Monday, March 6, 2017

Art Miami 2016 - Part 4

Ana Mercedes Hoyos.  "Tropical Fruit."
The traditional fruit bowl still life has here been given
a Latin American flavor.

Helene Blumenfeld.  "Flight."  2016  English
Blumenfeld is often praised as England's greatest contemporary
sculptor.  Her works have a fluidity  and sense of change.

Richard Anuskiewicz.  "Four by Four."  Op Art
Anuskiewicz was one of the leaders of the Op Art Movement,
exploring how your eyes react to colors in various
combinations and sizes of areas.

Rene Portocarrero.  "Blue Cathedral."  1987 Cuba
The architecture becomes a stained glass window.

Gino Miles.  "Twist."  2015  Stainless steel.
This great sculpture is mounted on a pivot and can be turned
easily so that you can view it from every angle, and it becomes
different each time you move it.

Lee Krasner  "Present Conditional."  1975    8 ft by 12 ft
Lee Krasner was the wife of the painter Jackson Pollock.  This large abstract work is one
of the largest she ever painted, and sold at the fair for over $5 million.

Robert Motherwell.  "Near the Edge."  1987    5x8 feet
Motherwell's large Abstract Expressionist works have great power, as the looming
black forms take over the rust colored ground.

Arshile Gorky.  "Still Life."  Armenian-American
Gorky and his mother fled Armenia by foot during the genocide; they eventually reached
New York.  His work was influenced by Abstraction and Cubism.

Manolo Valdes.  "Vivienne."  2008  Spanish  6x7 feet
Valdes is a prolific painter and sculptor, often working on a large
scale.  The head of a woman isoften the subject of his work.

Milton Avery.  "Girl with Stocking Cap."  U.S.
Avery always began with a figurative subject and then gradually
reduced the shapes to perfectly flat areas of color, rejecting the
"tricks" of painterly space on a 2 D surface.

Hans Hofmann.  "Rising Sun."  1940   German-American
Hofmann fled Nazi Germany and opened an art school in New York which became
very famous and very influential.  He introduced all the latest ideas from Europe and
prepared the generation of American artists who soon led the world.

Larry Rivers.  "Cubism Today - Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein."  1985
Rivers was a Pop artist who used easily recognizable subject matter and
often techniques of cartoons in his paintings.

Marc Chagall.  "The Marriage."  Russian-French.  Fantasy.

Miguel Covarrubias.  "Flower Vendor."  1943
Like his fellow Mexican painter, Diego Rivera, he used
ordinary people whom he made heroic by simplification of form
and enlargement of proportion.

Gunther Gerszo.  "Landscape."  1980  Hungarian-Mexican
Gerszo simplified the landscapes around Mexico City and
reduced them to rectangles of color.

Carlos Merida.  "Project for Airport."
This was one of 25 panels he created for a large frieze in the airport.

Larry Zox.  "Ramac."  1967
Zox was a painter of the Hard Edge Style, using large simple
images in flat areas of color.  Everything is on the surface of
the painting; there is no depth or perspective.

Al Loving.  "Cube."  1962
Abstract Expressionism is generally viewed as a White male preserve, but Al Loving was
Black and one of the most successful of the group, although these days generally ignored.
This is a shaped canvas which gives the illusion of depth, while actually always being
on the two dimensional surface.

Ray Parker.  "Untitled."  1967  U.S.
Ray came from South Dakota and taught at the U. of Minnesota for a while,
before moving to New York and becoming one of the leaders of the Abstract
Expressionist Movement, especially what is known as Post-Painterly Abstraction
or Lyrical Abstraction.

Niki de Saint-Phalle.  "Serpent Chair."  France
Niki de Saint Phalle and her husband, the sculptor Jean Tinguely, created fanciful
sculptures often meant to be outdoors.

Helen Frankenthaler.  "Daybreak."  U.S.
This was in a booth of a California Gallery.  Frankenthaler developed a technique whereby
she soaked and stained the canvas with thinly diluted pigments which she spread out 
across the canvas and allowed to run on their own.  The color became a part of the
canvas, rather than being on top of the canvas.
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Esteban Vicente.  "Blue Green."  Spanish-American.
Vicente was born in Spain, but married an American whom he met while a student in Paris.
They returned to New York, where he became one of the Founding Fathers of Abstract
Expressionism, alongside Pollock and DeKooning.

Sam Francis.  "Untitled - Blue."  U.S.
This is a huge painting, 12 feet high.  Francis used the new acrylic paints
which became available and applied them with sticks and rollers, as well
as brushes in his abstract compositions.  They glow with light and color.
He was a veteran of WW II, worked in California, and was interested
in the expressive use of color.

Marc Quinn   "Sunrise and Sunset."  2010  6x10 feet   English
Quinn creates super-realistic and giant still-life paintings of flowers, fruit, and
fragments of colors to produce these huge paintings, which nearly overwhelm you.

Helen Frankenthaler.  "Aqueduct."  1970
The image here is deceptive; the painting is huge and made by pouring
veils of color onto the canvas and soaking it so that it is not merely color
on the surface; color becomes a physical part of the work.

William Barbosa.  "Untitled."  2015  Steel
Barbosa is from Colombia, but has moved to Venezuela, where he
works in Caracas, especially with large, steel, abstract works.

Fernando de Szyszlo.  "Ritual - Ceremony."  2008  Peru
Fernando De Szyszlo (born 5 July 1925) is a Peruvian painter, sculptor, printmaker,
 and teacher who is a key figure in advancing abstract art in Latin America.
 Lyricism of color enriched by rich textural effects and a masterly handling of light
 and shadow are hallmarks of Szyszlo's painting. He is highly identified with
 the linking of ancient cultures to a modernist artistic language.

Toots Zynsky.  "Diva."  2015  Glass
This piece is made of hundreds of fused rods of colored glass;
it is sensuous and luscious and organic, which is typical.

Friedl Dzubas.  "Orange Spot."  1961

Arman.  "Three Violins."
Arman uses repetition of an object as a motif - brushes, tubes of paint, violins.

Chun Kwang Young.  "Untitled."  China
This was one of the leading artists from China, seen in several
galleries.  These three dimensional wall pieces are made of pieces
of traditional mulberry handmade paper which he folds and glues.
They were quite fascinating.

Ester Curini.  "My Eyes, My Soul"  Italy  2016
Ester is an Italian photo-realist painter, who paints large images of
animals on stark whtie backgrounds.

Thalen and Thalen.  "Three Silver Vessels."  Holland / Belgium
This is a father-son duo from Holland but working in Belgium.  Each piece is hammered
out of a single piece of pure silver  .999/1.000

Roy Lichtenstein.  "Bruskstroke Head."  Pop Art
The work is both painting and sculpture and incorporates techniques of
painting from cartoon strips.

Roy lichtenstein.  "Waterlilies with Pink Flower."  Pop Art
Lichtenstein was fascinated by Monet's "Waterlilies" and did more
than 20 works based on them, but using cartoon-drawing techniques
of strong outlines, flat colors, or cross-hatching for shading.

Paul Jenkins.  "Phenomenon - Blue."   Lyrical Abstraction
Jenkins developed techniques for pouring diluted pigments across
a canvas to produce beautiful veils of color / light.

Frank Stella.  "Wall Piece."  Corrugated Aluminum.
This large 3D wall piece uses aluminum to create a combination painting-sculpture.

Jules Olitski.  "Monday Night Mark."  1965   Color Field
Olitski used a technique of layering spray-painted canvases that glow
and radiate color, but are never muddy or dark.  They are
mysterious, inviting, infinite in space.

Marc Quinn  "Ganesh Temple Steps."  England 10 feet long
The name is created afterwards merely to be able to discuss it; it is a gigantic still-life
of tulips and irises in brilliant color.

Romero Britto.  "Bumblebee."  Steel
We will end our tour of Art Miami where we began, at the park outside the front door.
There are three sculptures by Britto, a Brazilian Neo-Pop artist living in Miami Beach 
- "Dancing Boy," "Bumblebee," and "Butterfly".  They are wonderful outdoor sculptures 
which bring joy and brightness.

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