Abstraction and Color Field painting Walter Darby Bannard

Walter Darby Bannard (September 23, 1934 – October 2, 2016) was an American abstract painter.Bannard was born in New Haven, Connecticut and attended Phillips Exeter Academy (class of 1952) and Princeton University, where he struck up a friendship and working relationship with Frank Stella, who was also interested in minimalist abstraction. He was associated with Modernism, Lyrical Abstraction, Minimalism, Formalism (art), Post-painterly Abstraction and Color Field painting.Bannard’s first solo show was at the Tibor de Nagy gallery in January, 1965 and he had exhibitions there until 1970. He began showing at the Lawrence Rubin Gallery, and then in 1974 at the Knoedler Contemporary Gallery, where he showed for the next 15 years. Currently he shows at the Loretta Howard Gallery and the Berry Campbell Gallery in New York City, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles and the Center for Visual Communication in Miami, Florida. He has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries nationally and internationally. In Europe, he is exclusively represented by Roberto Polo Gallery in Brussels. Bannard's last solo exhibition was within the context of Painting After Postmodernism | Belgium — USA, curated by Barbara Rose, and organised by Roberto Polo Gallery in collaboration with the city of Brussels. This venue opened at the historic Vanderborght building in Brussels on September 14th, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abstract paintings minimalist and expressionist styles - Jake Berthot

Jake Berthot (1939–2014) was an American artist whose abstract paintings contained elements of both the minimalist and expressionist styles.
Berthot began his career making abstract paintings in the minimalist tradition. He would apply a thick painterly surface to large shaped canvases that were seen to employ the reductive means of minimalism, but expressing instead of restraining emotion.Despite its simplicity of means, his work was said to deal «more in feelings than in analysis.»Painted in 1969, «Lovella's Thing» is a good example of his style at this time. Shortly before his death, Berthot explained the way in which it evolved: «With Lovella's Thing I originally thought of painting the middle a flat, blank color, but when I got into it, putting down a lot of acrylic washes, I just started to paint it in a more felt way. So it became a kind of dialect between something very concrete and something very felt. I liked the blunt presence the shape had on the wall and then penetrating the surface in the middle in what I suppose could be called a Rothkoesque kind of way.»
In the mid-1970s Berthot's style evolved. His work continued to have a painterly, lyrical quality, but he added bright colors to the muted palette of earlier work and introduced rectangular bars and ovals into canvases that were now simple rectangles.Regarding the bars, he later said that he worked to uncover the tension points, or focal points, that were inherent in the vertical and horizontal axes of a grid. He said he sought «a balance between the object and the opening,» and thereby «to gradually achieve balance between my two influences: the systemic and the felt.» «Yellow Bar With Red,» of 1977 is typical of paintings in this period. Another well-known painting from this period, «Walken's Ridge,» 1975-1976, is somewhat unusual. Although a pure abstraction, it has the size and shape of Monet's Water Lily paintings—14 feet wide in two equal sections— and has, as Berthot said, the feel of a landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Abstraction - Jack Whitten

Jack Whitten (December 5, 1939 – January 20, 2018)was an American abstract painter. In 2016, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts.Whitten was born in 1933 in Bessemer, Alabama.Planning a career as an army doctor, Whitten entered pre-medical studies at Tuskegee Institute from 1957 to 1959. He also traveled to nearby Montgomery, Alabama to hear Martin Luther King, Jr speak during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was deeply moved by his vision for a changed America.In 1960, Whitten went to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to begin studying art and became involved in Civil Rights demonstrations there. Angered by the violent resistance to change he experienced he moved to New York City in 1960. He enrolled immediately at the Cooper Union, graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine art in 1964.Afterwards he remained in New York as a working artist, heavily influenced by the abstract expressionists then dominating the art community.Whitten's work was featured in the Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972. The Whitney mounted a solo exhibition of his paintings in 1974. He has also had individual shows at numerous private galleries and universities, including a 10-year retrospective in 1983 at the Studio Museum in Harlem and an exhibition of memorial paintings in 2008 at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.Throughout his career, Whitten concerned himself with the techniques and materials of painting and the relationship of artworks to their inspirations. At times he has pursued quickly-applied gestural techniques akin to photography or printmaking. At other times the deliberative and constructive hand is evident. The New York Times labeled him the father of a «new abstraction»

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. They first met in Paris in October 1958 when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude's mother. They then fell in love through creating art work together.Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile (39 km)-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park.Credit was given to «Christo» only, until 1994, when the outdoor works and large indoor installations were retroactively credited to «Christo and Jeanne-Claude.»They flew in separate planes: in case one crashed, the other could continue their work.Jeanne-Claude died, aged 74, on November 18, 2009, from complications of a brain aneurysm.Although their work is visually impressive and often controversial as a result of its scale, the artists have repeatedly denied that their projects contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic impact. The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to create works of art for joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes. Art critic David Bourdon has described Christo's wrappings as a «revelation through concealment.» To his critics Christo replies, «I am an artist, and I have to have courage… Do you know that I don't have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they're finished. Only the preparatory drawings, and collages are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seund Ja Rhee - Abstract art

Seund Ja Rhee ( June 3, 1918 – March 8, 2009) was a South Korean painter, printmaker and ceramist. She was a prolific artist with more than 1,000 paintings, 700 prints, 250 ceramics, and numerous drawings. She exhibited mainly in France and in South Korea, with 84 solo exhibitions and almost 300 group exhibitions during her lifetime. In 1958, she moved to Tourrettes, Var (France) where she finally built the «Milky Way», a large atelier and exhibition room.
Born in Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do in Korea under Japanese rule, Rhee studied in Jinju Girls' High School before moving to Japan to attend Jissen Women's University in Tokyo in 1938. In 1938, she returned home and married. In 1951, she was separated from her three sons by the Korean War. Then she left for Paris, where she entered the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in 1953 to study under Yves Brayer and Henri Goetz. In 1958, she moved to Tourrettes, Var, where she used a stone shepherd's cottage for her atelier. In 1996, she built the «Milky Way», a larger atelier, in the Korean style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abstract-minimalist constructivism Carel Nicolaas Visser

Carel Nicolaas Visser (Papendrecht, Netherlands May 3, 1928 — Le Fousseret, France March 1, 2015) was a Dutch sculptor. He is considered an important representative of Dutch abstract-minimalist constructivism in sculpture.From 1948 until 1949 Visser studied architecture at the Technical University in Delft and subsequently from 1949 until 1951 sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague. After study in England and France, he settled as an independent artist in 1952 in Amsterdam.
Carel Visser is seen as one of the most important constructivist sculptors of the Netherlands. His later work is characterized by the assembly of a variety of materials, such as tires, oil drums, car windows, leather, sheepskin, eggs and so on. He made organized connections, a kind of assemblages, with this so-called great and sometimes small objets trouvés (found objects). Some of his work has been compared to a musical composition in which repetition and variation play an important role.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Milena Olesinska - Abstract painting

Oil painting on canvas 140 cm x 100 cm

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Gutai group of avant-garde artists - Kazuo Shiraga

Kazuo Shiraga  (Japanese, 1924–2008)  was a Japanese artist best known for his performative painting practice. Shiraga’s gestural style was influenced by American Abstract Expressionism and indicative of his participation in the Gutai avant-garde movement. The object of Gutai was to allow action and everyday life into the creation of dynamic artworks. The artist would suspend himself over his canvases, swinging back and forth, creating marks with his feet, creating a unique texture and thickness to his abstract swirls and splatters. “I want to paint as though rushing around a battlefield, exerting myself to collapse from exhaustion,” the artist once proclaimed. Born on August 12, 1924 in Amagasaki, Japan, he graduated from the Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting in 1948, and joined the Gutai group in 1954. In a seminal early work, Challenge to the Mud (1955), the artist explored the gesture of sculpting clay by throwing himself and contorting his semi-naked body in a pit of mud. Through the following decades, Shiraga continued to work on activating art through moving a body in space. He died on April 8, 2008 in Amagasaki, Japan. Today, the artist’s works are included in the collections of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Hiroshima City Museum of Art, among others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magda Frank — Modern sculpture

Magda Frank Fischer (July 20, 1914 – June 23, 2010) was a Hungarian-Argentine sculptor. She was born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, which at that time belonged to Hungary but in 1918, was incorporated into Romania. Because of Nazi persecution, she left Hungary to settle in Switzerland. Years later, she moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian. In 1950, she arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina to visit her brother, her only living family member. Here, she was appointed professor at the Artes Visuales de Buenos Aires and exhibited at the Galería Pizarro. She participated in the Premio Palanza Buenos Aires. She received the Benito Quinquela Martín award at the Eduardo Sívori Museum, and was honored by the Argentine Senate. Her works are part of the collections at the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Paris, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. Frank resettled in Argentina in 1995 and built the Magda Frank House Museum in the Saavedra barrio at Vedia 3546. She died in 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CoBrA arts movement - Charlotte 'Lotti' van der Gaag

«Lotti van der Gaag was born as Charlotte van der Gaag on the 18th of December 1923 in The Hague. She was an active sculptor and painter. Lotti was at the Haagse Vrije Academie (The Free Academy of the Hague) with Livinus van de Bundt till 1949 and she almost entirely devoted herself to sculpturing.* Next to sculpturing and painting, she always continued to draft drawings. She never officially became a member of the CoBrA movement, but because of her affiliation with CoBrA’s art she was considered as part of the ‘experimentals’ and she exposed her works beside them. She shared the same atelier building with Karel Appel (1921-2006) and Corneille (1922-2010) in Paris. In 1948, before she even knew the artworks of CoBrA, she began to sculpt in a spontaneous manner strange and often constricting fantasy creatures in clay. Especially her reliefs in terra cotta, with which she made her debut in 1949, and her drawings translated through the utilization of a primitivistic impact of the subjects that surround the CoBrA myth.* The oeuvre of Lotti played a remarkable role in the informal, abstract-expressionistic art from after 1945, because of the emphasis on the raw matter that broke apart from its natural form and the vital expression that was exalted to become a goal on its own. Sometimes strange-like crossings arose between polyp-like forms of plants and animals, that suddenly turned out as birds of prey or forest spirits. She left for Paris at the end of 1950 where she began to make drawings. ...»


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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