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Art in the World
A look at art and its influence on us
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Spoonbridge and Cherry

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Claes Oldenburg is an amazing sculptor who takes everyday objects and turns them into giant-size sculptures placed in public art installations. While living in New York in the 50’s Oldenburg was influence by several artists.  In 1959, Oldenburg began using papier-mãché to make figures, signs and objects then in 1961, he began to use plaster and enamel base on items of food and clothing.  Oldenburg became associated with the Pop Art movement in the 1960’s where his art became known as “happenings,” which were performance art related productions.  After moving to Los Angeles from New York in 1963, Oldenburg turned his attention to drawings and projects for imaginary outdoor monuments. He was even ridiculed for his large-scale sculptures of everyday objects. In the 1970’s Oldenburg focused on public commissions. He began to collaborate with Coosje van Bruggen (who became his wife in 1977) on several pieces. Just mention a few, Spoonbridge and Cherry, Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, and Dropped Cone. Oldenburg has received much recognition for his work including the Wolf Prize in Arts (1989), National Medal of Arts (2000), honorary degrees from Oberlin College, Ohio; Art Institute of Chicago IL; Bard College, NY; Royal College of Art, London; as well as several prestigious awards.

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Down in the Garden - Anne Geddes

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Anne Geddes is a world recognized photographer who “singularly captures the beauty, purity and vulnerability of children, embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be protected, nurtured and loved.”    Anne was born in Queensland, Australia and moved to New Zealand at age 17.  She returned to Australia where she met her future husband whom she married in 1983 after moving to Hong Kong.  While living in Hong Kong, Anne first picked up a camera to work professionally by setting up a small portraiture business photographing her neighbor’s children.  This is when Anne started developing her signature style of immediate impact and simple structure.  After several calendars, Anne decided to publish her first large format gift book, Down in the Garden.  She has since published over seven more books and many calendars.

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Wyland Marine Life Artist

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Wyland is one of those artists that just about everybody has heard of.  He has earned the distinction as one of America’s most unique creative influences.  Wyland is a strong advocate for marine resource conservation.  He is able to express his ideas and passion thru many different media such as, painting, sculpting, photography and writing.  He is well known for traveling all over the globe to capture the image and beauty of marine life. Wyland has described himself as a “sculptor who paints.”  USA Today has called Wyland the “Marine Michaelangelo.”  His work is sought after by millions of collectors around the world.  He is well known for his “Whaling Walls,” life size paintings of marine life put on large buildings.  Listed in Who's Who in American Art, the Guinness Book of World Records, and many other national and international publications, the multi-faceted artist has even hosted several series for television.

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Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden | Tate

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Barbara Hepworth, born Jan 10, 1903.  She attended Wakefield Girls’ High School on a music scholarship.  After Attending Leeds School of Art with Henry Moore, she went to the Royal College of Art in London to study sculpture.  After graduating she was able to travel in Europe studying Romanesque, early Renaissance and architecture.  She sold her first artworks, "Mother and Child" and "Seated Figure," to collector George Eumorfopoulous in 1927.  She has studied with, painted with and exhibited with artists such as Skeaping, Nicholson, Henry and Irina Moore, Ivon Hitchens, Brancusi, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Mondrian.

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The Incredible Art Of Julian Beever!

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Julian Beever captures everyone’s attention with his sidewalk art.  Beever has been creating chalk drawings on pavement since the 1990s.  When viewed from the right location his drawings appear to have the illusion of three dimensions. Beever uses a technique known as anamorphosis to project his “trompe-l’oeil” drawings. He is also known as a performance artist and has been hired to create murals for companies. He also paints replicas of paintings created by the masters as well as creating collages. He has worked in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Demark, Belgium, The Netherlands, and

 

When Beever was asked why he preferred the pavement to more traditional artistic mediums he said, “My art is for anybody. It’s for people who wouldn’t go into an art gallery. It’s art for the people.”

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Marie Zieu Chino Southwest Indian Pottery Contemporary Acoma Pueblo - Adobe Gallery, Santa Fe

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Some of the most beautiful Indian pottery was created by Marie Zieu Chino of the Acoma Pueblo. Chino began making pottery as early as the 1920’s. At the age of 15 she won her first Indian Market Award. At the first Southwest Indian Fair in 1922 Chino had pieces among the prizewinners.

Chino was known as a patient and generous teacher. In teaching students the process of making pottery, she would first allow them to fill in the lines on sides of the pots.  When a student had achieved a certain level, she would allow them to paint the whole pot.  Many of her students have become prize winning potters.

Chino is considered one of the significant ceramicists at Acoma and was the matriarch of a very talented family of potters. Her find line black on white pottery is what she is known for. She is also recognized as one of the potters, along with Lucy Lewis and Sarah Garcia, who helped lead the revival of the ancientpottery form of the Ancestral Pueblo potters. She was also known for her influence in the revival of ancient Mimbres designs on contemporary Acoma pottery.

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September 2, 2014 is the Acoma Pueblo Feast; a great opportunity to see Acoma pottery and learn the meaning behind it from the artist first hand.

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Down in the Garden - Anne Geddes

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Anne Geddes is a world recognized photographer who “singularly captures the beauty, purity and vulnerability of children, embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be protected, nurtured and loved”.    Anne was born in Queensland, Australia and moved to New Zealand at age 17.  She returned to Australia where she met her future husband whom she married in 1983 after moving to Hong Kong.  While living in Hong Kong, Anne first picked up a camera to work professionally by setting up a small portraiture business photographing her neighbor’s children.  This is when Anne started developing her signature style of immediate impact and simple structure.  After several calendars, Anne decided to publish her first large format gift book, Down in the Garden.  She has since published over seven more books and many calendars.

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They paint maidens, monsters and macho men, but renowned artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell have an ordinary, settled life in the Lehigh Valley

They paint maidens, monsters and macho men, but renowned artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell have an ordinary, settled life in the Lehigh Valley | Art in the World | Scoop.it

Artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell are by far some of the top fantasy artists of the twentieth century with a long list of accomplishments.  The “Vallejo” style of art gives the viewer a perfectly proportional and muscular body. Their paintings of heroes, barbarians, exotic women and imaginary creatures inspire the imagination of many.

Boris Vallejo, originally from Peru, attended the National School of Fine Arts in his native country. He immigrated to the United States where he worked for nearly all the major publishing houses with a science fiction/fantasy line. He also illustrated for album covers, video box art and motion picture advertising.  Julie Bell, a superb illustrator, was the first woman to paint Conan for Marvel Comics.  She has also done work for Nike, Coca Cola, the Ford Motor Co., painting book covers for major publishing houses in NYC and album covers for major artists. Julie and Boris married in 1994 their art has become some of the most popular science fiction/fantasy art.

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Alexandra Nechita Artist Interview 2000

Alexandra Nechita was born in communist Romania.  Her and her family escaped to California two years later.  At the age of two, she was working with pen and ink and by five was working with watercolors. Upon her seventh birthday, oil and acrylics were her tools. She had her first solo exhibition at the age of eight at the public library in Whittier, Los Angeles County.  Alexandra has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has appeared with celebrities even Bill Clinton.  She has been referred to as a “petite Picasso”, selected by the World Federation of United Nations associations to lead the Global Arts Initiative and unveiled the Peace Monument for Asia in Singapore commissioned by the United Nations.  She has graduated from UCLA this year with a degree in Fine Arts.

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Sandy Skoglund (American)

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Sandy Skoglund (born September 11, 1946) is an American photographer and installation artist. Skoglund studies art history, studio art, filmmaking, multimedia art, and printmaking. She has a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in painting. She has done many large installation pieces including “Radio Active Cats”, “Fox Games”, and “Revenge of the Goldfish.”

Sandy started working as a conceptual artist dealing with repetitive, process oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying. To document her ideas she taught herself photography, which led to a developing interest photographic technique which she eventually fused with her pop culture and commercial picture making.

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Mobiles Bauman: About Arthur Bauman

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Arthur Bauman worked for the State Department in 1968 when he first started making mobiles. He saw several films on Alexander Calder and was fascinated by the construction and shapes that mobiles could take. He started with whatever was at hand: clothes wire, tin cans, yarn, etc. Later he decided to get the proper tools and materials to fashion really large complex mobiles. Bauman has given exhibits in Jordan, Morocco, Belgium, Fort Myers, Germany and Singapore. One of Bauman’s favorite quotes sums up his feelings about mobiles “When you watch a mobile move in an air current, as it shifts and revolves, you add the fourth dimension, time. As with music and dance, it's a performance."

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Frederick Hart Sculpture

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Fredrick Hart, master sculptor whose legacy lives on today in his sculptures. Hart said, “Art must touch our lives, our fears and cares; evoke our dreams and give hope to the darkness.”

Hart is known worldwide as a major figurative sculptor of the twentieth century. His commissions, monuments and collected sculpture have changed the way the world views twentieth century art. His sculptures changed the way we think of beauty itself. One of Hart’s pieces came from winning an international competition to design the sculptural program for the main entrance and west façade of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The program consisted of three life-size statues, "Adam," "Saint Peter," and "Saint Paul," and three monumental relief panels, "Creation of Night," "Creation of Day," and "Ex Nihilo" (Out of Nothing). "Three Soldiers" was another major monumental piece he created because of being selected as one of the finalist in the national competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This sculpture is one of the most visited memorials in Washington DC and was dedicated by President Ronald Regan in 1984. After sculpting in stone and bronze, Hart turned his attention to Light. He began creating the figure in clear acrylic resin. He experimented with imbedding one acrylic sculpture within another, which he patented. One such piece was the “Cross of the Millennium” which was presented to Pope John Paul II.

Fredrick Hart died in 1999 at the age of 55. His work will live forever and will continue to capture our hearts. Hart said, “I believe that art has a moral responsibility, that it must pursue something higher than common man. It must be an enriching, ennobling and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization. It should be a majestic presence in everyday life just as it was in the past.”

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TCC Sculpture Blog: Jaume Plensa

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Zhaume Plensa (Jaume Plensa), a Spanish artist, is considered one of the most important contemporary sculptors.  Plensa was born in Barcelona in 1955. He was known primarily as a master up until the 1990’s working with classical materials. He began to expand into other mediums making sculptures from glass, artificial resins, bronze, metals and with “intangible” substances, such as light, word and sound.

Plensa has lived and worked in England, France, Brussels, Berlin, and the USA. He currently shares residence between Paris and Barcelona. He worked as a teacher at École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and has lectured at many universities and art institutions. He also collaborates as professor invited to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Plensa has obtained many distinctions and awards since 1992, both national and international. In 1993 he was named Chevalier des Arts et Des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 1997 he received the National Award of Plastic Arts - National Culture Awards of the Government of Catalonia.  2005, Plensa received an Honorary Doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 2009 he received the Mash Award for Public Sculpture in 2009.

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Georgia O'Keeffe - About the Painter | American Masters | PBS

Georgia O'Keeffe - About the Painter | American Masters | PBS | Art in the World | Scoop.it

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century. O’Keeffe’s paintings reflect the beauty of American through her eyes in abstract form.  From a very young age, O’Keeffe longed to be an artist. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York. She worked briefly as a commercial artist in Chicago. While studying under Arthur Dow, a specialist in Oriental Art, O’Keeffe moved away from the forms she found so stifling in her previous studies. Her first exhibit of her work occurred without her knowledge in New York at Alfred Steiglitz’s “291 Gallery.” Through influence from Steiglitz, O’Keeffe moved to New York where she devoted her time to painting. Steiglitz continued to show O’Keefe’s work.  Steiglitz and O’Keeffe were married where they lived and worked together for 20 years. O’Keeffe’s paintings consisted of landscapes and large lush flowers with erotic tension.

A trip to New Mexico would alter the course of O’Keeffe’s life. She fell in love with the open skies and sun-drenched landscapes.  After Steiglitz’s death in 1946, O’Keeffe permanently moved to New Mexico where she painted the New Mexico landscape and still lifes of bleached animal bones. O’Keeffe’s fame continued to grow. One of the most important retrospectives of her work took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She also received the Medal of the Arts from President Ronald Reagan in 1985.  It is said that O’Keeffe’s paintings represent the beginnings of a new American art of the late 20th century free of irony and cynicism.

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Butterfield Horse Sculptures On Display

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Magnificent Horses of organic material. That is how Debra Butterfield begins to build her beautiful horse sculptures. A contemporary artist whose art reflects her love for horses states “as a little girl I fell in love with horses.  I was always drawing horses…”  For her the sculptures she created of mares were a reflection of herself.  Butterfield’s early pieces were constructed from natural elements, which over a period of time eventually deteriorate.  However in the 1980’s, she found a way to construct her sculptures making them durable without eliminating the expressive quality of the natural elements. She was able to accomplish this by casting her sculptures in bronze.

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rupert till’s wire sculptures | Daily Art Muse

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Rupert Till, originally from Great Britain, currently living in Ireland received his degree in Public Art from Chelsea School of Art in 1991. Till creates life size wire sculptures of animals and people. Till’s early sculptures were molded from clay and cast in bronze of dogs, horses, and wildlife. Many of these pieces were commissioned. In 1993, Till worked mainly with wire netting recycled from old pheasant pens; in 2007 he switched to recycled steel wire and today his work is galvanized or lacquered. Till’s sculptures are classified as Garden Sculpture. His first commission was of a Greyhound in 1993 and soon after other commissions followed.

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