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Monthly Archives: September 2009
http://www.salarusinyol.net/eng/exhibitions/2007-11_eng.html Irakli Chogovadze (Georgia, 1969),’Nocturnal Trip’. His smooth, unexpressive characters seem to err in an anachronic world, like displaced icons.
http://9497.portfolio.artlimited.net/image/Peace-of-mind-par-Isabelle-Mignot-123336-fr.html An imaginary landscape, an inner landscape with depth and transparencies, suggested openings, as if another reality existed behind, somewhere. The horizontal division looks a bit artificial, the work could be separated in two parts for my taste. But I … Continue reading
http://www.conorfoy.com/detail.php?sId=1&id=47 Connor Foy, ‘Wall’, 2007. Impressionistic minimalism ( or is it the reverse?!) verging on abstraction. Quite a mouthful. I like the atmosphere. ( Wet. Kind of tonic weather you get when you risk taking holidays on our Northern beaches. … Continue reading
http://www.jameshymangallery.com/pages/artistsingle/3842.html Hughie O’Donoghue (Manchester, 1953), ‘N°50 Cologne 4 Hours 40 Minutes 30.10.44 (Red Letter Days)’, 2008. The painter incorporates old photographs in his canvasses (one can discern a vertical plane in the foreground here). The title alludes to the bomb-throwers … Continue reading
http://www.rouault.org/site/images/popup/cirque/petite_magicienne.htm Georges Rouault (Paris,1871-1902) ‘Petite magicienne, Cirque de l’arc-en-ciel’ (young magician, rainbow circus), 1948-49. Rouault trained as a stained-glass artist, hence his habit of outlining objects and characters in thick black. It transforms the very real characters into symbols. From … Continue reading
http://www.pafa.org/Museum/The-Collection/View-All-Works/Large-image/91/coltypeId__3/PageIndex__13/colId__7299/ Oppressive colours in a claustrophobic room perfect for ‘The Gossips’,1940-41, by Hobson Pittman (1899/90-1972).
http://bertc.com/subone/g63/stella.htm ‘The Brooklyn Bridge’ is one of Joseph Stella‘s most successful paintings, if judging by the number of time I found it reproduced on the Web. The Italian-American artist, labelled as futurist, made a serie of these highly geometrical bridges. … Continue reading
http://www.hollistaggart.com/artists/detail/joseph_stella/tree_of_nice Josef Stella (Italy 1877-USA 1946).’Tree of Nice’ (the french city, I suppose, 1928-30). That stylised foreground with an umbrella pine looks like a theatre scenery in front of a simplified impressionist landscape. I find this contrast, as well as … Continue reading
http://www.artsconnected.org/collection/102596/picturing-america?print=true This site is simply magnificent! It offers large images (with some audio comments) of historically significant artpieces of the United States.
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2007/5/art/wolf-kahn-with-david-kapp-and Wolf Kahn (Germany, 1927,lives in the US) navigates between impressionism (Brambly Woods, 2006) and abstraction (Ochre and Blue, 2007). The painter has refined his vision: few colours, mostly vertical and horizontal lines (I like these white “scratches” in both … Continue reading
http://www.faurschou.com/artists/ninastenknudsen/view/917 Monumental landscape (2m38/3m53) by Nina Sten-Knudsen (Copenhagen, 1957). ‘Havet Flyver’ (Havet canyon?), 2008. It looks rather classical, verging on abstraction. Her previous painting on the site, ‘Balcony’,2005, is even larger (2m97/4m83). It reminds me of photographic digital superpositions, full … Continue reading
http://www.claudinecolin.com/getfile.php?id=476&file=hans_memling_portrait_d_un%20homme_lisant_web.jpg&doc=libre This wonderful blue was painted with lapis-lazuli, one of the most expensive pigments at Jan Van Eyck’s time (1430,’L’homme au chaperon bleu’, also called ‘Man with a Ring’; he is supposed to be Jean IV of Brabant with a … Continue reading
http://img10.imageshack.us/i/hannakarasinskafamily1h.jpg/ Hanna Karasinska, ‘Family1’, joyful family trees. Janine Flynn sent the link to me, adding: “… (these paintings) remind me of Klee and Miro but manage to pull it off without being overly derivative…”. With my warmest thanks, Janine!
http://www.artnet.fr/Artists/LotDetailPage.aspx?lot_id=A2A6C446C4819E740C80C9283DCA3620 Sam Szafran (Paris,1934).’Atelier au feuillage avec personnage’ (leafy studio with a person),1978. An invasion of vaporous pinkish blue with a too tiny character. Did you ever enter a greenhouse and feel half-smothered by all the vegetation’s odours? Perhaps colour … Continue reading
http://www.dominique-vandenbergh.be/index.php?/2007/20042007/ The strange,dreamy transparencies of Dominique Van Den Bergh (Antwerp,Belgium,1962). No title nor technique indicated,2004-08. Her evanescent characters seem ill at ease,in a world full of disquieting shadows. Sometimes, her world gets frankly menacing, as in this wash-drawing, or in … Continue reading
http://bernardtullen.com/htm/image_2008_524.htm I find amazing how Bernard Tullen (belgo-swiss, 1960) transforms on canvas scenes from old newspapers’photographs. Past instants seem to be congealing, partly indistinct as would a nebulous memory with its few precise fragments. In this case,the idea of the … Continue reading
http://bernardtullen.com/htm/image_2002_16.htm Hazy monochromatism. It creates a distance. This little street scene seems to be happening at a far away place, and far away in time. A myopic impression that forces us to look at this painting more intently, as we … Continue reading
http://bernardtullen.com/htm/image_2009_581.htm A forbidden place. Bernard Tullen again, large untitled drawing (152x230cm), 2009. Quite a technical feat, reproducing this mesh, I think! The piece’s size itself (more than two meters long) accentuates the expression of interdiction.
http://www.kunstacademiehaarlem.nl/woman-in-art-afbeeldingen.htm The academy of art in Haarlem (Holland) presents a seductive video of 90 women’s heads painted by famous artists (from the 12th century Novgorod school to Dali and Picasso). A quiz follows, with the same heads left anonymous for … Continue reading
http://newsgrist.typepad.com/underbelly/2006/05/china_censors_p.html Political art is discouraged in China when it is as obvious as this Mao swimming in a blood-red river (Gao Qiang, born in Jinan,1962). This is one of the 20 or so paintings that were taken down from galleries … Continue reading