Egg tempera on cotton on plywood
With paintings that combine serenity and energy with a dash of voyeurism, Benjamin Senior is a rising star of Britain’s figurative painting scene. Focusing primarily on the female form, Senior explores the actions of sports and leisure. Patterns and graphic shapes are foregrounded in Senior’s subtly flattened spaces, inspired as much by contemporary life as by the Renaissance and twentieth-century Modernism. Senior works in the ancient medium of egg tempera: hand-mixing egg yolks with colored pigments in his studio, in time-honored fashion, to create a fast-drying emulsion. This thin tempera paint allows Senior to create his luminous, light-filled scenes of rest and play.
Storage stories. “Anything can be painted without representation.”
White Flower, by Agnes Martin, is a composition of freely drawn grids, fragile, almost dissolving lines, and hushed tones that require quiet contemplation in order for the subtleties of the painting be revealed. The compositions are emphatically nonhierarchical; no one component is privileged over another. Unlike the more rigidly formulaic art of much Minimalist work, there is nothing systematic about Martin’s use of the grid; the arrangement of coordinates shifts in scale and rhythm from work to work.
White Flower, 1960
Oil on canvas,
71 7/8 x 72 inches (182.6 x 182.9 cm)
Vale #tbt no domingo?? Há exatamente um ano que conhecemos uma das obras mais icônicas de um dos meus arquitetos preferidos, Frank Lloyd Wright. ♥️ O museu Guggenheim tem um formato cilindrico com suas rampas interiores em espiral regado por uma iluminação natural através de uma abóboda de vidro no topo de seu átrio central.
Para quem for e se interessar por arquitetura é um dos pontos obrigatórios no roteiro. ✈️📝🇺🇸
Mahogany, leather, bronze, gilding
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts @vmfamuseum
A prominent member of the School of Nancy, Jacques Gruber was one of its premier designers, cabinetmakers, and stained-glass artists. Gruber enjoyed prestige as a professor at the School of Decorative Arts in Nancy. His furniture designs are based on faithful recreations of nature, and this desk and chair appear to stem gracefully from the earth. He also excelled in the design and execution of stained-glass windows, an example of which can be seen above his desk in this bay.
“I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me.” (Franz Kline)
I love the way this painting conveys Kline’s energy and spirit through its bold, gestural brushstrokes that dance effortlessly across the canvas. Kline’s artistic practice is often misunderstood and oversimplified by the casual viewer. Most people assume that his paintings are simply a collection of improvised black marks against a primed white canvas. However, Kline’s paintings were meticulously planned and reworked, and consist of several layers of black and white paint. This detailed layering results in a tension that makes each painting come alive in the face of the viewer. As Kline explained himself, “People sometimes think I take a white canvas and paint a black sign on it, but this is not true. I paint the white as well as the black, and the white is just as important.”
As I mentioned, Kline planned his paintings beforehand with preliminary drawings and sketches. This particular work was based on a small drawing he made on a page from a telephone book. While painting the final version, Kline projected this drawing onto the canvas so that he could copy it perfectly. I think this is really interesting because it clashes with our assumptions that abstract expressionist painting was mainly improvised and spontaneous.
Another unique aspect of this painting is that Kline incorporated collage elements, fixing sheets of paper to the canvas and then painting over them with layers of black paint. This detail might reference the phone-book sketch the work was based on. Lastly, this work is titled after a small town near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — where Kline lived as a child. Hence, even though it is abstract, the title suggests this painting might represents the hilly landscapes of Pennsylvania, or perhaps more fittingly, the grit and fortitude of American coal country.