Exposition Art Blog: September 2016

Monumental Public Art Sculptures Tony Rosenthal

Bernard J. Rosenthal (August 9, 1914 - July 28, 2009),also known as Tony Rosenthal, was an American abstract sculptor.Tony Rosenthal was born August 9, 1914 in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago

 Best known for his Monumental Public Art Sculptures created over seven decades, Tony Rosenthal received his first Public Art Commission for a Figurative Sculpture for the 1939 World's Fair. Born Bernard Rosenthal, August 9, 1914, in Highland Park, Illinois, Tony Rosenthal passed away July 28, 2009, in Southampton, New York. While the Artist dedicated his life to Art; Rosenthal reluctantly attended Saturday Art classes at the insistence of his Mother, an Opera Singer, at the Chicago Art Institute, learning the craft of Sculpture, eventually becoming Studio Assistant. to Alexander Archipenko, the Modern Master.The 1960's were a significant turning point for Tony Rosenthal as he changed his Name from "Bernard Rosenthal" and abandoned Figurative Sculpture. Sam Kootz, Rosenthal's Art Dealer, who also represented Pablo Picasso, convinced Rosenthal to concentrate on creating Abstract Geometric Sculptures which won Rosenthal even wider acclaim. Sam Kootz also encouraged the Artist to use his nickname, "Tony", and since 1960, was professionally known and credited as Tony Rosenthal.(tonyrosenthal.com)

Olga Albizu

Olga Albizu Rosaly (1924–2005) was an abstract expressionist painter from Ponce, Puerto Rico.Albizu was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she studied painting with the Spanish painter Esteban Vicente from 1943 to 1947. She received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico in 1946. She moved to New York City on a fellowship for post-graduate work at the Art Students League in 1948. After that, she did further studies in Europe at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Later, she spent a year painting in the Provence as painters such as Van Gogh and Cézanne had done before her. In 1953 she returned to New York.Her works have been used in the artwork of various record covers, including a number of albums by Stan Getz.Wikipedia


Fashion inspired art of Jean-Michel Basquiat's

Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. He first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992.
Basquiat's art focused on "suggestive dichotomies", such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, and figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.
Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a "springboard to deeper truths about the individual",as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.Wikipedia

Neo-expressionism often explores social commentary and individuality using bold colors and violent, emotive lines, as if the artist threw the paint onto the canvas. Undoubtedly, neo-expressionism has also strongly influenced street art (and vice versa), through the use of crude materials and hasty production

Basquiat's work explores social commentary and dichotomies (such as wealth vs. poverty) through a mix of poetry, painting, and abstraction. Scull is a great representation of his style. Its mix of graffiti creates the powerful impression that the head is full of forms. The face is peeled off in areas, exposing teeth and bone without really showing it. Basquiat's abstract lines and shapes coalesce to form what looks like a skull.
This look is inspired by the bold colors and edgy subject matter of Basquiat's work. It's street-inspired fashion to reflect his street art roots. Let the shoes be the star of the show by keeping the rest of your outfit monochromatic. Pair a loose shirt with some skinny jeans or leggings to balance each other out. For a more edgy look, add a strappy bralette to peek out from under the shirt. Accessorize with some cage-shaped rings or a bracelet."(collegefashion.net)

Parisian street scenes Antoine Blanchard

Antoine Blanchard is the pseudonym under which the French painter Marcel Masson (15 November 1910 – 1988)[1] painted his immensely popular Parisian street scenes. He was born in a small village near the banks of the Loire
Blanchard received his initial artistic training at the Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Brittany. He then moved to Paris in 1932 where he joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He won the Prix de Rome.
Like Édouard Cortès (1882–1969) and Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854–1941), Antoine Blanchard essentially painted Paris and the Parisians in bygone days, often from vintage postcards. The artist began painting his Paris street scenes in the late 1950s, and like Cortès, often painted the same Paris landmark many times, in different weather conditions or various seasons. The most recurrent topics were views of the capital city in cloudy or rainy days, showing streets busy with pedestrians in a rush to go home, and bright storefronts reflecting on wet streets.
Antoine Blanchard died in 1988.Wikipedia

Tomie Ohtake

Tomie Ohtake (November 21, 1913 – February 12, 2015) was a Japanese naturalized Brazilian artist.Her work includes paintings, prints and sculptures. She was one of the main representatives of informal abstractionism in Brazil.
In 1936, when she was twenty-three years old, Ohtake traveled to Brazil to visit a brother but could not return due to World War II.Ohtake settled herself in São Paulo with her husband and started painting in 1951, after a visit to the studio of the painter Keisuke Sugano.She had her first exhibition in 1957, in the Salão Nacional de Arte Moderna and in 1961 she participated in the São Paulo Biennale. In 1972 she participated in the Prints section of the Venice Biennale and in 1978 of the Tokyo Biennale. She created dozens of public space sculptures from the late eighties; her work has been featured in several cities in Brazil, but especially in the state of São Paulo.
In 1988 Ohtake was awarded the Order of Rio Branco by the public sculpture commemorating the 80th anniversary of Japanese immigration in São Paulo, and in 2006 she was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit.
She died on February 12, 2015 at the age of 101.Wikipedia


Realism Basuki Abdullah

Basuki Abdullah (Surakarta, Central Java 25 January 1915 - Jakarta, 5 November 1993) was an Indonesian painter and a convert to Roman Catholicism from Islam. His work is characterized as realism and has been exhibited in the Indonesian National Gallery. He received formal training in The Hague. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia he was an art teacher. After the war he became known internationally, winning an art contest on the occasion of the accession in the Netherlands of Queen Juliana. His status in Indonesia provided an opportunity to paint the official portrait of President Suharto. Abdullah was beaten to death by three assailants during a break-in at his Jakarta home.Wikipedia