Posted on July 14, 2011
Next Saturday will mark 20 years since the death of Robert Motherwell. Symbol of American expressionist art, original work drew much of the history of Spain.
Tomorrow two decades of the death of Robert Motherwell will be met. The date is, in itself, a ephemeris of the art world. But probably the work serves to revalue who began his career "pillared" in Surrealism and was crowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, at least as understood by Americans.
Despite his U.S. citizenship, an important part of his legacy focuses on Spain, concerning the republic and the Spanish civil war. His celebrated series "Elegy to the Spanish Republic" is the result of ideological and emotional impact that those pages Iberian history left in Motherwell.
In an interview with El País in 1980, Motherwell himself explained: "Then I was twenty years old and belonged to no political party, but the civil war was a symbol for my generation, as would a little later, in late the sixties with the Vietnam War, with the only difference that the Spanish saw the dramatic prelude to the Second World War. I understand that it is shocking that a Yankee mix issues in Spanish, but do not want to project my thoughts on Spain-my personal way of seeing things-in Spanish. "
Admirer of Picasso and Matisse, Motherwell said not understand Dali's work and understand that many of their influences were among his own contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, for example.
Also highlighted as an art historian, the fanatical use of black was not his only distinguishing feature. Motherwell is also distinguished by being a lucid writer of his generation. Just as he explained what was meant to be-or-world view of abstract expressionism and how the ways of non-figurative art is transited.
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Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
Posted on December 19, 2010
Belarusian painter will be one of the star players in 2011 in Sala Kubo. The election will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the death of the great genius of surrealism.
His work is said to put the fair shares humor, fantasy and delusion to unstable twentieth century and their images imagination impregnated an entire generation of apprentices and followers. Tue Chagall, Belarusian origin but soon settled in France, was also painted murals and exquisite director of theater sets.
Son of a poor family and inevitably witness the troubled Soviet seizures, Chagall had an intense life, marked by gaps and marked by a melancholy vision of existence. He himself confessed in 1931 that only when crossed with his muse and wife Bella Rosenfeld, eventually things would take a different turn. Until then, "born dead" would sentence on the autobiographical "My Life."
Yet initial shortage of that gray, Chagall, his art, genuine windows opened to the imagination, playing in his canvases with the bittersweet combination of dreams and fears. This great master is also remembered as a fanatical admirer of Rembrandt and a heavy expressionist use of primary colors (green rabbi, Jews and red houses, green or blue).
Of Jewish origin, Chagall also portrayed the daily lives of his people in the Russian villages of the century. "I and the Village", 1911 and "gray house", 1917 are perhaps the best examples in this regard. Another important legacy of Chagall are 12 windows in the synagogue at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, made in 1962.
In the Sala Kubo
Next year, the Sala Kubo San Sebastián (which just celebrated its decade of existence), devoted one of its two main samples Chagall. Forward according to organizers, the exhibition will feature works donated by private collectors and institutions and will take place at the beginning of the summer. Meanwhile, those who wish to rediscover the work of Chagall on other dates may call at Nice, the city where there is a museum in his honor, as we have recently been reported in MV Reviews.
(Photo 2: JerusalemShots.com)
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on November 22, 2010
A key work of Joseph Mallord William Turner, British painter who died 160 years ago, now starring in a controversial cultural battle between London and Washington.
Running counter the stereotype of the poor painter who dies disgraced, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was, at least during his last days, have a significant economic fruits of their labor income.
That money, however, would not necessarily recognize the hand of aesthetic appreciation. Only the passage of time allowed to highlight the virtues of Turner: expert landscaping in watercolor (whose technique was then analyzed in Europe) and "master of light".
Turner's vision, according to the critic John Ruskin, exposes the romantic sublime, one that continues to emphasize the vulnerability of man against nature and their designs. It is not coincidence that the theme of God, fire and subsidence recur in the work of the painter.
Precisely on that line also fits "Modern Rome Campo Vaccino" oil that stages a Rome wrapped in mist, and now stars in a sharp controversy between the British authorities and international art buyers.
The controversy began on the same day that an individual acquired the work to the record value of 34.5 million euros. As the acquisition means that the box will eventually Britain, authorities imposed a temporary ban . The reason? Turner is considered almost an emblem of English art and there are "too many" of his works "spinning" in foreign museums or private collections.
Currently, museums and / or British individuals have until February 2 to assemble a figure that exceeds the current supply and prevent market forces carried elsewhere diffuse Turner Rome.
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on September 24, 2010
Next week will mark thirteen years of the death of Roy Lichtenstein, pop art an emblem whose inheritance no longer news.
The September 29, 1997 Roy Lichtenstein died. This talented New York left behind a prolific career, marked by a beginning rooted in abstract expressionism and continuing through his reinterpretation of comics and the approach to mass culture.
Influenced by Matisse and Picasso, Lichtenstein was an exegete successful works of other geniuses. Thus, "I interjected," for example, the paintings of Frederic Remington.
His legacy is now one of the most sought after in the art world and his name is repeated at Sothebys or Christies, the most famous auction houses. For instance, in November he auctioned "Imperfect B.AM. print for" 1987 one of his works.
Something curious is the story of "Modern Painting with Yellow Interweave to" a box Lichtenstein valued at a million and a half dollars. This work led to a clash between Brazil and the U.S., until the latter returned to Rio de Janeiro because they had left there by an illegal purchase.
Beyond these disagreements, the fact is that Lichtenstein, with his irreverence and his thematic palette unsophisticated "industrial" color opened a different epic, with its foreground characters often seem hopelessly embroiled in a kind of pop tragedy.