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Dan Witz - Big Mosh Pit 2007 - Oil and Mixed Media On Canvas 46 in. x 70 in. Photorealism emerged from the 1960′s and 1970′s as a movement that countered both minimalism and abstract expressionism. In a photorealist painting, the artist paints from a photograph with a level of detail so fine that they can easily be mistaken for photographs. While the movement waned in the 1980′s it’s coming back in a big way. In 2009, the ArtPrize award was awarded to Ran Ortner’s immense canvas, Open Water No. 24, beating out 9 other finalists (Ortner won after receiving a majority of the 37,264 registered votes cast). His work was the only painting out of the final 10 candidates. ( You can read about that here. ) With artists’ like Dan Witz (above) using the techniques in a more contemporary setting, the movement is not only coming back, but coming back in a big way.
The Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has spent much of his career trying to create as little as possible--for his first show in 1989, he simply closed the gallery and hung up a sign that read “Be back soon.” And his retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, entitled " All " and on view until January 22, emphasizes this point extremely well: The artist has both claimed and disavowed his career by suspending all his work from the museum’s iconic rotunda with ropes, as if hung on a gallows. And how the art is hung is much more interesting than the art itself. In the video above, the Guggenheim created a time-lapse of the installation process, in which all 128 pieces--including a stuffed ostrich, an elephant covered in a white sheet, a 20-foot-long Carrara marble base, a tree planted in soil, a foosball table long enough for 11 players on each side, and a 7-foot-long shopping cart--were hung by ropes from an aluminum truss connected to the museum’s oculus.
Commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis' Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the… Read More Commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis' Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror.
The Twins Photos of children at play seem innocent enough until you study them a little longer. Photographer and art director Jonathan Hobin has created a jarring series titled In the Playroom that makes us question what our children's brains are soaking in through the ever-pervasive modern media. "Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play," Hobin says. Look through each of these twelve scenes and you'll be reminding of a current event or news story that recently took place. Then, read our interview with Hobin below to really understand the issues he wanted to explore with this thought-provoking series.
Like Valerie Chiang or Kalie Garrett , Alex Stoddard is one of those talented teenage photographers who knows how to express themselves. His self-portraits are all incredibly unique and after viewing them you're left wondering where he's going to take you next. What I enjoy most is that you can almost feel his passion come through.
If there was a prize that could be given out to the most creative father, I'd hope that it was awarded to Jason Lee. A wedding photographer by day, he's used to capturing some of the most important moments in a couple's lives. As a longtime fan of Jason's photos on Flickr however, I think the real magic happens when he turns the camera onto his daughters. Sure, his children are adorably cute in their own right, but that's not what makes his photos so interesting. It's when he puts his own spin on their everyday moments that we not only get to experience our own childhood again, we're able to see a father's pride shine through. I was able to get in touch with Jason to ask him a few questions.
Art After Post-Modernism by James Mann,Curator Las Vegas Art Museum, USA The logic of this manifesto and exhibition comprehends and condenses a new, well-developed esthetic now beginning to displace and definitively succeed the combined esthetic of Modernism and its coda, so-called Post-Modernism, which in tandem formed the artistic continuum dominating the fine arts in the twentieth century. Inevitable and inexorably, this new and growing international art movement will determine the course of the fine arts well into the 21st century, the third millenium. Art after Post-Modernism is reconstitutive. It seeks to recover the technical and expressive resources that were systematically stripped away and abandoned in the various fine arts over the course of the 20th century.
by Susan Orlean The New Yorker October 15, 2001 One recent sultry afternoon, inside the Bridgewater Commons mall, in central New Jersey, across from The Limited, down the hall from a Starbucks, next door to the Colorado Pen Company, and just below Everything Yogurt, a woman named Glenda Parker was making a priceless family heirloom for a young couple and their kid. This was taking place in the Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery, a plush and flatteringly illuminated, independently owned, branded distribution channel for the art-based products of America's most profitable artist, Thomas Kinkade. The young couple were from a moderately priced gated community not far from the mall, and they were bashful and pleased because they had never bought a family heirloom before. Also, they had never bought a painting before.