Posts Tagged ‘museum of modern art new york city’

Artist of the moment……….Constantin Brancusi


Constantin Brancusi was a Romanian sculptor renown for his modernist style. Constantin Brancusi was born in Hobita, Romania in the year 1876. His parents were hard working laborers.

Brancusi ran away from home before he was a teen and eventually worked in the grocery business. A businessman saw a violin the artist made from things he found around the house. The businessman sponsored Brancusi’s collegiate career. The artist attended the local college of arts and crafts followed by a the Bucharest School of Fine Arts.

The artist is often called the patriarch of modern sculpture. Brancusi worked for a few months with famed sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The artist studied in Romania, Germany, before finishing up at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts located in Paris, France.

In this clip we view a show featuring Brancusi with our fellow admirer of art, the great James Kalm:

Constantin Brancusi passed away in 1957, at the age of 81 years old.

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: The artist was a prolific painter and sculptor. Works range from $20,000 to $10 million.

I love the innovative use of shapes developed by Brancusi in his paintings and sculpture work.


Artist of the moment…..Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard was a fantastic  photographer born in the year 1905 in the city of Berlin, Germany. For her artistic education she attended the Berlin Academy of Fine Art.

Her father was a designer and she came to the United States to live with him in New York City in 1927. Her father would help land her the important job of creating the the photography for the first catalog made for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

She would go on to buy her on photography equipment and to be inspired by photographer Ed Weston’s work. Below an example of Weston’s style. I have covered him previously. I found his nudes to strikingly similar in their poses to Bernhard’s work. Like photographer Chris Bucklow all of these artists enjoy playing with the shape of the female figure. Bernhard was a studio assistant to Weston for a period of time.


Another theme of Bernhard was lesbian couples with the the two female bodies pressed up against each other.

Bernhard joined a group called the F/64 group. Some very famous artists were part of this group including Weston, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange.

In this clip we view a great montage of photographs by Bernhard.

Here we see an interview from the 1990s with Ruth Bernhard.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $35,000.

Ruth Bernhard is part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Ruth Bernhard lived to be 101 years old and passed away in San Francisco, California in 2006.