Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) was not only a renowned Abstract painter, but was also an influential art theorist, well-known for his ties to the historical German Bauhaus School.
After the closing of Bauhaus by the oppressive Nazi regime, Kandinsky moved to France, where he would live until his death in Neuilly-sur-Seine, leaving behind an incomparable Abstract Art legacy.
Kandisky’s 1920 work, Ohne Titel, is now available on artnet Auctions.
With so many exhibitions opening today, we’re absolutely spoiled with choices!
Wasily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia, Robert Delaunay and many more are celebrated in Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, marking the centennial of this bold new type of artwork.
The exhibition brings together many of the most influential works in abstraction’s early history and covers a wide range of artistic production, making it a must-see show in the new year!
Spotlight on Jules Olitski
“As we all know, inspiration, like love, can’t be induced. If we are fortunate, it will happen, falling upon us like a gift from the gods”—excerpt from the essay The Courage of Conviction.
We worked with The Jules Olitski Estate to publish this online catalogue of the American abstract artist’s biography, artwork, exhibitions, and more.
RIP Paul Jenkins
Famed American Abstract Expressionist artist Paul Jenkins died June 9, 2012, he was 89 years old.
Happy Birthday, Ellsworth Kelly
Contemporary painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly, famed for his panels of saturated color, turns 88 today!
His latest exhibition, Plant Drawings, opens at the Metropolitan Museum on June 5th.
Happy Birthday, Robert Ryman
American Minimalist and Conceptual painter Robert Ryman was born today in Nashville, TN, in 1930.
Born Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, WOLS was born on this day in Berlin, in 1913.
Though not successful in his lifetime, WOLS became recognized as a hugely important painter and photographer after his death.
Gunter Sachs Collection in London
Preview today’s important sale at Sotheby’s London: The Gunter Sachs Collection Evening Auction, featuring works by Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, and many others.
Kelly’s Tree of Consanguinity
Robert Kelly’s oil and collage mixed media painting, Tree of Consanguinity XII (Black Sheep) (1996), demonstrates the intricacy with which Kelly executes his works, exploring the balance of space through built-up layers and interactive forms. It alludes to ideas of kinship through the subtle inclusion of initials, antique papers, and historical elements collaged into a single composition. Varied blue squares float above an intimate field of calligraphic notations and delicate color, wedding Bauhaus ideals and Constructivist forms with Contemporary abstraction.
Andy Warhol’s Self-portrait (c.1977) is a rare and unique screenprint, only available until this Tuesday, at 10:40 a.m. (EST).
This iconic work fuses elements of movement and abstraction to capture the king of Pop Art moving in slow motion.
Abstraction After Warhol
Jeffrey Deitch’s hand-crafted Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Happy Birthday, Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper (1936–2010) wasn’t just an Academy Award-nominated actor, director, screenwriter, and notorious bad boy. He was also a visual artist who created acclaimed photographs, paintings, prints, and even the cover art for the Ike & Tina Turner/Phil Spector collaboration, River Deep—Mountain High.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hopper’s photographs have a casually cinematic quality to them, whether focusing on his famous friends and fellow artists—such as these portraits of James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol (and that’s Warhol’s portrait of Hopper, top left)—or strangers, as in his iconic Biker Couple (1961).
Happy Birthday, Jean Fautrier
French Modern painter and sculptor Jean Fautrier (1898–1964) was born on this day in 1898.
Happy Birthday, Jasper Johns
The American Contemporary painter and printmaker Jasper Johns was born 83 years ago today, in Georgia.