From a young age, I have been enthralled by a wide range of creators– painters; sculptors; conceptual, installation, and digital artists; graphic designers; photographers; and so on. I am fascinated by the artist’s intentions in generating his or her work– what we are meant to perceive– and in turn, what each individual viewer actually perceives. I prefer to formulate my own opinions of an artist’s work and then quietly observe others’ reactions to the same pieces. Although contemporary art resonates with my appreciation for the current and the avant-garde, perhaps my favorite era in the history of art is the Modern period, which according to WikiPedia spans roughly from the 1860s through the 1970s, or, as I was taught in relation to the parallel age of Modern literature, began with the publication of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899), and continued until the dropping of the first atomic bomb (1945). Whichever definition be more precise, the artists who produced work that veered from traditional and classical norms during this period came to define the significance of Modern art in such a way that far supersedes any chronological confinements. Some of my favorites include Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, René Magritte, Balthus, Pablo Picasso (‘Yo El Rey’), and Jean Arp. I also love the work of Abstract Expressionist and New York School affiliates such as Mark Rothko and (arguably) movement founder Arshile Gorky, as well as members or subscribers of and to movements like Pop-Art, Minimalism, Photorealism, Post-Painterly Abstraction, and Conceptual Art. Many practiced on the Lower East Side where I grew up, with gritty downtown Manhattan being the epicenter of the art world following the collapse of Europe and the rise of Communism in the aftermath of World War II.
Although the last paragraph describes my particular interest in 20th Century Art, in no way do I feel as if I have completed my discovery of the art world or have developed some sort of sub-specialty. In fact, for me this is really just the beginning. I look forward to furthering my passion for all forms of art as I increasingly share my artistic encounters on this blog. Feel free to comment your thoughts on any of my posts, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Photograph by Moselle Kleiner at the Venice Biennale— at the Palazzo Mora, (excerpt of) work by Daniele Galliano.