"So I turned instinctively to documentary cinema. It allows for lighter equipment and more independence. I discovered the working methods of Robert Flaherty and Johan van der Keuken: intimacy with the subject, immersion and long term work. They were searching for unpredictability to inject life into their movies. That was what I wanted also".
"My work questions the volatile nature of the stuff we’re surrounded with everyday. I try to tell an urban story in a wayward manner, with the recurring theme of the strange interaction between language and matter. I have an ongoing fascination with symbols, icons and puzzles".
American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein shook up the art world with his comic-strip inspired paintings and his bold reproductions of cartoon characters. He took images from popular culture, and reproduced them in his art to create new contexts and meanings, becoming one of the most famous pop artists of all time. Lichtenstein also made sculpture, prints and ceramics, but is best remembered for his painted works.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels is back in the news again, just weeks after it emerged that there were on-going problems caused by leaking roofs, the institution now faces issues with climate control that are putting priceless Dutch artworks in jeopardy.
Carlos Cruz-Diez dedicated his life to solving a problem never before thought of in art history: how to free color from form. Simply coming up with this question meant understanding art and color in a different way.
"Graffiti is something to have fun with, but it also has a serious message. That’s why I don’t consider myself a graffiti artist anymore. For me, real graffiti artists are on the streets every day, tagging all around, sending messages...I like to observe, to hang with street artists. I truly respect them. My main goal is always to make people think - think about themselves, think about the city with a funny or sarcastic taste. In the end, its art, and for me, art is all about happiness".
Born on December 28, 1865, Félix Vallotton was a Swiss French painter and a lover of the theatre. His theatrical, stage-like paintings have often been overlooked by Western critics, but his ability to capture images that seem to suggest something unsaid, something lurking beneath the surface, paved the way for several European and American artists including Edward Hopper.
"I think that art has not such a social role that contemporary society would like us to believe. Especially when it is used as a substitute to real politic or education to try to badly fix a certain lack of social cohesion, economical fragility or cultural poverty. At this level, society's expectations of the unifying and restorative potential of art (and artists) are totally disproportionate".
The market for Russian art is one of the strangest in the auction world. It plays out in London – for the quasi-exclusive benefit of Russian dealers and collectors who jet in from Moscow. Its biggest sellers are artists beloved by Russians – who, to international collectors, appear little-known and over-priced. The market is not the preserve of Sotheby’s and Christie’s – but also involves their smaller cousins Bonhams and family firm MacDougall’s, launched in 2004 exclusively to sell Russian art.
Colombian artist Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar painted and sculpted what in his eyes are reality’s essential forms. Ramírez Villamizar (1923) knew his creations depended on his ability to identify when to stop working and researching for the piece he was constructing had no excesses nor was there anything missing from it.
"Outdoor sculpture is hardly an over-reported area of the Art Market so, when I heard that an international selling-show was taking place this Summer on top of a Normandy cliff, I set off to investigate. Not just any old cliff: the cliff in Etretat where Claude Monet painted his famous Impressionist seascapes in the 1880s.".
O’Keeffe herself often commented that the colour and form of the flowers was more important than the subject matter, suggesting that she was interested in the natural form and capturing its beauty. Several feminist critics have praised O’Keeffe’s work as capturing feminist themes far ahead of their time. Certainly, in the era in which she was working, O’Keeffe was in a male-dominated world and was repeatedly reminded of her gender and otherness as she moved through the art world.
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