Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"La Femme Nue" (1982) by Robert Combas

Lot 173 "La Femme Nue" (1982) by Robert Combas. Acrylique sur papier. 159 x 120 cm. From an auction.

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

"Continental Edison" (1966) by Jean Pierre Ronzel

"Continental Edison" (1966) by Jean Pierre Ronzel.

French advertising photographer Jean-Pierre Rozel was the in-house photographer for Porsche and Volkswagen for thirty years.

Via Mrs. Deane

"Juliet Browner and Magaret Neiman, Los Angeles" (1948) by Man Ray

"Juliet Browner and Magaret Neiman, Los Angeles" (1948) by Man Ray (1890-1976). For sale at Artprice Store.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Alexandra" (1996) by Luciano Castelli

"Alexandra" (1996) by Luciano Castelli. Acrylic and gouache on paper. From an auction.

Friday, November 16, 2007

"The Aristocrats" (2007) by Lisa Yuskavage

"The Aristocrats" (2007) by Lisa Yuskavage. Oil on linen. 106.7cm x 104.1cm / 42 x 41 in. Source.

Her exhibition at greengrassi in London ends tomorrow!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Alina" (2007) by Frank Bauer

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

Two works by George Grosz

"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

"Mornington Crescent Nude" (1907) by Walter Sickert

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

"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.