Category Archives: Painting
I found this article about the lack of knowledge of famous women artists, and the subsequent updating of it. As a woman artist, I believe it is important to bring overlooked women artists to the forefront of our consciousness. Start with naming the women artists in the photo above. Can’t recognize all of them? You’re not alone. Read this article then share to spread the word.
The holidays have arrived. I have been thinking about presents to give to my loved ones. I whimsically daydream about giving my husband a master painting or photograph. This train of thought made me wonder what the most expensive paintings in the world are.
I research the subject and found this Wikipedia article that I thought you might enjoy as well.
If I happen to be on your list, I’ll take Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Thank you very much.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Cosmetics billionaire, Leonard A. Lauder has promised his Cubist collection worth over $1,000,000,000 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, and drawings of the titans of cubism: Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Leger. Thomas P. Campbell, the Met’s director, says “It is an unreproducible collection, something museum directors only dream about.”
Leonard Lauder and his brother Ronald are heavy hitters in the NY art collecting world. According to the NY Times, Leonard Lauder says of his collection “You can’t put together a good collection unless you are focused, disciplined, tenacious and willing to pay more than you can possibly afford,” Mr. Lauder said. “Early on I decided this should be formed as a museum collection,” and “whenever I considered buying anything, I would step back and ask myself, does this make the cut?”
The MET is planning an exhibition of the collection in the fall of 2014.
On June 17, 2011, I wrote “Photo Contests – Beware – They Might Try To Rip You Off” about carefully selecting where you show your work. I have come across two recent articles that expand on this idea, and are worth reading.
Everyone is scrambling to make a living these days. Unfortunately, there are people out there who think nothing of taking advantage of the hopes and dreams of artists. Do your homework before plunking down money to a gallery, contest, or inclusion in a book.
The majority of artists do not gain success by participating in contests or paying for wall space. Success comes through honing your talent and participating in the art world by attending gallery and museum openings, and networking within that world. One person talks about you to another, and you get an exhibit when your work fits the needs of a curator’s future show.
There are several galleries that charge a monthly fee to join. They are nonprofits, and are dedicated to furthering the career of artists. They are supportive and introduce their artists to collectors and curators. Many artist have gone on to success in the art world. Did you know Man Ray was once a member of Los Angeles Art Association?
Then there are the for profit galleries that charge a “wall space” fee, or monthly fee or both. Some also take a percentage of the sales proceeds. These galleries need to be scrutinized. Some try to lure you in by feeding off your ego. They will say you were chosen from thousands of artists. Others promise exposure to collectors and curators. Check out their reputation, talk to their artists, and see if these claims are true. Read the following informative articles. They provide a good guideline to help you decide if you should get involved. One of them lists galleries to be especially careful of.
On December 23, my husband and I decided to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art. We especially enjoy the modern art wing. I thought I’d share a few of the works that captured my attention on this visit.
The photo above is my favorite photographic piece on display. The power of the massive hyena (with a staggering bite of 11oo PSI) is controlled by the power of the man who handles it. Man vs. beast seem equally matched here. (Sorry for the glare. As you would imagine, the photo is under glass, and there was no way for me to get a clean shot.)
The tribute to Harriet Tubman’s life is apparent in this painting. The subtle white ray and circular patterns on top of the painting gives it a feeling of hope. It is an illusion of the sun and light rays shining down on the scene, like a blessing from heaven. Douglas could have omitted this white wash of rays, and the painting could still be strong, but the rays add an extra emotional punch that I appreciate.
This Kiefer painting and mixed media work is massive. It takes up a whole corner of a room in the modern wing of the museum. Each time I see it, I notice more details. The complicated textures alone make me want to get lost in it.
Matisse makes me happy. Bireline’s tribute to Matisse makes me happy. The masterful use of color and pattern lead me into this window and I want to open it to see the French Riviera just like Matisse did from his studio. I adjusted the white balance in my camera to show you the purity of the colors in this painting.
Feininger has always been one of my favorite painters, but this cubist canvas has to be one of his best. Again, I adjusted my camera’s white balance so you can see accurate colors. Put your finger over the yellow doorway. Without that small touch, the painting loses interest. The man knew what he was doing.
This is a shot of one of the hallways leading to wings of paintings and sculptures. Below is the same hallway, facing in the opposite direction.
We planned our visit so we could have brunch at the museum restaurant, Iris. We are never disappointed with the food and atmosphere of the well-lit, clean-lined room. If you haven’t experienced the restaurant yet, you will you enjoy the quality and taste of the menu, as well as the fair prices. I had a very creative version of eggs benedict (on cornbread muffins with fresh and locally grown ingredients) and it was only $12. Keep Iris in mind for your next trip to the museum.