Alexander Calder and Dynamism

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Alexander Calder

Kinetic art is versatile and ever changing. Whether powered by motors or made up of shifting series of images, kinetic art is a celebration of movement. Alexander Calder, father of the mobile, used delicate wire to suspend abstract metal shapes. Calder’s mobiles float gently in the air, transforming in subtle ways. Born in Pennsylvania in 1898 to a family of … Read More

The Layers and Innovations of Lee Krasner

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Lee Krasner. Composition, 1949, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jackson Pollock is one of the most recognizable names in Modern art. However, the woman who enabled much of his success is not as widely known. His wife, Lee Krasner, had a passion for his work that surpassed all else. Calling Pollock a “living force,” Krasner focused on promoting his career. However, this does not mean that her own art … Read More

Chris Ofili: Understanding His Uncommon Materials and Influences

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At the heart of Chris Ofili’s works is the expression of identity.  Ofili draws from numerous sources for inspiration. Jazz music, William Blake, hip hop, the Bible, and Zimbabwean cave drawings all mingle in Ofili’s paintings. He also employs racial stereotypes as commentary. Blaxploitation films and other such imagery are used as a way to explore black identity and culture. … Read More

Christian Schad: Contributions to New Objectivity

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Disenchanted with abstraction, German artists created a new style they dubbed Neue Sachlichkeit or New Objectivity. Their intention was to focus on realism in an unflinching and unromantic manner. Among these artists were Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Christan Schad. Christian Schad was born in 1894 Bavaria. As a boy, he loved both music and art. A faked heart issue … Read More

Philip Guston: Travels through Modern American Art

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Artist Philip Guston

No art movement or style could hold Philip Guston.  He changed and transformed as it suited him, arguing that painting was essentially impure and wild. To limit art by defining it was doing a disservice. His career was a constant flux of construction and deconstruction. Philip Guston was born in 1913 in Montreal, but grew up in Los Angeles.  He … Read More

Creatures and Dreamscapes: Surrealist Leonora Carrington

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Artist Leonora Carrington

There were some who wanted Leonora Carrington to be a muse. Her adventurous spirit and distinct appearance attracted important friends in the art community, but she was not intimidated by any of them. Painter Joan Miró once handed her some money and requested that she fetch him cigarettes. Carrington handed it back and told him to buy his own. She would … Read More

Interview with Artist Richard Phillips

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Artist Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips is an artist who reached renown via his famous subjects and is considered a staple of modern pop-art. The use of celebrity is merely the surface of his work. These large scale paintings infuse a number of traditional techniques with modern aesthetics which convey deeper social meaning. In a recent interview with Guest of a Guest, Richard Phillips … Read More