Franz Kline - Abstract Expressionist and Action Painting

Franz Kline was born on May 23, 1910, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He studied painting and drawing at Boston University (1931–35), and drafting and illustration at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, London (1937–38). After returning to the United States, he settled in New York, where he produced traditional cityscapes and interior scenes and, in the early 1940s, won awards at several National Academy of Design Annuals.Kline soon began experimenting with small black-and-white brush drawings after Willem de Kooning introduced him to abstraction. At the end of the decade, De Kooning’s use of a Bell-Opticon projector inspired Kline to project his brush drawings onto his studio wall, transforming them into large-scale ideograms. These experiments marked the beginning of Kline’s characteristic abstractions incorporating powerful lines and rapidly developed gestures of black paint on white ground.

 

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Claire Falkenstein

Claire Falkenstein ( July 22, 1908 – October 23, 1997) was an American sculptor, painter, printmaker, jewelry designer, and teacher, most renowned for her often large-scale abstract metal and glass public sculptures. Falkenstein was one of America's most experimental and productive twentieth-century artists.
Falkenstein relentlessly explored media, techniques, and processes with uncommon daring and intellectual rigor. Though she was respected among the burgeoning post–World War II art scene in Europe and the United States, her disregard for the commodification of art coupled with her peripatetic movement from one art metropolis to another made her an elusive figure.Falkenstein first worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, then in Paris and New York, and finally in Los Angeles. She was involved with art groups as radical as the Gutai Group in Japan and art autre in Paris and secured a lasting position in the vanguard, which she held until her death in 1997.An interest in Einstein's theories of the universe inspired Falkenstein to create sculptures from wire and fused glass that explored the concept of infinite space.

 

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Richard Stankiewicz- Abstract Sculptures

«Originally trained in engineering, Stankiewicz established his reputation in the 1950s as a master of witty junk assemblages. By 1969, however, he was using newly fabricated industrial elements such as cylinders and I-beams to fashion comparatively restrained abstractions. Australia No. 9, 1969, another work by Stankiewicz in Storm King’s collection, marks this turning point in his career. The sculpture is a result of a three-month visit to Australia, during which he had an opportunity to create work in a steel plant in Sydney. The experience provided Stankiewicz with an understanding of industrial steel manufacturing and new welding techniques, which profoundly impacted his practice. The artistic process was paramount for Stankiewicz, who once commented, “It isn’t the thing; it’s making the thing. Because in making the thing you are making yourself, and after you have made it you are a little bit changed and that’s the product, and the thing, it can go into the world.”

 

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Albert Szukalski - "Ghosts" - Contemporary Sculpture

Albert Szukalski (4 April 1945 in Furth im Wald – 25 January 2000 in Antwerp) was a Polish-Belgian visual artist who worked with the use of mixed media and sculpture. Szukalski was born 4 April 1945, Furth im Wald and died 25 January 2000, in Antwerp, Belgium.
Albert Szukalski, 1988 in Rhyolite, Nevada, with a photo of his sculpture „The Last Supper“Szukalski was best known as the sculptor of works that the artist termed “ghosts". Szukalski traveled to the Nevada desert in 1984 to create “The Last Supper” sculpture, considered to be the centerpiece of the Goldwell Open Air Museum near Rhyolite.

 

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Kurt Seligmann - Surrealism

Kurt Seligmann (1900–1962) was a Swiss-American Surrealist painter and engraver. He was known for his fantastic imagery of medieval troubadors and knights in macabre rituals and inspired by the carnival held annually in his native Basel, Switzerland. «Among those artists of the second generation of Surrealists, Kurt Seligmann has been largely neglected in recent decades by art historians, although he was highly regarded by curators and critics in the 1930s and 40s. This neglect may be explained partially by his eccentric imagery and by his somewhat academic approach, the latter in fact a reflection of his artistic and intellectual independence. He never identified exclusively with any particular ‘ism’, although he found some more plausible than others. What really concerned him was the quest for a synthesis of abstract and figurative modes within the scope of pictorial concerns.»

 

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Vladimír Boudník - Active and Structural Graphic Art

«Vladimír Boudník (17 March 1924 in Prague — 5 December 1968 in Prague) was a graphic artist, photographer and a key figure in Czech post-war art, and a representative of the „explosionism“ movement. He is best known for his active and structural graphic art, but also created mostly photographic and monotype works that, until recently, remained unknown..Boudník worked mostly in graphics, and developed a number of innovative printmaking techniques. He was also one of the first Czech artist to begin working with the general public, organizing „happenings“ and interacting with psychiatric patients.»

 

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Dan Flavin - Installations from fluorescent light fixtures

Dan Flavin (April 1, 1933, Jamaica, New York – November 29, 1996, Riverhead, New York) was an American minimalist artist famous for creating sculptural objects and installations from commercially available fluorescent light fixtures.
In the early ’60s he began to experiment with the use of fluorescent lights mounted on painted wood armatures. He became one of the first Minimalists, concerned with real space as a formal device, industrial materials, and simplified forms. He used factory-made fluorescent lights in standard lengths and colours, thereby taking light as a found object. Flavin would use this basic format for the rest of his career, varying the number and scale of his pieces on the basis of space.

 

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Jerzy Duda-Gracz - Culture of Poland

«Jerzy Duda-Gracz painter, illustrator, graphic artist and scenographer. Born on March 20th, 1941 in Częstochowa. Died on November 5th, 2004 in Łagów.He graduated from the Graphic Faculty at the Katowice-branch of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.
Duda-Gracz's art contains elements of both grotesque and irony on one hand and of sentimentalism and nostalgia on the other. The latter derives from a world which, in the painter's own words, 'departs, dies, which has more in common with the world of dreams, childhood memories' – the 'post-industrial landscape world'. He is, however, known primarily for works with more bitter overtones which comment on the socio-political reality of the past decades, beginning with the communist-era Poland and ending with the beginnings of the transformation.»

 

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Franciszek Starowieyski - Surrealism

Franciszek Andrzej Bobola Biberstein-Starowieyski (July 8, 1930, in Bratkówka, Poland – February 23, 2009) was a Polish artist.«Endowed with a baroque imagination, Starowieyski is highly adept at combining sensuous forms with intellectual messages, producing unexpected effects and shocking surrealist visions. His art is exquisitely ornamental and uses a plethora of unique metaphors and an individual system of signs originating from his beloved baroque esthetics. His paintings reveal a fascination with the sensuous, Rubensian female bodies and convey a reflection on passing and death. Saturated with grotesque and humour, his art combines the real world with creations of his rampant imagination and makes ostentatious references to the 17th century masters. Starowieyski, who is a master of drawing, says of himself,
    „Ever since I remember, drawing has been my language. It best expresses my thoughts“.

 

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