray

Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1890. He was associated with the Surrealist painters. He grew up in Brooklyn and spent much of  his youth visiting the wonderful museums of the area. Man Ray worked in many different mediums including painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage,  and film.

He began his career in New York City and then moved to Paris, France.

In this clip a great selection of photographs of Man Ray:

Man Ray began to explore the medium of photography in 1915. His most famous series were called “Rayographs” These were camera shots taken when objects were placed on light sensitive paper. The artist was also a well respected portrait photographer. He took photographs of many artists including Pablo Picasso.

Ray is thought of as a  leading American Modernist painter.

Spent much of his  career based out of Paris and Los Angeles, California.

Ray is part of many internationally renowned collections including the Art Insitutute of Chicago, the Getty Musuem  located in Los Angeles, Califonia, and the Metropolitan  Museum of Art located in New York City, and the Tate Museum of London.

Man Ray passed away in 1976 at the age of 86 years old.

Price range information: Lithographs and etchings can be found for $5,000. Photographs sell between $5,oo0 and $400,000. Oil paintings sell for as much as $5 million.


Artist of the moment…..Dog photographer William Wegman

William Wegman is a fantastic American painter and photographer that is renown for his work with man’s best friend, dogs! William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in the year 1943. For his artistic education Wegman attended the Massachusetts College of Art. Wegman went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champagne.

For many of his works Wegman used a Polaroid.

Is included in prominent museum collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In this clip Wegman tells us why he likes to work with our four legged friends!

And in this clip which is more than 30 years old, we visit the old NBC version of the David Letterman show with Bill Wegman and his dog Man Ray as a guest! This was the dog that brought Wegman his fame for shooting dogs. The dog was named Man of the Year by the Village Voice magazine, a free newspaper that tells about the goings on of New York City. The two also appeared on Johnny Carson.

And in this clip we go out with the artist on a shoot. I think he has more fun at his job than the “dog whisperer.”

Wegman’s dogs have also been featured on the show Sesame Street. Below we watch as his dog’s perform rub a dub, dub, dub.

The breed of dog he owns is called the Weimaraner.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $40,000.