About Art and Artists

All kinds of art from all kinds of artists


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Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo is a famous Mexican painter most known for her self portraits and surreal style. She would paint herself a lot because she knew herself best. Also, it wasn’t until Frida had been in a major traffic accident and forced to recover for several months at the hospital that this passion developed. Since she was usually bed ridden, painting was a way for her to past time and not think about the pain. Much of her work emphasizes these pain of hers, but also her feelings, emotions, personal experiences and relationships. It wasn’t until she met Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican painter before her, that she took her painting more seriously. He encouraged her and convinced her to really keep at it. Frida ended up marrying Diego, but the relationship was faulty. In some of her works she will show this; paintings of her affairs, however he also had affairs. I believe it’s because she never had seen a healthy romance that this kind of behavior appeared normal or justified. Regardless, Frida was very much a strong personality with an interesting mind.

Her paintings were all done with oil paints on canvas. This started with her mother making her a canvas and her father letting her use his paints and brushes. I find Frida Kahlo a very unique artist with a lot of talent. Although her work might seem dark or strange, I think that it all is understandable to her life. She self taught herself to paint and is honest with her desired messages or portrayals. It makes me wonder if her paintings would have stayed the same had she not been seriously injured. Would she have even painted without it? No one can say for sure, but certainly that accident had one positive and that was igniting her with a passion.  

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

http://www.fridakahlo.com/

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Dan Graham

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Dan Graham is another conceptual artist on my list, but his way of getting into the art world is rather unique. He has no education after high school and was low on money. For this reason he created art by initially writing publishing essays and reviews. He’s a rock lover which was one thing he would write critically about, but he also wrote about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s paintings and Dean Martin’s television show. His subject matter is commonly centered around cultural phenomena, incorporating photography, video, performance art, glass and mirror structures. He sometimes draws sketches for these projects and will also display them in his exhibits. These sketches will usually be for his mirror structures or pertaining to architectural works of his. Through his artwork  it shows that Dan Graham is an intellectual man who you would never guess had so few years of schooling.

He writes well, presents his work simplistically yet flawlessly and genuinely creates interesting art. He doesn’t rely on shock factor or other similar methods to garner attention. The things he creates are smart, modern and how I would visualize as art of the future. I find it all very sophisticated. On some pieces I might criticize that many of them are so similar that it might get boring, but I don’t think it’s a good enough reason not to like his art. His style shines through and it’s nice to look at it regardless. With many of his large structures they make you want to poke and prod at them. Investigate why or what Dan was thinking when he made them. Involving the audience like that is a great skill indeed. Overall, I enjoy Dan Graham’s art and I hope he keeps making more of it.

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Graham

http://www.lissongallery.com/artists/dan-graham

 


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Billy Apple

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His real name is Barrie Bates, but he conceived the name Billy Apple in 1962 and stuck with it. This alter ego of his is a large part of his identity and huge part of his career. It’s the name he goes by before his real one which makes sense considering his artwork is mainly apples. Apple structures, installations, drawings and paintings. He’s collaborated with Andy Warhol before; along with other pop artists. He’s also a notable figure associated with the New York and British schools of Pop Art dating back to 1960.

I believe what makes Billy Apple such a successful artist is that he is one of the earliest artists to really emphasize logos and branding. He made it into something modern and smart, simplistic and tasteful. I’m not for certain why the apple is the icon he chose to go by, but it definitely is a big part of who he is. 

I like Billy Apples artwork because it reminds me of graphic design which I’m really interested in. It has a lot of qualities that businesses nowadays look for, which in it’s self shows how good his work is. For this art form to increasingly be a mega part of today’s society means that his technique was brilliant. He helped change the way people advertise and express themselves.

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Apple

http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/billy-apple

http://www.moellerfineart.com/artists/billy-apple/

 


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Jenny Holzer

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Jenny Holzer is a conceptual artist with a very poetic, powerful way of creating art. She doesn’t draw or paint, although she initially had an interest in being a painter. What Jenny focuses on is using only text and projecting it up to large scales. She usually presents her thought provoking truism onto large architectural structures, otherwise on billboards or electronic displays. Her artwork is rather stunning for many reasons. The texts she creates are so interesting that it makes you look at things from a different perspective. Jenny has made so many artworks of intriguing messages that you’re bound to like at least one. Personally, I really enjoy Holzer’s work. I was surprised she could have such lovely work for only using text. I’m not trying to make that sound rude, but what I mean is text is so minimalist. Some could argue that it’s too simple, however I’d say the messages make it epic. It’s how good her quotes are and the strength of her presentation. She wants to make people think and reconsider. To have people really open their eyes and minds. It shows and it works; speaking from my own experience. There is a good reason why Jenny Holzer has been making art for so many years. She can be a powerful inspiration to youths, adults and elderly alike. 

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Holzer

http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/holzer.html

http://mfx.dasburo.com/art/truisms.html

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/contemporary/Jenny-Holzer.html


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Lawrence Weiner

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Lawrence Weiner is a central figure to conceptual art and focuses primarily on typographic texts. Surprisingly minimal in his artwork, he feels it says everything it needs to without all the visual distractions. Instead of conveying a message through imagery, he instead relies entirely on text. Lawrence considers it just as powerful which seems to work. Some might criticize him for it’s lack of creative vision, however one could argue that it has just that. The reason being that he arranges the text in an interesting way, not always the same, and the written message is usually really deep. It something you tend to have to read more than once to really understand. It’s certainly thought provoking, that I can admit. 

His medium is mainly paint and his canvas is often a wall. His art is always text which remains his style. The best way to explain it is that language in his eyes, is another way of projecting art. 

Although Lawrence’s work isn’t what I would off the bat consider art, it technically is. It’s more art for the sake of it’s deep thought behind it. I’m okay with it, but it isn’t my favorite art style. I can respect it and understand it, but I prefer more visual stimuli. That is just my personal preference.

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Weiner

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online/artists/bios/1127

http://www.lissongallery.com/artists/lawrence-weiner


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Sol Lewitt

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In my research of Sol Lewitt, I was surprised to find out he was a shy man. He is a widely known conceptual and minimalist artist, yet he maintained a modest life. Even though he became famous and admired, it never should that he felt the need for it. He preferred working on his art in peace, and keeping his identity hidden. He opposed all interest in himself and tried to keep it focused solely on his work.

His artworks remind us of Rorschach patterns, including lots of shapes, colors and lines. It seems a motivation for his work was engaging logic with a mix of psychology. Involving the brain to take in this information and connect it in a way that pleases the individual. He would make these creations large in scale and mural-sized, often with the help of other artists who he made sure to credit. He actually encouraged his artists with some wriggle room to add their own touch to his work because he felt their emotions should be part it. Some of his art is structural pieces, but what he is most recognized for are his wall paintings. His common mediums include paint, drawing, printmaking and photography.

I think Sol Witt’s artwork is beautiful and sophisticated honestly. The fact that he is a shy guy actually pleases me because it tells me he truly was an artist. He did these things for the sake of his own hobby and love vs. for fame and stardom. I love his use of color, free flow and ingenuity. It really grabs my attention and keeps me locked into observing his art further. All in all, I admire Sol for his talent and modesty.

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_LeWitt

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/09/arts/design/09lewitt.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.sollewittprints.org/biography