Thursday, June 19, 2008
ANT 2 (1961) by YVES KLEIN. From an auction. It's estimated at 1.5 million USD.
Unlike other works in the Anthropométries series in which Klein choreographed painted models to leave bodily imprints on paper, in ANT 2 Klein arranged the model, lying face-down on paper, and sprayed blue pigment around the body to create a negative impression.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
"Darling! I Have so Many Times Told You Not to Take Photos of Me All the Time!" by Jaroslaw Kukowski, oil on board, 60x80 cm.
I''ll let fellow blogger Jahsonic defend this painting: "There are a 1001 reasons not to like Jarosław Kukowski , the first one probably that his art is kitsch. But so is Odd Nerdrum’s, John Currin’s, Hajime Sorayama’s and most other new figurative artists of the post-war era. There is only one reason not not to like Kukowski, and that is this Venus."
More desktop wallpaper sized paintings here.
Image: Sarah Chuldenko. Courtesy of Fake Estate. A provocative collision of buoyant breasts, carnivorous plants, topographic flesh, oil slicks, and roadside IED's, Chuldenko's sensational paintings simultaneously depict phoenix totems of creation and destruction, with a hint of irony.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wes Lang. Courtesy of ZieherSmith. Via.
Wes Lang dances through the bone-yard of America’s tattered narrative embracing both the darkness visible in gallows humor and the risky taunting of viewers in the face of their own taboos. Referencing the alternating pattern of American optimism and obliviousness, from the brash self-promotion and electric voice of Walt Whitman to the booze-fueled failure and heartbreak of Willie Nelson, Lang seeks the source of our duplicity by way of the traditions in our perversions and the pungent stink of our proudest moments. Expounding the violence inherent in our sexual, racial and cultural customs and all the passion of our literary, artistic and political legacies, Lang takes subject matter both canonical and vernacular at dead reckoning. In the end, he skirts political perils and pratfalls by exposing the contradictions in damning our distinctly American vision so steeped in assumptions of protection beyond the pale.