Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lifestyle Wars

     I chose this piece by Giese because I found the story behind it to be very inspiring. The background of this art was originated in the desert of Utah. This art was made after the work of ants, expressing their fiercely matriarchal communities. He states how the role of a male ant become drones and their sole purpose is to inseminate and then shortly die after. I think it is super interesting how this pattern is traveling in several different directions reminding me of ant families. Ants resemble team work and when I look at this piece it reminds me of a figure being built to create a larger mechanical object. I really enjoyed the artwork and Giese's creative imagination.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Cj Hendry is a modern artist. She is not only modern because of her work but also because she is a woman. Back then, art was mostly done by men. It had to be fancy and persist. These things and others have changed the face of art. Art has become more casual over the years, letting the artist decide what they want to do and how they want to do it. This piece is really cool because its a couple different art work in one. 3D plate, extreme details with the pineapple and then her. Artists don't typically go into their work, but she does. 

Toshio Saeki

The artist I chose was Toshio Saeki. The 72-year-old artist, who some have christened the “Godfather of Japanese Erotica,” has lived in the Japanese mountains since the 1980s, when he left Tokyo to escape its bubble economy. Today, still actively working, Saeki has published 21 monographs of his erotic art, for which he’s earned acclaim and exhibitions all over the world.  In this particular piece I like how the expression of the male object is unmoved in each position while the women is trying to get his attention.  It could also mean that he is paralyzed by her actions and that the women has most of the control in situations like that.

Koons and Balloons

   I chose this piece because I thought this was a very creative way to design a piece of art. I enjoy how the artist made it look very shiny and from far away it easily looks like it is balloons. This piece is nice but it is also very unique and I enjoyed being able to read about it and viewing the dedication that was put into this. I also like the color that was chosen to design this piece. The yellow is very striking and attracts the eye very well.

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons caught my attention right away, I have always been a fan of balloon art since my childhood. I just love the fact how people are able to turn a a plain balloon into basically anything. What stands out the most about this balloon art is the fact that it is gold and it is a bigger size than usual. If I was to see this as a child I would have gone crazy and still today seeing this balloon art still brings me happiness. As soon as one sees this balloon art they are brought back to their childhood and it make this piece of art that much more enjoyable.

CJ Hendry

I chose to write about CJ Hendry because she chose to promote her artwork via Instagram, an app I use on the daily. Her instagram account by the name of The Cool Hunter received a lot attention and commission from different artists, galleries, and brands. Although her technique with the use of pen and paper is common, her work is brilliant to look at it and resembles photorealistic black and white images. In particular, I found this 100$ note of Kanye to be hilarious because this work completely represents what kind of person he is. CJ does a great job of making a photo image come alive. Although deserving, i'm impressed to see a 26 year old college drop-out become so famous and successful.

CJ Hendry

CJ Hendry is an Austrailiam artist who makes life like pieces. These things are incredible. They are done in pen and ink. Each piece is an enlargement of a black and white photo. I really love all the detail and how life like it looks. The crippled cards look so realistic to me. It must be extremely meticulous for her to do this.

Jeff Koons Woman in Tub

I love Jeff Koons' work in general. His sculptures are iconic to say the least. Koons has recreated forms that everyone can identify: Michael Jackson and his monkey Bubbles, a balloon animal (dog), and what i see as a Cabbage Patch kid in a bear suit entitled "Amore". However my favorite work of Koons' is Woman in Tub. The fact the the woman is so expressive with only half a face eludes to Koons' talent and amazing thought process. The entire piece is amazing to me and i love that if a patron stands behind it at the perfect distance and height, they can complete her face.

Takashi Murakami

           Takashi Murakami is one of the perfect examples of someone who created a brand with him art. He created some incredible pieces but he has become recognizable for his smiling flower. This quickly became his signature and branding. He creates really eye popping and pleasing to to look at works. 

Joel Mesler

Joel Mesler is an art dealer that is trying new methods and models to the art world. He decided to leave his partner Zach Feuer and their ourpost in New York to work execlusively on his own. He sold pieces of art through a gallery he rented out in the Hamptons. He decided that he would rather have more down time outside of the city on the beach. Also doing so he was able to avoid the idea of galleries and having to split the profits with partners/gallery owners. His rental gallery on the beach allowed for him to work directly with his artists and and keep as much of the profits as possible.


The article mentions CJ Hendry who began by posting her artwork on her Instagram account and she now collaborates with galleries and brands. Her work inspired me to look for other artists known for their work published to Instagram. With his real name unknown, Evoca1, is a self taught artist who was born in the Dominican Republic but has lived in Florida since the age of 11. His nickname comes from the Spanish word "evocar" which means to evoke. Most of his paintings are street murals that show the difficulties impoverished people have to face which evokes feelings in the viewers. The piece shown above is called "Running With The Wolves" and it shows a homeless man struggling to protect what is important to him against society.

Jeff Koons Puppy

     This piece is called Puppy by Jeff Kloons and it was at the entrance to the Guggenheim Bilbao. I like how creative this piece is and how innocent it is. Not only is it a massive sculpture but it is combining two things (puppies and flowers) that bring people a sense of joy. I also like how the combination of different colored flowers in bundles of different sizes creates a mosaic look to the sculpture. 

CJ Hendry - Instagram Art

In this article, the artist CJ Hendry is mentioned as being an example of artists working outside the gallery. Hendry displays her artwork on her personal Instagram account, where she currently has over 276,000 followers. This platform has allowed her to collaborate with different galleries and brands. Considering the major impact of social media, Hendry is very shrewdly using this platform to reach an enormous amount of eyes instantly. The piece above is from Hendry's instagram account, where she fifty different photorealistic foods in fifty days - all the pieces were uploaded to her account. 

Dana Schutz- Sneeze

 Dana Schutz titled this painting "Sneeze" (very appropriate). Schutz wanted to portray the sometimes embarrassment and exaggeration of what sneezing can be like. Obviously the piece can be seen as a little unflattering since snots and boogers are seen all of the place but one must remember that that is what happens (microscopically) when one does sneeze. I enjoy this painting because although I am somewhat of a germaphobe at times, this picture is real and there is nothing fake here about what sneezing can be like.

Koons and the Balloons

I knew after seeing the balloon dog that Koons is known for what this article was about. Artists becoming celebrity status symbols, open air installations, and taking away from the gallery or museum aspect has become a trend within the art world. I am a fan of the obnoxious and bigger than life works of Koons, he even went as far as working closely with one of my favorite singers, Lady Gaga, on her album ARTPOP. I do see how these movements can change the way we as a whole view art. We take away from the classical training and make it into celebrity status instead of enjoying and appreciating it. I know when I visited the Louvre in Paris, we were not allowed to take photos with the Mona Lisa, I feel that with these types of pieces they become nothing but tourist traps and attractions.

Cj hendry

CJ Hendry is a 26 year old college drop out. She is also one of the most successful artists her age. She is known for her hyper realistic drawings using a biro or a ball point pen. Her work is fresh and very hip to her background and thr millenial generations. I find her work so colorful, despite the lack of color there. I like the shiny lego to contrast the broken cinderblock.

CJ Hendry

In the article, they mentioned an artist named CJ Hendry who started showing her drawings on Instagram. She used this type of platform to interact with galleries and brands. I thought this article was very interesting because today social media is a big hit and for artists to represent their work online it opens the doors to new viewers who are prone to social media. CJ teamed up with Christian Louboutin by creating an exhibition on "Complimentary Colors," which is displayed during the Art Basel Hong Kong art fair in March 2017. It is a collection of ultra pigmented drawings mimicking oil-paint blobs. 

Jacqui Kenny

Kenny lives with agoraphobia which is an anxiety disorder that causes individuals to avoid venturing into crowded or remote places, for fear of having a panic attack and being unable to escape or find help. She fears leaving home so she roams the globe via Google Street View, and virtually combs streets and landscapes to snap screenshots for her photography series “Agoraphobic Traveller.” This is very interesting and a very different way to go "travel" to other countries/places. She also has very interesting pictures like she caught two people kissing in the street , camels crossing a street in Saudi Arabia. Very interesting !!

Changing Market | No Commission Art Fairs

 No Commission Art Fair’s inaugural edition
The unusual art fair is designed to directly benefit artists, giving them free exhibition space for their work and 100 percent of the proceeds of their art sales. So indeed, the market is and i believe that this is great for the arts. For far too long the art world have been run by a few big name galleries that can afford to spend $500,000+ on rare works. I think its time that independent artist and small galleries get to participate (but this of course is to a certain extent). There have alway been great artist who does not have the backing of financials and I think the no commission Art Fair is the perfect example of how the market is changing. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Salvador Dalí

I chose to write about this because I found the story very interesting. In 1974, a police car inspected a truck and discovered 40,000 signed pieces of paper from Salvador Dalí. The press said he "killed his market" by singing hundreds of copies of his signature. He realized having his signature would make him money and he was claimed to have signed up to 1.800 sheets of paper a hour to make 72,000$. The article continues to talk about how Salvador Dalí was money hungry and changed his art techniques to allow him o make the most money while doing the most work. He switched to printmaking. Many rumored his signatures were massed produced and not authentic. After this discovery, a lot of forgery of his artwork and signatures caused concern in those who owned his artwork and the art world and caused issues with forgery. They had court cases to prove that the artwork wasn't forgery and that the signatures were also authentic. He caused a ruckus in the art world with his pieces, rumors and interesting larger than life lifestyle.

-Megan McCarthy

Changing Market

Social media has had a huge impact on todays economic, political, and even art world. Just looking at the people I follow on my accounts, I have seen groups selling clothing, promoting clubs, and personal business (ie. barbershops). I believe that its great to have so much on a tiny screen but at the same time, how long is this market going to last? 

personally, the social media platform lacks a sense of intimacy when dealing with art. you're not actually seeing the textured detail or , if a piece of work is large, you're not allowing yourself to be engulfed by the work. Going to these galleries there is always a sense of vulnerability you are letting yourself feel along with a sense of adventure and curiosity into another persons mind/thoughts. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Margarete Heymann

Margarete Heymann makes tea cups worthy of sitting in my grandmothers tea cup collection. This one in particular seems simple yet the artwork on it makes the set stand out. I like the color combinations Hetmann uses and the designs of her pieces are impeccable. Overall, I am a fan of Margaretes work.

Margarete Heymann

 I chose Margarete Heymann because she creates designs that are simplistic while still straying from what a normal tea cup would be. She create created her own form of something that most people at the time would use everyday giver his personal spin on it. The 2 circle handles are what stand out but her designs are not note worthy as well, creating beautiful pieces with solid colors or lines.

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher
Her work is so abstract and colorful, i felt like it was there to be abstract and appealing to the most inner child inside every child. It felt as if she was competing with the male sculptors at her time, but still keeping her feminine nurturing characteristics. These toys are definitely appealing to the simple mind, because it seems like many children toys and blocks are shaped around the formula or colors and shapes. Alma Siedhoff-Buscher used these structures and colors to depict her own design in a male dominated wooden sculpture world. I appreciate how these structures generate thought of real life things such as a highway (top) or a boat (bottom).  

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher

I liked this artist because she switch from weave work to a male dominated department. She was still able to sculpt according to her own style and was a able to create toys and furniture. I like her pieces because they are very youthful.

Benita Koch-Otte

The piece I chose is woven fabric however it isn't meant to be worn but to be put up on a wall to look at.  Benita Koch-Otte made the cloth in 1923. I liked how detailed the fabric was and how the colors combine with one another. 

Anni Albers

I chose the work  of Anni Albers because the first piece I was of hers, Knot 2 (1947), caught my attention. The primary colors used in such a chaotic yet precise way allows the eye to follow each string on its journey through the knot. If other colors were used or even one more string was in place, making sense of the knot would become a task too difficult to see through. I feel as though her colors in her other work such as Study For A have three colors for a purpose as well. To clearly understand and be able to make sense of the chaotic or busy subject matter, color is not an asset, it's a distraction.

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's work is unique from the rest because she chose to create wooden sculptures, an area of art formerly identified with male figures. She went outside her comfort zone by avoiding the traditional weaving methods other Bauhaus women had focused on. Alma invented a large variety of children's toys including a "small ship-building game" shown on the right which is interestingly still in production today. The use of primary colors is also attractive and supports the simplicity of young minds. Overall, her decision to work on something out of the ordinary is inspiring and encourages me to think outside the box.

otti berger

I chose this artist because fabric is an underrated art form. Similar to fashion, the colors and fabrics play into art in every piece. the canvas, paint, etc make the piece.
in addition, I think this is really cool because it looks so modern but it was made so long ago. Her art is work renowned and is currently at the Met

Margarete Heymann

When Margarete Heymann joined the Bauhaus, it was not qual paying and many of the women students were guided into weaving because it was a "female" activity. Margaret refused to go into weaving and insisted on studying ceramics, but left after a year due to a clashing with her teacher. After leaving the school she got married and they opened their own poetry studio. Her pieces are composed of simple shapes with a modern look, colored with shades of yellow and blue. After losing many husbands and having many fall outs with male counter parts, Margarete founded Grete Pottery where she sold her pieces until it was closed down during World War II. She then move to London where she decided to take up painting. Today all a successful designer needs is talent and determination. Today all an artist needs is talent and determination to be successful but when gender, geography, genre, and timing are against you talent and determination are not enough.

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Margarete Heymann

I chose Margarete Heymann because I was interested in the fact she left the Bauhaus School at a young age because she wanted to embrace her artwork and creativity through ceramics. I chose her because I like how she is very original in her ceramic work that uses beautiful design, color and originality in her glazes. I was also interested in her because of her backstory. She opened her own shop but had to sell it because she was Jewish and had to flee to England to avoid persecution. This move then sparked her to start work painting.

Gunta Stolzl

I chose Gunta Stolzl because I fell in love with her textile work. I am a big fan of sewing so her art work stood out to me. I enjoy how she puts different patterns of cloths together and she's able to combine them together in such a unique way. What I love most about textile art is the fact that each piece of cloth has a story behind it. While I was growing up and still till this day, I always wanted to put a textiles together from my ancestors and my own childhood to make a blanket. Textile is such a different style of art because you can take so many different approaches when doing it and you will still have a master piece at the end.

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher

The subject of this article was obviously interesting to me as it pertains to my own work focusing on the advances of the women's movement. I chose to focus on Alma Siedhoff-Buscher because her work reminded me of the toys that I used to have when I was a kid. I thought it was very interesting that Alma was involved in the male-dominated wood sculpture department. It was already difficult enough for women to be recognized at that time, let alone in a field filled largely with men. I appreciate that her work allowed for creativity to be spread to the user of her toys. Normally, building blocks are the sort of toys left to boys to play with - perhaps to inspire future engineers. I was glad to see toys that were normally "boy toys" created by a woman, and meant for all children to use.

Margarete Heymann

     The artist I chose was Margarete Heymann. I found what I read about her very interesting since the article said she did not want to follow into the footstep's of her female peers into Bauhaus's workshop and instead convinced them to open up a place for her ceramics. I found this very fascinating and it made me respect her a lot. As far as her ceramics are concerned, I like her use of geometric shapes on the mugs and bowls, it is a very clean design. 

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher

What first grabbed my attention was the opening line where the article stated "But the women artists who taught, studied, and made groundbreaking work with them are often remembered in history books as wives of their male counterparts or, worse, not at all." This reminds me of the all too often forgotten pioneers in science, art, and many other arenas where credit was deserved and not given, or was given to their male counterparts.

I chose to focus on Alma Siedhoff-Buscher because of all the pieces highlighted, her's stood out to me as the most creative for the time. I liked her pieces the most because of her willingness to stand out and move away from weaving into a male dominated subfield of wood working. Her pieces, to me, look far ahead of the time period and are worth being appreciated for not only the chance she took, but also for the creativity.

"But her most pioneering work proved to be the interior she designed for a children’s room at “Haus am Horn,” a home designed by Bauhaus members that exemplified the movement’s aesthetic. Siedhoff-Buscher filled it with modular, washable white furniture. She designed each piece to “grow” with the child: a puppet theater could be transformed into bookshelves, a changing table into a desk." This to me, speaks miles of her creativity and her passion to her work. I'm glad to see not only she, but every other woman in the article, are getting the attention and praise they deserve.

Annie Albers: Study for A

I chose this piece by Annie Albers because I found it to be very interesting. At first when I had saw it I thought it was designed to by textiles in some sort of pattern shape but after looking at it a second time its more of a relaxed piece on a piece of fabric. If you look closely you can notice each design is resembling a triangle but what makes it unique is the development of geometric abstraction it holds. Each triangle is blending together and the choice of colors Albers decided to use compliments the efforts he put into this artwork. I think it is very plain and simple but that's why I think I like it so much.

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher

I found it very interesting how Alma Siedhoff-Buscher decided to go against the norm and enter into a field of art that was dominated by men. Her focus was on the children's world, she created children's furniture and many different types of children's toys. She created practical, functional, and simple designed furniture for children, These furniture pieces were very multifunctional with the excessive amounts of storage. Her children's toys ranged from puppet-like dolls to brightly colored ship building games which became known as the Bauhaus building game. She built every piece based on customers request and she wanted to meet her customers desires so bad that she limited would her artistic ability. I personally love the geometrical designs she used in both her toys and furniture.

Marianne Brandt

I've never seen a collage piece like this. solely started with three lines and the creativity took over. everything is meticulously placed and although they are all separate pieces, they belong together.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sergio Gomez

I picked Sergio Gomez mainly because he does a lot of work associated with butterflies. I have always loved butterflies and am constantly interested in seeing new art of it. I think he did really cool pieces taking butterflies out of nature and them being the focal point of his pieces.

Anni Albers

I chose this piece of art by Anni Albers because it is simple and fun to look at. Also, this piece reminds me of my childhood. When I was young, I loved doing those puzzles where you needed to find the line that connects from A to A (B to B, C to C, etc.). I enjoy this piece because it makes your mind wander throughout the colored line and it's also seems like a good brain exercise. Albers piece is both interesting to stare at as well as simple and complex at the same time.

Margarete Heymann

Heymann refused to follow the majority of her female peers into the Bauhaus’s weaving workshop. She created angular objects, composed of triangles and circles and spangled with constructivist patterns and colorful glazes. Heymann and her husband went on to establish a workshop but Heymann was forced to sell the company in 1934. The European political conflict stirred, and because Heymann was a Jewish she went to England to escape persecution. She established a new company, Greta pottery, and devoted her days to painting. I love her work and I like all of the colors that she uses. Also the designs she has. 

Gertrud Arndt: Emotional Self Portrait

I chose this photograph because I feel like it's expressive and is a example of how simplicity to be appreciated in art. What is fascinating is Gertrud is a self taught photographer have been involved in other works of art. This piece if ver simple but at the same time holds a lot of emotions. I feel like she  captured her own emotions vividly. This piece is definitely not her most sought after however, I appreciate good photography.

Gunta Stozl

Gunta Stozl was a German textile artist. She was the first female artist and played a huge role in the development of the Bauhaus school weaving workshop. I really enjoy all the bright colors and the strategic placement of them. I think it takes a lot of tedious time and effort to make something so extravagant and beautiful. It makes you want to look in all different places on the piece.