Seashore

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Image courtesy of Heels and Wheels

Roy Lichtenstein is my favorite pop artist. He didn’t only paint comic book style scenes. In fact, he also sculpted (I’ve seen two of his Brushtrokes sculptures in real life) and experimented with a variety of materials. Landscapes are a subject he tackled throughout his career. When you think about it, these landscapes are not that far from the comic book universe, as they would work as background and they are stylistically similar to Lichtenstein’s most famous artworks. His landscapes are also some of the pieces where he experimented a lot with materials. In a lot of the seascapes he made he used Rowlux, which is a holographic plastic-y material that he found quite fitting to represent the undulations of the sea. I chose Seashore because I like the visual rendering of the paint dotting better than the Rowlux, but you can check out the exhibition catalogue of the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky that took place last summer at Guid Hall here

Above we have an oil on plexiglas  painting from 1964 which belongs to the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Lichtenstein uses his usual dotting technique to render the different layers of the sea, sky and rocks. This was painted on different layers of plexiglas for added depth. As always with Lichtenstein, it’s interesting that the small elements, bold lines and tiny dots form the complete picture. This painting only has 4 colors. No nuances in shading or anything. It’s simple but it has a dimension, which is something that I particularly appreciate with Lichtenstein in comparison to some other pop artists.

All Art Has Been Contemporary

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Image courtesy of the MFA Boston

This neon installation by Maurizio Nannucci is part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. You can check out the picture below to see how it looks like on display today. Nannucci is an artist who works a lot with neon, but this piece is particularly striking to me because it’s self referring. It’s a reflection on art by an artist, and more specifically on contemporary art by a contemporary artist. Now for the backstory, I’ve been getting more and more interested in contemporary art thanks to my current job, and I find it interesting how simple it can be while at the same time conveying some important depth. All art has indeed been contemporary, but not all art has been called contemporary. Should we have a new designation for what is understood today as contemporary art or is that the job of future generations to classify it and figure it out? A lot of artistic currents in the past were self named and it’s not all a categorization imposed by art historians. So yeah, after all, a piece of art is something that should trigger some sort of thinking; and this is working quite well here.DSC_1234

Anthropométrie Sans Titre

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Today is Bastille day, so I thought I would pay tribute to a great French artist, Yves Klein. He is mainly famous for creating this shade of blue which is now named after him; but he was a great lover of color in general and he notably worked with gold and pink too.

This is my favorite painting of his. It is part of the Anthropométries series, which is possibly one of his most famous ones. For this series he asked nude female models to cover themselves in paint and imprint their silhouettes on the canvases. This series was realized in 1960. What I love the most about this painting is how well the gold and the blue complete each other. It’s like each color enhances the other.

This work is exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Nice, along with a few other of Klein’s pieces.

L’or de l’azur

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Continuing with the logic of this start up week, here is one of my favorite paintings. L’or de l’azur by Miró, 1967, exhibited at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. I also had the chance to see this painting in real life, and I even have the t-shirt version of it; it’s quite impressive (the painting not the t-shirt).

It’s an acrylic on canvas believed to represent cosmological themes, and you can learn more about it on the website of the foundation which is a great museum I might write a review about someday soon.