Tuesday, February 28, 2017
This is a piece by Leonard Hurzlmeier and it is called "Robber Baroness." He usually paints his women figures with rounded edges and various hues in each painting. He tended to paint women in physical activities or in motion. His selection of paintings usually include women being in social roles. The shading makes it look like the figure is in movement. I choose this piece specifically because I found it very strange. It looked like a grandma trying to be incognito. She is wearing a crown with a white pearl necklace and barefoot. Her eyes also remind me of the nazars, which is a symbol used to repel the evil eye.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
I really like Alice Neel's art work because of the colors he uses and the different details that are in each picture. In this painting specifically, you can see the wrinkles in the boys shirt and pants. Also, the different shadowing from his arts being on his head is interesting as well. You can see the different brush strokes in the whole picture which is a technique I noticed Alice Neel does a lot. Overall, her art is beautiful, neat and detailed.
Francis Picabia is considered to be one of the most elusive modern artists of the past century. His vast varieties of work included painting, poetry, publishing, performing, and he avoided any singular style throughout his work. He was one of the leaders of the Dada movement which was developed in reaction to World War I. To be in this movement, Picabia had to reject the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalistic society and express nonsense, irrationality, and antibourgeois protest in his works. He is very relevant for contemporary artists due to his constant inconsistencies, strategies, and eclecticism.
I chose Alice Neel because I found the portraits done by the artist to be eye-catching. I appreciated that the name of the show was "Uptown," not to depict the "swanky high society," but the neighborhoods such as Harlem and Spanish Harlem where Neel lived and painted many of her subjects. Representation is so crucial in all forms of artwork, and to see someone concerned with displaying the identities of often overlooked people resonated with me. As I am working on a portrait for my project, Neel also helped to personally inspire me in my artistic endeavors.
The theme of this art show and painting is Mardi Gras. It represents the party, light hearted, wild side of art and individuals. Francis Picabia's art has been know as over the top because of their size, color, or orientation. This work represents it all. The colors and shapes (mostly circles to tie into the theme of the show), and the features of the people are all surrounded by a theme of fun. Their eyes, nose, and backgrounds allow the view to see what they want, in an abstract art way.
Tempera and spray paint on paper
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
This piece of work is called First Meeting by Francis Picabia. Picabia was a jack of all trades. He experimented with various styles. He was an avant-garde painter, poet, and into typography. After experimenting with impressionism and pointillism, he really became known for his cubism. He was one of the major figures in the Dada movement. I really enjoyed this painting because I liked the guy's nose and his puckered lips. I thought it was an interesting way to paint the lips and the dramatic, doll like eye. I also liked the shading he did on the faces. I also enjoyed the details on the jacket and hair. My attention immediately went to the blue sweater because everything else remained in monotone colors.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The drawing Untitled (1982) by Basquiat is estimated to be 1.2-1.5 million. Because of the political climates in regards to unrest between urban folk and cops in the past year, it definitly makes this piece a hot topic due to the artist's past...and his fears. Also taking into account the celebrity promotion, i am sure that would help breed competition. If i had to make a guess to how much of a factor that will be, i say that it would probably sell for 6 million.
I am predicting that Jean Micheal will sell this piece for at least two million dollars. The reason why I am predicting this price is because from the movie I believe it stated that his pieces starting selling for hundreds of thousands. Also, Jean has become a lot more famous which makes his art pieces more valuable. With this in mind and since art can sometimes sell higher than the price range stated, I am making an even $2 million prediction.
This piece is called, "The Field Next to the Other Road" by Jean Michel Basquiat. Often called Dustheads, this piece was reportedly sold for roughly 35 million dollars.This is one of the first Basquiat's big pieces that he made. I think people buy his art because it may seem interesting, but I think people buy them because his name is connected to them. That in itself skyrockets the prices on his work. Because the drawing being sold by Michael Clayton is indeed a self portrait, usually those pieces of art are priced high. And because of that theory, I feel like even though that drawing is estimated to be priced around 1 to 1.5 million dollars, I feel like it will sell for around 2.2 million.
In an interview with Cathleen McGuigan in 1985 for the New York Times, Basquiat proclaimed " I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot". The way his paintings are viewed and sold today has definitely put him in the spotlight. His work normally sells for tens of millions of dollars, his highest being a painting that was sold for 57.3 million (picture above). Drawings are normally in the lower price ranges. The drawing being auctioned off now is estimated to be sold for 1.2 through 1.8 million dollars, I think it will be sold for 2.3 million dollars.
The drawing that U2's Michael Clayton is selling is a 1982 drawing using oil on slick paper with dimensions 108.3 x 76.2 cm. Considering Jean Michael Basquiat's painting go for millions of dollars, I am going to assume a drawing will diminish the sell price of this piece. I also think that since this piece seems to be some sort of portrait of Basquait, that could raise it's value more. But on the opposing side, in the interview Michael Clayton says this portrait is different from most of Basquait's works because it is very disciplined without additive words, drawings and color like his usual works. They also spoke about how his work usually portrays explosive confidence that he uses to express himself, but they say this work is the complete opposite of his usual artistic works. I think the fact this work is so different from his other works is actually going to bring down the bidding price on the work. I am going to predict that this piece is going to be sold for about 70,000$ considering the buyer is buying it from a celebrity who obtained it from Jean Michael himself, and the fact the drawing is supposed to be a portrait as well.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
I think this portrait will be sold for 2 million dollars.