Archive for the ‘Modern Art’ Category

Jasper Johns a Pop Artist?

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Another strong contender in the world of Modern Art would be the famous artist Jasper Johns, who challenged the way that Americans looked at many commonplace items in our iconography.  For the fact that he often used many images from popular culture, Jasper Johns has often been classified as a Pop Artist, although this is not exactly the best classification for him.  A more appropriate label might be one of Neo-Dadaism, for the use of popular images, modern materials, and absurdism.  Johns, in his work, often aimed to make us look at the absurd qualities of many things that we as the American public took for granted.

Jasper Johns is potentially most well known for his painting Flag, which simply depicts a flag, painted heavily over found materials, such as crumpled up newspapers.  Found materials would play heavily into Johns’ work, as Johns would make a point of incorporating the world as it is into the pieces of art that he would produce.  Jasper Johns would commonly paint different maps and flags that were richly worked and detailed and often-evoked conflicting emotions in critics.  The art world seemed to be looking for something with the same emotional vulnerability and honesty as Abstract Expressionist works produced, yet having more subject matter and substance than simple painting which evoked an emotion on its own.  The work of Jasper Johns would provide that, both to the delight and the wrath of many.  His attention to detail and painting form was much more involved than the work of Abstract Expressionists, yet his subject matter was presented in an absurd way, making people feel that the process of painting the portrait conveys some of Johns’ thoughts on the matter.

His work has always been simple yet refined.  Johns has always carried the ability to inflict strong emotions in the viewers of his paintings, largely because of his unerring emotional honesty.  His work has clearly earned a place in art history.

Inspiration from music

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

We all love music, but some of us more than others, and some of us use music to inspire our lives and in the case of artists, this music inspires them to create their art.

Where do artists get their inspiration from? You might be surprised to learn that they are inspired everyday events, by other art, movies and music. Most artists are very emotional, sensitive people and everything in their environment influences the way they see things. Take the blog The Modern Artist. She expresses the deep emotional feelings she gets when listening to a U2 song.  Angel Turner Dyke is a professional modern artist, who takes images she finds in nature and adds her own feelings, person, and creativity to them. Her work stands out because, she takes what would otherwise be stark images, and creates color within them.  In a way this artist focuses on modern abstract art, and yet her work is not all abstract, but a combination of modern illustration, some abstract, and there are even some hints of impressionism (color) in her work.  You can tell from her work that this artist’s fills her world and her artwork with passion, love and color.

Romare Bearden – Inspiration from Music

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Romare Bearden Famous American Modern Artist Inspired by Music, Sounds in Nature

Artists are inspired by many different things. I want to talk a little bit about Romare Bearden, an unusual American artist. Bearden was an African American born in the first part of the 20th century.   He came from the Bronx and graduated from New York University with a degree in education. What makes Bearden so distinct is his interests in so many different things.

He was a professional baseball player in the Negro leagues, but in between his sports sessions he always found time to take courses in art and became a lead cartoonist for the Eucleian Society. He was also a writer, a costume designer for the theatre, a composer.

He became well known as an artist for a piece he did in 1970 where he combined polymer paint on composition board, with cloth and paper. The piece called Patchwork Quit stands today in the museum of Modern Art.

He studied art in Germany and took much of his influence from Mexican Muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. When the war broke out, he joined and afterward went to France to study philosophy. He also took up composing and helped write “Sea Breeze.” This artist took his inspiration from many different interest and many different things, but primarily form music, and sounds. His art was universal, because he was well read, well educated and his friends were artists, poets, musicians, and writers.

Pushing the Boundaries in Art – Mixed Media

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Man on the Moon - Maria GutuleacModern art has taken on new meaning and artists all over the world are exploring new ways of expressing their ideas through art using mixed media. This is not to be confused with multi media art, as both are distinctive and different, although there are some visual artists that integrate parts of multimedia art with traditional art methods.

Most mixed media artists like experimenting with their art and the way they see things. They are frustrated with the requirements placed by society on traditional art methods. Their position is “why should an artist have to only stick with one media such as watercolor, oils, acrylics, paper?” Why can’t an artist mix different types of media, including the surface on which the painting is made?

Many of today’s great artist have become truly inventive, and this may be caused by the increasing use of technology, or just by highly inventive minds.

In the past, most artists did not mix medias probably because of the constraints of society of their times, or because of atmospheric conditions of the time which would caused a mixed media piece to deteriorate at a quicker rate, but today modern art materials easily allow for combinations of materials.

Creativity for modern artists

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Picasso - Girl in front of a mirrorMany modern artists use their subjects and paintings to depict society’s relevant concepts. So let’s say the subject is a woman looking at herself in a mirror. The artist could envision the concept of self-image. This could be represented by a woman looking at herself at the mirror and seeing (reflected) a different person from what the observer sees. This would illustrate that we see ourselves different from what the rest see us. Whatever the ultimate framework, modern paintings serve to depict socially relevant concepts.

As a sharp contrast many traditional artists chose to rely on sublime expressions, feelings and emotions as their basis for inspiration. So if the subject is a woman smiling, the artist could also convey sadness in her eyes, restlessness by way her hands are placed on her lap etc.


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