Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul." - Edvard Munch
Born 150 years ago in Oslo, Munch’s childhood was plagued by a series of tragic events—the deaths of his mother and sister at a young age, and a younger sister diagnosed with mental disabilities—which would later influence the emotive nature of his work. In 1892, while living in Berlin, Munch’s work became famous when it was banned from the Verein Berliner Künstler exhibition, as it was considered an anarchistic provocation. Shortly following his newfound fame, Munch unveiled the most important work of his career, The Scream (1893). The painting represented Munch’s own neuroses, combined with fin-de-siècle anxiety felt throughout Europe.
In May 2012, Munch’s The Scream became the most expensive painting ever when is was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for $120 million.
A haunting rendition of a hairless figure on a bridge under a yellow-orange sky, The Scream has captured viewers’ imagination since the time of its making. One of four in a series by the Norwegian Expressionist artist, the other three versions of The Scream are all owned by Norwegian museums.
Isa Genzken at MoMA
While a mainstay of the international art circuit, Isa Genzken (German, b.1948) has remained largely absent from institutions on this side of the Atlantic.
In staging a major survey of her work from the past 40 years, The Museum of Modern Art brings Genzken’s inventive body of work to the forefront of New York’s male-dominated art world.
A morning with Post-Modernism, courtesy of artist Catherine Green, who is inspired by Piet Mondrian and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
The Top 300
It’s finally here! Our highly anticipated list of the top 300 most popular modern and contemporary artists around the world.
Turner Prize 2013
French artist Laure Prouvost has won Britain’s most prestigious art award, the Turner Prize. A surprise win, her work combines whimsical objects and drawings in poignant settings with an Instagram-like stream of film images.
The annual £25,000 award, which recognizes artists under 50 who were born in or are currently working in Britain, was presented to Ms. Prouvost last night in Northern Ireland — the first time the exhibition and ceremony took place outside England.
"I wasn’t expecting it at all, I was sure it was not me," said Prouvost, who has lived in London since coming to study at Central St. Martins arts college at the age of 18.
"Half of me feels British, I’ve been here half my life. My boyfriend is half British and my daughter is both. I feel adopted. It was really this country that let me grow."
"My Weimaraners are perfect fashion models. Their elegant, slinky forms are covered in gray - and gray, everyone knows, goes with anything."
- William Wegman
Artist William Wegman celebrates his 70th Birthday today. A dog lover, he is famed for creating a series of compositions featuring his endearing Weimaraners, Fay and Man Ray.
If you are close to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that’s all.
"If you are close to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that’s all." - James Rosenquist
Happy Birthday to James Rosenquist, who celebrates his 80th Birthday today!
Rosenquist is notorious for being the most openly political artist associated with the Pop Art movement. His fragmented imagery drew from many commercial, social, and political sources, often with sharply political implications.
During the Vietnam War, Rosenquist became more openly critical of the American military-industrial complex. This resulted in such controversial works as F-111 Bomber, which fuses images of the “American Dream” with darker suggestions of nuclear war, missiles, and the emblematic US fighter-bomber.
From his early days as a billboard painter to his recent masterful use of abstract painting techniques, Rosenquist continues to dazzle audiences and influence younger generations of artists.
Discovering Ruth Asawa
Born in Southern California to Japanese immigrants in 1926, Ruth Asawa studied at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina under Josef Albers, Merce Cunningham, and Buckminster Fuller.
In 1947, Asawa travelled to Mexico and learned basket weaving techniques, which later influenced her to create the crocheted wire sculptures which she is famed for today.
Happy Birthday Mr. Wesley
Artist John Wesley celebrates his 85th birthday today. Born in Los Angeles, Wesley is a self-taught artist who is famed for his bright, funny, minimalist and often unsettlingly erotic work.
After marrying artist Jo Baer, the couple moved to New York City, where Wesley become part of the Pop Art movement and maintained close friendships with Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.
Meeting Ms Campos-Pons
One of the most influential artists to emerge from Post-Revolutionary Cuba, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons joined us for breakfast at our New York office. Her work has been celebrated with numerous awards and has been included in top international venues such as The Venice Biennale, the Inaugural Liverpool Biennial, and Havana Biennial among.
Enjoy the interview!
Happy Birthday to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who was born on this day in 1864. Often described as an aristocratic, alcoholic dwarf who was known for his louche lifestyle, Toulouse-Lautrec was loosely associated with the Post-Impressionist movement, and best known for his extensive work in lithography and poster art.
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”
The famed Surrealist painter René Magritte was born on this day in 1898 in Belgium.
A major player in the Surrealist movement during the 1920s, Magritte frequently delved into mystical concepts and the disconnection between objects, people, and their meanings.
His paintings have a thought-provoking appeal that forces viewers to reexamine their own perceptions of reality.
Breakfast with Kimsooja
In our series of Artist Breakfasts, our latest features artist Kimsooja in conversation with curator Jane Farver.
Kimsooja’s diverse practice combines performance, video, photo, site-specific installation, sound, light and bundles of Korean bedcovers to investigate issues of displacement, the self, and the human condition. Kimsooja transformed this year’s Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with ‘To Breathe: Bottari’, a transcendental installation.