Van Gogh’s Chair: Omens of Tragedy

By Hazel Anna Rogers I first saw Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Van Gogh’s Chair’ (1888) in secondary school, in the middle of an art class. My art teacher had no particular regard for art history. She found it uninteresting, and it was never a fundamental part of the classes she taught. She was a tiny … Continue reading “Van Gogh’s Chair: Omens of Tragedy”

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”

Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker

The Boros Bunker in BerlinBy 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. Side view of the Boros Bunker with war damage.  Photo:  Carl Kruse … Continue reading “Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker”