Tag Archives: Modern Art

Sonia Delaunay, Prismes électriques (Electric Prisms), 1914, oil on canvas, 98.4” x 98.4”, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Public Domain via Google Images. Sonia Delaunay, Prismes électriques (Electric Prisms), 1914, oil on canvas, 98.4” x 98.4”, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Public Domain via Google Images.

What is Orphism?

Pioneered by the couple Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Orphism was an art movement in Paris that was influenced both by Cubism and color theory. These artists used abstract form and color alone to indicate the subject and sensations. Borrowing from scientific … Continue reading

Frida Kahlo, Thinking About Death, 1943, oil on canvas, 17.5" x 14.5", Private Collection, Mexico City, Photo by Matthew Kirkland via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License. Frida Kahlo, Thinking About Death, 1943, oil on canvas, 17.5

The Relevance of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s compelling surrealist self-portraits that are filled with personal iconography have a broad relevance. Her work was championed by early feminists who adopted the slogan “the personal is political,” meaning that one woman’s experience is representative of the experiences … Continue reading

Mark Rothko, No. 13 (White, Red on Yellow), 1958, oil on canvas, 95 1/4 × 81 3/8 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Mark Rothko, No. 13 (White, Red on Yellow), 1958, oil on canvas, 95 1/4 × 81 3/8 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Make the Time: The Art Story

There is a terrific website that has basic information about modern and contemporary art. The Art Story (www.theartstory.org) has helpful details about artists, movements, and art criticism. It also has a few timelines to assist in putting these art movements in … Continue reading

Archibald J. Motley Jr., ‘Blues,’ 1929, oil on canvas, 36 × 42 inches, Collection of Mara Motley M.D., and Valerie Gerrard Browne, Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne. Archibald J. Motley Jr., ‘Blues,’ 1929, oil on canvas, 36 × 42 inches, Collection of Mara Motley M.D., and Valerie Gerrard Browne, Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Make the Time: Archibald J. Motley, Jr. at The Whitney

A retrospective exhibition of the work of Archibald J. Motley, Jr. now is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Motley was one of the first black artists to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol Pop Artist Andrej Varhola, Jr. was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Andrej Varhola, a coal mine worker, and Júlia Zavacká, both of whom were immigrants from Slovakia.  Andy Warhol died in New York City on February 22, 1987.   … Continue reading

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dustheads, 1982, acrylic, oilstick, spray enamel and metallic paint on canvas, 72” x 84”, Photo by glouglou2fois via Flickr, Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Record-Shattering Art Auction at Christie’s Brings in $495 Million

On May 15th, Christie’s held the biggest art auction in history at which collectors spent a record-breaking $495 million for canvases by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, and Roy Lichtenstein among others. One of the snarky writers at Gawker.com, Maggie Lange, … Continue reading

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Always a Link

Whether Georgia O’Keeffe’s subjects are representational or not, they always have a source in the natural world.  Her Blue Black and Grey is a composition of abstract shapes and planes that are nevertheless reminiscent of the curves and colors one finds in … Continue reading

Jacob Lawrence, Confrontation at the Bridge from the series entitled, Not Songs of Loyalty Alone: The Struggle for Personal Freedom, 1975, Silkscreen, 19.5” x 25.85”, Photo by Zeal Harris via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

Jacob Lawrence Used the Appropriate Language

“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.”  – Jacob Lawrence Jacob Lawrence was an American painter best known for his portrayal of essential moments in African American history.  Influenced by Cubism, Lawrence used bright colors … Continue reading

Marcel Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel, 1951 (after a lost original from 1913), metal wheel mounted on a painted wood stool, 51” x 25” x 16½”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, photo by rocor - flickr

Just a Second: Readymade

Readymade (noun) An ordinary manufactured object that an artist selects and modifies so that it becomes art. When Marcel Duchamp created the first readymade, he inaugurated conceptual art in which the idea takes precedence over aesthetics.