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From far it may look like drawings, but it’s paramodelic graffiti! All made of plastic railway tracks you get as a toy set! Paramodel's exhibition at Kyoto Art Center in Kyoto, 2005. Photo by Seiji Toyonaga © Kyoto Art Center What a strange sight: Blue lines covering everything from the floor to the walls and all over the ceiling. If you look close enough at these gigantic blue roots, you realise that it’s all made of plastic rails, more precisely, of blue plastic toy rails we used to play with as kids!
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In the year since the Museum of Art and Design reopened in its new digs on Columbus Circle, they've been delivering consistently compelling shows--from punk-rock lace to radical knitting experiments. The newest, "Slash: Paper Under the Knife" , opened last weekend and runs through April 4, 2010. The focus is paper--and the way contemporary artists have used paper itself as a medium, whether by cutting, tearing, burning, or shredding. In all, the show features 50 artists and a dozen installations made just for the show, including Andreas Kocks's Paperwork #701G (in the Beginning) , seen above. Here's a sampling of the other works on display: Mia Pearlman's Eddy :
Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur ; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artefact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was above all a revolutionary movement. Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory. [ edit ] Founding of the movement
Ron Mueck is an Australian hyperrealist sculptor working in Great Britain. He was born on 1958. Mueck's early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children television and films, notably the film Labyrinth for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo.
Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky , August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in Paris , France . He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all.
Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German painter , sculptor , graphic artist , and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism . [ edit ] Biography [ edit ] Early life
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí ( Catalan pronunciation: [səɫβəˈðo ðəˈɫi] ), was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres , Spain . Dalí was a skilled draftsman , best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory , was completed in 1931.
Expressionism was a modernist movement , initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Expressionist artists sought to express meaning [ 3 ] or emotional experience rather than physical reality. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] Expressionism was developed as an avant-garde style before the First World War.
For the 1974 film, see Edvard Munch (film) . Edvard Munch ( Norwegian: [ˈɛdvɑʁd ˈmʉŋk] ; [ 1 ] 12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) [ 2 ] was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. One of his most well-known works is The Scream of 1893. [ edit ] Life [ edit ] Childhood
Vincent Willem van Gogh ( Dutch: [ˈvɪnsɛnt ˈʋɪləɱ vɑŋ ˈɣɔχ] ( listen ) ; [ note 1 ] 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, [ 1 ] [ 2 ] he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). [ 3 ] [ note 2 ] His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.
Egon Schiele ( German pronunciation: [ˈʃiːlə] , approximately SHEE-luh ; June 12, 1890 – October 31, 1918) was an Austrian painter . A protégé of Gustav Klimt , Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity, and the many self-portraits the artist produced. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism . [ edit ] Early life
Gismonda, 1894 by Alphonse Mucha , a leading artist of the Art Nouveau movement Art Nouveau ( French pronunciation: [aʁ nu'vo] , Anglicised to / ˈ ɑː r t n uː ˈ v oʊ / ) is an international philosophy [ 1 ] and style of art, architecture and applied art —especially the decorative arts —that were most popular during 1890–1910. [ 2 ] The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is known also as Modernisme in Catalonia ( Spain ), with its most notable contributions by the architect Antoni Gaudí . Known as Jugendstil , pronounced [ˈjuːɡn̩tstiːl ] in Germany, German for "youth style" or "the style of youth", named after the magazine Jugend , which promoted it, as Modern (Модерн) in Russia, perhaps named after Parisian gallery "La Maison Moderne", as Secession in Austria-Hungary and its successor states after the Viennese group of artists , and, in Italy, as Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co. , which popularised the style.
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet ( Catalan pronunciation: [ənˈtɔni ɣəwˈði] ; 25 June 1852–10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism . Gaudí's works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona , notably his magnum opus , the Sagrada Família . Much of Gaudí's work was marked by his big passions in life: architecture , nature, religion. [ 3 ] Gaudí studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts in which he was skilled: ceramics , stained glass , wrought ironwork forging and carpentry . He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís , made of waste ceramic pieces. After a few years under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Catalan Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Alfons Maria Mucha [ 1 ] [ 2 ] ( Czech pronunciation: [ˈalfons ˈmuxa] ( listen ) ; Ivančice , 24 July 1860 – Prague , 14 July 1939), often known in English and French as Alphonse Mucha , was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, [ 3 ] known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs. [ edit ] Biography [ edit ] Early years