I got up at 5 to check for a grocery delivery/pick up slot which led me to American painter Andy Warhol 1928-1987 and his iconic paintings of Campbell's Soup Cans from 1968. Not my most imaginative selection but thats where I am :) I love the graphic impact and the idea of painting the ordinary plus the reception fits quite nicely with where I find myself this morning.
"Consumer goods and ad imagery were flooding the lives of Americans with the prosperity of that age and Warhol set out to subtly recreate that abundance, via images found in advertising. He recreated on canvas the experience of being in a supermarket. So, Warhol is credited with envisioning a new type of art that glorified (and also criticized) the consumption habits of his contemporaries and consumers today."
"The reason I'm painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do. " Andy Warhol
As I am feeling my stomach in knots this gray morning, I thought of American painter Jackson Pollock and this painting Autumn Rhythm Number 30- 1950.
"The balance between control and chance that Pollock maintained throughout his working process produced compositions that can have as much calm tranquillity as some works by Rothko."
"The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art." Jackson Pollock
The phrase - safe at home made me think of A Day Indoors 1962 by American painter Fairfield Porter (1907- 1975). I love the color and how each person is occupied in the same room (like many of us) and the space between the figures is part of the composition.
Fairfield Porter was one of the foremost practitioners of representational painting in the American art world of the mid-20th century. For several decades he created portraits, domestic scenes, and landscapes of the places he lived in, all depicting a relaxed and comfortable world that seemed to mirror his own affluent, well-connected existence.
"I was never one to paint space, I paint air." Fairfield Porter
My artist of the day posts have evolved into posting a painting that captures some part of today's emotion. I am trying to chronicle how I feel during this challenge through paintings.
Its a a gray day here and it seems more somber than it has been for the past two weeks, I think people are getting weary of making the best of things. I chose this early Andrew Wyeth watercolor - The Road to Friendship from 1941. The moody grayness and the distance seems evocative of where we are today and the title which references an actual place can also be taken literally.
“I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes. I see no reason for painting but that. If I have anything to offer, it is my emotional contact with the place where I live and the people I do.” - Andrew Wyeth
This artist one of my favorites - American painter John Singer Sargent 1856-1925. with one of my favorite portraits Lady Agnew - 1892. To me this is one of the most spectacular renderings of fabric I have ever seen. I also love the quiet confrontational nature of the pose.
"Lady Agnew's direct gaze and informal pose, emphasised by the flowing fabric and lilac sash of her dress ensure the portrait's striking impact. Andrew Noel Agnew, a barrister who had inherited the baronetcy and estates of Lochnaw in Galloway, commissioned this painting of his young wife, Gertrude Vernon (1864-1932), in 1892. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1893 and made Sargent's name. The sculptor Rodin described him as 'the Van Dyck of our times'. Portrait commissions poured in and Sargent enjoyed something of a cult following in Edwardian society. It also launched Lady Agnew as a society beauty."
"I do not judge, I only chronicle." John Singer Sargent
Its a heartbreaking scene - what is happening in NY as I watch from NJ and worry about my family living in Queens - and as much as people want to divide us we have bigger reasons to unite. This made me think about today's artist American painter, 89 year old Jasper Johns, specifically His piece Flag 1954-1955.
"The symbol of the American flag, to this day, carries a host of connotations and meanings that shift from individual to individual, making it the ideal subject for Johns' initial foray into visually exploring the "things the mind already knows." He intentionally blurred the lines between high art and everyday life with his choice of seemingly mundane subject matter. Johns painted Flag in the context of the McCarthy witch-hunts in Cold War America. Then and now, some viewers will read national pride or freedom in the image, while others only see imperialism or oppression. Johns was one of the first artists to present viewers with the dichotomies embedded in the American flag. Johns referred to his paintings as "facts" and did not provide predetermined interpretations of his work; when critics asked Johns if the work was a painted flag, or a flag painting, he said it was both. As with other Neo-Dada works, the meaning of the artwork is determined by the viewer, not the artist."
"Everyone is of course free to interpret the work in his own way. I think seeing a picture is one thing and interpreting it is another." Jasper Johns
Today's artist is Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh 1853 - 1890 His unique, emotional paint strokes came to mind as I was hearing information from news and the government that has us spinning and swirling.
Summary of Vincent van Gogh - TheArtStory.com
The iconic tortured artist, Vincent Van Gogh strove to convey his emotional and spiritual state in each of his artworks. Although he sold only one painting during his lifetime, Van Gogh is now one of the most popular artists of all time. His canvases with densely laden, visible brushstrokes rendered in a bright, opulent palette emphasize Van Gogh's personal expression brought to life in paint. Each painting provides a direct sense of how the artist viewed each scene, interpreted through his eyes, mind, and heart. This radically idiosyncratic, emotionally evocative style has continued to affect artists and movements throughout the 20th century and up to the present day, guaranteeing Van Gogh's importance far into the future.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures. Vincent Van Gogh
Today's artist is American painter Wayne Thiebaud born in 1920. I picked him because everyone seems to be baking and like me, eating way to many carbs. This made me think of the paintings of cakes made by Thiebaud throughout his career.
Key point from TheArtStory.com
"While often associated with Pop Art because of a shared subject matter, Thiebaud is more often than not absorbed in traditional problems of painting - how to create depth without sacrificing the two-dimensionality of painting and how objects relate to one another. Through seemingly simple still lifes, Thiebaud evokes stories of plenty and loss, prompting an emotional response from the viewer that is absent in Pop Art."
"I think of myself as a beginner. Sometimes that's the whole joy. If you could just do it, there'd be no point in doing it."
I picked Edward Hopper today because someone on social media said we are all Edward Hopper paintings now - referring to the emptiness an isolation in his work and our current situation.
from The Art Story noted below...
No one captured the isolation of the individual within the modern city like Edward Hopper. His imagery of figures within urban settings go well beyond their role as modern cityscapes, exposing the underbelly of the human experience. So while his oeuvre officially falls within the rubric of Realism, it offers a far more evocative look at life between the World Wars. Indeed, by providing a minimum of action, stripping away almost any sign of life or mobility, and adding dramatic means of representation with striking lighting schemes in claustrophobic spaces, Hopper suggests something of the psychological inner life of his subjects, leading the way towards Abstract Expressionism. He injected significance, and the weight of the individual's existential being in the modern metropolis or in country life, into what otherwise might appear to be straight-forward images of everyday life.
Speaking of his work he said "What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house." :)
read more about Edward Hopper
Artist of the Day - Josef Albers
I need a little color to distract myself with so I picked Josef Albers today because he is known for his work with color and his color theory philosophy. His book The Interaction of Color originally published as a limited, boxed edition in 1963, was conceived as a guide and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students. There are many available resources to explore about Albers including an ipad app of his color exercises and the Albers Foundation website.
Josef Albers March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976) was a German-born American artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of modern art education programs of the twentieth century.
Accomplished as a designer, photographer, typographer, printmaker, and poet, Albers is best remembered for his work as an abstract painter and theorist. He favored a very disciplined approach to composition. Most famous of all are the hundreds of paintings and prints that make up the series, Homage to the Square. In this rigorous series, begun in 1949, Albers explored chromatic interactions with nested squares. Usually painting on Masonite, he used a palette knife with oil colors and often recorded the colors he used on the back of his works. Each painting consists of either three or four squares of solid planes of color nested within one another, in one of four different arrangements and in square formats ranging from 406×406 mm to 1.22×1.22 m.