Steve McCurry: Vulnerability Made Immortal

By Asia Leonardi Member of the Magnum, Steve McCurry graduated in 1974 in Cinematography and Theater from the University of Pennsylvania. He began work as a freelance photographer in the late 1970s, dispatching reports from India and Afghanistan, the countries with which his work is most identified. The turning point in his career happened in … Continue reading “Steve McCurry: Vulnerability Made Immortal”

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”

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”

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”