No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
My all-time favourite artists » Leonardo Di Ser Piero Da Vinci
Italian. Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He was the archetype of a renaissance man: a polymath. Considered a genius nowadays, he worked for the most famous people of Florence, Milan, Venice and Bologna.
Detail of Caravaggio’s Amor Vincit Omnia, 1602. Oil on canvas.
Rhythm 0, 1974
To test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience, Abramović developed one of her most challenging (and best-known) performances. She assigned a passive role to herself, with the public being the force which would act on her.
Abramović had placed upon a table 72 objects that people were allowed to use (a sign informed them) in any way that they chose. Some of these were objects that could give pleasure, while others could be wielded to inflict pain, or to harm her. Among them were a rose, a feather, honey, a whip, scissors, a scalpel, a gun and a single bullet. For six hours the artist allowed the audience members to manipulate her body and actions.
Initially, members of the audience reacted with caution and modesty, but as time passed (and the artist remained impassive) people began to act more aggressively. As Abramović described it later:
“What I learned was that… if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you.” … “I felt really violated: they cut up my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the audience. Everyone ran away, to escape an actual confrontation.”
Spoiler Alert: People are fucked up.
She was the most talented young person I’ve taught art to. She’d come in late and very tired. She’d have her friends come in, and pretty soon more came. She was very insecure about men, though all the men loved her. She was chic and adorable. Pretty soon my life was Edie because I couldn’t do anything else.- Lily Saarinen
Russian figure art
Watercolor painting done by James Dean
Strawberry Tart Supreme, 1974
A portrait of Edie Sedgwick made of text appropriated from Bob Dylan’s song ‘She’s Your Lover Now’ - including the lines “you just sit around and ask for ashtrays - can’t you reach”. Acrylic on canvas. 100cm x 120cm.
This is what I’ve been working on for the last three weeks. It’s the result of a workshop in Fine Arts with the theme “icons” (computer icons/celebrities/fashion icons/religious icons, etc).
I chose to work with movie icons from two different eras. This project has been a lot about ideals, patterns and anatomy. I named the project Iconatomy from the words “icon” and “anatomy.”
I have worked with a collage technique, but in a computer, which for me is a first. I am really pleased with the end product and I want to develop this concept further.
A self-portrait by Marilyn Monroe, ca. 1957