Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Artist of the moment………Street Artist Bleeps

 

Bleeps is a street artist based out of Greece who is renown for his comical style that makes fun of politicians and their ideas and attitudes.

The artist got involved with street art after living in the United Kingdom for a few years in the early 2000s.

Bleeps has become a spokesperson for the lower and middle classes of Greece. He is a modern day Daumier sharing wonderful art but also making art that has a purpose.

A link to the website of the artist Bleep:

http://bleeps.gr/main/

Below a great montage of works by Bleeps:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment………..Deborah Kass

 

 

Deborah Kass is an American artist renown or her art which combines bold color and typography. Kass has also done works similar to Warhol’s Pop Art style. Deborah Kass was born in the year 1952.

Its no wonder the artist was heavily influenced by Andy Warhol, Kass also attended Carnegie Mellon University. The same alma mater as Warhol.

Kass is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Much of the artist’s work is based on celebritie,pop culture, and her political views.

Kass is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a silkscreen print up to $80,000 for an original.

In this clip a brief interview with Deborah Kass:

We visit a gallery show featuring Kass with our friend James Kalm in 2007:

Below a link to the website of Deborah Kass:

http://deborahkass.com/

What a great use of color and letters. If you enjoy this work be sure and check out other letter artists such as Robert Cottingham, Mel Bochner, and Sister Mary Corita Kent. Kass work reminds me a great deal of the work of Kent.

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Artist of the moment……Photographer Manuel Bravo

Manuel Bravo was a photographer renown for his work with the people of Mexico and their everyday life. Manuel Bravo was born in Mexico City in the year 1902. For his artistic education Bravo attended the National School of Fine Arts located in Mexico City. Bravo enjoyed shooting the life of the peasant and middle income lifestyle. Even the working class heroes like fireman, were a great subject for Bravo. Bravo is considered by many critics to be the first photographer to put Mexico on the map for fine art photography.

The artist lived during the time of the Mexican Revolution and the rise of mural painters like Manuel Bravo. As a child it was not uncommon for him to come across dead bodies.

In this clip a brief montage of works from Bravo:

In the 1940s Bravo developed a technique using an extra wide lens to shoot the landscapes of Mexico. Bravo was shooting for a panoramic view, similar to the painter Rackstraw Downes. Below an example of Rackstraw Downes painting style. The artist makes several sketches from various horizon points and makes his own image converging these sketches.

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He started work as a freelance photographer in the 1930s working for national magazines. For these works he would include photographs of murals by artists like Diego Rivera.

A collection of photographs by Manuel Bravo:

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $50,000.

In the later years of his life his poor health forbade him from traveling, he then concentrating on photographing the nude.

Manuel Bravo passed away in 2002 at the age of 100.

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