Thornton Dial

«Thornton Dial, (born Sept. 10, 1928, Emelle, Ala.—died Jan. 25, 2016, McCalla, Ala.), American artist who created powerfully evocative assemblages, sculptures, collages, paintings, and drawings that reflected his personal history and events in the world. Dial had little formal schooling and did farm work as a child. When he was about 12 years old, he was sent to live with a relative in Bessemer, Ala., and he engaged in a variety of work, including carpentry and house painting, as a teen. He later became a metal worker at the Pullman Standard railroad-car manufacturing plant. Throughout his adult life he created assemblages, which he called “things,” out of found and discarded objects, possibly inspired by similar pieces made and displayed in rural front yards in parts of the South. In 1987 another folk artist, Lonnie Holley, introduced Dial to the collector William Arnett, who was on a mission to find and preserve vernacular African American art. In 1990 an exhibition of Dial’s work, “Thornton Dial: Ladies of the United States,” was mounted by Kennesaw State College (now Kennesaw State University) in Marietta, Ga. Numerous solo and group exhibitions followed, notably the traveling art show “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial,” which started at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2011 and concluded at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2013. His notable works include the sculpture Lost Cows (2000–01), made from the bones of cattle, and Don’t Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together (2003), in which bits of fabric were assembled to take on the appearance of a flag. Collections of Dial’s works were housed in such museums as the American Folk Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.»

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sun Tunnels Nancy Holt

Sun Tunnels is located in the Great Basin Desert outside of the ghost town of Lucin, Utah at 41.303501°N 113.863831°W. The work is a product of Holt’s interest in the great variation of intensity of the sun in the desert compared to the sun in the city.Holt searched for and found a site which was remote and empty.
    «It is a very desolate area, but it is totally accessible, and it can be easily visited, making Sun Tunnels more accessible really than art in museums… A work like Sun Tunnels is always accessible… Eventually, as many people will see Sun Tunnels as would see many works in a city — in a museum anyway.»
The work consists of four massive concrete tunnels (18 feet long and nine feet in diameter), which are arranged in an “X” configuration to total a length of 86 feet (26 m). Each tunnel reacts to the sun differently, aligned with the sunrise, sunset, of the summer or winter solstice. Someone visiting the site would see the tunnels immediately with their contrast to the fairly undifferentiated desert landscape. Approaching the work, which can be seen one to one-and-a-half miles away, the viewer’s perception of space is questioned as the tunnels change views as a product of their landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Industrial photography O.Winston Link

Ogle Winston Link (December 16, 1914 – January 30, 2001), known commonly as O. Winston Link, was an American photographer. He is best known for his black-and-white photography and sound recordings of the last days of steam locomotive railroading on the Norfolk & Western in the United States in the late 1950s. A commercial photographer, Link helped establish rail photography as a hobby. He also pioneered night photography, producing several well known examples including Hotshot Eastbound, a photograph of a steam train passing a drive-in movie theater, and Hawksbill Creek Swimming Hole showing a train crossing a bridge above children bathing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ceramic art Hans Coper

Hans Coper (8 April 1920 – 16 June 1981), was an influential German-born British studio potter. His work is often coupled with that of Lucie Rie due to their close association, even though their best known work differs dramatically, with Rie's being less sculptural, while Coper's was much more abstract, but also always functional. The latter point was noted by M. S. Thomas in his recent book «The Essential Potness.» Coper always made functional vessels, principally containers for flowers (vases), fruit (bowls), candles (candle holders) including work for Coventry Cathedral and Sussex University meeting house. He made a small group of Figures in the fifties, which were not vessels and were never put on sale (see Tony Birks).
Coper was born in Chemnitz, Germany, and fled to Britain in 1939. He was interned as an enemy alien, and held in Canada for two years; on return to Britain in 1942, he served as a conscientious objector in the Non-Combatant Corps. In 1946, with no previous experience in ceramics, he began working as an assistant in the studio of Lucie Rie. It is from this time you will find tea sets and cups and saucers made by both Rie and Coper. By the time he left in 1958 to establish his own studio at Digswell House in Hertfordshire, he was already well known as a potter in his own right, experimenting with much more abstract forms that were at the time considered very ahead of their time. Because of the success of his work, he went on to become a leading figure in the 20th century studio pottery movement. Throughout the 1960s he taught pottery at the Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He died in Frome, Somerset in 1981 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Czech modern painting Mikuláš Medek

Mikuláš Medek (November 3, 1926 in Praha — August 23, 1974 in Praha) was a Czech painter. He was a grandson of impressionist painter Antonín Slavíček, son of general of the Czechoslovak Army and catholic writer Rudolf Medek and brother of journalist Ivan Medek. He is considered one of the most important exponents of the Czech modern painting in the post-war period.He was the husband of the photographer Emila Medková
«Medek’s paintings are pervaded with the theme of human destiny: they consider all fates as one great, internally cohesive whole and speak to them with startling urgency. In complex structures of signification and ambiguously multifarious symbols, Mikuláš Medek constructs original visual metaphors for humanity’s existence, in its tragic yet equally grotesque, absurd, painful, and secretive dimensions. The thematic depth and the expressive force of line and colouration here form an indissoluble entity, giving the impression that Medek’s paintings have arisen as a rare and magical revelation of the painting craft and the creative spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polish abstract painting Stefan Gierowski

«Painter and draughtsman. A prominent representative of contemporary painting avant-garde, described as a classic of Polish modernity. He was born on 21st May, 1925 in Częstochowa.Between 1945-48, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, in the workshops of Zbignew Pronaszko and Karol Frycz. He simultaneously studied history of art at the Jagiellonian University, under the supervision of Vojeslav Molè. In 1949, he moved to Warsaw. Between 1956-61, he cooperated with the Krzywe Koło Gallery, run by Marian Bogusz. From 1962 to 1996, he was an educator at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where between 1975-81, he worked as a dean of the Painting Faculty, while in 1983 he was chosen as the rector-elect, however the martial law authorities explicitly refused his candidacy. In 1980s, he was associated with the “independent culture” circles. In 1980, he received the highest Professorial title.
In 1981, he was a member of the Organising Committee of the Congress of Polish Culture. In 1980, he was the recipient of the Jan Cybis Award. He lives in Konstancin near Warsaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nam June Paik - Visual artist and video art

Nam June Paik ( July 20, 1932 – January 29, 2006) was a Korean American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the founder of video art. He is credited with an early usage (1974) of the term «electronic super highway» in application to telecommunications.Born in Seoul in 1932, the youngest of five siblings, Paik had two older brothers and two older sisters. His father (who in 2002 was revealed to be a Chinilpa) owned a major textile manufacturing firm. As he was growing up, he was trained as a classical pianist. In 1950, Paik and his family had to flee from their home in Korea, during the Korean War. His family first fled to Hong Kong, but later moved to Japan. Six years later he graduated from the University of Tokyo where he wrote a thesis on the composer Arnold Schoenberg.
Paik then moved to West Germany to study music history with composer Thrasybulos Georgiades at Munich University. While studying in Germany, Paik met the composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage and the conceptual artists George Maciunas, Joseph Beuys and Wolf Vostell and was from 1962 on, a member of Fluxus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Modern Art Giuseppe Spagnulo

Giuseppe Spagnulo (28 December 1936 – 15 June 2016) was an Italian sculptor.Spagnulo's sculptural style is characterized by the massive dimensions of his sculptures, often made of iron and whose subjects are generally abstract and tend to conceptualism.In the 1990s he started focusing on other materials, such as terracotta and steel. Many of his work are on display in public places in cities such as Rome, Bochum, Venice and Milan


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Umberto Milani - Italian visual artist

Umberto Milani was an Italian visual artist who was born in 1912. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Vibrazione rosea' sold at Sotheby's Milan 'Modern & Contemporary Art' in 2007 for $18,204. The artist died in 1969.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art For Sale Corné Akkers

 «1969, born in Nijmegen. My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. Corné employs a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. His favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. He states that it’s not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It’s the tonal quality that is ever present in his work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. Corné combines figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.»...........More

 Exhibitions:

2007 — Galerie Het Licht' at Valkenswaard, Netherlands
2008 — Museum 'Marishuis' at Heumen, Netherlands
2009 — Gallery Globe, Nijmegen
2012 — Flowerport at Shanghai, China
2015 — Gallery Phyodos, The Hague
2015 — Gallery Dabekaussen, Sittard
2015 — Gallery Brugman — Voorburg
2016 — Museum of Contemporary Art, Artplu — Shanghai, China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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