Outsider Art by Henry Darger ‘In the Realms of the Unreal’ – part 2

This is the continuation of part 1 of the article on the Outsider Art of Henry Darger. This first part of the article includes a detailed biography of Henry Darger and a description of his Outsider Art making methods. Here are the remainder of the video clips. At the end of the article, after the […]

Rene Magritte’s Surrealism: Meticulous, Witty Illusions

“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”. Who has not heard of the text on this very famous painting, ‘La Trahison des Images’? It was painted by the Belgium surrealist pioneer, René Magritte. La Trahison des Images Rene Magritte Exactly two years ago I was lucky to see a wonderful show at the Los Angeles County Museum […]

What’s New with Edvard Munch?

There are two exciting news items with respect to Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch this November. First, Edvard Munch’s rare painting “Love and Pain” just sold for $34 million at the Sotheby’s auction in New York on November 3, 2008. The artwork depicts a pale red-headed woman leaning over and passionately clutching a man on her […]

The Realist Art of American Artist Andrew Wyeth

The American painter Andrew Newell Wyeth was born July 12, 1917. He is currently one of the more popular artists in the country. Christina’s World (1948; in Museum of Modern Art, New York City), is a most famous 20th century American artwork. Wyeth is a realist painter producing regional art. Andrew was lucky enough to […]

The Complex Simplicity of Henri Rousseau’s Art

By Jessica Cander A few basic, descriptive words can define a person’s reputation in a mere brush stroke. Naïve, childlike, primitive – words like these have lived on long after the renowned French painter Henri Rousseau has left this world. Yet time and time again they are the tidbits of vocabulary, or the glaring labels […]

The History of Airbrushing

Since World War I, many artists and painters have implemented modern technology into their art form. Airbrushes and the development of their use began its popularity almost literally at the same time in Europe and the United States. These movements were started by both Man Ray (New York City) and Wassily Kandinsky at the Bauhaus […]

Pop Artist Peter Max

Pop Artist Peter Max, like his contemporary Andy Warhol, had his artistic way with iconic figures. While Andy Warhol captured Marilyn and Liz in Day-Glo glory, Peter Max caught the visages of the Statue of Liberty, the Mona Lisa and George Washington in vibrant Technicolor. They both took a turn with Mick Jagger. But Max […]

Pop Art Forerunner Robert Rauschenberg died at 82

The American artist Robert Rauschenberg passed away May 13 at age 82. Rauschenberg gained fame in the 1950s transition from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. Several of his works — including “Canyon,” which featured a stuffed bald eagle affixed to a canvas; “Monogram,” a stuffed Angora goat on top of a painted panel; and “Bed,” […]

Abstract Painting – Art Without Meaning ?

Abstract Painting has meaning, not the borrowed meaning of depicted objects. Rather the important and different meaning of high art from the most creative of pursuits.

Outsider Art – Is It Really Art? – part 2

Continuation of part 1 of the article: Naive and Primitive Artists Dubuffet was working with the mentally ill artists, while “Outsider Art” outside of France was known to be a much more general term. It included not just the psychotic art, but also naive, self-taught, and primitive art as well. On the American scene in […]