Image above: hidden/revealed, acrylic & ink on aluminum, 17.5 x 23.5 inches

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A very visual blog link

T.Parker, check her postings out [she's a great printmaker and teacher in her own right].

Hi Terry!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Alex Katz

From Salle, David. How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

One more post on this wonderful book.  Laid out in 4 sections, each sections containing a number of insightful essays, they are: How to Give Form to an Idea; Being an Artist; Art in the World and Pedagogy and Polemics.

This is from the first essay, primarily on Alex Katz:

Every major artist is an amalgamation or synthesis of diverse sympathies and influences. De Kooning, for example, combined, among other things, cubism and surrealism, Ingres, Dutch still-life painting, the nudes of Rubens, Picasso’s line, Mondrian’s structure, the Accabonac landscape, jazz, and the energy and angst particular to his time, place, and personality. There is a fairly direct line from de Kooning to Katz himself. They share some traits, such as a workmanlike approach to the practice of painting, a lack of sentimentality, and ferocious intelligence. With Katz, the bouillabaise includes Jackson Pollock, Matisse, billboard advertising, the movies, Japanese screens and woodcuts, modern dance, fashion, and poetry. Once asked to name his favorite artists of all time, Alex started his list with Jackson Pollock and ended with “the guy who made Nefertiti.”

Salle, David. How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art (p. 20). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition. 

Really just break down and buy the book.