really really really my favourite things. i’m sure i’ve harped on about them enough hey? if someone could teleport me to the national portrait gallery in london right now i’d be a very happy woman indeed. well, here are some more i have been staring at recently… click on the images for sources / artist
i have always really loved land art (strijdom van der merwe is a particular favourite), and i know some people might scoff at the concept but most of the time i find it more interesting to look at than traditional sculpture… perhaps it’s just my tiny inner hippy that finds it appealing. i discovered richard shilling recently, imagine going for a walk in the forest and discovering one of these beauties…
sotheby’s is having an auction of impressionist & modern art on 22 june. thought i’d pick out my favourites and see what they’re going for…
henri matisse – oudalisques jouant aux dames : £10,000,000 – £15,000,000
andré derain – arbres a collioure : £9,000,000 – £14,000,000
edouard manet - bouquet de pivoines : £4,000,000 – £6,000,000
egon schiele - portrait of eva freund : £250,000 – £350,000
tauba auerbach manipulates large pieces of raw canvas into various configurations through folding or rolling. she then lays the canvas out flat and paints its surface with an industrial spray gun aimed at different angles to achieve a trompe l’oeil effect… examine the works’ surfaces closely and you find that they are perfectly flat, the apparent deformations skillfully spray-painted on.
i can only imagine what these look like in real life, but they are big – some over 2.5 metres high
i also really love her typographic pieces (marvel at the anagrams).
i wish all stop signs looked like this
in his ongoing series until the kingdom comes, simen johan depicts a natural world hovering between reality, fantasy and nightmare. merging traditional photographic techniques with digital methods, johan’s images are crafted over time and may include a synthesis of landscapes from various geographical locations and animals photographed in captivity or in the wild.