18 May 2015

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The art of Nanno de Groot

Nanno de Groot belonged to the group of New York School Abstract expressionist artists of the 1950s. He wrote: ” In moments of clarity of thought I can sustain the idea that everything on earth is nature, including that which springs forth from a man’s mind, and hand. A Franz Kline is nature as much […]

18 May 2015

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John Stephan an American abstract expressionist

John Stephan worked as a WPA artist through the 1930s. He truly came of age as an artist after World War II. An important figure in the development of Abstract Expressionism, Stephan showed at the Betty Parsons Gallery and counted among his close associates Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman. With poet (and then […]

18 May 2015

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Paintings by the artists of the famous “9th St.” Show

Several artists who served in World War II did not have the attention of the Art critics of the post-World War II era. Their studios were located in lower Manhattan in the area bounded by 8th and 12th street between First and Sixth Avenues during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The artists who occupied […]

18 May 2015

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American Women artists of the 1950’s

There were a lot of constraints on the American women who were part of the abstract expressionist movement because of the culture of the 50s. There were not many opportunities for them to show their work and gain exposure. It was hard for them to be taken seriously and also to present themselves as serious […]

17 May 2015

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New York School Action Paintings

Examples of artworks:  James Brooks BERL, 1956 Oil on canvas, 62 x 66 inches.  Private collection. ©Estate James Brooks, Courtesy Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York page: 80 Nicolas Carone, Untitled, 1957 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 inches. Private collection ©Estate Nicolas Carone page: 96 Elaine de Kooning, Untitled, 1957 Oil on canvas, 30 […]

17 May 2015

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American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950’s.

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE ~CHOICE, 2003  “This excellent publication builds on the earlier publication. It has broadened the scope to include artists from throughout the US, rectified…omission of African American artists…and concentrated on 88 artists…Excellent layout and superb photographs. Highly recommended.” ~CHOICE August, 2003. “Researchers will seek out this well designed selection.Recommended for American art museum, […]

11 May 2015

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Are the worlds two top-earning artists, artists at all?

Are there many top dancers who can’t dance? Are there many top actors who can’t act? Are there many top film directors who can’t direct? Are there many top singer/songwriters who can’t sing and write? Are there many top musicians who can’t play anything? Are there many top designers who can’t design? Are there many […]

4 May 2015

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Very Fine Art Books

ART BOOKS FOR COLLECTORS Below are a few books related to collecting art that we suggest. New York School Abstract Expressionists: Artists Choice by Artists A Complete Documentation of the New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals: 1951-1957.  Readers’ opinion:    Amazon.com  Almost Perfect – Very Important!   Best and Most Complete Study of The NY School to Date!ArtBusines.com opinion  […]

2 May 2015

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Paint Jobs

A paint job is a working class term that describes an economic work of painting by a contracted painter/decorator that emphasises paint’s cosmetic capacity to cover up, to decorate, to provide surface appeal and a high finish. A “good paint job” conceals its brushstrokes: the customer does not want to see dribbles and accidental marks […]

26 April 2015

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From an imitation to an intimation of immortality.

As i was walking through my local graveyard today, I noticed something strange on a gravestone. I suppose it was a result of the type of stone that was used, which must have been sedimentary rock. The lettering at the top of the gravestone was legible and incised to a depth of two or three […]

21 April 2015

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Sir Terry Frost, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, John Piper and Lolana – at Wetpaint Gallery

Rarely seen exquisite intaglio prints by Saatchi Art Artist LOLANA were exhibited at Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester from 10th until 28th March. Established in 2002, Wetpaint Gallery is one of the most vibrant galleries in Cirencester, specialising in contemporary art and Modern Masters. Recent exhibitions include works by Sir Terry Frost, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and John Piper. […]

19 April 2015

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American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s an Illustrated Survey

“This excellent publication builds on the earlier publication. It has broadened the scope to include artists from throughout the US, rectified…omission of African American artists…and concentrated on 88 artists…Excellent layout and superb photographs. Highly recommended.” ~CHOICE August, 2003. “Researchers will seek out this well designed selection.Recommended for American art museum, academic, art school and large […]

19 April 2015

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Telephone

‪#‎SatelliteCollective‬ announces the launch of the TELEPHONE online exhibition, an international arts game played by over 300 artists from 159 cities in 42 countries. (Map designed by the amazing Matt Dabrowiak) http://telephone.satellitecollective.org/

12 April 2015

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Lolana’s Art is “Rare Art” – Exhibition at Menier Gallery, London

“Swan in Solitude” is one of Lolana‬’s stunning original etchings which explore the theme of solitude and liminality. She uses symbolic concepts and mixed media to create her distinct variable limited editions. Lolana’s work is selected to feature in ‘Rare Art’ Exhibition at the‪ ‎Menier Gallery‬ London, situated just a stone’s throw from‪ ‎the Tate Modern. […]

9 April 2015

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Daniel Balanescu’s 2,200 green running men

   : http://www.romania-insider.com/daniel-balanescus-2200-green-running-men/123558/

13 March 2015

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Fig-2 Week 8 – Edmund Cook – 23 February-1 March – ‘Enumerators’ (by AJ Dehany)

Week 8 – Edmund Cook – 23 February-1 March – ‘Enumerators’ “The Lumière Brothers were a hundred and twenty years ago! Come on lads, step up..” My companion was not impressed. For Week 8 of fig-2 we’d watched Edmund Cook record a live soundtrack to his short film ‘Enumerators’ in which there is a fictional technology to record people’s thoughts in public space, […]

13 March 2015

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Fig-2 Week 7 – Claire Hooper & Maria Loboda – 16-22 February (by Alix Mortimer)

This week, guest writer Alix Mortimer discusses art and archaeology. I’m still not sure whether I should have gone to see this with two archaeologists (proper archaeologists, that is, as opposed to a dabbler like me). Possibly one can either approach art in an experiential sense or an analytical sense, and you don’t get to make the […]

13 March 2015

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Fig-2 Art Fund Curator Talk #2 – “On Responsibility” (19 February 2015) (by AJ Dehany)

The second of this eight part seminar series with the title On Responsibility will concentrate on Roland Barthes’ seminal text entitled To the Seminar, investigating the contents and discontents of the current cultural production of art institutions and their modes of audience engagement. Text of Barthes’ “To The Seminar”:http://www.betalocal.org/pdfs/barthes-totheseminar.pdf I have a favourite nerdy joke […]

13 March 2015

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Fig-2 Week 6 – Young In Hong – February 9-15 – ‘In Her Dream’ (by AJ Dehany)

On a dark evening, Ann (26, a night worker), Una (22, a jobseeker and a single mum), Jin (31, job unknown) and Elvire (26, a migrant worker, nanny) are having a dinner party. It is not clear whether this is a dream or a real setting. As the party progresses, Ann, Una and Elvire become […]

13 March 2015

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Fig-2 Week 5 – Rebecca Birch – February 2-9 – Lichen Hunting on the West Coast (2015) (by AJ Dehany)

In the Hebrides, lichen was used for dyeing tweed. Reindeer moss, old man’s beard, grew scarlet-tipped in heathland. Yellow Candles and Coral Crust grew among the heather.  To full the cloth and remove the oil, before ammonia came to be used the tweed was soaked in piss.  To shrink the tweed, men in Nova Scotia, and women in the Hebrides, rhythmically […]

9 March 2015

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Beauty and the Beard

Beards. Like ‘em, love ‘em or hate ‘em, Somerset house is bringing them to us in every shape, size and colour. Only open for the month, BEARD is an exhibition showing a series of photographs taken by award winning photographer Mr Elbank. Elbank’s concept originated as a collaboration with his friend Jimmy Niggles, who is […]

9 March 2015

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DERIDING DERRIDA’S DEATHBED PO-MO MANIFESTO

If you want to know what went wrong with contemporary art after the CIA got their hands on Abstract Expressionism, here it is, warts and all. Entitled ‘The Postmodern Manifesto’ it was found found, unpublished, on a desk next to Jacques Derrida’s deathbed, it was also signed by those other self-proclaimed intellectual giants, Roland Barthes […]

20 February 2015

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Running Numbers: The Conceptual Minimalism of Monika Wulfers

Running Numbers: The Conceptual Minimalism of Monika Wulfers by Daniel Tiffany  on July 13, 2014 Public perception of the history of minimalist and conceptual art is dominated by male artists working out of New York City: Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Dan Flavin, and so on. A recent 2014 show […]

19 February 2015

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Move over YBAs, you’re past your sell-by dates.

‘Hey you old farts, your work is becoming dull, repetitive and predictable. You’re going round in circles with yer spots, splashes, scratchy scribbles, penes, pointless phrases, dead animals and lifeless work. Oh, and thanks for doing bugger all to help the new generations of artists, who unlike you lot, have to pay exorbitant fees and […]

6 February 2015

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Week 4 – Simon Welsh – January 26-February 1 – 4/4 – Banana in the mirror (30 Jan)

The fig-2 project shares with the original fig-1 project a sense of freedom from conventional notions of art practice and curation, where it is more about using the available space for a creative purpose, what ever that might be in whatever discipline. In week four, the poet, environmental activist and public speaker Simon Welsh, delivered a series of forty-two minute […]

6 February 2015

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Week 4 – Simon Welsh – January 26-February 1 – 3/4 – Symbiosis versus competition (28 Jan)

The fig-2 project shares with the original fig-1 project a sense of freedom from conventional notions of art practice and curation, where it is more about using the available space for a creative purpose, what ever that might be in whatever discipline. In week four, the poet, environmental activist and public speaker Simon Welsh, delivered a series of forty-two minute […]

6 February 2015

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Week 4 – Simon Welsh – January 26-February 1 – 2/4 – Poetry in court (27 Jan)

The fig-2 project shares with the original fig-1 project a sense of freedom from conventional notions of art practice and curation, where it is more about using the available space for a creative purpose, what ever that might be in whatever discipline. In week four, the poet, environmental activist and public speaker Simon Welsh, delivered a series of forty-two minute […]

6 February 2015

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Week 4 – Simon Welsh – January 26-February 1 – 1/4 – Listening the world into existence (26 Jan)

The fig-2 project shares with the original fig-1 project a sense of freedom from conventional notions of art practice and curation, where it is more about using the available space for a creative purpose, what ever that might be in whatever discipline. In week four, the poet, environmental activist and public speaker Simon Welsh, delivered a series of forty-two minute […]

6 February 2015

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Art Fund Curator Talk #1 at fig-2: Instituting the Social (22 January)

Curator Fatoş Üstek held the first of eight seminars intended to explore curation and curation as an artistic expression, and to develop the themes of the fifty-week fig-2 project as they emerge through the course of its fifty one-week installations. She began with a note that the same work becomes a different or new work in a […]

6 February 2015

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Week 3 – Hiraki Sawa – January 19-25 – Lineament (2012)

“A boy shuts his eyes for a moment. When he wakes the world he once knew is gone. His room is an unfamiliar place. His language has failed him. he has forgotten everything and everyone he ever knew. Gone. The world he now lives in is one of lost things.”  From this terrifying conceit, Hiraki […]

6 February 2015

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Week 2 – Charles Avery – January 12-18 – Untitled (Dihedra)

Charles Avery’s project for week two of fig-2 is now called “Untitled (Dihedra)” following the ubiqituous ‘Untitled (Title)’ format that never gets old.  I like the original working title “Ghosts Circumnavigating A Trefoil Knot”, from the sketch for the looped film that comprises the three-chambered heart of the work: Ghosts are sexy, though not as […]

6 February 2015

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Week 1 – Laura Eldret – January 5-11 – “3 | The Juicers”

The ICA Studio Space is found up a grimy set of concrete steps, following water and gas pipes, past an electrical trip-box and prophetic graffiti and a neon sign announcing “fig-2″. Stepping through a crack in the wall you feel you’re leaving the white cubes of WC1 and attendant bookshops, and stepping into one of […]