Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
"Infanta Electronica" by Bob Carlos Clarke (1950-2006). Giclee pigment print on paper, executed in two editions.
Bob Carlos Clarke was born in Cork, Ireland in 1950, and moved to England in 1964 to study art and design at The West Sussex College of Art where he developed an interest in photography. He then went on to The London College of Printing, before completing his degree at the Royal College of Art in 1975.
He worked in almost every sphere of photography, winning numerous awards for high-profile advertising campaigns, recognition for his photojournalism and portraits of celebrities, and international acclaim from collectors of fine prints.
Bob Carlos Clarke produced five books: The Illustrated Delta of Venus (1979), Obsession (1981), The Dark Summer (1985), White Heat (with Marco Pierre White, 1990), and Shooting Sex (2003).
Bob Carlos Clarke died in March 2006. The estate is currently represented by Guy Hepner.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
"Mary Jesus Hooters" (2007) by Ed Mironiuk
LAist: The painting of the Holy Mother wearing a Hooters tank top will clearly offend a lot of people. Especially because instead of the Messiah in the manger, it' s a couple dozen hot wings. When exactly did you sell your soul to the Devil?
Lenora Claire: I've always said art much like breasts should be in your face. Since this is a show about art and breasts I started thinking of taking something as classic as a typical nativity scene and giving it a pop twist. I really feel that is the Virgin Mary found herself knocked up today that she would have to go work at Hooters to support the baby Jesus. Like everything I do there are high brow and low brow elements. It's all about subversion.
Sure on one level people are going to be shocked but that is what gets them talking. You can either get off on the humor of it or the bold feminist statement. Or you can be offended. My goal with this show is to stimulate and titillate and I know I've accomplished that. I'm just lucky I was able to wrangle my friend Ed Mironiuk in to drawing it as it would be less impressive if I was left to expressing myself with my finger painting skills.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Statement: My sculptural works and installations are comprised of numerous small-scale hand made objects. In the case of my ongoing project 'Inventory', the bombardment of data currently numbers over 1,500 individual elements. Presented en masse to the viewer, these apparently random images are drawn from a wide range of sources, including mythology, religious iconography, historical occurrence, popular culture and mundane reality. Taken from similar sources, my drawings and random lists written off the top of my head, function in parallel to the sculptural works and share the same stream-of-consciousness aesthetic.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip is my favourite new band/act of the year. They are great live as well. This is the video of "The Beat That My Heart Skipped"
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Robert Combas is a French painter and sculptor, born in 1957 in Sete in the south of France and now living and working in Paris.
He is widely recognized as a progenitor of the figuration libre movement that began in Paris around 1980 as a reaction to the art establishment in general and minimalism and conceptual art in particular.
Figuration libre is often regarded as having roots in Fauvism and Expressionism and is linked to contemporary movements such as Bad Painting and Neo-expressionism. It draws on pop cultural influences such as graffiti, cartoons and rock music in an attempt to produce a more varied, direct and honest reflection of contemporary society, often satirizing or critiquing its excesses.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Frank Bauer, Alina, oil on canvas, 2007, 80 x 60 cm Courtesy Galerie Voss Düsseldorf
From November 30th on, Galerie Voss will show new works by Frank Bauer (Germany, 1964), master student under Gerhard Richter. Among the well-known photo-realistic works - paintings, that are always based on self-made photographs - the gallery will for the first time show a series of portraits, the title of the show refers to the models that have been posing for the artist. (source)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"Standing Nude" (1943) by George Grosz (1893-1959). Charcoal on paper. From an auction.
"Standing Nude" (1943) by George Grosz (1893-1959). Oil on paper. From an auction.
George Grosz (July 26, 1893 – July 6, 1959) was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group, known especially for his savagely caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Walter Sickert, Mornington Crescent Nude, c. 1907, Oil on canvas, 45.7 x 50.8 cm. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. © Estate of Walter R. Sickert/DACS 2007.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Walter Sickert (1860-1942) painted a remarkable series of female nudes which confirmed his reputation as one of the most important modern British artists.
The Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, London presents the first exhibition devoted to these radical works produced in Camden Town, north London, between 1905 and 1913. The uncompromising realism of Sickert’s nudes, set on iron bedsteads in the murky interiors of cheap lodging houses, challenged artistic conventions and divided critical opinion.
The exhibition traces Sickert’s reinvention of the nude, exploring the ways in which these powerful paintings addressed pressing artistic and social concerns of the period. It brings together many of his finest canvases, from both private and public collections, including Sickert’s four provocative Camden Town Murder paintings, which have never before been displayed together.
To complement the exhibition a display of Sickert’s drawings and prints from The Courtauld Gallery’s collections will also be on show. These rarely seen works cover various periods of the artist’s career and demonstrate his exceptional talents as a draughtsman.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
"Sophie Dahl, i-D" (1997) by Nick Knight
Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential and visionary photographers. As a fashion photographer, he has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty and is fêted for his groundbreaking creative collaborations with leading designers including Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen. Advertising campaigns as well as award-winning editorial for W, British Vogue, Paris Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Another, Another Man and i-D magazines have consistently kept Knight at the vanguard of progressive image-making for the past three decades. His first book of photographs, Skinheads, was published in 1982. He has since produced Nicknight, a twelve year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures, both published by Schirmer Mosel. Knight's work has been exhibited at international institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery. He has also produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London and was the first of Channel 4's 'Big 4' 50-foot installations outside its London HQ in 2007. A long-standing commitment to experimenting with the latest technologies led to Knight launching his award-winning fashion and art broadcasting company SHOWstudio in 2000.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"Untitled" (2002) by Louise Bourgeois. Fabric and steel. Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth. © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke
Artboobs has been very busy & off-line the last few weeks, and that has affected the number of posts. Don't worry, we're still alive! This is from a solo exhibition at the Tate Modern in London visited last week. Great show, highly recommended!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
"Forgiveness" (2007) by Dan Attoe. Mixed-media sculpture, neon light, wire, transformer, controllers. Approx. 61 x 104 in. (155 x 265 cm). Edition of 2 + 1 AP. Available at the Peres Projects booth at Frieze. $20,000. Courtesy Peres Projects
From the ARTINFO.com Frieze 2007 Editor’s Picks: A Sneak Peek Into the Booths at Frieze. Daniel Attoe is an American painter and sculptor. He was born in Bremerton, Washington in 1975.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
"Apart Together" (1999) by Alicia Framis. 4'10'' (sound, colour). Collection: Netherlands Media Art Institute.
Clip requires Realplayer. Artist: born 1967, Barcelona, Spain, lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The room is completely dark, but every few seconds there is the flash of a stroboscopic lamp, and slowly but surely a recognizable image begins to take shape on your retina. A young woman is lying on a bed, wriggling herself out of her clothes. Each new image shows her more naked than the previous one. The camera is very close to her, one and a half metre away at the most. Things are becoming explicitly erotic when the woman begins to sigh more and more intensely, the situation becomes more and more electric: due to the presence of the camera; when the noises make you aware that the camera is also recording in the dark; when you notice that the camera must be hand-held, because the image is not static, and particularly when you can hear the woman\u2019s excited noises mixing with those of a man. This can only be the cameraman, who is getting more and more involved in the erotic play. Hesitating between watching curiously and keeping an appropriate distance, you try to determine your position. But it is difficult to escape from the presence of your gaze upon the scene. First and foremost because the dark intervals between the images tempt you to keep your eyes fixed on the woman. But eventually also because the lens of the camera has become an extension of your own eyes. Emphatically a sense that you share with the cameraman. And from exactly the same lack of distance, you see exactly what he sees, and what excites him so much.
"La Jeune Fille Avec les Pâquerettes" (1889) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau".
This is great art. I love this painting but it also makes me uncomfortable because of the combination of her youth ("Jeune Fille" means young girl) and Renoir's celebration of "feminine sensuality". What do you think?
"Gone." (2006) by Dorotka Ewentualnie
"Untitled" (2005) by Dorotka Ewentualnie
Great images. Shame about the photoshopping. If you look at these two photos you can see that the same overlay has been applied to both images. Just look for the vertical lines in the top right corner. I'd recommend Dorotka to buy a second-hand Polaroid and re-shoot these images. And blow them up to a few feet, mount 'm on perspex, and get a show at Yossi Milo.
"Untitled" (2002) by Hanna Liden
Hanna Liden was born in 1976 in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2002 with a BFA in Photography. A 2006 solo exhibition in New York was called "Hairfaces, Scapegoats, Birds, Bloodsuckers, Squarehead & A Few Deaths".
"Alice dans le Miroir" (1933) by Balthus, Centre Georges Pompidou. Photo: RMN/Philippe Migeat
Moving in 1933 into his first Paris studio at the Rue de Furstemberg and later another at the Cour de Rohan, Balthus showed no interest in modernist styles such as Cubism. His paintings often depicted pubescent young girls in erotic and voyeuristic poses. One of the most notorious works from his first exhibition in Paris was The Guitar Lesson (1934), which caused controversy due to its depiction of a sexually explicit depiction of a pre-pubescent girl being sexually molested by her teacher. Other important works from the same exhibition included La Rue (1933), La Toilette de Cathy (1933) and Alice dans le miroir (1933).
"Tracey Emin" (2006) by Tracey Emin
Boobs, beer & a bottle of water. Get the book at Amazon.
The most highly publicized of the infamous Young British Artists, Emin has stirred as much controversy as she has acclaim, being both highly personal and extremely original in her art. Emin's work is engaging, titillating, disturbing, and startlingly confessional. One of her most famous pieces is Everyone I Ever Slept With 1963-1995, a tent appliquéd with names. Another notorious work, My Bed—the scene where she spent four days contemplating suicide—was exhibited at Tate Britain when the artist was short-listed for the Turner prize in 1999. Though denounced by conservative critics at the outset, Emin's work has attracted serious critical attention for more than a decade. In the words of Art in America, "What brought Emin to prominence was shock value, but what keeps her work powerful as she continues is the strength and nuance of its form and content." Compiled in close collaboration with the artist herself—and unprecedented in its scope—this is the definitive book on Emin, featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures, appliqués and embroideries, neon and video stills as well as her own writing.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
"Untitled" (2004) by Fabien Verschaere. Watercolour on paper, 25.5x20 ins (32x24 cm), signed and numbered at the back.
"Untitled" (2004) by Fabien Verschaere. Watercolour on paper, 25.5x20 ins (32x24 cm), signed and numbered at the back.
Fabien Verschaere (1975, Paris, France) lives and works in Paris. His exhibition entitled "Babe I'm On Fire" at Parker's Box in Brooklyn, NY opens next week, September 7th 2007.
The work of Fabien Verschaere is a personal mythology articulated mainly through drawing and watercolors. These paper works and wall drawings create an intimate theatre, where recurrent patterns, human figures (self-portraits, women), animals or objects blend with each other to result in a personal and imaginary world that evokes the human condition. Verschaere's strange configurations, confrontations of characters, situations and atmospheres provoke feelings of ambiguity towards our own relationship and the artist's relationship with this curious universe. The existence alluded to here seems attractive and repulsive, exotic and banal, sometimes dangerous or exciting, sometimes full of meaning, and at others derisory and insignificant. These constant shifts provide the work with its strong foundations, while propelling the spectator towards unexpected encounters.
Monday, August 27, 2007
An odalisque was a virgin female slave who could rise in status to be a concubine or a wife in Ottoman Seraglios. Most were part of the harem of the Turkish sultan. See also previous posts featuring odalisques.
Here's some ArtSpeak™, courtesy of Elizabeth Hastings, Liverpool Street Gallery:
Keeling’s beguiling, realist paintings capture suspended moments in fictional lives with a reverence for drama, suspense and elegance. Like film stills from an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Keeling’s isolated female figures are placed in a series of interiors where the space is either suffused with subtle, refracted light or illuminated by the harsh glare of an electric bulb. A film noir ambience is achieved with chiaroscuro effects and deep shadows which suggest an emotional and psychological undercurrent to the work. Yet the viewer is left to create their own narrative.
Here's a very nice photo of the artist herself: