Archive for July, 2009

Blog #6 Street Art

July 28, 2009

American Street Art

Jean- Michel Basquiat

Bio:
Jean- Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, 1960, as son of an accountant.  He began exploring his talent by drawing cartoons.  While developing his skill, Jean sells hand-painted t-shirts and postcards and forms the band Gray with some friends.  Combining elements from African Diaspora with his own symbology Jean develops his own unique style, and is discovered by New York art critics. Throughout his career Jean works with many famous artists, including Andy Warhol.  In 1988 Jean dies.

Paintings:

The Nile 1983
This drawing looks really cool, it has a lot of really cool detail in it. This monumental painting explores Basquiat’s own heritage and connects the history of the United States with that of the ancient world.
nile

Jimmy Best… 1981
I’m not sure what to think of this sketch.  It looks like it has a lot of personal history in it that I wouldn’t understand.
jimmybest

Notary 1983
This painting, figures, words, symbols, and designs form a collage of things he found in his life.  It seems like another very personal painting
notary

CPRKR 1982
CPRKR stands for the jazz musician Charlie Parker, this painting was meant to honor him.

cprkr
Per Capita 1981
This painting shows a boxer holding a torch. It seems like a child painted it.; although there is a lot of symbolism and terms in it.
percapita

Gold Griot 1984
Griots (pronounced gree-ohs) are West African storytellers who maintain an oral tradition of poetry, reciting a history—of family, community, and culture—to the people of a village. Griots originated in the Mali Empire, which at its height, in the fourteenth century, controlled the gold trade across the Saharan region. This is a painting on wood.

goldgriot

Kurt Wenner

Biography:
Kurt Wenner began street painting in Rome in 1992, and in 984 was considered to be a master painter.  He was inspired by frescoed ceilings to create the illusions of height.  His art became known as 3D.  Street painting allows people to witness Kurt at work.

Paintings:

Ghetto 2007
This painting was created in a very run-down area.  I think the subject matter really compliments the location.
10_Ghetto

Times Square  2007
I’m really amazed at how Kurt blended the painting right into the wall.  The depth is amazing!

11_Times_Square

Spirit of Water 2007
I don’t understand how he blended the rocks right into the painting, it looks so good. Unreal.

12_Spirit_of_Water

Perseus 2007
Another example of a very good blending job with the stone sidewalk.
13_Perseus

Babel 2007
This painting really looks like there’s a hole in the ground it unbelieveable.
14_Babel

Dies Irae 2007
Another amazing example of Kurt blending into the stone sidewalk, How does he do it?!

1_Dies_Irae

Blog 5: Early Modern

July 19, 2009

picassoPablo Picasso
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
1907

Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque both came up with a style known as cubism.  This style of painting has a very interesting connection with science and technology of the day.  Cubism is the reduction of objects to a geometric form or a collection of forms.
The first half of the 20th century was filled with innovation and discovery.  Most of the inventions we take for granted now-a-days, was created during this time.  I believe due to discoveries in science more specifically chemistry and biology, Pablo found his inspiriation.  If you split an object up many many times, eventually you will arrive at the atom, which has a geometric shape.  Pablo used this inspiration when creating cubism.  This painting depicts five women in a brothel.  Originally it was met with outrage and disgust.  It was seen as very ugly.  However, now, Picasso is thought of as one of the greats.  I really like this painting and the cubist style.  I’ve always found it very interesting to look at.

July 7, 2009

I really enjoy the Impressionistic style of painting.  Impressionism seems fairly carefree when it comes to the sketchy and loose brush strokes.  It is a much more relaxed style of painting than that of the Italian Renaissance.  When examining Claude Monet’s Rue Montorgueil, 1878, Paris, the Impressionistic style is easily visible.

366px-Monet-montorgueil

Notice the loose and sketchy strokes that give it somewhat of a hazy or shaky appearance.  The subject matter shows a pleasant scene or situation of the amusements and pastimes of the upper and middle class.  For instance in the painting above, the scenery is of a festival in Paris.  This is very different from Italian Renaissance art.  Examine Da Vinci’s The Last Supper 1948, Italy.

ldvpg_15

Italian Renaissance art often dealt with religious subject matter and were extremely detailed.  Notice the complexity weaved into each characters complexion, clothing and building details.  Da Vinci was one of the great God-given talent artists of his time.  The difference between the two is astounding.  I prefer the Renaissance art to the impressionistic style in this side-byside- comparison.  When it comes to detail, I like a lot of it.  Impressionistic art seems to lack in this department.  None-the-less, I still can appreciate this unique style.

Blog #4 Impresssionism

July 7, 2009

I really enjoy the Impressionistic style of painting.  Impressionism seems fairly carefree when it comes to the sketchy and loose brush strokes.  It is a much more relaxed style of painting than that of the Italian Renaissance.  When examining Claude Monet’s Rue Montorgueil, 1878, Paris, the Impressionistic style is easily visible.

366px-Monet-montorgueil
Notice the loose and sketchy strokes that give it somewhat of a hazy or shaky appearance.  The subject matter shows a pleasant scene or situation of the amusements and pastimes of the upper and middle class.  For instance in the painting above, the scenery is of a festival in Paris.  This is very different from Italian Renaissance art.  Examine Da Vinci’s The Last Supper 1948, Italy.
ldvpg_15
Italian Renaissance art often dealt with religious subject matter and were extremely detailed.  Notice the complexity weaved into each characters complexion, clothing and building details.  Da Vinci was one of the great God-given talent artists of his time.  The difference between the two is astounding.  I prefer the Renaissance art to the impressionistic style in this side-byside- comparison.  When it comes to detail, I like a lot of it.  Impressionistic art seems to lack in this department.  None-the-less, I still can appreciate this unique style.