More on Action Painting

One of our readers wanted more on action painting, the technique highlighted in our previous post on Jackson Pollock, and our resident writer Asia Leonardi — who wrote the original Pollock piece — was happy to oblige with a quick survey. Take it away Asia! Action painting is as an immediate, free, spontaneous painting in … Continue reading “More on Action Painting”

When did we Stop Criticizing Art?

by Hazel Anna Rogers When I was around 13, I visited the Tate Gallery at the Liverpool Docks in Northern England primarily to see an exhibition of J.M.W. Turner and Cy Twombly, a starkly contrasting set of artists and the latter of which I actually had next-to-no prior knowledge of. Turner’s tableaux were mesmerizing, a … Continue reading “When did we Stop Criticizing Art?”

Infinite Worlds Upside Down – The Interior Landscapes of Maurits Cornelis Escher

by Asia Leonardi The graphic art of Maurits Cornelis Escher is different from that of any other artist, instantly recognizable to millions of people around the world, representing an always compelling combination of art and mathematics. Escher’s world, which explores issues of infinity and paradox, of impossible geometry and perspective distortion, is animated by a … Continue reading “Infinite Worlds Upside Down – The Interior Landscapes of Maurits Cornelis Escher”

Jackson Pollock’s Hymn To Freedom: Action Painting

by Asia Leonardi The antithesis between abstract and realistic art, which lasted for a long time in the 1950s, was overcome during the decade which — although difficult to reduce to a common denominator — can be grouped under the definition of “informal.”  This term, used for the first time in 1951 by the critic … Continue reading “Jackson Pollock’s Hymn To Freedom: Action Painting”

Yury Kharchenko – Upcoming Hamburg and Berlin Exhibits

by Carl Kruse It has been a busy season for my artist friend Yury Kharchenko with the completion of several new works, the latest being a series that is generating controversy though the artworks have yet to be publicly exhibited.  In these latest works, Kharchenko depicts comic and pop culture icons at the entrance to … Continue reading “Yury Kharchenko – Upcoming Hamburg and Berlin Exhibits”

Between Introspection and Surrealism: the Photography of Francesca Woodman

by Asia Leonardi One day in 1977, a young girl entered the “Maldoror” art gallery in Rome, handed the owner a gray box and exclaimed: “I’m a photographer!” She is not yet twenty and her name is Francesca Woodman. Born in Denver in April 1958, Francesca was the daughter of a potter and a painter. … Continue reading “Between Introspection and Surrealism: the Photography of Francesca Woodman”

At Play With National Geographic’s YOUR SHOT

YOUR SHOT On National Geographic by Carl Kruse UPDATE:  7 November 2019: As of 31 October 2019, National Geographic has sadly closed the YOUR SHOT section of its site.   This post remains for historical reasons.  There are fortunately many other sites online to share images. We recommend FSTOPPERS and 500px.  Both sites have high quality … Continue reading “At Play With National Geographic’s YOUR SHOT”

Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker

The Boros Bunker in Berlin By Carl Kruse What to do with an abandoned, six-story tall World War II bunker in Berlin? If you’re Christian Boros, build a 10,000 square-foot penthouse atop, fill lower levels with eclectic post-1990 art and open to the public. The Boros Bunker, originally designed by Albert Speer in 1942 as … Continue reading “Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker”