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206, 2020

Some Good News! Space Art

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Artists, Contemporary, Modern, Museums, Sculpture|15 Comments

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule
May 30-31, 2020

Leonardo da Vinci dreamed of flying in the heavens.  At this moment 500 years later, Nasa and SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private aerospace company, along with other nations have set their goal on reaching Mars….and art is flying right along with them!

Moonwalk, 1987 Andy Warhol Screenprint on museum board

Moonwalk, 1987
Andy Warhol
Screenprint on museum board

Moonwalk celebrates the historic Moon landing of July 1969, when Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong and ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first human beings to step on the moon’s surface. It was an image that captured the world’s imagination.  Two decades later, Andy Warhol produced this colorful screenprint of that momentous event conjuring a sense of lost euphoria and glamour.

Drawing of a vehicle, 1505 Leonardo da Vinci British Museum, London

Drawing of a vehicle, 1505
Leonardo da Vinci
British Museum, London

In 1505-06, Leonardo da Vinci dreamed about human flight by studying the flights of birds. His drawing albeit of a military vehicle, closely resembles our earlier space shapes. 

Evening Star No. V, 1917 Georgia O'Keeffe McNay Art Museum San Antonio Texas

Evening Star No. V, 1917
Georgia O’Keeffe
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) not only captured the vastness of the night sky but also suggested the human instinct to try to impose order and pattern on what we see when we look at the heavens.

A Universe, 1934 Alexander Calder The Museum of Modern Art New York

A Universe, 1934
Alexander Calder
The Museum of Modern Art,  New York

A Universe is Alexander Calder’s take on the cosmos, its abstract spheres, circles, lines and ellipses giving  an impression of the planets moving through the Solar System.  Albert Einstein reportedly was so spellbound by Calder’s interpretation that at Calder’s first exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Einstein stood and studied it for an hour.

1501, 2019

Basquiat, The Original Street Artist

By |January 15th, 2019|Categories: Artists, Contemporary|24 Comments

Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1985, AP

Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1985

He was a street kid, a teen runaway who had slept on benches in New York parks. But he was also a handsome privileged boy from an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood who had gone to private school. 

He couldn’t draw worth a darn.  He was a street graffiti artist.  He painted the same painting over and over. He spoke 3 languages.  As an adult, his best friend/competitor was Andy Warhol.  

Paramount, 1985 Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat

Paramount, 1985
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat
Private Collection

Jean-Michel Basquiat…his paintings are poetic, full of classical history, messy, charming, huge yet intimate.  Everyone remains fascinated by him—the life is compelling, the person bewitching, the canvases impossible to turn away from—we either “get it” or don’t. His paintings sell today for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat

Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, 1982
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Private Collection

Basquiat invented a new language.  

Words jumped out at him, from the backs of cereal boxes or subway ads, their double and hidden meanings.  He was fascinated by the interior parts of the body as seen in an x-ray, sports figures, evil cats, 3 pointed crowns, kings, musicians, police, soap, teeth.

Fallen Angel Jean-Michel Basquiat 1981

Fallen Angel, 1981
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Private Collection

Jean-Michel Basquiat became a world sensation and died at age 27 from a heroin overdose.

**If you happen to be in Paris! You have 5 more days (closing January 21, 2019) to see a Basquiat blockbuster exhibition at the new and fabulous Louis Vuitton Museum.

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