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Afro Basaldella


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Italian painter Afro Basaldella, known simply as Afro, is best known for his calligraphic, abstract work from the 1950s. As a wave of painting called Art Informel (“formless” art, named for loose shapes and compositions lacking a central focal point) swept Europe and regional circles of modern artists proliferated, Afro joined the short-lived painters ...

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Clyfford Still


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Although not as widely known as some of his New York School contemporaries, Clyfford Still was the first to break through to a new and radically abstract style devoid of obvious subject matter. His mature pictures employ great fields of color to evoke dramatic conflicts between man and nature taking place on a monumental scale. ...

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Robert Motherwell


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Possessing perhaps the best and most extensive formal education of all the New York School painters, Robert Motherwell was well versed in literature, philosophy and the European modernist traditions. His paintings, prints and collages feature simple shapes, bold color contrasts and a dynamic balance between restrained and boldly gestural brushstrokes. They reflect not only a ...

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Albert Oehlen


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Influenced by other German painters such as Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, Oehlen focuses on the process of painting itself. During the 1980s he began combining abstract and figurative elements of painting in his works, as part of a reaction to the prevailing Neo-Expressionist aesthetic of the time. In the following years, he ...

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Leon Kossoff


Sunday, January 22, 2017

One of the most important figurative painters at work today and commonly associated with a circle of School of London painters that includes Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and R.B. Kitaj. At the centre of Kossoff's work is the human figure either in isolation or in urban or domestic settings and the ...

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Yves Tanguy


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yves Tanguy was in many respects the quintessential Surrealist. A sociable eccentric who ate spiders as a party trick, and a close friend of Andre Breton, Tanguy was best-known for his misshapen rocks and molten surfaces that lent definition to the Surrealist aesthetic. Self-taught but enormously skilled, Tanguy painted a hyper-real world with exacting precision. ...

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Christian Schad


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Schad was born in Miesbach, Upper Bavaria, to a prosperous lawyer who supported him for nearly half his life. He studied at the art academy in Munich in 1913. A pacifist, he fled to Switzerland in 1915 to avoid service in World War I, settling first in Zurich and then in Geneva. Both cities were ...

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Emilio Vedova


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

He was one of the major Italian abstract expressionist, contemporary art undisputed master, hero of many a memorable Venice Biennale. Born in Venice in 1919 to a modest family of craftsmen-workers, as a boy shows a marked inclination for drawing, making a series of architectural views of his city, which soon, as an autodidact, combines ...

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Asger Jorn


Thursday, November 24, 2016

One of the most recognized 20th-century painters emerging from Denmark, Asger Jorn was an artist best known for his paintings, lithographs and etchings. Through his work, this Danish artist experimented with the spontaneity of the line and semi-figurative representations – aspects of Jorn’s practice that put him in a position to be a co-founder of ...

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Georg Scholz


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Scholz was born in Wolfenbüttel and had his artistic training at the Karlsruhe Academy, where his teachers included Hans Thoma and Wilhelm Trübner. He later studied in Berlin under Lovis Corinth. After military service in World War I lasting from 1915 to 1918, he resumed painting, working in a style fusing cubist and futurist ideas. In ...

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Nancy Spero


Friday, November 4, 2016

Regarded as a pioneer in feminist art whose work confronts social and political injustice with creative ingenuity, Nancy Spero's work has received considerable international acclaim with more than a dozen solo museum exhibitions around the world, including the ICA in London, de Appel in Amsterdam, Malmö Kunsthalle in Sweden, the New Museum in New York, ...

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Glenn Brown


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mining art history and popular culture, Glenn Brown has created an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. His mannerist impulses stem from a desire to breathe new life into the extremities of historical form. Through reference, appropriation, and investigation, he presents a contemporary reading of images new and remembered. Borrowed figures and landscapes are ...

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Katharina Grosse


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The difference lies in detachment from action, from what his own feelings in the act can become hated because recognizable. Katharina Grosse is the subject aside, the one can not be compared to the color users, she could not belong to those who have made a gesture of artistic act. His path was necessarily steeper, ...

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Elizabeth Peyton


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

  Elizabeth Peyton's portraits of rock stars and other celebrities have made her one of the most-talked-about American artists of her generation. She and another New York-based contemporary artist, John Currin, have been hailed as the painters who brought figurative art—that which uses the human figure as its subject matter—back into fashion after a long absence. ...

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Alberto Burri


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Alberto Burri was an Italian artist who dedicated his entire career to wiping off the boundaries separating the mediums of sculpture and painting. This solitary artist explained his work as a search for elements that must function as a surface, material and idea. Alberto produced his pieces by creating wounds, cuts and holes on different ...

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Mark Bradford


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Known for his multi-layered collaged paintings incorporating materials found in the urban environment, Bradford created a series of new works about Hong Kong that explore structures of power and politics through the lens of urban planning, in the world’s most densely populated city. Using architectural floor plans for public housing in Hong Kong as a ...

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James Bullough


Monday, September 5, 2016

James Bullough is an American born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His paintings, and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals, are phenomenal combinations of realist painting technique and graphic punctuation. Inspired by gritty urban graffiti as a young artist growing up in Washington, DC, Bullough harnessed its energy in his work, and perfected a realistic ...

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Mark Tennant


Monday, August 22, 2016

Mark Tennant received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art, in New York City. For the years 2008 and 2009, he was the Director of Graduate Fine Art Painting at Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, where he had been an ...

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Ed Ruscha


Friday, August 19, 2016

Ed Ruscha’s photography, drawing, painting, and artist books record the shifting emblems of American life in the last half century. His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. Ruscha’s ...

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Wifredo Lam


Monday, August 15, 2016

Wifredo Lam was born in Cuba in 1902 of mixed heritage, and pursued a successful artistic career on both sides of the Atlantic. He was closely associated Pablo Picasso and members of the surrealist movement like André Breton. In this film the artist's son recounts his father's story and shares his memories. His work poetically addresses ...

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Thomas Houseago


Monday, August 8, 2016

Houseago is vanguard in his approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human body. Utilizing mediums associated with classical and modernist sculpture—such as carved wood, clay, plaster, and bronze—as well as less traditional materials like rebar and hemp, Houseago builds monumental figures rife with the traces of their making. Body parts rendered from flat portions of ...

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Cinta Vidal


Sunday, July 31, 2016

In the effort to break free from gravity Cinta Vidal finds her highest expression. Subjects that should be anchored to the ground and rather are released into space that does not belong. The strength of the unusual, the power of what we would like and always eludes us. It's the human dream that takes shape, ...

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Jake Wood-Evans


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Evoking faded memories and spectres of a past time, Jake Wood-Evans’ drawings and oil paintings often depict disintegrating and dissolving moments. With a strong focus on craftsmanship, his work takes inspiration from a diverse range of Baroque Old Masters and contemporary figurative painters. Creating ethereal images that are both unsettling and beautiful, Wood-Evans’ powerful use of light emerges from ...

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Allan McCollum


Friday, July 8, 2016

Allan McCollum is a contemporary American artist who was born in Los Angeles, California in 1944, and now lives and works in New York City. In 1975, his work was included in the Whitney Biennial, and he moved to New York City that same year. In the late seventies he became especially well known for ...

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