Artist of the moment………Annette Messager

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Annette Messager is a French photographer visual artist. Annette Messager was born in Berck, France in the year 1943. Messanger attended the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs located in Paris, France.

The artist often refers to the female figure in her artwork. Using found object she hopes to bring attention to the way women are treated in society.

In this clip Annette Messanger talks about a solo retrospective exhibit featuring her work:

Price range information: The artist has worked with acrylics, watercolor, photography, crayon, and gouache.

Messager represented her country in the 2005 Venice Biennial.

The artist is based out of Malakoff, France.

Annette Messager is best known for her installation work. These have a great child like feeling because of the objects used to assemble them. Her works that show simple shapes such as a heart made up of many individual photographs offer the viewer many questions. Messager’s work is very intriguing to look at! The more you see the more you want to know about it!

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Artist of the moment………Street artist Sara Erenthal

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Sara Erenthal is a contemporary street artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. Erenthal was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. Erenthal fled home when she was seventeen years old to avoid an arranged marriage.

Her signature character is a cartoon self-portrait with red lips.

The artist works in many mediums including painting, photography, and performance art.

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In this clip a brief interview with the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://www.saraerenthal.com

The artist enjoys making work on anything from mattresses to garbage cans and cardboard objects.

What a fun style Sara Erenthal has created! Her style reminds me of another lady street artist, Miss Van. Both artists do a great job at giving their drawings life and emotion.

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Artist of the moment………Wild Welva

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Wild Welva is a contemporary street artist from Spain renown for his work with animals.

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Wild Welva is based out of Huelva, Spain.

The artist’s government name is Seba Ventana.

Wild Welva often uses animals as a substitute for people, often times the animal will be placed in an urban setting.

In this clip we tag along with Wild Welva on a trip to Iceland:

 

Wild Welva often creates paste ups.

Wild Welva is an excellent draftsman. His composition style, with so much empty space, does a great job at showing the viewpoint of a wild creature that is caught up in big city urban human life. My favorite street artist in the animal genre remains ROA.

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Artist of the moment………..Kamrooz Aram

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Kamrooz Aram is a contemporary abstract painter from Iran. Kamrooz Aram was born in Shiraz, Iran in the year 1978. Aram’s style is a mixture of Eastern and Western philosophies.

Aram earned a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He went to earn a M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York City.

The artist works in many mediums including painting, collage, and installation art.

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Aram is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Below the artist talks about what influences his painting style:

Works by the artist can be found in permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Cincinati Art Museum.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.kamroozaram.com

Kareem Aram’s work shows a great mixture of styles of art. The artist does a great job at creating interesting visual patterns. His use of colors and patterns capture the magical/ fantasy world with a great feeling of emotion.

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Artist of the moment……….Judy Dater

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Judy Dater is a contemporary photographer renown for her work with the figure. Judy Dater was born in Hollywood, California in the year 1941. Dater has been a leading figure in the feminist movement.

Dater began her collegiate career at the University of California at Los Angeles before earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Francisco State University.

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One picture titled Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite is her best known work. The picture shows an elderly woman photographer coming upon a beautiful young lady in the woods.

Dater worked strictly in black and white until 1979.

One well acclaimed series by Dater deals with the photographer appearing nude among a variety of natural landscapes.

The artist has received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip a short biography of Judy Dater with many works shown including her most famous work Imogen and Twinka:

Dater is based out of Berkeley, California.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://judydater.com

Judy Dater’s style of portraiture is unique, interesting compositions arise when the nude is found in the landscape. Like Diane Arbus she does a great job of capturing people as they appear, without being bashful or shy about being themselves.

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Artist of the moment……..Reza Derakshani

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Reza Derakshani is a contemporary painter from Iran. Reza Derakshani was born in Sangsar, Iran in the year 1952. The artist works across many mediums including painting, poetry, music, and performance art.

Derakshani was considered a prodigy receiving a commission at the age of nine. When he was 19 years of age he held his first solo exhibition.

The artist attended the University of Tehran and the Pasadena School of Art located in California.

Derakshani went on to teach at his alma mater as well as the School of Decorative Art.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist:

Derakshani was influenced by the movement of Abstract Expressionism in the United States. Taking some cues from this movement the Derakshani found his own style of painting, a great mix of realism and abstraction.

Price range information: Derakshani works in acrylics, oils, and mixed media. Prices range from $30,000 to $150,000.

Derakshani splits his time between Austin, Texas in the United States and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.

What a talented artist! Derakshani has an awesome mix of realism and abstraction. Not only is he a talented visual artist, but he is also a musician and poet. One has to wonder DOES THIS ARTIST EVER SLEEP! What a great work ethic!

 

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Artist of the moment……………Chuang Che

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Chuang Che is a contemporary abstract painter from China. Chuang Che was born in Beijing, China in the year 1934. The artist’s father was the vice director of the National Palace Museum in Beijing.

Price range information: Most works priced between $10,000 and $100,000. The artist works in acrylics, ink, and oils.

Che graduated from the Fine Arts Department at National Taiwan Normal University. He also studied art history at in the United States at the University of Michigan.

The artist received a grant from the John D. Rockefeller III foundation that allowed him to study in the United States. He has remained in the States since this occasion.

Calligraphy plays an important role in the artist’s work.

Che is based out of New York.

Below an interview with Chuang Che with subtitles in French:

 

Works by Chuang Che can be found in the permanent collections of the Detroit Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Chuang Che’s work although abstract seems to have the feel of a weather event or even a landscape. Chuang Che has an excellent sense of design and always leaves a portion of his surface rather empty thus giving it feeling of motion and movement.

His work reminds me of the painter Etel Adnan, who also works with a similar abstracted landscape theme.

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Artist of the moment………Minerva Cuevas

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Minerva Cuevas is a contemporary painter, installation, and conceptual artist. Minerva Cuevas was born in Mexico in the year 1975.

Cuevas attended the National School of Plastic Arts.

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Cuevas often uses a type of asphalt called chapopote in her landscapes that portray landscapes ruined by oil spills.

The artist is based out of Mexico City, Mexico.

One recurring theme of Minerva Cuevas is that of industrialized capitalism and the effect it has on the lives of local workers.

In this clip a look at some of her work via the public television series Art 21:

Works by Minerva Cuevas are part of many prestigious collections including the Tate Museum of London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou located in Paris, France.

Minerva Cuevas is a wonderful example of how great art can make people think. She does a great job at showing the damage of  super charged industrialized capitalism. Her landscapes that have been ruined by the oil economy are interesting as they portray the beauty of the earth, and the damage caused by mankind. Many artists only paint the beauty, not the reality of what they see.

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Artist of the moment…….Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi

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Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi was an Italian painter. Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi was born in Sicily, Italy in the year 1900. The earlier part of his career he was renown for his large figurative murals. The latter part of his painting career the artist became one of the first painters using a geometric abstract approach.

The artist moved to the United States with his family when he was ten years of age. De Giorgio Crimi attended the National Academy of Design, and the Beaux-Art Institute of Design both located in New York City. The artist also studied fresco painting in Italy.

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De Giorgio Crimio enjoyed portraying the new industrial landscape of the United States at the time. Some critically acclaimed series include the mail, both the sorting in the mail room, and the transportation of the mail.

Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi passed away in 1994.

Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi had an interesting career. Although he was capable of painting realistically and telling a great story, the artist was at his best working with the new style of geometric abstraction. My favorite painter of this genre is the now deceased Shirley Jaffe.

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Artist of the moment…………Gabrielle Belz

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Gabrielle Belz is a contemporary Maori painter, printmaker, and designer. Gabrielle Belz was born in the year 1947.

Belz enjoys using the ancestry of painting in her work. Another theme Belz focuses on is how actions of the past affect our current thought process.

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Belz was trained as a commercial artist and has become a master printmaker as a result. She enjoys playing up the texture side of painting by using many different layers of paint.

The artist has received many commissions for art in public spaces.

Belz is based out of Taranaki, New Zealand.

Gabrielle Belz’s style is a great mixture of realism and abstraction. Her layering of many different textures adds a great design element to her work.

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